1996/ 1997 materials: Workers Solidarity Federation

After being formed in 1995, the Workers Solidarity Federation issued a number of materials. According to the catalogue found in the back of a WSF pamphlet issued around 1996 or 1997, these included:


* ONLY THE WORKERS CAN FREE THE WORKERS: an introduction to the politics of the WSF. Booklet which outlines our key ideas and aims. R1
* BREAKING THE CHAINS: A history of libertarian socialism (anarchosyndicalism). A 70 page booklet that outlines our fighting tradition . R4
* WHAT WE BELIEVE: Outline of the politics and policies of the WSF. A 70 page booklet which outlines our politics and policies in some detail. R4


Available free in bundles of 10, 20, 50, 100 or more copies!
* Revolutionary Trade Unionism: Road to Workers Freedom (no. 1) -FREE – [online here]
* Capitalism and Racism: One Enemy, One Fight (no. 2) FREE

* SPANISH REVOLUTION: Anarchism in Action. R3
* CUBA: How the Anarcho-syndicalists Fought For Freedom. R1
* BASIC BAKUNIN (new edition). The revolutionary ideas of Mikhail Bakunin. R1



1. CUBA: How the Anarcho-syndicalists Fought For Freedom was, in fact, issued as Cuba: who were the real fighters for freedom? – see here

2.  * Capitalism and Racism: One Enemy, One Fight (no. 2) does not seem to have been completed, according to available  records.


About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m South African, born and bred. I have long been involved in union education, and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented or published 100s of papers conferences and workshops, published in key journals like 'Capital and Class' and 'Labor History', have co-edited 4 journal specials (these on global labour history, African labour, and unions in the Global South), and produced five books. I was Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). My focus has been on South Africa, but I have also done research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. I won the 2008 international 'Labor History' thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research prize for best African dissertation, for my PhD thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. My books includd include 'Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives' (2018, co-edited with Kirk Helliker), 'Negro e Vermelho: anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880-1920,' and 'Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940: the praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution' (co-edited with Steve Hirsch, Brill, 2010/ 2014).