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Rank and File Radio is an independent Canadian labour movement program. Rank and File Radio’s mandate is to: ● provide listeners with factual and informative labour news ● build solidarity for workers in struggle ● develop a coherent analysis of the labour movement ● contribute to the building of rank-and-file labour networks Twitter: @rankandfileca Facebook: facebook.com/rankandfile.ca
 
Want to know what’s really happening in labor? WorkWeek Radio provides news and in depth coverage of unions and working people in the bay area, California, nationally and internationally. WorkWeek gives an opportunity for rank and file workers and union officials to provide their viewpoints and perspectives about the sharpening class struggle in the US and around the world. It show also includes a weekly calendar of labor events in Northern California from strikes and rallies to educational ...
 
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Tom Wetzel, author of the forthcoming book Overcoming Capitalism from AK Press, joins Laborwave Radio to discuss a syndicalist critique of Kim Moody's rank and file strategy. Our conversation focuses on arguments made by Wetzel in two pieces for Black Rose Anarchist Federation, The Case for Building New Unions https://blackrosefed.org/the-case-for-…
 
MK Lees, contributor and regular editor of Organizing Work, joins Laborwave Radio to discuss the strategy of "salting" a workplace to boost a union campaign, and the need to refine this practice for optimal impact.Among topics discussed in this episode is a response to the claim that salting is the best strategy for revitalizing a militant labor mo…
 
Kortex Dispute II Kath Larkin spoke at the recent Marxism Conference about the ground breaking strike lead by migrant women at the Kortex Factory Dispute in Melbourne in 1981.Over the Wall II Kathryn Wilkes from Say No to the Cashless Welfare Card This is the Week that was II Kevin is blistering hot this weeks round-up.National Wage Case II Don Sut…
 
Eviction Moratorium Ends II Mad F**** Bitch II OTW II This is the Week that Was II Voice from Myanmar II Adani's Connection to Myanmar militaryEviction Moratorium Ends II RAHU Rally held Sunday 28 March on Parliament steps on the last day of moratorium on evictions because of the covid pandemic. Mad F**** Bitch II reflections on system aggression a…
 
X-Rebellion II Jordan reports on one of the events held over the last week to highlight the climate emergency by X-Rebellion. Participants explain why they are there on the streets.No Comment II a look at the exhibition on at the Nicholas Building in Melbourne. NO COMMENT is the first solo exhibition by artist, musician and theory by Bridget Chappe…
 
Over the Wall II first part of Duncan's interview with Kirsten O'Connell (AUWU) about the changes to jobseeker, the jobseeker agencies and the Federal Government's agenda.Break the Poverty Machine II rallies were held around Australia as the Federal Government cuts jobseeker. We hear from Jay Coonan, National Operations Coordinator at AUWU and Jord…
 
Comrades Andrea Haverkamp, Nick Fisher, Tim and Joe Clement join Laborwave Radio for another series of Comrades Read!We dig into the "Rank and File Strategy" a popular 30-page pamphlet written by Kim Moody in 2000 for the publication Solidarity.We provide a summary of Moody's argument, that socialists are marginal in labor unions and therefore need…
 
Jack Mundey Remembered II 3cr's Vivien Langford reports from the Sydney memorial for the late, great Unionist, Environmentalist and Communist Jack Mundey.International Women's Day Marked II Two of the grea speeches from the Melbourne IWD rally.Over the the Wall II Peter Davis talks to Kathryine Wilkes from the Say No Cashless Welfare Card Australia…
 
Sharon and Jirrah go back to their childhood and try to answer their questions about Disneyland -- Can Jirrah still ride the Dumbo ride? How did they do the ghost technology in the Haunted Mansion? Who actually likes that darn whale ride? Find out none of the answers in this podcast about the best and worst rides of Disneyland. Support the show (ht…
 
Peter Cole joins the show to discuss the second edition of his book Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly published by PM Press. The range and scope of this episode expands over the backdrop of early 20th century Philadelphia and recounts the biographical details of Wobbly organizer Ben Fletcher and the tale of IWW Local 8, a powerful …
 
