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Australia: Thousands rally against Israeli Gaza attacks

By our reporters, 31 December 2008

About 3,000 people demonstrated in central Melbourne yesterday against the Israeli military’s bombardment of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

David Walsh selects his favorite films of 2008

By David Walsh, 31 December 2008

2008 will be remembered as the year of a great economic crash and a turning point in modern history. It will not be recalled as a great year in filmmaking, despite a few bright spots.

The crisis of the Greek government and the role of the “left”

By Markus Salzmann, 31 December 2008

The conservative government in Greece is in crisis, but none of the existing parties, including the radical SYRIZA, offer any alternative.

Irish banks bailed out as economy unravels

By Steve James, 31 December 2008

Already severely impacted by the global economic crisis, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan announced December 16 that up to €10 billion would be necessary to help recapitalise three of Ireland’s banks.

Israel continues to pound Gaza as troops mass on border

By Julie Hyland, 31 December 2008

Israeli jets continued to pound Gaza for a fourth day amidst threats of worse to come. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has described the lethal bombardment as just “the first of several stages” of military action.

Canada’s ‘newspaper of record’ calls for Canada to wage Afghan war beyond 2011

By John Mackay, 31 December 2008

The Globe and Mail is mounting a campaign for the country’s political elite to once again defy public sentiment and extend the Canadian Armed Forces’ intervention in Afghanistan beyond the current deadline of December 2011.

Protest in Dearborn, Michigan denounces Israeli attack on Gaza

By Tom Eley, 31 December 2008

A protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza attracted approximately 5,000 people in Dearborn, Michigan. The demonstration marked a spontaneous and largely independent outpouring of anger against the onslaught.

New Thai prime minister takes office amid continuing protests

By John Roberts, 31 December 2008

Blocked by protestors from entering parliament, newly-installed Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva delivered his first policy speech yesterday at the foreign ministry building three kilometres away and a day later than intended.

East Timor: Political tensions mount over Greater Sunrise gas pipeline

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 December 2008

A long-standing dispute over the route of a proposed oil and gas pipeline and the location of a refinery has triggered further turmoil in the unstable coalition government in East Timor.

Year-end data shows deeper slump in US

By Barry Grey, 31 December 2008

Data released Tuesday on US consumer confidence, home prices and holiday retail sales all point to an acceleration and deepening of what is broadly acknowledged to be the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The New York Times and Gaza: Justifying genocide

By , 31 December 2008

There is little to distinguish the “newspaper of record’s” version of events from the mendacious account being peddled by the American media in general: the Palestinians are the aggressors and Israel the victim. Never mind the grim and unequal equation of the conflict: roughly 100 Palestinians killed for every Israeli.

Israel inflicts mass suffering on Palestinian population

By Tom Eley, 30 December 2008

Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip, which has killed at least 345 Palestinians and maimed scores, has sharply intensified a severe humanitarian crisis in the area.

Stalin, Trotsky and the 1926 British general strike

By Chris Marsden, 30 December 2008

Trotsky had argued that the very survival of British imperialism now rested not on the right-wing social democrats, but on the supposed lefts, without whom the right wing could not maintain its position in the labour movement.

Chinese regime rediscovers the working class

By John Chan, 30 December 2008

For decades, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has presided over the most rapacious forms of capitalism.

Zimbabwe: Cholera death toll rises

By Chris Talbot, 30 December 2008

The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has now infected up to 24,000 people with nearly 1,200 deaths, according to the official figures from UNICEF.

Demand for emergency welfare relief “dramatically spikes” in Sydney

By Keith Morgan and Mike Head, 30 December 2008

The WSWS interviews charity workers and recipients about the social impact of the global economic breakdown in Sydney, Australia’s financial capital.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 30 December 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

SAG leadership postpones strike authorization vote

By Ramon Valle and David Walsh, 30 December 2008

On December 22, leaders of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced a postponement of a scheduled strike authorization vote until the guild’s national board meets in Los Angeles to discuss the matter January 12 and 13.

US: Economic stress drives rise in child abuse and domestic violence

By Kate Randall, 30 December 2008

Social service agencies across the US are seeing growing numbers of domestic violence and child abuse cases as the economic crisis deepens.

Third day of Israeli attacks deepens anger of Arab masses

By Chris Marsden, 30 December 2008

The Israeli Air Force has waged its third day of bombing against Gaza, killing over 300 Palestinians and wounding more than 1,400. The Israeli offensive has sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, which in many Arab nations have become political protests against the ruling regimes.

