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French intellectuals swing behind rail strike

As France’s rail strike  entered its second week over 150 intellectuals have swung behind the workers and their demands for a fully integrated publicly owned rail system. Doctors, lawyers, economists, mathematicians, linguists, historians, scientists and sociologists have called on the government to suspend parliamentary proceedings on the bill, which started Tuesday, and “start a debate on the … 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

Communists on Italy’s growing protest movement against Monti government

Protests against the austerity and deregulation measures of Mario Monti’s government are growing. Here’s a different take on developments from the radical left: “Police charges are not a response to the demands of fishermen because social problems are not a public order issue but instead require a political response. The government, which is increasingly characterised as … Continue reading

Portugal transport unions set strikes

IN BRIEF / PORTUGAL Transport unions set strikes. Unions representing public transportation workers have set a “day of struggle with strikes” for February 2 to protest the Portuguese government’s plans to restructure the sector. Lusa news

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