Eleven Shades of Skepticism and Electoralism: A Debate On the French Left and the Uprising
Our French comrades and members of our sister site and organization Révolution Permanente respond to a debate published in Contretemps and translated to English and published in Jacobin.
Juan ChingoMay 10, 2023
France: The Network for the General Strike Calls to Continue the Fight Against Macron’s Reform
At the initiative of the Network for the General Strike, 250 union activists, strikers, and intellectuals, question the strategy of the bureaucratic leaderships of the French unions, and call to continue the fight against Macron’s Reforms.
Left VoiceApril 7, 2023
Despite Threats of Arrest, Refinery Workers in France Refuse to Break Strike
As energy strikes continue, France is faced with a kerosene shortage that’s creating an urgent situation at the country’s airports. With capitalist profits on the line, the government has attempted to force Normandy refinery workers back to work through an anti-strike legal weapon called requisitions. In their first victory, refinery workers forced the police to withdraw in an incredible demonstration of solidarity.
Nathan ErderofMarch 24, 2023
“We Need Action Committees Everywhere”: Building the General Strike in France
Workers across France are organizing action committees to build a general strike to take down the Macron government and the Fifth Republic.
Arthur NicolaMarch 24, 2023
Millions in India Join General Strike against Modi Government
Millions of workers in India have taken to the streets as part of a general strike against the government of Narendra Modi.
Enid BrainMarch 28, 2022
Government Inflexibility Provokes General Strike in French Polynesia
For more than a week, especially in the Caribbean, France’s “overseas territories” have seen a wave of mobilizations against the government. On Wednesday, it spread to French Polynesia, in the Pacific.
Antoine BordasNovember 26, 2021
Half a Million South Korean Workers Join One-Day General Strike
At least half a million workers in South Korea from across construction, transportation, service, and other sectors walked off their jobs for a one-day general strike on October 20, 2021 to win better conditions and increased self-determination for workers.
K.S. MehtaOctober 21, 2021
Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs. But a “General Strike” Is Something Much More Powerful
In a recent opinion piece, former U.S. labor secretary Robert Reich argues that the September jobs report shows evidence of an “unofficial national general strike.” But that is a contradiction in terms.
Madeleine FreemanOctober 16, 2021
Workers Call for New Mobilizations in Colombia
The Duque administration and the National Committee of Paro have established a dialogue roundtable to create a solution to the conflict, but no agreement has yet been reached. The Colombian streets show that the key is popular mobilization.
La Izquierda Diario ArgentinaJune 4, 2021
The Rebellion in Colombia Requires a Real General Strike to Overthrow Duque
At the lowest point in the economic crisis affecting the great majority of the oppressed masses, workers, peasants, indigenous people, and youth and amid the third wave of Covid-19 that is killing 500 people each day, Colombian president Iván Duque decided to intensify his attacks on the masses with his tax reform. But the response was a forceful mass protest that eventually led him to back down and withdraw the plan after five days of protests in almost every city in the country.
Milton D'LeónMay 8, 2021