“We have survived to fight another day, and that day is today”.
Drawing on a lifetime of work and experience in the union movement, most of it at international level, network member Dan Gallin* looks at the big picture — how did unions end up where they are today? What can we learn from our mistakes? And where should we be going from here? This article is condensed from Dan’s welcome address to the Global Labour Institute summer school in Manchester, July 2012.
We are labour movement activists because we believe our movement is the first line of resistance, as well as the last, against the cold darkness of transnational corporate power. This power is advancing to impose its own brand of order on the world, with gated estates of privilege protected by militarized States, in a sea of miserable, exploited and repressed humanity, pillaging and destroying life-sustaining resources.
Must the labor movement save the world? Yes, of course. Who else is there? If not us, who? If not here, where? If not now, when? No other force in society has the potential to achieve this goal, which is the only goal that matters today.