Saturday, April 16, 2011

Global and National General Strike

‎"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon
the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."

A General Strike: The Ultimate Tool of Change

What exactly is a general strike? A general strike is a strike involving workers across multiple trades or industries that involves enough workers to cause serious economic disruption.

In essence, a general strike is the complete and total shutdown of the economy. A general strike can last for a day, a week, or longer depending on the severity of the crisis, the resolve of the strikers, and the extent of public solidarity. During the strike, large numbers of workers in many industries (excluding employees of crucial services, such as emergency/medical) will stop working and no money or labor is exchanged. All decisions regarding the length of the strike, the groups of workers who continue working, and demands of the strikers are decided by a strike committee.

Past victories won by general strikes are:

* Chicago, New York, Cincinnati, and elsewhere, 1886 – First victory in the fight for an eight-hour day
* Toledo, OH, 1934 – First successful unionization of the auto industry.
* San Francsico, CA, 1934 – Unionization of all West Coast ports of the United States.
* Poland, 1980 – Began the process of democratic reforms that led to the end of Soviet control over the country.
* Egypt, 2011 – Brought the 30-year reign of an autocratic despot to an end.

If enough of us act together, we’ll see some serious changes, and quick. That’s the “general” part of a general strike. We’re all divided up by race, religion, gender, and political affiliation. In a general strike, people come together in large numbers across those divisions and unite around our struggles as workers. From General Strike Group on Facebook

There is a growing group seeking to create a movement ofr social change on Facebook and would encourage anyone who supports LID to join it. And please if you support the call for a General Strike please sign your name on this blog and tell us how you are going to support it. We need real time volunteers Nation Wide, and most especially Labor organizations and unions in every State. Just add your name in the response and what you would like to do. A National organizing Committee is needed most at the moment.