European Workers Issues http://www.wsws.org/topics/workersCategory/wrk-europe/ 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 Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/13/wkrs-m13.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/439ed061-19bb-4470-b1cf-21b038a185bP/wkrs-m13.html 2015-03-13T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands of auto supply jobs under threat in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/12/germ-m12.html As global auto production falls, the pressure exercised by auto manufacturers on small and medium-sized suppliers to cut costs is increasing continuously. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b3320f5-734f-413b-b537-6b50e74ae6eB/germ-m12.html 2015-03-12T05:00:00Z German teachers and pre-school workers stage protest strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/10/germ-m10.html There is deep mistrust among teachers of the trade union leadership, which two years ago abandoned the central demand of equal pay for equal work. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3c51b8da-1aa1-465b-b397-917a42c7e1fD/germ-m10.html 2015-03-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/06/work-m06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4a96d38e-ea01-42c1-8842-2ca11fc3c9bI/work-m06.html 2015-03-06T05:00:00Z Dozens killed in fatal methane blast at east Ukraine coal mine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/05/mine-m05.html The deaths at the Zasyadko mine underscore yet again the bloody price that workers living in the former Soviet Union are paying for the restoration of capitalism. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d988b97-7225-4ab2-90f2-ea3d69701c1B/mine-m05.html 2015-03-05T05:00:00Z Syriza’s parliamentary group supports Greek austerity agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/gree-f27.html The vote comes amidst a developing crisis within Syriza’s ranks over the implications of the party’s repudiation of its election manifesto. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aab51231-166f-4eb5-aa2d-6a1f811f794N/gree-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z German trade union approves 1,400 layoffs at Karstadt department store http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/kars-f27.html The job and wage cuts at the German department store are proceeding with the full support of the United Services Union (Verdi) and the joint works council. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7223e3b9-3fbe-4002-836a-4a3e1a2cf15G/kars-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/wrkr-f27.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be2f27f9-ce23-471a-a51c-d46ba918612I/wrkr-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Germany: Further strike action imminent at Deutsche Bahn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/rail-f21.html A strike called by the German train drivers’ union would be the seventh strike in the ongoing contract dispute between the railway and the train drivers. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b42efff5-b5d9-4491-862e-5304a4a3babM/rail-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/wkrs-f20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1eff49ac-831f-43b9-be33-16453567626K/wkrs-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Right-wing nationalists regain Croatian presidency http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/croat-f19-j01.html Croatia's unemployment rate is among the highest in Europe, and nearly half of the country's youth are without jobs. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c032dca-4958-4a10-99b9-90ae75fd043N/croat-f19-j01.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Siemens unveils another round of job cuts in Germany and worldwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/siem-f14.html The German electronics firm is cutting 7,800 jobs globally, 3,300 of them in Germany, with the collaboration of the IG Metall trade union. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a063a3b-8c1e-4f48-8324-2c197885658C/siem-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/wkrs-f13.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7f85b11-7d42-48f6-a480-707ef8d3091L/wkrs-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/wkrs-f06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5705719-699e-420c-b20e-844068709ddL/wkrs-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/russ-f02.html The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4eb81948-d503-4276-9be5-387d0477318H/russ-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/wkrs-j30.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/440e54a6-9669-47dd-8c99-0e6483c8186I/wkrs-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z German corporations call for new forms of workplace exploitation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/germ-j26.html Corporations and government institutions in Germany have called for a “fourth industrial revolution” based on at-will employment. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7df8bb19-db9a-4654-b34d-41456ea1888J/germ-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/wkrs-j16.