Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   No comments
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
General News

Strike updates for Bulgaria, Iceland, France, Canada, US, UK, Spain, Chad

By       Message chris rice     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Group(s): ; , Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Author 10242

BULGARIA: PARLIAMENT SHUT DOWN

A "Nation-wide Peoples' Protest" culminated in front of Parliament on January 14, 2009.  Protesters were controlled yet steadfastly demanded the arrest of their leaders. Organizers stated, "we are fed up with living in the poorest and most corrupt country."

A counter pro-government rally, led by a group of neo-Nazis, started a riot with police. The provocation caused police to falsely react and attack the peaceful demonstrators. 154 were arrested. Reuters and other media sources wrongly reported the riot was the result of the peaceful demonstration and not that of the neo-nazis.

Protests are expected to accelerate ahead of this summer's general elections starting with a General Strike planned for mid-March. The government's response has been to invalidate the protesters and to make all protests a privilege only for the paid unions.

ICELAND:  BANK PROTEST

Weekly protest in Reykjavik Feb. 14th - and still the same demands - new goverment and new CEO´s at the Icelandic Central Bank. The protesters are angry that the current government continues to reject their calls for new elections. Police are still a heavy presence at the paliament building. 

Protesters are demanding justice after the government used the national treasuries to bailout the Central Banks, whom soon after stopped all credit then filed for bankruptcy.  Tens of thousands of layoffs followed overnight.

ITALY: NATIONAL STRIKES

On Friday 13th February, three protest groups congregated in Rome at the Piazza San Giovanni.

The federations have set up a website together as part of their organizing campaign to build for a national strike in their sectors on 13 March http://www.unitanticrisi.it/ See also the unions' websites: http://www.fpcgil.it and http://www.fiom.cgil.it/

The CGIL Metalworking Federation (FIOM CGIL) and FP public service (FP CGIL) are coming together in protest of government policies attacking public sector workers, public services, and undermining progress and job safety.

FRANCE: "UNLIMITED STRIKE"

                                 
Thousands of French university lecturers took to the streets February 5th, as part of a growing "unlimited" strike movement against government reform plans. Lecturers and students marched in twenty cities across the country, including Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux. In Strasbourg, police used tear gas against peaceful demonstrators.

The multi-professional national mobilization GENERAL STRIKE on March 19 2009, will mark a stopping blow to the "reform", disastrous actions of the government.

Petition to support French strikers:
 http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.lapetition.be%2Fen-ligne%2Fjpeux-pas-faire-grve-mais-jfais-grve-quand-mme-3769.html

GUADELOUPE: GENERAL STRIKES SHUT THE COUNTRY DOWN

A massive demonstration of 50,000 protesters shut down Pointe-à-Pitre on January 24, 2009.  All shops, supermarkets, schools and public services were closed.

A general strike against rising living costs has been in progress on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe since January 20. Forty-seven trade unions, associations and political parties under the umbrella organization LKP—The Committee against Extreme Exploitation (lyiannaj kont pwofitasyion in local dialect)—have brought economic activity to a standstill.

Even though the strike has been peacefully run, the French government has sent extra CRS riot police to intervene wherever and whenever it sees fit. Memories are still fresh in Guadeloupe of the 100 people shot to death by the CRS during a demonstration in 1967.

CANADA: PEACE RALLY TO SAVE THE NATION

Like the bus-loads of American autoworkers who protested at the American Auto Show in Detroit, a demonstration was staged at the Canadian Auto Show, in front of the Metro Convention Centre, Front Street, in Toronto, 11:00 AM on Sunday, February 15th, 2009.

Wages and working conditions of unionized workers in Canada have nothing to do with the crisis facing the employers and there is no justification to demand that Canadian (or American workers for that matter) should somehow “match” the non-unionized transplants. The US and Canada are the only countries in the world that are demanding worker concessions as part of the auto help package.

More demonstrations planned: Owen Sound City Hall– Mon. Feb. 23, 2009 12:45 PM.  Bring Your Banners, Bring Your Flags, Bring Your Love.

FOR MORE INFO 519-379-9105 Doug Schapira

US AND CANADA PLAN SHUT DOWNS

Unions, grass-roots groups, and countless organizations are planning General Strike shut-downs in the US and Canada- March 13 through 19, 2009.  The General Strike is a globally planned reaction to protest governments bailing-out private industry for-profit mega-corporations at the cost of the average over-taxed citizen.  Further, every nation's populace is suffering under government enabled and caused  lay-offs, corporate concessions, and talks of more bailouts and steadily rising unemployment rates.

