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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

New Year, Old Struggles: The Strike for a Collective Agreement in the Logistics Sector

Since 2008, the logistics sector in Italy has been the epicenter of a wave of struggles led by a workforce mainly manned by immigrants. These struggles have at times been severely repressed by the employers (with the support of heavy deployment of police), but have also gained significant victories. These victories are not only to be celebrated by the workers in question, rather their meaning goes beyond the logistic sector and speaks to all of us.

Clash City Workers

January 13, 2016

South Korea: The Fight Against Labor Reform and State Repression

In South Korea on Wednesday, about 80,000 workers from 26 companies including Kia, Hyundai, and GM Korea went on strike. The strike was called for by the KCTU, a national confederation of trade unions, in response to the government’s labor market reforms, escalating repression, and the arrest of KCTU President Han Sang-Gyun less than a week ago.

Tre Kwon

December 17, 2015

Amazon Strikes in Germany Continue

In the midst of the holiday shopping season, strikes at Amazon in Germany continue unabated. Hundreds of workers have held walkouts at almost all Amazon company locations. But Amazon continues to claim that the strikes have had zero effect on holiday sales.

Bastian Schmidt

December 15, 2015

Workers Organize at B&H New York

After enduring years of discrimination and abuse, workers at B&H Photo Video have launched an impressive unionization campaign, including a walkout to force management to back off from carrying out retaliatory firings.

Lupita Romero

October 28, 2015

Collusion of Thugs, Police and Honda during Rigged Union Elections

The Honda Mexico United Workers Union (STUHM) has suffered a setback in their drive to represent workers in collective bargaining processes. Meanwhile, the Mexican government has strengthened its offensive against teachers in order to impose educational reform that downgrade their working conditions, has moved to privatize fossil fuels through energy reforms, and advanced attacks against collective agreements of oil workers.

Sergio Moissen

October 26, 2015

Resuscitating the U.S. Labor Movement

A long-term left activist and scholar, Stanley Aronowitz has made outstanding contributions to the analysis of the American labor movement throughout his career.

Juan C

October 13, 2015