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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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jumbo1.jpg imageCENCOSUD en alerta: Sindicato Nacional Jumbo enfrenta un nuevo proceso de negociación colectiva 00:26 Fri 27 Mar by Gannicus 0 comments

Con cerca de 2000 trabajadoras y trabajadores afiliados en Santiago y otras ciudades del país el Sindicato Nacional Jumbo, único sindicato clasista dentro de la empresa, enfrenta su tercera negociación colectiva con la experiencia de haber protagonizado la primera huelga en la historia del supermercado de Horst Paulman, este miercoles 25 los y las trabajadores tienen asamblea general preparando la votación de huelga.

paro.jpg imageDos comunicados en torno al paro portuario de advertencia en Chile 03:06 Tue 24 Mar by Unión Portuaria de Chile 0 comments

"Este es un Paro para expresar nuestro malestar porque aunque muchos políticos coinciden con nosotros que a este proyecto de reforma deben hacerse muchos reparos, estos iban a hacerse conversando con los trabajadores, con sus organizaciones representativas, y la verdad es que a pesar de haber solicitado audiencia 2 veces a la Comisión de Trabajo de la Cámara, simplemente no nos invitaron."

textPalestine-Israel, the joint struggle in turbulent times of the fragmentation in the Zionist rilling ... 15:22 Sun 22 Mar by Ilan S. 0 comments

The merger between the Zionist leadership and the capitalist elite which started 1948 picked in the Tycoons dominance, at 20010. The "too successful" neo-liberalism was challenged by the social struggle, conflicts within the capitalist elite and threatened by international pressure yielded the diminishing power of the old order when the right lost its absolute power in the parliament depending now on the opponent of the milder Zionist right (Kachlon). It is not sure how fast the retreat in the neo-liberal trend and the defeat of the Tycoons combined with the international pressure will yield also retreat in the advance of the Zionist settler and transfer effort. Mean time the joint struggle continue in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Kadum, Ma'asarah, Southern Hebron Hills, Sheikh Jarrah, the Bedouins of the south, Dahamsh... with additional locations from time to time.

textManifestation - Banque Centrale Européenne 19:00 Sun 15 Mar by Laurent 0 comments

L’inauguration du nouveau siège de la Banque centrale européenne est prévue le 18 mars prochain, à Francfort-sur-le-Main. La coalition Blockupy se prépare à jouer les trouble-fête.

10154363_481743318633467_1566643708634594134_n.jpg imageDeclaración VI Asamblea del GeA // Enero 2015 06:10 Sun 15 Mar by Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista 0 comments

En el primer mes del año en curso, convocadas las necesidad de realizar una lectura constante que define nuestra actuación dentro del movimiento estudiantil y dentro de nuestras apuestas de llevar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje mas allá de las fronteras impuestas por la educación formal, nos encontramos cómo militantes del Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista para evaluar nuestro accionar en el semestre que pasó, en la actividad política desde nuestra fundación y discutir sobre nuestras proyecciones en el semestre que ya está transcurriendo, definiendo nuestras apuestas políticas a desarrollar en él.

961629_10153135186282509_1027313244_n.jpg imageIf The Government Is Thirsty For Blood, Then Take It! 21:59 Wed 11 Mar by LAF 0 comments

On the first anniversary of the murder of Berkin Elvan, our comrades opened a pankart on the stairs of Gezi Park, written " Berkin is here".
Our 8 comrades are assaulted, abused and taken into custody, handcuffed from the back.

They poured red paint on the stairs of the Gezi Park, shouting " If the government is thirsty for blood, then take it."
We are going to call the murderers to account!
Berkin is here, we are here!

arton62529fc14.jpg imageSyndicaisme 17:16 Wed 11 Mar by Commission internationale A.L. 0 comments

Le 9 avril, les organisations syndicales CGT, FO et Solidaires appellent se mettre en grève et à manifester. Le 9 avril, les militantes et les militants d'Alternative libertaire seront dans la rue pour tenir en échec le gouvernement, la classe politicienne et le Medef.

