Swedish Anarcho-syndicalist Youth Federation

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Swedish Anarcho-syndicalist Youth Federation
Suf logo.svg
Native name Syndikalistiska Ungdomsförbundet
Founded 1993
Country Sweden
Website www.suf.cc

Swedish Anarcho-syndicalist Youth Federation, (Syndikalistiska Ungdomsförbundet) (SUF) is a youth-based group in Sweden that supports independent working class struggle.[1]

The federation was founded in 1993, in part rooted in the militant autonomous youth movement that had began to grow throughout Scandinavia in the early 1990s.[2]

Inspiration also came from the anarcho-syndicalist trade union Central Organisation of the Workers of Sweden. From just three groups in 1993 it grew rapidly[citation needed] and today it is a nation-wide federation made up of around 25 local groups throughout the entire country, and several committees active within the federation.[3] They publish a magazine called Direkt Aktion.

SUF is, in contrast to its anarcho-syndicalist beliefs, not a union. Their idea of anarcho-syndicalism expands beyond the daily labour union activity, and claims that in a global community where capitalist relations have expanded into all parts of society, a broader movement and a broader definition of class struggle is needed. Thus, they believe it is necessary to confront capitalism not only in workplaces, but also in schools, universities, local communities, etc.

Campaigns[edit]

Planka.nu[edit]

Main article: Planka.nu

The network Planka.nu (Fare-dodge.now) was initially initiated as a campaign by SUF in 2001. The campaign (and later independent initiative) dealt with public transportation, seeking a shift from soaring prices to a tax-financed model. The campaign got a lot of attention because of the unorthodox methods; Planka.nu encourage people to fare-dodge in the public transport and organizes an insurance fund, p-kassan, that pays the fines of its members it they get caught fare-dodging.

Nu jävlar är det nog[edit]

Nu jävlar är det nog (It's enough now, damnit), was a nation-wide anti-racist campaign initiated by SUF on August 24, 2004 and ended February 1, 2005. It claimed to be different from other anti-racist campaigns in that it also took in account factors such as social class.

Klasskampen tar inte semester[edit]

Klasskampen tar inte semester (The class struggle doesn't go on vacation), was SUF's nation-wide campaign about summer jobs. It lasted for five months, from May 1 to October 1, 2005. It was criticized for allegedly encouraging people to commit illegal acts.[4][5]

Osynliga Partiet[edit]

Main article: Invisible Party

The nationwide campaign Osynliga partiet (the Invisible Party) was partly initiated by SUF. The campaign first received media attention when winner of the political reality show Toppkandidaterna, Petter Nilsson, donated part of his prize to SUF for financing part of the campaign, which was heavily criticized when fractions of the party later attacked and vandalized offices of the Centre Party and to a lesser extent offices of the Christian Democrats.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SUF.cc: Principförklaring (statement of Principles)
  2. ^ SUF.cc: A short introduction to SUF
  3. ^ (Swedish) SUF.cc - Addresser (it lists 25 local clubs)
  4. ^ (Swedish) Janzon, Tove (2005-06-09). "Krönika: Sover SUF:arna på jobbet?". Rebell. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 
  5. ^ (Swedish) "Ungsyndikalister uppmanar unga att stjäla från arbetsgivare". Dagens Nyheter. 2005-06-09. Retrieved 2006-12-06. 

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