Mexico in Labor's Crucible
Book Review of Roman and Arregui's "Continental Crucible" and Gomez's "The Collapse of Dignity"

La Botz, Dan
Date Written:  2013-11-01
Publisher:  Against the Current
Year Published:  2013
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20287

These two books deal in important and interesting ways with the question of building a real labour movement throughout North America.



The more important, Roman and Velasco’s "Continental Crucible," analyzes the economic forces, labor union structures, migration patterns and gender relations in the working class on the North American continent and proposes a strategy based on rank-and-file struggle for transforming the unions and imbuing them with an anti-imperialist, anti-racist and anti-patriarchal character."

The Collapse of Dignity," written by the head of the Mexican Miners and Metal Workers Union, Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, deals more with the ways in which the corrupt, repressive, violent and absolutely pro-employer Mexican political system and system of labor relations have led workers in practice -- at least partially -- to a similar conclusion: We need more militant and internationalist labor solidarity.

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