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Belgium: 150,000 march against austerity

November 16, 2014

Workers in Belgium showed that they had had enough. The latest cuts to their living standards brought them out in the streets in massive numbers at the call of the main trade unions in the country. They would refuse to accept raising the retirement age from 65 to 67 or breaking the link between [...]

German rail workers strike

November 16, 2014

The German train drivers’ union, the GDL, struck the German railroad company Deutsche Bahn on Nov. 6 for the third time in a month. The strike was scheduled to last four days, the longest in DB history. The union called it off on Nov. 8 as a “friendly gesture,” according to GDL leader Claus [...]

Haiti: Cancelled elections spark big protests

November 7, 2014

If you don’t hold elections, you can’t lose them. This maxim, which the Duvalierist dictatorships upheld for decades in Haiti with the full faith and connivance of the U.S. government, is being applied by the current government of President Michel Martelly. According to Haitian law, elections [...]

Belgian railroad workers protest austerity plans

November 2, 2014

Railroad workers and the services they supply to their passengers are under attack all over Europe. In September and early October, German railroad workers walked out. The third week of October, Belgian train engineers walked out in a series of spontaneous strikes and blocked the tracks in place [...]

New York faculty, staff demand contract

October 31, 2014

The Professional Staff Congress union represents 25,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York. It has not had a contract since 2010, although New York state law keeps the provisions of the old contract in effect. It is the only union in New York whose contract must be approved by [...]

Workers in Europe reject austerity

October 25, 2014

The grumbling about austerity in Europe, ordained and enforced by Germany, grew louder this week at a meeting of Western Europe’s political leadership in Milan, Italy. Most of the large countries there, other than Germany, were openly worried about falling into a deflationary trap that could wipe [...]

Haiti mourns loss of trial as ‘Baby Doc’ dies

October 14, 2014

Any Haitians with a progressive bone in their body regretted Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Oct. 4 death. They would have preferred a trial in open court to expose his corrupt, grisly and extensive brutality to the world — especially to younger Haitians born after Duvalier was forced [...]

NYC faces crisis over tunnel repairs

October 11, 2014

Superstorm Sandy has not finished disrupting life in this city, even though it blew out to sea two years ago. Its storm surge — along with a high tide made higher because of a full moon and a general rise in sea levels indisputably due to global warming — flooded four Amtrak tunnels. Two of the [...]

Morocco public workers strike

October 9, 2014

Moroccan workers in the public sector are under attack by the state, which has decided not to talk to their unions, just to impose pension cuts and other changes that will make the workers much poorer. Four of the five major public sector unions walked off the job on Sept. 23. The only one that [...]

PSC members demand raise and contract

October 4, 2014

The Professional Staff Congress represents 25,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York, who educate 270,000 students. Union members have had neither a contract nor a raise for the past four years. Led by PSC President Barbara Bowen, 100 or so members went inside the Board of [...]
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