European Workers Issues http://www.wsws.org/topics/workersCategory/wrk-europe/ Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/wkrs-d19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08038f2d-f4e6-448f-aaea-3e064867194P/wkrs-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z General strike against austerity hits Belgian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/belg-d16.html The strike brought the country to a standstill amid mass opposition in the working class to the reactionary Michel government's austerity agenda. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55ad5294-ac49-42c6-93df-c5f578189cdC/belg-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/wkrs-d12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41be1519-d646-4f45-a3fe-bf38777a43eL/wkrs-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Protests erupt in Rome against attack on job protection http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/ital-d05.html Protests broke out in Rome against the Renzi government’s Jobs Act, a labor reform that removes basic workers’ rights and guarantees. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cae6f0c4-9856-4dc2-ae5d-fa33e28ebf4P/ital-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/wkrs-d05.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a82ab2a5-7127-45d7-ab30-6ca8a3f03adD/wkrs-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Lufthansa pilots in Germany walk out again http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/luft-d04-1.html Pilots and other workers are fighting company plans to expand operations of its low-cost subsidiaries and slash jobs and wages. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9a9ce60-f9a2-4824-84e9-90ad76af04aA/luft-d04-1.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Germany: ThyssenKrupp returns to profitability and steps up its cuts program http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/krup-n26.html ThyssenKrupp is using the international economic crisis to drastically intensify the exploitation of its workforce. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fa864ab1-9df9-4f00-aed6-c3803fb647aE/krup-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/wkrs-n21.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b85492e-7252-40a1-a64f-5895e8e8b9dO/wkrs-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z <em>Still The Enemy Within</em>: The 1984-85 British miners’ strike according to the pseudo-left http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/15/enem-n15.html The central problem with the documentary is its promotion of the state capitalist Socialist Workers Party’s perspective, which lets the Labour Party and the unions entirely off the hook for the betrayal of the miners. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e412f4d-a3dc-418e-89ab-0449b0e0df0E/enem-n15.html 2014-11-15T05:00:00Z German train drivers face political struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/14/trai-n14.html By shutting down the train drivers strike, the leadership of the GDL union signaled its readiness to collaborate with the government. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e36e4afd-e0f8-47e6-bf03-f93cc8fd2cbB/trai-n14.html 2014-11-14T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/14/wkrs-n14.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52759739-f96f-499a-8d1e-f15375565bdL/wkrs-n14.html 2014-11-14T05:00:00Z German GDL union shuts down train drivers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/10/ger2-n10.html The strike, which interrupted two-thirds of the country’s rail transport, was shut down even as the courts refused to grant Deustche Bahn a back-to-work order. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1322a78d-00f5-426c-942a-2bace7871a1A/ger2-n10.html 2014-11-10T05:00:00Z UK postal workers take unofficial strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/10/roya-n10.html The walkouts are a result of work speedups and job cuts at Royal Mail. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4539d34-f986-4efd-a786-3e469cbee46C/roya-n10.html 2014-11-10T05:00:00Z German train drivers continue strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/08/germ-n08.html Along with freight service, passenger service has been affected by the strike since Thursday. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/326c1a60-100b-47dd-a1be-72e177ccfeaJ/germ-n08.html 2014-11-08T05:00:00Z Germany: Left Party attacks striking train drivers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/08/left-n08.html The statements by the party chairman and its daily newspaper make clear where the Left Party stands in the escalating conflict—not on the side of the workers, but in solidarity with the German government. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1777d82-60cb-41f2-b784-01723a30325B/left-n08.html 2014-11-08T05:00:00Z Mass protest strike against austerity staggers new Belgian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/08/belg-n08.html Over 100,000 workers from Belgium’s Flemish- and French-speaking regions marched in one of Belgium’s biggest protests since the 1960-1961 general strike. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4eac65cd-5045-47c9-bfd3-8dcc3633357E/belg-n08.html 2014-11-08T05:00:00Z Further job cuts in European auto industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/07/germ-n07.html Thousands of job cuts are taking place at major assembly plants and in the parts industry. