Submitted by x359437 on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 3:36pm
By Tom Levy, July/August 2013 Industrial Worker
NOTE: This piece was written at a high point of the protests. Since then, two “general strikes” have been called by two of the leftist union confederations in Turkey. Unfortunately, these strikes never spread beyond a small unionized core. Nightly protests are still occurring, but the numbers are significantly down. In their place a movement of popular assemblies has taken root.
In Istanbul, IWW members have been helping to organize workplace assemblies that specifically look at using the momentum and experience of mass protest movement to galvanize politically conscious, democratic, and community-oriented workplace organization.