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ALGERIA: “No Fifth Term and No Four and a Half Term Either!”

A week of strikes

March 10 was the beginning of the entry of the working class onto the political scene [see our last issue], as part of the gigantic popular and peaceful mobilisations of the Algerian people that began on February 22 against Bouteflika’s fifth term as president. The entry of the working class initially took the form of an uninterrupted wave of strikes, spontaneous walkouts and, at the same time, the accentuation of the process whereby the ranks have sought to  “reclaim” the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), the historical trade union federation, for the struggle.

Iran: Class struggle and neo-liberal capital accumulation

by Minna Langeberg

Recent months have seen protests throughout Iran, by teachers, nurses, labourers, retirees, oil industry workers, bazaar traders and shopkeepers, truck drivers, farmers, the unemployed, students, and many more.

The current wave of protests across the country is a continuation of those of December 2017- January 2018 that were brutally suppressed by the regime. Like the 2017-18 protests, they signal the deep crisis of legitimacy of the regime, as expressed by one of the most enduring slogans that emerged from those protests: ‘Fundamentalists, Reformists, the game is over’. The main slogan of current protests is ‘Bread. Work. Freedom’.

Germany | Airport strikes across Germany

Staff responsible for checking passengers and cargo have started an 18-hour warning strike at Germany’s biggest airports. An estimated 220,000 passengers are affected.

German airport association ADV warned that the strike action would “paralyze” the German flight network all day Tuesday. Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport canceled half of its 1,200 flights.

USA | Tens of thousands teachers walk off job in Los Angeles

By Daniella Silva

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday after negotiations in the nation’s second-largest school district collapsed.

New Wave of Strikes / Protests in Iran Need Solidarity from International Socialists and Progressives

During the past two weeks,  the ongoing wave of protests and strikes in Iran have gained a new intensity.

On the one hand,  the impact of the second and more cruel wave of  the U.S. Trump administration’s  sanctions on Iran is truly breaking the backs of the masses. Although the sanctions which are aimed at stopping Iran’s oil exports,  technically do not include food and medicine imports,  the way in which they prevent banking transactions between Iran and the rest of the world, practically prevents payment for food and medicine.  Thus the majority of Iran’s 82 million people are suffering from the shortage of food, medicine and basic services.  In addition they face the sharp decline in the value of the currency, rial,  astronomical inflation, more lay offs and non-payment of wages,  which are also related to the problems of Iran’s economy prior to the re-imposition of the sanctions.  Given the massive decline in the value of the rial, the  minimum wage is now down to the equivalent of $100 per month  for a family of four, which is lower than  the World Bank’s definition of absolute poverty ($2 per day for each person).