This video is about a general strike in Spain.
A million workers and their allies marched in cities across Spain today in protest at the new government’s drive to strip them of their hard-won labour rights: here.
Riot police attacked a peaceful student rally against education cuts in Valencia on Monday: here. And here.
Tens of thousands of workers and youth participated in yet another mass rally outside the Vouli (Greek parliament) in Athens yesterday, demanding the overthrow of the Greek government and the so-called second bailout agreement imposed by the European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of huge reductions in wages and pensions and savage spending cuts in health and education: here.
Greece: Hello from the occupied hospital in Kilkis: here.
Finally I got the open letter to International public opinion written by famous music composer, politician and anti-memorandum activist Mikis Theodorakis. This is “the truth about Greece” is the title of the letter, where Theorodakis gives his own explanation about the dire situation Greece experience nowadays. A current situation with a long past. One might not agree on some parts, but would definitely applaud some others like corruption, bribes, arms sales: here.
International solidarity with Greece: here.
Campaigners demonstrated outside the European Commission London office today over the EU’s imposition of further austerity packages on Greece: here.
Euro zone negotiates Greek bailout amid rising popular opposition: here.
Eurozone governments agreed today to loan Greece another €130 billion (£109bn) and write off €107bn (£90bn) of debts to private creditors – in return for unprecedented control over its economic policy and more pay and pension cuts: here.
Greek deal: More pain for workers, no end to Europe’s crisis: here.
The events in Greece show the true character of the European Union. It is not a means of achieving genuine European unity, but rather an instrument to subjugate all of Europe under the dictatorship of finance capital: here.
Organised workers and allies marched through central Athens on Wednesday in protest at regressive legislation that MPs are working on in a fresh bid to appease government creditors: here.
Berlin transport staff brought the German capital’s metro, tram and bus services to a standstill on Saturday in a 15-hour warning strike to bolster their demand for an above inflation pay boost: here.
Ireland: Lone parents and their children marched from Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance to the General Post Office on Saturday in protest at the Fine Gael-Labour government’s cuts to their benefits: here.
Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group announced on Saturday that it has raised wages by up to 25 per cent – the second significant pay rise in less than two years in the wake of a spate of workforce suicides: here.
USA: Deja Vu in Chicago as Occupying Workers Secure Victory. Allison Kilkenny, In These Times: “More than three years ago, a group of about 200 workers from Republic Windows & Doors organized a six-day sit-in demanding vacation and severance pay after suddenly being laid off near the holidays. A new group of about 65 workers locked themselves inside the same factory this week in a desperate move to save their jobs once again”: here.
- Greek subway workers fight for their rights (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Greek transport workers, doctors strike over austerity cuts [update] (ekathimerini.com)
- Art against nazis, homophobia and austerity (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Greek transport workers, doctors strike over austerity (antiguaobserver.com)
- SYRIZA leader eyes leftist front against austerity (ekathimerini.com)
Frankfurt strike to be extended
GERMANY: A strike by ground workers at Frankfurt airport forced bosses to cancel 231 flights today and the GdF union now says it will extend the strike into Wednesday morning.
Airline Lufthansa said passengers were being offered refunds or the opportunity to rebook free of charge for flights cancelled by the strike.
GdF, which represents ground workers and air traffic controllers, has been locked in a pay dispute with Fraport AG for months.
The strike was launched last Thursday after the company rejected an arbitration panel’s recommendations as excessive.
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Airport staff strike extended further
GERMANY: Frankfurt airport ground workers are extending their strike until Friday to press demands for more pay from airport operator Fraport AG.
The strike, which began last week, has already led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and delays at the airport — Europe’s third busiest — which sees around 1,300 takeoffs and landings daily.
Fraport said yesterday the workers’ demands for double-digit wage increases were “absolutely unacceptable” but their union GdF said it just wanted the Frankfurt workers’ salaries brought in line with what other airports pay.
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Airport ground staff strike again
GERMANY: Frankfurt Airport ground staff resumed their strike for five days from today after union reps and airport operator Fraport failed to reach a deal in talks on Friday evening.
The GdF union is demanding higher pay, increased bonuses and shorter working hours for the 200 tarmac traffic controllers, who have been striking since February 16.
They suspended the action while the talks took place.
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Workers occupy Chicago plant a second time over closure threat
Workers at the former Republic Windows and Doors Goose Island factory near Chicago staged a reoccupation of their plant February 23 after the new management announced they would shutter the facility that was occupied in 2008 when a similar attempt was made to close the factory. When the United Electrical Workers (UE) union returned from negotiations with the current owner, Serious Energy, to inform members that the plant was to be closed immediately, some 70 workers voted to occupy the plant until the company relented. Eleven hours later, Serious Energy management agreed to keep the plant open for another 90 days while a buyer is sought.
In 2008, Republic Windows and Doors received $25 billion in bailout funds for the Federal Government, while at the same time they fired the 250 workers at the Goose Island plant without notice and in violation of the WARN Act which requires 60 days notice before the final termination of workers. The Goose Island workers carried out a 6-day occupation of the plant demanding severance pay and that Bank of America reopen the company’s credit line. Finally, Serious Energy emerged as a buyer for the facility.
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Manufacturer Foxconn forced to improve union elections
Monday 04 February 2013
Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn admitted today that it had been forced to open up union elections at its factories in China, which make gadgets including Apple’s iPhone.
It follows recommendations by a panel hired by Apple to audit conditions for Foxconn’s 1.2 million workers in China.
Apple forced Foxconn to open up its factories to inspection by the Fair Labour Association, which pointed out problems with union representation, long hours, low pay and safety.
The current chairman of Foxconn’s trade union in China is Chen Peng, a senior member of the firm’s management.
Foxconn has previously been criticised for policies that allegedly led to a dozen workers’ suicides.
It said it will allow elections for a chairman and 20 members of its Federation of Labour Unions Committee every five years.