On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, Alex Diceanu, a trade unionist and a community organizer in Hamilton, Ontario, talks about his work with Steel City Solidarity. Rather than depending on bureaucratic mechanisms or government action, SCS mobilizes people to take direct action against employers, landlords, loan organizations, and others who treat working people unjustly. They have been particularly active in using direct action to challenge cases of wage theft. He suggests that this model — which draws on the work of a similar organization in Seattle, Washington, as well as on the longstanding example of the direct action casework by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty in Toronto — might be one useful way to work against the long-term decline of the conventional labour movement and against the tendency for activist circles to remain isolated in what he describes as “protest politics.”
To learn more about Steel City Solidarity, you can visit their Facebook page here.
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