Making Collective Demands

When workers on a job site decide to organise with the IWW, they learn how to come up with collective demands at work, and how to deliver those demands to the managers in a way which makes them listen.

Collective demands could be about anything - a pay rise, a change in the rules, working hours, break times, safety equipment - whatever it is that would make you and your colleagues better off at work.

If one person complains to the boss on their own, they usually get ignored - or worse - they could be punished or victimised by the boss.

When we make collective demands as a group, in an organised way, the boss can't bully or punish any single one of us.

The IWW have years of experience making demands in this way, and we share that knowledge with all of our members through our training programmes. If you decide to make demands against your boss, the IWW will support and back you before, during and after - and see to it that your demands get met.

Striking Back

The bosses can't survive long without us - we do all the work! When a boss refuses to meet the needs and demands of the workers, it's time to bring out the big guns - and tell them we won't work if they don't make the changes we want.

A strike is a powerful weapon, because it forces management to agree to workers' demands. It also needs a lot of preparation and careful planning, or it can end up backfiring.

The IWW has the skills and resources to help you and your co-workers make plans which have the best chance of forcing your boss to agree to your demands. We have a long history of successful strike actions and strike support - we know what works and what doesn't - and we never sell out to the bosses, we've got the backs of you and your workmates no matter what.

At-Work Resistance

Sometimes a strike isn't the easiest solution to a problem at work. In those cases, the IWW can still help you and your colleagues put pressure on the boss, even if you're staying on the job.

Other trade unions tend to rely on sit-down formal negotiations with the bosses - which can often end up as a dead-end or a disappointment. There are more direct at-work strategies in the IWW toolkit - we're able to get creative in order to win where the other unions can't.

All our members, even brand new ones, can learn the specialist techniques we use to win on the shop floor, and do it themselves instead of relying on officials to bargain with the boss.