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Tema: Krise og modstand (internat.)

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Krise og modstand (internat.)
Se også: Øk. kriser: 2000-
Dave Sewell + Siân Ruddick + Anindya Bhattacharyya: Hundreds of thousands occupy globally against injustice
Socialist Worker nr. 2273, okt 11 
Note: Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in hundreds of cities across the world today, Saturday. They were united by a sense that something is seriously wrong with the economic system we live in – and a desire to change it.
 
Sean Vernell: The working class, trade unions and the left: the contours of resistance
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13 
Note: Since the onset of the economic crisis that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, governments across the world have attempted to implement policies that try to stabilise capitalism. In Britain these attacks have focused on the welfare state, cutting the cost of the social wage, scrapping and cutting benefits, wage freezes, slashing pensions, privatising the NHS and raising student fees.
 
Day School: Work, Class & Resistance
International Socialism Journal nr. 141, jan 14 
Note: Video recordings of the day school held by International Socialism on 8th February 2014.
 
Videos of ISJ ‘Crisis, Class and Resistance’ conference
International Socialism Journal nr. 134, apr 12 
Note: Video recordings of the conference held by International Socialism on Saturday 12 May 2012.
 
Joseph Choonara: The class struggles in Europe
International Socialism Journal nr. 138, apr 13 – side 49
Note: The crisis of global capitalism, now past its half-decade point, remains the key to the political situation across Europe and beyond. It is on this terrain that resistance has begun to develop, one of the most visible expressions of which has been a succession of general strikes in several European countries since 2008.
 
Anindya Bhattacharyya: ‘We are the 99%’ – occupy movement goes global
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 1
Note: Over a million people across the world took to the streets this week to protest against poverty, inequality and economic injustice.
 
Editorial: Together we can build a new world
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 3
Note: We are often told that people are selfish—so we have dog-eat-dog societies where everyone’s just out for whatever they can grab. This week shows that up as a lie.
 
Anti-capitalist protests shout round the world
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 7
Note: Well over a million people took to the streets in more than 950 cities across 80 countries last Saturday, as the Occupy movement exploded internationally.
 
Editorial: Across Europe, this is one fight
Socialist Worker nr. 2253, maj 11 – side 3
Note: The austerity plans of Europe’s elite are devastating lives, pushing economies further into crisis—and sparking mass protests.
 
What Socialists Say: Does it make a difference if we are in recession?
Socialist Worker nr. 2238, feb 11 – side 9
Note: The Tories are using the global economic crisis as an excuse to make savage cuts in Britain. They say that higher levels of unemployment, cuts to services, lower pay and worse pensions are unavoidable.
 
Alex Callinicos: Analysis: Austerity politics
International Socialism Journal nr. 128, okt 10 – side 3
Note: Fiscal austerity is more and more securely locked into place in the advanced capitalist countries. This is despite all the signs that the world economy faces, at best, a weak and unsteady recovery. The financial markets spent the summer agonising over the probability of a double-dip recession. But Robert Reich, labour secretary under Bill Clinton, summed up the view of many economists of different political and intellectual allegiances who believe the data actually point to a grimmer reality.
 
Christakis Georgiou: The euro crisis and the future of European integration
International Socialism Journal nr. 128, okt 10 – side 81
Note: The crisis which hit Europe in the spring and early summer of 2010 is proof that all the talk about recovery from the crisis which broke out in September 2008 is totally off the mark.
 
Jane Hardy: Crisis and recession in Central and Eastern Europe
International Socialism Journal nr. 128, okt 10 – side 111
Note: Despite the virtual implosion of some economies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)—plunging living standards in parts of the region, protests and social unrest—little attention has been paid to the crisis and recession in the ten post-Communist countries that joined the European Union (EU) in 2004 and 2006.
 
Lars Henrik Carlskov: 29. september: Europæisk aktionsdag mod nedskæringerne
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 301, sep 10 – side 2
Note: Over hele Europa er vi i øjeblikket vidne til den største offensiv i mange år mod arbejderklassens levestandard. De herskende klasser forsøger at tørre regningen for kapitalismens krise af på almindelige lønmodtagere, arbejdsløse, studerende og pensionister. Og dette gælder både for de borgerlige og de socialdemokratiske partier. Heldigvis møder de herskende klassers offensiv modstand.
 
Anne A. Lange: Erfaringer fra Holland: Regningen Retur
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 301, sep 10 – side 2
Note: Interview med Maina van der Zwan fra Internationale Socialister i Holland og med i initiativet Regningen Retur.
 
Nedskæringer og modstand i Europa
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 299, jul 10 – side 8
Note: Frankrig, Italien, Irland, Poortugal, Spanien
 
EU legitimerer nedskæringer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 298, jun 10 – side 5
Note: Socialister har altid beskrevet EU som en sammenslutning af Europas elite for at styrke eliten imod Europas arbejderklasse. Hvordan EU udfylder denne rolle leverede EU’s økonomikommissær og Claus Hjort Frederiksen et stjerneeksempel på, som det er skildret i Politiken.
 
Jonathan Højgaard: Det islandske Nej var et nej til at betale for bankernes spekulationer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 296, mar 10 – side 6
Note: Den 6. marts afviste islændingene en tilbagebetalingsaftale på et lån, de ikke havde taget. Med overvældende 93% siger de klart nej til at betale en de 28 milliarder + renter tilbage, som den britiske og hollandske regering kræver. Beløbet udgør halvdelen af Islands samlede BNP.
 
Jakob Nerup: Folkeafstemning på Island: Venstrefløjen mod folket
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 294, jan 10 – side 12
Note: Den islandske regering er tvunget til at respektere demokratiet. Præsidenten har nedlagt veto mod regeringen og udskrevet folkeafstemning d. 20 februar. Årsagen er enkel. Hver fjerde islænding har skrevet under på et krav om, at der holdes en folkeafstemning om regeringens betaling af 28 milliarder kroner til engelske og hollandske spekulanter.
 
Left behind?
International Socialism Journal nr. 124, okt 09 – side 7
Note: The derisory message of a four-page piece by journalist Andy Beckett in the Guardian’s G2 supplement in mid-August was that the far left had missed “the political opportunity presented by the financial crisis”. And there are a good number on the far left who think the Guardian was right.
 
Analysis: Desperate debates over desperate measures
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 3
Note: The United States is witnessing the “worst downturn in post-war history”; German engineering’s foreign orders are down 50 percent on a year ago, Japanese Industrial production down 30.8 percent; world trade has fallen 31 percent; 20 million Chinese workers have returned unemployed to their villages;3 392 million Africans living on less than $1 a day face a 20 percent cut in living standards. The global economy “has fallen off the cliff”, laments Warren Buffet, reputed to be the richest man in the US.
 
Yuri Prasad: Unemployment: rise in jobless provokes fear and anger
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 9
Note: A shocking report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) recently predicted that global unemployment could rise by more than 50 million and leave more than 7 percent of the world’s labour force without a job by the end of 2009.
 
Crisis hits the car industry as companies cut jobs
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 2
Note: There is a dramatic crisis sweeping through the car industry in Britain. New car registrations dropped by 30 percent in January alone.
 
Jørn Andersen: Fra krise til oprør?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 286, feb 09 – side 8
Note: Chefen for IMF, Den internationale Valutafond, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, forudsagde i midten af januar, at den økonomiske krise vil betyde mere uro.
 
Chris Bambery: Protester vælter Islands regering
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 286, feb 09 – side 9
Note: Regeringen i Island blev den første, der i januar mistede sine taburetter i denne lavkonjunktur som følge af folkelige protester.
Ugevis af protester tvang statsminister Geir Haarde og hans regering til at træde tilbage.
 
Sadie Robinson + Anindya Bhattacharyya: Crisis: Are the banks to blame?
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 13
Note: Amid growing anger at the bankers, Anindya Bhattacharyya and Sadie Robinson look at the role of banks in the wider economy and trace the origins of the crisis.
 
Chris Bambery: Protests bring down Iceland’s government
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 16
Note: The government of Iceland became the first to be driven out of office in this recession by a wave of popular protest this week.
 
Chris Bambery: World rulers panic as banks’ crisis returns
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 5
Note: Gordon Brown’s bailout for the banks reflects a growing sense of panic among the ruling class as the economic crisis deepens.
And no wonder they are panicked – as all the signs are that the crisis looks set to get much, much worse.
 
Chris Bambery: Økonomisk ustabilitet skaber større fare for voldelige konflikter
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 285, jan 09 – side 16
Note: I takt med at den økonomiske tilbagegang bliver mere alvorlig, vil konkurrerende stater fortsat vende sig mod militær magt for at fastslå deres dominans, skriver Chris Bambery
 
Lindsey German: In my opinion: Mobilise against system
Socialist Review nr. 332, jan 09 – side 7
Note: The protests that have shaken Greece are a sign of things to come. Initially over the shooting of a teenager by police in Athens, demonstrations and riots spread across the country, threatening the future of the government and crystallising the depth of bitterness and anger among working class people.
 
Chris Bambery: A year of revolt and recession
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 4
Note: The New Year will begin with a sense of fear gripping both the top and bottom of society. Working people across the globe fear for their jobs, pensions and services. At the top there is fear that the economic crisis is entering freefall and will lead to widespread resistance.
 
Editorial: A split ruling class with no answer to the crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 12
Note: Gordon Brown has been stung by remarks from Peer Steinbrück, the German finance minister, who described Britain’s response to the economic crisis as “crass Keynesianism”.
 
Trouble in China
Socialist Worker nr. 2130, dec 08 – side 2
Note: The dramatic fall in the US economy came as official unemployment rates in China were set to rise to 4.5 percent – the highest in a decade.
 
Sadie Robinson: Shockwaves of the crisis of capitalism spread round the world
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 8
Note: Panic over the recession often focuses on the Western economies. But it is the world’s weaker economies that are bearing the brunt of the turmoil.
 
David Jardine: Indonesia: Jangled nerves and the begging bowl
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 9
Note: As the global financial crisis broke one of the countries where ordinary people especially held their breath was Indonesia. Ravaged by the economic crisis of 1997-8, whole sectors of the economy were brought down and many millions were thrown below the poverty line.
 
Pakistan: On the edge
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 9
Note: Pakistan is facing economic collapse. Inflation has soared to a 30-year high and in October its currency plunged to an all-time low.
 
Andy Zebrowski: Turning against the privateers in Poland
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 9
Note: Last year the governing party in Poland proclaimed that it could build a miracle economy. Events are changing so fast that many politicians and economists have been made to look stupid.
 
Chris Bambery: How the recession is hitting workers across the globe
Socialist Worker nr. 2127, nov 08 – side 2
Note: Across the globe the scale of the economic crisis is becoming clearer every day as more job losses, factory closures and cutbacks are announced.
 
Europe’s growing wave of resistance to the crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2126, nov 08 – side 2
Note: Across Europe there is a growing rebellion against attempts to make ordinary people pay for the economic crisis. Socialist Worker reports on the protests that have swept Greece, Italy and Germany in the past week
 
Alex Callinicos: IMF still wields the neoliberal cosh
Socialist Worker nr. 2126, nov 08 – side 4
Note: Neoliberalism is for mugs. This has turned out to be one of the main lessons of the present economic crisis.
 
Chris Bambery + Paul Michael Garrett + Donal Mac Fhearraigh + Leandros Bolaris: A storm of protest is sweeping Europe
Socialist Worker nr. 2125, nov 08 – side 3
Note: Socialist Worker reports on how anger at the economic turmoil has filled the streets.
Suddenly Europe is aflame. There are mass demonstrations of workers on the streets, students in revolt in the colleges and schools, and pensioners are joining a movement to defend the welfare state they created.
In Italy, Greece and Ireland signs that working people are refusing to pay for the economic crisis and are fighting back are starting to show.
 
Krise og modstand - Tyskland
Se også: Tyskland
Christine Buchholz: Tyskland: ‘Partnerskabet’, der holder arbejdernes kamp tilbage, begynder at falde fra hinanden
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 346, jul 15 
Note: Christine Buchholz, parlamentsmedlem for det tyske venstreparti Die Linke, siger, at opposition mod nedskæringer vokser på Angela Merkels hjemmebane.
 
Stefan Bornost: Opposition and opportunity in Germany
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 22
Note: Just one month after Angela Merkel’s new conservative-liberal government took office in Germany it faces its first difficulties. Franz Josef Jung of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) resigned from the government amid allegations of a cover-up relating to the Kunduz massacre in Afghanistan in which up to 142 people lost their lives, including numerous civilians. Also dismissed the previous day for the same reason were general inspector Wolfgang Schneiderhan, the most senior military figure, and state secretary Peter Wichert.
 
Michael Eaude: Sketches of Spain
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 29
Note: “We are coming out of the tunnel,” affirmed finance minister Elena Salgado creatively, when the third quarter unemployment figures came out in late October. 4,137,500 people were jobless, 17.93 percent of the population available for work. The Spanish state’s official unemployment rate is higher than in any other European country except Latvia (19.7 percent).
 
Jens Klüver: Europa i oprør: Tyskland: Demonstrationer mod lønnedgang
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 100, feb 94 – side 6
Note: Siden 1. februar har tyske metalarbejdere strejket og demonstreret mod lønnedgang.
 
Krise og modstand - Storbritannien
Se også: Storbritannien; Storbritannien 1979-
Paul McGarr: Striking debates
International Socialism Journal nr. 149, jan 16 – side 101
Note: Significant discussion has taken place in recent issues of International Socialism, echoing wider debates in the movement, around the persistently low level of industrial struggle in Britain. This is part of a wider phenomenon internationally, but the debate in this journal, reflecting the arena of activity of most contributors, has naturally focused on Britain. Answering the question at the heart of these discussions is, as Alex Callinicos has noted: “the most important single task facing revolutionary Marxists today”.
 
Richard Morgan: Strikes, ballots and the class struggle: An addition to the strikes debate
International Socialism Journal nr. 149, jan 16 – side 125
Note: Simon Joyce has helped galvanise a long overdue discussion in International Socialism on the state of workplace class struggle in the UK. Though I partially disagree both with his claim that shop stewards have lost control of the strike weapon and with his point that workers lose on “perishable” issues, that is, “issues that management would win by default if workers did not act immediately”, I agree with the tone and emphasis of Simon’s article which points to a refreshingly more positive assessment of workplace organisation than is commonplace on the left. In particular he makes four very important points.
 
Dave Lyddon: Feedback: Bureaucratic mass strikes: a rejoinder
International Socialism Journal nr. 148, okt 15 – side 189
Note: Mark O’Brien’s article in 2014, “The problem of the one-day strike”, was an attempt to understand “the dominance of very short (usually one-day) national, public sector strikes that have typified industrial action in the UK for at least a decade”. My response to him concentrated on the 30 November 2011 coordinated strike (N30) and the earlier union campaign in 2005-6 against New Labour’s attempted “reforms” of public service pensions. He agreed with my criticism of the “no J30, no N30” narrative within the Socialist Workers Party, which was my main argument. For my own part, I acknowledged Mark’s “particularly useful account of local organisation around N30”. Our areas of disagreement are limited but nonetheless significant and these form the first two parts of this brief rejoinder. The third part engages with Mark’s discussion of the one-day strike.
 
Mark O’Brien: Revolutionaries in the unions: The reality of the strike
International Socialism Journal nr. 147, jul 15 – side 151
Note: The debate around orientations for revolutionaries in the unions today is the result of an uncomfortable but inescapable fact: the level of trade union struggle has remained historically low for 20 years.
 
Dave Lyddon: Bureaucratic mass strikes: A response to Mark O’Brien
International Socialism Journal nr. 146, apr 15 – side 145
Note: The mass strike of 30 November 2011 (N30) was the broadest and biggest ever British public sector strike and involved the largest number of women workers in any British strike. It has been discussed several times in this journal, with Mark O’Brien giving a particularly useful account of local organisation around N30, but my response will comment on some of his other points.
 
Martin Upchurch: The end of the “safe space” for unions? A response to Simon Joyce
International Socialism Journal nr. 146, apr 15 – side 189
Note: Simon Joyce has written a welcome article that seeks to address why Britain’s strike record is at a historically low level. Simon’s argument is that the “confidence theory” of strike action, associated with the International Socialist tradition, is insufficient to explain contemporary labour quiescence.
 
Donny Gluckstein: The question of confidence: A reply to Simon Joyce
International Socialism Journal nr. 146, apr 15 – side 203
Note: Simon Joyce’s piece “Why are there so few strikes?” in International Socialism 145 is very welcome. It asks an essential question, and Joyce clearly achieves his aim of opening a discussion.
 
Simon Joyce: Why are there so few strikes?
International Socialism Journal nr. 145, jan 15 – side 119
Note: This article addresses a key issue for socialists: the current low level of strikes.
 
Mark O’Brien: Feedback: The problem of the one-day strike: a response to Sean Vernell
International Socialism Journal nr. 142, apr 14 – side 149
Note: Sean Vernell’s article, “The Working Class, Trade Unions and the Left: the Contours of Resistance” (available on the International Socialism website), is a very welcome assessment of the legacy of the wave of strikes that took place over the issue of pensions across public sector trade unions between March 2011 and June 2012.
 
