Poland

Solidarity: a union which betrays its name

Next week Solidarity will organize its anniversary festival in Gdansk. It will be punctuated by such events as a huge mass in a grand cathedral and a ceremony dedicated to union-busting Ronald Reagan.

Migrant workers: Between Polish and English nationalism - Thoughts after the Markfield Park attack, June 2014

The struggle against nationalism is - now more than ever - linked to the struggle against exploitation, argues this analysis looking at Poland and Polish migration to the UK.

The struggle of the Belchatow hospital workers: why it is so important

The ZSP union in Poland is currently involved in several important struggles against the exploitation of especially vulnerable categories of workers such as the elderly and people with disabilities. The union is taking on the exploitative practices of outsourcing and the way of conducting public tenders.

Parents of children with disabilities occupy Polish parliament

Parents who cannot get by on the pittance paid by the government to care for people with disabilities take action.

Poland, 1970-71: workers vs. state - Root & Branch

Poland, 1970-71 : Workers vs. State

Leaflet produced in 1971 by US libertarian socialist group Root & Branch.

The factors of race and nation in Marxist theory - Amadeo Bordiga

A book-length essay illustrating the principles of historical materialism with respect to the role of race and nation in the “cycles” that were preconditions for the communist revolution, tracing the human saga from pithecanthropus and Adam and Eve to the Trieste Crisis, with sections on Greece, Rome, the German barbarians, feudalism, the rise of the bourgeoisie, the European wars and national liberation struggles of the 19th century, and the Paris Commune, interspersed with incisive comments on the individual (a “puppet”), the family (it “will be destroyed after the victory of communism”), national languages (they “will perish with” capitalism), etc.

Attack on squats in Warsaw during nationalist demonstration

On November 11, 2013, two squats in the center of Warsaw were attacked by nationalists and fascists. The squatters resisted successfully. In their declaration the squatters' collectives explain not only the connection between increasing right wing militancy and the state policies of exploitation and discrimination, they also make clear that a struggle against fascism has to be a struggle of the expoited against capitalism itself.

Poland: Protests but no strike

On September 14, mass protests were held in Warsaw against recent anti-labour legislation. Unfortunately the unions did not call a strike.

Worker in Poland almost killed by capitalist

News about a worker who was almost killed just because he wanted his money.

Italian boss sends workers on vacation, Closes factory and sets up business in Poland - with the help of the Polish state

Firem factory

Workers of the Firem Factory near Modena should take issue with the government of Poland. This is because their jobs have been moved here – to Oława where their ex-boss, Fabrizio Pedroni, will receive tax exemptions and other aid for creating jobs in Poland.