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France’s culture workers protest cuts

Performing artists turned out on Monday in Paris and in several other cities in France to protest budget cuts that threaten the future of many theatre companies and other cultural establishments, as well as access to culture from disadvantaged groups in society, Humanite newspaper reports . “We’re a thousand this afternoon in Paris. There were 100 this … Continue reading

Lessons from the victory against Madrid’s hospital privatisation plan

Victory this week against Madrid’s hospital privatisation – and other recent struggles in Spain – shows popular resistance delivers results, says Esther Vivas “Resisting is pointless,” we hear endlessly repeated. “So many years of protest but the crisis continues, why bother?” insist others, inoculating us with apathy and resignation. “Protests could lead to something that’s even … Continue reading

France’s tax revolt

France is in revolt over tax. In recent weeks the protagonists have ranged from drivers of heavy goods vehicles, wealthy cereal farmers, even the equestrian lobby.  And, almost everybody in the depressed north western region of Brittany, it seems. The narrative is that Socialist France is ‘over-taxed’. As soon as he was elected President 18 months … Continue reading

Spain celebrates two years of Rajoy with nationwide protests

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in more than 50 Spanish cities to make a devastating verdict of two years of the Popular Party rule. Citizens ‘tides’, public sector workers, unions and left parties have come together to “defend public services” , “defend the people” and to “change things.” The bulk of the … Continue reading

Unions bid to reclaim Brittany from the bosses

They do not wear red caps. However, the profile of cereal farmers who marched Thursday in Paris, perched on their tractors, resembles nothing more than the leaders of the revolt against the ‘environmental tax’ in Brittany. Rich farmers, from Beauce in particular, demonstrated to defend their privileges and to continue to receive 80% of Common … Continue reading

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

Hot November: Italy’s students and teachers in revolt over cuts

It is going to be a hot November in Italy’s schools and universities. Promises by the Government to reverse at least sum of the heavy cuts in recent years are going nowhere fast, and the patience among students and teachers is wearing thin. In protest students will be holding strike on November 15, and teaching … Continue reading

A great, beautiful day

By Giorgio Cremaschi 19th October saw one of the most beautiful and largest demonstrations in Italy in recent years. It was also a true demonstration of the people, made up of tens and tens of thousands of young people, migrants, women and activists from social and environmental movements, workers and pensioners. And since it was … Continue reading

Italy: Tens of thousands of students take to streets to demand investment in education

From Milan to Palermo, from Venice to Bari, in 70 cities across Italy, tens of thousands of high school students took to the streets Friday to demand investment in education. Local reports said twenty five thousand marched in Naples, 5,000 in Rome, 4,000 in Bari, 5,000 in Milan, 4,500 in Turin, 1,000 in Genoa, and … Continue reading

Catalonia: independence from Spain, independence from capitalism

Hundreds of thousands turned out today, September 11, to demand independence for Catalonia. Some decided to surround the Caixa, form a human chain around the largest bank in Catalonia and third largest in Spain, to demand not only independence from Spain, but from capitalism. One of the was Esther Vivas, a left wing activist and … 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

Why women marched in Madrid this weekend

Demonstrations were held in the streets of Madrid this weekend. Woman from Asturias, Leon and Aragon marched and sang on Saturday to remind politicians and the public of the plight of their mining communities and call for action. The marchers were wives, mothers and sisters of miners whose jobs will go in two years time, … Continue reading

Six reasons why Portugal held a general strike this week

Portugal’s two main confederations held a general strike Thursday – the fourth general national stoppage in two years. Why? Since 2011, when the government of Portugal signed up to the Troika bail out loan conditions of austerity and neoliberal ‘reforms’, this is what has happened: Real wages have fallen by 9.2% Household spending has fallen … 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

Why French Women Marched this weekend in Paris

French women marched en masse in Paris and other French cities this weekend to protest against austerity. Below is a statement from the organisers Women standing against austerity: we refuse to carry the can! Feminists of the Front de Gauche ( Left Front ) are organising, for all women who reject austerity policies, a march … Continue reading

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