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Short stories from other sections and co-thinkers of the Committee for a Workers' International, the global socialist organisation which the Socialist Party is affiliated to.
India: Mass general strike against Modi's neoliberal policies
Ranking as the biggest stoppage in history, an estimated 180 million workers in India struck for 24-hours on 2 September against Prime Minister Modi's privatisation and anti-union plans. The strikers were also demanding a minimum wage of no less than Rs 18,000 (£180) a month, enhanced pensions, and extending healthcare.
New Socialist Alternative (CWI, India) was active in the strike. It said: "Capitalism shows no way out; a fighting, militant, combative approach is necessary in the day-to-day struggles of the working class... linked to the idea of the socialist transformation of society."
Pakistan teachers' action
Socialist Movement Sindh (CWI, Pakistan) demanding the reinstatement of suspended teachers and a stop to forced transfers to Karachi (see www.socialistworld.net for previous report). Due to protests by teachers and their supporters the education authority has cancelled over 50 transfers which they had initially ordered. However, the suspension of 15 teachers remains in place and the District Education Office has suspended five more teachers, accusing them of 'disrupting administrative work'.
Sweden: Housing for all demo
Demonstration (above) in Hammarkullen, Gothenburg, organised by Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI, Sweden) together with the Somali Association under the slogan "Power to the people over housing and community" and "Jobs, schools and housing for all".
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