from the Spartaco, supplement of Il Programma Comunista, issue n.21, 1967
The union recruitment campaign is already underway. The piecards are forcing you to sign the dues checkoff to the companies’ managements, under the threat and blackmail of not considering yourselves organized in the union and not benefiting from the organization’s assistance.
IT’S YOUR INTEREST AND PRECISE DUTY NOT TO GIVE A DUES CHECKOFF TO THE BOSSES’ MANAGEMENTS, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE UNION’S AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE FROM THE BOSSES. THIS REFUSAL DOESN’T MEAN ABANDONING THE UNION, BUT RATHER STRENGTHENING YOUR CLASS ORGANIZATION, WHICH YOU MUST JOIN IN THE GREATEST POSSIBLE NUMBERS, AND SUPPORT BY PAYING UNION DUES DIRECTLY TO THE UNION IN CASH OR, BETTER YET, BY APPOINTING COLLECTORS FROM AMONGST YOURSELVES IN THE FACTORY, DEPARTMENT OR AREA, CHOOSING THEM FROM AMONG YOUR FELLOW WORKERS.
It’s necessary to keep in mind that dues checkoffs give the bosses direct power over your organization. It’s urgently necessary to prevent this criminal act of your bosses by contrasting it with your own network of workers loyal to your class interests, with collectors who, in fulfilling the specific function as your trustees for collecting union dues, link every comrade, every point in the class union movement into a network for workers’ self-defense against the influences of the bosses and their lackeys. The watchword must be: HANDS OFF WORKERS’ FUNDS!
Strengthening the class union is not achieved by demanding greater monetary sacrifices from proletarians, but by giving class bodies a revolutionary direction, defending the working class from capitalist oppression, company exploitation, State coercion and violence. To the extent that this classist orientation permeates the union, the workers will recognize it as their natural association and, as always, will never fail to devote all of their strength to it. It’s from this action that the renewal of trade unions will begin.