After Grangemouth oil plant bosses blackmail workers: Unions can do better than this
Socialist Worker nr. 2377, okt 13 – side 1
Note: Workers at Grangemouth petrochemical plant and oil refinery in Scotland have had their pensions wrecked, their pay frozen, and their union rights undermined by a rotten deal. After bullying billionaire boss Jim Ratcliffe threatened to close the plant many will be relieved to still have jobs.
 
Dave Sewell: Tory benefit cap will drive thousands more into destitution
Socialist Worker nr. 2362, jul 13 – side 4
Note: Thousands of people took a huge hit to their housing benefits on Monday of this week. The first part of the Tories’ benefit cap came into force in the majority of Britain’s councils.
 
Nick Grant: Teachers’ strikes can hit the Tories hard this autumn
Socialist Worker nr. 2362, jul 13 – side 5
Note: The two biggest teachers’ unions covering England and Wales, the NUT and NASUWT, have announced national and regional strikes in their campaign to defend pensions, pay and conditions.
 
Simon Basketter: Ballot to strike over fire bosses’ capability tests
Socialist Worker nr. 2362, jul 13 – side 19
Note: Firefighters are set to ballot for strikes over attacks on their pensions.
 
Andy Reid: PCS union consults on new action
Socialist Worker nr. 2362, jul 13 – side 19
Note: The civil service workers’ PCS union is to hold a two month consultation across 600 union branches on tactics to continue its ongoing national dispute. The union’s national executive agreed this move when it met last week.
 
Annette Mackin: Bridgwater Postal workers escalate to three day strike
Socialist Worker nr. 2362, jul 13 
Note: Some 110 post workers walked out yesterday, Thursday, for three days in Bridgwater, Somerset. The workers are members of the Communication and Workers Union (CWU). They are out in protest at cuts to full time jobs, allegations of bullying management and to demand the payment of £800 owed to each worker by management.
 
Annette Mackin: Setback for London fire cuts after hundreds of firefighters take to the streets
Socialist Worker nr. 2362, jul 13 
Note: Some 600 firefighters and supporters marched against station closures and job cuts in London yesterday, Thursday. Workers were protesting at plans by Tory mayor Boris Johnson to close 12 stations, remove 18 engines and slash 520 frontline firefighter posts. London FBU union called the march.
 
Simon Basketter: The gloves are off as George Osborne reveals new brutal cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2360, jul 13 – side 4
Note: The cuts announced in the spending review are a serious escalation of the Tories’ war on workers and the welfare state, writes Simon Basketter.
 
Dave Sewell: Bosses under pressure at bedroom tax conference
Socialist Worker nr. 2360, jul 13 – side 8
Note: Tory bedroom tax minister Lord Freud was far from welcome in Manchester last week. Housing association bosses grilled him at their annual Chartered Institute of Housing conference, while 100 protesters lobbied outside.
 
Dave Sewell: Campaign halts first bedroom tax eviction
Socialist Worker nr. 2358, jun 13 – side 4
Note: The movement against the bedroom tax claimed its first victory last week in Manchester, when quick campaigning beat back the threat to tenant Ella Lorelle.
 
Sadie Robinson: Thousands of teachers prepare for new battle
Socialist Worker nr. 2358, jun 13 – side 7
Note: Teachers across the north west of England are set to strike on Thursday of next week—and close a third of schools in England and Wales.
 
Judith Orr: People’s Assembly: Thousands sign up to rage against austerity
Socialist Worker nr. 2357, jun 13 – side 3
Note: Over 2,500 people have signed up for the People’s Assembly in London on 22 June—part of a groundswell of bitterness and anger against austerity.
 
Annette Mackin: Civil service strikes – from job centres to Stonehenge
Socialist Worker nr. 2356, jun 13 – side 6
Note: Around 135,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union were set to strike this week. They work in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Valuations Office Agency (VOA).
 
Charlie Kimber: Peoples Assembly: what can it deliver?
Socialist Review nr. 381, jun 13 – side 8
Note: The People’s Assembly will be a focus for many wanting to see a fightback. Charlie Kimber argues this is welcome, but we need to address the role of trade union leaders and the Labour Party if we are to build a movement that can break the government and its savage austerity programme.
 
Mark Krantz: Can we beat the bedroom tax?
Socialist Review nr. 381, jun 13 – side 20
Note: In 1990 when Thatcher brought in the “Community Charge” we were told it was only “fair” that the “duke and his gardener pay the same”. The Community Charge was a flat rate council tax imposed on every individual in Britain, regardless of income.
 
Kevin Doogan: The Inside Story: Zero security?
Socialist Review nr. 380, maj 13 – side 7
Note: There are two conflicting accounts of what has happened in the labour market since the onset of the Great Recession. It will amaze Socialist Review readers but there is a story doing the rounds that we are in the middle of a “jobs boom”.
 
Jane Aitchison: ‘Join our fight to stop the Tories’: 250,000 workers to strike on budget day
Socialist Worker nr. 2344, mar 13 – side 1
Note: PCS members are very determined to fight back on budget day. (by Jane Aitchison, past president PCS union DWP group and joint secretary Unite the Resistance)
 
Jerry Hicks: ‘We need to take a lead in the fight’
Socialist Worker nr. 2343, mar 13 – side 17
Note: Voting for the next general secretary of the Unite union opens later this month – rank and file candidate Jerry Hicks argues for a new approach to fight the cuts.
 
Karen Reissmann: We need to step up the fight against attacks in health
Socialist Worker nr. 2343, mar 13 – side 19
Note: How should health workers respond to the unprecedented wave of attacks on their jobs, pay and conditions? And what can be done about health unions that are retreating in the face of a vicious bosses’ offensive?
 
Nick Grant: Teachers push to join May pensions strikes
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 
Note: The NUT teachers’ union will meet in two weeks’ time to discuss further strikes over pensions.
 
Judith Orr: Fight the Tories on two fronts at once
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 4
Note: The Tories are under pressure in more ways than one. They may have hoped the withdrawal of some larger trade unions from the pensions fight might have finished it off.
 
Julie Sherry: NUT backs June date for national walkout
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 4
Note: Teachers at the NUT union’s conference voted to organise another national strike over pensions in June.
 
Simon Basketter: Oil industry: the hands on the tap
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 10
Note: In the wake of the petrol panic, Simon Basketter looks at how restructuring of key industries has hit workers, but also given them more power.
 
Editorial: As crisis and scandal leave Cameron reeling – Kick out rotten Tories
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 3
Note: It’s been a bad few weeks for the Tories. First their budget was attacked for lining the pockets of their rich friends while fleecing pensioners.
Then a VAT change in the budget’s small print grabbed the front pages for days—and went right to the heart of bitterness against the government.
 
Sadie Robinson: London pensions strike: schools and colleges shut down
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 5
Note: Teachers and lecturers in London struck on Wednesday of last week in the ongoing battle to defend pensions. Some 8,000 strikers and supporters marched through central London on the day. Strikers were angry about the Tories’ assault on pensions—but their anger went far deeper too.
 
Mark Thomas: Vital steps: the 28 March strike
Socialist Review nr. 367, mar 12 – side 4
Note: Suddenly, the government seems to be reeling from a number blows. Already embroiled in a bitter row over Andrew Lansley's plans to accelerate the opening up of the health service to competition and private health providers, it must have felt on firmer ground over its plans to force the unemployed to work for their benefits.
 
Estelle Cooch: Every little helps
Socialist Review nr. 367, mar 12 – side 5
Note: “A spirit of anti-capitalism stalks the land, a fire-breathing beast that has shrivelled Stephen Hester’s bonus in its nostril-blast, and scorched Fred Goodwin's knighthood, and now seeks whomever else it may devour.”
 
Alan Kenny: Electricians dispute: Sparks victorious!
Socialist Review nr. 367, mar 12 – side 6
Note: Electricians have won a stunning victory which should give hope to us all. After a six-month-long battle they have defeated the wage-cutting plans of multinational corporations.
 
Gill George: The NHS Bill: A blueprint for destruction
Socialist Review nr. 367, mar 12 – side 13
Note: The government is in serious trouble over its plans for the National Health Service. Gill George explains exactly how the bill is intended to destroy the NHS as we know it.
 
Jack Farmer: The spirit of Occupy
Socialist Review nr. 366, feb 12 – side 6
Note: John Sinha and Amy Leather are socialists who have been part of the occupation of St Paul's since it began. They spoke to Jack Farmer about the Occupy movement.
 
Julie Sherry: Pressure at the top
Socialist Review nr. 366, feb 12 – side 16
Note: The mass strike on 30 November struck a heavy blow against the government and its cuts agenda. But since then some union leaders have put the breaks on. Julie Sherry assesses the role of the trade union bureaucracy and looks at how workers can increase the pressure for more strikes.
 
Charlie Kimber: The rebirth of our power? After the 30 November mass strike
International Socialism Journal nr. 133, jan 12 – side 15
Note: The mass strike of 30 November 2011 has opened a new chapter in British working class history. Around 2.5 million people joined what was the biggest strike in Britain since 1926.
 
30 Nov strike: How we are building for N30 strikes
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 4
Note: Workers from around the country talked to Socialist Worker about what they are doing to make the strikes on 30 November as big as possible.
 
Tom Walker: 30 Nov strike: The race is on to stop the Tories
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 4
Note: 30 November could see the biggest strike in Britain since the 1926 General Strike and transform politics—if we fight for the biggest yes votes possible
 
30 Nov strike: ‘We need to go out for as long as it takes’
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 4
Note: Unions came together for a joint meeting at Greenford High School in west London last week.
 
Siân Ruddick + Dave Sewell: Occupy London can 'make a big difference'
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 7
Note: More than 3,000 people protested in the City of London against the greed of the banking system last Saturday.
 
Simon Basketter: Sparks' revolt
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 8
Note: Electricians have protested around Britain to stop bosses imposing 35 percent pay cuts and tearing up their contracts.
 
Activists plan to Occupy London
Socialist Worker nr. 2273, okt 11 – side 16
Note: Activists plan to bring the spirit of the US and Spanish demos to Britain this Saturday.
 
Jonny Jones: August 2011: a riot of our own
International Socialism Journal nr. 132, okt 11 – side 35
Note: On 7 August 2011 the Observer ran a column by Nick Cohen with the headline “No riots here, just quiet, ever-deeper misery”.
 
Tom Walker: Riots: ‘One law for the rich-one for the poor’
Socialist Worker nr. 2268, sep 11 – side 13
Note: Defence campaigns are starting to take shape for the thousands of young people who face jail over the recent riots.
 
Sadie Robinson: Huge votes for strikes: the fight is on!
Socialist Worker nr. 2256, jun 11 – side 1
Note: Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers plan to walk out together on 30 June after winning big strike votes. The workers are fighting a vicious attack on their pensions that would see them pay more in, work longer and get less money.
 
Editorial: No, Mr Miliband, the poor are not to blame
Socialist Worker nr. 2256, jun 11 – side 3
Note: As the Tories push through the biggest attacks on the welfare state in history, the silence from Labour leader Ed Miliband has been deafening. His much-hyped speech this week was meant to signal the start of his party’s fightback. Instead it simply continued Labour’s rightward drift.
 
Editorial: IMF praise means more pain for us
Socialist Worker nr. 2255, jun 11 – side 3
Note: George Osborne’s sneering smile said it all as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) heaped praise upon his economic vision for Britain this week. The IMF insisted that austerity is “essential” to achieve “a more sustainable budgetary position”.
 
Viv Smith: 30 June: 30 June strikes can turn the tide against the Tory government
Socialist Worker nr. 2254, jun 11 – side 4
Note: Thousands of council workers across two cities are set to join the planned mass strike against the cuts on Thursday 30 June.
 
Jackie Turner: Book review: Colin Leys and Stuart Player: The Plot Against the NHS
Socialist Review nr. 359, jun 11 – side 27
Note: This is an excellent book and a must read for health activists. Colin Leys is a professor at Goldsmiths College and Stewart Player is a public policy analyst with extensive experience in studying the NHS.
The authors have described what has been done to the NHS as a plot because it has been covert: "Neither parliament nor the public have ever been told honestly what is intended." They detail how privatisation has been introduced in bite-sized chunks to keep it below the public's radar screen.
 
Yuri Prasad: Resisting the plot against the NHS
Socialist Worker nr. 2253, maj 11 – side 8
Note: The NHS is under serious attack from the Tories and faces rampant privatisation. Colin Leys, co-author of a new book on the NHS, spoke to Yuri Prasad about what the cuts mean—and how this is the logical conclusion of policies pursued by New Labour.
 
Patrick Ward: 30 June: A day to take on the Tories
Socialist Worker nr. 2253, maj 11 – side 16
Note: Pressure is mounting on the government after the PCS civil service workers’ union voted last week to ballot for strikes on 30 June. The 270,000 PCS members are now set to join education unions and others on a “day of rage” against the Tories.
 
Sally Kincaid + Marianne Owens: Unions unite against the Tories: 800,000 ready to strike
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 1
Note: ...and you can join the fight!
Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are preparing to go into battle against the Tory government. Teachers, civil service workers and lecturers plan to strike in defence of pensions and the welfare state on 30 June.
 
Matthew Cookson: 30 June: A springboard for resistance to cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 5
Note: Thursday 30 June is set to be the next major day of resistance to the Tories’ plans to punish ordinary working people for the failures of their banker buddies.
 
Sadie Robinson: BA workers should reject shoddy deal
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 6
Note: A terrible deal is on the table at British Airways (BA)—and the Unite union is backing it. Cabin crew have shown fantastic resilience in their long-running dispute with BA. They have voted time and time again for strikes and struck for 22 days, having a big impact and winning widespread support. The current offer leaves BA’s main objectives in place while making it harder for workers to strike. Crew deserve much better.
 
Tom Walker: May Day marches show the anger against Tories
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 – side 13
Note: Thousands of trade unionists and other activists celebrated International Workers’ Day last weekend by joining protests in towns and cities across Britain.
 
Sadie Robinson: NUT conference: boost for 30 June fight as teachers back ballot
Socialist Worker nr. 2249, apr 11 – side 5
Note: Teachers in the NUT union will hold a national strike ballot over the Tory assault on their pensions—and aim to ­coordinate action with other public sector unions. They could be set to strike alongside another teachers’ union, the ATL, as well as the UCU lecturers’ union and the PCS civil service union.
 
Iain Ferguson: Analysis: The return of fear
International Socialism Journal nr. 130, apr 11 – side 35
Note: In 1952 Aneurin Bevan, leader of the parliamentary Labour left and health minister in the 1945-51 Clement Attlee government, wrote a book about the newly-created welfare state in Britain. He called it In Place of Fear.1 It was an appropriate title.
 
Dan Swain: The student movement today
International Socialism Journal nr. 130, apr 11 – side 95
Note: The month-long period between 10 November and 9 December saw the birth of the largest and most militant student movement Britain had experienced for decades. A wave of walkouts, demonstrations and occupations shook university managements and the government, bringing it to the brink of defeat.
 
We marched in our hundreds of thousands… now it’s time to strike together
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 
Note: Over half a million people took to the streets of London on Saturday. They were marching against the Con-Dem government’s cuts. It was one of the biggest protests this country has ever seen.
 
26 March: TUC march against the cuts as it happened
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 
Note: Socialist Worker will be bringing you live coverage of today's TUC’s demonstration.
Alt. url: Pictures of 26 March demonstration
Alt. url: Pictures of the 26 March demonstration (2)
 
Sadie Robinson: Lecturers' strikes hit back against the coalition
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 – side 4
Note: The biggest strike yet under the Tory government was to take place this week. Around 120,000 lecturers were to walk out on Thursday to defend their jobs, pay and pensions.
 
Tom Walker: After 26 March – how do we smash the Tories?
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 – side 5
Note: The TUC’s national march against cuts this Saturday will be historic. In our hundreds of thousands, we will feel the massive power we have. Many people will wonder: how do we take this even further and beat the Tories?
 
Why 26 March protest matters
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 – side 5
Note: Turn anger into action “We need to turn the enthusiasm of the march into real resistance.
 
Reports on lecturers' strike across the country on Thursday 24 March
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 
Note: More than 100,000 lecturers across Britain and Northern Ireland are striking today (Thursday). Students have also joined pickets at colleges including the London School of Economics and King's College London. The lecturers in the UCU union have walked out to defend their jobs, pay and pensions. Reports will be updated through the day.
Alt. url: Pictures of the lecturers' strike on Thursday 24 March 2011
 
Simon Basketter: George Osborne delivers another Tory budget for the rich
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 
Note: George Osborne said this was a budget for “growth”. That’s true—but it’s growth in profits for the rich, growth in bankers’ bonuses and growth in unemployment.
 
Protest on 26 March: A day to change Britain
Socialist Worker nr. 2243, mar 11 – side 8
Note: Thousands will descend on London next Saturday–be there!
 