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abf50038-da26-46b1-99d8-0be06ee0260P/germ-n07.html 2014-11-07T05:00:00Z German train drivers strike in first day http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/07/rail-n07.html There is widespread support among passengers and coworkers for the train drivers strike. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3698b77d-e2ab-4471-b424-0eccf1077f9G/rail-n07.html 2014-11-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/07/wkrs-n07.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b389eac5-fdce-49ee-9829-8ba253e0984H/wkrs-n07.html 2014-11-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/24/wkrs-o24.html <em>The World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5656b9a0-75a4-4cd7-9b8b-d668c1e163bO/wkrs-o24.html 2014-10-24T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands march in London against low wages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/20/tucm-o20.html At Saturday’s rally, the trade union leaders spoke as if they have had nothing to do with the onslaught on living standards and declining wages. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ecf7c4e-70f1-43c7-b233-6bf0d1b5601H/tucm-o20.html 2014-10-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/17/wkrs-o17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4cf2002-818b-41a9-b857-0acc72e5e6fA/wkrs-o17.html 2014-10-17T05:00:00Z German train drivers and pilots take strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/16/trai-o16.html The GDL and pilots’ union Cockpit are being deliberately provoked by Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ca26a0b-62b8-45eb-a155-699b0cddd6bJ/trai-o16.html 2014-10-16T05:00:00Z German media attacks train drivers’ right to strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/13/trai-o13.html The attacks on the train drivers’ right to strike will extend to all other workers defending their wages and social gains. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2651b98d-d20a-42d5-b8ad-cb0a81c36acB/trai-o13.html 2014-10-13T05:00:00Z Germany: Nine-hour strike by train drivers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/11/trai-o11.html The nationwide strike brought most long-distance, regional, freight and commuter trains to a halt. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e69d298-6e1c-486b-bbde-395019481aaC/trai-o11.html 2014-10-11T05:00:00Z UK unions begin to demobilise their own pathetic protest strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/10/stri-o10.html Strikes were called to give undeserved credibility to the Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) October 18 “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” march and rally in London. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0c33c21-4204-46a9-bcb7-d877c78ddd4A/stri-o10.html 2014-10-10T05:00:00Z Authors weigh in on the Amazon-Hachette war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/10/amaz-o10.html The ongoing e-commerce dispute raises fundamental questions about culture and how—and by whom—the immense advances in technology will be used and controlled. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ceda960c-5f04-49fb-88be-ead457496a7I/amaz-o10.html 2014-10-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/10/wkrs-o10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8560a21c-ac00-4e9b-aef1-a77c5cac09eM/wkrs-o10.html 2014-10-10T05:00:00Z CGT union convicted of embezzling funds of France’s biggest works committee http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/07/cgtu-o07.html The details of the case underscore how the French Communist Party and corrupt union bureaucracies long ago lost any base in the working class. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ff84722-2e78-46dc-ab8e-8af42808f65D/cgtu-o07.html 2014-10-07T05:00:00Z German train drivers vote to strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/06/rail-o06.html Deutsche Bahn cut its workforce from 350,000 to 190,000 between 2002 and 2012, which has led to constant overtime working. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16b5d254-53cc-4e8a-8e95-5655ab2c668G/rail-o06.html 2014-10-06T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/03/wkrs-o03.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dceeb3b0-d205-407f-a164-82492c8fab6J/wkrs-o03.html 2014-10-03T05:00:00Z French Prime Minister Valls denounces striking Air France pilots http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/27/aftr-s27.html The head of the Socialist Party government denounced pilots as “selfish” as public support grows for the strikers. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0be00e03-53de-4f22-a62a-3dcdd631273K/aftr-s27.html 2014-09-27T05:00:00Z Air France pilots’ strike hardens despite government climbdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/26/airf-s26.html The government’s decision, faced with the pilots’ strike, to force Air France to abandon plans for a new low-cost subsidiary signals a major political crisis in France. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85e69109-bcd0-44a7-8c7e-ce8385bf9e6P/airf-s26.html 2014-09-26T05:00:00Z Lufthansa insists on pension cuts for pilots http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/26/luft-s26.html At talks Monday there was no indication of a deal as Lufthansa refuses to budge from its original plans to cut pilots’ retirement provisions. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6488e73-e01c-4f07-ae09-a90783a6ea3P/luft-s26.html 2014-09-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/26/wkrs-s26.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute this regular feature. