Indefinite teachers strike in Slovakia has started

Teachers in Slovakia have begun an indefinite strike today. They demand higher wages, more money to be invested into education and changes in the system of teachers’ further education. The strike is organized by the Initiative of Slovak Teacher (ISU; which is an independent network of teachers regardless of union affiliation.

The IWA Secretariat enquired about practices of NGO Divé maky in Bratislava + interview

At the end of last week representatives of the IWA Secretariat visited Slovakia and met with members of Priama akcia union (IWA Slovakia). The major topics of their discussions were issues related to illegal employment, onerous contracts and unpaid wages in both neighbouring countries. Representatives of the IWA Secretariat were particularly interested in the development of the conflict of Priama akcia with NGO Divé maky, shared experiences from conflicts and gave impulses for next steps.

International conference in Bratislava devoted to problems in the workplace and improving organization

On Oct. 11-12, an international conference was held in Bratislava, Slovakia, devoted to problems in the workplace and improving organization. The first day was a public conference where different organizations presented their activity and ways of working while the second day was devoted to discussing how to improve our organizations.

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.

Education workers’ strike in Slovakia after two weeks – global solidarity welcome!

This is a very rough and hardly exhaustive summary of recent two weeks of strike in education sector in Slovakia. The strike is still on despite being put on hold by its initiator, the mainstream union OZ PŠaV. The relations between key players are mentioned very briefly and thus can not be interpreted as exhaustive. We hope this helps to explain what is going on in Slovakia but for an accurate analysis more time will be needed. Protest actions in front of Slovak institutions abroad are more than welcome – preferably this week!

Education workers’ strike sabotaged by the union in Slovakia

Workers in education sector in Slovakia have started an indefinite strike on Monday 26th, 2012. However, the education workers' union put the strike on hold on Wednesday, because they entered negotiations with the government. There are no results yet and the demands have not been met.

Afterword: Activities related to workplace and community in our conditions

In October 2012 Priama akcia (PA) will publish a pamphlet called “How to Create a Group Dealing with Workplace and Community Related Problems” in Slovak language. This Afterword is the final part of the pamphlet and was written by PA members. It is basically an attempt to take a look at the SeaSol concept from the Slovak perspective. At the same time it is an attempt to compare the approach taken by solidarity networks with the approach of anarcho-syndicalist organizations. An English version is provided on PA website and on with the aim to stir debate.

Warning strike in the education sector in Slovakia - two interviews with a member of Priama akcia

On Thursday 13th September 2012, a one day warning strike was organized in the education sector in Slovakia.

Class struggle in the automotive industry: Will it step on the gas? - The preface

Preface to the bulletin “Class Struggle In The Automotive Industry: Will It Step On The Gas?” published by Kolektivne proti kapitalu (Collectively Against Capital, KPK) in June 2007

Migrant workers in the Czech Republic, 2005

One of Czech's many factories

An article about the situation of predominantly Slovakian and Ukrainian immigrant workers in the Czech Republic in 2005.