call center. inquiry. communism
(August 2002) In the summer of 1999 we decided to start working in call centres. We wanted to bring together our rage against the daily exploitation and the desire and search for the struggles that can overcome it. Three years later we have written down part of our experience... For those who want to understand what the reality of exploitation looks like in call centres, how people get together there, how they do their work and rebel against it; for those who are looking for ways to collectively deal with the shitty situations in the sphere of exploitation that we come across every day; for those who who have had enough of the representatives of parties and unions and who wants to take things in their own hands; for those who - like us - want to find the revolutionary tendencies that can sweep away the conditions of exploitation.
ag-vorschlag für antiglob-kongress
(April 2002) It would be dull to chew over the event-hopping critique another 23 times. In this working group we will try to go a step ahead of that. We will look at:
Firstly a short critique of what is often touted as an alternative to event hopping: the 'localising' of the anti-globalisation movement. Secondly we will look at the question of what our everyday lives back at home have to do with the global exploitation relations.
Thirdly we will concentrate on concrete suggestions of how we can attack these exploitative relations in the here and now.[more...]
leaflet on (anti-)globalisation
(Oktober 2001) As the cloud of Genoan teargas clears, the WTC and a few Afghanistan
towns already lie in rubble and ashes. Even the bourgeois media has
to try hard not to speak out loud what connects these events: the
crisis of capitalism. In the last few months the crisis of profits
became global. The pillars of the world economy (USA, Japan,
Europe) teeter in recession, in other regions (Turkey, Argentina) the
coming collapse threatens. The political representatives of this
society try to avert the crises by any means: first with lower
interest rates, social cuts etc. and if that doesn't help, with war
leaflet on terrorism
(September 2001) After the terrorist act in New York politicians of all parties and
countries have called us together to defend 'our democratic state' against
the'uncivilised world'. We don't believe that any state, be it
American, German, Iraqi or Afghan, can save us from terrorism. Because
the state both needs terrorism and also acts in a terrorist way itself
every day. The state acts in the interests of those who profit from others
poverty: companies that make us slave for them, share dealers speculating
with profit and arms dealers who benefit from every war in the world. [more...]
paper on class composition
(September 2001) We wrote the following paper about class composition for a meeting with groups from different countries. We wanted to give a overview of our notion of class and how we see the relationship between class struggle and revolutionary movement. The discussion on the meeting was just a starting point. Some of the crucial criticism of the notion of class composition cropped up during the discussion. Therefore we also attach a short version of the minutes of this discussion to the paper.
(January 2001) In this interview with the anarcho-syndicalist magazine "direkte aktion" we describe roughly, why we are doing the call center-inquiry and are intervening in the workers' discussion through leaflets and websites. Furthermore, you get an overview what has happened so far.
why workers' interviews?
(May 2000) So far there were hardly any meetings, assemblies or strikes where we could have exchanged experiences and learn from each other. We need the discussion of
different conflicts in different call centers and of the experiences other workers have already had. This exchange is crucial in order to find out how we can organize in our daily work and how we can get what we want... [more...]
questionnaire for call center-workers
(November 1999) We have taken other questionnaires (on factories, contruction sites...) and made one especially for call centers. Interviewing workers we realised that it is too long and that between all the details it is hard to get to the political discussion. So take this, change it, make your own interviews! It is not important to "collect data" but to use the questions and answers in order to get to a discussion on the conditions in call centers and the chances for struggles.
proposal for an investigation in call centers
(November 1999) We propose a collective investigation of the exploitation in call centers. That investigation will contribute to a more general discussion on the aims and tasks of revolutionaries. We suggest that you send us your critique of our questions and ideas and that you take part in the investigation with information and contacts from your region.
(Oktober 1999) Sure enough - there is no movement in our region, there are no offensive struggles. So how can we bring forward revolution? The revolutionary movement is not weak because there is no political organization, strong union or communist party. The origins of the weakness lie in the actual conditions within the sphere of exploitation. We have to ask ourselves why the exploited momentarily do not find a militant, liberating expression of their productive power. We have to find those situations where this defensive position can be broken up. Therefore, we need revolutionary organizing. That has to support the self-liberation of the exploited.