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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 February 2009

Response from Italy to Lindsey Oil Refinery strike

The strike is big news here in Italy. Inevitably the press and media are portraying it as an "anti-Italian strike" - a strike for "British jobs for British workers".

The anti-immigrant Lega Nord, who are in the government, are 'warning' that similar 'anti-foreigner' protests will soon break out in the north of Italy.

But Giorgio Cremaschi, a left leader of the metal workers' union Fiom attacked neo-liberal "social dumping" policies that try to foment a "war amongst the poor".

"If the Italian workers are being paid less than the British workers and their conditions are worse, this strike is a just one" he said. "We have to fight for equal conditions".

We have translated the Socialist Party strike leaflet and posted it on our website. It's also on the website of Controcorrente (a group on the left of the Prc - Party of Communist Refoundation).

Christine Thomas, Lotta, CWI Italy

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In The Socialist 4 February 2009:


Lindsey refinery

Lindsey refinery: workers show their strength

Firm strike leadership gains results

Organising real trade unionism

Response from Italy

Staythorpe power station: "It's all about money"

The diary of a striker

Striking at Fiddlers Ferry


Socialist Party youth and students

United action needed to save education

Youth Fight for Jobs campaign

Gaza protests: Police attacks show stewarding vital

May Day: Lords judgement backs police


Socialist Party campaigns

Corus steal jobs: Workers must fight back

Weather chaos exposes cutbacks

Car industry bailout plan

Wirral: Stop the cuts and closures

Fast news

Liverpool: Far right BNP exposed


International socialist news and analysis

Sri Lanka: Stop the slaughter!

Sri Lanka: Thousands trapped in war zone

France: millions strike against Sarkozy's policies

Economic crisis - cracks appear in the bosses' EU

Iceland: Devastated by global crisis


Marxist analysis: history

Lessons of the Jarrow Crusade: no return to the 1930s!


 

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