We are posting a link to this article by Jack Conrad because  it makes some good general points regarding the history, nature, purpose and importantly limits of the General Strike tactic within a broad communist framework. In particular it emphasises the important distinction between ‘economic’ and consciously political struggles ‘not that this is an either-or situation’.

The general strike and classical Marxism – Jack Conrad, Weekly Worker

Given that we seem to be on the edge of a strike wave here in the UK we think that the article, despite any faults, makes a useful and timely contribution to the debate on strategy and tactics at this point in history. Readers might also be interested in the reply to this article by Dave Douglass, from and an anarcho-syndicalist perspective, which appeared the following week.

A reply from David J. Douglass, Weekly Worker



also see:-

EL&SD coverage of trade union struggle

Trade unions in the twenty first century – a report of the third global commune conference