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd8bd35d-4a02-4716-8803-59334a1cf89B/wkrs-s26.html 2014-09-26T05:00:00Z Air France management threatens pilots as strike enters second week http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/23/airf-s23.html Air France is demanding deep cuts in wages, benefits, and working conditions. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4b64169-3eea-499c-bd20-87c33896010D/airf-s23.html 2014-09-23T05:00:00Z Air France pilots strike against low wages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/20/airf-s20.html Seventy-five percent of Air France pilots have been on strike since Monday. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1673de4b-0ba5-4e0f-86b2-b2893365924D/airf-s20.html 2014-09-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/19/wkrs-s19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b340935e-998c-4b73-873e-3fce10e594eA/wkrs-s19.html 2014-09-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/12/wkrs-s12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/447c56bb-9269-4a2e-8ce5-6fc558e55e9H/wkrs-s12.html 2014-09-12T05:00:00Z Germany: Union leader condemns train drivers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/11/dgbe-s11.html The new chairman of the German Trade Union Federation, Reiner Hoffmann, has sided with corporate management against the strikers. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b378403-b823-49dd-ae70-deefc3f5385J/dgbe-s11.html 2014-09-11T05:00:00Z German train drivers union to hold warning strike Tuesday http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/08/germ-s08.html The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) and the government have announced measures to prevent strikes by pilots, train drivers and many other workers. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/151a131f-a129-4b0e-8187-e16cb392519A/germ-s08.html 2014-09-08T05:00:00Z Germany: ThyssenKrupp announces more job cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/02/krup-s02.html The company official who announced the layoffs was Oliver Burkard, who recently quit his post as local boss of the IG Metall union. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c032c6f-8ab3-403f-8957-946cffe6a9eE/krup-s02.html 2014-09-02T05:00:00Z EU advisors advocate use of military against strikes and protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/eumi-a19.html An EU think tank has advised governments to protect the rich from the poor by suppressing social protests. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/074a5144-b082-42d3-b70d-9ed0f4a7dbdM/eumi-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z UK rail union’s “Listen to London” conference a fiasco http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/12/conf-a12.html Workers stayed away from the RMT’s conference called to justify the sellout of rail strikes. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0c67c2f6-52d5-4132-a17d-02546b79636D/conf-a12.html 2014-08-12T05:00:00Z London mayor threatens to dock pay of striking firefighters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/08/fire-a08.html Mayor Boris Johnson has previously imposed cuts to fire services, including the closure of fire stations. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49b17e61-0ba5-4fff-80fd-1d4ad89b59dC/fire-a08.html 2014-08-08T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/02/wkrs-a02.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d530128d-0262-4feb-b2fc-bc5b9ddf553P/wkrs-a02.html 2014-08-02T05:00:00Z German firm WMF plans elimination of 700 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/29/wmf-j29.html The main shareholder in the WMF group is the New York-based investment firm KKR. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a0638e9-5b3c-41fe-a742-b07688fc6f7B/wmf-j29.html 2014-07-29T05:00:00Z Executive pay at German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp swells amid mass layoffs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/26/krup-j26.html The salaries of top executives at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp increased by up to 69 percent last year, even as the company laid off thousands of workers. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13fe2057-c4b6-4cf0-9baf-4d4b51a7124L/krup-j26.html 2014-07-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/25/wkrs-j25.html <em>The World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/beb42b1a-2b6e-478a-9aa0-e27cfc7083eB/wkrs-j25.html 2014-07-25T05:00:00Z Keolis to operate London’s Docklands Light Railway for seven years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/17/keol-j17.html The Docklands Light Railway, established to serve London’s financial district, has long been the testing ground for a more generalised assault on workers’ conditions. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52328ec1-bbc7-42bd-8b7c-f98531706eeA/keol-j17.html 2014-07-17T05:00:00Z Pakistani migrant fruit pickers in Greece strike over inhuman conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/15/gree-j15.html Local police are playing a central role in silencing opposition to the inhuman conditions the workers face, including the non-payment of wages. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/851bbb3b-a77f-468e-a40c-be3f1cdfe02C/gree-j15.html 2014-07-15T05:00:00Z Hundreds demonstrate in Dublin in support of locked-out waste collection workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/15/irel-j15.html Workers in Dublin are protesting a lockout imposed by Greyhound Recycling. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0570ce0e-5333-4292-aa5f-8adee74120dG/irel-j15.html 2014-07-15T05:00:00Z Dozens of refugees suffocate in boat off the coast of Italy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/07/refu-j07.html On June 30, the Italian Coast Guard discovered the bodies of 45 refugees in an overcrowded fishing boat. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b1cb82c-f048-4d4d-8131-e7316894d4eB/refu-j07.html 2014-07-07T05:00:00Z Greek power workers threatened with state strikebreaking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/05/priv-j05.html Workers at the Public Power Corporation in Greece began a 48-hour strike from midnight on Wednesday. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b2a6088-04dd-4245-9cf6-db3e5e270f1N/priv-j05.html 2014-07-05T05:00:00Z UK unions propose one-day protest strike over pay http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/02/stri-j02.html Since coming to power in May 2010, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has been able to mount a one-sided assault on the working class thanks to the unions. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ecb0fc10-4290-41b7-8417-47a6d59be4cO/stri-j02.html 2014-07-02T05:00:00Z German automaker BMW reports record sales, prepares attacks on workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/30/germ-j30.html In close collaboration with the trade unions, Germany’s third largest automaker is planning major wage cuts and rationalisation measures. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ba313ae-f1ba-4ab4-a3bc-57fef030a44N/germ-j30.html 2014-06-30T05:00:00Z Jobs losses at Kellogg’s UK part of global profit drive http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/25/kell-j25.html Job cuts form part of the firm’s Global Business Services (GBS) restructuring plans. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6dd52c76-8f12-421f-a0da-d74dd1d32f0H/kell-j25.html 2014-06-25T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/20/eurb-j20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba79ace0-bfec-4af5-9bb6-51743aad4a1J/eurb-j20.html 2014-06-20T05:00:00Z Workers speak out against privatization of French railways http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/19/rail-j19.html Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/431bf128-776e-4e27-8f0e-bf273aa8204A/rail-j19.html 2014-06-19T05:00:00Z French rail workers, artists protest social cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/16/fran-j16.html Nationwide strikes involving rail and cultural workers reflect rising social opposition to the Socialist Party government. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d15623a-0f8f-4dd0-9afd-d285c8a1c6dA/fran-j16.html 2014-06-16T05:00:00Z Closure of UK colliery exposes role of miners’ union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/09/kell-j09.html The NUM is promoting a buyout of the pit in which the workforce will have to invest their own money in a venture that has no guarantee of success. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20d77e52-d3a3-4167-b953-2c7d2778cfdB/kell-j09.html 2014-06-09T05:00:00Z German firm Siemens to eliminate a further 11,600 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/03/siem-j03.html IG Metall and the works council defend the company’s competitiveness and profits, not the interests of the workers. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/67fb3d96-f6d5-473e-b6f2-de5325f5f77J/siem-j03.html 2014-06-03T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/30/wkrs-m30.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97fe3d8e-579c-4544-a981-7d2dabfb98dI/wkrs-m30.html 2014-05-30T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/23/wkrs-m23.html <em>The World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52e5bda0-9863-4a60-b0f5-3810e1fb1deN/wkrs-m23.html 2014-05-23T05:00:00Z UK rail workers vote down union-backed productivity package http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/19/rail-m19.html Senior conductors at London Midland depots voted down a productivity package that would have overturned employee protections secured in past struggles. Mon, 19 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/484e195f-3e31-468b-989b-68919efe7f9H/rail-m19.html 2014-05-19T05:00:00Z Lorry drivers protest across Europe against low wages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/17/lorr-m17.html Several hundred lorry drivers demonstrated in Berlin on the first Saturday in May against low wages, part of protests in a number of European cities. Sat, 17 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0f2e46e-bf8a-49ce-b72d-aee68439a1eK/lorr-m17.html 2014-05-17T05:00:00Z Change in leadership of German trade union confederation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/17/germ-m17.html The main focus of the 20th Congress of the German Trade Union Confederation was the change in leadership, with Reiner Hoffmann taking over from Michael Sommer. Sat, 17 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/04e0bff9-1393-4ef5-824d-4eab681d1e1B/germ-m17.html 2014-05-17T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/16/wkrs-m16.