(What Is Anarcho-Syndicalism?)
By George Woodcock. Ed. By Scott R.
Ed. Note: Anarcho-Syndicalism = Anarchism + Syndicalism [from greek an + archos (without+leader) + syn + dikale, (together+justice); the international Anarchist labor movement; an evolution of libertarian socialism].
Adapted from George Woodcock, Railroads & Society, 1943 (Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library, No. 18, April 1999).
Syndicalism is a method of social organization which goes away from all the traditional conceptions of authority and government, of Capitalism and the State. While Communism in abolishing individual capitalism, creates a worse monster in its place in the form of the economic state, Syndicalism leaves all the patterns of administration which have in the past resulted only in the oppression and exploitation of man by man, and sets out to build an organizational form based on the natural needs of man rather than on the interests of ruling classes, based not on the dictates of authority, but on the voluntary cooperation of free and equal individuals in satisfying the economic needs of the men who form society.
Ed. by Scott R.
Includes text excerpted from: Affinity Groups: Legacy of the Spanish Revolution (1988) by David Solnit which appeared in the Direct Action Manual Project Draft assembled in the early 1990s by the San Francisco Web Collective, an affiliate of the now defunct Love and Rage/Amor y Rabia Revolutionary Anarchist Federation.
by Chris Fillmer
On Dec. 19, 1983, 74% of the Greyhound Bus Lines employees who belong to the Amalgamated Transit Union voted to accept a contract with Greyhound that amounted to a 15% wage/benefit cut overall. Not only were outstanding issues such as safety problems and abuse of casual or “extra-board” drivers not dealt with, the workers took a direct 7.8% pay cut along with the loss of four to five paid vacation days; also, the company will no longer cover the complete cost of health insurance or pensions.