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f9b6e42-151a-435b-85b0-42872b38a68M/wkrs-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Germany: Daimler screening workers for terrorist links http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/daim-j13.html Daimler management and its works council have agreed to compare all its employees against EU and US terrorist watch lists every three months. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c4c9c273-ac7e-4b0a-b76b-38b1b79fb4cL/daim-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/wkrs-j09.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7e32297d-65f7-4c49-b592-7dc41b33974B/wkrs-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Germany: Ten years of Hartz IV welfare cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/teny-j06.html The Hartz IV legislation of 2005 began the most destructive attack on the German social welfare system since the end of World War II. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2165443c-36f9-4a15-b52c-03b1b0df91eI/teny-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/wkrs-d19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08038f2d-f4e6-448f-aaea-3e064867194P/wkrs-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z General strike against austerity hits Belgian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/belg-d16.html The strike brought the country to a standstill amid mass opposition in the working class to the reactionary Michel government's austerity agenda. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55ad5294-ac49-42c6-93df-c5f578189cdC/belg-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/wkrs-d12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41be1519-d646-4f45-a3fe-bf38777a43eL/wkrs-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Protests erupt in Rome against attack on job protection http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/ital-d05.html Protests broke out in Rome against the Renzi government’s Jobs Act, a labor reform that removes basic workers’ rights and guarantees. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cae6f0c4-9856-4dc2-ae5d-fa33e28ebf4P/ital-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/wkrs-d05.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a82ab2a5-7127-45d7-ab30-6ca8a3f03adD/wkrs-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Lufthansa pilots in Germany walk out again http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/luft-d04-1.html Pilots and other workers are fighting company plans to expand operations of its low-cost subsidiaries and slash jobs and wages. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9a9ce60-f9a2-4824-84e9-90ad76af04aA/luft-d04-1.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Germany: ThyssenKrupp returns to profitability and steps up its cuts program http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/krup-n26.html ThyssenKrupp is using the international economic crisis to drastically intensify the exploitation of its workforce. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fa864ab1-9df9-4f00-aed6-c3803fb647aE/krup-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/wkrs-n21.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b85492e-7252-40a1-a64f-5895e8e8b9dO/wkrs-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z <em>Still The Enemy Within</em>: The 1984-85 British miners’ strike according to the pseudo-left http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/15/enem-n15.html The central problem with the documentary is its promotion of the state capitalist Socialist Workers Party’s perspective, which lets the Labour Party and the unions entirely off the hook for the betrayal of the miners. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e412f4d-a3dc-418e-89ab-0449b0e0df0E/enem-n15.html 2014-11-15T05:00:00Z German train drivers face political struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/14/trai-n14.html By shutting down the train drivers strike, the leadership of the GDL union signaled its readiness to collaborate with the government. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e36e4afd-e0f8-47e6-bf03-f93cc8fd2cbB/trai-n14.html 2014-11-14T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/14/wkrs-n14.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52759739-f96f-499a-8d1e-f15375565bdL/wkrs-n14.html 2014-11-14T05:00:00Z German GDL union shuts down train drivers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/10/ger2-n10.html The strike, which interrupted two-thirds of the country’s rail transport, was shut down even as the courts refused to grant Deustche Bahn a back-to-work order. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1322a78d-00f5-426c-942a-2bace7871a1A/ger2-n10.html 2014-11-10T05:00:00Z UK postal workers take unofficial strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/10/roya-n10.html The walkouts are a result of work speedups and job cuts at Royal Mail. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4539d34-f986-4efd-a786-3e469cbee46C/roya-n10.html 2014-11-10T05:00:00Z German train drivers continue strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/08/germ-n08.html Along with freight service, passenger service has been affected by the strike since Thursday. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/326c1a60-100b-47dd-a1be-72e177ccfeaJ/germ-n08.html 2014-11-08T05:00:00Z Germany: Left Party attacks striking train drivers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/08/left-n08.html The statements by the party chairman and its daily newspaper make clear where the Left Party stands in the escalating conflict—not on the side of the workers, but in solidarity with the German government. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1777d82-60cb-41f2-b784-01723a30325B/left-n08.html 2014-11-08T05:00:00Z Mass protest strike against austerity staggers new Belgian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/08/belg-n08.html Over 100,000 workers from Belgium’s Flemish- and French-speaking regions marched in one of Belgium’s biggest protests since the 1960-1961 general strike. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4eac65cd-5045-47c9-bfd3-8dcc3633357E/belg-n08.html 2014-11-08T05:00:00Z Further job cuts in European auto industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/07/germ-n07.html Thousands of job cuts are taking place at major assembly plants and in the parts industry. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abf50038-da26-46b1-99d8-0be06ee0260P/germ-n07.html 2014-11-07T05:00:00Z German train drivers strike in first day http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/07/rail-n07.html There is widespread support among passengers and coworkers for the train drivers strike. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3698b77d-e2ab-4471-b424-0eccf1077f9G/rail-n07.html 2014-11-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/07/wkrs-n07.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b389eac5-fdce-49ee-9829-8ba253e0984H/wkrs-n07.html 2014-11-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/24/wkrs-o24.html <em>The World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5656b9a0-75a4-4cd7-9b8b-d668c1e163bO/wkrs-o24.html 2014-10-24T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands march in London against low wages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/20/tucm-o20.html At Saturday’s rally, the trade union leaders spoke as if they have had nothing to do with the onslaught on living standards and declining wages. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ecf7c4e-70f1-43c7-b233-6bf0d1b5601H/tucm-o20.html 2014-10-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/17/wkrs-o17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4cf2002-818b-41a9-b857-0acc72e5e6fA/wkrs-o17.html 2014-10-17T05:00:00Z German train drivers and pilots take strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/16/trai-o16.html The GDL and pilots’ union Cockpit are being deliberately provoked by Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ca26a0b-62b8-45eb-a155-699b0cddd6bJ/trai-o16.html 2014-10-16T05:00:00Z German media attacks train drivers’ right to strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/13/trai-o13.html The attacks on the train drivers’ right to strike will extend to all other workers defending their wages and social gains. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2651b98d-d20a-42d5-b8ad-cb0a81c36acB/trai-o13.html 2014-10-13T05:00:00Z Germany: Nine-hour strike by train drivers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/11/trai-o11.html The nationwide strike brought most long-distance, regional, freight and commuter trains to a halt. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e69d298-6e1c-486b-bbde-395019481aaC/trai-o11.html 2014-10-11T05:00:00Z UK unions begin to demobilise their own pathetic protest strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/10/stri-o10.html Strikes were called to give undeserved credibility to the Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) October 18 “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” march and rally in London. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0c33c21-4204-46a9-bcb7-d877c78ddd4A/stri-o10.html 2014-10-10T05:00:00Z Authors weigh in on the Amazon-Hachette war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/10/amaz-o10.html The ongoing e-commerce dispute raises fundamental questions about culture and how—and by whom—the immense advances in technology will be used and controlled. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ceda960c-5f04-49fb-88be-ead457496a7I/amaz-o10.html 2014-10-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/10/wkrs-o10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8560a21c-ac00-4e9b-aef1-a77c5cac09eM/wkrs-o10.html 2014-10-10T05:00:00Z CGT union convicted of embezzling funds of France’s biggest works committee http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/07/cgtu-o07.html The details of the case underscore how the French Communist Party and corrupt union bureaucracies long ago lost any base in the working class. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ff84722-2e78-46dc-ab8e-8af42808f65D/cgtu-o07.html 2014-10-07T05:00:00Z German train drivers vote to strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/06/rail-o06.html Deutsche Bahn cut its workforce from 350,000 to 190,000 between 2002 and 2012, which has led to constant overtime working. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16b5d254-53cc-4e8a-8e95-5655ab2c668G/rail-o06.html 2014-10-06T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/03/wkrs-o03.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dceeb3b0-d205-407f-a164-82492c8fab6J/wkrs-o03.html 2014-10-03T05:00:00Z French Prime Minister Valls denounces striking Air France pilots http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/27/aftr-s27.html The head of the Socialist Party government denounced pilots as “selfish” as public support grows for the strikers. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0be00e03-53de-4f22-a62a-3dcdd631273K/aftr-s27.html 2014-09-27T05:00:00Z Air France pilots’ strike hardens despite government climbdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/26/airf-s26.html The government’s decision, faced with the pilots’ strike, to force Air France to abandon plans for a new low-cost subsidiary signals a major political crisis in France. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85e69109-bcd0-44a7-8c7e-ce8385bf9e6P/airf-s26.html 2014-09-26T05:00:00Z Lufthansa insists on pension cuts for pilots http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/26/luft-s26.html At talks Monday there was no indication of a deal as Lufthansa refuses to budge from its original plans to cut pilots’ retirement provisions. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6488e73-e01c-4f07-ae09-a90783a6ea3P/luft-s26.html 2014-09-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/26/wkrs-s26.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute this regular feature. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd8bd35d-4a02-4716-8803-59334a1cf89B/wkrs-s26.html 2014-09-26T05:00:00Z Air France management threatens pilots as strike enters second week http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/23/airf-s23.html Air France is demanding deep cuts in wages, benefits, and working conditions. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4b64169-3eea-499c-bd20-87c33896010D/airf-s23.html 2014-09-23T05:00:00Z Air France pilots strike against low wages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/20/airf-s20.html Seventy-five percent of Air France pilots have been on strike since Monday. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1673de4b-0ba5-4e0f-86b2-b2893365924D/airf-s20.html 2014-09-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/19/wkrs-s19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b340935e-998c-4b73-873e-3fce10e594eA/wkrs-s19.html 2014-09-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/12/wkrs-s12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/447c56bb-9269-4a2e-8ce5-6fc558e55e9H/wkrs-s12.html 2014-09-12T05:00:00Z Germany: Union leader condemns train drivers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/11/dgbe-s11.html The new chairman of the German Trade Union Federation, Reiner Hoffmann, has sided with corporate management against the strikers. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b378403-b823-49dd-ae70-deefc3f5385J/dgbe-s11.html 2014-09-11T05:00:00Z German train drivers union to hold warning strike Tuesday http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/08/germ-s08.html The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) and the government have announced measures to prevent strikes by pilots, train drivers and many other workers. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/151a131f-a129-4b0e-8187-e16cb392519A/germ-s08.html 2014-09-08T05:00:00Z Germany: ThyssenKrupp announces more job cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/02/krup-s02.html The company official who announced the layoffs was Oliver Burkard, who recently quit his post as local boss of the IG Metall union. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c032c6f-8ab3-403f-8957-946cffe6a9eE/krup-s02.html 2014-09-02T05:00:00Z EU advisors advocate use of military against strikes and protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/eumi-a19.html An EU think tank has advised governments to protect the rich from the poor by suppressing social protests. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/074a5144-b082-42d3-b70d-9ed0f4a7dbdM/eumi-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z UK rail union’s “Listen to London” conference a fiasco http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/12/conf-a12.html Workers stayed away from the RMT’s conference called to justify the sellout of rail strikes. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0c67c2f6-52d5-4132-a17d-02546b79636D/conf-a12.html 2014-08-12T05:00:00Z London mayor threatens to dock pay of striking firefighters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/08/fire-a08.html Mayor Boris Johnson has previously imposed cuts to fire services, including the closure of fire stations. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49b17e61-0ba5-4fff-80fd-1d4ad89b59dC/fire-a08.html 2014-08-08T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/02/wkrs-a02.