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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Monday May 27, 2013 19:17 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
The "Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013", published by the government on Thursday last (23rd May), is a clear attempt to bully public sector workers into voting for the re-hashed terms of the Croke Park II deal emphatically rejected by them just a couple of weeks ago. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday May 03, 2012 15:45 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Analysis of the forthcoming referendum in Ireland regarding austerity read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday April 22, 2012 13:53 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Peoples movement in Ireland, opposing Irish government austerity measures. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday July 29, 2011 21:22 by Gregor Kerr
The announcement from the Irish government that households are to face a charge of €100 per annum from January 1st with separate water and property taxes to follow by 2014 has met with fierce opposition across the country.  Radio and television shows have been inundated with texts and phonecalls from irate people who see this latest tax as a step too far and who have been pledging to resist the charge.  In a TV3 IrelandAM poll this morning, Wednesday, 87% of people answered ‘Yes’ to the question “Would you consider boycotting the household charge?” read full story / add a comment
international / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 20:21 by Gregor Kerr
Attempts by the Israeli government to sabotage the International ‘Stay Human’ Freedom Flotilla to Gaza have resulted in 2 ships – the Greek-Swedish Juliano and the Irish-owned MV Saoirse – having to withdraw from the Flotilla following damage to both. An emergency demonstration was held at the Spire in Dublin Thursday 30 June to protest the sabotage, see the pictures below. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 20:14 by Gregor Kerr
The government has made it clear that it is determined to press ahead with its attempts to impose not one but two new taxes on us.  Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is preparing to bring plans to government for a household tax, probably starting at €100 per year, from 1st January.  This tax will be added to by a water tax, expected to be introduced within the next couple of years. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday January 27, 2011 22:00 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
In what is clearly a concerted effort to smash their union organisation, over 170 Aer Lingus cabin crew have been ‘removed from the payroll’ by management in a dispute about rostering arrangements in the Irish airline. read full story / add a comment
irlanda / gran bretagna / la sinistra / cronaca Monday December 13, 2010 15:43 by Gregor Kerr
Durante le proteste contro la finanziaria davanti a Dáil Éireann [camera dei deputati] il 7 dicembre 2010, Gregor Kerr ha pronunciato il seguente discorso a nome del Workers Solidarity Movement. Ricordando la necessità di contestare questa finanziaria, Kerr aggiunge che bisogna guardare oltre e sottolineare il fatto che il capitalismo in quanto modo di organizzare la società è moralmente e politicamente bancarotta. Se vogliamo assicurarci che questa crisi finanziaria, e la miseria economica che ha portato a milioni di lavoratori e lavoratrici in tutto il mondo, sia l'ultima allora occorre organizzarci, non per cambiare gli amministratori del capitalismo bensì per rovesciare il sistema capitalista e sostituirlo con un sistema che mette i bisogni dei molti al di sopra dell'avidità dei pochi. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Friday November 19, 2010 19:57 by Gregor Kerr   text 1 comment (last - friday november 19, 2010 20:56)   image 1 image
The years from 1995 to 2007 saw record levels of housing construction in Ireland. Construction output went up, land and house prices mushroomed and it seemed as if there was a never-ending bandwagon on which everyone was going to get rich by simply waiting for their pile of bricks to increase in value. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 21, 2010 18:10 by Gregor Kerr
Many trade union activists have known for years that “social partnership” comes at a huge price for union independence and the ability of trade unions to defend the interest of their members. The myth that government and employers on one side and workers on the other side have some form of common interest has been peddled for over twenty years. This has resulted in a trade union movement whose leadership seems incapable of independent thought and whose membership has been browbeaten into accepting pay cuts, ‘pension levies’ and various attacks on our working conditions and living standards over the past couple of years. read full story / add a comment
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southern asia / environment / news report Wednesday August 18, 2010 21:03 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Radio, television and newspaper reports of the recent devastating floods in Pakistan are at last beginning to refer to the sheer scale of the problems faced by the victims. Figures for the number of people affected vary widely. According to the Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development Peter Power, reported in today’s (Tuesday) Irish Times, “the United Nations estimated that 40 million people had been left homeless; that eight million of those were in urgent need of immediate food and shelter; and that the combination of rising water and humidity had made a cholera epidemic a real danger”. RTE’s website says “Aid agencies are saying that the world does not fully understand the scale of the flooding disaster ….. One fifth of the country has been hit by severe flooding, with more than 20m people affected…..The UN believes up to 3.5m children are now at risk of contracting water-borne diseases….”. read full story / add a comment
irlanda / gran bretagna / lotte sindacali / opinione / analisi Tuesday August 03, 2010 17:09 by Gregor Kerr
A metà giugno si è fatta la conta dei voti. Gli organismi dirigenti del sindacato dei Servizi Pubblici dell’Irish Trade Union Congress hanno accettato “l’accordo di Croke Park”. Il “partneriato sociale”, che si pensava morto e sepolto quando nel dicembre 2009 il governo aveva imposto unilateralmente il taglio agli stipendi nel pubblico impiego, sembra essere resuscitata a nuova vita. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Saturday March 13, 2010 22:40 by Gregor Kerr - Workers Solidarity 114
Since the middle of January civil and public servants have engaged in a work-to-rule in an attempt to force a reversal of the pay cuts announced by the government in the December budget. Across the country workers in government offices, colleges, schools, hospitals etc. are taking action, which they hope will result in a change of government policy. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 04, 2009 03:19 by Gregor Kerr
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ ‘Get Up Stand Up’ protest on Friday 6th November is of huge importance. The government have made it clear that they intend to make ordinary workers pay for the financial crisis. Friday can be the start of us finally standing up and saying that we are not going to accept this. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 16, 2009 23:01 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
NAMA is nothing short of straight class robbery – robbery from ordinary workers in order to shore up the property developers and big bankers who got us into this mess in the first place. It can be described as unfair, it can be described as immoral but in reality it’s naked capitalism at work. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday August 27, 2009 16:05 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Several hundred protestors chanting ‘Scabs out. Dockers In’ engaged in a mass trespass on the premises of Marine Terminals Ltd. in Dublin’s docklands 24th August. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / interview Thursday August 27, 2009 16:03 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Dublin football fans will want to forget the August Bank Holiday weekend as the Dubs failed to perform in Croke Park against the might of the Kingdom. But one group of Dublin workers are unlikely to forget the 5 days from Friday 31st July to Tuesday 4th August. When the workers in the Thomas Cook office at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin’s city centre went to work as usual on the Friday morning little did they realise that before going home again they would spend 3 days and (almost) 4 nights in occupation of their workplace, that they would be hauled off at 5a.m. in the morning of the 4th night by a force of 80 – 100 gardai who blocked off the street and battered in the door as if they were on the trail of a dangerous terrorist group, and that they would spend several hours held in the Bridewell Garda station before finally being released by the High Court and allowed to go home. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Thursday April 09, 2009 18:03 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
The minister of Finance Brian Lenihan’s budget has continued the political strategy of defending the wealthy. Where is the reaction? Where is the anger? read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / education / opinion / analysis Sunday February 08, 2009 20:20 by Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
The Education Cuts announced in October’s Budget have unleashed a wave of protest across the country. During the months of November and December approximately 120,000 people took to the streets of Dublin, Galway, Tullamore, Cork and Donegal to register their anger at the government’s attempts to make schoolchildren pay for the financial crisis. Cowen, Lenihan and O’Keefe have been left in no doubt about the level of popular opposition to these cutbacks. In addition thousands of 3rd level students have also taken to the streets and participated in marches, pickets and blockades to protest at the proposed re-introduction of fees. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 02, 2008 19:31 by Gregor Kerr   image 2 images
As the Irish economy officially went into recession, as electricity bills go up by 17.5%, as food bills are officially 6.4% higher than this time last year, the leaders of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions negotiate through the night and emerge bleary-eyed from the ‘social partnership’ talks with 1) a pay pause and 2) pay increases, when Irish workers eventually get them, lower than the rate of inflation read full story / add a comment

