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Italian workers demand ‘Strike, strike, strike’

19 October 2010
Up to one million workers marched in Rome on Saturday against finance minister Giulio Tremonti’s deficit reduction plans. He is forcing through a £22 billion cuts package—but is facing huge resistance.

Made in Jamaica: The contradictions and power of reggae music

20 October 2009
Made in Jamaica, a 2006 documentary film by French director Jerome Laperrousaz, finally receives a limited cinema release in Britain this week.

Italian student protest batoned by riot police

19 March 2009
Police blocked and attacked students at Rome’s La Sapienza university preventing them from leaving the campus in order to join a trade union rally in the city on Wednesday.

The fall of Rome

17 March 2009
With the world economy in freefall, it is not such a great leap of imagination to consider what the collapse of society might look like today.

Gonna Take Us All - Jon Fromer

03 March 2009
This new album from US activist and singer Jon Fromer highlights issues such as class and race through modern blues and folk songs.

Mass strikes and protests across Italy

31 October 2008
Up to a million students, teachers, lecturers, school students and their supporters demonstrated through Rome on Thursday 30 October, as parliament approved laws introduced by Silvio Berlusconi’s government to slash education funding and to axe thousands of teaching posts. Over 90 percent of the country’s schools were shut.

Mass protests in Italy to stop cuts

21 October 2008
Cries of "Berlusconi, now you know what people think of you!" rang through the streets of Rome last Friday as half a million people demonstrated against the right wing government. Milan and Turin each saw marches of 50,000 too.

Copperas Hill post workers refuse to cross picket line

07 October 2008
Postal Workers at Copperas Hill mail centre in LIverpool, which is earmarked for closure, refused to cross a picket line put up by striking Romec engineers on Monday of this week.

Promen's pay strike continues in Beccles

29 July 2008
Workers in the Unite union at Promens plastic packaging in Beccles, Suffolk, have stepped up their campaign for decent pay as they enter their third week of industrial action.

Promens plastics workers strike over paltry pay offer

16 July 2008
Some 140 workers in the Unite union struck at a plastic packaging manufacturers in Beccles, Suffolk on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week over a paltry pay offer.

UN offers no solution for food crisis of world’s poorest

10 June 2008
World leaders gathered in Rome last week for the World Food Summit organised by the United Nations’s Food and Agricultural Organisation in response to the deepening crisis caused by rising food prices.

UN food summit ducks the issues

03 June 2008
World leaders were meeting at the United Nations world food summit in Rome as Socialist Worker went to press.

Fascists attack students in Rome after university occupation

28 May 2008
On Monday students at Rome's La Sapienza university occupied, and stopped Roberto Fiore, leader of the hard line fascist Forza Nuova from addressing a conference. Fiore spent much of the 1980s in Britain, having fled Italy after being sought for involvement in the 1980 bombing of Bologna station which killed 85 people.

Frome demonstration for sacked Butler and Tanner print workers

06 May 2008
A demonstration in support of sacked print workers took place last Saturday in Frome in Somerset.

Empire of the Eagles: the myth of Rome

04 March 2008
Modern leaders looking for a ‘civilised’ way to dominate the world refer to the Roman Empire. Historian Neil Faulkner explained the brutal reality to Ken Olende

Crackdown on immigrants in Italy sparks violent racist backlash

06 November 2007
Italian police forced homeless people in Rome to leave their makeshift houses on the banks of the Tiber river last week in the start of a racist crackdown.

Anti-Bush demos in Italy and Poland

12 June 2007
Rome takes on Bush

Treaty of Rome anniversary: a European union for neoliberals

24 March 2007
There will be no street parties or popping of champagne corks in Britain to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The best that this country could manage was a half-hearted friendly football match between a Manchester United team and a motley collection of European footballers.

Amnesty for “illegal immigrants”: freedom or trap?

01 July 2006
Jack Dromey, deputy general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, has called for an amnesty for the estimated half million so-called "illegal immigrants" who work, without permission from the government, in the service economy, agriculture, cleaning and catering, and caring for the old and sick.

Challenge for the French left

25 March 2006
For the past ten years various French governments have been trying to break with what they call the "Juppé syndrome".

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