With the lack of unions in the US, organizers are calling on all workers to join in work stoppages taking place throughout March. Demands are to bring accountability and justice back into government and corporate boardrooms. (More information:  http://www.votestrike.com )

The first step would be to arrest the entire Bush II Administration. Please sign these petitions and get your friends to do the same. Please don't let them get away with it!

Support Bush/Cheney Prosecution-Conspiracy Murder & War Crimes
http://www.usalone.net/cgi-bin/oen.cgi?qnum=6980

Special Prosecutor for Bush War Crimes
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/365123479

There Must Be A Full And Meaningful Opportunity To Prosecute The Crimes Of Bush And Cheney
http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum933.php

The Bush Administration Must Not Escape Justice
http://www.gopetition.com/online/25055.html

Another Hold the Bush Administration Accountable
http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/accountability_commission/?rc=homepage

US FORESTRY PROTEST

Corporate influence and corrupt politics are indifferent to any other management strategy which lives off the interest without trashing the source-capital. If you have a look at www.water-sos.org you will get a fairly good understanding of the problems created by highly mechanised/industrialised and corporatised forestry.The vast mono-cultures we are left with are a social/environmental and economic disaster.
-
UK LIVERPOOL: PEACESTRIKE.ORG 'END WAR' 
-
"As John Lennon said, "ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE".  I would like to start something in the city of Liverpool were I live, by going to my city centre on Saturday the 21st of February, armed with only a candle, and thousands of people singing the chourus of the John Lennon song "Give Peace A Chance".  The people of the world want world peace, not the governments of the world. Imagine every city on the globe uniting and joining the chorus!  Spread the word!  I will get thousands to go to the city of Liverpool here in the UK. Please let me know if you fancy doing this in your city. I hope you all join in on this special day. IMAGINE."
-
UK: STUDENT STRIKES, WAVE OF GAZA SOLIDARITY ACTION ON UK CAMPUSES NATIONAL STUDENT STRIKE CALLED FOR MARCH 13-19th,
-
The last two weeks have seen an extraordinary wave of solidarity in action for Gaza on Britain's campuses, with student occupations at 22 universities and colleges so far.
-
The students' demands have been for the universities and colleges to provide scholarships for Palestinian students; to send books and unused computers to Palestine; to condemn the Israeli attacks on Gaza; and to divest from Israel, specifically from investing in BAE, which supplies arms to Israel.
-
A victory for these demands has been won in the majority of universities and colleges which took action. More occupations are being planned on other campuses.
-
SEND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT
-
Five website have been set up by students involved in the protests against the occupation of Gaza, through which you can send messages of support.
-
-
JOIN THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE OCCUPATION OF GAZA 
-
If you are a student in university or college and want advice on how you can join the campaign against the occupation of Gaza, call 020 7278 6694. We will then put you in touch with students already organizing protests.
-
SPAIN: UNIONS THREATEN TO STRIKE, GOVERNMENT BACKS DOWN
-
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has backed away from labour reforms after the country's main union, the CCOO threatened a general strike.
(UPDATE- As this was being published Spain's judges were preparing to strike 2/18)
-
CHAD: UNIONS SHUT DOWN THE NATION
-
UST, which represents more than 50 unions in Chad, called for a national protest to send a warning to the government.
-
Chadian cities broke with the sound of citizens banging together pots and pans. Prohibited by the authorities from demonstrating in the streets, Chadians banged their utensils from inside their homes to protest the rising cost of living coupled with stagnant wages in the west African country.
-
When people tried to march in N'djamena — police and military dispersed the crowds, beating demonstrators. The protest idea came from the Coalition of Parties for the Defence of the Constitution, an umbrella group of opposition political parties.
-
"Workers, members of UST, decide unanimously to observe a General Strike," on Monday 16th February, their reaction to government's refusal to increase wages "despite immense financial resources generated by the sale of petrol", the body told national radio.
-
Please help publicize 'Strike Updates' as widely as possible by linking to OpEdNews articles in blogs and forums.





 




 

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

Whether you call it the world financial structure, the U.S. culture of waste, or the ability of the common man to make a decent living, the system is broken. It's time for the common man to go on strike. Join or support the March on Washingon (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Great Depression of 2009

WARNING: Tainted Chinese Milk products found on US shelves