Solidarity: Selected Essays by Dan Gallin.

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Publication date: May 2014

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Solidarity. Forever.

A collection of 19 essays by Dan Gallin, the former general secretary of the Geneva-based International Union of Foodworkers (IUF). The essays include two autobiographical articles, three pieces from the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the remainder from the last two decades. Gallin writes about a broad range of issues including the Algerian revolution, the French Left, Victor Serge, Scandinavian social democracy, the international labour movement, domestic work, the informal sector and much more. Often controversial, always interesting, this is essential reading for social change activists, trade unionists and everyone on the left. 262 pages.

"Although I worked for and learned from Dan Gallin for nearly a decade, I have learned a great deal new and fresh from this collection of essays, and am thankful to Eric Lee and LabourStart for producing it." - Paul Garver, Talking Union [USA] Click here to read the full review

"Solidarity is a well-written and, in parts, fascinating read. It is offers a sharply critical and humorous insight into the workers' movement spanning decades." - Tom Harris, Solidarity [UK]. Click here to read the full review.

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LabourStart is very proud to publish this collection of essays by Dan Gallin, the former general secretary of the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF).

Gallin's writings over the course of the last six decades are an important contribution to thinking about the labour movement and, we hope, will reach a wider audience through the publication of this book.

In the course of these essays you will learn much about the history and the future of the labour movement, and the principles and values that must be at the core of its existence.

Dan's criticisms of the labour movement, from a movement insider, are often sharp. I expect that some of you reading this will find parts of this book difficult going. For Dan, there are no sacred cows. He says what he thinks.

The independent, democratic labour movement has nothing to fear from sharp criticism. Indeed, we thrive on it.

-- From the preface by Eric Lee

About the author

Dan Gallin has been active on the left and in the labour movement for more than 60 years. He is currently Chair of the Global Labour Institute (GLI), a labour service organisation established in 1997 with a secretariat in Geneva . From August 1960 until April 1997 Gallin worked for the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant and Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF), since 1968 as General Secretary. He has served as President of the International Federation of Workers' Education Associations (IFWEA) from 1992 to 2003 and has been Director of the Organization and Representation Program (ORP) of WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing) from June 30, 2000 to July 31, 2002. He continues to serve on the Advisory Committee of the ORP.


  1. What the Third Camp Meant To Me, And To Some Others
  2. Summer days on Ut√łya [2011]
  3. The state of the French Left [1958]
  4. Colonial revolution [1961]
  5. Revolutionary at Large [1963]
  6. Inside the New World Order: Drawing the Battle Lines [1994]
  7. Labour Strategies: Options and Perspectives [2002]
  8. The WEA & the Future of International Workers' Education: Rebuilding the Movement [2003]
  9. The International Labour Movement: History and Ideologies [2003]
  10. Political Education and Globalization [2004]
  11. Not With a Bang But With a Whimper [2004]
  12. Organizing in the Global Informal Economy [2004]
  13. Organizing: Means and Ends [2006]
  14. International Framework Agreements: A Reassessment [2006]
  15. Looking for the Quick Fix: Reviewing Andy Stern [2007]
  16. Bureaucratism: Labour's Enemy Within [2009]
  17. Informal economy workers and the international trade union movement: an overview [2012]
  18. Our Crisis [2013]
  19. The Future of the Domestic Workers' Movement [2013]