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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 September 2016
International news in brief
Short stories from other sections and co-thinkers of the Committee for a Workers' International, the global socialist organisation which the Socialist Party is affiliated to.
India: Mass general strike against Modi's neoliberal policies
General strike in India (Click to enlarge)
Ranking as the biggest stoppage in history, an estimated 180 million workers in India struck for 24-hours on 2 September against Prime Minister Modi's privatisation and anti-union plans. The strikers were also demanding a minimum wage of no less than Rs 18,000 (£180) a month, enhanced pensions, and extending healthcare.
New Socialist Alternative (CWI, India) was active in the strike. It said: "Capitalism shows no way out; a fighting, militant, combative approach is necessary in the day-to-day struggles of the working class... linked to the idea of the socialist transformation of society."
Pakistan teachers' action
photo CWI Pakistan (Click to enlarge)
Socialist Movement Sindh (CWI, Pakistan) demanding the reinstatement of suspended teachers and a stop to forced transfers to Karachi (see www.socialistworld.net for previous report). Due to protests by teachers and their supporters the education authority has cancelled over 50 transfers which they had initially ordered. However, the suspension of 15 teachers remains in place and the District Education Office has suspended five more teachers, accusing them of 'disrupting administrative work'.
Sweden: Housing for all demo
photo CWI Sweden (Click to enlarge)
Demonstration (above) in Hammarkullen, Gothenburg, organised by Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI, Sweden) together with the Somali Association under the slogan "Power to the people over housing and community" and "Jobs, schools and housing for all".
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In The Socialist 7 September 2016:
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International socialist news and analysis
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Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Letter: back the docs!
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Grantham on the march against 'life and death' cuts to health service
London fighting fund BBQ success
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