20 June 2002 - Today’s 24-hour general strike in protest at the Aznar
government’s decision to cut unemployment benefits has ground much of
Spain to a halt. BBC World Service comments, "The strike got under way
at midnight (2200 GMT) and the two main unions, each with a million
members, are expecting a...
THOUSANDS OF building workers downed tools and walked off sites
throughout Germany to demand a 4.5% pay rise. The strikers are also
demanding a rise in the minimum pay rate for workers in the former
Results from last week’s parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic
show that the social democrats (CSSD) won with 30.4%, followed by the
communist party (KSCM) (18.8%), which is the highest vote for the KSCM
since the collapse of Stalinism in 1989.
Anti-capitalist protesters, trade unionists, and socialists will be
demonstrating against the upcoming European Union summit to be held in
Seville on 20-21 June 2002. CWI members and supporters from Spain and
also from a number of European countries will be part of the protests
against the bosses’ EMU. Published...
Council elections in Sri Lanka have reinforced last December’s general
election results with the United National Party strengthening its
position further. It was bolstered, above all, by the cease-fire deal
with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. SOCIALISM TODAY
interviewed SIRITUNGA JAYASURIYA,...
The second round of local elections affecting 25% of Italy’s electorate
confirmed a big electoral swing against the Berlusconi forces after a
year of his belligerent right wing government. Even in the North, the
center-left ‘Olive Tree’ has gained the leadership of local councils and
Over the last few days, sectarian conflict has increased in various
parts of Belfast. Both sides have blamed each other for starting the
recent trouble. But what is the real cause of the outbreak of sectarian
clashes? What can working class communities do to stop sectarian
attacks? How can decent public housing for all...