National Sections of the L5I:

Trade Unions

Rising protests form background to release of trade unionists

Chinese authorities have released Zhang Jingsheng and Li Wangyang, trade union organisers in Hunan province, who were jailed for their part in the 1989 workers' protests against the Tiananmen Massacre. Read more...

Trade unions protest at Fiji's coup

Trade unions in Fiji staged a one day strike and demonstration on 22 May against the coup attempt by Fijian nationalist George Speight. Read more...

Workers resist drive towards capitalism

Striking Chinese miners occupied a town and fought street battles with police for three days in February. The occupation of Yangjiazhangzi, in China's north eastern province of Liaoning, was only brought to an end after detachments of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) forced the 20,000 workers to retreat. Read more...

Russian workers struggles revive

Dave Stockton looks at the recent upsurge in workplace struggles in the former Soviet Union Read more...

Masses storm capital to halt austerity drive

On Friday 21 January thousands of indigenous Indians stormed Ecuador’s parliament building in the capital Quito.

A state of emergency was announced on 5 January to try to forestall planned strikes and demonstrations. But the mass of protesters ignored the government’s decree. Sweeping aside the troops guarding the building they occupied the parliamentary chamber and demanded the resignation of the country’s President, Jamil Mahuad. Read more...

Trade unions in Central Europe: fighting the market

In the old Stalinist states trade unions were a prison house for the workers they claimed to represent. Lesley Day charts the changes capitalist restoration has made. Read more...

French workers rock Juppé

For three weeks in December French workers took to the streets in mass protests, strikes and occupations. Paul Morris explains the events and their aftermath. Mathieu Roux of Pouvoir Ouvrier (French section of the LRCI) examines the response of the French left. We also print translations taken from the bulletins and newspapers issued by Pouvoir Ouvrier during the strikes. Read more...

Germany: the return of the class struggle

After many years of “good-bye to the working class”, in which, “new global questions facing humanity” seemed to make all orientation to the working class appear hopelessly out of date, a discussion has recently broken out in Germany over the “rebirth of the social question”. One prominent German trade union leader, Schmithenner, summed it up;

“The ‘social question’, which many people thought had been resolved, has announced its return with a vengeance…and this return of the traditional battlegrounds of social conflict within the capitalist market economy comes at a time when the idea that post-materialist culture and lifestyles were now all that mattered had carried the day in scientific and political discussions.”1 Read more...