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The different levels of solidarity There are many ways workers can organise in solidarity with workers internationally. Some will have more impact than others as they are better at connecting workers and struggles. AAWL has defi ned four levels of solidarity. They are not always separate from each other and more than one strategy can be used simultaneously. The fi rst level is the easiest to undertake. Each subsequent level needs greater organisation, but becomes more powerful by uniting workers into more strategic and co-ordinated activities. 1. Solidarity messages Workers support other workers around the world by sending solidarity and protest messages for their struggles, by post, phone, email and social media. This can have a big effect on the morale of the workers who are in struggle while also helping to publicise the issues. 2. Connecting the struggles Workers support another group of workers in struggle by acting in solidarity. This can be in a workplace, outside company premises, or in prominent public places. Actions in the workplace have the most power. Support can also be shown through solidarity visits by workers’ representatives to workers in struggle, and participating in their activities and demonstrations. 3. Joint actions Workers solidarity becomes stronger when joint actions are undertaken. These will be planned, co-ordinated activities in more than one country that target a particular company or industry directly. These protests and actions then form part of an ongoing, mutual solidarity campaign involving workers with agreed objectives in different countries. 4. One struggle Workers develop a common set of demands for the whole industry, or whole company, in workplaces over many different countries. Actions are organised by workers in different countries as part of one campaign. The campaign becomes one struggle carried out at a global level. This allows workers to win disputes and increase global standards in wages and conditions for all workers collectively. 14 aawl.org.au - Asia Workers Organising - Global Picketline


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