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
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”. 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]
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.
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
Text by Mouvement Communiste from 2005 summarising some general arguments concerning redundancies and some historical experiences of struggles against them in France.
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.
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.
Prol-Position analyse trends in the movement of call centre jobs around the world as employers seek the lowest labour costs.
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
A brief chronology of a large strike at call centre service company Ceritex B2S in France for a pay increase.
There have been strikes against the relocation of call centres at Timing and Wanadoo in late summer 2004. In October 2004 workers at Teleperformance, a sub-contractor of France Telecom and Wanadoo went out. About 70 percent of the employees have temp-contracts which are prolonged each week, or not. Despite this significant number of temp workers, the strike participation was surprisingly high.