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Workers’ struggles in Canada, USA, Italy, France, German elections, anti-work and market self-management

Updated: 26-10-2021

Leaflet distributed by Klasbatalo during the CPE daycare workers’ strike in Quebec, 21-10-2021
The Generalized Crisis Requires a Generalized Struggle
“The present situation is one of deep capitalist crisis, wherein every worker faces a decimation of their real wages, brought on by a higher cost of living. Speculation in the housing market has seen rent shoot up 20% in the neighbourhood of Verdun alone, and this is no isolated incident. Decades of stretching supply chains to their limit has seen a shock to commodity prices, including at the grocery store which workers enter with no increase in their paychecks. The state’s response to the crisis was to protect capital at the expense of the working class.

In response to capital’s continued need to attack the conditions of our class, workers’ struggles have intensified in quantity and quality over the past year. Next to the 11,000 CPE workers, who have rejected a ridiculous “concession” by the province, the workers of 20 hotels across Quebec took strike action in September. Unfortunately, despite the initial size of this struggle, the workers at DoubleTree hotel in Montreal now find themselves striking alone and combatting scab labor. A strike wave has become felt across Canada and the United States. Nonetheless, whether it’s Kellogg’s’ workers in Pennsylvania or nurses in Alberta, our class has only faced this generalized crisis on an isolated, sectoral basis rather than a generalized struggle, as a class as a whole facing capital as a whole. Without a generalization in the struggle of our class, each sector will face the state and the bosses with a stark disadvantage. …”

ICP (Florence), 24-10-2021
IATSE: Kill the Proposal!

IATSE*) Members!

The struggle for better working and living conditions is crucial, not only in production but in all sectors of the economy. As workers, we have enormous power when acting collectively and in a concerted manner. The bosses are afraid of what we are capable of if we stand in solidarity with our fellow workers and comrades.

The strike presents us with a unique opportunity to connect with other workers and comrades. The union leadership wants to roll out a lengthy and compromising agreement with the AMPTP, but we don’t have to wait! for them to make decisions that will affect our livelihoods.

We are facing nearly unprecedented adversities at work and home. There is a pandemic, unemployment, homelessness, uncertainty and generalized insecurity. When we work together, we are stronger. When workers organize within their industry, but also with the rest of the labor force at large, we are capable of accomplishing more. We call this the class union.

The leadership has shown itself unable to protect the interests and gains of the rank and file. Why else would they immediately call to go back to work? Do they really have our interests in mind? Rushing into an agreement with the AMPTP risks compromising our safety and a steadfast position at the bargaining table.

The recent death on set of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injury of director Joel Souza is a tragedy and illuminates the need for better protections of film crews. While many employees had walked off that very set earlier that day over, among other things, these exact concerns shows that production companies and the bosses will do whatever they can to increase their profit margins at the expense of workers. Rather than meet with the union’s reasonable demands, producers would rather hire scabs. The bosses would rather cut corners than prevent injuries. Sadly, this unacceptable violation of workplace safety is not an isolated incident, but a link in a very long chain of injuries and deaths in the industry.

Across the US, and indeed the world, workers have attempted to create better working and living conditions for themselves; yet, at every step of the way, our bosses, their lackeys in state and federal governments and the bureaucrats in the regime unions, all work together to keep us down.

We need to expand our struggle. Vote NO on compromising with the bosses. It’s time to STRIKE!

There are also other IATSE members who are inspired by your threatened strike actions because they endure similar conditions to yours. Bring them with you! Make the industry a better one.

In deciding that we no longer need to put up with being put down, we are part of what workers everywhere are realizing: we don’t have to stand for this treatment. We are the ones that create the wealth of this world, and we deserve fair and safe working and living conditions. Hold strong, and broaden the struggle!

We have a world to win!

*) Wikipedia on IATSE, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees


Complete text of leaflet

ICP (Programma), 19/10/202
Due pesi e due misure: come sempre

Double standards: as always

On October 9 (two days before the general strike called by the grassroots trade unionism), during a demonstration against the green pass in the workplace, a handful of fascist elements belonging to the low labor force involved in the dirty business of Italian armored democracy attacks the Roman headquarters of the CGIL, while the “forces of order” pretend to react.

On October 11 (during the above-mentioned general strike of the grassroots unionism), in Prato, a squad of scabs treacherously attacked a garrison of workers who were fighting against black labor and poorly paid, with the indifference of the “forces of order”.

On October 18th (the day in which the umpteenth electoral carousel closes with a ballot), the “forces of law and order” clear out the Port of Trieste with batons, tear gas and water cannons. The Port of Trieste had been occupied for days by the dockworkers and various “solidarity” groups, mobilized against the green pass in the workplace.

