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c) Union mapping You need to fi nd genuine unions that can help in the fi ght. That’s why union mapping is important. Union mapping helps fi nd possible friendly unions that might provide solidarity because they are close by, or connected politically or industrially or along the production chain. Get the information wherever you can fi nd it. Often a company may not be fully unionised. Some worksites or branches may be better organised than others. In some countries, the unions are government controlled and genuine unions have to operate underground. Union mapping means fi nding out where workers’ forces are strongest. Union mapping also involves fi nding out the history of disputes in a company, who are the relevant representatives of unions and how they can be contacted. What do we mean when we say union? A union is the workers of one or more workplaces democratically organised to defend their rights and advance their interests. Sometimes a “union” is controlled by the government. This is not a genuine union. Sometimes a “union” is set up and controlled by an employer. This is not a genuine union. Sometimes a “union” is so undemocratic that the workers cannot make real decisions. This is not a genuine union. 12 aawl.org.au - Asia Workers Organising - Global Picketline


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