Letters from our readers

By , 30 December 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

The Gaza crisis and the perspective of permanent revolution

By , 30 December 2008

The onslaught against Gaza has provoked popular outrage throughout the Middle East and around the world, even as governments in the Arab world and elsewhere have lined up to provide justifications for this US-Israeli war crime.

Stalin, Trotsky and the 1926 British general strike

By Chris Marsden, 29 December 2008

Bereft of any revolutionary guidance from the Communist Party of Great Britain, the working class had no possibility of arming itself against the role of the lefts who were being continually boosted under the Comintern’s orders.

Rates of hospital-acquired infection rising in Canada

By John MacKay, 29 December 2008

A study, based on a survey of Canadian hospitals, has found that hospital-acquired infection rates continue to rise and that for want of funding, infection-control programs continue to fall well short of expert recommendations.

American painter Robert Rauschenberg 1925-2008: Avant-garde to Pop

By Lee Parsons, 29 December 2008

Noted American artist Robert Rauschenberg died May 12 this year of heart failure at his home in Captiva, Florida at the age of 82. The passing of this influential artist obliges us to consider his work and the era during which he came to prominence.

Washington bears guilt for Gaza war crimes

By , 29 December 2008

The Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza is a war crime for which not only the government of Israel but also that of the United States bears full responsibility.

Indian parliament rushes through draconian “anti-terror” laws

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 December 2008

Barely three weeks after the Mumbai terrorist attack, all sections of India’s political establishment—including the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left Front—joined hands to push draconian “anti-terror” laws through parliament.

Israel threatens ground invasion of Gaza

By Chris Marsden, 29 December 2008

Israel seems set for a ground invasion of Gaza following sustained bombardment that has left more than 300 dead and over 1,000 injured.

Australia: Haneef “terrorism” inquiry produces a whitewash

By Mike Head, 29 December 2008

The Rudd government’s Clarke review of last year’s terrorist witch-hunt of Dr Mohamed Haneef is a whitewash of the former Howard government and a vehicle for bolstering the country’s draconian counter-terrorism measures.

House fire in Philadelphia kills seven

By Naomi Spencer, 29 December 2008

An intense house blaze has claimed seven lives in a working class neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

US: Homelessness on the rise in San Francisco

By Marge Holland, 29 December 2008

Local charities in the San Francisco Bay Area are seeing a sharp increase in those without shelter or food, as well as a change in the composition of the needy.

Australian police shoot another vulnerable person

By Jake Skeers, 29 December 2008

New South Wales police shot an apparently mentally ill 48-year-old woman multiple times in Sydney on December 21 in what the victim and two witnesses have described as a totally unnecessary action.

Turkish trade unions collaborate in imposing poverty wages

By Sinan Ikinci, 29 December 2008

The Turkish trade unions have collaborated in setting a new minimum wage that fails to meet elementary requirements for workers.

La Fille Coupée En Deux, the new film from Claude Chabrol

By Hiram Lee, 29 December 2008

Veteran French New Wave director Claude Chabrol returns to the screen with an interesting but limited work inspired by the life of Evelyn Nesbit.

Amid rising tensions, Pakistan moves troops to Indian border

By K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2008

Tensions between India and Pakistan intensified last Friday after the Pakistani military began shifting troops from its western border with Afghanistan to bolster positions along the border with India.

California: Budget crisis hits state employees with layoffs, unpaid furloughs

By D. Lencho and Dan Conway, 27 December 2008

California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has used the state’s budget crisis as justification for ruthless attacks on state employees, including layoffs and unpaid furloughs.

Britain: New wave of human BSE/vCJD feared

By Barry Mason, 27 December 2008

Britain faces the spectre of a second wave of deaths from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease vCJD as a result of people, overwhelmingly young adults, consuming meat from cattle infected with BSE, or Mad Cow Disease.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 27 December 2008

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Australia: Growing opposition to Labor’s Internet censorship

By our reporters, 27 December 2008

More than 2,000 opponents of the federal Labor government’s plans to censor the Internet rallied in cities across Australia on December 13—the second national protest in the past two months.

The Wrestler: Vigorous, but opaque

By Jordan Mattos, 27 December 2008

In Darren Aronofsky’s fourth feature film, The Wrestler, veteran actor Mickey Rourke plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a professional wrestler in his fifties who is coping with life as a prisoner of his own mistakes.

Stalin, Trotsky and the 1926 British general strike

By Chris Marsden, 27 December 2008

More than 80 years on, the May 1926 British General Strike remains a defining moment in the history of the workers’ movement. Its lessons are essential for the development of a revolutionary strategy, not just in Britain but the world over.