As always, double standards: predictable and expected by those who have no illusions about the role of the State, the armed wing of National Capital.

Months ago we had already written about it, defining this measure as “a gracious gift to the bosses who, by resorting to it, can select and cut the workforce at will, implementing at the same time very useful divisions within it, without always having to resort to ‘unpopular’ tests of strength” (“Ideological preparation for the next war”, the communist program, n.4/2021) – a measure that goes along with the flurry of closures and relocations underway for months and destined to intensify in the near future.

We are not interested in the motivations that push individuals belonging to dazed, frightened, angry middle classes to take to the streets for the progressive erosion of privileges and social status, except in the sense that these mobilizations drown in a petty-bourgeois slime much more concrete and dramatic proletarian conditions, in free fall even before the pandemic exploded and even more devastating today, between the release of layoffs and repressive and divisive measures in the workplace, such as the green pass.

We are interested in the fact that, in a more and more decisive and less episodic way, the sense of their own potential strength, the refusal to submit to the “superior interests” of Capital and of the Nation, the need to delimit themselves with respect to all the forces, political and trade union, that operate in defense of those “interests”, will come back to the proletariat, the vigilance towards both the open provocations and the confused and confusing suggestions coming from social strata and groups that, more or less unconsciously, are the interpreters and bearers of those “interests”, even and above all when they proclaim themselves “victims and opponents” of those same “interests” by ranting without any construction.

The urgency of such a perspective in this direction is felt more strongly day after day and must be filled again with class content (objectives, methods, organization). We communists are aware of this and, within the limits of our forces, we work for it, strengthening and rooting the revolutionary party internationally, so that it can really and not just with words finally lead a renewed and combative class movement.

Complete text of leaflet

ICP (Le Prolétaire), 22-10-2021
Sullo sciopero dei portuali (Clpt) di Trieste e Monfalcone contro l’obbligo del green pass per i lavoratori

“… From the experience of the struggle of the workers in the port, and not only in Trieste, as well as the struggle of the logistics workers, riders, multinational companies that dismiss with extreme ease, and all situations in which workers in the name of economic recovery, productivity, competitiveness, are exploited even more bestially than before, from these experiences we must draw lessons that apply to all proletarians.

1) It is necessary to organize independently and not only from the state and institutional apparatuses, but also from the collaborating trade union and political apparatuses, on platforms of struggle that exclusively defend the immediate proletarian interests. This means going towards proletarian economic associations that do not distinguish between natives and immigrants, between specialists and unskilled, and that place among their demands those that are primarily unifying for all wage-earners, such as the drastic decrease of daily working hours, the increase of wages for the worst paid categories, the full wage for the laid-off, the laid-off and the unemployed.

2) The means of the struggle to defend the working conditions and the existence of the proletariat must certainly correspond to the real proletarian force that is mobilized, but they must be above and against the demands of the economic activity of the companies; the struggle against harmfulness, the increase in the pace of work, the increase in the tasks to be performed, overtime, the struggle for security measures, must be part of the basic demands of the proletarians; the struggle against scabs is part of the proletarian class struggle because scabs are one more weapon of the capitalists against the workers’ struggle. Workers’ assemblies must once again become the main means of direct participation of all proletarians in the defense of their interests, through which they decide objectives and means of struggle. The “right to strike” if it is not supported by the force of the struggle is worth nothing, as the strike of the Trieste dockers has shown; negotiations and “bargaining” with the “counterparts” must be carried on with the struggle continuing. And in order not to suffocate in isolation, corporate claims and general silence, the struggle must be taken outside the workplace, to the proletarians of other companies, in street demonstrations.

3) The workers’ struggle must be defended not only against the work and activity of the collaborationist trade unions and political organizations which have the task of deepening the competition between workers, but also against all the manifestations of solidarity which in reality have the task of belittling and diverting the struggle for the defense of the workers’ conditions of work and struggle in order to direct it towards interclass political ends and, therefore, in fact, anti-proletarian. Proletarian solidarity is class solidarity if it fully and exclusively shares the proletarian defense claims; it is a falsified, insidious, intoxicating solidarity, in any case to be kept away and separated from the proletarian struggle if its purpose is not to strengthen the proletarian struggle, but to use the weight and strength of the proletarian struggle to strengthen the shopkeeping interests of this or that popular movement. “

