The Shorter Workweek and a Revolutionary Program for Working Hours
Shortening the workweek has become an issue in the French presidential campaign. Workers there won a 35-hour standard in 2000, but the bosses circumvent the law. Many workers are now demanding a 32-hour workweek. While the French system differs that of the United States, the Marxist argument for reducing working time spelled out here — and how to win that demand — applies to workers everywhere.
Camille MünzerDecember 6, 2021
Forced to Work 80 Hours a Week, Frito-Lay Factory Workers Are on Strike for Their Lives
As prices for basic consumer goods rise, corporations like PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, are raking in billions while paying their employees poverty wages and investing almost nothing in additional production.
James Dennis HoffJuly 18, 2021
Over 400 Alabama United Steelworkers Strike for Labor Rights and Healthcare
400+ United Steelworkers and employees at Constellium’s aluminum manufacturing plant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama have been on strike since Tuesday, citing unfair labor practices and disagreements over healthcare demands.
K.S. MehtaDecember 20, 2020
Protests Continue in Hungary Against Labor Reform
Thousands of Hungarians took to the streets for the fourth time in recent days to reject what they call the “slavery law,” a new labor law put forth by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to guarantee cheap labor for the German automobile companies.
Left VoiceDecember 20, 2018
Argentina’s New Austerity
Recent pension cuts backed by Argentine President Mauricio Macri have elicited vigorous popular protest.
Juan CJanuary 10, 2018
French President Passes Labor Reform Despite Wide Opposition
Today the French President signed executive orders that will profoundly affect the life of millions of workers. Without blinking an eye, Emmanuel Macron is profoundly transforming labor legislation for the benefit of the very few members of his class.
Marianne MadoréSeptember 22, 2017
The Unions Must Fight Against Right to Work!
Republicans in Congress have introduced amendments to the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act aimed at crippling the right to organize a union. Such national “Right-To-Work” legislation has long been on the wish list of the right wing and big business and is aimed at gutting the ability of the unions to finance themselves and fight back against the bosses’ agenda. The proposed legislation would target the union shop and the unions’ right to collect fees for representation.
John LeslieFebruary 2, 2017
Special Coverage: Revolt in France
The latest on the resistance to the labor reforms in France.
Left VoiceJune 17, 2016
One Million Demonstrate in the Streets of Paris
The massive demonstration, with its fighting, combative atmosphere, was easily the largest mobilization against the government’s labor reform to take place in the last three months.
Révolution PermanenteJune 17, 2016
Workers’ Combativeness Throws Bourgeoisie into Disarray
'What if the French soccer team went on strike?' So went the June 10 editorial of pro-business French newspaper, Les Echos, giving away the writer’s confusion and shock at the persistence and continuity of protests against the labor law.
Juan ChingoJune 15, 2016