On 11 December, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA)
union held a very successful one-day strike. This was in protest against
the derisory pay deal imposed by central government - a 0% cost of
living rise. When increased National Insurance payments and inflation
are taken into account, it amounts to a...
“Europe is experiencing a new phase of class struggle, from Italy and
Portugal, in the South, to Germany, Austria and Britain, in the North,”
said Tony Saunois, introducing the discussion on Perspectives for
Europe, at the International Executive Committee (IEC) of the CWI
meeting, in Belgium, 21-26 November.
The recent Northern Ireland Assembly elections have produced a recipe
for ongoing political stalemate and paralysis. Sinn Fein and the
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are the clear victors and, no matter how
they try to put a gloss on the result, both Trimble’s Ulster Unionist
Party (UUP) and the Social Democratic...
On 9 December, in Kassel, in Hessen state, the first cross sector local
work stoppage against social cuts, and in defence of free wage
bargaining, took place. This action is part of the current wave of
protests against the austerity policies that all the major German
political parties are trying to implement, at federal...
Over a million and a half people from all parts of Italy crowded into
Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni last Saturday (6 December) to attend the
’Defend Your Future’ rally organised by Italy’s three biggest union
federations - Cgil, Cisl, Uil. Many had travelled overnight to take part
Unlike the last US Presidential elections, there were no recounts or
dodgy chads to create nail biting tension in the recent Russian Duma
elections. The contest for places in Russia’s Duma (the parliament) went
almost as planned in Vladimir Putin’s “managed democracy”. Perhaps the
Chris Flood, a Socialist Party member from Lewisham won a council
by-election in his area yesterday winning a stunning 32% of the vote. He
joins Ian Page, the other Socialist Party councillor on the local
council. The Socialist Party now has the same number of councillors as
the Tories on the local council!
THE BATTLE against the bin tax in the last two months has raised ominous
signs for all workers. The capitalist establishment in all its guises -
political parties, media, courts and the Gardai has demonstrated its
ruthlessness in dealing with this challenge to their rule.
On 9 December, strike action against the bosses’ federation attacks on
wages and conditions and national bargaining will take place in Kassel
and the Northhessen region. The strikes will also be directed against
the social cuts imposed by the hated Christian Democrat led regional