European Workers Issues http://www.wsws.org/topics/workersCategory/wrk-europe/ 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 Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/labo-a28.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2d96a889-b7e8-4872-a42f-a1ce414a396K/labo-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/21/wrks-a21.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute regular feature. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/09da624a-162d-49d8-85a7-50461b308beK/wrks-a21.html 2015-08-21T05:00:00Z Syriza agrees to full list of EU austerity demands in new bailout plan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/12/gree-a12.html The proposed deal, which accepts all the main demands of the "troika," will have catastrophic consequences for Greece’s already impoverished population. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37d25209-86a9-4752-bf4e-26fb9290619F/gree-a12.html 2015-08-12T05:00:00Z Germany: Layoffs at gourmet chain Karstadt/Perfetto http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/12/kars-a12.html German department store group Karstadt is closing more branches and sacking hundreds of staff. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6dadfbe8-0991-4dc0-8271-4259b4cc5c0G/kars-a12.html 2015-08-12T05:00:00Z London Tube workers carry out 24-hour strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/08/tube-a08.html Although deliberately limited by the unions, the walkout brought the capital city of 8.63 million people to a virtual standstill. Sat, 08 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5adeee8b-41e6-4bce-948c-8ea85f01c7eA/tube-a08.html 2015-08-08T05:00:00Z London Tube worker describes issues in struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/08/lond-a08.html London Underground worker explains how the introduction of night work would set the precedent for further attacks on conditions. Sat, 08 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bff57fb5-0a35-425a-a5e5-962515930a5B/lond-a08.html 2015-08-08T05:00:00Z UK teachers leave profession in record numbers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/07/educ-a07.html Applications for teaching jobs have declined by 27,000 in the last 12 months. Fri, 07 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9d65cfa6-4e5c-4dc4-9468-1f433ecbfa9L/educ-a07.html 2015-08-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/07/wkrs-a07.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 07 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/434db9b1-b93b-4a5a-a796-0a5808b9f6fH/wkrs-a07.html 2015-08-07T05:00:00Z International Viewpoint, Syriza and the fraud of Greece’s “Truth Committee” on debt http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/04/gree-a04.html Syriza’s initial support for a debt audit was merely a diversion to prevent any mobilisation of the working class against the EU and the Greek ruling class. Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b56a6d25-7747-42f6-b1eb-779199c89b9G/gree-a04.html 2015-08-04T05:00:00Z London Underground workers set to hold second 24-hour strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/04/lond-a04.html LU workers are involved in a political struggle with the employers and government, which want to reorganise the transport system on behalf of global capital. Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/36db7902-8427-4b79-8f32-a4e137c2f63J/lond-a04.html 2015-08-04T05:00:00Z Union calls off District line action prior to London Underground strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/03/unde-a03.html Seven drivers, members of ASLEF, were suspended by LUL management for refusing to take out trains as part of union-initiated industrial action. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e4405a8-5960-4af2-9a82-852ce911c0fP/unde-a03.html 2015-08-03T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/31/euro-j31.html <em>The World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0dd0bc24-abbc-4ae3-ab3d-73c62ee4f3aN/euro-j31.html 2015-07-31T05:00:00Z Tata Steel to sack 720 workers in England http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/23/tata-j23.html The plan to shut down three steel bar manufacturing plants is part of a six-year long business restructuring strategy. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/909ba53b-4262-4a48-9313-089e528c653E/tata-j23.html 2015-07-23T05:00:00Z German auto workers condemn austerity deal imposed on Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/17/inte-j17.html Workers at GM-Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant denounced the brutal austerity measures imposed on Greece last weekend by the German government. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7da8273d-41f9-4729-8924-e113a7e2047O/inte-j17.html 2015-07-17T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/17/euro-j17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3b9c411b-5588-41db-9d6e-ce5ce662a60N/euro-j17.html 2015-07-17T05:00:00Z Germany: Outokumpu steel plant closes in Bochum http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/10/outo-j10.html The shutting of the plant followed a well-known script, with the unions seeking to keep employees quiet with vague promises of job security, while the plant was closed in installments. