European Workers Issues http://www.wsws.org/topics/workersCategory/wrk-europe/ 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 Striking cashiers and dockers interrogated under French state of emergency http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/10/casi-m10.html The unprecedented attack on the right to strike is yet another warning of the anti-working class character of the state of emergency imposed by the Socialist Party. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a15331fe-1c97-40be-bdc4-d99178c527dO/casi-m10.html 2016-03-10T05:00:00Z Mass layoffs at Bombardier hit Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/10/bomb-m10.html In Germany, the works council and IG Metall trade union are working hand-in-glove with management to implement job cuts. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ac770c19-ff52-422e-a070-2723f227d27M/bomb-m10.html 2016-03-10T05:00:00Z UK energy firms rake in profits as “fuel poverty” escalates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/09/ener-m09.html In recent years, the annual profits of British Gas averaged £584 million. Wed, 09 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49c76cd4-6752-4ec4-b53a-f2d3e3111faB/ener-m09.html 2016-03-09T05:00:00Z Bombardier adds to Northern Ireland manufacturing jobs massacre http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/01/belf-m01.html The corporation announced that 1,080 jobs would go at its plant in Belfast, Ireland, which makes the wings for its new C-Series plane. Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b4cda7f1-6e94-4fd8-891e-04a47376be6F/belf-m01.html 2016-03-01T05:00:00Z Strike at 200 Further Education colleges in England http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/27/lect-f27.html Some Further Education staff have suffered a reduction in pay by as much as 17 percent after years on lower than inflation pay rises. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d73b1d5-aa1b-4045-ae3b-e0df0113f7dB/lect-f27.html 2016-02-27T05:00:00Z French labor law reform sets stage for historic attack on workers’ rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/22/frla-f22.html The impact of this reform is being compared to that of epoch-making attacks like the Hartz IV reforms in Germany or the breaking of the PATCO union in the US. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2bcbe1cd-7f1d-4f33-98c6-0b3c43f87d7E/frla-f22.html 2016-02-22T05:00:00Z Portuguese government prepares second austerity package http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/22/port-f22.html The Eurogroup welcomed the commitment of the Socialist Party/Left Bloc/Communist Party coalition to comply with the EU’s austerity demands. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aebecc5a-6b98-4cc5-801d-813f1a02091O/port-f22.html 2016-02-22T05:00:00Z European Steel unions demand trade war in Brussels http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/20/demo-f20.html The European trade unions, led by Germany’s IG Metall, demonstrated last Monday in Brussels for trade war measures against Russia and China. Sat, 20 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bd9f1a6d-0416-47aa-8a43-6e5c326e967L/demo-f20.html 2016-02-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/19/euro-f19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/571fe421-6428-422f-8dac-757e01ef12eE/euro-f19.html 2016-02-19T05:00:00Z Government to impose contract on junior doctors after second England-wide strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/12/docs-f12.html The government’s unprecedented and authoritarian move signifies a new stage in the efforts of the ruling elite to dismantle the National Health Service. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72ee0007-c37f-4976-adf4-e10f8c812edA/docs-f12.html 2016-02-12T05:00:00Z British junior doctors speak from the picket lines http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/12/ints-f12.html Striking junior doctors and their supporters say that the government’s attacks on them are part of a broader assault on the National Health Service. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/768d9e56-0f22-40cb-bfdc-12cc4bed98dI/ints-f12.html 2016-02-12T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/12/labo-f12.html <em>The World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a1869c0-b0df-4d10-99c3-fd380fbc5d8M/labo-f12.html 2016-02-12T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands of steel, energy, retail, government jobs cut in the UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/11/jobs-f11.html Jobs are being destroyed in every sector, amid growing global economic turmoil. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/18f3570e-49d3-4c8a-ad9b-d84ec4e9c5fD/jobs-f11.html 2016-02-11T05:00:00Z Italian steel work faces closure or sell-off http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/ital-f08.html On January 11, 500 steel workers occupied the city hall in Genoa to protest the likely loss of their jobs. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16c36812-f189-4c5c-89d7-5b1cc7ed21bL/ital-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Reject the Rail Maritime and Transport Union’s call to accept latest London Underground sell-out contract! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/tube-f06.html Rail workers have seen the trade unions sabotage every struggle against the Conservative government since 2010. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30ec574c-e26a-4134-80f0-b8b137acde7B/tube-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Mass one-day strike hits Syriza’s austerity measures in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/gree-f05.html Just over one year after it came to power, Syriza, the party that was hailed by pseudo-left groups internationally, is an object of hatred and contempt. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0bcf424-50ff-4040-863d-12f13ace86eF/gree-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Ten thousand jobs in danger at Volkswagen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/volk-j29.html VW has signaled through the corporate press that it is planning mass layoffs, wage cuts and a drastic worsening of working conditions. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5527640-ab23-42ff-8d14-0200a2727daN/volk-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Over a thousand jobs to go at Welsh steel plants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/tata-j28.html There is no suggestion of opposition from either the trade unions or the Labour Party. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2d2a409-476e-4d29-8a9d-579c0702e57C/tata-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Mass protests against pension cuts in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/gree-j23.html In Greece, an increasing number of professional groups are protesting against the planned pension cuts of the Syriza government. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/252b364f-9df8-47d0-8299-e1b9595f698B/gree-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z 2016 will be a year of escalating class struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/clas-j04.html Class conflict will become an ever-more dominant feature of life in 2016 as the ruling classes in the US and around the world demand that workers pay for the global economic crisis. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e172633-c8cf-410c-b0de-1e716abbad4B/clas-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z The fracturing of the European Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/pers-d28.html In the last century, great power aspirations, nationalism and fascism made the continent the focus of two world wars, which claimed nearly 100 million victims. Now, these same tendencies are spreading once again. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e026fdb-65eb-4e23-8023-21fbc44ec15A/pers-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z UK: Employment practises of Sports Direct retail giant exposed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/dire-d24.html Sports Direct has gained notoriety for its employment conditions, with its Shirebrook warehouse known locally as the “Gulag”. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9414fc96-0e97-4daf-87e0-84c4628e706A/dire-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Amid French state of emergency, Sodexo sacks 19 workers for striking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/sode-d23.html The sudden and unprecedented mass sacking by food and facilities management multinational Sodexo is an attack on the constitutionally protected right to strike. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42399070-643a-4810-91fe-8384e643dcdG/sode-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Kellingley Colliery—last remaining deep coal mine in Britain—closes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/kell-d22.html When Kellingley opened in 1965, coal production in Britain employed around 500,000 workers and produced up to 177 million tonnes of coal. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11d9f112-0a30-4d55-baf5-29f4b3ae69aA/kell-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Government conspiracy against 1972 UK builders’ strike exposed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/shre-d15.html The frame-up of the striking workers, known as the Shrewsbury 24, required the intimate involvement of then-Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/894ae53f-a0ec-49b6-baa2-f101ae68c73L/shre-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Opel Bochum: Few new jobs a year after plant closure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/opel-d12.html 2,500 former Opel workers will soon face unemployment. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f65058c-b24a-42fc-9f25-ce4544d1e27D/opel-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z OECD finds UK pensions amongst lowest in world http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/pens-d09.html Pensions have come under sustained attack by the previous Labour, Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition and present Conservative governments. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7893ea62-1422-4835-b19a-56aa677e07aP/pens-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z British Medical Association calls off UK junior doctors strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/02/doct-d02.html The BMA’s betrayal allows the government further time to come up with a repackaged deal, in order to carry out effectively the same attacks on doctors’ employment conditions and pay. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/061d669b-bf1d-4622-be37-be8bacd741eL/doct-d02.html 2015-12-02T05:00:00Z German flight attendants’ strike ends without result http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/20/luft-n20.html The leadership of the flight attendants’ union UFO used a large strike demonstration in Frankfurt to reassure Lufthansa management that it will support corporate restructuring. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b7a2c3a-7b16-4347-a8df-5c0b2facf8cJ/luft-n20.html 2015-11-20T05:00:00Z The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/13/icfi-n13.html The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a830b693-31e2-47cc-90b5-8b1a29c6ef6G/icfi-n13.html 2015-11-13T05:00:00Z Strike shuts down London Docklands Light Railway http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/12/dock-n12.html The current owner has a history of slashing costs by sub-tendering jobs to its own contractors. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f42217f1-4f84-486a-a0b1-222d1264912N/dock-n12.html 2015-11-12T05:00:00Z Postal workers strike in Belgium http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/27/post-o27.html Belgium Post’s plan to increase productivity and enforce flexible work schedules across the board is intended to prepare the way for full scale privatisation. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/245da746-8d8d-48ed-8269-643f89f34b9K/post-o27.html 2015-10-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/23/wkrs-o23.