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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

Spanish teachers in mega strike

A million Spanish teachers went on strike Tuesday to protest against savage government cuts to education budgets. Parents and students joined teachers in action that resulted in the almost total shutdown of state schools, nurseries and universities where makeshift tombs were erected to symbolize  the death of the country’s schooling system. Students held protests as … Continue reading

Spaniards in mega-strike over labour reforms

Two months ago almost to the day Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy was caught telling other EU leaders that his labour reform plan “is going to cost me a general strike.” Well, if he’s been wrong on most things since being elected in a landslide victory over the Socialists in November last year, he’s right on … Continue reading

Italian workers down tools as political opposition grows to labour reforms

Prime Minister Mario Monti is struggling to get various parties to agree on labour reforms amid an upsurge in unrest. Italian factory workers began walking out in protest on Thursday. In La Spezia and Genoa, workers from shipbuilder Fincantieri declared a strike and occupied one factory. In Turin, 800 employees from the aerospace company Alenia blocked … Continue reading

The Party of European left salutes Portugal’s general strike

A victory in Portugal will be a factor of major importance for the overall European workers’ resistance and counter-offensive, says the Party of European Left as it salutes today’s general strike More

Fighting for rights and democracy in the workplace and in society

The metalworkers strike and protest Friday 9 March is about democracy in the workplace, but also extending welfare to the weakest, protecting public services and a sustainable exit from the crisis, says Maurizio Landini, general secretary of Fiom metalworkers union, Italy. Today is a very important day for the FIOM and the future of democracy. The … Continue reading

General strike called in Portugal as jobless crisis deepens

The CGTP , the country’s largest trade union confederation, called a general strike Thursday as the economy plummeted and unemployment soared. A deepening recession sent Portugal’s jobless rate to a record high at the end of 2011, new figures showed. The jump pushed  unemployment in the last three months of the year to 14 percent, … Continue reading

Why Florence’s buses are moving at a snail’s pace

After days and weeks of mealy mouthed statements, the intentions of the government of premier Mario Monti on public ownership are now crystal clear. Earlier this week, minister Corrado Passera declared that publicly-owned transport is ‘abnormal’ and the Government will do ‘everything’ to encourage large private firms to take over local services. This declaration of … Continue reading

Belgium: Against blind Austerity, For an Alternative

Ahead of Belgium’s general strike on Monday, here’s some alternative ideas to austerity, courtesey of the main trade union confederation, FGTB Belgium is bracing for a general strike on Monday. It will be led by Belgium’s FGTB trade union confederation. “The financial crisis and the banking rescue have hurt the public finances. The credit rating … Continue reading

Workers strike at Italian shipbuilder

IN BRIEF / ITALY Workers at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri are on strike today after ministers failed to provide unions with job guarantees. The action, also involving a march, is taking place at the port of Genoa where all workers at Sestri Ponente shipyard are to be laid off under the state owned company’s restructuring plan. … Continue reading

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