European Workers Issues http://www.wsws.org/topics/workersCategory/wrk-europe/ Irish unions call off Dublin bus strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/30/dubl-s30.html The unions are winding down the dispute and paving the way for the defeat of their members’ struggle. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b9158082-5bfa-4a1a-b172-69a6cde258eM/dubl-s30.html 2016-09-30T05:00:00Z The Verdi union’s despicable role in the breakup of Germany’s Kaiser’s Tengelmann retail group http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/30/kais-s30.html Roundtable talks, secret negotiations, time limit extensions—the unions are seeking to ensure nothing prevents the smooth sell-off of the retail chain. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fa45547c-7728-4781-bcc2-f907f32352eL/kais-s30.html 2016-09-30T05:00:00Z German supermarket chain to be broken up with thousands of jobs lost http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/22/germ-s22.html The trade unions and the SPD have given their seal of approval to the destruction of jobs, wages and workers’ rights in the store chain merger. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0ba0c4d0-a959-4e6c-9608-85ec3efaba3A/germ-s22.html 2016-09-22T05:00:00Z French unions join far-right movement against refugees in Calais http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/12/cala-s12.html The CGT is inciting nationalist hatred to divide the workers and disorient their opposition to the wars and social cuts of the French government, which it helped elect. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cc163e10-e071-4a10-a3cf-576bf477b46F/cala-s12.html 2016-09-12T05:00:00Z Working conditions worsen in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/10/germ.html Working conditions in Germany have worsened significantly. Evening, night and weekend work as well as both paid and unpaid overtime are on the rise. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df07166f-fc4f-4f75-90eb-63a69aab1acH/germ.html 2016-09-10T05:00:00Z Appeal by Berlin Senate candidate Andy Niklaus: Workers need their own party! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/09/andy-s09.html Andy Niklaus has worked for the Berlin Transport Company for 25 years and is running as a candidate of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in the Berlin Senate elections on September 18. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/092e4259-2895-489d-955e-e4264d66969G/andy-s09.html 2016-09-09T05:00:00Z British Medical Association calls off junior doctors strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/08/doct-s08.html The junior doctors have been isolated by both the trade unions and by the Labour Party, with a key role played by party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b076a9d8-52be-4411-be9b-ce4b85a4bd7D/doct-s08.html 2016-09-08T05:00:00Z Volkswagen production halt affects almost 30,000 workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/24/volk-a24.html The hard-line position of company headquarters toward suppliers is part of a massive attack on workers. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/43b79637-82ac-4c7b-b58d-bfd77103d55E/volk-a24.html 2016-08-24T05:00:00Z UK: Strike action at historic low, and unions work to keep it that way http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/23/stri-a23.html The virtual disappearance of strikes during a period when workers’ jobs, wages, and conditions have been under unparalleled attack is a damning indictment of the trade unions. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5cecc86d-c9ac-4573-a794-881ed9df0a7D/stri-a23.html 2016-08-23T05:00:00Z Trade unions work to suppress German hospital strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/23/hosp-a23.html With some difficulty, the trade unions managed to suppress the justifiable anger over poor working conditions and inadequate pay at hospitals. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7fd10a70-673a-42e4-810b-f78a3fca1e1C/hosp-a23.html 2016-08-23T05:00:00Z Thyssen-Krupp Steel works council meeting prepares job cuts in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/18/thys-a18.html Around 250 works council officials from Thyssen Krupp’s steel division met at a conference last Friday in Duisburg. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/312cf994-1654-472b-8dd7-4bcc3bcb723D/thys-a18.html 2016-08-18T05:00:00Z Lufthansa sets a course for confrontation with pilots http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/16/luft-a16.html The breaking off of talks between the pilots’ union and management heralds a new phase in the dispute. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad2f3b4e-8d53-442d-b0cc-ccd582a3c99D/luft-a16.html 2016-08-16T05:00:00Z BHS scandal in the UK: The real face of capitalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/13/gree-a13.html The BHS/Philip Green scandal shows how asset-stripping, sale-and-lease-back arrangements, dummy companies and tax havens are now the norm, not the exception. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8dbae7af-b973-484e-85a1-92170c48444K/gree-a13.html 2016-08-13T05:00:00Z Union calls off UK rail strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/12/rail-a12.html By calling off the Scotrail and Southern GTR strikes, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union has again proved its worth to the government and the rail companies. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a151d71d-ca69-428e-9d8b-7cef9cc3015H/rail-a12.html 2016-08-12T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/12/labo-a12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fdd75302-f9d3-4738-b9eb-7e1526e65d6F/labo-a12.html 2016-08-12T05:00:00Z Southern rail conductors begin longest UK rail strike in 50 years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/09/sout-a09.html The five-day stoppage by train conductors on the busy Southern rail network has caused widespread disruption, with some 60 percent of services expected to be cancelled. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/61235ea2-44af-483d-9a0e-199964483d3D/sout-a09.html 2016-08-09T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/05/wkrs-a05.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb65abb7-9964-4a8c-bbbd-f05f89bd0f4D/wkrs-a05.html 2016-08-05T05:00:00Z UK: Weymouth and Bridport bus drivers escalate strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/03/weym-a03.html The Weymouth bus drivers’ dispute demonstrates that whenever the union bureaucracy are forced to call industrial action, they ensure that it remains isolated. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9cb8fb89-9215-4bb7-b2fa-3a55e0abfabD/weym-a03.html 2016-08-03T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/29/wrks-j29.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d171f68-4fa0-4192-acc8-07ab3bbf36bN/wrks-j29.html 2016-07-29T05:00:00Z UK trade unions fail to mobilise for anti-austerity demonstration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/19/demo-j19.html The most striking feature of the London demo was the absence of trade union leaders and Labour “lefts.” Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a19217ea-e445-4d4f-8f5b-958e171b726G/demo-j19.html 2016-07-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/15/wkrs-j15.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90152f6c-c795-4506-ae2b-45d2668bad9E/wkrs-j15.html 2016-07-15T05:00:00Z Five agency workers crushed to death in British scrapyard http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/11/deat-j11.html Three serious incidents have occurred at the Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant in the Nechells area of Birmingham in the last few years. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f755c761-57bc-4a0c-9fbe-987cdfa9fc3D/deat-j11.html 2016-07-11T05:00:00Z UK junior doctors vote to reject contract http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/07/doct-j07.html Junior doctors rejected a contract supported by the British Medical Association union that slashes overtime pay and extends working hours. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/70ec8997-40a5-430d-b410-988b37c41c7G/doct-j07.html 2016-07-07T05:00:00Z Lufthansa flight attendants union accepts arbitration agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/06/luft-j06.html By agreeing to the arbitration award, the union is stabbing cabin staff and pilots in the back in their struggle to defend jobs, wages and pensions. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/82f7fd5b-a5ec-4629-8eb6-d837b68b106O/luft-j06.html 2016-07-06T05:00:00Z UK teachers hold one-day strike against education bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/05/teac-j05.html The strike by National Union of Teachers members takes place amid the drive for the complete privatisation of state education. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8fb972f6-1aef-4a61-a7f7-4f0103c7005N/teac-j05.html 2016-07-05T05:00:00Z Volkswagen: 700 workers lose their jobs in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/05/volk-j05.html The VW board is using the company’s current crisis to make long-planned cuts in its workforce, relying heavily on the IG Metall trade union and its related works councils. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4cfd86be-e70e-412d-aa9e-4107222a901N/volk-j05.html 2016-07-05T05:00:00Z Workers at two UK rail companies strike against threat to jobs and safety http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/29/rail-j29.html On all existing driver-only operations there are no conductors or onboard staff, other than the revenue inspectors. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca453877-5a74-4307-b011-9f82976b9daI/rail-j29.html 2016-06-29T05:00:00Z IG Metall trade union backs Volkswagen board http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/28/igme-j28.html IG Metall sprang to the support of management, which is exploiting the emission scandal to impose the biggest ever attacks on jobs, wages and conditions. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ede3fef2-935a-44e5-ad7a-6c48759102aL/igme-j28.html 2016-06-28T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/24/wkrs-j24.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c546548e-ba9a-485f-b6a0-19b25910b2aP/wkrs-j24.html 2016-06-24T05:00:00Z Despite mounting opposition, French unions signal concessions on labor law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/20/cgtl-j20.html The Stalinist General Confederation of Labor has indicated that it may be open to negotiating firm-level contracts under the new law that violate the national Labor Code. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4ddafd34-321a-41c4-be75-16e3391a161P/cgtl-j20.html 2016-06-20T05:00:00Z Billionaire former BHS boss faces down UK parliamentary committee http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/20/gree-j20.html Some 11,000 workers are set to lose their jobs and around 22,000 present and future retirees will see their pensions decimated after the collapse of high street retailer BHS. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/24a2c6d1-cd5f-4f49-92f3-8c3c135acfcC/gree-j20.html 2016-06-20T05:00:00Z Leeds bus workers strike over pay http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/18/firs-j18.html Earlier this month, 250 workers employed by First Bus Leeds voted unanimously to reject management’s paltry pay offer and begin a campaign of strike action. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4a559470-936a-4497-a4c2-00ec4ed966bE/firs-j18.html 2016-06-18T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/17/wkrs-j17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d06dd779-7279-4ad8-8306-b5265adaee6A/wkrs-j17.html 2016-06-17T05:00:00Z Belgian unions try to suppress country’s growing strike wave http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/13/belg-j13.html The unions in Belgium and France view a joint struggle by workers in both countries as a threat. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/652d6bd0-1fdd-4e06-94ac-ad817a62114B/belg-j13.html 2016-06-13T05:00:00Z North Sea oil workers must wage unified struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/13/nort-j13.html The crisis in the North Sea industry is one expression of the global capitalist chaos in oil production. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/07e9db45-94fa-4768-b1de-1baf820fddcK/nort-j13.html 2016-06-13T05:00:00Z Sports Direct and BHS: The real face of British capitalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/13/spor-j13.html While lamenting Ashley and Green as the “unacceptable face of capitalism,” the media made clear that much of what had occurred was perfectly legal. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dcf9acb4-7818-480c-9442-29916921776P/spor-j13.html 2016-06-13T05:00:00Z Bond yields fall as fears rise over global economic growth http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/11/ecbc-j11.html As the pile of negative yielding government debt passes the $10 trillion mark, it has been described as a “supernova that will explode one day.” Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5264037c-6d39-49b4-aa85-f4a292efb2aK/ecbc-j11.html 2016-06-11T05:00:00Z UK trade union federation calls for Britain to remain in EU http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/11/brex-j11.html The Trades Union Congress is backing the Remain campaign on the cynical basis that it is necessary to protect workers from the attacks of the Conservative government. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc515a04-e1e1-4313-b62a-f0142ac96ebI/brex-j11.html 2016-06-11T05:00:00Z The referendum on Brexit: Why the SEP rejects both camps http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/11/berl-j11.html On Friday, June 17, Chris Marsden, a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site from Britain, will speak in Berlin at Humboldt University on the referendum for British withdrawal from the EU, and on the party’s campaign for an active boycott. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a76bf345-1967-4cb9-8364-83062a79226F/berl-j11.html 2016-06-11T05:00:00Z British rail workers facing state repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/10/rail-j10.html Workers have held strikes to protest the elimination of the safety-critical role of the conductor, who operates doors on the busiest routes in the UK. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f36c9e78-7d93-4ff0-bbce-9c67d8a25c9A/rail-j10.html 2016-06-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/10/wrks-j10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dce1947f-4a97-478c-b186-90a532d3235G/wrks-j10.html 2016-06-10T05:00:00Z Strikes against austerity in France and Belgium defy union pressure for sellout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/09/fran-j09.html Garbage workers took strike action in several cities across France, joining rail, port and oil workers in France and rail workers in Belgium. Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/95ec7c33-eeb8-4b76-bb43-42661189a77F/fran-j09.html 2016-06-09T05:00:00Z UK: The political fraud of the Another Europe is Possible campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/07/euro-j07.html The campaign makes no mention of the Cameron government’s austerity agenda that has seen millions of jobs destroyed, wages cut, welfare slashed to the bone and migrants denied entry to the UK. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0b0743f-7e7b-41f7-b92f-2706d73c325L/euro-j07.html 2016-06-07T05:00:00Z Strikes in France elicit support from German workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/03/germ-j03.html Sympathy from workers and young people, anger and resentment in the media—this is how Germany is reacting to the strikes in France. Fri, 03 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e13006c1-ba54-42de-a400-7d84605a598I/germ-j03.html 2016-06-03T05:00:00Z Strike wave against labor law spreads in France http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/02/fran-j02.html As the trade union bureaucracy prepares to sell out an escalating strike wave, opposition to the Socialist Party’s “El Khomri” labor reform is mounting in the working class. Thu, 02 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3b809951-d68c-4db6-b9d0-ed03a75161bC/fran-j02.html 2016-06-02T05:00:00Z UK firms use new regulations to cut pay and conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/02/wage-j02.html Many of the attacks on wages and conditions began within the food industry, which is heavily reliant on the use of agency workers as cheap labour. Thu, 02 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5a2c477-42e2-43e5-bd34-737ae2861b3I/wage-j02.html 2016-06-02T05:00:00Z French strike movement exposes bankruptcy of New Anti-capitalist Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/02/npas-j02.html The emergence of the working class as the central force in struggle against France's Socialist Party government refutes the anti-working class perspective of the NPA. Thu, 02 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/291c4bfb-2de9-48b2-af3d-a001e9afaddI/npas-j02.html 2016-06-02T05:00:00Z The return of the “grand narrative” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/01/pers-j01.html The resurgence of the class struggle is undermining the intellectual charlatanry that underpinned the ideological dominance of various forms of anti-Marxism over the past half-century. Wed, 01 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73431dc8-2d8b-4d59-b1ea-2b8aeca80f9K/pers-j01.html 2016-06-01T05:00:00Z Belgian public sector goes on strike in run-up to French rail walkout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/01/belg-j01.html Workers are mobilising across national borders in Europe against the reactionary austerity policies that the entire European Union has imposed since the 2008 crash. Wed, 01 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c00e8ce-2705-442b-a929-52801113d28A/belg-j01.html 2016-06-01T05:00:00Z CGT union tries to block general strike against French labor law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/30/cgtl-m30.html On the BFM-Politique show, CGT General Secretary Philippe Martinez said he was in back-channel talks with the government over its unpopular labor law. Mon, 30 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ff888f9-641b-42b4-8992-60f8677df58K/cgtl-m30.html 2016-05-30T05:00:00Z Amid strikes, French President Hollande pledges to impose labor law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/28/fren-m28.html Hollande is manoeuvring to use the trade union bureaucracy to contain social anger among workers against his reactionary labor law reform. Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ee4d205a-cc60-4289-94f8-a07b6cd6e37N/fren-m28.html 2016-05-28T05:00:00Z The El Khomri law in France and the Schröder-Blair Paper http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/28/khom-m28.html Over the past decade and a half, the social democratic parties, working with the trade unions, have led the drive to impose austerity on the working class. Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20730ce4-b15d-4cd0-9e98-19324dc9a14J/khom-m28.html 2016-05-28T05:00:00Z Greece's Syriza government imposes harsh austerity measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/27/gree-m27.html Eurogroup finance ministers have made clear they will accept no way of dealing with the Greek debt crisis other than continuing attacks on the working class. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c578a66c-5855-4e0d-9575-004c6efeacaC/gree-m27.html 2016-05-27T05:00:00Z Rail strike hits Belgium http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/27/belg-m27.html Rail workers began an indefinite strike Wednesday evening in Belgium, paralysing mass transit and creating traffic jams in Brussels. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37ae830a-3033-4671-9253-d0b29139900I/belg-m27.html 2016-05-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/27/wkrs-m27.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/751c38f7-9a90-4302-80ce-b2c37e03ae5G/wkrs-m27.html 2016-05-27T05:00:00Z Strike wave against austerity spreads in France, Belgium http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/26/fran-m26.html Police repression of anti-austerity protests in France and Belgium is enraging workers and driving broader layers of the working class into struggle. Thu, 26 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef97591b-57b6-456b-8a7b-3db3fe4a2acE/fran-m26.html 2016-05-26T05:00:00Z Mobilize European workers to defend French strikers! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/26/pers-m26.html The most powerful ally of workers struggling against pro-austerity governments in France, Belgium and Greece is the European and international working class. Thu, 26 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ada6fdad-2f03-4953-8511-4ad93f16be8M/pers-m26.html 2016-05-26T05:00:00Z The Brexit referendum, socialism and the European working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/26/juli-m26.html The following is a speech delivered to public meetings by Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the SEP, on the Party’s campaign for an active boycott of the referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union. Thu, 26 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7bd0359b-4e58-420b-aea9-9f665640dd2C/juli-m26.html 2016-05-26T05:00:00Z International finance capital and the strikes in France http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/25/pers-m25.html The aim of the “structural reforms” demanded by the IMF and the financial elites is the destruction of all the social gains of the European working class won in the past seven decades. Wed, 25 May 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37307a55-90d4-4ba1-b5f6-8d379e2d1e0I/pers-m25.html 2016-05-25T06:00:00Z Belgian prison wardens strike met with government repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/25/pris-m25.html The government plans to shrink the public sector by 20 percent, with pay and staffing being cut by 10 percent by 2020 overall. Wed, 25 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cc120517-d12b-489b-8bc8-7f6d3fb3f3fN/pris-m25.html 2016-05-25T05:00:00Z Oil workers mobilise against French labour law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/23/stri-m23.html The Socialist Party is sending riot police to break up refinery strikes as they cause fuel shortages across France. Mon, 23 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bea98616-3b86-4be4-bce1-c0c3ca6ca12K/stri-m23.html 2016-05-23T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/20/wkrs-m20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 20 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98a564da-405d-4656-990c-0ea48af5094F/wkrs-m20.html 2016-05-20T05:00:00Z French government backs neo-fascist protest against opposition to labor law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/19/psfn-m19.html Wednesday’s protest, organised by a police union close to the neo-fascist National Front, was aimed at intimidating broad popular opposition to the Socialist Party's labor reform. Thu, 19 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60a6b06a-9506-43a3-a265-4b277c232f4L/psfn-m19.html 2016-05-19T05:00:00Z Wage deal in Germany: IG Metall agrees to end industry-wide contracts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/16/wage-m16.html Industry heads are enthusiastic about the deal that allows individual corporations to be released from wage contracts when profits are lower than desired. Mon, 16 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e178fe2b-02a8-4c44-ab18-4e3325c8fc9L/wage-m16.html 2016-05-16T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/13/wkrs-m13.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 13 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fde0515c-e200-49ee-a334-3e20fb81164C/wkrs-m13.html 2016-05-13T05:00:00Z Protests erupt in France against regressive labor law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/12/fran-m12.html Protesters clashed violently with police and sacked the headquarters of the ruling Socialist Party in several cities across France. Thu, 12 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/146623de-f6eb-42a6-9d24-6d1065b16c1F/fran-m12.html 2016-05-12T05:00:00Z Volkswagen board pockets €63 million in 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/10/volk-m10.html Despite the exhaust emissions scandal and record losses, the nine members of the VW Executive Board were paid €10 million more in 2015 than the previous year. Tue, 10 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ccaddda5-5731-4c33-92b7-d9d9a50fe61H/volk-m10.html 2016-05-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/06/wkrs-m06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 06 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a1c7087e-4e73-4228-9c87-53eb67c7852N/wkrs-m06.html 2016-05-06T05:00:00Z Volkswagen works council and IG Metall back executive bonuses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/02/vw-m02.html While thousands of workers are losing their jobs due to the emission scandal, top executives are reaping huge bonuses. Mon, 02 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7975d816-7db1-40c9-b350-db74bec3b59N/vw-m02.html 2016-05-02T05:00:00Z Workers and youth in Amiens speak out against French labour reform http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/29/amie-a29.html A WSWS team spoke to protesting youth who unanimously criticised the strategy of the trade and student unions as insufficient to struggle against the labour reform. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7856e622-71d9-41a9-9968-9c5070c71aaC/amie-a29.html 2016-04-29T05:00:00Z German public sector union holds “warning strikes” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/29/verd-a29.html Selective strikes are taking place in the public sector across Germany this week, but the Verdi union is determined to impose attacks on wages and work conditions. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8599ee64-16b1-49c4-9f8d-3c6f160b50cG/verd-a29.html 2016-04-29T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/29/euro-a29.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9899fcfb-d30e-4017-b3e3-74ef2fe6f87G/euro-a29.html 2016-04-29T05:00:00Z In run-up to labour law protest, French rail workers stage one-day strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/28/brus-a28.html The trade unions, seeking to block the entry of workers into struggle against the labour law reform, organised no meetings or protests on the strike day. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af6a2e32-efba-4db3-8406-12a2bf78891N/brus-a28.html 2016-04-28T05:00:00Z Vast increase in “zero-hours” labor contracts in the UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/28/zero-a28.html Under zero-hours contracts, workers must be ready to work whenever required. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b4233c98-2b0d-4d13-a5d5-40be398799dE/zero-a28.html 2016-04-28T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/22/euro-a22.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dc7bae63-7c18-4fb4-b293-6d75c6f25bfJ/euro-a22.html 2016-04-22T05:00:00Z Steel producers summit threatens stepped-up trade war against China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/20/stee-a20.html The focus of the Brussels summit on the global steel crisis was “promoting structural adjustment” through job losses, deregulation and trade war measures against China. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e8b43373-1656-44c6-bca6-89e86d371ddK/stee-a20.html 2016-04-20T05:00:00Z Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean: An imperialist crime http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/20/pers-a20.html Thousands of deaths by drowning are accepted, if not welcomed, as collateral damage required by the campaign to keep desperate refugees out of Europe. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72b2ea5f-e912-456d-b40a-2f6e9ba35a2O/pers-a20.html 2016-04-20T05:00:00Z VW hands out massive bonuses to company executives http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/18/volk-a18.html The granting of bonuses to executives at VW illustrates how management is reacting to the exhaust emissions scandal, which has resulted in losses and potential fines. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ee206396-9ccc-41f1-a8eb-ff97032959eE/volk-a18.html 2016-04-18T05:00:00Z People’s Assembly demonstration promotes Corbyn’s anti-austerity fraud http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/18/peop-a18.html Large numbers of junior doctors currently involved in industrial action took part in the protest, which also included student nurses and steelworkers. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/06758280-f792-46c8-b5ad-2bdf692a0c8A/peop-a18.html 2016-04-18T05:00:00Z Conflicts over European financial policy point to coming attacks on workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/16/euro-a16.html Criticisms by German officials of easy-money policies at the European Central Bank were bitterly denounced by British, French, and US media and politicians. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c74bee30-b5b2-48aa-9617-699483dd9c0G/euro-a16.html 2016-04-16T05:00:00Z Belgian air traffic controllers launch wildcat strike at Brussels airport http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/14/cont-a14.html The working class throughout Belgium and Europe must come to the defense of the striking air traffic controllers, who have taken a courageous stand against attacks on retirement. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/34a142f9-686e-4f77-8f54-41a2ff1c2f0D/cont-a14.html 2016-04-14T05:00:00Z Steel day of action: IG Metall, employers and German government demand trade war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/13/stee-a13.html The German metalworkers union IG Metall organised the rallies as a backdrop for management and government representatives to demand protective tariffs and trade war measures against China. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e57b6ace-76a5-4218-928a-b7186a9790dG/stee-a13.html 2016-04-13T05:00:00Z UK: Unions work with asset stripper to impose cuts at Tata Steel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/13/tata-a13.html Plants will be taken over only on condition that wages, conditions and pension rights are decimated. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/142e9db1-9d1c-42b5-8f22-0693460bd07C/tata-a13.html 2016-04-13T05:00:00Z French police attack demonstrators protesting anti-worker labor law reform http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/11/fran-a11.html The decision of the trade unions and their political allies not to call workers on strike alongside protesting students left the PS government free to assault the demonstrators. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e52c2142-5172-4010-8c68-285fd4d9f9eG/fran-a11.html 2016-04-11T05:00:00Z Junior doctors face political fight to save National Health Service http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/07/doct-a07.html Junior doctors have demanded more effective action after Health Secretary Hunt announced he would impose a new contract by August 1. Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d399805-a0e3-4a3a-91c8-f96759f443fO/doct-a07.html 2016-04-07T05:00:00Z Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/06/fran-a06.html Police are trying to intimidate youth in the run-up to the next major protest by workers and students, on April 9, amid rising anger with austerity and the state of emergency. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c75c9c4-c2df-41bf-ada8-13515425dd7H/fran-a06.html 2016-04-06T05:00:00Z Youth and workers in Marseille speak out against austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/06/mars-a06.html WSWS reporters in Marseille discussed with youth and workers who mobilised yesterday against the El Khomri law. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45f1b7ad-2739-4179-ad9b-15b51076410K/mars-a06.html 2016-04-06T05:00:00Z The working class in France mobilizes against austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/04/pers-a04.html The attempt to promote hysteria over terrorism to suppress popular opposition is failing in the face of a growing radicalization of workers and youth. Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85d963af-a58c-4860-866c-3a0b6f38a0cI/pers-a04.html 2016-04-04T05:00:00Z UK Tata Steel operation at centre of escalating trade war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/04/tata-a04.html The Labour Party and the trade unions have responded to the planned closure of Tata Steel’s UK plants with demands for protectionism and trade war. Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b8ae5c8f-b6fd-48c2-856e-9cb70d76843J/tata-a04.html 2016-04-04T05:00:00Z French workers, youth defy state of emergency to protest austerity policies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/01/fran-a01.html As many as 1.2 million people participated in demonstrations Thursday across France against the draconian anti-working class policies of the Socialist Party government. Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5b25768d-0681-4b85-ade6-a85f3fc9cebD/fran-a01.html 2016-04-01T05:00:00Z Forty thousand jobs threatened as Tata Steel announces end of UK operations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/31/tata-m31.html Neither Labour leader Corbyn nor the trade union bureaucracy proposes any struggle by steel workers in defence of their jobs. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c6f63bfb-2ea5-42a9-9ac3-acf5a3064ffA/tata-m31.html 2016-03-31T05:00:00Z Germany’s Deutsche Bahn to slash 2,100 rail freight transport jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/29/deut-m29.html Works councillors and union functionaries have already indicated they are prepared to cooperate in implementing the cuts, the first step to a further wave of consolidations. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ad97567-90cb-4905-b560-7faf99d5d3dM/deut-m29.html 2016-03-29T05:00:00Z UK Junior doctors dispute at a crossroads http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/29/nhsf-m29.html The imposition of a draconian contract on 55,000 junior doctors is a test case for restructuring employment conditions for the entire workforce of the National Health Service. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a7c6b2b5-602f-47ad-aefb-82089ded01bD/nhsf-m29.html 2016-03-29T05:00:00Z UK dockers strike suspended by Unite union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/25/dock-m25.html From the start, Unite made clear that it sought nothing more than good relations with Forth Ports to carry forward their shared interests. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bd4c82c1-336e-4b6b-b95a-65ea6e47f10B/dock-m25.html 2016-03-25T05:00:00Z 200,000 jobs threatened by Norway oil industry crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/24/norw-m24.html Norway’s ruling elite insists that the relatively high wages in the oil industry be slashed. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b0cd6a78-513e-4167-b865-730786485f7N/norw-m24.html 2016-03-24T05:00:00Z Germany: Siemens cuts another 2,500 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/18/siem-m18.html Siemens management announced the cutting of a further 2,500 jobs on March 9, with motor plants in Bavaria being hit hardest. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df1e98bc-194b-49ff-8470-d9855020bd5H/siem-m18.html 2016-03-18T05:00:00Z French government, trade unions rework reactionary labor reform http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/17/fren-m17.html The unions and the Socialist Party want to channel workers’ opposition to the most unpopular government since World War II behind minor changes to its hated reform. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9cb7cec-db7f-429a-a55e-5f8dc27277dI/fren-m17.html 2016-03-17T05:00:00Z Glasgow City Council workers strike against cuts and poverty wages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/17/glas-m17.html Another round of spending cuts imposed by the Scottish National Party government on behalf of the Conservative central government is likely to cost as many as 15,000 job losses. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59a999ab-dd5a-43d7-810c-b72e6cf93d7P/glas-m17.html 2016-03-17T05:00:00Z English National Opera chorus to strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/15/oper-m15.html The action was announced on the steps of the headquarters of Arts Council England. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b8f7f7f-c850-48e3-8dfd-60de8923be1P/oper-m15.html 2016-03-15T05:00:00Z Workers, students march against French labor law reform http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/14/fran-m14.html The brutal police crackdown in Lyon underscores that, under cover of the state of emergency, the Socialist Party aims to illegalize constitutionally protected protests. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a8c46150-41e2-4097-8932-7963c329774H/fran-m14.html 2016-03-14T05:00:00Z