Communia, 17-10-2021
The antivaccine movement and the trade unions
“Since last Monday in Italy one can only work with a “Covid passport” (“green pass”). Although 85% of the population is vaccinated there remain some pockets of workers yet to be vaccinated victims of the anti-vax discourse. The “combative” unions like Cobas took a position similar to the one rehearsed by the Sud union and some branches of CGT in France, pitting workers against each other and against everyone’s needs in the name of a supposed “individual freedom” to put co-workers at risk. Unsuccessfully, for this time. But… How do we confront the anti-social alliance of the antivax and the trade unions
Contents:

  • Antivax and trade unions in Italy
  • The anti-vaccine drift of the petty bourgeoisie…
  • …find the union petty bourgeoisie…
  • …and is nourished by the transition from precarization to atomization”

Karel Ludenhoff, 20-10-2021
Where is Germany Going? What ‘Awakening’? What Renewal?
Summary: Some considerations about the recent German elections and a remarkable election result in Austria. – Editors.

“While the negotiations about the constitution of a new government in Germany are just beginning and are expected to be lengthy and drawn out, there are two reasons for us, the Left, to look closer to the recent elections in Germany at the federal level on September 26. Firstly, when we talk about Germany, we are talking about a country that is the dominating economic and political power within Europe and, because of its domination, carries the most weight for the political and economic role of the European Union in the world(-market). Secondly, we can observe a tendency in the German political domain (in which there is a lot of talk about “awakening” and “renewal”) a tendency we see everywhere in all election campaigns nowadays and, connected with this, a misunderstanding of the concept of a “turn to the left”. …”

Larry Cohen, 23-102-021
Letter from a Comrade in France
“Hi Loren,
You asked me whether the strength of the current protest movement against France’s “health pass” is above all attributable to anti-statist sentiment. Before I respond, here is some background, along with a few significant facts and figures. …”

Isadora de Andrade Guerreiro, 24-10-2021
Autogestão de mercado

“Market self-management

It is about asking, again, how to take the political leap towards collective autonomy, beyond managing the urgencies of entrepreneurship, whose logic seems to be disputing hegemony and brings bad omens.

The new post-covid businesses – justified by the deepening of emergency management – seem to be supported by “innovations” to increase productivity and reach popular layers (as workers, consumers, or investors): precarization, financialization, and use of technology. In this combo, the so-called “solutionism” goes beyond the technological field: by bypassing politics and any possibility of universality, it defuses conflicts through focalization, individualization, control, and consensus – promise of success with extinction of autonomy, especially collective autonomy. Neo-Lula-ism sold as “post-apocalyptic” should not escape these assumptions, that is, it will be the zombie phase of the apocalypse itself. About the multiplication of the undead by the pandemic, I wrote here and here – a next phase might be to write about the future management of this size.

I already started talking about the new faces of “solutionist” entrepreneurship when I addressed the new wave of Social Impact. It is worth revisiting some of the issues raised in that text, which have been developed and are proving to be the spearheads of “innovation” in the struggles of the coming period. Besides the MST-S.A. financing model – which changes the place of the collectivization of production in the age of finance – it is also worth looking at the place that solidarity networks, collective care and self-discipline can acquire within “solutionism”. One should be concerned about the perverse slippages between self-management and entrepreneurship
…..
It is up to the militants today to reflect on all this. Beyond the right or wrong side of history – which is only a moral judgment – the popular “change” is permanent and historical in our periphery. What is happening is a productive capture of the turn-over, politically directing it to its most perverse aspect. Maybe someone will correct me: “but this is not self-management, it is pure heteronomy”! It may even be, but the key here is not to point the finger, but to reflect on the forms of appropriation of the lexicon of solidarity and self-management, which empty their emancipating contents and redirect them in the name of “market freedom” – or the possibility of survival.

This form of mercantilized autonomy is also close to the logic of militia practices. It differs only in the degree of extortion through violence, but not in the business itself – which is also not concerned with the formality of relations, only with the flow of resources generated. If such social businesses achieve a certain degree of monopoly within a community, the degree of submission of the residents may approach that of militia practices.

The alternative historically constructed by the progressive left – state action via rights – appears, in this scenario, as one more (among several) of the possibilities for overcoming urgencies, activated by specific agents – social movements, for example – within the logic of “solutionism”. In other ways, the State appears only as an instrument of repression and dispossession. The framework of “rights,” however, exists, but it is modulated according to the language of a market that is not exactly concerned with the institutionalization and universalization of its services, but with monopolizable market niches. The lexicon that progressivism uses, therefore, doesn’t make much sense, except as one of several temporary and precarious ways out of the situation, in competition with so many others that are perhaps much more “efficient”.

