The signing last Friday afternoon of a deal with the government and
employers by the leaders of the two smaller trade union federations in
Italy - the Uil and Cisl - has sparked a new round of angry
demonstrations and spontaneous strikes.
The crisis surrounding Mirafiori car plant and the whole Fiat Empire is
sending shockwaves through Italian society. In America they say, “What’s
good for General Motors is good for the USA”. In Italy the same goes for
The BBC current affairs programme, Panorama, recently broadcast a two
part investigation on Northern Ireland that revealed more details of the
dirty undercover war carried out for decades by the ‘security forces’.
Most of the material appeared to come from the forthcoming report of the
It has now become clear that the Austrian TUC is preparing for a
de-mobilisation of the bus workers action. High up union officials have
led the protests and a meeting of the TUC national body was fixed to
convene as the blockade started!
"The sad statistics about African economic performance have become so
familiar as almost to lose their ability to shock: that, for example,
more than half the population lives on less than $1 a day, 250 million
people have no drinking water, and two-thirds of the world’s cases of
Aids are in southern Africa.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Seville last Saturday in a
massive anti-capitalist protest. The government and the police
desperately tried to play down the turnout. The local police claimed up
to 60,000 took part, and the government said 17,000.
Public bus transport throughout Austria is at a standstill today
(25/06/02) as 3,000 drivers take strike action for 48 hours. The strike
is in protest at an attempt by the right wing government to sell off 30%
of the state owned bus firm. The union says that ‘part privatisation’
will destroy 1,000 out of...
The EU-summit in Seville was confronted with a very big anti-capitalist
demonstration on the evening of Saturday June 22. There were hundreds of
thousands demonstrators, probably around 300.000! The demonstration
remained peaceful and was very radical. There was a very political mood
in opposition to the rightwing...
Belgian CWI member, Els Deschoemacker, who took part in the general
strike demonstrations in Seville yesterday spoke to Geert Cool: "The
demonstrations yesterday were massive. Estimations say there were
200,000 in Seville. In Barcelona it was been between 500,000 and 600,000
and in Madrid there were another...