Sri Lanka: The battle for Kilinochchi continues

By our correspondents, 27 December 2008

As the Sri Lankan military continues its offensive to capture Kilinochchi, the death toll on both sides has risen sharply.

US: Christmas marked by declining sales as unemployment climbs

By Joe Kishore, 27 December 2008

US sales figures confirm a bleak holiday shopping season, as broad sections of the population have been hit by a deepening economic recession. As the world enters the New Year, the Great Crash of 2008 is turning into the global depression of 2009.

Harold Pinter and Eartha Kitt, artists and opponents of imperialist war

By , 27 December 2008

British playwright Harold Pinter died Wednesday at the age of 78, and American singer and actress Eartha Kitt died Christmas day, at 81. Both will be remembered as artists and as well for speaking out against imperialist war.

France: Jean-Luc Mélenchon launches the Left Party

By Antoine Lerougetel and Peter Schwarz, 27 December 2008

Senator Jean-Luc Mélenchon and approximately 1,000 supporters have split from the French Socialist Party and set up a new party, the Parti de Gauche (Left Party) based on the program of capitalist reforms that failed so miserably in the SP.

GM closes plants in Wisconsin and Ohio

By Jerry White, 24 December 2008

Tuesday was the last day of work for 2,200 General Motors workers at the Janesville, Wisconsin plant and for 1,100 workers at the GM plant in Moraine, Ohio.

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis

By Nick Beams, 24 December 2008

The following is the final part of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008.

Britain: A revealing exchange on a national unity government

By Julie Hyland, 24 December 2008

A revealing exchange took place in the Guardian newspaper earlier this month between former Labour minister Frank Field and veteran Labourite Tony Benn on the prospects for a government of national unity.

Australian bank fiasco—a warning of “tougher times” ahead

By Mike Head, 24 December 2008

A capital-raising debacle involving one of the country’s “big four” banks, the former government-owned Commonwealth Bank of Australia, has underscored the fragility of the entire banking and financial system amid rising bad debts and warnings of worse to come.

Press reports document criminality of US financial elite

By , 24 December 2008

Recent press reports make clear that the Madoff affair is not an aberration. It is indicative of pervasive fraud and criminality in the highest echelons of the financial establishment, aided and abetted by government regulatory agencies.

US looks for other Afghan supply routes

By James Cogan, 24 December 2008

US supplies into Afghanistan are under threat due to the expansion of the Taliban insurgency and the growth of Islamist activity inside Pakistan.

To the memory of Adrian Mitchell

By David Walsh, 24 December 2008

This is more of a personal response to the death of poet Adrian Mitchell December 20 than an informed, much less scholarly, commentary. My encounter with his works took place several decades ago.

Five New Jersey men convicted in FBI-concocted Fort Dix “terror” case

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2008

A federal court convicted five young men from New Jersey Monday on conspiracy and gun charges for an alleged “terrorist plot” that would not have existed outside of the activities of undercover informants for the FBI.

India: Honda workers wage tenacious struggle to defend their jobs

By an Indian correspondent, 24 December 2008

For several months, workers at the Honda-Siel plant in Rudrapur, India have surrounded the plant to prevent Honda from removing machinery from the plant and shifting it to a new facility in a special economic zone.

Toyota losses highlight global auto collapse

By Peter Symonds, 24 December 2008

Toyota’s announcement of a projected operating loss for the current financial year—its first in more than half a century—has sent shockwaves through the auto industry internationally.

Canadian Auto Workers union embraces “bailout” and further concessions

By Keith Jones, 24 December 2008

The leadership of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union has welcomed last week’s twin auto bailouts—that announced by the Bush administration and the “Canadian” bailout mounted by the federal and Ontario governments—signaling its readiness to impose massive job cuts and sweeping contract concessions on autoworkers.

Berlin Forum for Security Policy—popularising war once again

By Bernd Reinhardt, 24 December 2008

German president Horst Köhler argued in favour of rehabilitating Germany’s militarist tradition at the recent Berlin Forum for Security Policy.

Waltz With Bashir: “Memory takes us where we need to go”

By David Walsh, 24 December 2008

Israeli director Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir is one of the most extraordinary and haunting films of the year. Folman has made an animated film that ends with the tragic events at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982.

UAW beginning talks with GM on concessions

By Jerry White, 23 December 2008

Just days after the Bush administration approved federal loans totaling $17.4 billion to stave off the collapse of GM and Chrysler, the UAW is set to begin talks with the automakers to impose the wage and benefit concessions demanded by the government.

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis—Part 4

By Nick Beams, 23 December 2008

The following is Part 4 of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008.

