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Britain. Don’t mourn, organise

It’s not the result that we were hoping for. The Tories’ big majority will be seen as a huge blow to the working class, with the dire prospect of five more years of callous Tory rule. And what does that mean for us? Boris Johnson may have said that austerity is over, but nine years of cuts have taken their ...

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France. Build for an indefinite general strike everywhere!

The first day of strikes and protests against French President Macron’s proposed reform of the pension system was a resounding and historic success. On Thursday 5th December, there were nearly 250 demonstrations across France attended by no less than 1,5 million people. This compares with the first day of the movement against the proposed new labour law in 2016 which ...

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Ireland: Seething anger as housing crisis grows

By Katia Hancke, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) On Thursday 5 December, in the middle of the day, thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to demand action on the housing crisis. Working-class people from all over the city and beyond, many directly affected by homelessness at some point in their lives, brought their families and friends. All ...

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British elections – Final countdown

The final countdown has begun. With less than a week left of election campaigning, Corbyn and Johnson took part in the final televised head-to-head on 6 December. The debate revealed a contrast that could barely be clearer. Claire Laker Mansfield, Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Wales & Scotland) In some ways, Johnson’s posh-boy debating society demeanour illustrated his contempt for ...

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France: Massive support for general strike against pension ‘reform’

According to an IFOP survey, 64% of French people believe that the general strike of Thursday 5 December is justified. President Macron’s pension reform is going badly. The list of sectors calling for a strike has grown steadily (railway workers at SNCF, transport workers at RATP, air traffic controllers, transport, energy company EDF, students, the education sector, postal workers, care ...

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The Baltic States: Rising discontent and workers’ struggle

By James Clement  Socialist Alternative – CWI Majority in England and Wales Latvia and Lithuania have both experienced a recent upsurge in relatively small-scale strikes and protests against the effects of austerity. While Estonia has not had exactly the same level of struggles, discontent is rising amongst teachers and university academics, and the country could well follow suit. Capitalism restored ...

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Britain: Organise to fight healthcare sell-off!

By Mike Forster, Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Scotland & Wales) Despite the coordinated efforts of the capitalist media and religious leaders to divert attention back onto their preferred topic of Corbyn’s alleged anti-Semitism, his release of unredacted documents exposing British government talks with the US over the NHS has put Johnson back on the defensive. These documents reveal what ...

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Netherlands: End of the era of ‘social peace’

On Wednesday 20 November, for the first time in Dutch history, a national strike of hospital workers took place. On 6 November, the leadership of the education unions was forced to allow a strike after teachers angrily reacted against plans to call off the strike. A little longer ago, on 27 September, a historic number of 35,000 school students went ...

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Strong message by the school students of Volos against waste incineration!

Report by Xekinima – CWI Majority in Greece  Rhythm, liveliness, enthusiasm and impressive participation were the main features of the school students` demonstration on 21st of November against waste incineration by the Lafarge cement factory in Volos, against air pollution in the city, against the plans of the Volos municipal authorities to build a ‘Solid Recovered Fuel’ factory.  SRF is a ...

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Northern Ireland general election: Pacts and polarisation

In Britain, the Brexit crisis will be a key issue in the general election. However, there will also be a clear clash of broader political visions between the right-populism of Boris Johnson and the left, anti-austerity policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Class issues like poverty, housing, workers’ rights and the future of public services can also shape the outcome. Already, funding ...

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