Our world is passing through a major deep transformation period.
As “old”, “outmoded”, “more energy and time consuming” industries, branches, technologies are in the process of dying, the working and living conditions of the working people are globally set into radical and extremely painful changes from every corner. Tens of millions of people see their “job”s disappear. Life-changing developments are everywhere. New technologies, new sources of energy, new forces, means and methods of production are being introduced as a new global division of labour at all levels is shaping up as we witness the collapse and often painful death of old, weak, outmoded and the backward. This is true in all fronts from Afghanistan to USA.
This process, which is also called by some as “the third wave”, or “the post-industrial transformation”, or “the information revolution” is, we believe, also a process of birth; the birth of the new forces of production, new infrastructures for the whole world economy which in turn does require new social-political “superstructures”.
These chains of developments, while requiring for capitalism’s own purposes new methods and forms towards the reorganisation of work, and forcefully bringing new working and living conditions for the working people of the world, also herald a not-so-distant-future (of opportunity) where “Labour no longer (will) appear so much to be included within the production process; rather, the human being (will) come to relate more as watchman and regulator to the production process itself”, a society where worker will “step to the side of the production process instead of being its chief actor”. We are talking about the objective conditions which give the humanity opportunity for the “full development” of each and all individuals, the gradual introduction of productive forces which lays the ground “for the emancipation of humanity from the alienated labour”.
This transformation which ruling class calls “the destructive creativity” unquestionably brings great dangers and threats against the working class of the world. It does, however, unwittingly introduce to the global forces of labour new and global windows of opportunity and chances for re-education, re-learning, re-awakening and re-positioning themselves politically, organisationally and socially vis-à-vis the ruling classes.
We believe workers of the world can and should use every single opportunity from this epoch of great changes to learn their lessons, and convert threats and losses into challenges and future gains in the global class struggle.
EMAR-EFLR will serve to this purpose in the domain of science, research and education and will assist workers, labour organisations, workers’ initiatives/institutions from Turkey, U.K., Europe and the other geographies, to change their own destiny(!) and become again a new force to reckon with.
EMAR-EFLR will promote workers’ own personal progress and reawakening. She will promote the understanding of “unity – internal democracy – militancy” in her honest and humble relations with Turkish, British and European and other labour unions in a way to contribute to development and strengthening of the role of the workers’ unions at workplaces and in the social, cultural lives of the great family of working class.
EMAR Seminar Series: EMAR hosts a number of external speakers presenting papers on labour research and working class movements. The aim of EMAR Seminars is to provide a forum to researchers to present the result of their work both to an informed audience and general public. EMAR seminars are open to everyone who would like to learn more about labour history and working class movements whether on a professional or amateur basis.
The scope of EMAR seminars includes, but is not limited to, history and politics of the working class and trade union movements, and labour activism in general. Our starting point and expertise are in labour history, research and movements in Turkey. However, as we share a globalist perspective, i.e. the whole is not only more than the sum of its parts but also helps to shape its parts and their relations to each other, it is obvious that our research and politics cannot be limited only to this geography. Hence, eventually more space for labour research in other geographies as well as global political economy, movements and processes will be created in EMAR’s work.
EMAR seminars take place on the last Friday of every month, at 6 -8.30 pm.
Venue: London Hazard seminar rooms at “FINTRUST, 225-229 SEVEN SISTERS ROAD, LONDON, N4 2DA”.