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Ambulance workers in Ireland fighting for trade union recognition

International Day of Solidarity – Monday 21 st October Katia Hancke Socialist Party Ireland Ambulance workers in the South of Ireland have been organising in NASRA, a branch of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), for the last ten years. The grassroots union branch is democratic with a lay leadership and a fighting approach to defending workers’ rights. Over the last ...

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Austria after the elections

On May 2019, the coalition government of the far-right FPÖ and the conservative ÖVP collapsed after a corruption scandal around the then-Vice Chancellor and leader of the FPÖ, HC Strache. Sebastian Kurz, who took over the ÖVP before the elections in 2017, has steered the party in the direction of the right-wing populism of the FPÖ. At the same time, ...

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Never Again! Sixth anniversary of the murder of the anti-fascist Pavlos Fyssas

By Xekinima, the CWI in Greece  Six years ago, on the 18th September 2013, a Golden Dawn death squad murdered the anti-fascist artist Pavlos Fyssas in a working class neighbourhood of Athens. This year, as in every year since, thousands demonstrated in cities all over Greece in commemoration of Pavlos Fyssas and against the neo-nazi ‘Golden Dawn’. The murder of ...

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Harland & Wolff Occupation: Historic struggle in Northern Ireland saves jobs

For nine weeks, workers at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was once built occupied the site after the company went into administration, placing skilled jobs at risk. The workers at the shipyard – members of Unite and GMB trade unions – demanded that the government nationalise the yard to safeguard its future. Workers, young people ...

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Health workers protest in Belgium

Since March, a movement has developed among Brussels health care workers. It started in the emergency and intensive care units of Brugmann-Horta Hospital, and has spread to other hospitals with the aim of expanding the struggle to the whole sector. Pablo from the LSP-PSL Belgium spoke to Karim Brikci, a shop-steward from the CGSP Public Service Union at the Brugmann-Horta ...

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Far right AfD wins in East German state elections and the response of socialists 

The fact that the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) failed to become the strongest party after elections in the East German states of Saxony and Brandenburg is no cause for celebration. The results of the 1st September  election  demonstrate a stabilization of a high level of support for the openly extreme right-wing AfD confirming the results of the earlier parliamentary and ...

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Vladimir Putin and the “Death of Liberalism”

By Rob Jones, CWI Russia Twenty years since he was first appointed Premier by the outgoing Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin in a provocative interview in the Financial Times recently declared that “Liberalism is dead”. His manifesto challenged the ‘liberal’ capitalist elite currently dominating the European Union and rallied right-wing populists to step up their activities. The same week, he visited ...

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Socialist Alternative in Moscow defy police bans – not once, but twice

By CWI reporters in Russia Undemocratic Moscow elections Elections to Moscow city council take place next Sunday. All the main independent, mainly liberal, candidates have not only been excluded from the election but 13 have spent most of the past few weeks in prison. Each weekend there have been protests organized, mainly illegal during which thousands have been arrested. All opposition ...

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Britain. Parliament suspended – fight for a general election now!

No to Boris coup! For mass protests, bringing together the trade unions, climate strikes movement and all those opposed to this attack on democratic rights We can’t trust capitalist MPs to protect workers and young people from a Tory No Deal Brexit! Fight for a general election and a Corbyn-led Labour government with socialist policies Serious trade union-led action against ...

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Ireland. Judiciary back the bosses again! Support the Ryanair workers right to strike!

The granting of Ryanair’s injunction against the pilot’s democratically balloted scheduled strike action last Thursday and Friday is an attack on workers’ rights by the judiciary that should concern the whole trade union movement. It should not however come as a surprise as the judiciary as part of the capitalist establishment has a natural class bias in favour of the ...

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