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 16 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cae48b08-1096-4888-b4c5-1bc084d4df3H/wkrs-m16.html 2014-05-16T05:00:00Z Protests erupt across Turkey as death toll in Soma mine disaster tops 274 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/15/tur1-m15.html Anger exploded as the government defended the lack of safety precautions at the mine and proclaimed the catastrophe to be inevitable. Thu, 15 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2113d3a0-b666-4619-a622-b4c9abf4e9cL/tur1-m15.html 2014-05-15T05:00:00Z RMT union sabotages London Underground strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/08/tube-m08.html Just hours before the second 72-hour walkout was due to begin, the RMT union announced it had “suspended” the action against job losses on the London Underground. Thu, 08 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cdbbb2cc-d5d7-42de-bc9a-359dbcd8352E/tube-m08.html 2014-05-08T05:00:00Z London Underground workers in 48-hour walkout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/30/tube-a30.html The second 48-hour strike by workers on the London Underground over ticket office closures and job losses has severely disrupted transport in the capital. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd46bf13-99f8-4bcc-ac88-6694af84d72B/tube-a30.html 2014-04-30T05:00:00Z On eve of Merkel visit, massive anti-austerity strike in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/10/gree-a10.html The strike call was widely observed, but few workers attended rallies called by the two main union confederations, which have helped implement deep social cuts. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44dc8c3a-e15a-421c-9ed8-979e354b029B/gree-a10.html 2014-04-10T05:00:00Z UK National Union of Teachers stage one-day strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/29/teac-m29.html The strike forced 3,000 schools—12 percent of the total number of schools—to shut their doors completely. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/581b16c5-3edd-4909-a335-917674e9de4K/teac-m29.html 2014-03-29T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/28/wkrs-m28.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/26ba6a68-cc79-4162-8a75-8cace34817eB/wkrs-m28.html 2014-03-28T05:00:00Z Spain: One million march in Madrid against austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/24/madr-m24.html A mass demonstration on Saturday in the Spanish capital Madrid protested growing austerity, evictions, unemployment and poverty. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e78941da-8887-4c1c-b394-08c8405fe30A/madr-m24.html 2014-03-24T05:00:00Z Germany: 24-hour warning strikes in public sector http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/24/germ-a24.html A 24-hour strike on Wednesday saw public sector workers down tools throughout large parts of the state of Hesse. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/beca8d44-139e-4b0c-9bf6-32bf6aa4094D/germ-a24.html 2014-03-24T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/14/wkrs-m14.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/795ed82a-3c8b-4866-88cb-7ed76964d90K/wkrs-m14.html 2014-03-14T05:00:00Z French unions sign Socialist Party’s “Responsibility Pact” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/12/fran-m12.html France’s unions are collaborating with President Hollande on the implementation of an austerity program that intensifies attacks on workers’ living standards. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/86cd02e3-90b7-4a73-a675-d21fa71e891K/fran-m12.html 2014-03-12T05:00:00Z German trade union advises workers to invest redundancy money with Thyssen Krupp http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/12/unio-m12.html IG Metall and the works council at Thyssen Krupp have suggested unemployed rail manufacturing workers hand their redundancy payments to the company to obtain another job. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b34f3db8-305f-48e5-af2c-df843514abeM/unio-m12.html 2014-03-12T05:00:00Z Irish government preparing army to break strike by airport workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/05/irel-m05.html The plan to involve the military marks an intensification of the assault on any section of Irish workers seeking to defend their jobs and living conditions. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/29d4e6a0-9ff6-4e44-a4b9-b365d0d9a06J/irel-m05.html 2014-03-05T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/28/wkrs-f28.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f3f6b355-6f86-4d03-9fb6-0744954ae8dK/wkrs-f28.html 2014-02-28T05:00:00Z Communication Workers Union becomes official tool of management at Royal Mail in Britain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/26/post-f26.html In return for seats at the top table the CWU are seeking to impose the terms of the agreement made as part of privatisation. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08065dff-5799-4795-9792-b707e2d30a4M/post-f26.html 2014-02-26T05:00:00Z UK teachers union refuses to back one-day strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/21/teac-f21.html The aim of the NUT in calling for a day’s strike is not to fight for the interests of its members but to secure a place at the negotiating table. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66a62e4b-d992-4166-95e7-fc5dd3f3c00H/teac-f21.html 2014-02-21T05:00:00Z Irish airport workers latest to strike over pensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/21/irel-f21.html The Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme is in deficit by around €780 million, and trustees are seeking to offload the funding crisis onto the workers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/46479284-8be3-41e1-b789-12597b6e9e8G/irel-f21.html 2014-02-21T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/21/wkrs-f21.