It is about asking, again, how to make the political leap towards collective autonomy, beyond the management of the urgencies of entrepreneurship, whose logic seems to be disputing hegemony and brings bad omens. How to give meaning to self-management without sliding into semantic slippage, in a context that will increasingly appropriate this field of action?”

Passa Palavra, 26-10-2021
Greves e recusa ao trabalho nos EUA e no mundo: novo ciclo de lutas?

“Strikes and refusal to work in the US and around the world: a new cycle of struggles?

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The United States has this year witnessed the largest nationwide wave of strikes in decades. And now there is also a new phenomenon, dubbed The Great Resignation, characterized by mass layoffs or refusal to return to work as the covid-19 epidemic comes to an end, leaving the nation’s capitalists facing a labor shortage. Since April of this year, 20 million workers have resigned, 4.3 million in August alone – a monthly record that represents about 2.9% of the American workforce. In addition, workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic have refused to return to their old jobs, characterized by low wages and poor working conditions. Some of the hardest hit sectors are small retailers and the hotel, restaurant, and leisure industries. And to add to this scenario, there is a large increase in the number of retirements: by the third quarter of 2020, some 3.2 million Americans from the “Baby Boomers” generation (born between 1946 and 1964) have retired from the labor force, an increase of more than 100 percent over 2019.

To bring back the workers, employers have been forced to meet their demands and offer significantly higher wages, and this is occurring both in states where emergency relief continued to be paid by the government and in states where it was canceled, contrary to Republicans, for whom paying relief would encourage refusal to work. The situation is further exacerbated by the current economic upturn, with labor shortages preventing companies from meeting demand. Fear of the pandemic is certainly a factor, as is the fact that in many places schools and day care centers remain closed, but for Paul Krugman the real explanation lies in the fact that “the labor disruption created by the pandemic was a learning experience. Many of the people fortunate enough to be able to work from home realized how much they hated going from home to work each day; some of the people who worked in the leisure and hospitality sector realized, in their months of enforced inactivity, how much they hated their old jobs.” Furthermore, according to Danny Nelms, president of the consulting firm Work Institute, “the pandemic has lasted so long that it is affecting people mentally and physically. And these things are causing people to start rethinking their lives, careers, and work. Add to that the fact that there are 10 million new companies opening, and it’s not that hard to change jobs if you want to. There is also another factor. For decades the labor market has been reshaped in the sense of increasing informality and precariousness, and inflation has eroded wages and labor benefits.

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In this context, a curious phenomenon arises in the Reddit social network: the great growth of a “sub” (community/forum) called “Antiwork” , which proposes to be a space for promoting ideas for the abolition of work under capitalism and to encourage and support struggles in workplaces. The self-description of the “sub” is this: “a subreddit for those who want to stop working, who are interested in the end of work, who want to get a life as free from work as possible, want information about anti-work ideas and need help in their own jobs or struggles related to employment”. And its index contains more details , where the community summarizes its objective: “the objective of r/antiwork is to start a discussion, problematize the work as we know it today”.

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Despite all this, it is necessary to observe events with caution, for, first of all, social networks seem to have turned everything, including fights, into fashions: it is true that fashions can be more or less lasting, but what essentially characterizes them is their superficiality, which is why they spread quickly and have free transit between social classes. Are mass layoffs a passing fad? And are the workers, in the current rise of strikes, capable of overcoming the direction and obstacles imposed by the union bureaucracies, or by other bureaucracies that may replace them? It is worth considering, in this sense, that only 12% of the American labor force is unionized.

Secondly, there seems to be an exacerbated focus on oppressive relations, much to the taste of identitarianism, for example when the justification for dismissal is the existence of “toxic” bosses and work environments, in a personalization of the problem. Now, the struggles exclusively focused on oppressions, on the personalization of problems and on denunciationism, instead of consisting in a rupture with capitalism, through autonomous struggles properly speaking, tending to break with the relations of exploitation and focused on the self-management of economic production, are, in fact, an improvement of the mechanisms of competition by the workers themselves, which is seen as a form of militancy. This seems to be an offshoot of toyotism, which has assimilated the workers’ capacity for initiative and creativity, and now has as a byproduct the perfecting of competition among workers by the workers themselves. Will mass layoffs be engulfed by a wave of denouement and intra-working class conflict? Moreover, there currently seems to be an obsession with the free redesignation and reallocation of self (even if this reallocation is to some extent an objective fact of contemporary capitalism), and with an ultra-individualistic self-determination that is averse to collaboration in potentially conflictual relationships, which ultimately leads to an infantilization of the adult When faced with conflict situations, they find an escape valve in redesigning themselves (through identities) or relocating themselves (circumscribing their activities to spaces apparently free of contradictions, where they relate to themselves or to others with whom they identify). Are workers not only renouncing precarious and poorly paid work, but also the conflict, precisely in those spaces where it manifests itself most directly? In this aspect, we can also consider these tendencies as reflections of the decrease in struggles and strikes in workplaces in recent decades in the United States, which means that a very significant portion of the workers, especially the younger ones, have little or no experience in collective struggles in the world of work.

