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Scotland anti-G8 protest report, 2005

Report from the G8-resistance in Edinburgh, July 2005, by Prol-Position.

London bombs and G8-politics - terrorist acts of a system in crisis

Spontaneous leaflet distributed on a spontaneous gathering during the anti-G8 protests in front of Edinburgh train station following the July 7, 2005 London bombings.

From the gigantic police cordon know as Edinburgh: In the last days the development of this society has been symbolised and accelerated in the streets of Edinburgh and London: the political leaders of the world’s ruling nations hide away in the Scottish countryside, planning future terrorist attacks such as extension of their wars, privatisations, welfare and wage cuts, while their police forces t

Interview with Beverly J. Silver

Text of an interview with Beverly Silver about her book, Forces of Labor.

In the last issue we published the translators’ preface for the German edition of Beverly J. Silver’s book “Forces of Labor”[1]. The author came to Germany in early June 2005 to present the book. This is an interview for the German magazine “Analyse + Kritik” [http://www.akweb.de]

Update on the car industry, 2005

Short update on strike of lorry drivers which stopped production at FIAT plant in Melfi/Italy, a strike note from VW in Navarra/Spain and news on ‘revolutionary’ production relations between assembly plant and suppliers at DC in Toledo/USA.

The following events occurred against the background of the aggravating crisis of the global car industry (see also the article on the GM strike in ppnews #1, 3/2005, page 3). At the beginning of June 2005 GM announced the closing of plants in the USA, which would result in the loss of 25,000 jobs in addition to the 12,000 jobs cut in Europe.

Anti-capitalism and mass redundancies in Germany, 2005

Prol-Position on a series of mass job cuts across different, mostly high-tech manufacturing corporations across Germany in 2005.

Locusts, ‘Anticapitalism’, Kirgisian Lessons and Governmental Crisis

How and why should we fight against redundancies?

Text by Mouvement Communiste from 2005 summarising some general arguments concerning redundancies and some historical experiences of struggles against them in France.

Industrial relations reform in Australia and the campaign against it, 2005

Letter from Australia by their Treason group to Prol-Position about proposed new anti-worker legislation in 2005.

In 1996 The Liberal Party (analogous to the UK Conservatives) led by John Howard in coalition with the National Party (the farmers party) won control of the federal government after 13 years of Labor government. In October 2004 Howard won his fourth term in office and for the first a time since the early 1980s an Australian government has a majority in the upper house of Parliament, the Senate.

2005: Bank clerks and dockers on month-long strikes in Greece

A brief account of bank and dock workers strikes in Greece in 2005 by TPTG.

The strike at the banks lasted for 24 days, from the 7th until the 30th of June. The participation was not low, however the bank clerks who took part at the two rallies organized by OTOE (Federation of Bank Clerk Unions of Greece) - during the general strikes called by GSEE (General Confederation of Workers of Greece) on the 16th and 24th of June - were too few.

Capital moves: transport and logistics

An analysis of the global transport and distribution industry, particularly with respect to the advent of "just-in-time" delivery and the implications for the working class.

Bangalore calling - global re-location of call centre jobs

Prol-Position analyse trends in the movement of call centre jobs around the world as employers seek the lowest labour costs.

1) Intro
2) The situation in countries of origin: USA, UK, Australia
3) General situation in destination countries: India
4) Same procedure as everywhere: wage pressure and turnover
5) Short stay in India: relocating further
6) Sex and violence: last, but not least some good news

Intro