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14N: contestation, rage and moving time

With a reasoned delay, we publish a small dossier concerning the 14N day of European mobilisation and strike. Beyond this short introductory text, the dossier collect contributions from Greece, Spain and Portugal. We chose not to intervene immediately, insofar as our aim is to discuss critically about what happened, and what was missing, on November 14. On 14th of November …

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Delayed reflections from Greece, for a strike that wasn’t

by CHRISTOS GIOVANOPOULOS – Dikaioma, network of precarious and unemployed workers, Athens The 14N European day of coordinated trade union protests against the austerity measures made headlines in the Greek media and mobilised strongly the Greek police at the day. Their motion to shut down the Syntagma sq. metro station in Athens, for what it proved to be a quite …

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Madrid: complex movements of a strike along time

by DAVID GARCÍA ARISTEGUI – Solidaridad Obrera, Madrid This 14N was called by the quasi-totality of trade unionism. There might be a different perception by the left from outside Spain, since rather influential media – like Diagonal or Madrilonia – within what we call, to simplify, the 15M movement tried to minimise the trade unions’ role and to aggrandise the …

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General strike and mass-protest in Portugal… and the limits of mobilization

by ISMAIL KÜPELI – Porto Updating and revision of the article published in the October edition of Analyse&Kritik As in March 2012, only the CGTP, the communist trade union, called the strike on the 14th November, after the Spanish trade unions and the European Trade Union Confederation called for a day of mobilization for the 14th of November. The social-democratic …

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Madrid: movimientos complejos de una huelga en el tiempo

DAVID GARCÍA ARISTEGUI – Solidaridad Obrera, Madrid Este 14N ha sido convocado por casi todo el espectro del sindicalismo. Puede que haya una percepción distinta para la izquierda de fuera de España, ya que medios bastante influyentes en lo que llamamos, por simplificar, movimiento 15M – como Diagonal o Madrilonia – han intentado minimizar el papel de los sindicatos y …

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Generalstreiks sowie Massenproteste in Portugal… und die Grenzen der Mobilisierungen

von ISMAIL KÜPELI – Porto Überarbeiteter Artikel, der zuerst in der Oktoberausgabe von analyse & kritik veröffentlicht wurde Wie bereits im März 2012 hatte lediglich die CGTP, die kommunistische Gewerkschaft, zum Streik am 14. November aufgerufen. Der sozialdemokratische Gewerkschaftsverband UGT hatte im Vorfeld erklärt, dass er sich nicht beteiligen wird. Nachdem spanische Gewerkschaften ebenfalls für den 14. November zu einem …

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November 14: to be counted en mass and not back down

by CHRISTOS GIOVANOPOULOS – Dikaioma, network of precarious and unemployed workers, Athens ∫connessioni precarie asked Christos Giovanopoulos from the Dikaioma network in Athens for a contribution to the debate on the European situation towards November 14. This is not only a correspondence, but the beginning of a dialogue which hopefully will continue, and which aims to build up connections around …

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Riots in black and white. London, one year after

by GABRIELLA ALBERTI – Precarious Workers Brigades, London  If I go anywhere I’m [treated like] a black man that came here 60 years ago … they see me as an immigrant and you can feel the subconscious racism everywhere. You can feel it and you see the way they look at you … it is what it is. There’s nothing …

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Women that show the way. A conversation with Zehra Akbar Khan of the HBWWF, Pakistan

We have already connected with the important experience of the HBWWF, the first union which organizes the home based women workers in Pakistan and which has been formally recognized by the government after a huge campaign that has involved a ever-increasing number of workers since 2006. Today we are proud to publish an interview with Zehra Akbar Khan, general secretary …

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Blockard from Frankfurt. It was worth it being here

«There’s no more money here in Frankfurt», a comrade told us at the end of the march. It seems that even in the outer parts of the city the banks are closed, worried about the arrival of demonstrators from all over Europe. Despite the methodical actions of the police against the mobilization in the first two days, Saturdays demonstration leaves …

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