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d530128d-0262-4feb-b2fc-bc5b9ddf553P/wkrs-a02.html 2014-08-02T05:00:00Z German firm WMF plans elimination of 700 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/29/wmf-j29.html The main shareholder in the WMF group is the New York-based investment firm KKR. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a0638e9-5b3c-41fe-a742-b07688fc6f7B/wmf-j29.html 2014-07-29T05:00:00Z Executive pay at German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp swells amid mass layoffs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/26/krup-j26.html The salaries of top executives at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp increased by up to 69 percent last year, even as the company laid off thousands of workers. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13fe2057-c4b6-4cf0-9baf-4d4b51a7124L/krup-j26.html 2014-07-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/25/wkrs-j25.html <em>The World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/beb42b1a-2b6e-478a-9aa0-e27cfc7083eB/wkrs-j25.html 2014-07-25T05:00:00Z Keolis to operate London’s Docklands Light Railway for seven years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/17/keol-j17.html The Docklands Light Railway, established to serve London’s financial district, has long been the testing ground for a more generalised assault on workers’ conditions. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52328ec1-bbc7-42bd-8b7c-f98531706eeA/keol-j17.html 2014-07-17T05:00:00Z Pakistani migrant fruit pickers in Greece strike over inhuman conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/15/gree-j15.html Local police are playing a central role in silencing opposition to the inhuman conditions the workers face, including the non-payment of wages. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/851bbb3b-a77f-468e-a40c-be3f1cdfe02C/gree-j15.html 2014-07-15T05:00:00Z Hundreds demonstrate in Dublin in support of locked-out waste collection workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/15/irel-j15.html Workers in Dublin are protesting a lockout imposed by Greyhound Recycling. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0570ce0e-5333-4292-aa5f-8adee74120dG/irel-j15.html 2014-07-15T05:00:00Z Dozens of refugees suffocate in boat off the coast of Italy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/07/refu-j07.html On June 30, the Italian Coast Guard discovered the bodies of 45 refugees in an overcrowded fishing boat. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b1cb82c-f048-4d4d-8131-e7316894d4eB/refu-j07.html 2014-07-07T05:00:00Z Greek power workers threatened with state strikebreaking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/05/priv-j05.html Workers at the Public Power Corporation in Greece began a 48-hour strike from midnight on Wednesday. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b2a6088-04dd-4245-9cf6-db3e5e270f1N/priv-j05.html 2014-07-05T05:00:00Z UK unions propose one-day protest strike over pay http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/02/stri-j02.html Since coming to power in May 2010, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has been able to mount a one-sided assault on the working class thanks to the unions. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ecb0fc10-4290-41b7-8417-47a6d59be4cO/stri-j02.html 2014-07-02T05:00:00Z German automaker BMW reports record sales, prepares attacks on workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/30/germ-j30.html In close collaboration with the trade unions, Germany’s third largest automaker is planning major wage cuts and rationalisation measures. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ba313ae-f1ba-4ab4-a3bc-57fef030a44N/germ-j30.html 2014-06-30T05:00:00Z Jobs losses at Kellogg’s UK part of global profit drive http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/25/kell-j25.html Job cuts form part of the firm’s Global Business Services (GBS) restructuring plans. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6dd52c76-8f12-421f-a0da-d74dd1d32f0H/kell-j25.html 2014-06-25T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/20/eurb-j20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba79ace0-bfec-4af5-9bb6-51743aad4a1J/eurb-j20.html 2014-06-20T05:00:00Z Workers speak out against privatization of French railways http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/19/rail-j19.html Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/431bf128-776e-4e27-8f0e-bf273aa8204A/rail-j19.html 2014-06-19T05:00:00Z French rail workers, artists protest social cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/16/fran-j16.html Nationwide strikes involving rail and cultural workers reflect rising social opposition to the Socialist Party government. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d15623a-0f8f-4dd0-9afd-d285c8a1c6dA/fran-j16.html 2014-06-16T05:00:00Z Closure of UK colliery exposes role of miners’ union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/09/kell-j09.html The NUM is promoting a buyout of the pit in which the workforce will have to invest their own money in a venture that has no guarantee of success. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20d77e52-d3a3-4167-b953-2c7d2778cfdB/kell-j09.html 2014-06-09T05:00:00Z