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daf_in_kobane_3.jpg image6 σημεία για το Κομπα... 10:39 Thu 18 Dec by No man 0 comments

6 σημεία για το Κομπανί και 3 σημεία για την ελευθερία
Προκήρυξη σχετικά με την πολιορκία του Κομπανί, τον φονταμενταλισμό και τις αυτόνομες κουρδικές περιφέρειες στη βόρεια Συρία.

marxes.jpg imageLas Marchas de la Dignidad acuerdan convocar huelga general 18:58 Tue 16 Dec by Confederación General del Trabajo 0 comments

- Desde CGT se considera que se está ante un momento histórico en el devenir de las luchas obreras y sociales
- Se convocará una huelga general laboral, social y de consumo el 22 de octubre de 2015
- CGT entiende que la lucha es la única garantía de defensa de los derechos, gobierne quien gobierne

Bil'in, 12.12.14. Photo: Hamza Burnat imagePalestine-Israel, The joint struggle to the backdrop of the end-of-the-world "status quo" and as cat... 16:47 Mon 15 Dec by Ilan S. 0 comments

The old world order, in which US interests in the region East of the Mediterranean let Israel - a bastion of the US - continue with its Zionist settler colonialist in the 1967 occupied Palestine, has ended. Europe has started to advance its own interests, which are not in accord with the Israeli bastion. The independent steps of Europe are enhanced by its public opinion against Israeli colonialism to which the joint struggle in the West Bank contributes a lot. It was the approach of the imminent crisis that forced the Israeli Prime minister to call for elections, to save himself from the normally-timed election when the crisis would be the main agenda. The murder of the Palestinian minister of the popular struggles has focused attention on the ferment and rising of the popular non-armed struggles of which Israel is contemplating suppression with systematic use of live ammunition.

