It’s important to the RRN that we support workers who are able to set the terms of their own struggles and campaigns. We aim to coordinate solidarity efforts with workers and organizations who are autonomous. This means rank and file workers are the ones who make decisions, and that their efforts are not controlled or dictated by some other entity or organization’s interests, such as political parties, politicians, imperialist interests, or NGO’s. Autonomy means representing your own interest as a worker. Today, most unions we know are not autonomous organizations.
Here are some of the autonomous organizations we support:
Batay Ouvriye – an autonomous workers’ movement in Haiti
SOTA-BO – trade union of textile workers from different factories in Port Au Prince & Carrefour, Haiti, affiliated with Batay Ouvriye
SOKOWA – textile trade union, affiliated with Batay Ouvriye, in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, mostly in the CODEVI Free Trade Zone.
SOVAGH – textile trade union, affiliated with Batay Ouvriye, in Caracol Haiti, mostly in the Caracol Industrail Park.
PLASIT-BO – a coalition of the three above textile trade unions affiliated with Batay Ouvriye. They coordinate struggles among the different regions.
Bangladesh Trade Union Federation
Hilton hotel workers in Pompano, FL – USA