Tag: strike

End of Cádiz strike: What can we learn?

26 November, 2021 · Spain

Unions and employers, two groups of managers with common interests in the running of companies, reach a pre-agreement to end the strike at the place of an state institution specialised in bringing about agreements between them. In Seville, of course, as far away as possible from the assemblies.
Unions and employers, two groups of managers with common interests in the running of companies, reach a pre-agreement to end the strike at the place of an state institution specialised in bringing about agreements between them. In Seville, of course, as far away as possible from the assemblies.

The lessons to be learned from the end of the strike in Cadiz are fundamental for the struggles to come. No, better conditions did not bring about an agreement between the bosses and the unions which the workers then accepted. Rather, the union leadership of the strike has prevented the workers from taking control of the struggle by inevitably ensuring that the conditions offered by the bosses would be accepted.

Metalworkers’ strike in Cádiz

24 November, 2021 · Spain

Metalworkers' strike in Cádiz
Metalworkers' strike in Cádiz

The metalworkers’ strike in Cádiz shows us that we need to fight in a different way. And that means, from now on, to take control of the assemblies today monopolized by the unions. And to do so in order to extend the struggles, open the assemblies and make joint demands that go beyond all the divisions by sector, province, region or contract type.

Labor “shortages”, trade unions and workers’ morality

28 September, 2021 · Morality

Gas station in Britain yesterday
Gas station in Britain yesterday

In Britain, the shortage of drivers at the wages offered by companies is already affecting 30% of British petrol stations and the government is starting to mobilize military drivers. It is a striking case because of how it reveals the chaos created by this productive system, but it is far from being unique: the entire American and European press complains about an alleged labor shortage. But the British experience and the behavior of the unions throughout this speaks volumes and says a lot about workers, their ethos/morality and the alternatives we face.

Self-organized mass strike grows across Iran

15 July, 2021 · Iran

Originating in the oil industry, the largest mass strike in the last 30 years is taking place throughout Iran. It is a movement self-organized by the workers and centralized through assemblies.
Originating in the oil industry, the largest mass strike in the last 30 years is taking place throughout Iran. It is a movement self-organized by the workers and centralized through assemblies.

The new wave of struggles involves more workers in a single assembly movement than the mass strike which swept through Iran’s petrochemical sector, steel mills and power plants last August. Organized at first through Telegram groups, workers tended to centralize the struggles from the first moment, organizing themselves in general village and city assemblies and then in assemblies between centers and localities, permanently connected. To this day, the workers have defeated both the companies’ attempts to divide the workforces and the threats of repression.

Covid and school: the state rejects the evidence, workers resume struggles

4 May, 2021 · Global situation

Massive teachers' strike aside from the unions in Algeria
Massive teachers' strike aside from the unions in Algeria

Covid and schools continue to be at the center of the class struggle during the pandemic. In the months since the return to school after Christmas, states have striven to enforce the new normality in the education system from Argentina to France at the cost of contagions and through lies refuted even by their own research institutes. Meanwhile, from Brazil to Senegal via Great Britain, teachers are back in the struggle, and in Algeria they broke union control and imposed the payment of salary arrears throughout the country.

How unions and the left sabotage the extension of struggles

24 April, 2021 · Argentina

Demonstration of "autoconvocados!" health workers in Neuquén.
Demonstration of "autoconvocados!" health workers in Neuquén.

The situation in Argentina in recent years has become a laundry list of union and left-wing resorts to divert and prevent the extension of struggles. We saw a first large-scale example in 2019 in Chubut. Then the convergence of struggles in the province around teachers and health workers was neutralized with national union strike calls cutting across the movement. Now in Neuquén we are seeing an alternative -yet no less damaging- strategy. We workers in Argentina and the rest of the world have much to learn from the experience in order to be able to effectively confront the unions and find our own terrain of struggle.

Struggles in the educational system did not go on holiday

12 January, 2021 · Global situation

After the waves of strikes in French and Portuguese schools this past autumn, the situation has taken a new turn. Unions have tried to harness the movements, a new actor has emerged in Italy, new movements in the US, and vaccination has entered the scene. The slogans have been evolving with the situation and the struggle is still on the rise, sometimes in the form of small isolated strikes and sometimes in spontaneous forms threatening the back-to-school operation in a whole country.

The working class keeps fighting all over the world

12 December, 2020 · Imperialism Report

There are thousands of strikes and a multitude of local struggles, but a good part of them are a response to the global phenomena of the moment, such as the effects of the covid pandemic on health and education systems. Let’s see some samples of the class response at the global level and the reaction of the unions trying to control them.

The teachers’ strike, Macron and the Europe to come

11 November, 2020 · France

Paris, yesterday.

