French, English workers fight on


French strike poster says Strike, if we stick together everything becomes possibleFrench dinner ladies lead the French “rebellion” against pension reforms: here.

The French Senate voted 177-153 yesterday to approve President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension cuts in the face of overwhelming popular opposition and continuing strikes: here.

French Strikers Show No Signs of Backing Down: here.

French workers angry about pensions and more: here.

By Georges Seguy, former Secretary General of the CGT (General Confederation of Labour): We are not in a situation that is strictly comparable to that of May 68. It is, however, undeniable that, forty-two years later, that memorable spring holds lessons that are worth considering today. The explosion of May 68 came from a deep academic and social dissatisfaction. Not only were all possibilities for dialogue and negotiation blocked by the intransigence of government and employers, but the government had just launched a series of attacks on social security: here.

London’s 5,600 firefighters go on strike at 10am this morning, and will stay out until 6pm, after the London Fire Brigade sent them all letters of dismissal on 11 August: here. And here. And here.

Edinburgh anti cuts demonstration: here.

Workers came out in their thousands in Belfast today to protest against government cuts that will see services slashed, benefits cut and an estimated 30,000 job losses: here.

The month-old strike by thirteen thousand contract workers against the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) in southern India demonstrates their determination to resist sweatshop conditions: here.

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