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23 May 2018

May 1968: 'Communist' leaders hand power back to defeated bosses

France, May 1968: week four: By Friday 24 May 1968, ten million workers were on strike. The greatest general strike in history. On the same day, the president of France, General Charles de Gaulle, tried to address the nation. Nobody saw it. It was a victim of the TV workers' strike.

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23 May 2018

Youthful enthusiasm to break with repression of past

The historic referendum to repeal the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution, which equates to an almost complete ban on abortion, takes place on 25 May

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16 May 2018

Spain: Student general strike against sexist, capitalist 'justice' system

The general student strike on 10 May, called against the shameful light sentencing of the 'wolfpack' rapists, was a great success. More than one million students emptied classrooms and more than 100,000 attended over 60 demonstrations

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16 May 2018

May 1968: Revolutionary explosion as two thirds of workforce join strike

France, May 1968: week three: On Saturday 18 May 1968, General Charles de Gaulle, president of France, was forced to cut short his state visit to Bucharest.

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16 May 2018

Belgium Lidl strike victory

A week-long series of strikes by Lidl workers in Belgium has led to increased staff at stores across the country. A strike broke out at one store in Oostkamp over the dismissal of a sales manager, which also raised the issue of workloads.

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16 May 2018

Sweden: Socialist elected leader of 77,000-strong tenants' union

Kristofer Lundberg, a leading member of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (Socialist Justice - CWI Sweden), was recently elected as leader of the 77,000 member tenants' union in West Sweden with 60% of the vote from delegates to the union's regional council

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9 May 2018

CWI news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world.

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9 May 2018

France '68: History's greatest general strike erupts

France, May 1968: week two: The legacy of the French revolution of 1848, the second time France overthrew a monarchy, played an important part in the escalation of the demonstrations and street fighting in Paris.

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3 May 2018

Bristol South Socialist Party: France's 1968 'Month of Revolution'

50 years ago capitalism was shaken in France, but it survived. Was this a missed opportunity and what lessons do socialists need to understand for future struggles?

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2 May 2018

Catalonia: thousands on the streets

On 26 April the classrooms in schools and universities in Catalonia were empty as students demanded democracy and freedom for the people of Catalonia and refused to accept the anti-democratic attacks which threaten to destroy our rights

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2 May 2018

Spain: 'We don't want to be brave, we want to be free!'

Protests rocked Spain on 26 April and for a further two days following the sentencing of 'La Manada' - five men accused of raping an 18-year-old woman during the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016.

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2 May 2018

May 1968: Police attacks on students spark mass revolt

France '68 - week one: A wooden beam will appear quite solid and unchanged as termites chew away within it. But there comes a time when one step can bring down the whole rotten house. In May of 1968 the whole structure of capitalism in France was in jeopardy.

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2 May 2018

Reject the mega-supermarket merger: nationalise to save jobs

Workers in Sainsbury's and Asda were shocked to hear on Saturday 28 April that their employers were at an advanced level of merger talks, confirmed as a deal agreed on the morning of 30 April.

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25 April 2018

France 1968: when workers were on the brink of taking power

It's 50 years since the greatest general strike in history

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18 April 2018

Workers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

The Scottish National Party administration in West Dunbartonshire has reversed cuts to trade union convenors and union facility time

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