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September 24, 2012 / Sian Moore

WERU Presents: Organizing Resistance Strategies in the US: A conversation with Immanuel Ness

WERU Presents: Organizing Resistance Strategies in the US: A conversation with Immanuel Ness

Public event for Work and Employment Research Unit –

University of Greenwich

When: Tuesday 13 November (5:30pm)

Where: Hamilton House HH103

(15 Park Vista, Greenwich SE10 9LZ)

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Since 2008 austerity policies and neoliberal labour market reforms have promoted a coordinated and ongoing attack on ordinary peoples’ jobs and lives across Europe and US. Nevertheless, capitalism instability cannot be solved by austerity, as many people (especially young) don’t see jobs and opportunities, but a deliver of a decline in standards of living. Since 2011 class struggles and labor militancy entered a new stage in US and Europe with the rise of the Occupy and Indignados movement and the workers’ mobilization in Wisconsin. What can such rank-and-file self-union activity and the exercise of an assembly-based democracy can tell us in Britain and Europe? What can we learn form the contemporary class struggle in US? Are new forms of resistance rooted in the daily experience of ordinary workers? Can such forms be transplanted into a recipe for success and labor movement revitalization? How can we develop creative, innovative resistant strategies as we fight to win?

On Tuesday, November 13th, 5.30pm come meet with Immanuel Ness for an evening of conversation wherein we learn of militant worker histories – and of militant worker organising in the US – and begin to develop our own class struggle in Britain and Europe today.

Immanuel Ness, PhD, is professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (USA).  His research focuses on the political economy and marginalization of migrant labor in the US and globally.  He is author of Guest Workers and U.S. Corporate Despotism (University of Illinois, 2011) and Immigrants, Unions, and the New U.S. Labor Market (Temple University Press, 2005), and (as editor) The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley Blackwell 2013). Since 2000, Ness has been editor of Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, an international peer-review quarterly social science journal examining social class, labor, migration and precarity in an international context. He is author of two forthcoming books on global migration and poverty, including Migration in a World of Inequality, with Alex Julca (Monthly Review Press 2013).

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