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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’.

Saudi Arabia | Execution of Filipino woman points to Saudi Arabia’s appalling record on work conditions, executions

Saudi Arabia, on January 29, executed a Filipino domestic worker who was found guilty of murder, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday. The 39-year-old woman, was sentenced to death by the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council and executed after the court ruled out the possibility of her case being eligible for a ‘blood money’ settlement, known as ‘diya’ under Shariah law. Diya is a method of monetary compensation by the accused to the murdered victim’s relatives, in lieu of the capital punishment. The family of the domestic worker were informed of her execution only the next day.

Ukraine | Ukrainian miners work for nothing on pain of state security

Since the summer of 2018 in Ukraine, the situation with the financing of state coal mines has worsened. Trade unions of miners claimed that the government owed workers more than a billion hryvnias (33 millions euro). The miners staged mass protests in Kiev.

South Korea | South Korea’s Labor Fight against Moon’s “Flexible Work Hour” Policy

160,000 South Korean workers walked off the job last month to protest President Moon Jae-in’s labor policy.

The following is an interview with Wolsan Liem of the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers’ Union (KPTU) about the strike, the current government’s labor policy, and the state of South Korea’s economy.

Germany | Germany tries to lure foreign workers

Worker-starved Germany plans to ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers and replenish its fast aging workforce, despite mounting public resistance against new arrivals.

Germany’s first immigration law, expected to be agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday, is eagerly anticipated by industries.