1.jpg imageEvery Woman is the Fight, Woman on the Fight! 00:23 Wed 11 Mar by Anarchist Women 0 comments

Last year again the lives of women have been stolen by men. Violence
of man at home, oppression of the boss at work, abuse and rape on the
streets, on every single space the women’s body have been scattered…

solidaridadn27_web_portada.jpg imageSolidaridad N°27. “Las mujeres nos abrimos camino”. Especial feminismo 13:45 Tue 10 Mar by Solidaridad 0 comments

Junto con presentar esta nueva edición del periódico Solidaridad. Desde el equipo editor, saludamos al movimiento feminista que ha a renacido con fuerza, brindando nuevos aires y perspectivas para el campo popular, pues cuando se trata de transformar el mundo, lo personal también es político, y el feminismo con su crítica antipatriarcal está ahí para que no lo olvidemos.

textPalestine-Israel, The joined struggle in a decisive year* 23:42 Mon 09 Mar by Ilan S. 0 comments

The minimal pressure of the imperial power on Israel to soften its pressures applied to the would be transfered Palestinians of the 1967 occupied areas have its results (more in the west bank than in the Gaza Ghetto). The about 100.000 Palestinians of the occupied territories are employed by Israelis. Most of the roadblocks were removed. The rebellion of the Palestinians in the west bank is channeled mostly through a small minority of activists in the joint and separate week end activities. People are like holding their breath to see if the culminated crisis in the international arena will yield a significant break throw. Mean time, the persistent week end struggles - though in a diminished intensity in Bil'in, Ma'asara, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, South of Hebron Hills, Sheik Jarrah... with sporadic struggles in other locations.

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image¿La hipocresía de colarse en Transmilenio? Mar 24 by Acrata Libertario 0 comments

Dejémonos de hipocresías. Las cosas como son: el sistema de injusticia en el que vivimos no merece ninguna consideración. Resulta que ahora, debido al hambre que sufren millones de seres humanos y a la humillación a la que nos somete el orden en permanente “crisis”, el sistema saca a sus ideólogos baratos (disfrazados de periodistas) para mitigar lo que producen, que es la razón de su existencia. De nuevo salen los pseudo-investigadores con argumentos simples y poco elaborados, atacando donde no es, todo con el fin de defender el estatus-quo y el ejemplo del “buen ciudadano”. Este texto nace de la indignación e ira al saber que la ley es, de nuevo, una herramienta de uso fácil para los de arriba, quienes para justificar su actuar llaman a sus medios de desinformación para llenar las ciudades, medios virtuales y mentes con argumentos que solo pretenden ocultar el trasfondo de las cosas.

textLate contemplations about the Charlie Hebdo massacre Mar 24 by Mazen Kamalmaz 0 comments

The attack on Charlie Hebdo last January was carefully designed to the full benefit of IS, but also to the benefit of the ruling Elite in the advanced capitalist world. It was not intended as punishment for Charlie Hebdo's satiric attitude toward what IS considers as "sacred", but as punishment for millions of Muslims who accepted such an attitude by their silence, especially Muslims who live in France and the west. IS, like everyone else, knew very well that Muslims in Europe and the west will be under heavier pressure after such an attack. IS offered Muslims only one way to defend themselves: to accept its fundamentalist hyper-dogmatic version of Islam and join its ranks - martyrdom and heaven through killing and suicide bombing. The message of IS was clear: freedom of conscience and expression is never a part of Muslims' identity, so it must be declined, denied and fought against. Both IS and the western elite accepted this as a "fact".

imageTren al sur: el otro terremoto de Chile Mar 24 by Solidaridad 0 comments

El desfalco a la Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE) obligó al cierre de numerosas estaciones y dejó a cientos de comunas sumidas en la pobreza y el olvido. La triste herencia del gobierno de Lagos se convirtió en la bandera de lucha de un pueblo que se cansó de esperar: Yumbel quiere ser recodado no solo por su santo.

image…Y seguiremos solidarizándonos hasta que el sol se apague. Mar 24 by Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista 0 comments