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42f6167e-9759-4496-885e-c832630564fC/wkrs-o23.html 2015-10-23T05:00:00Z Thousands of job losses in UK steel industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/21/stee-o21.html The main steel unions have repeated their customary pro-business objections, centring on condemning cheap steel imports from China and high taxes on UK steel manufacturers. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e5b026dd-cab6-477c-b412-6548d9417f4N/stee-o21.html 2015-10-21T05:00:00Z Eight refugees killed by European border guards http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/19/refu-o19.html The barbaric refugee policies of the European Union are claiming more and more lives every week. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0510799e-d544-464f-b977-35f09b82936P/refu-o19.html 2015-10-19T05:00:00Z Police arrest Air France strikers who confronted bosses over mass layoffs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/14/airf-o14.html The arrest of the strikers is a deliberate act of political intimidation aimed at the working class as a whole, which is broadly sympathetic to the strikers. Wed, 14 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abc7207c-971e-4e94-b97f-489a2a50348K/airf-o14.html 2015-10-14T05:00:00Z GM-Opel workers in Germany support struggle of US autoworkers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/13/opel-o13.html WSWS reporters spoke to workers in front of the gates of the GM-Opel Rüsselsheim plant on Friday, and many declared their solidarity with their American brothers and sisters. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fcd9f89d-34ad-4d4d-aa11-b7a005f8f5fD/opel-o13.html 2015-10-13T05:00:00Z German childcare workers’ wage dispute: Vote “no”! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/13/germ-o13.html Although union members resoundingly rejected an arbitration proposal in June, the trade unions are now holding a new vote on virtually the same sell-out contract. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/57e984a6-3675-4c69-89a7-a34cb7132d3D/germ-o13.html 2015-10-13T05:00:00Z Volkswagen uses emissions crisis to impose deep cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/09/volk-o09.html The IG Metall trade union and works council are paying a key role in the planned restructuring of Volkswagen, which will entail major cuts and layoffs. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97af59e9-8a34-4ae7-b66f-e8a2ac6b379F/volk-o09.html 2015-10-09T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/09/labo-o09.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b99e434b-eeba-4d2e-9470-bf2e0ffebabF/labo-o09.html 2015-10-09T05:00:00Z Germany: Works council and union agree to job cuts at Siemens Power &amp; Gas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/07/siem-o07.html IG Metall has has sought to suppress any serious resistance by staging a few harmless protest actions. Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cc4b464b-fddd-4168-8760-e39583e2f7eO/siem-o07.html 2015-10-07T05:00:00Z Workers revolt against mass layoffs at Air France http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/06/airf-o06.html Hundreds of workers invaded a meeting between Air France management and unions to plan mass layoffs, attacking company executives. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/56de730a-c886-461e-b327-0d1f0c2a01dP/airf-o06.html 2015-10-06T05:00:00Z Britain’s second largest steelworks at Redcar faces closure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/06/redc-o06.html The trade unions have complied with every demand of the company on the pretext that increased competitiveness would guarantee future production. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc3505a4-4683-454c-a9a7-b24ee384eadK/redc-o06.html 2015-10-06T05:00:00Z Unions renew attempt to sell out German childcare workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/05/care-o05.html The public service unions are trying to force through a deal virtually identical to the proposal recently voted down by an overwhelming majority of union members. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/372fcc35-491c-44a5-a5ab-1135c4fd73dB/care-o05.html 2015-10-05T05:00:00Z German union IG Metall holds one-day protests against short-term contracts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/03/igme-o03.html IG Metall, which is directly integrated into management, is fully aware of and tacitly accepts the practice. Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d32f1073-1655-4361-9efe-ceea1de3c48K/igme-o03.html 2015-10-03T05:00:00Z German government adopts drastic measures to deter refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/19/refu-s19.html Refugees are to be scared away through hunger and homelessness, and transported back like cattle to countries where unspeakable conditions prevail. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f791b89-bb2d-4f9d-bcba-e386acd0496P/refu-s19.html 2015-09-19T05:00:00Z Thousands more jobs to go across all sectors in UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/19/jobs-s19.html Local authorities in the UK face more devastating cuts, after already having their budgets slashed to pay for the bailout of the super-rich following the 2008 economic crisis. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/568565f6-193e-4961-a13e-442d2e0d564K/jobs-s19.html 2015-09-19T05:00:00Z German court declares pilots strike illegal, forcing return to work http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/10/pilo-s10.html The court action, which follows entirely the arguments of Lufthansa, is a deeply undemocratic decision that effectively abolishes the right to strike. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35043667-990c-4581-bf8c-4b78dd30d37N/pilo-s10.html 2015-09-10T05:00:00Z London Underground unions call off strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/lond-a29.html All four unions which had threatened to strike are now working out the formula with which to force 24-hour work upon their members. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b9e1e628-a073-4ebe-aee7-4f410674623B/lond-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z