Czech Republic

Solidarity Network from Most, Czech (MSS) got unpaid commissions from Zepter

We are happy to announce that the conflict with Zepter International Ltd. in the Czech Republic, in which Priama akcia actively participated, ended up in a victory for the MSS.

In May 2013, the MSS were contacted by Žaneta, who worked for Zepter. She asked for help after her local manager Jiří Ozaňák had refused to pay her commissions she was entitled to. In a fraudulent way he had transferred them to the account of his relative Karolína Ozaňáková. The management of the company refused to address the problem and disputed its existence.

The Good Soldier Švejk - Jaroslav Hašek

Satirical anti-war novel in which the absurdity and hypocrisy of the military, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the church are repeatedly revealed through the main character's enthusiasm for obeying authority.

Czechoslovakia 1968: What socialism? What human face? - Petr Cerny

Excellent pamphlet from Solidarity with a critique of the myth of the Prague Spring. It recounts the internal struggles in the Czech Communist Party as the technocrats outmanoeuvre the dogmatists, and the working class do not show their potential until the Soviet invasion. Contains a postscript on the anti-intellectual ideas of Jan Machajski by Paul Avrich.

First published as pamphlet number 55 by Solidarity (London)

On the anniversary of the so-called "Velvet revolution" in Czechoslovakia1989

The following contribution of the Class War Group is neither a chronology of events in Czechoslovakia, 1989, nor a description of them. It is an attempt at a general analysis of the so-called Velvet “Revolution”, which would classify it in the perspective of class struggle, the only perspective, which can provide it with a meaningful context and a meaningful explanation.

On the anniversary of the so-called "Velvet revolution" in Czechoslovakia 1989

November 1989: The working class trapped under the Velvet Tricolour

Kolektivne Proti Kapitalu's analysis of the working-class and Stalinism's demise in the Czech Republic with the Velvet Revolution.

In 2009, when the pamphlet was originally published, KPK wrote:

'Stop Vládě' - Union demo in Prague

Over 80,000 people marched and rallied in Prague today in a union-organised demonstration against the government and its austerity program. It took place under the banner of "stop vládě" - "stop the government".

The Czech right-wing coalition government headed by Petr Necas has joined others around Europe in implementing an increasingly harsh program of austerity. The stated objective is to reduce the state deficit from 3.5% to 3%. The Austerity program until now has been praised by global ratings agencies despite hitting domestic consumption and growth.

In the region of Šluknov, Czech Republic, 2011: analysis of protests “against the socially excluded” from a class perspective

KPK argue that protests against the "socially excluded" Roma which took place in North Bohemia in 2011 were an expression of the weakness of the working class and stood in the way of the defense of its living needs.

Introduction

Workers on the government and union slide: from one defeat to another so far - Kolektivně proti kapitálu & Mouvement Communiste

An analysis of the union protests against cuts in public spending in Czech in Autumn/Winter 2010.

Ever since the first days of this government's term in office it has been clear that it will attack working-class living standards (the coalition parties promised this even before the election). The employees of the public sector were just the first ones in line. According to the government plans workers as a whole are soon to become the victims of cuts and reforms.

Some notes on, but not limited to, the transit strike of June 16, 2011 in Czech - Kolektivne proti kapitalu, Mouvement Communiste

the transport strike in Czech

A short text analyzing the transport strike which took place on 16th June 2011 in a protest against health and pension reform in Czech and its context.

The government did not retreat – not surprisingly

Anarchism in the Czech Republic interview

Interview from 1998 between Kevin Doyle and Vadim Barak of the Solidarita organisation in the Czech Republic about the problems and possibilities facing anarchists at the time, reproduced here for reference.

Q: What's your view of the old 'Communist' system that existed in the Czech Republic until 1989? Had it any positive features?