The macronite response to the wave of strikes and its synchronization with Brussels, Germany and the Netherlands in increasing the repressive capacities of the states, comes at a time when the most basic contradictions of the system are becoming increasingly violent. It is clear to us that the rules of confrontation of the ruling class and the state are already set: against the affirmation of universal needs, use nationalism; against protests, use repression and impunity.

Strikes in educational centers bear fruit and show the way

9 November, 2020 · Global situation

Ontario, Canada

Most of the strikes that appear in the media are desperate protests against company closures that can achieve little or nothing in isolation. Many times the unions are passive or directly opposed to the prospect of a strike… But strikes actually win many times, even if the media does not count them. Today we will speak of a wave of strikes that is beginning to bear fruit: strikes in schools and nurseries for the health of workers and students.

Teachers’ strike: not only salaries, but also contents

15 October, 2020 · Argentina

Argentina is in a new pandemic peak. The schools cannot fulfill the only thing that upheld them as a valuable institution for the state: to be a useful feeding ground and nursery for students on the way to nationalist indoctrination. Teachers are left in a bad situation, forced to choose between those students who resist this bad training and a state that sits idly by in the face of the most urgent needs, supported by the unions that keep the teachers enternained.

The back-to-school strikes

23 September, 2020 · Global situation

This is a global movement that is overcoming the trade divisions within schools, incorporating other workers beyond individual schools into the demands, and organizing on the margins of the unions. All within a global framework of rising struggles.

Rising epidemic, schools and health centers overwhelmed

16 September, 2020 · Spain

Bilbao yesterday.

The Spanish government reported yesterday 156 covid deaths in the last 24 hours. primary care is already overwhelmed. This autumn a fundamental factor will be that the discontent that is beginning to emerge in the educational strikes shall become undeniable, shall be openly manifested and shall set out the firm ground of universal human needs. It is fundamental to stop the upward spiral of slaughter. Fundamental to confront the [[pauperization|mass impoverishment of the workers]] they are demanding in order to revive national capital, its enterprises and its finances.

Libya: struggles on both sides of the frontline brings war to a halt

15 September, 2020 · Magreb

Benghazi, last Sunday.

The protests that began in August in Tripoli have not yet been exhausted as a new wave of protests in Benghazi and its zone of influence has led to the resignation of the rival government in the east of the country. Will these struggles be enough to impose peace in a country torn apart by imperialist conflict?

Pandemic, strikes and vaccines

14 September, 2020 · Imperialism Report

The increase in hospitalizations, the ongoing strikes and the failure of the Oxford vaccine are not isolated events. What is coming next? An increasingly clear increase in all of these contradictions, with states and media trying to push back the reality of the pandemic and its consequences and making workers’ struggles even more brazenly invisible. And on the horizon, the pressing need for self-centralization and extension of the struggles.

What Democrats won’t tell you about auto workers in the USA and Mexico

22 August, 2020 · North America

It would be hard to imagine a greater or more heinous cynicism than democrats if the unions were not there to hold that title. The experience across North America reflects the commitment of left wing governments and unions around the world to maintain production in order to save business investment, putting capital above the safety and lives of workers.

Workers show up in the midst of the Belarusian crisis

13 August, 2020 · Belarus

The workers have finally appeared on the scene in Belarus, with their own concerns and not under the initial calls of the opposition. They are now presenting themselves as a force during this crisis, but the outcome is not yet decided. Will they be caught up in the incipient popular revolt as the opposition wants, or will they advance their own struggle as a class by adding their own slogans to their own budding movement?

Political crisis in Belarus

10 August, 2020 · Belarus

The world’s news programmes depict the elections and protests in Belarus in a completely contradictory way. While the Spanish TV links the electoral fraud to Russia, the BBC recalls the background of recent clashes between the two regimes and the German TV highlights the joint statement of Poland and Lithuania lukewarmly calling for further talks. What lies beneath the political crisis in Belarus?

Strikes in Iran are still on the rise

9 August, 2020 · News

Assembly of striking bus drivers.

The struggles continue to spread throughout Iran and now reach 12 provinces but are not yet coordinated among themselves.

Wave of struggles in Iran

3 August, 2020 · News

Oil workers protest in Iran during the August 2020 mass strike
Oil workers protest in Iran during the August 2020 mass strike

The surge of strikes that we are detecting around the world is now reaching Iran, where since December 2017 at least three waves of struggle have taken place.

Strike for Black Lives

23 July, 2020 · USA

This strike, which is marketed to the workers as a fight for the improvement of working conditions and against the discrimination of black workers, affirms nevertheless in its demands segregation among workers, amplifies the racialistic guilt and ends up merging everything into the achievement by the unions of a status similar to that of their European or Argentinean equivalents. All well seasoned and limited by the electoral interests of the Democratic Party. Where is the working class potential of the BLM movement of which the American left talks about?