Sri Lankan government and Supreme Court clash over fuel pricing

By Wije Dias, 23 December 2008

A Sri Lankan Supreme Court order to reduce petrol prices is turning into a confrontation with the government. The cabinet has failed to cut the price of fuel sold by the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), even though the court’s deadline expired days ago.

Australian Labor government’s 2020 carbon emissions target: a declaration of impotence on climate change

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 December 2008

The Labor government’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 5 percent below their level in the year 2000 by 2020 constitutes an admission that it has no effective solution to the climate change crisis.

Britain: Labour government white paper introduces draconian attacks on benefit claimants

By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2008

The Labour government’s welfare reform bill represents the most draconian attack in decades on the unemployed, the disabled, and hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable benefit claimants.

Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon: Trivializing a war criminal

By Patrick Martin, 23 December 2008

There are many problems with Frost/Nixon, Ron Howard’s film adaptation of the play by Peter Morgan, but the main one is the subject matter itself: British television talk show host David Frost’s interview with former president Richard M. Nixon.

US: The crisis in the Screen Actors Guild and the need for a new political perspective

By Ramón Valle and David Walsh, 23 December 2008

The ongoing crisis in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) underscores the need for a new political perspective that takes as its starting-point a struggle against the conglomerates that operate the television networks and major film studios.

Obama, the military and the threat of dictatorship

By , 23 December 2008

President-elect Obama has named three retired four-star military officers to serve in his cabinet. This unprecedented representation of former commanders within the incoming administration is indicative of a growth in the political power of the US military which poses a serious threat to democratic rights.

Australian job losses spread to mining sector

By Terry Cook, 23 December 2008

After thousands of job losses across the financial and banking sector, the impact of the global economic crisis is spreading to other sections of the Australian economy, with almost daily reports of layoffs or closures.

Letters from our readers

By , 23 December 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Pay cuts, layoffs mount in US

By Tom Eley, 23 December 2008

The US government loans to the auto industry are being used as a spearhead for broader attacks on the working class throughout the country. This attack has already begun, with numerous companies recently announcing pay cuts and layoffs for the coming year.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 23 December 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Indian minister condemned for urging probe into killing of police chief during Mumbai

By Kranti Kumara, 23 December 2008

A call by India’s minority affairs minister for an investigation into the killing of the chief of the Maharashtra state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) during last month’s terrorist attack on Mumbai has sparked a political furor. In the weeks prior to his killing, the ATS head had been leading a high-profile investigation into a Hindu-supremacist terrorist network that had mounted bomb attacks with the aim of killing Muslims.

Report to SEP meeting: “Auto workers must resist government-corporate demand for poverty wages”

By Jerry White, 22 December 2008

WSWS reporter Jerry White delivered this report to a meeting called by the WSWS and the Socialist Equality Party to discuss the crisis in the auto industry.

A union in name only

By , 22 December 2008

What remains of the historical past of the UAW and the rest of the official unions as workers’ organizations is a purely terminological remnant. In the social role they play, they are organizations through which the demands of the government and the corporations are imposed on the workers.

Faces of foreclosure in Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 22 December 2008

The WSWS spoke to homeowners threatened with foreclosure at a recent meeting in Pittsburgh.

“This is more than a protest, it is an anti-capitalist movement”

By Marius Heuser and Markus Salzmann, 22 December 2008

The WSWS spoke with some of the workers who have occupied the headquarters of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) in Athens since last Wednesday.

SEP holds public meeting on crisis in the auto industry

By Tom Eley, 22 December 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) held a public meeting on the crisis in the auto industry at Wayne State University in Detroit on Saturday, which outlined a political strategy for workers to fight plant closures, layoffs, and concessions.

Australia: Hundreds of jobs to be axed as childcare centres close

By Alex Messenger, 22 December 2008

Hundreds of Australian childcare employees, some of the poorest paid workers in the country, will lose their jobs in the coming months with the $1.6 billion collapse of childcare provider ABC Learning and sackings at Neighbourhood Early Learning Centres.

French president proposes repressive “reform” of mental health care

By Jacques Valentin, 22 December 2008

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is seizing on an isolated case of violence to implement repressive “law and order” controls on all mental health care patients.

Ukraine’s “Orange” elite reunites to impose IMF-dictated austerity measures

By Niall Green, 22 December 2008

The two parties associated with the “Orange Revolution” in Ukraine have re-established their parliamentary coalition, three months after it collapsed amidst bitter acrimony and accusations of treason.

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis—Part 3

By Nick Beams, 22 December 2008

Published today is the third part of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008.

Mass layoffs expected in Greece

By Markus Salzmann, 22 December 2008

With news of massive layoffs throughout Greece in the coming weeks and months, high-ranking trade union officials warned last week that the ongoing protests gripping the country could escalate.

