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Committee for a Workers' International
PredecessorCommittee for a Workers' International (1974) (IDWCTCWI faction)
Formation25 July 2019
TypeAssociation of Trotskyist political parties
Region served
13 sections

The Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) is an international association of Trotskyist political parties. The organisation considers itself a continuation of the Committee for a Workers' International that was founded in 1974.


In 2018 and 2019, a dispute developed around the questions of socialism and identity politics,[1][2] the role of the trade unions and the working-class movement, and under what programme and how should Marxists organise internationally and domestically, which ultimately led to multifaceted split. The dispute divided the leading bodies of the CWI with International Secretariat and International Executive Committee taking conflicting positions.

One group founded the “In Defence of a Working Class and Trotskyist CWI” (IDWCTCWI) faction in November 2018 in support of the CWI's International Secretariat.[3][4]

A Special Conference of the Socialist Party (England and Wales) voted by a margin of 173 to 35 to support the faction and sponsor the international faction conference. This conference was held in July 2019, open only to CWI members who supported the faction, and asserted that they had refounded the CWI.[5][3][4]

A second group, in support of the majority of the CWI's International Executive Committee, declared itself the CWI Majority in August 2019 and renamed their organisation International Socialist Alternative on 1 February 2020. It asserted that the IDWCTCWI had split from the CWI.[5][6]

The CWI has published what it considers to be the main documents which were produced during the debate.[7][8] The ISA have produced its own analysis which accuses the CWI leadership of being ossified, and embarking on a bureaucratic rampage [9]


Section Name English Translation
Austria Sozialistische Offensive Socialist Offensive
Chile Socialismo Revolucionario Revolutionary Socialism
England and Wales Socialist Party
France Gauche révolutionnaire Revolutionary Left
Germany Sozialistische Organisation Solidarität - Sol[10] Organisation Solidarity
India New Socialist Alternative
Ireland Militant Left
Malaysia Sosialis Alternatif Socialist Alternative
Nigeria Democratic Socialist Movement
South Africa Marxist Workers Party[11]
Sri Lanka එක්සත් සමාජවාදි පකෂය / ஐக்கிய சோசலிச கட்சி

Eksath Samajavadi Pakshaya / Aikkiy Cōcalic Kaṭci

United Socialist Party
Scotland Socialist Party Scotland
United States Independent Socialist Group[12][13]


  1. ^ Kelly, Fiach (6 March 2019). "Socialist Party documents illustrate criticism from international comrades". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 13 July 2023.
  2. ^ Sell, Hannah (29 February 2020). "Socialists debate identity politics". Archived from the original on 13 July 2023. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b Sell, Hannah (2 August 2019). "Britain: Socialist Party conference overwhelmingly supports refounding CWI". Archived from the original on 2 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b Demarty, Paul (2 August 2019). "Taaffe expels his majority". Archived from the original on 23 June 2023. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b Koritz, Joshua (26 July 2019). "Bureaucratic Coup Will Not Stop CWI Majority from Building a Strong Revolutionary Socialist International!". Socialist Alternative. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Announcement || Welcome to Our New Website!". International Socialist Alternative. 4 February 2020. Archived from the original on 26 December 2022.
  7. ^ "In Defence of Trotskyism – the documents". Archived from the original on 16 July 2023. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  8. ^ In Defence of Trotskyism. ISBN 9781870958882.
  9. ^ Byrne, Danny (24 October 2019). "Continuing the Fight for International Socialism". International Socialist Alternative. Archived from the original on 16 July 2023. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Der Kampf für Sozialismus geht weiter" [The fight for socialism continues] (in German). 8 September 2019. Archived from the original on 8 June 2023.
  11. ^ "The Founding of the Marxist Workers Party". Archived from the original on 7 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Statement of unification in political solidarity between the Independent Socialist Group (ISG) in the United States and the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI)". 13 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Independent Socialist Group".
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