Nationalism and the union bureaucracy

Britain: No2EU and its rightwing bedfellows

By Julie Hyland, 7 April 2009

While the specific origins of No2EU are unclear, its pedigree is firmly on that wing of the political spectrum associated with the Conservative Party and “little Englander” nationalism.

Report exposes false claims of British unions’ “Britons First” campaign

By Robert Stevens, 21 February 2009

A report from the industrial tribunal ACAS into the dispute at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire has exposed union claims that British workers’ wages and conditions were being undercut.

German union seeks to divide European and North American GM workers

The reactionary politics of economic nationalism

20 February 2009

The actions of the Opel shop stewards and IG Metall bureaucrats exemplify the reactionary logic of economic nationalism.

Trade unions extend nationalist campaign to defend “British jobs”

By Robert Stevens, 18 February 2009

Recent unofficial strikes at power stations and oil refineries across the UK and an official walkout on February 11 were conducted on the basis of the nationalist demand of “British Jobs for British workers.”

The “Britons first” dispute: What constitutes a progressive defence of jobs?

7 February 2009

The Socialist Party and Morning Star have claimed victory in the “Britons first” refinery dispute. But at what cost?

Nationalism and the British trade union strike

5 February 2009

The strike at the Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire, Britain, on the basis of a nationalist program of defending “British jobs for British workers” raises fundamental issues for the working class internationally.

Britain: Refinery dispute becomes focus of shift to protectionism within Labour

By Julie Hyland, 5 February 2009

The refinery strikes over jobs for “Britons first” have become the focus for a shift to protectionism by the trade union bureaucracy, which is also finding expression within the Labour government.

Socialist Party offers yet another apologia for “Britons first” refinery dispute

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2009

The Socialist Party’s demand for “Union controlled registering of unemployed and locally skilled union members” is only window dressing for a “Britons first” policy.

Stalinists and Socialist Party defend “Britons first” refinery protest

By Julie Hyland, 3 February 2009

The Stalinist Communist Party and the Socialist Party are seeking to defend the demand for “British jobs for British workers” at the centre of the oil refinery dispute.

No concessions! No job cuts!

Canadian auto workers must join with US and Mexican workers to advance a socialist alternative

By Socialist Equality Party, 19 December 2008

Seventy years ago auto workers in Canada and the US joined forces to found the UAW because they recognized that to fight the giant auto companies they needed to unify their struggles across the Canada-US border. Today in the area of integrated global production--where the transnational corporations systematically seek to pit workers against each other, placing production wherever the greatest profits can be wrung from the workers--auto workers cannot take a step forward unless they consciously organize themselves as an international force, organizing industrial and political action across national boundaries and continents.

Why the UAW and the Democrats are pushing economic nationalism

18 December 2008

With anger among auto workers against the politicians, the companies and the UAW leadership growing by the day, both the Democratic Party and the union are attempting to whip up economic nationalism as a reactionary diversion.