US, Israel, other military powers refuse to sign cluster munitions treaty

By Jeff Lassahn, 22 December 2008

On December 3 nearly 100 nations signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions Treaty, which bans the production, stockpiling and use of cluster munitions. The US, Israel and other major military powers refused to sign the agreement.

Historical usage of cluster munitions: a weapon to terrorize civilian populations

By Jeff Lassahn, 22 December 2008

Cluster weapons have been used by at least 20 nations and organizations, but the countries making most use of them have been the US, Israel, the UK and the Soviet Union-Russia.

US to double military forces in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2008

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen announced Saturday that the Pentagon will nearly double the number of US troops in Afghanistan. The announcement is in line with the policy advanced by President-elect Barack Obama to shift American military sources to the “real front” in the “global war on terrorism.”

Growing signs of workers’ unrest in China

By John Chan, 22 December 2008

A series of protests in China, involving state enterprise workers, labourers laid off from export firms as well as teachers, taxi drivers and demobilised soldiers, point to growing social unrest.

New York state budget cuts target working class

By William Moore, 20 December 2008

New York State’s Governor David Paterson has unveiled a severe austerity budget plan aimed at closing the largest state deficit in history. The thrust of his proposal involves increases in sales taxes and state fees combined with sharp reductions in essential services.

Letters on Bush’s trip to Iraq

By , 20 December 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on Bush’s “victory” visit to Iraq.

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis

By Nick Beams, 20 December 2008

The following is the second part of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008.

Hunger mounts in the US

By Tom Eley, 20 December 2008

As the economic crisis deepens, its human toll is becoming more evident. A new survey of food charities in the United States has revealed a dramatic increase in hunger.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 20 December 2008

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

California budget crisis triggers halt to infrastructure projects

By Dan Conway, 20 December 2008

California officials have agreed to cut funding to over 2,000 infrastructure projects due to the intensifying state budget crisis.

Sri Lankan army head provokes diplomatic furore

By Nanda Wickramasinghe, 20 December 2008

A row with India provoked last week by the remarks of Sri Lankan army commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka is a striking demonstration of the political muscle wielded by the military in Colombo.

Greece: Student protests target Karamanlis government

By Robert Stevens, 20 December 2008

The slogans of the demonstrations have become increasingly hostile to the New Democracy government of Costas Karamanlis. Among the banners held by the students was one declaring, “Topple the government of blood, poverty, privatisations.”

Iceland faces rising unemployment and rampant inflation

By Jordan Shilton, 20 December 2008

Protests continue in Reykjavík to demand the resignation of the government and central bank chiefs and the holding of fresh elections. Opposition has also been expressed to the privatisation drive resulting from the government’s acceptance of an IMF-backed loan.

Falling oil prices shatter Iraqi budget forecasts

By James Cogan, 20 December 2008

The fall in world oil prices is slashing the revenues of the US-backed regime in Iraq, with immense implications for the mass of the Iraqi people, who face no improvement in the nightmarish conditions of life.

The blues in Chicago: Cadillac Records

By Joanne Laurier, 20 December 2008

Director Darnell Martin traces the rise and fall of Chess Records, whose roster at one time or another included such musical giants as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry and Etta James.

German court provides legal stamp for hard labour

By Dietmar Henning, 20 December 2008

The ruling by a German court means that an unemployed person with outstanding credentials can be forced to perform the most menial types of labour for just one euro an hour—or be punished by having deductions taken from social insurance payments.

Capitalism and the auto crisis

By , 20 December 2008

With the loan package announced Friday, the American government is intervening directly in the auto crisis, demanding massive concessions from workers. To oppose this attack, workers need a new strategy, one that involves a radical change in the activity, politics, and theory of the workers movement.

WSWS speaks to Chrysler workers on plant closures

By Tom Eley, 19 December 2008

Chrysler has announced it will suspend all production for at least one month in the midst of discussion about a possible bankruptcy. On Thursday, WSWS reporters spoke with Chrysler workers about plant closures and the crisis in the auto industry.

Canadian auto workers must join with US and Mexican workers to advance a socialist alternative

By Socialist Equality Party, 19 December 2008

Seventy years ago auto workers in Canada and the US joined forces to found the UAW because they recognized that to fight the giant auto companies they needed to unify their struggles across the Canada-US border. Today in the area of integrated global production--where the transnational corporations systematically seek to pit workers against each other, placing production wherever the greatest profits can be wrung from the workers--auto workers cannot take a step forward unless they consciously organize themselves as an international force, organizing industrial and political action across national boundaries and continents.