Over the Wall II Indue Cashless Welfare Card. Kathryn Wilkes from the No Cashless Welfare Card CampaignLessons from Occupy II Larissa Payne, Sydney Occupation activist. From MALS event looking at what can be learnt from the Occupy movement as we move into X Rebellion movement activism for the environment.McCormick Protected Action II Five year wage…
 
Community Defence League II Jordan goes down to the CUDL community kitchen and filed this report.Merger of the Family Court II Nassim Arrage, CEO of Community Legal Centres, outlines the loss of the stand alone Family Court - a LNP Federal Government 'cost cutting measure'.Over the Wall II Robodebt dissected.This is the week that was II Kevin Heale…
 
Laborwave Radio and the One Big Podcast collaborate on this episode discussing the particulars of solidarity unionism in contrast to business unionism. We dig into the various tenets of solidarity unionism; its emphasis on direct action over contracts, focus on the workplace and industry over legal strategies and electoralism, and the prospects for…
 
Bernard Colleary Trial Update II Sr Susan Connelly gives us background and the present situation in the case that is being held behind closed doors at the behest of Attorney General Christian PorterArms Factory Picket II Margaret Pestorius from Wage War explains why Members of the Quaker and Catholic communities shut down the entrances of a Pinkenb…
 
Does 311 suck? Are the Lemonheads singing about love or something else? Find out in this episode where Sharon, Jen and Mike debate about the true meaning of a devil's haircut, their collective hatred for Wonderwall and if 'The Distance' is about a jockey, a racecar driver or the corporate rat race. ** All songs were chosen from 91x FM's, (a San Die…
 
Invasion Day Marshal Experience II Tom talks about his experience as a marshal at the recent massive Melbourne Invasion Day Rally.Save Lake Knox II Derryn Walsh talks about the community push back against Development Victoria's plan to remove the lake from the face of the earth.Gamestop II A critique of the Gamestop and what happens when working pe…
 
Our interview with Mike is an extended discussion of the geography of neoliberal capitalism: the devastation being wreaked by the twin crises of the pandemic and economy; the utter inadequacy of the state’s response to address these crises for working people; the origins of the pandemic and emerging new strains of the virus; big pharma and vaccines…
 
Sarah Jaffe, author, labor journalist, and one of the hosts of Belabored Podcast, joins Laborwave Radio to discuss her new book, Work Won't Love You Back published by Bold Type Books.You’re told that if you “do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” But as Sarah Jaffe shows, “doing what you love” is a recipe for exploitation, creatin…
 
So you want to be a Candidate? II Jordan dissects the experience of a canditate for local elections in Hume with Philip Di Biase.Invasion Day vox pops II We talk to people at the enormous Invasion Day rally in Melbourne on Jan 26th.Chris Breen incitement case II we go outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court to the support rally for Chris Breen in h…
 
Peter's Icecream Dispute II The workers at the Peter's Melbourne Plant took stop work action on Friday 21 Jan over cuts to casuals' hourly rates. We talk to UWU spokesperson Dave Harris.Melb City Use of By-laws to stop Protest? II The recent rally outside Treasury Place in support of Refugees detained at Park Hotel was threatened with the use of by…
 
Support Laborwave Radio at patreon.com/laborwaveAlex Press, labor reporter and staff writer at Jacobin Magazine, joins the show to discuss Joe Biden's union credentials and what organized labor should and shouldn't expect from a Biden administration. As made clear in this interview- not much without a fight. We also dig into the details of the PRO …
 
Sustain Laborwave Radio by becoming a patron at patreon.com/laborwave Laborwave spoke with workers at No Evil Foods about the company's union busting strategy against a unionization campaign organized by employees. Megan, John, and Max discuss in detail the tactics of No Evil Foods union busting, including a marathon series of captive audience meet…
 
Dan Darrah joins the show to talk about the 2020 Newfoundland grocery strike and how grocery jobs went from good to bad in the 1980s and 1990s.Check out the two-part series Grocery's Long War:https://canadiandimension.com/series/grocerys-long-warInterview with historian Scott Price about 1987 Westfair strikehttps://www.rankandfile.ca/fighting-for-s…
 