Bil'in. Foto: Mohammed Yasin imagePalestina-Israele - la lotta unitaria contribuisce allo spostamento degli equilibri di potere all'in... 16:15 Sun 14 Dec by Ilan S. 0 comments

Lo Stato di Israele è stato costruito soprattutto dai socialisti nazionalisti che controllavano il 75% dell'economia nel 1949. A causa della dipendenza dalle potenze imperialiste i cosiddetti socialisti investirono soprattutto nella costruzione di una elite capital-sionista che perse il potere nel 1977. I conflitti di interesse all'interno della classe dirigente capital-sionista iniziarono a mutare l'equilibrio tra la piccola fazione di industriali favorevole all'espulsione dei palestinesi e la fazione capitalista integrata nella globalizzazione neoliberista che voleva sfruttare i palestinesi ed i lavoratori dei paesi vicini. [English]

Sam Mbah imageNecrologio dell'anarchico nigeriano Sam Mbah (1963-2014) 13:55 Sun 14 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Il Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front esprime la sua più profonda tristezza per la morte di San Mbah, un grande uomo, un fratello africano, un nostro compagno di lotta. Esprimiamo le nostre più sincere condoglianze a tutti coloro che conoscevano Sam. Ci sia di conforto sapere che il tempo da egli ha trascorso con noi è stato assolutamente di grande aiuto. [English]

daf02.jpg imageMACG withdraws from Australians for Kurdistan 17:46 Fri 12 Dec by MACG 0 comments

This statement was prepared for the public meeting on “Beyond Kobanê – Behind the revolution in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan)”, which was held at Victorian Trades Hall on Wednesday 3 December by Australians for Kurdistan. Most of it was read at the meeting, but due to time constraints, the latter part was curtailed. The parts in italics were not able to be read. There has been minor editing for publication.

textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah 06:49 Fri 12 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

Sam Mbah imageObituary of Nigerian anarchist Sam Mbah 14:34 Tue 09 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front is deeply saddened to hear of the death a great human being, African brother, and fellow activist – Sam Mbah. We would like to send our deepest sympathies to those who knew Sam. We hope that you are comforted by the fact that the time he did spend with us was put to its absolute fullest use. [Italiano]

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Με αφορμή την προσπάθεια πυρπόλησης καταστήματος επίπλων, στο οποίο βρίσκονταν πελάτες και εργαζόμενοι, στο κέντρο της Θεσσαλονίκης την ώρα της πορείας, οι αντιεξουσιαστικές ομάδες της Θεσσαλονίκης εξέδωσαν ανακοίνωση, θέλοντας να διαχωρίσουν τη θέση τους από τέτοιες πρακτικές.

sciop.jpg image12 dicembre: lavoratori, non schiavi 14:12 Mon 08 Dec by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA 0 comments

Oggi è in gioco la sopravvivenza della difesa collettiva dei diritti dei lavoratori e delle lavoratrici e non solo, di fronte a scelte politiche che tentano di disarmarci per segregarci in un futuro di schiavi, impotenti a reagire alla violenza delle politiche dei padroni. Oggi in piazza dobbiamo esserci in tanti se vogliamo cambiare di segno le politiche autoritarie di una Europa che cerca il suo spazio imperialista attraverso la compressione sociale.

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image“Contabilidade criativa” e a incrível capacidade do governo em piorar a relação política a cada opor... Dec 18 by BrunoL 0 comments

17 de dezembro de 2014, Bruno Lima Rocha

No Brasil, a estimativa de perdas (ou gastos) com a corrupção é da ordem de R$ 69 bilhões de reais ao ano. Já a sonegação (sem contar a injustiça fiscal) chega a R$ 415 bilhões de reais. E, por fim, se da sonegação (e o sonegômetro quase ninguém fala), a gastança com a rolagem da dívida odiosa é ainda mais ocultada. Este gasto é da ordem de R$ 718 bilhões de reais ao ano! Esconder estes números e inverter as prioridades é o conluio da mídia hegemônica com os operadores do mercado financeiro e seus representantes, dentro e fora do governo de turno.

