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Historic victory for the Left in the Tire workers’ union (SUTNA)

On April 29, a united left slate won a historic victory in the elections of the Sindicato Único de Trabajadores del Neumático Argentino (SUTNA - United Tire Workers’ Union of Argentina). The Negra-Roja-Granate (Black-Red-Garnet) list convincingly defeated the Violeta (Violet) list led by Pedro Wasiejko, who has controlled the union since 2000. This historic victory for clasismo (working-class politics) signals the defeat of one of Argentina’s most important union leaders and the first time in decades that the Left has won national control of any union in the country.

Sean Robertson

May 6, 2016

Argentina: May Day Rally Against the Coup in Brazil

For this year's International Workers' Day, the Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas (PTS) of the Left and Workers' Front (FIT) is calling for a demonstration at the Brazilian Embassy in Buenos Aires to denounce the institutional coup in Brazil and support the youth and workers who are resisting austerity policies.

Left Voice

April 27, 2016

Understanding Argentina’s Surrender

On March 31, with the support of the Peronists, the Argentinean Senate voted in favor of passing the “Public Debt Normalization and Access to Public Credit” bill to authorize the government to pay the holdouts.

Esteban Mercatante

April 12, 2016

The Ansteel Strike in Guangzhou and Continued Attempts by the Chinese State to Crack Down on Labor

In a year which has seen much labor militancy, a labor strike at a Guangzhou steel factory involving reportedly more than 2,000 workers has captured much attention. The strike lasted seven days, with some partial victories. Workers were demonstrating against pay cuts, lay-offs, and the introduction of a performance-based payment system.

Brian Hioe

March 7, 2016

First Strike against Macri’s government

Public employees in Argentina have launched the first public sector strike with massive protests against Mauricio Macri’s government. They are fighting against layoffs and the criminalization of protest.

Left Voice

February 24, 2016

In England, Junior Doctors’ Anger Boils Over

On February 10, junior doctors in England (the equivalent of medical residents in the US) took part in their second 24 hour walkout from 08:00. The industrial action will continue, as talks between medics and managers have failed to reach agreement.

Left Voice

February 19, 2016

Long on Rhetoric, Short on Detail: The Communist Party of Australia and the Hutchison Ports Dispute

The dispute that began in August 2015 with the sacking of 97 dock workers has been resolved. After months of negotiations between Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) representatives, a round of voluntary redundancies has occurred and a new enterprise agreement is now in place. The Communist Party of Australia (CPA), has printed its ‘analysis’ of this dispute, an analysis that is short on detail about the final outcome and long on windy rhetoric and Stalinist-style attacks against the so-called “ultra-left”.

Sean Robertson

February 16, 2016

International Solidarity Campaign for Goodyear Workers Sentenced to Prison

Earlier this month, eight former workers of the Goodyear tire factory in Amiens-Nord, France were sentenced to up to two years in prison for their involvement in a historic struggle against the plant’s closure.

Left Voice

January 27, 2016

Hutchison Ports Dispute Ends With Dozens of Voluntary Redundancies

The dispute that began on the night of August 6, 2015, when Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) sacked 97 dockworkers (“wharfies”) by text message and email, has come to an end. So what was the end result of the dispute that some described as ‘the biggest confrontation on the Australian waterfront since the 1998 Patrick lock-out’?

Sean Robertson

January 27, 2016