The International Workers' Association ? Asociación Internacional de los Trabajadores (IWA?AIT) is an international federation of anarcho-syndicalist labor unions and initiatives. Based on the principles of revolutionary unionism, the international aims to create unions capable of fighting for the economic and political interests of the working class and eventually, to directly abolish capitalism and the state through the establishment of economic communities and administrative organs run by the workers. At its peak, the International represented millions of people worldwide. Its member unions played a central role in the social conflicts of the 1920s and 1930s.
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Buenaventura Durruti was a Spanish insurrectionary, anarcho-syndicalist militant involved with the CNT, FAI and other anarchist organizations during the Spanish Civil War. Durruti played an influential role during the Spanish Revolution and is remembered as a hero in the anarchist movement. Durruti was an influential member of the Federación Anarquista Ibérica (FAI) and of the anarcho-syndicalist trade union Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT). Working closely with his comrades in the FAI and CNT Durruti helped to coordinate armed resistance against the nationalists. On July 24, 1936, Durruti led over 3,000 armed anarchists who later became known as the Durruti Column.
The International Brigades (Spanish: Brigadas Internacionales) were military units set up by the Communist International to assist the Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War. The organization existed for two years, from 1936 until 1938. It is estimated that during the entire war, between 40,000 and 59,000 members served in the International Brigades, including 15,000 who died in combat. They participated in the battles of Madrid, Jarama, Guadalajara, Brunete, Belchite, Teruel, Aragon and the Ebro.
The International Brigades was strongly supported by the Comintern and represented the Soviet Union's commitment to assisting the Spa… Read more
Syndicalism is a current in the labor movement to establish local, worker-based organizations and advance the demands and rights of workers through strikes. Major syndicalist organizations include the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the General Confederation of Labor in France, the National Confederation of Labour in Spain, the Italian Syndicalist Union, the Free Workers' Union of Germany, and the Argentine Regional Workers' Federation. A number of syndicalist organizations were and still are to this day linked in the International Workers' Association.
Syndicalists advocate direct action, including working to rule, passive resistance, sabotage, and strikes, p… Read more