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Greek workers in fifth 24-hour strike against austerity measures

By Robert Stevens   30 June 2010 Tens of thousands of workers protested in several cities and towns in Greece on Tuesday during the latest 24-hour strike. The stoppage, the fifth since December, was in response to the austerity measures being imposed by the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) government of Prime Minister George Papandreou. PASOK is imposing drastic attacks on the working population in exchange for a €110 billion three-year loan from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank. Under its terms, the government is planning to cut its budget deficit from 13.6 percent of gross domestic product to under 3 percent of GDP by 2014.

Thailand: Past the point of no return

Source: Links – International Journal of Socialist Renewal By Danielle Sabai

Romania: Protests against austerity measures grow, general strike planned

Areas of the Romanian capital Bucharest were paralysed today by 50,000 demonstrators protesting against the savage austerity measures currently being pursued by the Romanian government. Meanwhile, unions have threatened a general strike on the 31st of May.

European radical left statement on the crisis

The Socialist Workers Party has helped initiate an international statement on the economic crisis and solidarity with Greek workers, students, unemployed, pensioners and young people.

Hong Kong May Day March

Migrant workers, trade unionists and students were among those who joined in with the international celebration of May Day in Hong Kong on Saturday. The march was organised by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions. Demonstrators marched from Victoria Park to the Central Government Offices chanting slogans calling for improvement to labour rights and working conditions. One of the key issues for protestors this year was the demand for a minimum wage of HK$33 per hour. Many workers in Hong Kong are forced to work for poverty wages.

Oppressed and they know it - Indonesian fishers in Taiwan are beginning to fight back

By Robert Tierney There are many Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan. In fact twice as many of the country's documented migrant workers come from Indonesia as from Vietnam or the Philippines or Thailand, each of which accounts for about 20 percent of 346,000-strong migrant workforce. The vast majority of Indonesian workers are women employed as care-givers for the elderly but there are also a significant number of men.

Ban on strikes at British Airways overturned, but dangers persist

Source: World Socialist Web Site By Jordan Shilton 22 May 2010 The court of appeals ruled two to one Thursday in favour of the Unite union’s appeal overturning a high court decision banning strike action by 12,000 cabin crew at British Airways (BA). The decision means that the series of five-day strikes, originally set to commence last Tuesday, can begin on Monday―unless a deal is reached between the union and BA management.

Social Security: Crisis and Solutions

In this feature of Worlds of Labour website, we invited activists from Germany, UK and China (Hong Kong) to illustrate and comment the changes of social security systems in their own countries and region. They point out the existing problems and proposes improvements.   Previous Special Reports

Tidbits of a biography of an ordinary german worker

By Helmut Weiss With this short piece I try to explain the social system - and it's changes - within which a german worker normally lives. Outlining the life of my elder brother to explain such relations was an idea I had after discussing with him and chinese partners about how to make more understandable the dimensions of society.

Pensioners and Poverty: the British Pensions Crisis

By Rachel Page Old age poverty is a problem facing many pensioners in Britain today. Instead of living safe in the knowledge that that they will have what they need to live out a peaceful retirement, many of Britain’s 11 million pensioners face uncertainty about their futures after they retire. According to official data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Inequalities and Poverty in Retirement, 2 million pensioners were estimated to be living in poverty in Britain in 2007/8, while over 30% of households made up of single people over the age of 60 were reported to have been suffering from fuel poverty, meaning that they would have to spend more 10% of their income on fuel in order to maintain a satisfactory level of heating. Actual figures for today are likely to be higher than this due to rises in fuel prices and the impact of the economic crisis.
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