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The Teamster Raid on the UTU: A Dispatch from the civil war in the Canadian Transport Industry

This article is based on several interviews with workers that IWW members spoke with while supporting a couple strikes at Canada National Rail. The piece deals with the politics of the several unions who were all vying to become the One Big Union on the railways. It’s also worth looking at the rhetoric and practice of current contemporary Industrial Unionism and the revolutionary vision of the early 20th Century. There’s a lot of talk about mergers and consolidation right now in the labour movement. This is something pay attention to over the next few years.

Sins of Maddalena

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Sometime words aren’t enough, that’s why we translated this short documentary. We regard it as a good glance into the Notav struggle. It shows who they are, where they live, the aims and reasons of their opposition.

Italian government doesn’t obey to Italian laws

Marisa Meyer (photo) is 67 years old, to walk she needs the help of a crutch, her hands tremble, but on 11 April she succeeded in fooling about 400 policeman who were patrolling the yet-to-come-building-site for the Torino-Lyon TAV.

Successful Fare Strike on New York Subways

This morning tens of thousands rode the New York City subways for free in a Fare Strike organized by Occupy Wall Street in coordination with rank-and-file transit workers.

Italy: NO TAV against fascism!

Last Friday 9th March, a small number of militants from the neofascist group Forza Nuova (“New Force”) protested outside the offices of the newspaper Il Giornale in Milan.

What we have understood by visiting the Susa Valley

No Tav (I'm a black bloc)

An account of activists visiting the Susa Valley in north-east Italy, where the inhabitants are in struggle against a high-speed rail link being built through their community. This article also looks at the various business interests involved in the project.

Updates over Susa Valley and No Tav protest

NoTav assembly

Since No-Tav activist Luca Abbà was injured on February 27, protests in the Susa Valley have escalated, reaching a new heights. Soon after Luca’s fall from a high-tension pole, the highway was suddenly blocked by No-TAV protesters. More solidarity rallies have since taken place in over 60 other Italian cities.

Italian activists blockade key motorways and fight fierce battles with state forces

Campaigners against a high speed rail project have engaged in direct action across Italy. They have occupied nationally significant motorways, built barricades and set them on fire. Over the last two days that have battled with police and the armed forces, who have used, batons, teargas, water cannons, and bulldozers against activists. In other areas of the country there have been several occupations of squares and buildings in solidarity with the NO-TAV campaign.

No Tav Luca Abbà severely injured while resisting to an expropriation

Luca Abbà NoTav

No Tav activists were not expecting the police to expropriate until the following night, but they came in the morning, after an urgent order by the Prefect. On Monday 27th February they started to build the fences to enlarge the construction site, in spite of the 75.000 people demonstration that took place just two days before.

75,000 say no, but government goes straight on

Susa march

Update (27 february 2012, 11:00 am italian time):
While we write, police forces are expanding the off-limit area, trying to clear the baita in order to demolish it. Fifteen protesters are resisting in it. One notav protester, chased by police, climbed on an electric pylon, and then fell down (from 10 meters high) after taking a shock. He’s now under surgery in Turin, ambulance transportation has been delayed by police for almost an hour. Roadblocks and rails occupations by notav protesters have started in Valsusa and solidarity actions are being planned in all Italy. More updates later on.
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