Viv Smith: 26 March: A day to boost our fight
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 – side 6
Note: The national TUC demonstration against cuts on Saturday 26 March will be a key moment in the fight against the Tories. An estimated 250,000 people are already set to come. Here, Viv Smith chairs a roundtable discussion with activists from Cambridge to see how one city is organising for the protest.
 
Town halls occupied as councillors vote for cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 – side 13
Note: Anti-cuts protesters have been occupying town halls up and down Britain as councillors vote through slasher budgets.
Alt. url: Pictures from town hall protests and occupations against the cuts
 
Martin Smith: Debates in the movement: 26 March: What does a militant march look like?
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 – side 13
Note: Nobody can predict how big the TUC’s demonstration on 26 March is going to be. But it is certainly going to be one of the biggest protests Britain has ever seen.
 
Yuri Prasad: Health workers battle for NHS
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 – side 16
Note: Health workers in London have called a “Day X for the NHS” in response to growing NHS job losses and cuts. They have been inspired by the student “Day X” protests that rocked the government over fees last year.
 
Editorial: 26 March: the key step in the fightback
Socialist Worker nr. 2240, feb 11 – side 3
Note: There is only one place to be on Saturday 26 March—the TUC demonstration in London against the government’s attacks.
 
Simon Basketter: What kind of unity do we need to stop the Tories?
Socialist Worker nr. 2240, feb 11 – side 6
Note: The Tories’ U-turn on forests raises questions about how we fight back, writes Simon Basketter.
 
Public services: Tories reveal plans to privatise everything
Socialist Worker nr. 2240, feb 11 – side 6
Note: Tory prime minister David Cameron wants to give private companies and charities the right to run public services—to end what he calls the “state monopoly” over them.
 
26 reasons to march on Saturday 26 March
Socialist Worker nr. 2240, feb 11 – side 8
Note: The TUC protest on 26 March against the Tory cuts needs to be huge – here are just 26 reasons to join it.
 
Siân Ruddick: Day X4: Students return to the streets
Socialist Worker nr. 2240, feb 11 – side 16
Note: Thousands of students were set to march and rally across Britain this Thursday as they hit the streets for “Day X4”.
 
Viv Smith: People’s Convention: ‘We’re about bringing this government down’
Socialist Worker nr. 2239, feb 11 – side 7
Note: Campaigners and trade unionists met at the People’s Convention in London last Saturday to build united resistance to cuts and austerity.
 
Sadie Robinson: 26 March: March to stop rich ruining lives
Socialist Worker nr. 2239, feb 11 – side 16
Note: Millions of working people in Britain are seeing their living standards nosedive as inflation soars and their pay crumbles.
 
Tom Walker: Ballots spring up against the cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2239, feb 11 – side 16
Note: Workers at Nottinghamshire council were expected to announce a vote for strikes as Socialist Worker went to press.
 
All out to demonstrate against the cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2238, feb 11 – side 1
Note: Protests against cuts are now taking place somewhere every day. Thousands have marched, and thousands more will in the weeks to come.
 
Viv Smith: Organising resistance at the People's Convention
Socialist Worker nr. 2238, feb 11 – side 2
Note: The Blacklist Support Group is one of the many that will be hosting a workshop at the People’s Convention this Saturday 12 February in London.
 
Mette Hermansen: Interview med Mark Bergfeld, NUS: Næste skridt for de engelske studenterprotester
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 306, feb 11 – side 16
Note: De sidste to måneder af 2010 vågnede studenterbevægelsen i Storbritannien igen for alvor op til dåd. Udsigten til øget brugerbetaling på universiteterne samt 80 pct.s nedskæring i det offentlige undervisningsbudget fik i november sidste år de universitetsstuderende til at besætte 35 universiteter landet over.
 
Enraged students rally in two cities against cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2237, feb 11 – side 6
Note: Thousands of students and workers marched through London and Manchester on Saturday to protest against student fees, education cuts and the scrapping of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
 
Hannah Dee: Re-ignite the student movement – and deepen unity
Socialist Worker nr. 2237, feb 11 – side 6
Note: Last weekend’s protests have put the student movement back on the streets. They were an important step in building unity between students and workers.
 
People's Convention will help organise the resistance
Socialist Worker nr. 2237, feb 11 – side 16
Note: The People’s Convention in central London next Saturday 12 February will bring together campaigners to discuss stepping up the fight against Tory cuts. Everyone should aim to take part in this vital conference.
 
Birmingham council workers' mass meetings demand strikes
Socialist Worker nr. 2237, feb 11 
Note: More than 3,000 council workers voted unanimously for a strike ballot at four mass meetings in Birmingham yesterday (Tuesday)
 
Birmingham protest ruins cabinet minister's job centre visit
Socialist Worker nr. 2237, feb 11 
Note: Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s visit to a job centre in Birmingham today didn’t go as he’d planned it
 
SWP: Statement on the crisis in the NSSN
Socialist Worker nr. 2237, feb 11 
Note: The Socialist Workers Party has issued the following statement on the crisis in the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN)
 
Steve Underhill: Union-made: They won't divide us
Socialist Review nr. 355, feb 11 – side 17
Note: The female workers among Birmingham's refuse collection staff have been underpaid for years. They rightly put in equal pay claims and claiming for back pay, and this can range from £30,000 to £60,000 each. It should have been dealt with years ago, but it never was.
 
Thousands join student marches in London and Manchester
Socialist Worker nr. 2236, jan 11 
Note: Thousands of university, college and school students – joined by workers – are marching in London and Manchester against Tory cuts to education, fee rises and attacks on jobs and services.
 
Viv Smith: 26 March: we can beat the Tories
Socialist Worker nr. 2236, jan 11 – side 16
Note: The TUC is calling for a quarter of a million trade unionists to take to the streets of London and march against the government’s brutal cuts on Saturday 26 March.
 
Jørn Andersen: Studenterprotester i Storbritannien: ”Ud af klasseværelserne og ud på gaden”
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 304, dec 10 – side 9
Note: Den 10. november demonstrerede over 50.000 i London mod regeringens nedskæringer og 3-dobling af brugerbetalingen på videregående uddannelser. Den 24. november, ”X-dag”, blev det fulgt op af lokale aktioner over hele landet, hvor over 100.000 deltog og over 30 universiteter blev besat.
 
The Tories declare class war – fight back now
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 – side 1
Note: George Osborne’s spending cuts are a declaration of brutal class war. The Tories deliberately set out to hammer down the living standards of workers and the poor in order to fatten profits and enrich the bankers and the bosses.
 
Matthew Cookson: Thousands take to the streets against austerity
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 – side 2
Note: Thousands of trade unionists protested in central London on Tuesday to oppose Tory plans to make massive public spending cuts in Wednesday’s comprehensive spending review.
 
Siân Ruddick: Students warm up for big cuts battle
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 – side 11
Note: Students are facing a pincer movement of attacks as the government and its business allies prepare to slash higher education (HE) spending and push up fees.
 
Tom Walker: Solidarity and unity can beat back bully bosses: Firefighters are striking for us all
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 – side 16
Note: London’s firefighters were set to strike this Saturday, in the first big walkout since the Tories launched their cuts onslaught.
 
Details of the Comprehensive Spending Review: Fight these vicious Tory cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 
Note: The Tories’ spending review will butcher the welfare state and slash services and jobs. Behind the cold figures from arrogant muliti-millionaire George Osborne is an ideological choice to smash public services and make workers pay for a crisis created by the bosses and bankers.
 
Reports from demonstrations against the spending cuts, 20 October 2010
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 
Note: People around the country are protesting against the savage Tory cuts in George Osborne's Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).
 
Matthew Cookson: Civil service workers plan budget day walk out
Socialist Worker nr. 2192, mar 10 – side 2
Note: Over 200,000 civil service workers struck on Monday and Tuesday in the first major national battle against the government’s cuts programme.
 
Reports from PCS picket lines across Britain
Socialist Worker nr. 2192, mar 10 – side 2
Note: Birmingham – North London – Nottingham – South London – Newcastle – Dundee – St Austell, Cornwall – Barnsley – Chorlton, Manchester
 
Tom Walker: Bailed-out bankers are getting bumper bonuses
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 2
Note: The banks are set to announce “profits” of up to £25 billion—and pay out huge bonuses to top bankers.
 
Sadie Robinson: Exposed: secrets of the British Airways scab 'union'
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 3
Note: A scab “union” has been set up at British Airways to undermine the cabin crew’s strike ballot.
 
Viv Smith + Ken Olende: Youth unemployment: Stuck on the dole – and it’s worse if you’re black
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 5
Note: Shock figures released last week showed how young people have been hit hard by the recession. Ken Olende and Viv Smith spoke to some of those who have struggled to find work.
 
Matthew Cookson: Fujitsu: IT strikes to escalate
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 14
Note: Fujitsu workers are escalating their fight for jobs, pay and pensions with five more days of strike action set to take place. More than 1,450 Unite union members at the IT company struck solidly for the seventh day on Friday of last week.
 
Charlie Kimber: Right to Work conference: Be part of the new wave of resistance
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 16
Note: Get to Manchester this Saturday if you want to fight for jobs, stop the cuts, and don’t think workers should pay for the bosses’ crisis.
 
Matthew Cookson: Fujitsu workers declare that ‘enough is enough’
Socialist Worker nr. 2185, jan 10 – side 6
Note: The wave of strikes at Fujitsu Services in defence of jobs, pay and pensions has shaken the IT company – and changed many people’s view of workers in the industry.
 
Jonathon Shafi: Right to work: Conference call for all workers
Socialist Worker nr. 2184, jan 10 – side 16
Note: Young workers who are unionising new workplaces will be joining other delegates at the upcoming Right to Work conference.
 
Esme Choonara: Fujitsu: ‘This is definitely a strike worth having’
Socialist Worker nr. 2184, jan 10 – side 16
Note: Striking Fujitsu Services workers braved sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice to hold lively and effective picket lines on the first three days of five days of action over pay, pensions and jobs.
 
Chris Bambery: Right to work: ‘We must prepare now for attacks we all face’
Socialist Worker nr. 2183, jan 10 – side 5
Note: The credit crunch, the economic crisis, and now the deep recession have ravaged working class people’s lives. But importantly, resistance during the recession has shown the power of workers to fight back.
 
Union-made: British Airways: The mundane reality
Socialist Review nr. 343, jan 10 – side 17
Note: Last month's ballot result for industrial action by British Airways cabin crews showed how widespread the fear and anger about management attacks was.
 
Tom Walker: Sack the bankers
Socialist Worker nr. 2181, dec 09 – side 1
Note: Tax the rich – fund jobs and services.
Gordon Brown and chancellor Alistair Darling are talking tough on bankers. Darling is even promising a “super tax” on their bonuses to try to calm public anger.
But the banks have taken £850 billion in bailouts this year. Soon the total will be measured in trillions.
 
Esme Choonara: Bus drivers: ‘Bullying, stress and overwork make us ill’
Socialist Worker nr. 2181, dec 09 – side 3
Note: After a year of widespread unrest and struggle on the buses, three drivers spoke to Esme Choonara about some of the issues behind the growing discontent.
 
Chris Bambery: Right to Work: Building resistance to cuts and job losses
Socialist Worker nr. 2181, dec 09 – side 4
Note: Workers are told that the recession is easing and things are getting better, but still hardly a week goes by without job cuts. It is against this backdrop that the Right to Work conference will take place.
 
Matthew Cookson: Labour sets its sights on civil service workers
Socialist Worker nr. 2181, dec 09 – side 5
Note: The government has launched a massive attack on workers that every boss in Britain will be watching. It is targeting hundreds of thousands of civil service workers as it aims to slash the huge public spending deficit by hitting jobs and services, and selling off public assets.
 
Graham Turner: Why Britain’s recession is a long way from over
Socialist Worker nr. 2180, dec 09 – side 12
Note: Economist and author Graham Turner looks at the statistics – and finds that the City’s belief there will be a fast recovery is not based on economic fact.
 
Union-made: Superdrug: The poor can't pay anymore
Socialist Review nr. 342, dec 09 – side 17
Note: We have just been on all-out strike for three weeks. We struck to resist plans by Superdrug to attack our pay and conditions.
 
Yuri Prasad: Put post strikes back on, say reps across country
Socialist Worker nr. 2179, nov 09 – side 2
Note: Union leaders were meeting to discuss whether to resume national post strikes as Socialist Worker went to press. The deal which led to the suspension of industrial action was supposed to end management’s practice of imposing cuts without union agreement.
 
Sadie Robinson: Superdrug strikes force concessions
Socialist Worker nr. 2179, nov 09 – side 6
Note: Striking workers at the Superdrug distribution centre in South Elmsall, Yorkshire, have forced management to retreat after more than two weeks of all-out, indefinite strike action.
 
Simon Basketter: British Airways (BA): Cabin crew waiting for Christmas strike take off
Socialist Worker nr. 2179, nov 09 – side 6
Note: British Airways (BA) chief executive Willie Walsh went on the offensive this week. Walsh is in the process of ripping up cabin crew workers’ existing terms and conditions and imposing new ones without agreement with the workers’ Unite union. The changes include pay cuts and freezes, the abolition of allowances, and a jobs cull.
 
Sadie Robinson: Victory in Leeds for bin workers
Socialist Worker nr. 2179, nov 09 – side 16
Note: Refuse workers in Leeds have humiliated their council bosses—and shown that militant action can get results.
Around 600 refuse workers had been out on all-out, indefinite strike since 7 September against plans to ram through huge cuts that would have slashed their pay by up to a third.
 
Esme Choonara: Striking east London bus workers: 'They pushed and we finally stood up'
Socialist Worker nr. 2179, nov 09 – side 16
Note: Hundreds of bus workers joined picket lines across east London last week as a two-day strike shut down almost 60 bus routes in the area.
 
Interview: Will the sparks flare up?
International Socialism Journal nr. 124, okt 09 – side 13
Note: Charlie Kimber and Michael Bradley organise the Socialist Workers Party’s (SWP) industrial work. They spoke to International Socialism about recent developments in the class struggle in Britain.
 
Martin Smith: En test for venstrefløjen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 291, sep 09 – side 12
Note: Magthaverne udnytter den fortsatte økonomiske turbulens til at optrappe deres angreb på arbejderklassen. Men der er sket et skift i den måde, britiske arbejdere svarer igen på, argumenterer Martin Smith.
Alt. url: The current crisis is a test for the left
 
Vestas-besætter: „Vi har brug for et system, der bygger på folks behov“
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 290, aug 09 – side 6
Note: Ian Terry, en af de yngste af de besættende Vestas-arbejdere, talte med Socialist Worker om sine erfaringer og hvilken retning, kampen nu skal bevæge sig i.
 
Vestas workers occupy: 'A fight for jobs and the planet'
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 1
Note: Workers at Vestas, the UK’s only wind turbine manufacturer, occupied their factory in Newport, Isle of Wight on Monday evening against plans to close it. Dave is one of the ­occupying workers. He spoke to Socialist Worker on Tuesday.
 
Tom Walker: Vestas occupation is part of struggle for the future
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 2
Note: Workers at the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight have joined the fight against ordinary people being made to suffer for the recession.
 
Vestas: Profits come first for bosses
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 2
Note: Vestas proudly states that, “With a 20 percent market share, and 38,000 wind turbines installed, Vestas is the world’s leading supplier of wind power solutions.”
 
Ford-Visteon workers back the fight for justice
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 2
Note: The occupation at Vestas is just the latest in the wave of unofficial and militant actions that workers have taken in response to attacks on their jobs, terms and conditions.
 
Vestas: Workers’ action can save the planet
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 2
Note: Jonathan Neale of the Campaign Against Climate Change spoke to Socialist Worker about the importance of the fight at Vestas.
 
John Gilmore + Charlie Kimber: Workers forge united fight to save steel jobs
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 5
Note: A whole town united last Saturday in a fight for jobs. Around 5,000 people marched through Redcar in the north east of England in protest at Corus’s threat to close their steel plant.
 
Graeme Cumming + Danny McGregor: Fight is on to stop Diaego Johnnie Walker closures
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 5
Note: “If you shut Johnnie Walker’s you might as well close the shutters in every shop in Kilmarnock.” So says one worker at the whiskey bottling plant in Kilmarnock, which the multinational drinks company Diaego plans to close.
 
Tom Walker: Conference protest: Take the battle for jobs to Labour
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 5
Note: Thousands of students, pensioners, campaigners, unemployed people and others will join the march on the Labour Party conference in Brighton on Sunday 27 September.
 
Simon Basketter: Don’t let legal threats stop national construction strike
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 6
Note: More than 2,000 engineering construction workers in the Unite and GMB unions at seven petrochemical plants and power stations are to be balloted for an official strike over jobs.
 
Unions back protest at Labour conference
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 16
Note: The growing anger against the Labour government’s handling of the recession is building momentum for protests at the Labour Party conference on 27 September.
 
