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France’s anti-austerity movement has life in it yet 

Union-led protests across France show the country’s anti austerity movement is alive and kicking, despite the betrayals of the Socialist  government and the rise of the Right, argues Jean Paul Piérot of L’Humanite newspaper.    In the aftermath of departmental elections, the people seemed depressed, cowed. The popular anti-austerity movement, which in recent months has made … Continue reading

Why Greeks are right to protest Sunday opening

Today Greece is seeing further nationwide protests by shop employees and campaigners against Sunday shop opening imposed by the Government under the terms of the Troika’s hated memorandum of understanding. The idea is that it will boost competitiveness and spur consumer spending in the recession-hit economy. But according to the latest statistics of the National Confederation of … Continue reading

Why the French are right to go on strike

After the recent strikes affecting the French railways – the longest in recent history – air traffic control and the entertainment industry there are fears among the establishment that, as the Economist puts it, France is ‘back to the bad old days’. That was the terminology used about Britain in the 1970s and early 1980s … 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

Amnesty for the bosses, none for the workers

France’s socialist government stands accused of ditching yet another pledge after it rejected last week a campaign for an amnesty of workers convicted for offences during strikes and other protest actions. The bill, which excludes those found guilty of physical violence, is ‘an act of justice towards all employees and trade unionists struggling to keep their … Continue reading

Spanish unions call fresh wave of strikes over healthcare privatisation

Spanish unions have launched a prograrmme of rolling strikes in May and early June against the regional government’s plans to privatise health services in Madrid. The unions have called this fresh wave of strikes on May 7, 16, 22, 29 and June 4 Six hospitals are to be privatised by the Popular Party administration in … Continue reading

Journalists at Italy’s L’Espresso magazine strike over cuts

Journalists from Italy’s L’Espresso magazine took strike action Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November against a ‘heavy programme of cuts’ and to ‘protect the heritage of one of the leading titles in Italy for its history, prestige and quality.’ They criticised planned editorial staffing cuts – 12 out of a total of 40 journalists – saying … Continue reading

14N: the first international strike of the 21st century

If any call for general strike deserves special attention because of its importance and political impact, the one that will be held tomorrow, November 14, is even more special: it is the first international strike of the century, says Nacho Alvarez Tomorrow Europe will hold a European Day of Action and Solidarity for jobs and against … Continue reading

Greece’s forty-eight-hour strike against cuts

By Argiris Panagopoulos IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO Greece was inundated yesterday by a tsunami of strikes and protests that will continue today and tomorrow with a 48-hour general strike that is likely to become a continuous agitation with a siege of parliament if Wednesday night lawmakers pass new cuts worth €13.5 billion. Almost all trade … Continue reading

Italy to join Greece, Portugal and Spain in European mega strike

Italy will join Greece, Spain and Portugal in holding strikes against austerity on November 14 in an unprecedented show of co-ordinated action  on the Continent. The decision to take a four hour strike was announced Monday night by Italy’s largest trade union confederation, CGIL, which stated: ‘For many years, the European trade union movement deplores … Continue reading

Greek Communists: The hope for the people is in the class struggle

KKE Statement The General Secretary of the Central Committee of the KKE, Aleka Papariga, spoke on Sunday at a large political rally of young people. In a jam-packed indoor stadium the GS of the CC of the KKE made reference to the political developments in Greece. Posing the question “What determined the current developments which led … Continue reading

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