AS STRIKES and demonstrations against public sector cuts sweep France,
Germany, and Austria, the mainstream British press’s most prominent
mention of this mass movement is in the gossip columns - apparently
Madonna is upset because her daughter’s teachers have been on strike!
Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) member Carmel Gates has been elected
President of NIPSA, Northern Ireland’s largest trade union and the main
public sector union. The election took place at NIPSA’s conference last
week and Carmel won a resounding victory, polling almost 17,000 votes
against 11,500 for the...
An attack on workers’ pensions by French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre
Raffarin has combined with other issues, particularly education
decentralisation, to fuel a massive response by workers the length and
breadth of France.
The streets of Paris resounded to the beat of drums and marching feet,
this Sunday (25 May). Music blared. Rail workers ignited red flares
filling the air with smoke. It was a riot of colour. Massive balloons
marked out trade union contingents, flags waved. Banners and placards
spelled out the demands: No to the...
The results of the Belgian elections underline the political instability
which has grown over recent years and which is expressed in a growing
number of undecided voters and voters changing the party they vote for.
The period of stability with one big bourgeois party, the Flemish
Christian democratic CVP, being able to...