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7 reasons why Greece is going on strike this week

Greek workers will hold a 24-hour strike this week to protest against austerity measures and public sector layoffs demanded by the country’s international lenders, led by the IMF-ECB-EU ‘Troika’. Greece’s public and private sector unions ADEDY and GSEE will launch a 24-hour general strike on Wednesday, November 6th 2013. Here’s seven reasons why they will … Continue reading

A year on from the Black March: the Spanish miners’ struggle

It is a year since Spanish miners made their epic 450 km march from the mines of the north to Madrid to fight for a future for their communities. Asturian communist leader Francisco De Asís Fernández maps out the prospects for the coal miners’ struggle. On the night of July 10, 2012 columns from various … Continue reading

Italy’s unions march united for jobs

For the first time since 2003, Italy’s three main trade union centrals marched together in Rome on Saturday, to call for government action on jobs. The joint action by CGIL, UIL and CISL, bringing up more than 100,000 into the streets, comes as fresh data exposes the social catastrophe caused by EU-backed austerity and neo-liberal … Continue reading

A salute to Portugal’s striking workers

The Troika did not come to pay salaries, it came to rescue banks, every penny taken from workers will profit the financial markets. So here’s to  all the workers who have been on strike. They are the voice of the country that is not enslaved. The last few weeks have been marked by a series … Continue reading

Portuguese dockers plan to extend strikes over jobs, working conditions

Portuguese dockers plan to further extend their strike action over job cuts and moves to slash working conditions.The workers kicked off strike action in September against a law to make employment practices in the sector more ‘flexible’. Dockers have struck at ports in Lisbon, Setubal, Aveiro and Figueira da Foz. In early November the Sindicato dos Estivadores … Continue reading

Why the Eurostrike?

By Vincent Navarro The ruling Conservative and liberal parties, both in Spain and in most European Union countries, including the Eurozone, are implementing policies that result in: 1) labour reforms that reduce wages and increase unemployment, 2) the shrinking of the labour force, 3) reduction of social protection, 4) social spending cuts, 5) the privatization of … Continue reading

Why Greece is holding a general strike

From Il Manifesto’s correspondent Argiris Panagopoulos The Tsunami of fresh cuts will see the abolition of the thirteenth and fourteenth annual wage packets, a rise in the retirement age form 65 to 67 years, cut backs to  pensions – lengthening the contribution period to get the minimum pension – cuts in benefits for the disabled … Continue reading

Miners’ ‘Black March’ to reach Spain’s capital

The Spanish miners’ ‘Black March’ will arrive in Madrid Sunday ahead of a major demonstration next week to demand a reversal of cuts to subsidies to the country’s coal industry. Two columns – one  from the ‘north’ comprising miners who have marched 400 kilometres from Asturias and León, and one arriving from Aragón in the … Continue reading

Italy: Migrants strike against exploitation

Migrant agricultural workers have been on strike in the province of Pavia, Lombardy, north Italy, for just over week now. The reason for the strike action: ‘No exploitation, no slavery,’ say their flyers. The forty Morroccan workers – 10 women, 40 men – have had enough of terrible working conditions of up to 13-14 hours a day, … Continue reading

Spain’s Miners Start March to Madrid

Around 200 Spanish miners set out Friday on a march set to culminate July 11 in Madrid with a protest against government plans to slash subsidies to the coal sector. Family, friends and neighbours gathered in several towns in the northern regions of Asturias and Leon and the east-central region of Teruel to give the … Continue reading

Spanish miners bare all in struggle against pit closures

About 200 miners belonging to the Workers’ Commissions trade union have come up with a new way of expressing their rage.  Spain’s miners have blocked roads, built barricades and have been in running battles with the National Police. But on the 19th day of their strikes and protests against cuts that could shut down Spain’s … Continue reading

Italian workers, students block trains over labour reforms

Piaggio workers blocked trains Thursday morning in protest at regressive labour reforms being proposed by the government of Mario Monti. A sit-in, organised by the local branch of metalworker union FIOM took place between 9.10 and 9.30 at Pontedra station, near the northern town of Pisa, blocking Florence-Pisa services. University and secondary students joined the metalworkers … Continue reading

Portugal strike over wage, holiday cuts paralyses trains

Portugal: a strike by train drivers and ticket guards paralyzed all passenger and freight trains Thursday. The strike, called over cuts to wages, rest days and holidays to be introduced under the right-wing government’s austerity plan, will also cause some disruption to services on Friday. According to unions, further strikes are planned in June in the Lisbon and … Continue reading

Spain’s coal miners battle for their jobs, communities

Spain’s miners are fighting for their jobs and the future of their communities Their campaign kicked off last week and has seen strikes, road blockades, and mine sit-ins involving up to 8,000 mineworkers from 40 coal mines in northern Spain. Backed by mining unions within both of Spain’s major labour federations — Confederación Sindical de … Continue reading

French workers strike to defend their boss

Employees of SCA Packaging Fegersheim in the Alsace region of France went on strike on Monday to protest against the dismissal of the director of their factory. ‘We want to stand up for our director Patrick Beranger, who has fought with us every day for the past 10 years,” said Sylvie Schuler, CGT. He ‘saved … Continue reading

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