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4b25cf0-1cd2-4419-9cd8-167d5506fc3H/outo-j10.html 2015-07-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/10/euro-j10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/56e13e23-c23e-4138-bbd7-bbfb82271a4I/euro-j10.html 2015-07-10T05:00:00Z German Ver.di trade union sells out postal workers strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/09/verd-j09.html After a four-week strike and a high degree of militancy by German postal workers, the Verdi trade union has accepted a contract that is directly opposed to workers’ interests. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6808d330-7b11-4d0f-bbe5-4e1f14be936G/verd-j09.html 2015-07-09T05:00:00Z A landslide “no” to EU austerity in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/06/pers-j06.html Yesterday’s “no” vote in Greece is a massive popular repudiation of the EU and the austerity agenda it has pursued across Europe since the 2008 economic crisis. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e3b09951-be6b-4828-8e99-a9ee8a9a163B/pers-j06.html 2015-07-06T05:00:00Z Ver.di ends strike at Berlin’s Charité hospital http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/06/verd-j06.html The Ver.di trade union is fraudulently celebrating the agreement at the Charité as a great breakthrough. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b01ca9c3-e65b-43df-950d-be73cfa94e3P/verd-j06.html 2015-07-06T05:00:00Z Mass demonstration opposes austerity in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/04/gree-j04.html Tens of thousands of people took part in a demonstration Friday evening in Athens in opposition to the austerity programme of the European Union and International Monetary Fund. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1988909a-56f9-4b8c-ad09-5e3b1ebfc9eN/gree-j04.html 2015-07-04T05:00:00Z Rumbles of military coup as Greek workers demand end to EU austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/04/pers-j04.html Statements by retired military officers calling for a “yes” vote in Sunday’s Greek referendum carry the implied threat of a coup. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2ebd205-216e-4bc6-b240-e863356d241L/pers-j04.html 2015-07-04T05:00:00Z German train drivers’ union agrees to strike ban effective until 2020 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/04/gdls-j04.html Hidden within a new agreement with Deutsche Bahn, the GDL has agreed to a “binding arbitration settlement”—in effect, a strike ban—for the life of the contract. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/57a9cd74-fa68-4a2d-9c7d-870ba6d5fc5O/gdls-j04.html 2015-07-04T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/03/euro-j03.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/915f3bed-2a9d-4c49-93f0-0eaaa95ac9dH/euro-j03.html 2015-07-03T05:00:00Z Germany: IG Metall union suppresses opposition at ThyssenKrupp http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/01/krup-j01.html IG Metall at Thyssen Krupp is trying to stifle all opposition and erect a sophisticated system aimed at policing workers at the factory. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b814fb6-e62d-4023-bd61-ce8bb9b2060C/krup-j01.html 2015-07-01T05:00:00Z Syriza’s fraudulent capital controls http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/30/cont-j30.html Billions of euros have been taken out of Greece by wealthy individuals and corporations in order to make a financial killing if the country goes back to the drachma. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/936e57c3-ff17-4bed-ba89-9ab5824dd01L/cont-j30.html 2015-06-30T05:00:00Z UK unions abandon strike threat at Tata Steel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/29/tata-j29.html A spokesman for Tata Steel indicated that the company believes it has made gains at workers’ expense. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/40354d50-3b0d-49c7-b7f9-aa78f3417e3H/tata-j29.html 2015-06-29T05:00:00Z Ver.di seeks to impose sellout of German childcare workers strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/27/care-j27.html Many workers who had placed great hopes in the strike are incensed over Ver.di’s behaviour. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0df723a-b926-4f6b-98ad-2eb561b02d1C/care-j27.html 2015-06-27T05:00:00Z German child care strike delegates rebuff union president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/26/unio-j26.html The arbitration proposal brought by the ver.di leadership to end the month-long child care workers strike would amount to a freeze in real wages for 240,000 workers. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0ad95f7-ea17-4821-b783-bd9acf3f3f5D/unio-j26.html 2015-06-26T05:00:00Z Dortmund: Steelworkers protest against plant closure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/26/work-j26.html Workers denounced management and demanded strike action at a workplace meeting at the Hoesch sheet steel works (HSP) earlier this month. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/238b12f8-e9bd-498d-99cd-82760483337I/work-j26.html 2015-06-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/26/wkrs-j26.html The <em> World Socialist Web Site </em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c93dd5c-c4f0-4e8c-bfd4-a06359f85eaL/wkrs-j26.html 2015-06-26T05:00:00Z Striking Berlin hospital workers denounce austerity, staffing cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/25/char-j25.html Several hundred nurses and care workers gathered at the Ministry of Health on the second day of the strike at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, Europe’s largest health facility. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/21c13f96-b812-44f4-a4ed-b95ea407b9cC/char-j25.html 2015-06-25T05:00:00Z The role of Ver.di and the Left Party in the Berlin health workers strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/24/stat-j24.html The precondition for a successful struggle at Berlin’s Charité is a break with Ver.di and its workplace organization. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3b04e129-a48a-4d02-bde2-a63ca6858f7G/stat-j24.html 2015-06-24T05:00:00Z Ukrainians testify to a life of poverty and violence under US-backed government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/22/uwor-j22.html The WSWS recently spoke with Ukrainian workers and students on the current state of social and economic conditions under the right-wing regime of Petro Poroshenko. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5b52a544-79df-47f2-86a7-9bdc52d4a2fB/uwor-j22.html 2015-06-22T05:00:00Z Nurses strike at Berlin Charité clinic in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/22/stri-j22.html Nurses and other caregivers at the largest university hospital in Europe are walking out against understaffing and the sacrifice of patient care for profit. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73042208-8b33-4928-bbc1-99fea212d99M/stri-j22.html 2015-06-22T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/19/wkrs-j19.html The <em> World Socialist Web Site </em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/05dbd68f-81f8-4b2e-a08d-3a226a3cd24C/wkrs-j19.html 2015-06-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/12/euro-j12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1181a0bc-a80e-4364-a009-7fa1fa7cc30F/euro-j12.html 2015-06-12T05:00:00Z Mass layoffs in French nuclear energy industry threaten 6,000 jobs worldwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/10/fran-j10.html Electricité de France, which is acquiring nuclear energy firm Areva and threatening mass layoffs, is sitting on cash reserves of tens of billions of euros. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c1d593f-47aa-4c6d-9e18-d7a63e005d6P/fran-j10.html 2015-06-10T05:00:00Z Germany: The reactionary politics of IG Metall and the works council at Siemens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/10/siem-j10.html IG Metall has responded to the announcement of layoffs at Siemens by calling for increasing the company’s competitiveness at the expense of the workforce. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7716e6e6-b321-4578-85c6-5c301f90e91F/siem-j10.html 2015-06-10T05:00:00Z Spanish telecom workers strike against “precariousness and slave labour” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/30/tele-m30.html The Telefónica-Movistar workers’ struggle has received widespread support, but the bankrupt perspective of the unions is endangering the strike. Sat, 30 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85f98269-e1b0-4345-8654-ff638da923dP/tele-m30.html 2015-05-30T05:00:00Z Spanish telecom strikers: “We have to resist until we achieve something” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/30/tel2-m30.html <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> reporters spoke to striking Spanish Telefónica-Movistar technicians and installers. Sat, 30 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9675e60e-fcca-498a-9614-a9b226eddcbL/tel2-m30.html 2015-05-30T05:00:00Z Works council elections at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp: What way forward? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/28/thys-m28.html The problems confronting ThyssenKrupp workers in Duisburg cannot be resolved on the basis of a trade unionist strategy. Thu, 28 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ed51f07f-7abc-4cb6-903b-29c5842a1dfF/thys-m28.html 2015-05-28T05:00:00Z UK rail unions call off strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/rail-m23.html The unions have betrayed a large strike mandate and disarmed rail-workers in the face of a ferocious assault by the incoming Conservative government. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3a7d4fa-428c-4c24-9b87-0a8707b7199M/rail-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z German train drivers’ union calls off strike and agrees to arbitration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/gdll-m22.html The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73ce8f2c-b7fd-4f36-a36a-eb53b5edd78O/gdll-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/15/euro-m15.