Don't let them starve Vestas occupiers out (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 
Note: Police and Vestas management are trying to starve out the Vestas workers who are occupying their plant in Newport, on the Isle of Wight.
 
Tom Walker: Vestas: fighting for jobs and the environment
Socialist Worker nr. 2160, jul 09 – side 5
Note: The campaign against the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight swung into action with mass leafleting and petitioning last Saturday.
Vestas, based in Newport, is the Britain’s only wind turbine manufacturer – and the largest employer on the island.
 
Matthew Cookson: New threat to Ford-Visteon workers' pensions
Socialist Worker nr. 2160, jul 09 – side 5
Note: Former workers at Visteon face a new battle to protect their pensions.
Magnificent protests at car components plants in Belfast, Enfield and Basildon forced the Ford multinational to offer the workers tens of thousands of pounds in redundancy packages after Visteon failed earlier this year.
But the question of pensions was not resolved and all the people in the company’s pension scheme could lose up to half of their entitlements.
 
Tom Walker: Vestas: 600 face sack at turbine plant
Socialist Worker nr. 2159, jul 09 – side 2
Note: The government says it plans to create a million “green jobs”. Meanwhile, in the real world, Britain’s only wind turbine factory is being closed down. All 600 workers at the Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight are facing redundancy.
 
Sadie Robinson: Tower Hamlets College shows how to fight over cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2159, jul 09 – side 5
Note: Over 100 pickets shut down Tower Hamlets College in east London last week, setting an example of how to fight the drastic cuts that are hitting education.
 
Where now for education campaigns?
Socialist Worker nr. 2159, jul 09 – side 5
Note: This year there are massive cuts hitting further and adult education – the usual ways of fighting them are not enough.
 
Yuri Prasad: Fighting Labour and post bosses
Socialist Worker nr. 2159, jul 09 – side 16
Note: Business secretary Lord Mandelson’s plans to privatise Royal Mail are in tatters
 
Judith Orr: The economy: Don't believe the hype over recovery
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09 – side 4
Note: Beware talk of "green shoots" in the economy. Even if they prove to be real, job losses will continue to rise for some time to come.
 
Martin Empson: Green cuts
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09 – side 4
Note: The irrationality of capitalism was starkly exposed in April when, despite massively increasing its profits for the first three months of the year, the manufacturing company Vestas announced that it was to shed 1,900 jobs.
 
Victory at Lindsey shows how to fight (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09 
Note: Construction workers have won their dispute at the Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire. An immediate walkout when job cuts were announced, backed up by thousands of workers striking at other sites, has won a huge victory.
 
Solidarity can win – Spread the strikes
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09 – side 1
Note: Lindsey dispute is a fight for us all – Oil bosses sack over 600 workers for organising action – Thousands walk out of construction sites in support
Thousands of construction workers have walked out of work and taken illegal unofficial strike action. The wildcat strikes follow the Total oil multinational’s sacking of over 600 workers at the Lindsey refinery site in Lincolnshire.
 
John Basketter: Lindsey is a battleground for the future of the unions
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09 – side 2
Note: There is a war going on in the construction industry, and its outcome will affect us all.
Last week Total, the huge multinational oil company, launched a major attack against the working class when it sacked 647 workers at the Lindsey oil refinery for taking unofficial strike action.
 
'We won't go back crawling on our bellies'
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09 – side 2
Note: Hundreds of pickets marched down the road around the Lindsey refinery to the entrance of the nearby ConocoPhillips site on Monday morning.
 
'British jobs' slogan pushed back but the argument remains a danger
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09 – side 3
Note: The construction industry has been at the heart of debates over “British jobs for British workers”. This slogan was raised during a series of unofficial strikes earlier this year over contractors who were using “foreign” or “non-local” labour.
 
Krisen: Modstand i dag
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 289, jun 09 – side 10
Note: Selv om vi i Danmark ikke har set ret megen modstand mod massefyringer og lønnedgang, så er der andre steder, hvor folk går til modstand.
 
Recession: No ‘green shoots’ of recovery for the young
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 2
Note: With journalists sighting “green shoots of economic recovery” everywhere, Socialist Worker lists a few sobering facts about youth unemployment and poverty that present a different story.
 
Sadie Robinson: Fight for the Right to Work conference calls for united battle for jobs
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 3
Note: Over 300 trade unionists, students and unemployed workers came together in London last Saturday to build a united response to the crisis that threatens millions of people with unemployment, job insecurity, low pay and poverty.
 
Simon Basketter: Construction workers walk out over union-busting
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 4
Note: Wildcat strikes in construction could spread, reports Simon Basketter.
Workers at Total’s Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire went out on unofficial strike on Thursday of last week after some were threatened with redundancy.
 
Matthew Cookson: London Underground: Tube workers defiant as their action hits home
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 5
Note: Thousands of RMT transport union members on London Underground and Transport for London responded magnificently to a series of attacks on them by taking part in a solid 48-hour strike last week.
 
Kevin Devine: Car industry: The devil's carousel
Socialist Review nr. 337, jun 09 – side 16
Note: The global car industry has been rocked by the recession, thousands of jobs have gone and many thousands more are threatened. Kevin Devine reports on how bosses' attempts to save their profits will affect the workers on the "devil's carousel".
 
Sadie Robinson: Celebrating victory at Ford-Visteon
Socialist Worker nr. 2152, maj 09 – side 4
Note: The victorious Visteon workers left their picket lines and occupation this week as they received details of their payouts.
 
Matthew Cookson: Workers march in Birmingham against jobs massacre
Socialist Worker nr. 2152, maj 09 – side 5
Note: Anger over mounting job losses brought more than 7,000 people onto the streets of Birmingham last Saturday for the Unite union’s national march for jobs.
 
Ford-Visteon car workers say 'We Won!'
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 – side 1
Note: Ron Clark, a former Unite union shop steward at the plant in Enfield, spoke to Socialist Worker about the workers’ victory
 
Sadie Robinson: Victory at Visteon: ‘It’s been an unbelievable experience I’ll never forget’
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 – side 2
Note: Many of the workers fighting against Ford and Visteon were taking part in action for the first time. The experience has transformed them.
 
Sadie Robinson: Visteon workers beat corporate car giant
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 – side 3
Note: Visteon workers last week won a massive victory against Ford, one of the most powerful multinational companies in the world.
Around 600 workers across three sites in Basildon in Essex, Enfield in north London and Belfast were sacked at the end of March with no notice or redundancy pay.
 
Visteon: ‘The solidarity was electrifying’
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 – side 3
Note: Trade unionist John Tipple has been helping to build support for the Visteon workers in Basildon. He told Socialist Worker about the campaign
 
Editorial: A blow for wind farms
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 – side 12
Note: The largest manufacturer of wind turbines in the world is going to close its only factory in Britain. Is it because the company, Vestas, isn’t profitable? No – the firm’s quarterly profits have risen by 70 percent.
 
Sally Hunt: Education: Now the battle for jobs reaches the chalk face
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 – side 14
Note: Members of the University and College Union (UCU) in higher education have received ballot papers asking them to vote for strike action and action short of a strike.
We feel we have been left with little option but to ballot members over industrial action as the employers refuse to acknowledge the scale of the crisis hitting higher education jobs.
 
London Met lecturers take the fight to the bosses
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 – side 14
Note: Lecturers at London Metropolitan university were to strike on Thursday of this week in protest at planned job cuts.
The workers, in the UCU union, voted by 64 percent for strike action and 71 percent for action short of a strike.
 
Belfast Visteon workers discuss the deal (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 
Note: Ford-Visteon workers in Belfast have been occupying their plant for over five weeks after they were sacked with no notice and no redundancy pay at the end of March.
 
Solid strike against job cuts rocks London Met bosses (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2150, maj 09 
Note: Lecturers at the London Metropolitan University struck today across campuses in north and east London against job cuts that will destroy the university if carried through
 
Eddie Cimorelli: Occupations that send a powerful message
Socialist Review nr. 336, maj 09 – side 6
Note: Three decades of the neoliberal project have wrought significant changes to British society, all with New Labour's unabashed aim of making Britain "the most business friendly environment in Europe".
 
Linda Bartle: Visteon: A life-changing struggle
Socialist Review nr. 336, maj 09 – side 13
Note: The occupation at former Ford plant Visteon wasn't planned. We came down here to get our personal belongings after we heard that we had all been sacked with immediate effect.
 
If they come to close your factory, don’t give in...: Occupy to save jobs
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 1
Note: If they come to close your factory, follow our example and fight back, says Visteon worker
 
Matthew Cookson: Struggle: Resistance intensifies on many fronts
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 2
Note: The magnificent action by Visteon workers occupying their factories is the sharp end of struggle in Britain – and has radically changed the mood among many of those fighting the impacts of the recession
 
Support grows for Prisme sit-in
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 2
Note: Defiant workers at the Prisme packaging plant in Dundee are into their sixth week of occupation after being sacked at a few hours notice with none of the money owed to them
 
Sadie Robinson: Visteon struggle: the story: An inspirational fight for jobs and justice
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 3
Note: Workers at the Visteon car components firm have put themselves at the heart of the fightback against job cuts by occupying their factories after they were summarily sacked on Tuesday of last week
 
Chris Bambery: Resistance is coming together
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 4
Note: Wednesday 1 April was one of those days where everything suddenly came together
 
John Basketter: Visteon struggle: The Companies: All roads lead one way---back to Ford
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 4
Note: Simon Basketter investigates the company scams that lie behind the closure of the Visteon plants and shines a light on the murky world of multinational companies and outsourcing
 
Esme Choonara: Visteon workers speak out: ‘They won’t get rid of us without a fight’
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 5
Note: “This recession is like a cancer,” says Sharon, whose partner Richard was sacked last week after working for Ford and then Visteon for 17 years
 
Visteon: What we think: Politics crucial in every dispute
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 5
Note: Workers’ action at Visteon has shown how every struggle is bound up with political questions.
 
G20: day of rage rocks system
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 8
Note: A range of protests against the G20 summit captured the public’s anger over the economic crisis
 
Carola Becker: Limits to mortgage help: A ticking timebomb
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 12
Note: Labour’s proposals to impose a time limit on mortgage help will hit the poorest hardest and set a dangerous precedent, writes Carola Becker
 
Sadie Robinson: Ford Visteon workers fight on as Enfield occupation ends (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 
Note: Workers at the Visteon car components plant in Enfield, north London, have ended their occupation, but are vowing to continue their protest against their unceremonious sacking that took place on Tuesday of last week
 
Charlie Kimber: In the balance: the class struggle in Britain
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 33
Note: “We found out on TV in late November that we were going to close. We just carried on as normal, and it wasn’t until we actually came out and we were all upset when we signed our last bits of paper that we thought, ‘Well, why did we go quietly?’ Why did 30,000 of us go quietly?”
—Jayne Maltman, Woolworths worker, February 2009.
 
Danny Dorling: Who will pay the price for the crisis?
Socialist Review nr. 335, apr 09 – side 10
Note: While politicians clearly have no idea of how to solve the economic crisis unemployment continues to rise across Britain. But where is it having the most impact? Danny Dorling argues that it is the young – "Thatcher's grandchildren" – who will bear the brunt of the recession.
 
Martin Smith: Economic crisis and job losses: Who's to blame?
Socialist Review nr. 334, mar 09 – side 10
Note: Nationalism is always a dead end for the working class movement, argues Martin Smith, after the wildcat strikes that demanded "British jobs for British workers"
 
Robert Jackson: Agreements under threat
Socialist Review nr. 334, mar 09 – side 13
Note: There are 267 different firms employed at Lindsey oil refinery alone. Is European law keeping bosses in line with national agreements on pay and conditions?
 
Hsiao-Hung Pai: Lindsey Oil: Views from the migrant workers
Socialist Review nr. 334, mar 09 – side 14
Note: Francesco and Gianluca, like their 98 Italian colleagues housed on a barge at Grimsby Fish Docks, had arrived in late January on a four-month contract to work at the French oil giant, Total, at Lindsey oil refinery in Immingham.
 
Sadie Robinson: Fury as Cowley workers sacked with hour’s notice
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 2
Note: BMW’s sacking of 850 workers at its Cowley plant in Oxford on Monday offers a snapshot into the contempt with which bosses treat workers in Britain.
 
Derek Simpson and the ‘British Jobs’ slogan danger
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 2
Note: Some in the leadership of the union movement seem determined to run the fight against the recession into a dead end.
Unite general secretary Derek Simpson teamed up with the right-wing rag the Daily Star last week to push the British Jobs for British Workers slogan.
 
‘Ford bosses are rewarding us with a kick in the teeth’
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 2
Note: Tony, a car worker at Ford’s Southampton plant, spoke to Socialist Worker about how the recession is affecting workers there
 
Support statement saying 'Fight job cuts with unity'
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 3
Note: Hundreds of trade unionists have signed a broad-based statement calling for a united fight over jobs and pointing to the dangers of targeting “foreign workers”.
 
John Basketter: Focus construction industry anger over jobs on bosses and Brown
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 5
Note: Workers protesting at the Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire returned to work on Monday of this week after management promised an additional 102 jobs would be made available to “British” workers.
 
Analysing the fallout from the Lindsey dispute
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 5
Note: The walkouts at Lindsey Oil Refinery have set a number of precedents – both good and bad.
 
Video of management sacking agency workers at BMW Cowley (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 
Note: Management tell the workers of shift C "yellow" Mini production at BMW's Cowley plant that they are sacked at the end of a night shift on the morning of 16 February 2009
 
„Britiske jobs til britiske arbejdere“
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 286, feb 09 – side 9
Note: En strejke i Lincolnshire, England, i slutningen af januar er en advarsel om nogle af de problemer, vi står over for i kampen mod krisen.
 
Blame the bosses not ‘foreign workers’
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 1
Note: Millions of working people across Britain are fearful and angry at the mounting economic crisis. Manu­fac­turing industry is now shedding jobs at a rate of 30,000 a month.
 
Simon Basketter: The bitterness that lies behind the wildcat strikes
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 2
Note: The anger against the growing impact of the economic crisis broke out last week in Britain. Some 6,000 workers across over 20 construction sites at power stations and oil refineries have taken unofficial action by walking off the job.
Clearly workers are furious at the mounting job losses in construction and are fearful about what the deepening recession holds for them.
But what is less clear is why the unions, in the face of thousands of job cuts, have chosen to focus their attention on foreign workers on the sites.
 
Labour’s attack on workers’ union rights
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 2
Note: Derek Simpson, joint Unite general secretary, has said that moves should be taken to overturn European legal cases that allow employers to undercut wages and conditions as part of resolving the dispute.
 
John Basketter: Corus sacks 3,500 to boost its profits
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 4
Note: Steel giant Corus has announced mass job losses this week – and the unions’ response contains some worrying signals.
 
Chris Bambery: Brown wants us to cheer up as the recession deepens
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 4
Note: Gordon Brown warned this week against “pessimism” over the economy.
Meanwhile Richard Lambert, the head of the bosses’ CBI organisation said Britain is not in any danger of going bust and we should be careful not to “get swept away by the gloomsters”.
But for many working class people there is precious little to be cheerful about as unemployment rockets and Britain is officially classified as being in recession for the first time since 1991.
 
Julia Armstrong: Crisis: Journalists fight for jobs and media standards
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 5
Note: Journalists are one group at the sharp end of bosses’ attempts to cut back on jobs and pay as the recession bites.
But more than 150 NUJ journalists’ union members drew up a plan for a coordinated fightback at a jobs summit in London last Saturday.
 
Yuri Prasad: Crisis: Urgent fight to stop post office privatisation
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 5
Note: If the government is serious about minimising unemployment, why is it pushing ahead with plans that will lead to the slashing of tens of thousands of jobs in Royal Mail?
 
Chris Bambery: How can we fan the flames of resistance against the effects of recession?
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 6
Note: This is a time of contrasts. On the one hand there is anger on the streets and campuses over Israel’s attack on Gaza. On the other a lack of struggle against the huge level of job cuts hitting workers in Britain.
 
Simon Basketter: Jobs meltdown as crisis grows
Socialist Worker nr. 2136, jan 09 – side 16
Note: An astounding 80,000 jobs were axed in Britain, Europe and the US in just one day on Monday.
 
Take the banks from the bosses
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 1
Note: No more public money without public control
As economic recession tears into Britain, millions of us spend our nights fearing for the future. More than half of all workers are worried that they might be on the dole by the end of the year.
 
Simon Basketter: Gordon Brown throws more money into growing banking black hole
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 5
Note: The latest bailout of the banks will cost at least £200 billion according to the government’s own figures – and we will get nothing in return.
The bailout comes on top of the £250 billion in credit and the £37 billion in hard cash that was handed to the banks last October.
 
A bank worker speaks out
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 5
Note: “The anger and bitterness of workers at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is intense.
We all know that what has happened to bring this bank to its knees has nothing to do with us.
It is 100 percent the responsibility of the bosses.”
 
Bailout will mean cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 5
Note: The government is committed to £5 billion in “efficiency savings”.
In plain language that means more public sector cuts and privatisation.
 