July 19th around the world

19 July, 2020 · Global situation

Rey Vila, "July 19" published in "Images of the Spanish Revolution".

The forces that drove that massive insurrection, capable of defeating the democratic Republic, the military coup leaders and fascism at the same time, are still present and are asserting themselves ever more strongly throughout the world. The Spanish revolution, its lessons and what it means, matter not for what was left behind, but for what lies ahead. It is not memory or history, it is the future.

Tunisia: Rise and spread of the struggles

1 July, 2020 · Magreb

General Strike in Tataoine

Tunisia is experiencing a summer of struggles and mass worker mobilizations that draws on the lessons of the January 2018 movements while raising new challenges.

Strike wave in the Donbass mines

10 June, 2020 · Russia

Amidst repression, torture and militarization, the situation in the Donbass mines remains unsettled but an extension and a move towards mass strike cannot be excluded.

Understanding capital to confront challenges ahead

2 June, 2020 · Foundations

Alcoa workers, Spain, demanding a reduction in energy prices for the company that is laying them off.

The class struggle is too important a thing to be tied up in “traditions” or obsolete forms. Our lives and the future of our families depend on it. It is enough to recall the experience of the generations that are working today to realize that the isolated struggle in the company, the sector-wide strikes, the “social dialogue”… have only led to a spiral of precarization and impotence in the face of plant and company closures. In order to find alternative forms of struggle that will serve us today to confront the coming one, we need to understand at least in a fundamental way what capital is and how it functions. And when we do, there is no historical fantasy able to withstand it. We have to fight in a different way than the one proposed by the unions. And from now on, fight to extend the struggles over the territory.

“Communist” strikes in the US

30 May, 2020 · USA

Yakima county

While the US media focuses its attention on “racial conflicts” in a not so innocent way, a series of day laborers’ strikes in Washington state this month has shown much more clearly the forms and alternatives of the emergence of workers as a class.

Mexican maquilas go on strike again

23 April, 2020 · Mexico

Matamoros, MX. "Unions and fiirms kill the working class"

This is the time when workers in the US military industry plants should also break the trade union siege and join the struggle under the same platform, which describes and defines their interests as clearly as it does for their Mexican comrades.

Covid is an accelerator, not a brake

27 March, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Strike of a General Electrics branch in Italy.

We are in the middle of the most synchronous and geographically widespread wave of strikes and struggles in the last century. It shows to what extent universal, human needs can only be defended by the workers as a class, because only to the workers do they present themselves as their immediate and direct objective throughout the world. And what is no less important, it shows that we workers are capable of affirming a global alternative when we break with the subordination of our demands to companies’ profits, in other words, when we break with the discourse that unions have been hammering out for years and that they continue to repeat today

The Mediterranean on the edge of war

1 February, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Turkish cavalry in Idlib.

We’re entering a critical time. The forces and tensions driving the spread of war in the Mediterranean and North Africa are constantly unfolding, while European workers are close to suffering -thanks to the trade unions- the first serious defeats in the fight for their pensions.

The Green New Deal’s flip side

14 December, 2019 · Imperialism Report

In addition to the path of crisis and trade warr, there is now an industrial and transport reconversion -the “green new deal”- and its immediate consequence: a new global impulse towards imperialist conflict.

From defeat as a part of the “people” to victory as workers

8 November, 2019 · Imperialism Report

The unraveling of the Bolivian situation warn of what is to come in South America. Meanwhile, in Europe, the crisis is fuelling inter-imperialist tensions, putting NATO in the spotlight. And the most important thing of the week: the struggle of the Chatillon railroaders achieved a historic success by getting rid of the union police’s yoke.

France: railway workers’ strike overtakes trade union control

6 November, 2019 · France

Since 21 October, workers at the railway maintenance centre in Châtillon, the high-speed rail network’s linchpin in western France, have been on strike without prior notice independently of the unions. They stand up against the appalling working conditions and union control that led to the disastrous strike of 2018.

Traps, tricks and the need for organization

27 September, 2019 · Imperialism Report

This week started with the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, the first sign of a crisis that is already plunging into recession; the trade war took over the universal postal system – a historic jewel of rising capitalism; it showed the inanity and immorality of the new ideologies of “sacred ecological union” with the bourgeoisie; it exacerbated the battle of the bourgeois factions in the United States; and it made clear the immediate limits that unions and the left impose on the only struggles that can offer a perspective of overcoming the morass that is unfolding before our eyes.

Strike at General Motors

19 September, 2019 · USA

Since midnight on Monday, workers at General Motors plants in the U.S. have been called to what could become the largest industrial strike in the country in a decade. 50,000 of them are on strike today.

Strikes are not selfish

When workers defend their living standards in each strike, in each company, they show that a new and just world is not only possible but necessary; a world organised in order to satisfy human needs and not for producing profits to pay the bosses and shareholders.