Economic crisis, workers’ resistance

French workers demonstrate

The economic crisis continues.

The economy of Europe’s main power, Germany, is faltering with severe consequences for the continent as a whole: here.

Two hundred workers at the FCI Microconnections factory, situated in Mantes-la-Jolie in the western suburbs of Paris, have been on strike in defense of their jobs and mounting an occupation for 45 days: here.

Electronics workers save their jobs in France: here.

A document prepared for the G8 Agriculture Minister’s Meeting warns of global instability arising from the ongoing international food crisis: here.

USA: In a reactionary, pro-business ruling that reverses decades of settled law, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 last week that workers lose their right to file federal discrimination lawsuits under the 1964 Civil Rights Act whenever a union collective bargaining agreement includes a mandatory arbitration clause: here.

The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut down the Boston Globe on May 1 unless the newspaper’s 13 unions agree to $20 million in concessions: here.

The emergency financial manager of the Detroit Public Schools unveiled new education cuts that will further devastate education in this impoverished city: here.


Canada: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has warned that should General Motors or Chrysler declare bankruptcy his Liberal government will not honor a provincial guarantee to make up pension shortfalls, threatening tens of thousands of retired auto workers with impoverishment: here.

2 thoughts on “Economic crisis, workers’ resistance

  1. Strike closes Eiffel Tower

    FRANCE: A strike by security workers closed the Eiffel Tower for a second day on Thursday.

    Tower operator SETE said that it was lodging a complaint with a court over the action by security staff.

    The security workers are demanding bonuses for long hours standing outside, year-round, usually in only a cotton suit and tie, according to CGT rep Said Afettouche. Workers say they have no company-issued overcoats.


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