For years the trade union movement has rested on the assumption that there are workers who are ‘unorganisable’. They are too precarious, too young or turnover in their workplace is too high. These workers are often doubly marginalised at work through insecure migration status or precarious housing. However in recent years, we have seen these ‘unorganisable’ workers launching the most fiercely fought battles against their bosses, and winning. How can we learn from these struggles to build a solidaristic trade union movement that fights for everyone and wins.
Milind Ranade has been organizing Mumbai's sanitation workers since 1996. He founded the Garbage Transport Workers Union in 1997, an alternative labor union that fights for the labour rights of "untouchables" scavenging in municipal garbage dumps and raises their social status towards full and equal citizens.
Muhumed Ali is a London private hire driver, BAME officer for the IWGB union and Chair of the London chapter of the IWGB's United Private Hire Drivers branch. He has campaigned for worker rights for Uber drivers and against the extension of the congestion charge to London's private hire drivers.
A worker from McDonalds in London who has been organising her workplace as well as nearby shops too.