imageIl fronte della Rojava ed il complesso teatro delle operazioni della rivoluzione sociale curda Dec 16 by BrunoL 0 comments

L'analisi è relativamente complessa e la risultante sembra essere semplice. Le forze sociali della Rojava sono circondate avendo alle spalle il confine con la Turchia. Prima della liberazione della parte siriana del Kurdistan, le vie usate dai trafficanti di armi per l'approvvigionamento logistico dei jihadisti potevano contare sull'aiuto (tolleranza) dello Stato turco. Dopo il luglio 2012, le YPG, milizie di autodifesa organicamente legate alla TEV-Dem [composizione delle forze sociali egemonizzade dal PYD (Partito di Unione Democratica) che organizza la società locale] hanno cominciato a chiudere il confine nella ricerca di una autonomia regionale. [Castellano]

imageEl frente de Rojava y el complejo escenario de la revolución social kurda Dec 15 by BrunoL 0 comments

Por Bruno Lima Rocha

El análisis es relativamente complejo y el resultado parece ser simple. Las fuerzas sociales de Rojava, están rodeadas en la retaguardia, por el cierre de la frontera realizado por Turquía. Antes el bloqueo de la parte siria de Kurdistán, las líneas de los traficantes de armas y el suministro logístico de jihadistas, se realizó (tolerada) por el Estado turco. Después de julio de 2012, el YPG, milicia de autodefensa orgánicamente ligada a la TEV-Dem (composición de las fuerzas sociales hegemonizadas) y el PYD (Partido de la Unión Democrática), con la organización de la sociedad local) comenzó a cerrar la frontera en busca de una autonomía regional. [Português]

imageΕισήγηση στην Εκδή&#... Dec 13 by ΕΣΕ Θεσσαλονίκης 0 comments

Εισήγηση της ΕΣΕ Θεσσαλονίκης από την εκδήλωση ενάντια στην Κυριακάτικη αργία μαζί με τους "εργαζόμενους/εργαζόμενες στο εμπόριο" (https://orthostasia.wordpress.com/) που μεταφέρθηκε στο Κατειλημμένο Εργατικό Κέντρο Θεσσαλονίκης στις 7 Δεκέμβρη - Αυτή η Κυριακή έχει επιβληθεί ως εργάσιμη. - Συγκέντρωση την Κυριακή, 14 Δεκέμβρη Τσιμισκή με Αριστοτέλους στις 10.30πμ Ενάντια στο άνοιγμα των μαγαζιών.

textThe Narrative of the Egyptian revolution (2011-2013) in the documentary 'Al Midan' (The Square) Dec 13 by Sweatshirt 0 comments

This essay seeks to address the subject of the Egyptian revolution by following the narrative of the revolution in the 2013 documentary Al Midan (The Square) by Jehane Noujaim. [footnote: Jehane Noujaim. 2013. Al-Midan (The Square). [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2486682/.] The question under investigation here is: How is the revolution – its dynamics and its capacity – narrated in this piece of documentary film? Basically, I want to know, how the director and its narrators give meaning to this recent part of Egyptian history.

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image6 σημεία για το Κομπα... Dec 18 0 comments

6 σημεία για το Κομπανί και 3 σημεία για την ελευθερία
Προκήρυξη σχετικά με την πολιορκία του Κομπανί, τον φονταμενταλισμό και τις αυτόνομες κουρδικές περιφέρειες στη βόρεια Συρία.

imageNecrologio dell'anarchico nigeriano Sam Mbah (1963-2014) Dec 14 ZACF 0 comments

Il Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front esprime la sua più profonda tristezza per la morte di San Mbah, un grande uomo, un fratello africano, un nostro compagno di lotta. Esprimiamo le nostre più sincere condoglianze a tutti coloro che conoscevano Sam. Ci sia di conforto sapere che il tempo da egli ha trascorso con noi è stato assolutamente di grande aiuto. [English]

imageMACG withdraws from Australians for Kurdistan Dec 12 Anarkismo 0 comments

This statement was prepared for the public meeting on “Beyond Kobanê – Behind the revolution in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan)”, which was held at Victorian Trades Hall on Wednesday 3 December by Australians for Kurdistan. Most of it was read at the meeting, but due to time constraints, the latter part was curtailed. The parts in italics were not able to be read. There has been minor editing for publication.

textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah Dec 12 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

imageObituary of Nigerian anarchist Sam Mbah Dec 09 ZACF 0 comments

Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front is deeply saddened to hear of the death a great human being, African brother, and fellow activist – Sam Mbah. We would like to send our deepest sympathies to those who knew Sam. We hope that you are comforted by the fact that the time he did spend with us was put to its absolute fullest use. [Italiano]

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