One of the most visible impacts of capitalist globalisation has been the massive expansion of low-paid (and often semi-casual) jobs in the service sector.
This “precarious” employment — in bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, fast-food chains, supermarkets, high-street retailers, call centres and elsewhere — means long hours, barely-legal wages and unsafe working conditions. Young people fill these jobs.
Your article "How to organise young workers" is rather lacking in concrete proposals. For starters which union do you recommend for each particular work place? When do you contact the union Regional official? At what stage of of unionisation do you ask for official recognition? What role does your organisation play in imparting key information e.g. is there a need to know current trade union legislation?
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I think both the of the comments level extremely unfair criticisms at the AWL. The purpose of the editorial was not to provide a 'how to' guide to organising young workers; it was very general, very broad propaganda around the general issues designed to make the basic case that revolutionaries should take such work seriously and to suggest some international campaigns from which they might take inspiration.
AWL members have been involved in organisation campaigns in a whole number of workplaces and have also carried out the basic work NoillagO talks about, including through campaigns like No Sweat. The fact that one (necessarily broad, necessarily general, necessarily propagandistic) editorial did not set out detailed strategy is hardly a fair criticism to make.
I also think that Tom's criticism about the AWL buying into the myth that casualised workers are impossible to organise is manifestly untrue. If we thought this on any level, why expend considerable energy and resources bringing Mike Treen and Axel Persson to the UK? I'd agree that, as Tom puts it, "organising young workers, militantly, in unorganised sectors needs to be mainstreamed more effectively into AWL industrial strategy"; this tour, our work with the IWW through No Sweat, editorials like this and the work currently being undertaken by the some GMB activists and the TUC Youth Forum in Yorkshire (in which, I should add, young AWLers are absolutely central) is part of the process of putting basic organising at the centre of our industrial strategy. In a period in which pretty much no-one on the revolutionary left is taking any of this work seriously at all I think it's a bit harsh to attack us for not doing it all, exactly right, straight away.
As for the stuff about internal political conflict within Unite, I cannot comment. Why don't you come to the meeting/s and ask Mike Treen yourself, Tom?
PS: I notice from you profile on this website that you're in the GMB; me too. I'm becoming increasingly active around precisely these issues so if you want to discuss that work further please feel free to email me - email@example.com