UK: ‘Strikes work – that’s why the Tories fear them’

Bakers’ union leader Ronnie Draper addresses the Aslef conference

Morning Star | May 23, 2018

 

THE Tories have made it difficult for workers to take industrial action because strikes work, bakers’ union leader Ronnie Draper said today.

Addressing the annual conference of train drivers’ union Aslef, the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) general secretary said: “People say strikes don’t work. I don’t believe that. Four years ago we had the Hovis strike in Wigan.

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UK: Why we are prepared to strike

by Mark Serwotka

Morning Star | May 23, 2018

Today, delegates at the PCS annual conference in Brighton overwhelmingly backed an industrial action ballot of our members across the Civil Service and other related organisations.

This means 150,000 workers could walk out this summer, if the government doesn’t change its tune on pay.Read More »

Venezuela: Maduro Wins Presidential Election, Despite Imperialist Meddling – What Next?

by Jorge Martin

In Defence of Marxism | May 21, 2018

Nicolas Maduro was re-elected for another term of office in the Venezuelan presidential election on Sunday 20 May. The majority of the reactionary opposition, with full support from Washington and Brussels, had called for a boycott, which led to a very low turnout in the middle-and-upper-class areas of the main cities. Their demand that the elections be cancelled was echoed by right-wing governments in the region. This meant that many in the working-class and poor areas turned out to vote as a way of rejecting brazen imperialist meddling. However, even here turnout was visibly lower than in previous elections. The deep economic crisis is the major issue in people’s minds and many are sceptical about the government’s ability to deal with it.Read More »

Venezuela Slams New US Sanctions as Washington Hints at Oil Embargo

by Cira Pascual Marquina

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | May 22, 2018

US President Donald Trump the latest executive order slapping Venezuela with sanctions on Monday
US President Donald Trump the latest executive order slapping Venezuela with sanctions on Monday. (TIME)

Caracas, May 22, 2018 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza responded forcefully to the latest round of US sanctions, which follow hard on the heels of socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro’s Sunday electoral victory.

“There is no unilateral measure, no pressure from any foreign power that can intimidate the Venezuelan people,” the top diplomat stated.

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India: Anti-Sterlite Protest: 11 Killed in Police Firing in Tamil Nadu

PTI | May 23, 2018

Anti-Sterlite Protest: 11 Killed in Police Firing in Tamil Nadu

Smoke billowing from burning vehicles after a violent protest demanding closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit entered the 100th day, in Thoothukudi, on Tuesday. Credit: PTI

Tuticorin: The months-long protests for the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin over pollution concerns turned violent today, with agitators fighting pitched battles with police, prompting it to open fire in which 11 were killed.

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India–Sterlite Protest: Speculation Rife That Police Firing Was Pre-Planned (pictures)

by Kavitha Muralidharan

The Wire | May 23, 2018

Sterlite Protest: Speculation Rife That Police Firing Was Pre-Planned

Smoke billows over Thoothukudi after protests demanding the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit entered the 100th day on May 22, 2018. Credit: Surya, Tuticorin

Thoothukudi: In an unprecedented turn of events, at least 11 protesters were killed on May 22 in Thoothukudi after police opened fire at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite unit in the town. The protest by the people of Thoothukudi against Sterlite, which they have claimed is polluting the town and resulted in a higher incidence of cancer, had reached its 100th day on May 22.Read More »

India: State Masscre In Tuticorin To Protect Corporate Mafias

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Countercurrents.org | May 23, 2018

What happened in Tuticorin is nothing but protecting the corporate mafias in close connivance of the state power. Let us not forget how Vedanta attempted to destroy Odisha and its great Adivasi heritage. If you see how the police and the political establishment tackled this issue, then you must remember that these things are going to happen. The police and army jawans, who are actually the children of our kisans, will be used to fire on their own. They will not protect anything else but the powerful corporate.Read More »