International Round-up

From Committee for a Workers International

  • Tunisia: Down with the Ben Ali regime!
  • Pakistan: Punjab governor’s assassination silences another liberal voice
  • Maghreb: Tunisian revolt spreads to Algeria
  • Ivory Coast: Tensions build
  • US: Primarying Obama?
  • US: Georgia state prisoners strike for human rights
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Will Ireland follow Greece?

Austerity programmes across EU provoke mass struggles and general strikes

According to some Greek protesters Ireland is not like Greece - one banner on a demonstration read, “This is not Ireland, we will fight”. Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, says the same but from a different stand point. He keeps repeating that Ireland is not like Greece in the hope that such an economic collapse will not happen in Ireland, precisely because he is afraid of a similar revolt of the Irish working class.

Public sector agreement an historic sell-out!

"It really beggars belief that trade union leaders would have the brazenness to propose to low and middle income public sector workers that they should agree, not just an acceptance of the savage wage cuts already meted out, but ‘revolutionary’ measures that can have a further devastating effect on the incomes and working conditions of those workers.

"This is a shameless sell out.  It demonstrates utter contempt for rank and file trade union members. It portrays a trade union leadership in utter thrall to the discredited neoliberal economic agenda and utterly incapable of offering any alternative to the resultant onslaught on workers’ jobs and living standards in both the public and private sectors.

China: Young workers lead the fightback

The host of strikes across many regions of China in recent weeks and months have served to once again highlight the brutal working conditions in the country. The “Sweatshop of the World” has seen a litany of strikes take place within the last months in many multinational corporation factories, many of which have been instigated by young migrant workers.

 

Con-Dem-ned to cuts… – Time for the fight of our lives

Britain has been ‘Con Dem-ned’ to a future of savage attacks on public services, pay, pensions and benefits combined with tax increases for working and middle-class people.

The Tory/Liberal coalition has been cobbled together in a desperate attempt to create a government strong enough to launch an all-out onslaught on the living standards of the working class. Two thirds of the new cabinet went to public school. This is a government of the elite, for the elite, and it is going to set out to hammer the rest of us.