reading for 16th november london trade union discussion group

The next of The Commune’s London reading groups takes place from 7pm on Monday 16th November at the Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, near Old Street.


The meeting is on the question of trade union democracy. The questions around which the discussion is based, and recommended reading material, are posted below. All welcome. Email for more details.

– Does democratic organisation make trade unions more effective?

– Is the rank and file up for a fight but held back by bureaucrats? Why do these workers allow themselves to be ‘sold out’? Are ‘apathetic’ workers holding back the ‘left-wing’ bureaucrats?

– Can the working class spontaneously and by itself develop a ‘socialist consciousness’: or only a trade unionist’s view of the class struggle?

Richard Hyman: Marxism and the Sociology of Trade Unions pages 1-20

Alvin Gouldner: Metaphysical Pathos and the Fear of Bureaucracy

Cyril Smith: Meszaros on Lenin