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Trade Unions

France and Belgium: One-day general strikes show need to escalate

The French labour movement has been on the streets in force once again. On 4 October more than a million workers - according to Rouge and L'Humanite - demonstrated in more than 150 cities and towns. Supported by all the main union federations the objective was to protest against the neoliberal reforms announced by the prime minister Dominique de Villepin earlier in the summer. Another major issue affecting private sector workers is falling real wages and the threat of job losses and closures in a whole series of companies. Read more...

Industrial Workers of the World: one big union

Mark Hoskisson looks at the history of the Industrial Workers of the World one hundred years on from its foundation Read more...

WOBBLIES!

Review of a new graphical history of the IWW, by Patrick Spackman Read more...

How the Tories shackled the workers

The recent Gate Gourmet and Rolls Royce disputes have highlighted how Britain’s anti-union laws prevent workers defending themselves. GR McColl looks at how they were imposed Read more...

Workers challenge alliance with the ANC

The three-way coalition between the African National Congress (ANC), the trade union federation (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) has ruled South Africa since the fall of apartheid. The ANC itself has deep roots within the masses and extensive patronage has allowed it to retain support. The flawed policy of the Cosatu leadership and the pro-bourgeois policy of the majority leadership of the SACP have allowed the partnership to continue. Read more...

South Africa: 100,000 miners on strike for better pay

Over the last four days 100,000 workers in South Africa’s gold mining industry have been on indefinite strike, demanding a pay increase of 12% (against the bosses offer of 4.5%), and improvements in working conditions. Read more...

AFL-CIO split: When the Kings of Labor fall out

On 25 July two of the biggest US unions withdrew from the AFL-CIO trade union federation. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Teamsters left the federation criticising the incumbent AFL-CIO president, John Sweeney, for failing to stem the losses in union membership. Read more...

Force Labour to nationalise Rover

“The ugliest face of capitalism”. Not the words of militant socialists but of Britain’s top bosses’ paper, the Financial Times. They were describing the betrayal of 6,000 Rover car workers by their asset stripping bosses.

The last remaining British-owned volume auto manufacturer, MG Rover, faces closure following the collapse of takeover talks with the Chinese government-owned manufacturer Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). The closure threatens the loss of 6,100 jobs at Rover’s plant in Longbridge, Birmingham, as well as an estimated ten to twenty thousand jobs at component suppliers. Read more...

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