Camera crews, reporters and members of the International Socialists
(CWI) along with other Scottish Socialist Party members waited outside
the Blackness Fire Station in Dundee for the 6 o’clock start to the
first national fire strike in 25 years.
The many hundreds of thousands of Italian protesters were joined by tens
of thousands of foreign participants in the European Social Forum
assembly and by others, like the French CGT union, who came to Italy
especially for this demonstration.
The elections in September 2002 took place during a period of big
changes in Sweden. The third government of Göran Persson, the Social
Democratic party leader, will act in a completly different situation
than in 1998-2002.
In Naples, as everywhere else in Italy on 18 October, the general strike
called by the Cgil trade union federation got support from a wide range
of other organisations like Cobas, Sin.Cobas, the unemployed movement,
the ’No Globals’, students and others.
President Putin’s ’war against terror’ has brought the very terror to
Moscow itself. Last week, a group of 50 heavily armed Chechens drove
through Moscow in two minibuses and seized a theatre in the middle of a
popular musical show. 7-800 people in the theatre were held as hostages.
As anticipated, the Dutch government consisting of the Christian
Democrats, the CDA, the liberal VVD and the hard right LPF (List Pim
Fortuyn, whose leader was shot dead last May), collapsed on the 16
October. Basically the CDA and the VVD pulled the plug on the
Yesterday’s general strike surpassed all expectations as literally
hundreds of thousands of angry workers and youth took to the streets in
120 cities across Italy. This was the second general strike in defence
of article 18 of the country’s labour law, which gives workers some