Update: Following a 48-hour strike of thousands of London Underground workers last week, the RMT and TSSA unions have suspended further industrial action following management agreeing to withdraw notice of 953 redundancies this year.
Thousands of London Underground workers were set to take part in a second 48-hour strike over proposed cuts which include closing every Tube ticket office in London.
Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out last Tuesday in the first of two 48-hour stoppages and are set to walk out from 9pm tonight to the same time on Thursday 13th February.
Labour party shadow education minister and Engels biographer Tristram Hunt crossed a picket line of striking university lecturers at Queen Mary University on 10 February to lecture to students on Marx and Engels.
The strikers, members of the UCU union, were taking part in a two-hour "lightning" strike as part of an extended campaign of industrial action against real pay cuts - the government's 1% public sector pay, which is well below the rise in the cost of living.
The Morning Star quoted a striker as saying the shadow minister looked "shamefaced" as he scabbed on crossed their picket line.
Protests and demonstrations broke out in Tuzla on Wednesday night and have spread to the towns of Zenica, Mostar, Bihac and Sarayevo. In the northern industrial city of Tuzla, thousands of workers have been made redundant with many of them losing their pensions and health benefits.
Reuters reports that many workers have taken to the streets and have been joined by students. Government buildings and the police have been attacked and confrontations continue. Unemployment is officially 27.5% in Bosnia (officially) and the ruling cliques here are widely seen as gangsters.
Final court statement of anarchist Alexandra Dukhanina (Naumova),
charged with violence against police during an opposition rally in
Moscow's Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012, made in a Moscow court on
February 5, 2014.
Alexandra Dukhanina: "There were only blatant lies and brute force"
At first I thought that this entire case is some sort of mad mistake and
nonsense. But now, after listening to the speeches by prosecutors and
after finding out what are the imprisonment terms that they demanded for
all of us, I realized that they take revenge on all of us. They take
As the anti-migrant propaganda of the UK press continues, London Antifascists examine how their scapegoating lets government and employers off the hook.
The relentless diet of anti-migrant hysteria served by the mainstream press for the past few months has been staggering, even by their standards. The Daily Express in particular outdid itself, promising a “crusade” against Bulgarian and Romanian immigration.
This interview with a comrade from the Autonomous Workers' Union in Kiev was done on January 28, 2014. It sheds some light on the events around the Maidan: the array of reasons behind the protests, their focus on the hated president, the differences to the "orange revolution", the role of the right, the weakness of social struggles and possible scenarios.
Q:[b] Looking at the pictures from Kiev (for instance, here) it seems that all kinds of people are at the barricades. In your opinion, what brings them together? What do the people at the barricades and all the supporters discuss? Merely the practical issues of the fight against the cops?"... the politicians had to obey the crowd; generally, people are much more radical than their 'representatives'. The whole mobilization in November came as a surprise for them, and since then they couldn't grasp the events and take a lead." From the AWU-interview on January 28, 2014
Interview with two anarchist prisoners charged with participating in the May 6, 2012 clashes with police during an opposition rally in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square.
Former sailor Alexei Polikhovich, 22 (pictured), and historian Stepan Zimin, 21 are among the many people charged with clashing with police during an opposition rally. Both face a sentence of five-and-a-half year in penal colony, having spent over a year in pre-trial detention.
Hungarian far-right group Jobbik were chased across London by anti-fascists on Sunday as their leader Vona Gábor visited the UK to meet with Hungarians living in the city ahead of elections.
Anti-fascists prevented Jobbik from holding a rally in the Holborn area before chasing them back and forth across the city. The far-right group successfully held a brief rally at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park where Gábor addressed a crowd of around 100 supporters.
On Wednesday the business put 1250 workers under ERE (notification of termination). Three other sites (in Asturias, Alicante and Palma) debate how to respond to the stoppage.
The Coca-Cola bottling company in Spain has presented an Expediente de Regulación de Empleo (ERE, notice of intention to make redundancies) covering 1250 workers and to close a quarter of its plants. The workers of at these plants - Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Colloto (Asturias), Palma and Alicante - are planning demonstrations in response.they don't have economic reasons [for the layoffs] Union official
Outsourced workers at the University of London’s Central Administration, employed by Cofely GDF-Suez, will be striking this Monday to Wednesday, 27 to 29 January, 2014.
The first and third days of the strike will be at Senate House, University of London, from 6 am until 1 pm. On the second strike day, the entire picket line will board an open top bus and do a whistle-stop tour of high profile sites throughout London, including national media outlets and places of particular interest to the University of London and Cofely.
A statement from the Ukrainian Autonomous Workers Union on the situation in the country as the government reacts to a wave of protest by bringing in repressive new laws.
The laws which were passed on January 16th showed that the faction of the ruling class which now controls the government is ready to install a reactionary bourgeois dictatorship on the model of the Latin American regimes of the 1970s. The “dictatorship laws” criminalize any protest and limit the freedom of speech; also, they establish responsibility for “extremism”.
Varshavsky Warehouse Squat Case: St Petersburg Anarchist Black Cross statement on criminal charges against Denis Levkin
Denis Levkin has been imprisoned since February 2013. He was detained
when the police stormed the squatted warehouse near the former
Varshavsky Station in St Petersburg, Russia, and charged under article
318 part 2 of the Russian Criminal Code (use of violence dangerous for
health or life against an officer). St Petersburg anarchists have taken
an active part in occupation and defence of the warehouse, and the St
Petersburg Anarchist Black Cross cannot ignore the trial in Levkin's
case, which is now under way.
This article from the November issue of the CNT newspaper memorializes 80 years of a militant workers newspaper in Spain. It also focuses on the present and future of the CNT, and provides a decent overview of how the anarcosyndicalist union has been organizing since the beginning of the crisis in 2008.Despite the long path we still have to travel before the CNT once again becomes a reference point for the working class, over the past few years the union has definitely laid some solid ground that justifies optimism in this sense.
The Bangladeshi minimum wage board has, after long negotiations, announced a 76% increase in garment workers’ pay, applicable to all seven pay grades. This has quickly been hailed as a great victory by some observers. We’ll go into the details to show that it’s not the result the workers continue to demand and that any gains may not be long-lasting.