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6fa380a1-2490-4b23-af55-5d385d6d4e4J/wkrs-f21.html 2014-02-21T05:00:00Z Hundreds of thousands evicted in Spain since 2008 crash http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/19/evic-f19.html Evictions have provoked widespread protests in defence of those unable to pay their rents or caught in the mortgage trap. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/88b57c93-b020-43ff-a7e4-0d2891ec6e6I/evic-f19.html 2014-02-19T05:00:00Z Gautier-Sauvagnac affair reveals employer payoffs to French unions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/19/gaut-f19.html French employers’ leader Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally funding the unions. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c2ea65f-cd5c-4235-a633-28d52e47174F/gaut-f19.html 2014-02-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/14/wkrs-f14.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7854d994-28a2-4ba9-ae03-ff717e906cdF/wkrs-f14.html 2014-02-14T05:00:00Z French automaker PSA plans to slash jobs at Poissy, shift production to Asia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/11/psap-f11.html PSA is intensifying the exploitation of its work force, relying on speedup and job cuts in Europe while preparing a major production shift towards Asia. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fec9de84-1d4c-493d-80bc-c755be0869cB/psap-f11.html 2014-02-11T05:00:00Z Workers ignore token union protest against French Socialist Party’s cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/11/cgtp-f11.html The unions denounce opposition to social cuts from the left as aiding fascism, even as they negotiate austerity measures with the Socialist Party government. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d01d066-94b6-4b91-8c5b-7a30eb98f2bJ/cgtp-f11.html 2014-02-11T05:00:00Z Support the London Underground strikers! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/11/tube-f11.html All those workers who have seen their jobs and living standards decimated must come to the defence of the London Underground workers. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e31a1646-a645-46dc-8d1c-5c26a6e8918D/tube-f11.html 2014-02-11T05:00:00Z London Underground strike shuts down capital http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/06/lond-f06.html A two-day strike beginning Tuesday evening by London Underground workers brought the capital to a standstill. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b11dba55-85d3-4232-9ec9-7c916088ed1E/lond-f06.html 2014-02-06T05:00:00Z The Irish trade unions, the pseudo-left and the Dublin lockout centenary http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/05/dubl-f05.html A series of events has been staged over the last months to mark a century since the great Dublin lockout, which began August 26, 1913, and ended January 18, 1914. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ea22dbb-963a-4bca-a804-8e7dca0ae08M/dubl-f05.html 2014-02-05T05:00:00Z Attacks on wages and jobs at Electrolux in Italy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/04/elec-f04.html Electrolux intends to close its northern Italian plants unless workers’ wages are drastically reduced. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e7813a6b-60e8-44e1-abd8-a04c10f116aK/elec-f04.html 2014-02-04T05:00:00Z RMT rail union calls off London Docklands Light Railway strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/30/dock-j30.html Providing no details, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said planned industrial action was suspended “following the receipt of improved offers on pay and across a range of other issues.” Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0708369b-a06c-42fd-879a-6fcead411e3I/dock-j30.html 2014-01-30T05:00:00Z German union calls off strike by European air traffic controllers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/27/airt-j27.html Through a coordinated strike throughout Europe, air traffic controllers wanted to protest EU plans to restructure European airspace. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2192c38-bf10-49a2-ab97-36accacba3bE/airt-j27.html 2014-01-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/24/wkrs-j24.html The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/808b8c2c-258d-4791-bc40-cc747e2c12cF/wkrs-j24.html 2014-01-24T05:00:00Z Care workers strike against Glasgow, Scotland City Council http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/22/care-j22.html The council’s introduction of a new 12.5-hour shift pattern will result in a pay cut of around 7 percent for 182 workers. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35ade138-a6e6-486a-9835-e971d6a94c7G/care-j22.html 2014-01-22T05:00:00Z London Underground workers to strike against ticket office closures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/18/lul-j18-j18.html Budget cuts of 12.5 percent have been imposed on Transport for London (TfL) by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4b1dd88-1742-431e-b866-05ce33ed9a0L/lul-j18-j18.html 2014-01-18T05:00:00Z Thatcher planned to use army against 1984-1985 British miners’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/11/mine-j11.html The documents reveal that the government, in alliance with the National Coal Board, had a secret “hit list” to close many more coal mines than the 20 originally announced. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49361c7e-b1a9-400b-b943-fbf391f3175A/mine-j11.html 2014-01-11T05:00:00Z