Desde aquel 1492, el sol se empañó pero no se apagó, los pueblos indígenas y nosotras (trabajadoras, estudiantes, profesoras, campesinas, entre otras) seguimos en lucha y resistencia sin menguar la perseverancia. Estas tierras son de aquellas personas habitantes de esta masa continental mucho antes de la mal llamada “conquista”. Son sus habitantes legítimas mucho antes de las fronteras y banderas.

imageΤο χρέος είναι ο τρό... Mar 19 by Αυτόνομο Στέκι 0 comments

Πραγματικά θα μπορούσε να ισχυριστεί κανείς ότι η εκλογική νίκη του Συ.Ριζ.Α. και ο σχηματισμός κυβέρνησης με τους Ανεξάρτητους Έλληνες αποτελεί ένα ορόσημο, ένα σημείο καμπής στην διαδικασία βίαιης προσαρμογής της ελληνικής κοινωνίας στην ανασυγκρότηση της κερδοφορίας του κεφαλαίου. Με πολύ λίγα λόγια, η διαδικασία αυτή σηματοδοτείται από μια σχεδόν χωρίς προηγούμενο επιτάχυνση αναδιαρθρώσεων που είχαν ως αποτέλεσμα την φτωχοποίηση των λαϊκών στρωμάτων και υποτίμηση της εργασιακής δύναμης, την εκτίναξη της ανεργίας σε ποσοστό που ξεπερνά το 1/4 του ενεργού πληθυσμού, την ελαχιστοποίηση του άμεσου και έμμεσου μισθού, την οικονομική ασφυξία των αυτοαπασχολούμενων, την υπερφορολόγηση των μικροϊδιοκτητών, την καταστροφή της μικροεπιχειρηματικότητας.

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imageDos comunicados en torno al paro portuario de advertencia en Chile Mar 24 0 comments

"Este es un Paro para expresar nuestro malestar porque aunque muchos políticos coinciden con nosotros que a este proyecto de reforma deben hacerse muchos reparos, estos iban a hacerse conversando con los trabajadores, con sus organizaciones representativas, y la verdad es que a pesar de haber solicitado audiencia 2 veces a la Comisión de Trabajo de la Cámara, simplemente no nos invitaron."

imageDeclaración VI Asamblea del GeA // Enero 2015 Mar 15 Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista 0 comments

En el primer mes del año en curso, convocadas las necesidad de realizar una lectura constante que define nuestra actuación dentro del movimiento estudiantil y dentro de nuestras apuestas de llevar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje mas allá de las fronteras impuestas por la educación formal, nos encontramos cómo militantes del Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista para evaluar nuestro accionar en el semestre que pasó, en la actividad política desde nuestra fundación y discutir sobre nuestras proyecciones en el semestre que ya está transcurriendo, definiendo nuestras apuestas políticas a desarrollar en él.

imageSolidaridad N°27. “Las mujeres nos abrimos camino”. Especial feminismo Mar 10 0 comments

Junto con presentar esta nueva edición del periódico Solidaridad. Desde el equipo editor, saludamos al movimiento feminista que ha a renacido con fuerza, brindando nuevos aires y perspectivas para el campo popular, pues cuando se trata de transformar el mundo, lo personal también es político, y el feminismo con su crítica antipatriarcal está ahí para que no lo olvidemos.

textIl Jobs Act figlio delle linee di ristrutturazione dell'industria in Europa Mar 05 AL/FdCA 0 comments

I recentissimi decreti applicativi del Jobs Act emanati dal governo italiano si aggiungono ad altre legislazioni anti-operaie approvate all'interno dell'Unione Europea (UE). I contratti individuali a tutele crescenti, la ridefinizione del lavoro subordinato, la flessibilità svincolata dalla contrattazione, la monetizzazione dei licenziamenti e dell'espulsione dal ciclo produttivo hanno lo scopo immediato di portare all'irrilevanza il diritto di coalizione dei lavoratori ed il ruolo dell'organizzazione sindacale dentro le fabbriche.

textGenova: Multinazionali a delinquere. Il caso Ericsson Jabil Mar 05 0 comments

Le lotte e l'unità dei lavoratori sono rimaste l'unico strumento per difendere i nostri diritti.

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