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to <a href="http://www.wsws.org/wsws/dd-formmailer/dd-formmailer.php">contribute</a> to this regular feature. Fri, 15 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35afa77e-16ba-427b-8763-8e3b2bc74e9J/euro-m15.html 2015-05-15T05:00:00Z Nationwide strike by child care workers in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/14/stri-m14.html Striking workers in child care and social services confront not only their employers, but also the trade unions. Thu, 14 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/63791c62-83ee-4add-9a2f-a57367159ffP/stri-m14.html 2015-05-14T05:00:00Z Siemens announces massive job cuts worldwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/12/siem-m12.html The new job cuts were agreed upon between the trade union, works council and management. Tue, 12 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37a3b170-370a-4bed-a2c1-6921e1383dcM/siem-m12.html 2015-05-12T05:00:00Z Stress and speedup in German GM-Opel plants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/27/gmop-a27.html The IG Metall trade union is collaborating with management to pressure workers to increase output at GM-Opel factories. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9cb3301d-7c31-4d54-a5dd-44292871558B/gmop-a27.html 2015-04-27T05:00:00Z German train drivers strike for seventh time in a year http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/24/germ-a24.html Deutsche Bahn management is delaying talks with German train drivers’ union (GDL) until the enforcement of a new law that will effectively outlaw strike action. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b808a08-d0d2-4a94-a58a-58a07967712L/germ-a24.html 2015-04-24T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/24/wkrs-a24.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0801fd7-1664-4326-b28f-c62552ee335C/wkrs-a24.html 2015-04-24T05:00:00Z Workers at Germany’s Postbank begin indefinite strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/23/post-a23.html As part of its gradual takeover of Postbank, Deutsche Bank has carried out a radical cost-cutting program, including outsourcing and wage cuts. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4612e8e3-a116-4a18-8145-f566941f181I/post-a23.html 2015-04-23T05:00:00Z More layoffs as global oil price slump continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/18/oils-a18.html The world’s largest oilfield service company, Schlumberger, announced this week that as a result of declining oil production it will cut 11,000 jobs worldwide, bringing the firm’s total layoffs so far this year to 20,000. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/edf8059c-089c-4634-b280-5beedc487dfB/oils-a18.html 2015-04-18T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/17/wrks-a17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c0e8411-9975-46de-9662-7e9fc86792fG/wrks-a17.html 2015-04-17T05:00:00Z German postal workers strike against outsourcing of jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/13/germ-a13.html While the trade union was forced to call a short-term strike, it is involved at the highest level in the restructuring of Deutsche Post and associated attacks on working conditions. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d6687d7-e82c-4845-8346-60435c14500O/germ-a13.html 2015-04-13T05:00:00Z Tata ends British Steel pension scheme http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/10/pens-a10.html The Indian steel giant stands to save around £1 billion by ending the defined benefit pensions it inherited from the once state-owned British steelmaker Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6107c57-5d19-44b1-8a99-0376ba473b5M/pens-a10.html 2015-04-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/10/wkrs-a10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66c77322-54e7-4da2-857d-398384d3dcbK/wkrs-a10.html 2015-04-10T05:00:00Z Germany: Speculation mounts over Thyssen Krupp plan to outsource steel production http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/07/thys-a07.html Speculation is growing at Germany’s largest technology firm that Thyssen Krupp may be preparing to separate from its steel production division, affecting some 26,000 jobs. Tue, 07 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2bbcc19-5f98-4613-868a-408228306b3E/thys-a07.html 2015-04-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/03/wrks-a03.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4451a88e-60fe-4935-9ec2-ff15cdacac6F/wrks-a03.html 2015-04-03T05:00:00Z German public service contract: Teachers sold out once again http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/01/germ-a01.html Anger is running high among trade union members over the latest deal. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2e53ed5-bd98-472d-941d-fd0da5bc46fC/germ-a01.html 2015-04-01T05:00:00Z Strike by Lufthansa pilots continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/21/luft-m21.html Management wants to force the pilots to submit and make an example of them in order to push through worse conditions for the other 110,000 staff. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a39de66-4144-463e-bec9-22395352a62F/luft-m21.html 2015-03-21T05:00:00Z