Solving the Differential Equation of Transnational SolidarityNetworking labour and social movements against state-capital partnerships Örsan Şenalp Social Network Unionism snuproject.wordpress.com
Restructuring => ProletarianisationWTO expanding privatization proletariatIMF deregulation crisis of unionsWorld Bank financialisation loss of socialOECD free trade zones rights GlobalUN agnc. Crisis flexibility environmentalEU - ECB degradation subcontractingUS - FED new enclosure good governance &/ global... apartheid Process creating the global working class [in it self at present]
New context: Organic crisis of global capitalism Restructuring process has been coupled with continuous crises since its beginning in the 70s, now it turned into a Global Organic Crisis -as in Gramsci State restructuring processes is in crisis as well. This increases the risk of accessibility to livelihoods for billions at the highest level today. This brings an opportunity for opposition movements formed in the last decade in the global north and south to challenge the system.
Highest need for transnational solidarity The crisis worsen the life for the majority of workers, trade unions and unemployed/landless proletariat It is important to establish key obstacles before truly transnational solidarity now in a systematic way Nationalism, divide and rule strategy of capital- state partnerships, co-optation, traditional left and trade union politics, interest and identity differentiation, and others.
Resistance National levelDeveloping regional levelalternative norm,idea, and internationalinstitutions levelPromoting these transnationallyalternatives PolityLabor – social Policymovements –communities – Politicsleft parties –governments economics, ethics High Level Differential Equation of Transnational Solidarity
Global Justice and Solidarity Movement Struggle against neoliberal offensive against the public services/ creating alternatives popularSolidarity democratic institutionsexperience of and solidarity economyLabour andsocialmovements inthe water Global waterstruggle movement Movements learning from each other’s experiences
Chipas, Seattle, Cochabamba, Porto Alegre and beyond Starting in Chipas (Zapatista), Seattle (against MAI) and in Cochabamba (against TNCs) we have observed that the counter-hegemonic movements entered in a new era. Since then many movement blossomed, existing ones strengthened and spread, there are concrete results in divers fields against neoliberalism. Within this context national (i.e. water) struggles got connected within a transnational space and became a global movement in which trade unions, informal labour organisations, communities, social movements took place.
water for dispossessed, workers, unemployed and landless Question is: in what way the access to drinking water will be improved and expanded? It has been experienced long enough to see clearly that the capitalist state does not and will not have any motivation to answer this critical question With its welfare, developmentalist or neoliberal forms capitalist state institutions and strategies work with a logic that excludes majority interest
solidarity, resistance, and building alternatives It is observed that left political groups, trade unions, other forms of labour organizations, lower segments of urban middle classes, landless peasants, environmentalists, women groups, etc. came together to resist (in Bolivia, Italy, Turkey, Mexico..) neoliberalism Labour, especially informal labour and unemployed is the important actor resisting privatisation Within several years the movement moves from local to global level and from resistance to alternative norm and institution building
reclaiming the state and commons Reaction to the offensive [of a transnational historic bloc] towards the state has given important results Water movement has developed successful case for public water and a strong discourse against the PPPs Private property in the means of production and natural resources started to be examined more consciously by wider society Idea and sense of common/public property is promoted successfully and direct participation of agency of water movement to water delivery is put in practice
an innovative, constructive, and networked fight for rights is necessary It is necessary to harmonize struggles against the global offensive of state-capital partnerships towards labour, social rights and the poor Reconstruction of public sphere and organisation of informal labour needs to be innovatively combined, some social movements would play key role The struggle needs to organised in a way that it addresses the core institutions of capitalism as private property, competition, profit, etc. It is important to be innovative, constructive and solution focused and striving to keep middle classes at the progressive side