Sadie Robinson: Money shops: Pushing us into the red
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 8
Note: As unemployment bites and banks refuse credit to the most vulnerable, our high streets are increasingly playing host to a new breed of vulture – the moneyshops. Sadie Robinson looks at what is driving their success,
 
Editorial: Beware nationalism in jobs fight
Socialist Worker nr. 2135, jan 09 – side 12
Note: How our unions respond to job losses matters. Too often there is “disappointment” but little thought of action.
But at construction sites in Nottinghamshire and Kent there is a campaign for jobs. Some 400 workers protested outside a Nottinghamshire power station site on Monday.
That is for the good. What is less clear is why the unions have chosen to focus on the question of whether foreign workers are on the site.
 
John Basketter: Economic crisis: Nissan cuts jobs as the recession hits
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 4
Note: As a quarter of the workforce are made redundant at Nissan’s car plant in Sunderland, retired engineer John Basketter looks at its history.
 
Matthew Cookson: Economic crisis: Gordon Brown's plans aren't enough to secure jobs for all
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 4
Note: Gordon Brown has promised to help 500,000 people into work or training as part of the government’s plans to deal with the recession.
 
SWP conference 2009: Understanding a system caught in deep crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 6
Note: Chris Harman, editor of the International Socialism journal, introduced the opening session on the state of the capitalist system held on Friday evening.
 
SWP conference 2009: Seizing chances to resist the recession
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 7
Note: The session on responding to the economic crisis saw a productive discussion of strategies for encouraging working class resistance.
It was introduced by SWP industrial organiser Charlie Kimber. “The economic crisis is central to the work that the party will be doing over the next 12 months,” he said. “The questions of who pays for the crisis and the level of resistance is vital.”
 
Simon Basketter: Gordon Brown’s ‘public works’ job plan doesn’t add up
Socialist Worker nr. 2133, jan 09 – side 5
Note: Gordon Brown pledged this week that up to 100,000 jobs could be created by planned public works in the coming years.
The government insists that a £10 billion capital programme – including the acceleration of existing plans – will help alleviate rising unemployment.
 
Retail: Sign of the times as high street chains go bust
Socialist Worker nr. 2133, jan 09 – side 5
Note: The last 200 Woolworths stores were closing down as Socialist Worker went to press.
The 27,000 Woolworths workers facing the dole were offered “help” from the “business community” through a website dedicated to finding them jobs.
 
In figures: Household debt and repossessions on the rise
Socialist Worker nr. 2133, jan 09 – side 5
Note: The average household debt increases by over £6.30 every day
 
Judith Orr: Economic crisis: making us pay
Socialist Review nr. 332, jan 09 – side 4
Note: To read the papers in recent weeks you might be forgiven for assuming that car workers' wage levels and public sector pensions caused the financial crisis currently wreaking havoc across the globe.
 
Simon Basketter: Economic crisis: Fights, not concessions, can save workers’ jobs
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 5
Note: Unemployment in Britain was set to pass two million over the Christmas period. As the economic crisis bites, it brings more announcements of job losses and reasons for people to be fearful for their jobs.
 
James Eaden: Chesterfield: Tony Benn rallies support for resistance
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 5
Note: Tony Benn addressed a rally in Chesterfield last Saturday – for the first time since he stopped being the local MP in 2001.
Around 90 people came to the meeting on how workers can fight back in a recession, which was organised by Chesterfield Trades Council.
 
Three steps to save jobs
Socialist Worker nr. 2130, dec 08 – side 1
Note: Nationalise to stop closures | 35 hour week with no pay cut | Build council houses
The threat of redundancy is hanging over the head of millions of workers as the economic slump deepens. Every day seems to bring new announcements of huge job losses at factories, shops and offices around the country.
 
Chris Bambery: Jobs slaughter continues as bosses slash production
Socialist Worker nr. 2130, dec 08 – side 2
Note: Signs that Britain faces the worst recession in more than 20 years were confirmed by a collapse in the value of the pound, a sharp drop in the value of shares, and reports of a dramatic drop in demand by British manufacturers.
 
Siân Ruddick: Hoover campaigners say job losses suck
Socialist Worker nr. 2130, dec 08 – side 2
Note: Campaigners against the closure of the Hoover factory in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, are gearing up for a protest meeting planned for Wednesday of next week.
 
Simon Basketter: Market chaos brings down Woolworths
Socialist Worker nr. 2130, dec 08 – side 3
Note: The Woolworths in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre in south London is a depressing place at the best of times. But last week things got a whole lot worse for those working there.
 
Julia Armstrong: Journalists plan cuts fightback
Socialist Worker nr. 2130, dec 08 – side 5
Note: Journalists working on three of Britain’s biggest regional newspaper groups were called to an emergency NUJ union meeting last weekend.
 
Alex Callinicos: Contradictions in Brown’s policy
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 4
Note: THE PARALLELS between the present crisis and the 1930s are growing. Summing up the steep falls in financial markets, last Saturday’s Financial Times said, “All this is consistent with the fear that the world is heading for a true depression, that will at least bear comparison with that of the 1930s.”
 
Esme Choonara: Glimpse of mood for a workplace fightback
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 16
Note: As attacks on jobs, pensions and working conditions grow, the question of whether workers can fight back against them is a crucial debate. Yet a series of current disputes, from Aberdeen to Dover, give some sense of both the mood and the determination that exists to fight.
 
Chris Bambery: Britain lies exposed to the global economic hurricane
Socialist Worker nr. 2128, nov 08 – side 2
Note: Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, admitted last week that Britain is probably now in recession. It joins a long list of economies which are now experiencing a downturn, including the US, Japan and the European Union.
In Britain there are forecasts that unemployment will hit the three million mark by 2010.
 
Yuri Prasad: We can resist jobs massacre
Socialist Worker nr. 2127, nov 08 – side 1
Note: Nationalise firms to stop redundancies | Unions must fight for the right to work
Workers in Britain are threatened by a mass cull of jobs on a scale not seen since the grim days of Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s Tory government.
 
Matthew Cookson: People Before Profit Charter supporters build resistance to the crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2127, nov 08 – side 2
Note: Supporters of the People Before Profit Charter, which puts forward ten demands to improve the lives of working people in the face of economic turmoil, are mobilising for a number of important events.
 
Siân Ruddick: Growing fears of job losses haunt Welsh Valleys
Socialist Worker nr. 2127, nov 08 – side 3
Note: Rising job losses are again stalking one of the areas hardest hit in the recessions of the 1930s and 1980s.
 
Stock market fall wipes £157 billion off pensions
Socialist Worker nr. 2125, nov 08 – side 2
Note: The plummeting stock markets are having a devastating effect on the pensions of working people. Some £157 billion has been wiped off the value of “defined contribution” pension schemes, a drop of nearly a third in the year to October.
 
Yuri Prasad: Fights, not deals can save workers' jobs
Socialist Worker nr. 2125, nov 08 – side 5
Note: There’s a right way and a wrong way for unions to confront job losses—and this was highlighted last week by the crisis in the manufacturing industry.
 
Charlie Kimber: Frontlines: Jennifer Moses, Gordon Brown and social policy: trust me, I've lost millions
Socialist Review nr. 324, apr 08 – side 4
Note: February's collapse of the London-based Peloton hedge fund was a clear indication of the scale of the banking crisis.
Next we saw the further collapse of the Bear Stearns bank, and even the Financial Times declared that "there is a whiff of 1929 about this".
 
Krise og modstand - Irland
Se også: Irland
Anne A. Lange: To historier fra Irland om vand
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 
Note: Et medlem af Socialist Workers Party i Irland fortalte om en oplevelse han havde haft, da han sad på en pub i en lille by med omtrent 4000 beboere.
 
Anne A. Lange: Irerne siger nej
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 – side 16
Note: Irske arbejdere har fået nok af nedskæringer og krisepolitik. Mens de skal betale dobbelt for basale goder som vand og sundhed, går pengene til at betale af på bankernes gæld.
 
John Molyneux + Simon Basketter: Masseprotester i Irland mod nye vandafgifter
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 341, okt 14 
Note: Demonstranter fyldte gaderne i Dublin sidste lørdag (11. okt.) mod indførelsen af vandafgifter.
 
John Molyneux: EU-valg: Irland: Et stort skridt frem for venstrefløjen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 339, jun 14 
Note: De seneste EU- og lokalvalg i Irland, der blev afholdt 23. maj, viste, at venstrefløjen gør store fremskridt, og gav bevis for en væsentlig radikaliserings-proces i den irske arbejderklasse.
 
Marches across Ireland show the bitterness at austerity
Socialist Worker nr. 2340, feb 13 – side 5
Note: Some 100,000 people took to the streets across the Republic of Ireland against austerity on Saturday of last week.
 
Kieran Allen: How The Rich Wage a Class War
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 4, dec 12 – side 2
Note: “Whatever the consequences, Labour must discharge its historic obligation to defend working people as best it can. At this juncture, it can only do so from within the Government. Connolly’s party must stay in and fight on.”
This is what Jack O’Connor, the President of SIPTU wrote in the latest issue of his union magazine.
 
Kieran Allen: Recession and the New Resistance
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 2, jun 12 – side 3
Note: Two questions have dominated discussions about the economic crisis in Ireland. One is, ‘Where will you get the money to close the 18 billion deficit?’. Two: ‘Why have the Irish not resisted?’
Alt. url: PDF
 
Mass defiance over Ireland's 'poll tax'
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 4
Note: Some 10,000 people protested against a 100 euro household charge in Ireland last Saturday.
 
Simon Basketter: Valg i Irland: Sammenbrud for arbejdsgivernes parti, mens venstrefløjen går frem
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 306, feb 11 
Note: Vælgerne har givet det største irske arbejdsgiverparti en afklapsning ved landets parlamentsvalg. Og den radikale venstrefløj har fået et gennembrud ved at få valgt fem parlamentsmedlemmer.
Alt. url: Oversat fra Socialist Worker (UK) 2240
 
Left campaigns against austerity in Ireland's general election
Socialist Worker nr. 2240, feb 11 – side 6
Note: The general election in Ireland on Friday of this week takes place in a context where official politics has descended into chaos.
 
Bankernes regning må ikke ende hos irske arbejdere
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 304, dec 10 – side 16
Note: En politisk og økonomisk krise fejer hen over Irland – og den truer med at sprede sig til adskillige andre lande.
 
New battles against cuts in Ireland
Socialist Worker nr. 2192, mar 10 – side 3
Note: Trade union leaders in Ireland have been forced to announce a new series of strikes over pay cuts, job losses and attacks on pensions.
 
Kevin Devine: Greece, Ireland and the eurozone crisis
Socialist Review nr. 345, mar 10 – side 4
Note: Pigs. It's not an insult as such, but that depends on what it's referring to. In this case it's an acronym coined by "economic analysts" to describe the European countries that have been hardest hit by the recession: Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.
 
Sadie Robinson + Sarah Ensor + Simon Basketter + Panos Garganas: Europe – the gathering economic storm
Socialist Worker nr. 2183, jan 10 – side 8
Note: We look at snapshots of Ireland, Greece, Iceland and Spain – as governments rush to slash welfare spending, attack workers’ rights and increase taxes for ordinary people.
 
Kieran Allen: Ireland: From shock therapy to resistance
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 15
Note: Ireland is undergoing a form of shock therapy and major political changes are in the offing. The government has embarked on pay cuts and reductions in the public sector as its principal strategy for getting out of a recession that will see its economy fall by 8 percent this year.
 
Simon Basketter: Ireland: Workers’ anger at brutal cuts held back
Socialist Worker nr. 2182, dec 09 – side 4
Note: The economic crisis in Ireland has resulted in a series of vicious attacks on workers.
 
Irish workers are let down
Socialist Worker nr. 2181, dec 09 – side 2
Note: The Irish government’s attempts to push though devastating cuts received a helping hand last week. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions called off a public sector general strike at the eleventh hour, claiming it had a deal.
 
Ireland: Around 250,000 public sector workers struck in Ireland on Tuesday against budget cuts.
Socialist Worker nr. 2179, nov 09 – side 2
 
Kieran Allen: Ireland: the sick tiger
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 21
Note: Ireland, once hailed as the success story of neoliberalism, is undergoing a traumatic economic crash. In its wake a political earthquake is brewing that could shape its politics for decades to come.
 
Donie Fell: Union-made: Crystal clear intentions (Waterford Crystal occupation)
Socialist Review nr. 334, mar 09 – side 17
Note: We're in occupation to stop our factory from being shut down. The glass industry in Waterford is making a profit but not enough to satisfy corporate greed.
 
Simon Basketter: Ireland: Gains of Waterford fight are crystal clear
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 5
Note: The inspirational fight to save jobs at Waterford Crystal took a step forward this week.
Hundreds of workers have been occupying the threatened factory in south east Ireland since the end of January after a receiver moved to try to lock them out.
 
Simon Basketter: Waterford occupiers keep factory alive
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 3
Note: Noel is part of a group of workers who are keeping the Waterford Crystal flame burning.

He is among a dozen who make sure that 18 tonnes of molten glass continue to be produced by the plant’s furnace every 24 hours.
 
Simon Basketter: Waterford Crystal: ‘We’re occupying this plant to save our jobs’
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 5
Note: Workers at the Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland have delivered a powerful example of how to take on the recession – they are occupying their plant to keep it open.
 
Krise og modstand - Frankrig
Se også: Frankrig
Dave Sewell: Den franske regering truer med at forbyde fagforeningernes demonstrationer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: Den franske socialdemokratiske regering truede med at forbyde fagforeningerne at demonstrere mod dens angreb på arbejderrettigheder på tirsdag. Men den stod over for trusler om at blive trodset.
 
Dave Sewell: Optrapning af strejkerne kan slå den franske arbejdslov
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: Arbejdere fra hele Frankrig demonstrerede i Paris i tirsdags. Mange af dem strejkede også mod den socialdemokratiske regerings arbejdslov.
 
Dave Sewell: Frankrig: Oversvømmelser kan ikke vaske strejkerne væk
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: Arbejdere sætter Frankrig i stå få dage før ‘Euro 2016’ fodboldturneringen, rapporterer Dave Sewell.
 
Dave Sewell: Modstanden i Frankrig kan vælte regeringen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: En bølge af strejker og demonstrationer for at forsvare arbejdernes rettigheder har ført til en krise for Frankrigs socialdemokratiske regering. Præsident François Hollandes forslag til arbejdslov vil øge arbejdstiden og give arbejdsgiverne mere magt til at fyre arbejdere.
 
Dave Sewell: Kæmpestrejker lukker Frankrig og kan bringe regeringen i knæ
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: El-produktionen i Frankrig faldt i går, torsdag, efter at arbejdere på alle 19 atomkraftværker stemte for at begynde strejker for at forsvare arbejdernes rettigheder.
 
Dave Sewell: Frankrig: Strejker og blokader viser, hvordan man kan vinde
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: Benzinmangel har ramt dele af Frankrig i begyndelsen af denne uge, hvor bevægelsen mod den socialdemokratiske regerings angreb har flyttet fokus til at “lukke økonomien ned”.
 
Dave Sewell: Modstand i Frankrig med blokader, strejker og demonstrationer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: Blokader, strejker og demonstrationer mod den franske regerings angreb på arbejder-rettigheder har betydet enorme forstyrrelser i denne uge. Arbejdere og aktivister er i gang med at lukke økonomien ned, og regeringen er fast besluttet på at stoppe dem.
 
Dave Sewell: Fransk regering i krise på grund af ny arbejdslov
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: Frankrigs centrum-venstre regering udløste en krise, der kan bringe den til fald, da den suspenderede debatten i parlamentet om dens foreslåede arbejdslov. Den står over for et mistillidsvotum i morgen, torsdag – en dag, hvor der allerede er varslet landsdækkende strejker og protester.
 
Lars Henrik Carlskov: Masseprotester mod den franske regering
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 – side 6
Note: Vi kan lære af Frankrig, hvor velfærdsangreb er blevet mødt af en storm af protester, der også forbinder sig med kampen mod racisme.
 
Dave Sewell: Frankrig: Over en million arbejdere og studerende demonstrerer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 351, mar 16 
Note: Oprøret mod den franske præsident Francois Hollande’s angreb på arbejder-rettigheder nåede nye højder i dag, torsdag (31.3). Fagforeningen CGT siger, at 1,2 millioner demonstrerede over hele landet i mere end 250 demonstrationer.
 
Dave Sewell: Frankrig: Fagforeninger går med i modstanden
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 351, mar 16 
Note: I Frankrig blev der planlagt større strejker mod en ny arbejdslov til torsdag i denne uge (31.3). De forventes at blive de største strejker i landet i flere år.
 
Gael Braibant: De unge i Frankrig siger til regeringen: Skrub af
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 350, feb 16 
Note: Den parisiske studerende Gael Braibant rapporterer fra de enorme protester mod centrum-venstre regeringens ondsindede nye arbejdslov.
 
