Europe

Workers of the world: ROUND-UP

By Pablo Velasco

  • Bolivian general strike
  • Muchtar Pakpahan to stand in Indonesian elections
  • Good news from Greece



Bolivian general strike

Bolivia is on the verge of a third uprising in the space of a year - with trade unions calling for an indefinite general strike this month.

Trade Unions: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Building European unity

By Rachael Webb

At the end of February representatives from international road transport workers’ unions met to fight an international low wage threat. The meeting included people from Belgium, Germany, Poland, Denmark, UK and Ireland, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania.

We met in Vilnius, Lithuania in order to plan a delegate meeting at Eastbourne T&G Centre on the 7 May. Before then there will be a series of local meetings between freight drivers to decide on our delegates and debate and discuss our strategy for fighting against the low wage threat.

Trade Unions: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Multinational sacks union members

Management of the Norwegian multinational Jotun in Turkey have sacked all 50 members of Petrol-Is union in an attempt to smash the organisation.

Workers at the factory in Tekirdag near Istanbul have organised a picket line and refused to let anybody work inside. Ten new workers who were hired by the management stopped to work immediately after they were warned of the problem. The workers and Petrol-Is are asking Jotun to stop the union busting and to re-hire the dismissed workers.

Send messages of support via LabourStart.

Trade Unions: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Amsterdam: monster march against cuts

On Saturday 2 October, more than two hundred fifty thousand people marched through Amsterdam against plans of the Dutch government to slash social services and pension rights, as well as its support for the US in Iraq.

It was the largest trade union demonstration in Dutch history.

Around the world: 

Publications: 

European left: Some new alliances and some bad old ways

How did the European left fare in the June elections? Martin Thomas reports


The results

Two point six per cent in France, 5.8% in Italy, 8.1% in Denmark, 7% in the Netherlands, 5.2% in Scotland, 4.9% in Portugal... I do not know of any significant radical-left electoral efforts in the new EU member states of Eastern Europe, but in some west European states, at least, there were some scores for the radical left in June's Euro-elections better than those which parties to the left of the Communist and Socialist parties got in the 1970s.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

From the archives: Nay-saying, opportunism and principle

Revolutionary socialists take as their fundamental stand "intransigent opposition" to the entire capitalist system in which we live. But sometimes capitalist governments do things which help us, or are at least lesser evils.

Marxist Theory and History: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Workers of the world: Round up

By Pablo Velasco

  • Israel: attacks on unions
  • Korean unions defend migrant workers
  • Salonika seven free, for now



Israel: attacks on unions

The Israeli government is preparing to dock the wages of workers taking industrial action, and introduce anti-union laws.

Trade Unions: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

European Education Forum shows the way to go

By Sacha Ismail

The first European Education Forum took place in Berlin on 18-20 September. The event, initiated and largely organised by the German-based Education is Not for Sale Network, was generally agreed to be a great success.

Five hundred people attended: mostly students, but some educational and other trade unionists (the first thing you saw on entering the conference centre was Hackney NUT's Blair Peach banner); about half were German, but there were significant numbers from other European countries. Fewer than a dozen Brits showed up. They included two right-wing NUS hacks who had been attending a European NUS meeting, and stayed for a day before running off in terror.

Trade Unions: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

14 March ETUC call heeded: Europe-wide, workers act against the war

Millions of workers stopped work at midday Friday 14 March in protest against a possible attack on Iraq, following a call from the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The ETUC called for trade unionists to demonstrate their disagreement by halting work for 15 minutes at noon.

In Germany, where polls show an overwhelming majority of people opposing a war, the strikes briefly halted vehicle production at three Volkswagen factories and a DaimlerChrysler plant. Trams ground to a halt in the eastern city of Halle. Unions said more than 150,000 workers took brief strike action.

Trade Unions: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Pages