Support Laborwave Radio at patreon.com/laborwaveJake Alimahomed-Wilson and Ellen Reese are the editors of The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy published by Pluto Press. Order a copy at https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745341484/the-cost-of-free-shipping/With cutting-edge analysis, this book looks at the many facets of the corporati…
 
The IWW is 115 years old! In celebration we invited Marianne Garneau & Nick Driedger from Organizing Work to discuss the nuts and bolts of organizing within the IWW and our future as a union.What accounts for the recent upsurge in IWW organizing campaigns? How do we make more universal for all Wobblies our educational documents and training program…
 
Laborwave Radio presents a podcast mini-series, After The Revolution. ​After the Revolution is inspired by the desire to offer more than a diagnosis of what is wrong with today by focusing on what we might be able to bring about instead. Each episode within this series will begin by highlighting the importance of one particular feature of society, …
 
Crossposting an interview Laborwave Radio host, Alex Riccio, had with Joseph Orosco of the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures about the #ScholarStrike. The recent online #ScholarStrike claimed to be a way for higher ed faculty to engage in radical action in support of racial justice and against police violence in the US. In the conversation I …
 
Join in on the fun Discord conversations by becoming a Laborwave Patron at patreon.com/laborwave We're reading books, sharing articles, and watching movies via discord with our patreon subscribers.We've finished No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power by Jane McAlevey! Each chapter has been discussed at length in our series Comrades Read Together, and t…
 
It's movie musical theater time. Sharon questions her love for musicals, Angela wonders why The Sound of Music star sounds so much like Mary Poppins. Sharon lip-synced to Little Shop of Horror in a state-wide competition and Angela suspends her disbelief with West Side Story gangs in the best and worst of Movie Musicals.…
 
We spoke with members of the Angry Workers, a political collective, about the insights from their recent PM Press title, "Class Power on Zero Hours." The Angry Workers spent the last six years working in a London backyard mostly among food and manufacturing workers, and they've chronicled their experiences as well as their efforts to organize along…
 
Sue Bolton talks to us about the voting irregularities in the North West Ward of Moreland Council in recent local Government elections.Despatches from East Gippsland looks at frogs.Over the Wall - This week is strong as it has personal story of young person on cashless welfare card.This is the Week that Was.Dr Noah Bassil - Sudan's recent normalisa…
 
On Election Night comrades of the show got together to play games, talk politics, and ease election anxiety (as much as that was possible). Here's a short clip of our four-hour hangout where we discussed Emma Goldman's position on women's suffrage and state politics, the Black Rose Anarchist Federation article on Voting or Abstention, and a recent …
 
David Graeber was an anthropologist, proponent of anarchism, and participant in many movement struggles of the past two decades including the Alter-Globalization movement and Occupy Wall Street. Among his popular authored books includes Debt: The First 5,000 Years, The Utopia of Rules, Bullshit Jobs, and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. He p…
 
Today we are going to hear from a local who witnessed the attack on the Djab Wurrung camp protecting the sacred trees near Ararat.We hear from Bob Broughton about the celebrations to mark the centenary of the Australian Communist Party, To access NSW Library event. To access Comrades publicationWe hear a little about Holloween from Dr Michael Barbe…
 
This morning we're going to find out more about the new Citzen's report Inquiry into the Health of the Barka_Darling River & Menindee Lakes.We follow with a chat with Shirley Winton from IPAN and Spirit of Eureka about the Federal Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergence Bill 2020.Over the Wall continues it'…
 
We discussed the legacy and experiences of Occupy Wall Street with two movement participants Marina Sitrin and Vanessa Zettlers, contributors to the recent title Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis published by Pluto Press.Our conversation touched on the ways to recover the real history of OWS and overcome "historical forgett…
 
This week we hear from Behrooz Boochani who is now settled in New Zealand after 6 to 7 years held at Manus. He was speaking with his commissioning editor and writer Geordie Williamson at the 10th Sandy Duncanson Lecture put on by University of Tasmania as part of their Island of Ideas Series.We follow with a little of the online Westgate Memorial h…
 
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