Tag Archives: working class

Humanitarianism Destroys Politicality An interview with Sandro Mezzadra by Davor Konjikušić

Sandro Mezzadra, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna and adjunct researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society of the University of Western Sydney, was recently a guest speaker at the public discussion entitled, “Remember Gastarbeiters – So that You Don’t Forget the Reality in which You Live,” in Nova Gallery, Zagreb. On this occasion, we spoke with professor Mezzadra about his last book, which he co-authored with Brett Neilson, Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (2013).

La révolte des ouvriers serbes face à leurs patrons étrangers

Qualifiés, bon marché, peu protégés par la loi, les ouvriers serbes ont tout pour plaire aux multinationales étrangères. Mais la grogne monte parmi les travailleurs du plus grand pays des Balkans, candidat à l’Union européenne.

La grève des ouvriers de Fiat fin juin a marqué les esprits. Les 2.400 ouvriers de l’usine de Kragujevac dans le centre du pays demandaient une hausse de leur salaire de plus de 18%. Une demande qui peut sembler exorbitante pour qui ignore que cela aurait fait passer leur traitement à… 370 euros mensuels. Soit 30 euros en dessous du salaire moyen de ce pays, qui négocie son adhésion à l’Union européenne.

An Open Letter by a Picadilly worker in Bulgaria

The workers of one of the largest food retailers in Bulgaria, went on wildcat strikes across the country since 20th of March that mainly took place in Sofia and Varna, after not receiving wages for over months. The company owners and high management are in hiding and refuse to make any explanation to the workers about the wage theft. In Sofia the workers alongside Autonomous Worker’s Union, protested in front of the company’s headquarters and in Varna they occupied the largest store in the chain and then marched to the bank in control of the company’s assets. During their months long struggle the workers of Picadilly joined their forces with the workers of Max Telecom, the miners of Bobov Dol, toilers from Dupnitsa and chemical factory workers from Dimitrovgrad to organize a joint campaign. The first coordinated action of this campaign happened in 5th of September, around 150 workers from different cities marched in front of the Bulgarian Parliament in Sofia and raised their voices against the wage theft of their bosses.

The rebith of mass politics in Serbia

by Pavle Ilich

The political landscape of Serbia has been undergoing a deep transformation. On the day of the re-election of Aleksandar Vučić’s authoritarian and neoliberal government in April last year, a violent and illegal demolition of buildings to clear the way for the gentrification of Belgrade waterfront sparked mass anger. Soon, consistent mass protests emerged for the first time since the toppling of the Milošević regime in 2000.

UK | Socialism is Back: the Durham Miners’ Gala

by Chris Nineham

The Durham Miners’ Gala is one of the great working class events. It’s a festival where brass bands from all the former pit towns and villages in the area march to the town and then process through Durham’s beautiful winding streets to the Big Meeting in a huge sports field by the river. It has kept alive the memory of the coal miners’ great tradition of struggle, but it has done a lot more than that. It has become a festival of working class resilience and resistance.