Marxism & the Trade Unions



In In this lecture, originally presented on January 10, 1998, David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, reviews the history of the relationship between the socialist movement internationally and the trade unions. He traces the protracted process of degeneration that has transformed the unions into organizations utterly hostile to the working class.

North refutes modern pseudo-lefts who continue to champion the trade unions as ?mass working class organizations.? He stresses the necessity for the working class to build new forms of organization, indepenent of and in opposition to the unions.