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By Boris Kagarlitsky

The increase of neo-liberalism has had a devastating impression at the associations and corporations with which the left has frequently been linked. within the ultimate quantity within the Recasting Marxism trilogy, Boris Kagarlitsky examines this drawback and explores parts of chance for the left. He starts by way of concentrating on the decline of exchange unions within the West and the makes an attempt to restore them, contrasting this with the quick progress of unions within the international locations of the constructing international and the hot commercial nations. He argues that alternate unionism has an important position to play within the twenty-first century. Kagarlitsky then presents a critique of the post-modernist left, arguing that the studies of japanese Europe and of the 3rd global show the very important desire for a common left because the purely plausible replacement to the rising 'new barbarism'. The kingdom of the modern left is explored, with an evaluation of the contributions of the 'third left' and 'third socialism' and the recent wave of left events and routine, equivalent to the German social gathering of Democratic Socialism, the employees' social gathering in Brazil, and the Zapatistas in Mexico.

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Modern-day workers may be Christians or Muslims, men or women, white or black; they may work with a computer or with a spade. Modern trade unions have Does Trade Unionism Have a Future? 37 to find what unites these people, have to become organs reconciling their interests. In the conditions of the late twentieth century the democratization of the trade unions has become impossible without their feminization, without changes to their culture, traditions and membership base. The American Marxist scholar, Peter Meiksins, writes: Overcoming these kinds of divisions, forging harmonious relations among workers from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, overcoming differences of status within the waged labor force, and unifying workers with different occupational experiences requires a real ‘class’ project.

The positions of the British trade unions were undermined by the policies of the Thatcher government, policies which were openly directed against the labour movement. Not only ‘objective processes’, but also pressures from the ruling class were behind the crisis. 38 In the course of the 1990s employers and the authorities have unleashed offensives against the trade unions in practically all European countries. But their successes have by no means been universal. The decline of the French trade unions did not prevent them from scoring a decisive victory over the government in December 1995.

In both cases demands that originally were perceived as ‘corporate’ were later recognized by the bulk of the population as having a general democratic character. In this way, a new basis for solidarity arose. Unity was achieved not through moderation and compromise but, on the contrary, thanks to the fact that a tough position on the part of the strikers had won support in society. Despite the initially tough position of the authorities, the workers’ determination to achieve their goals whatever the cost changed the situation.

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