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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: 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
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!
The Socialist 4 February 2009 |
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