France: Hollande attacks worker rights for ‘flexibility’
Socialist Worker nr. 2343, mar 13 – side 20
Note: The French parliament was set to vote on Wednesday of this week on an attack on workers’ rights effectively drafted by the bosses.
 
Car workers strike in France
Socialist Worker nr. 2340, feb 13 – side 5
Note: Workers at two major car plants in the Paris region have been on strike against massive job losses.
 
Dave Sewell: Left surge shakes French ruling class
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 6
Note: The streets of Toulouse in the south of France were alive with red flags and banners on Thursday of last week.
 
Jørn Andersen: Strejkerne i Frankrig ved en korsvej
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 303, nov 10 – side 16
Note: Udfaldet af kampen mod Sarkozys pensionsreform kan få afgørende betydning for den videre velfærdskamp i Europa. Men vil de faglige ledere fortsætte mobiliseringerne?
 
Frankrig: Fagforeningsledere signalerer tilbagetog
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 303, nov 10 
Note: Den franske regering og de fleste af verdens medier har erklæret, at præsident Sarkozy har slået modstanden mod hans angreb på pensioner tilbage.
Men det ville være for tidligt at erklære kampen slut. Og Sarkozy har kun overlevet, fordi fagforeningslederne har undladt at skubbe bevægelsen fremad.
 
Denis Godard: Denis Godard rapporterer fra Paris: Oppe mod statsmagten
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 303, nov 10 
Note: "Vi strejker mandag, vi strejker tirsdag, vi strejker onsdag, og torsdag, fredag og lørdag også – og det vil først være forbi, når vi har vundet."
 
Charlie Kimber: France in revolt shows our power
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 – side 6
Note: The fightback in France against attacks on pensions has shown magnificent resistance. --- Charlie Kimber reports from Paris
Alt. url: Dansk oversættelse
 
Charlie Kimber: Frankrig: Et afgørende øjeblik, mens fagforeninger mødes for at overveje næste træk
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 302, okt 10 
Note: Franske arbejdere og studerende fortsatte deres inspirerende strejker torsdag, mens bevægelsen har nået et kritisk punkt. Regeringen er under pres fra strejker, gadeprotester og optøjer. Det mest centrale spørgsmål er benzinforsyningerne.
Alt. url: Oversat fra Socialist Worker 2224, 21 oktober 2010
 
Video of French strikers
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 
Note: An NPA video showing French workers striking and protesting around the country, 12 Oct 2010
 
Charlie Kimber: Charlie Kimber rapporterer fra Paris: Frankrig i oprør viser vores magt
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 302, okt 10 
Note: Kampen i Frankrig mod angreb på pensionerne har vist en fantastisk modstand.
Alt. url: Oversat fra Socialist Worker 2224, 23 oktober 2010
 
Charlie Kimber: 12. oktober: Højdepunkter fra strejken og protesterne i Frankrig
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 302, okt 10 
Note: Tre og en halv million mennesker deltog i over 200 demonstrationer over hele Frankrig ifølge fagforbundet CGT. Det er et nyt højdepunkt for den igangværende kampagne. Det viser, hvor afgørende den kamp er, som i øjeblikket finder sted i Frankrig – en kamp som har konsekvenser for hele kontinentet.
Alt. url: Oversat fra Socialist Worker 2223, 16 oktober 2010
 
Charlie Kimber: Frankrig: Millioner af arbejdere strejker og demonstrerer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 302, okt 10 – side 11
Note: Franske arbejdere har vist at de er fast besluttet på at forhindre angrebene på deres pension fra Nicolas Sarkozys højreorienterede regering. Millioner af arbejdere deltog i en dag fyldt med strejker og protester tirsdag den 23/9.
 
Denis Godard: France: From economic to political struggles
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 19
Note: After last year’s huge days of action, demonstrations and the radical conflicts against redundancies in the car industry, has French rebelliousness disappeared over the past few months? Are we witnessing a downturn in struggle as a result of the social movement’s inability to remove the obstacles put in its way by trade union leaders?
 
Ken Olende: Mass strikes spread across Guadeloupe and Martinique in response to crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 4
Note: General strikes that are taking place in French Caribbean islands are part of a global battle to stop workers paying for the crisis, writes Ken Olende
Alt. url: Dansk oversættelse
 
Ken Olende: Massestrejker i Guadeloupe og Martinique som reaktion på krisen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 286, feb 09 
Note: De generalstrejker, der finder sted på de fransk-caraibiske øer er en del af en global kamp for at forhindre, at det er arbejderne, der skal betale for krisen, skriver Ken Olende i Socialist Worker.
 
Jim Wolfreys: Frankrig: Millioner i strejke mod Sarkozy
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 286, feb 09 – side 9
Note: „Der er ikke længere nogen der bemærker, når der er en strejke,“ erklærede præsident Niclas Sarkozy sidste sommer. Torsdag den 29. januar var han nødt til at æde sine ord i sig.
 
Jim Wolfreys: Millions in France on strike against Sarkozy
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 5
Note: “Nobody notices when there’s a strike anymore”, French president Nicolas Sarkozy declared last summer. On Thursday of last week he was made to eat his words.
Up to 2.5 million people took part in strikes and demonstrations across France that day to protest against Sarkozy’s handling of the economic crisis.
 
Krise og modstand - Spanien
Se også: Spanien
Andy Brown: Reassessing Podemos
International Socialism Journal nr. 150, apr 16 – side 97
Note: The emergence of new left wing political parties in Europe in response to the crisis and government austerity policies has been discussed already in the pages of this journal. Specifically we have looked at the nature of the Podemos project in the Spanish state and the question of how the left should relate to it. It is now useful to revisit the analysis in the light of events in 2015 in the Spanish state in order better to understand the viability of Podemos in its own terms and the relationship between it, the left and the working class.
 
EU-valg: Spanien: Indignados kommer i EU-parlamentet
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 339, jun 14 
Note: På trods af hvad en stor del af medierne vil have os til at tro, har det ikke bare været den yderste højrefløj, der har nydt godt af desillusionen over den etablerede politik. Ud over SYRIZAs bemærkelsesværdige sejr i Grækenland har valget af fem parlamentsmedlemmer fra det anti-kapitalistiske Podemos (“Vi kan”) i Spanien rystet det politiske etablissement.
 
Rafel Sanchis + Estelle Cooch: Strikes, independence and indignados
Socialist Review nr. 379, apr 13 – side 18
Note: Rafel Sanchis and Estelle Cooch spoke to David Fernández, an MP for the Catalan parliament, about the origins and politics of the anti-capitalist coalition, CUP, and its relationship to the wider movement.
 
Mathias M. Christiansen: Krisen i Spanien er ikke til at overse
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 321, jul 12 – side 6
Note: Hver eneste dag bliver 500 private boliger sat på tvangsauktion. Før var hospitalsbehandlinger tilgængelige for alle uanset indkomst og statsborgerskab, i dag skal alle betale en euro for en recept.
 
Albert García: Anger explodes on the streets of Spain
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 4
Note: Our angry, gigantic general strike across the Spanish state last week was a new step forward in the fight against austerity in Europe. Tens of millions struck and two million demonstrated up and down the country.
 
Joel Sans + Andy Durgan: Epilogue: the 15-M movement since the summer
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 1, mar 12 – side 41
Note: Five months after having written on the 15-M movement in Spain, and following the elections of 20 November, won by the Right with an absolute majority, the movement still exists albeit at a lower level. Dozens of local groups continue to be active even though now involving less, and more dispersed, forces; a situation compounded by a lack of large scale mobilizations that could pull activists together.
Alt. url: PDF
 
Enric Rodrigo + Luke Stobart: Spain: More than a million light up the outrage
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 7
Note: On Saturday more than a million people joined jubilant protests across Spain in another show of strength by the indignados movement.
 
Joel Sans + Andy Durgan: “No one represents us”: The 15 May movement in the Spanish state
International Socialism Journal nr. 132, okt 11 – side 23
Note: On 15 May 2011 thousands of people, mainly young, demonstrated all over the Spanish state under the slogans “For real democracy now” and “We are not commodities in the hands of politicians and bankers”.
 
Mette Hermansen + Jesper Juul Mikkelsen: Spanien i oprør
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 310, jul 11 – side 9
Note: ’Intet job, ingen uddannelse, ingen fremtid, ingen frygt’ stod der på et af de hjemmelavede skilte som var med på en af de mange demonstrationer d. 19. juni. Den dag tog omkring en million mennesker del i 50 demonstrationer over hele Spanien mod stramninger, bankfolk og det politiske system.
 
Andy Durgan + Luke Stobart + Uzma Hussain: Million march against austerity across Spain
Socialist Worker nr. 2257, jun 11 – side 2
Note: Around one million people took part in 50 demonstrations all over Spain against austerity, the bankers and the political system last Sunday.
 
Some of the demonstrations that took place across Spain last Sunday
Socialist Worker nr. 2257, jun 11 
 
Luke Stobart + Debs Gwynn + Pura Ariza: Spain: ‘Nothing will ever be the same’
Socialist Worker nr. 2255, jun 11 – side 6
Note: The protests sweeping Spain are reaching a crucial point. In the capital, Madrid, arguments rage about what to do next.
 
Andy Durgan: Spain: Fighting for ‘A future without capitalism’
Socialist Worker nr. 2254, jun 11 – side 8
Note: Andy Durgan spoke to Socialist Worker from Barcelona about the ongoing Spanish revolt against the economic crisis.
Alt. url: Dansk oversættelse
 
Spain: Barcelona resists violent police attack on assembly
Socialist Worker nr. 2254, jun 11 – side 8
Note: Police violently attacked the protest camp in Barcelona on Friday of last week.
 
Siân Ruddick: Spanish activists: ‘We are building bridges between different sections of the movement’
Socialist Worker nr. 2254, jun 11 – side 8
Note: Siân Ruddick spoke to some activists taking part in the protests. Miguel is an unemployed worker living in Seville. Jesus is a biology teacher in Pablo de Olavide University in Seville. Miguel and Jesus are in En Lucha. Jaime Pastor is a member of the anti-capitalist organisation Attac and is a professor of political sciences in Madrid.
 
En Lucha: Socialists in Spain say spread 15 May revolt!
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 
Note: by En Lucha, the International Socialist Tendency group in Spain.
The camps have extended like a trail of gunpowder all over the country since Sunday 15 May. They have provided the spark that has ignited an atmosphere charged with frustration, indignation and anger after three and a half years of crisis and a growing spiral of cuts, the worsening of working conditions and unemployment.
 
Video of protests in Spain
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 
Note: Protesters in Puerta del Sol Square, central Madrid on 20 May 2011
 
Siân Ruddick: Protests erupt across Spain
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 
Note: Mass demonstrations and protest camps have mushroomed across Spain as the young and the unemployed say “enough”. As many as 40 percent of Spain’s 4.5 million unemployed are under 25.
 
Andy Durgan: Revolt reigns in Spain
Socialist Review nr. 359, jun 11 – side 8
Note: On Friday 20 May there were at least 160 camps in cities and towns all over Spain following demonstrations the previous Sunday "against bankers and politicians" and for "real democracy". In solidarity there have also been pickets outside Spanish embassies all over Europe.
 
Andy Durgan: Kampen for ”En fremtid uden kapitalisme” i Spanien
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 309, maj 11 
Note: Andy Durgan talte med Socialist Worker fra Barcelona om det igangværende spanske oprør mod den økonomiske krise.
Alt. url: Oversat fra Socialist Worker 2254, 4. juni 2011
 
Siân Ruddick: Spanish protests show the way... Revolt against austerity
Socialist Worker nr. 2253, maj 11 – side 1
Note: The mass protests that have erupted across Spain against austerity and corruption are an inspiration to people fighting back everywhere.
 
Siân Ruddick: Spain: camped on the streets for jobs and democracy
Socialist Worker nr. 2253, maj 11 – side 5
Note: Tens of thousands of protesters in towns and cities across Spain have flooded onto the streets. The movement shows that resistance to the global economic crisis has taken a new, militant and imaginative turn.
 
Luke Stobart: ‘No house, no job, no pension, no fear’ – what lies behind Spanish revolt
Socialist Worker nr. 2253, maj 11 – side 5
Note: Young people are at the centre of the dramatic Spanish revolt that exploded a week before last Sunday’s municipal and regional elections.
 
Message from the reclaimed camp in Barcelona: We will not be moved
Socialist Worker nr. 2253, maj 11 
Note: Message from the “Camp Of The Indignant”, Barcelona 27 May following the attempt to occupy the Plaça Catalunya by the riot police, on the orders of the Catalan Government Security Minister Felip Puig.
 
Ole Mølholm Jensen: Europa i oprør: Spanien: ‘Nu må de stoppes’
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 100, feb 94 – side 6
Note: Stor opbakning til spansk generalstrejke mod den socialdemokratiske regerings planer om nedskæring af lønnen.
 
Krise og modstand - Italien
Se også: Italien
Dave Sewell: Grækenlands regering står over for kollaps, mens generalstrejker ryster Italien og Belgien
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 – side 7
Note: Året som skulle bringe bedring for krisen i eurozonen ender i stedet i strejker, kursfald på aktiemarkedet og politisk kollaps.
 
Panos Garganas: Voters humiliated Italy’s ruling elite
Socialist Worker nr. 2343, mar 13 – side 6
Note: There is no doubt that the Italian election results represent a humiliation for the traditional political elite. The centre right under Silvio Berlusconi received 17 million votes in 2008. Now it is down to 10 million—a loss of 41 percent. And the centre left coalition of Pier Luigi Bersani also lost 3.5 million votes.
 
Siân Ruddick: Italy: One crisis follows another
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 6
Note: Mario Monti’s government in Italy is in a deepening crisis. He has watered down his flagship labour reforms, and now business leaders have slammed them.
 
Siân Ruddick: General strike brings Italy to a halt
Socialist Worker nr. 2268, sep 11 
Note: Millions of workers in Italy took part in a general strike today (Tuesday) against the government’s austerity plans.
 
Day of rage across Italy
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 7
Note: Tens of thousands marched in Rome—and police responded with tear gas and water cannon.
 
Massive strike rocks Italy
Socialist Worker nr. 2251, maj 11 – side 3
Note: A hugely successful one-day general strike took place in Italy on Friday of last week, called by Italy’s largest union, the CGIL.
 
Siân Ruddick: Studenteroprør sender Berlusconi i tovene
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 304, dec 10 
Note: Italiens skrøbelige regering under ledelse af premierminister Silvio Berlusconi har fået endnu et væsentligt slag, da studerende strømmede ud på gaderne i løbet af de sidste to uger for at protestere mod foreslåede reformer af uddannelsessektoren.
Alt. url: Oprindelig artikel i Socialist Worker (UK)
 
Italian workers demand ‘Strike, strike, strike’
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 – side 6
Note: Up to one million workers marched in Rome on Saturday against finance minister Giulio Tremonti’s deficit reduction plans. He is forcing through a £22 billion cuts package—but is facing huge resistance.
 
Megan Trudell: Italy one year on
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 27
Note: The year since Silvio Berlusconi’s election victory over the Democratic Party (PD) in Italy has been one in which the right wing agenda of the ruling coalition has been made brutally clear. In the midst of severe economic crisis—officially Italy’s fourth recession in a decade—Berlusconi’s government has launched a series of assaults on workers, immigrants and students, has allowed the Vatican to dictate policy1 and has abandoned parliamentary democracy by pushing through a series of “emergency” decrees.
 
Europa i oprør: Italien: Partier i panik
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 100, feb 94 – side 6
Note: Tusindvis af arbejdere fra de store italienske bilfabrikker Fiat og Alfa Romeo gik sidst i januar i omfattende aktioner mod Fiat-ledelsens planer om at bortskære 20.000 jobs.
 
Krise og modstand - Grækenland
Se også: Grækenland; Venstrefløj Grækenland; Grækenland: Valg 2015 og SYRIZA-regering
Panos Garganas: Nedskæringer udløser strejke i Grækenland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 351, mar 16 
Note: Grækenlands kreditorer var i Athen i denne uge for at forhandle flere nedskæringer.
 
Bo Nielsen: Grækenland: Hvis gæld? – Et klassespørgsmål
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 347, sep 15 – side 8
Note: Da uret den 30. juni 2015 hastigt tikkede mod midnat, og forfaldsdatoen for Grækenlands afdrag på 26 milliarder kroner til den Europæiske Centralbank, var ved at udløbe, havde politikere, økonomer og medier over hele Europa travlt med at agere talsrør for ‘institutionerne’, bedre kendt som Troikaen.
 
Dave Sewell: Grækenlands regering står over for kollaps, mens generalstrejker ryster Italien og Belgien
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 – side 7
Note: Året som skulle bringe bedring for krisen i eurozonen ender i stedet i strejker, kursfald på aktiemarkedet og politisk kollaps.
 
Panos Garganas: Coalition on the edge as new strikes hit Greece
Socialist Worker nr. 2362, jul 13 – side 8
Note: Workers across Greece joined a general strike on Tuesday of this week as the government prepares to face two crucial votes in parliament.
 
