IN MAY 2002 24 security workers at Belfast international airport were
sacked for going on strike. The events around the sackings have led some
of those involved to suspect collaboration between the management and
local transport union (TGWU) officials.
TONY BLAIR hoped his Iraq ’victory’ would help New Labour in the 1 May
elections. But rather than a ’Baghdad bounce’, it was more like a
’Baghdad trounce’. New Labour lost votes nationwide due to anger on the
war. In particular, they lost several councils in areas with large
Tuesday, 6 May, was a historic day for Austria. For the first time in
decades the Ã-GB (Austrian trade union federation) called for a national
day of action, including strikes. According to the Ã-GB about 500,000
workers participated all over Austria in about 10,000 activities, such
as workplace meetings,...
April 29 saw up to 3,000 workers attend a morning open-air workplace
meeting of the OMV (Austrian oil company) and other companies in Vienna
in protest at the government’s attacks on the pension system. This is
one of a series of protest rallies being organised in different
workplaces, the previous day saw a...
The council workers’ strike in Sweden has the support of 84 per cent of
the population according to opinion polls. Low paid, mainly women
workers in hospitals, schools and childcare are fighting for wage
increases of 5.5 per cent. But even a much lower offer from the
mediators was turned down by the employers in...
Following a year of political turmoil, the latest attempt to form a
stable coalition government in the Netherlands has fallen apart.
Alienation from the main establishment parties is marked. At the same
time, the Dutch economy has slowed down dramatically, after years of
growth and low unemployment.
Today the ÖGB (Austrian trade union federation) decided to organise
"defence-strikes" on Tuesday April 29 in protest against the Peoples
Party – Freedom Party (ÖVP-FPÖ) government’s attacks on the pension
system. Reflecting the huge popular opposition to the government’s plans
On 17 April more than 2,500 workers from the threatened Cockerill steel
works went to Luxemburg to protest against the planned closure of a part
of their factory near Liège. Members of the Linkse Socialistiche Partij
/ Mouvement pour une Alternative Socialiste (CWI affiliated party in
Belgium) joined the protest.
May 1st will see the second elections to the Scottish parliament. After
four years of devolution, extreme disappointment would sum up the mood
of working class people towards the inability of the political
establishment to reverse the rising levels of poverty and inequality in
The Austrian ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government started its general attack on
the country’s pension system while missiles hit cities in Iraq. The
implementation of these "reform" plans will mean that working people can
expect between 10% to 40 % less in their pensions, plus 88,000 more
On 3 April 2003, Lisbon saw a 1000-strong demo of university students
from all over Portugal, protesting against the most recently announced
increase in student tuition fees. The protest blocked traffic completely
in some of the most used inner city streets.