Dave Sewell: Cuts create a crisis for rulers in Greece and Portugal
Socialist Worker nr. 2361, jul 13 – side 8
Note: European rulers continue to target the poor as they try to escape the eurozone crisis, writes Dave Sewell.
 
Jesper Juul Mikkelsen: Grækenland: Interview med ANTARSYA: Hvis vi vælter vores regering, vil solidariteten eksplodere
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 329, maj 13 
Note: Socialistisk Arbejderavis har mødt Yiannis Sifakakis som er en del af ledelsen af den græske aktivistiske og revolutionære koalition ANTARSYA.
 
Panos Garganas: Greece – resistance is being televised
Socialist Worker nr. 2358, jun 13 – side 6
Note: Greece’s government was on the verge of collapse as Socialist Worker went to press. Antonis Samaras’ coalition government had tried to shut down the Greek public broadcasting corporation ERT. This ran into a wall of mass resistance.
 
Dave Sewell: Athens work-in pushes the government to the brink
Socialist Worker nr. 2358, jun 13 – side 6
Note: A mass meeting of workers at Greek state broadcaster ERT voted to continue working in occupation on Tuesday of this week. Hundreds of workers have been occupying the ERT headquarters and broadcasting online since the government sacked them and cut off their signal last week.
 
Dave Sewell: Occupying Greek TV station workers say, “We’re here to win”
Socialist Worker nr. 2357, jun 13 
Note: A workers’ occupation of the Greek ERT state broadcasting corporation was the only media outlet broadcasting in the country today, Wednesday. Journalists across the rest of the Greek media struck in solidarity with occupation.
 
Advarsler og håb fra Grækenland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 327, mar 13 – side 7
Note: Grækenland er lige nu stedet, hvor EU’s nedskæringspolitik er mest ekstrem. Det er stedet, hvor arbejderklassens modstand er mest udviklet.
 
Bo Nielsen: Arbejderkamp i Grækenland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 327, mar 13 – side 7
Note: Klassekampen i Europa når netop nu sit mest avancerede niveau i Grækenland.
 
Panos Garganas: General strike in Greece shows rulers’ weakness
Socialist Worker nr. 2341, feb 13 – side 7
Note: Workers across Greece were set to strike on Wednesday of this week. There were no newspapers after journalists and print workers walked out a day early.
 
Dave Sewell: General strike paralyses Greece
Socialist Worker nr. 2341, feb 13 
Note: A general strike paralysed Greece today, Wednesday. The action was against new attacks on workers’ wages and their union rights.
 
Jesper Juul Mikkelsen: Øjenvidneberetning fra en græsk venstrefløjsaktivist: ”Vi kan ikke bare tale og komme med valgløfter”
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 321, jul 12 – side 7
Note: Socialistisk Arbejderavis har interviewet Athanasios Stavridis. Han arbejder i Sverige, men er medlem af og aktiv i SEK (Internationale Socialisters søsterparti i Grækenland).
 
Patrick Ward: Greek pensioner’s public suicide sparks outrage across the country
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 6
Note: A 77 year old pensioner shot himself dead in the main public square in Athens today, Wednesday.
 
2. udgave: Så hårdt rammes grækerne
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 318, mar 12 
Note: Hvis det var os, der var grækere -- De næste to år bliver dobbelt så hårde for grækerne
 
Guy Smallman: Greece – snapshots of workers' struggles
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 8
Note: From protests to strikes to workers’ control, resistance to austerity has become part of day to day life in Greece – Socialist Worker photojournalist Guy Smallman reports
 
Guy Smallman: Greece – snapshots of workers' struggles (2)
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 8
Note: From protests to strikes to workers’ control, resistance to austerity has become part of day to day life in Greece – Socialist Worker photojournalist Guy Smallman reports
 
Interview: Greece: the struggle radicalises
International Socialism Journal nr. 134, apr 12 – side 9
Note: Panos Garganas, editor of the Greek newspaper Workers Solidarity, spoke to International Socialism about the latest developments in the country.
 
Sotiris Kontogiannis: Euro-krisen: Kan græske arbejdere slå bankerne?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 318, mar 12 
Note: Grækerne er nødt til at acceptere nedskæringerne, hævdes det ofte, fordi alternativet ville være værre. Sotiris Kontogiannis argumenterer for en arbejderstyret betalingsstandsning mod bankerne.
Alt. url: Oversat fra Socialist Review 367, marts 2012
 
Jesper Høi Kanne: Mere arbejdermagt i Grækenland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 318, mar 12 – side 15
Note: Krisen i Grækenland bliver værre og værre for arbejderklassen.
 
IS-tendensen: Erklæring om solidaritet med grækerne
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 317, feb 12 
Note: Følgende erklæring om solidaritet med almindelige mennesker i Grækenland blev udsendt den 29. februar 2012.
Alt. url: English version
 
Sotiris Kontogiannis: Eurozone crisis: Can Greek workers defy the bankers?
Socialist Review nr. 367, mar 12 – side 10
Note: Greeks must accept austerity, it is often argued, because the alternative would be worse. Sotiris Kontogiannis argues for a workers’ default against the bankers.
Alt. url: Euro-krisen: Kan græske arbejdere slå bankerne?
 
Anders Bæk Simonsen: Solidaritet er folkets våben i krigen mod bosserne
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 317, feb 12 
Note: Sådan lød slagordet da cirka 50 herboende unge grækere demonstrerede foran den græske ambassade søndag den 12. februar. De demonstrerede mod de ødelæggende angreb på den græske befolkning som er konsekvensen af EU og IMF’s ”redningspakke”.
 
Panos Garganas: Bailouts and cuts plague Eurozone
Socialist Worker nr. 2268, sep 11 – side 6
Note: The so-called “second Greek bailout” is up in the air.
 
Panos Garganas: Greece: more than 200 student occupations resist austerity
Socialist Worker nr. 2268, sep 11 
Note: Panos Garganos, editor of Socialist Worker’s sister paper in Greece, explains how students have organised to block the latest pro-market reforms.
 
Patrick Ward: Grækenland: ”Strejker ryster magthaverne”
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 310, jul 11 – side 8
Note: Panos Garganas fra det græske SEK (Socialistisk Arbejderparti) fortæller om, hvordan modstand mod nedskæringer blev til et oprør.
 
Greek strikes can smash austerity
Socialist Worker nr. 2257, jun 11 – side 3
Note: The global elite is panicking that the crisis in Greece could destabilise the whole European economy. It fears that Greece could default on its debts and provoke a “Lehman Brothers moment” for state economies.
 
Alex Callinicos: Athens resistance sparks elite crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2257, jun 11 – side 4
Note: There are moments when the fundamental conflict defining capitalist society becomes visible for all to see. Athens on Wednesday of last week was one of them.
 
Panos Garganas + Patrick Ward: Greece: ‘Strikes put rulers in turmoil’
Socialist Worker nr. 2257, jun 11 – side 8
Note: Panos Garganas of the Greek Socialist Workers Party told Patrick Ward how resistance to austerity became a rebellion.
 
Voices from the Greek strikes and protests
Socialist Worker nr. 2257, jun 11 – side 9
Note: Jess Hurd: ‘It looked like a war zone’
Vassilis Sylaides, Intracom Electronics: ‘It’s time for a new politics’
Costas Sarris, media worker: ‘This is a battle of hope against fear’
 
Panos Garganas: Cuts and bailouts are are no solution for European crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2255, jun 11 – side 6
Note: Talk of a second financial bailout in Greece shows that austerity isn’t working.
 
Greek movement steps up pressure
Socialist Worker nr. 2254, jun 11 – side 3
Note: The European Union’s plans for new bailout conditions for Greece, which will lead to even harsher austerity and privatisation, have sparked new protests.
 
Matthew Cookson: Austerity rains chaos down on Greece
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 16
Note: Greece is still caught in the economic storm sweeping Europe following the arrest of International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
 
Greece: After the bailout-1,000 jobs go every day
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 16
Note: The European Union, the European Central Bank and the IMF agreed a 110 billion euro bailout for Greece last year. This was supposed to help the state pay off its debt, lead to growth and stop the “contagion” spreading to other countries.
 
Striking back across Greece
Socialist Worker nr. 2251, maj 11 – side 3
Note: Greek workers joined a general strike against austerity on Wednesday as their government tried to renegotiate the terms of its bailout.
 
Editorial: Greece can break from the cuts consensus and default on debt
Socialist Worker nr. 2249, apr 11 – side 3
Note: Greece is being buffeted around in the financial markets as speculation grows that it will default on its huge debts.
The country’s massive austerity package of cuts, which has devastated workers’ lives, is not enough for the markets.
Plans to privatise national industries and sell off beaches and government buildings are met with calls to go further.
 
Græske arbejdere fortsætter kampen med den ottende generalstrejke
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 306, feb 11 
Note: Grækenland blev i onsdags ramt af den ottende generalstrejke mod barske nedskæringer på mindre end 12 måneder. Den blev lige så vellykket som de andre strejker, der har rystet den socialdemokratiske PASOK-regering – trods den forværrede økonomiske situation og den lange tid, kampen har stået på.
Alt. url: Oversat fra Socialist Worker (UK)
 
Greece: Acropolis occupied in protests over cuts
Socialist Worker nr. 2224, okt 10 – side 6
Note: Protests rocked Athens on Thursday of last week, as Greek workers and students continued their fight against cuts.
 
Panos Garganas: Analysis: Greece: striking back
International Socialism Journal nr. 128, okt 10 – side 23
Note: Greece has been at the heart of the struggle over austerity in Europe. Panos Garganas is editor of the weekly paper Workers’ Solidarity and a leading member of the Sosialistiko Ergatiko Komma (SEK, Socialist Workers Party), Greek sister organisation of the British SWP. He talked to Alex Callinicos in Athens on 8 September, the day that a five-hour strike by railway and public transport workers shut the city down, announcing the resumption of hostilities between the Greek working class and the social democratic government of George Papandreou after the summer break.
 
Matthew Cookson: Græske lastbilchaufførers strejke stopper, men vreden fortsætter
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 300, aug 10 – side 10
Note: 33.000 lastbilchauffører strejkede sidst i juli måned mod åbning af transportområdet for konkurrence. Regeringen måtte bruge en lov fra 1960’erne og 70’ernes fascistiske styre til at indføre undtagelsestilstand, sætte militæret ind og stoppe strejken.
 
Lånepakken til Grækenland går til bankerne
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 298, jun 10 – side 5
Note: Det græske statsunderskud på 13,6 % betød, at spekulanterne frygtede, at Grækenland ikke kunne betale sin gæld. Derfor krævede de højere renter for at låne til Grækenland, hvilket bare gjorde situationen værre for den græske økonomi.
 
Jakob Nerup: Lukker Grækenland ned?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 298, jun 10 – side 9
Note: Prisen for de såkaldte „redningspakker“ i Grækenland betales med massive stramninger af almindelige lønmodtagere. Men nedskæringerne møder modstand fra den mest militante arbejderklasse i Europa.
 
Jakob Nerup: Fakta: Grækenland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 298, jun 10 – side 9
 
Anders Schou: På kanten: De forkælede danskere
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 298, jun 10 – side 15
Note: „Mange års offentligt overforbrug medfører nu smertefulde besparelser. Derfor kan danskernes vrede virke uforståelig set med sydeuropæiske øjne“
Athens News 28. maj
 
Matthew Cookson: Greek strikes show the way to resist here
Socialist Worker nr. 2192, mar 10 – side 3
Note: Greek workers have stepped up their resistance to cuts while politicians and bosses are demanding more. A third general strike was set for Thursday of this week.
 
Kevin Devine: Greece, Ireland and the eurozone crisis
Socialist Review nr. 345, mar 10 – side 4
Note: Pigs. It's not an insult as such, but that depends on what it's referring to. In this case it's an acronym coined by "economic analysts" to describe the European countries that have been hardest hit by the recession: Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.
 
Nikos Lountos: 'No self-restraint' – Greek workers striking
Socialist Review nr. 345, mar 10 – side 6
Note: The working class in Greece is entering March in a very militant mood. Two days of national industrial action in February and several sectors staging consecutive 48-hour strikes have created a strong momentum.
 
Grækerne viser vejen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 295, feb 10 – side 8
Note: Den græske socialist Panos Garganas rapporterer til Socialistisk Arbejderavis fra strejkerne i Grækenland.
 
Panos Garganas: Greece: The eye of the storm?
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 25
Note: “The social climate in Greece is charged with the electricity that you find in the air before a tropical storm.” That was the description by a leading columnist on Greece’s most popular daily newspaper. He is not alone in this view. Costas Karamanlis, the outgoing leader of the conservative New Democracy party, gave his reasons for calling an early parliamentary election in similar terms.
 
Matthew Cookson: Greece’s crisis is a warning to the world
Socialist Worker nr. 2182, dec 09 – side 4
Note: As the Greek economy lies in tatters, the government is planning savage cuts
 
Panos Garganas: Interview: Greece after the explosion
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 15
Note: Panos Garganas, editor of the Greek newspaper Workers Solidarity, spoke to International Socialism about the latest developments in a country that has witnessed the emergence of powerful movements from below.
 
Grækenland: Valg 2015 og SYRIZA-regering
Se også: Grækenland; Venstrefløj Grækenland; Krise og modstand - Grækenland
Stathis Kouvélakis + Alex Callinicos: Syriza and Socialist Strategy – Debate video and transcript
International Socialism Journal nr. 146, apr 15 
Note: The following is a video and transcript of a debate between Stathis Kouvelakis, Syriza central committee member, and Alex Callinicos, editor of International Socialism, Central London, 25 February 2015.
 
Dave Sewell: EU og bankerne kræver mere lidelse i Grækenland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: EU og Den Internationale Valutafond, IMF, kræver endnu flere nedskæringer i Grækenland.
 
Panos Garganas: Græske arbejdere vil strejke i 48 timer mod EU’s pensions-nedskæringer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16 
Note: Arbejdere over hele Grækenland vil starte en 48 timers generalstrejke i morgen, fredag. Strejken er kaldt ud i sidste øjeblik i dag, torsdag.
 
Panos Garganas: Nedskæringer udløser strejke i Grækenland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 351, mar 16 
Note: Grækenlands kreditorer var i Athen i denne uge for at forhandle flere nedskæringer.
 
Panos Garganas: Grækenland: Største generalstrejke i flere år trodser SYRIZAs pensions-nedskæringer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 349, nov 15 
Note: Den enorme generalstrejke-demonstration i Athen i dag, torsdag den 4. feb., var sandsynligvis den største siden 2011 og sommeren med masse-besættelser af offentlige pladser.
 
Nikos Lountos: Book Review: Face to face with the minotaur
International Socialism Journal nr. 149, jan 16 – side 207
Note: Kevin Ovenden, Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth (Pluto Press/Left Book Club, 2015), £11.50
I’m writing this review on the eve of a general strike (3 December) in Greece, the second against the Syriza government since it was re-elected in September. Alexis Tsipras is eager to find allies among the leaders of the pro-austerity opposition, feeling already that the majority he enjoys in the parliament, along with his nationalist allies, the “Independent Greeks”, will not be enough to push through measures such as a massive cut in pensions. Interestingly, Tsipras’s hopes are being complicated because of the deep internal crisis the biggest opposition party, the right wing New Democracy, has got itself into.
 
Panos Garganas: Store demonstrationer under græsk generalstrejke viser arbejdernes vilje til at bekæmpe nedskæringer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 349, nov 15 
Note: Generalstrejken i Grækenland i dag, torsdag (12. nov.), var en større succes end nogen havde forventet. Ingen skibe, ingen tog og ingen fly flyttede sig. I Athen var Metroen stoppet hele dagen, ligesom busserne i morges og til aften.
 
Stelios Michaelides: Græsk strejkebølge fortsætter kampen mod nedskæringer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 349, nov 15 – side 14
Note: Shipping-arbejdere startede en to-dages strejke over hele Grækenland kl. 6 om morgenen den 2. november. Ved Piræus havn nær Athen var strejken 100 pct. succesfuld – ikke et eneste skib sejlede ind eller ud.
 
Alex Callinicos: Analysis: Two faces of reformism
International Socialism Journal nr. 148, okt 15 – side 3
Note: In our last issue we advised the radical left in Britain to be “open to the sudden fissures that the crisis of the British state can…unexpectedly open up, perhaps making possible a qualitative advance”. And the unexpected came very quickly, and in a particularly surprising form.
 
Panos Garganas: Analysis: Why did Syriza fail?
International Socialism Journal nr. 148, okt 15 – side 19
Note: How has Syriza ended up this way? This is a question that is tormenting a big part of the left and that all the forces that situate themselves on the left must answer.
 
Anders Bæk Simonsen: Nye muligheder for den græske venstrefløj
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 347, sep 15 – side 8
Note: Det kommende efterår i Grækenland kommer højst sandsynligt til at betyde flere og hårdere sociale kampe, når nedskæringer og privatiseringer som følge af den nye låneaftale skal iværksættes.
 
Anders Bæk Simonsen: SYRIZA: Fra venstrefløjens store håb til nedskæringsparti
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 347, sep 15 – side 9
Note: SYRIZA voksede ud af krisen og de sociale kampe i Grækenland og er i løbet af de sidste par år blevet set som modelLEN for venstrefløjen i hele Europa.
 
Ni måneder efter: Læren af SYRIZAs kapitulation
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 347, sep 15 – side 9
Note: SYRIZAs fremgang og valgsejr i januar har gav håb til og inspirerede millioner af almindelige mennesker verden over. Efter ni måneder i regeringskontorerne står de foran et parlamentsvalg, som de ikke ved, om de vinder eller taber.
 
Panos Garganas: Modstand følger forræderi i Grækenland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 346, jul 15 
Note: Den himmelråbende modsigelse i Grækenlands regering skaber en politisk krise.
 
Stathis Kouvélakis + Alex Callinicos: Syriza and Socialist Strategy – Debate video and transcript
International Socialism Journal nr. 147, jul 15 
Note: The following is a video and transcript of a debate between Stathis Kouvelakis, Syriza central committee member, and Alex Callinicos, editor of International Socialism, Central London, 25 February 2015.
 
Dimitrios Gkiokas: Folkeafstemningen i Grækenland: Vores nej sender et budskab til hele verden!
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 346, jul 15 – side 2
Note: SYRIZAs ledelse ønsker at indgå en ny aftale med Troikaen (EU-Kommissionen, Den Europæiske Centralbank og Den Internationale Valutafond), og de afholdt folkeafstemningen fordi Troikaen ikke ville gå på kompromis.
 
Panos Garganas: NEJ-stemmen øger græske arbejderes selvtillid
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 346, jul 15 – side 2
Note: Folk i Grækenland er lykkelige over resultatet af folkeafstemningen. De har sagt nej til nedskæringer og vist, at de er klar til at stå imod bankernes pres.
 
Dave Sewell: Arbejdere i Grækenland trodser bankfolkenes afpresning
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 346, jul 15 – side 3
Note: Resultatet af den græske folkeafstemning er et slag mod enhver politiker, bankmand og arbejdsgiver, som ønsker at gennemføre nedskæringer på arbejderklassen.
 
Alex Callinicos: Grækenland: Nej-flertal kan blive udgangspunkt for reelle forandringer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 345, jun 15 
Note: Der er historiske øjeblikke, hvor begivenhedernes normale strøm står stille. Det er ofte tilfældet, når de sædvanlige magtforhold vendes om, de mægtige bliver ydmyget, og de fattige og nødlidende bliver opløftet.
 
Gareth Jenkins + Despina Karayianni: Manoeuvres from above, movements from below: Greece under Tsipras
International Socialism Journal nr. 147, jul 15 – side 19
Note: Syriza’s electoral victory on 25 January 2015 was historic. It was the first time a party with its roots in the Communist tradition had succeeded in coming to office. It was a victory for the working class movement, which had fought with great determination and courage against the austerity programme that the Pasok government had signed up to in 2010 and that the technocratic Papademos and New Democracy governments had continued to implement.
 
IS-tendensen: IS-tendensen: Udtalelse om Grækenland: Nej til aftalen!
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 345, jun 15 
Note: Udtalelse i anledning af den græske folkeafstemning 5. juli om aftalen med EU-bosserne.
 
Alex Callinicos: Græsk opgør er ingen tilskuersport
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 345, jun 15 
Note: Der er kun tre interessante spørgsmål om den uendelige græske krise – som måske endelig når et bristepunkt. Det første er: Vil den græske premierminister Alexis Tsipras blinke?
 
Panos Garganas: Analysis: Syriza and the crisis
International Socialism Journal nr. 146, apr 15 – side 13
Note: The election victory of Syriza (the Coalition of the Radical Left) in Greece has galvanised the radical left internationally. With parliamentary elections due in the Spanish state later this year, the prospect of a left front against austerity in Europe has opened up. But the hopes Syriza’s victory evoked were badly jolted by the agreement that the new Greek government under Alexis Tsipras made with the Eurogroup (the eurozone finance ministers) on 20 February.
 
Alex Callinicos: Grækenland: Aftalen handler om mere end blot gæld
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 343, feb 15 
Note: Der var noget meget ejendommeligt ved den aftale, der med møje og besvær blev indgået mellem Grækenlands regering, ledet af det radikale venstreparti SYRIZA, og Eurogruppens finansministre.
 
John Molyneux: Editorial (Irish Marxist Review 2015 Vol 4 Number 12)
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 12, mar 15 – side 1
Note: The victory of Syriza in the Greek general election of 25 January was, by any standards, an historic event. At last! At last! After decades of right wing and neoliberal domination, including under the guise of ‘mainstream’ labour and social democracy, there was a government of the radical left in Europe, a government committed to ending the brutal austerity which had inflicted so much suffering on the people of Greece, the people of Ireland, and to a greater or lesser extent, all the people of Europe.
 
Udtalelse fra SEK, Grækenland: Nej til aftalen – dette må ikke gennemføres!
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 343, feb 15 
Note: Aftalen mellem SYRIZA-regering og Eurogruppen fredag den 20. februar er en forlængelse af nedskæringspolitikken og en opgivelse af selv de mindste løfter om indfrielse af arbejdernes krav.
Det skriver SEK (Socialistisk Arbejderparti), Internationale Socialisters græske søsterparti, i en udtalelse 23. februar.
 
Alex Callinicos: SYRIZA og staten
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 343, feb 15 – side 8
Note: Alex Callinicos ser på udfordringerne for Grækenlands nye venstre-regering – og på ideerne bag dens strategi.
 
Erklæring fra Manolis Glezos efter SYRIZAs kompromis med EU: Før det er for sent
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 
Note: Den første større negative reaktion mod aftalen med Eurogruppen inde fra SYRIZA kommer fra Manolis Glezos, medlem af Europa-Parlamentet for SYRIZA, og en levende legende i modstandsbevægelsen mod fascismen (i 1941 fjernede han sammen med Lakis Santas det tyske flag fra Akropolis).
 
Alex Callinicos: SYRIZA og staten
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 
Note: Alex Callinicos ser på udfordringerne for Grækenlands nye venstre-regering – og på ideerne bag dens strategi.
 
Efter valget: Interview med græsk aktivist
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 
Note: Iannis Delatolas er kunstfotograf og en af grundlæggerne af den græske solidaritetsbevægelse AKNY. Han støtter den radikale venstre-alliance ANTARSYA og også den Internationale Socialistiske Tendens (søsterorganisation til Internationale Socialister/ISU).
 
As Greece rejects austerity – we can do it here
Socialist Worker nr. 2438, jan 15 – side 1
Note: The Greek election result is an inspiring boost to everyone fighting the warped priorities of the bosses and the Tories.
It has shouted loud that we don’t have to accept austerity.
 
Grækenland: Interview med ANTARSYA-kandidat: Katerina Thoidou om en SYRIZA-valgsejr og hvad der så sker
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 
Note: Katerina Thoidou er kandidat for den anti-kapitalistiske koalition ANTARSYA ved det græske valg på søndag den 25. januar, og medlem af Internationale Socialisters søsterparti, SEK.
 
Panos Garganas: Venstrefløjen går frem i Grækenland: Magthaverne har ikke haft held til at skræmme vælgerne
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 342, dec 14 
Note: Flere arbejdere bakker op om Syriza – og planlægger så at fortsætte med at kæmpe mod nedskæringer, skriver Panos Garganas.
 
Krise og modstand - USA
Se også: USA; USA internt efter 1990
Charlie Kimber: Clinton vinder i New York – Hvorhen nu for Sanders-kampagnen?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 351, mar 16 
Note: Hillary Clinton har besejret Bernie Sanders ved primærvalget i New York. Primærvalgene afgør, hvem der skal være det demokratiske parti kandidat til valget af amerikansk præsident.
 
Anindya Bhattacharyya: Occupy Wall Street: Resistance fills the streets of New York
Socialist Worker nr. 2273, okt 11 
Note: Up to 100,000 supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement came together in New York last Saturday. It was the climax of a global day of action against economic injustice.
 
Jan Hoby: Chicago skolelærerstrejke: Kampe kan vindes mod alle odds!
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 326, jan 13 – side 9
Note: Er der forskel på fagforeninger i USA og Danmark? Svaret ligger lige til højrebenet. Men er der også forskel på offentlige ansattes fagforeninger? Her er svaret ikke bare ligeud af landevejen.
 
Jen Roesch: The life and times of Occupy Wall Street
International Socialism Journal nr. 135, jul 12 – side 51
Note: Occupy Wall Street (OWS), and the Occupy movement that rapidly spread across the country in late September 2011, marked a watershed moment in the re-emergence of mass struggle and radical politics in the United States. In a matter of weeks, decades of accumulated bitterness and discontent found political expression and began to reshape national politics.
 
Megan Trudell: The Occupy movement and class politics in the US
International Socialism Journal nr. 133, jan 12 – side 39
Note: The Occupy movement that began in New York in September 2011 and has spread with remarkable speed across the country represents a massive shift in the politics of the United States.
 
Jonathan Neale: Protests show a shift in US class consciousness
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 
Note: Some 400 people marched with Occupy New Orleans last Saturday. Mostly young, about 50 of them were African-American.
 
Doug Nielson: Sleepover in Seattle
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 
Note: A long day of protest Seattle culminated in several thousand people marching to sit down outside the street in front of a local Chase Bank.
 
Jen Roesch: 'Electric atmosphere' on New York protests
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 6
Note: The Occupy Wall Street movement saw a massive mobilisation of up to 100,000 people in Times Square last Saturday.
 
Unions defend the movement
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 6
Note: The occupiers have made vibrant links with the trade union movement in the US. Groups of workers in union T-shirts are a common site at the occupation.
 
Anindya Bhattacharyya: Activists arrested as they expose bank’s role in crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2274, okt 11 – side 6
Note: Some 23 activists were arrested at a protest at Citibank on Saturday afternoon. I was reporting on the demonstrations and was held with them.
 
Eyewitness report from New York: Occupy Wall Street: ‘A new generation is fighting back’
Socialist Worker nr. 2273, okt 11 – side 16
Note: Occupations in protest against corporate greed are spreading across the US. The first protest—Occupy Wall Street—began in New York’s financial district.
 
Noam Chomsky: involvement of workers is key
Socialist Worker nr. 2273, okt 11 – side 16
Note: Writer and campaigner Noam Chomsky told an audience of over 1,000 that the new occupation movement has a “rare” level of mainstream support. He called the protests “mass popular demonstrations against capitalism”.
 
Sandra Gufler: Søndag den 9. oktober: Stemningsrapport fra Wall St
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 313, okt 11 – side 9
Note: Da jeg ankommer til Wall Street, er det første jeg ser en flok turister der tager billeder af en række 99’ere med skilte og bannere – “We are the 99 procent – join us”, siger ét, “I don´t respect you either”, siger et andet.
 
Kim Rebel Stevnsborg: Occupy Wall Street
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 313, okt 11 – side 9
Note: Inspireret af revolutionerne i Nordafrika og Mellemøsten startede det amerikanske magasin Adbuster et non-profit tidsskrift, hvis mål er at omvælte de eksisterende magtstrukturer: En opfordring til folket om at rejse sig og tage til New York d. 17. september for at starte aktion Occupy Wall Street, en protestbevægelse imod, at 1 pct. af befolkningen ejer 85 pct. af værdierne, stigende arbejdsløshed og ulighed i det amerikanske samfund.
 
Robert Lange: USA: Millionærskat, givet det mening?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 313, okt 11 – side 11
Note: Verdens 3. rigeste mand Warren Buffet beklagede sig i september over, at han selv og resten af de ultra rige amerikanere ikke betaler nok i skat. I samme anledning foreslog han at der indførtes en millionærskat for folk med over 1 mio. dollars i årlig indkomst.
 
Bob Peterson: Wisconsin: the bill is passed but we'll fight on
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 – side 4
Note: The governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has passed a bill to remove the trade union rights of some 175,000 workers in the US. But the battle against him isn’t over—and the mood among people is defiant and upbeat.
 
US: workers fight on in Wisconsin
Socialist Worker nr. 2243, mar 11 – side 3
Note: Over 150,000 workers and students surrounded the Capitol building in Wisconsin in the US last Saturday.
 
Siân Ruddick: Epic battle in Wisconsin is a taste of our power
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 – side 8
Note: The battle in Wisconsin has seen hundreds of thousands of US workers rediscover their power. In the most powerful protests for many years, public sector workers—with the support of students, war veterans, pensioners, local campaigners and even some police—have brought the city of Madison to a standstill.
 
Phil Gasper + Sarah Blaskey: Wisconsin: ‘Workers need a chance to survive—this is the boiling point’
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 – side 9
Note: The battle between Wisconsin’s unions and the state’s Republican governor Scott Walker moved to a new level on Saturday when over 100,000 people marched and rallied in support of union rights at the State Capitol building in Madison.
 
Bob Peterson: Wisconsin – how we built a mass movement
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 
Note: On Friday 11 February governor Scott Walker declared war on public sector workers in the US state of Wisconsin by trying to ban trade unions.
 
Bob Peterson: Republicans and bosses are watching Wisconsin
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 
Note: Scott Walker’s attacks on Wisconsin teachers and other public sector workers are part of a national agenda to privatise public institutions and destroy public sector unions.
 
G Francis Hodge: Book review: Driving American decline
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 208
Note: Gabriel Kolko, World in Crisis: The End of the American Century (Pluto, 2009), £12.99
In his introduction to World in Crisis Gabriel Kolko writes provocatively that “American capitalism is tending towards committing suicide—and is taking other nations with it.” Kolko argues that the century of US global dominance is drawing to a close, driven by factors deeply embedded in the structure of US capitalism.
 
Megan Trudell: Is Obama really taking on the US bankers?
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 9
Note: “Never again will the American taxpayer be held hostage by a bank that is too big to fail. If these folks want a fight, it’s a fight I’m ready to have.”
Barack Obama last week announced his plan to curb the excesses of the big banks with fighting talk that millions have been waiting a year to hear.
 
USA: Snart 14 millioner arbejdsløse
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 288, apr 09 – side 4
Note: For 4. måned i træk er den sæsonkorrigerede arbejdsløshed i USA steget med over en halv million. Alene i marts steg den med næsten 700.000.
 
USA: 5 mill. flere arbejdsløse på et år
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 287, mar 09 – side 4
Note: For tredje måned i træk stillede over en halv million amerikanere i februar op i arbejdsløshedskøen.
 
USA: 598.000 færre jobs i januar
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 286, feb 09 – side 6
Note: Trods hjælpepakker på tusindvis af milliarder dollars fortsætter arbejdsløsheden med at stige verden rundt.
 
Sadie Robinson: Obamas økonomiske plan vil ikke løse krisen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 286, feb 09 – side 11
Note: Debatterne om protektionistisk politik misser de virkelige problemer i den dybe krise, skriver Sadie Robinson.
 
Sadie Robinson: Obama’s economic plan won’t fix the crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 6
Note: Barack Obama’s plan to save the US economy has been caught up in a growing panic among world leaders over protectionism.
 
USA: Over 11 millioner arbejdsløse
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 285, jan 09 – side 5
Note: Lige før deadline fik vi de nyeste ledighedstal for USA. Fra november til december er arbejdsløsheden steget med næsten en million. Forrige måned steg den med godt en halv million.
 
Sadie Robinson: Barack Obama faces tough tasks on economy
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 5
Note: As US president-elect Barack Obama prepares for his inauguration next Tuesday the impact of the recession on the US grows more severe by the day.
 
US factory occupation shows way to beat attacks
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 4
Note: Workers in Chicago have fought back over compensation and won. But the problems are mounting for people across the US
 
Occupation at US university (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 
Note: An occupation has been taking place for several days at the New School University in New York City. The organisers have issued the following statement.
 
Chris Bambery: Soaring job losses intensify crisis in US
Socialist Worker nr. 2131, dec 08 – side 4
Note: As recession brings misery to the lives of millions across the US, some workers are showing that it is possible to fight back.
 
US: Worries for car workers
Socialist Worker nr. 2131, dec 08 – side 4
Note: The US Congress and the White House seem set to finalise an emergency $15 billion short-term loan to keep the General Motors (GM), Chrysler and Ford car companies afloat.
 
Editorial: Barack Obama is drinking from two cups
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 12
Note: US president-elect Barack Obama has put forward a “stimulus” package for the US economy that makes chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-budget proposals taste like weak milky tea.
 
Detroit family resists home repossession attempts
Socialist Worker nr. 2126, nov 08 – side 4
Note: Demonstrators blocked the doorstep to stop the eviction of 72 year old Rubie Curl-Pinkins, a disabled woman who has lived in her Detroit home for 45 years. Bank of America, her bank, attempted to repossess her home after she fell behind on mortgage payments.
 

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