From the capitalists’ point of view, some are looking positively at the phenomenon of increased layoffs and shared criticism of jobs as a continuation of the restructuring currently taking place in workplaces: “Both managers and employees are reimagining the way we work. It’s a time where everyone is rethinking everything,” says Daniel Shapero, COO of LinkedIn, when commenting on the large wave of layoffs.

In the sense of the assimilation of struggles, the problem of social networks is also deeply related to toyotism, because it is no longer about physical barriers and frenetic rhythms preventing the organization of workers, as in Fordism, but rather a seduction, of mobilizing for other things, or for none, but with the logic of occupying dead time and making room for intellectual creation. So even conspiracy can be a pastime, something to talk about, to create an aesthetic, a whole production that inhabits the individual mind of each user and nothing else. Is it not possible that in this new mode of antisocial environment the emergence of disruptive behavior that radically questions work processes is possible?

Another element to be considered is the denial of work, which takes the place of the denial of exploitative relations at work, which turns left-wing activists, especially in the libertarian milieu, into apologists for leisure. Now, the apology of idleness constitutes one of the obstacles to struggles, insofar as it spreads among militants the notion that struggles are autonomous when they can freely decide when they will (or will not) take on tasks and responsibilities, when they will (or will) mobilize and act. Unable to exercise autonomy through self-management in the sphere of the economy and through unrestricted political participation through direct democracy, not only in decision-making bodies linked to the State, but also in institutions controlled by the bureaucratic left, and often facing serious difficulties for stable insertion in the labor market, workers may end up facing as the only possibility of autonomy the “autonomous” refusal to work, both in the sphere of companies and in the sphere of militancy, introducing a factor of permanent demobilization. Is this the fate of this massive movement of strikes and layoffs?

Finally, a feeling (or rather resentment) of “enough is enough” seems to be very present in this wave of refusal to work, something that both the identitarians and the fascist far right know how to exploit very well. Will workers be able to avoid this trap?”


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10 Comments on “New from internationalist sites

  1. The IOD text
    The Mediterranean at the centre of dangerous differences
    Stampa Email
    Created: 01 April 2021 Last modified: 01 April 2021
    Written by Gaetano Fontana-+
    http://www.istitutoonoratodamen.it/joomla34/index.php/francais/561-med-centre
    Il Mare (ex) nostrum al centro di dispute pericolose.
    Dalla rivista D-M-D’ N°16.
    http://www.istitutoonoratodamen.it/joomla34/

    It has a journalistic tone, selectively providing limited data and therefore leaving others unconsidered, but above all, failing to grasp the complexity of what it intends to explain. It leaves out Morocco and its zonal role, the situation in Algeria (class struggles, Hirat, with regard to the Polisario Front, and the issue of jihadists acting in North Africa, Mali, etc.), the situation in Tunisia and the role of political Islam and the class struggle. Egypt does not appear, being a major player in the area…Finally, there are also two parts with notorious errors and inaccuracies, in relation to Libya and Syria.
    They write:
    “Libya remains internally divided by external forces, in Syria the political and military elites seem increasingly weakened, and both are clearly far from finding peaceful solutions.”
    This does not correspond to the current situation, there is already a government of national unity… and they stopped the war months ago:
    https://inter-rev.foroactivo.com/t16p550-libia-internacionalismo-proletario-frente-a-apoyo-a-bandos-capitalistas#78307
    Obviously the ideology of the “permanent imperialist war” plays tricks and encourages the alteration of the reality of events and class alignments.
    And they also write:
    “In the geopolitical sphere of the Middle East, Russia came to the fore for its intervention in the Syrian conflict in 2011. From Assad’s violent repression of opposition sectors, this conflict turned into a civil war, until it acquired international relevance.
    In this context, the US, Britain, France and Turkey supported the rebels, while on the other side, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah supported the Assad regime. Turkey will then change its strategy to side with Russia, which is also pro-Assad, and above all to contain the Kurdish militias, probably allied with the PKK”.
    The first paragraph is accurate, but in the second they distort Turkey’s role…which is not on Russia’s side but exerts pressure in the northern military strip against Assad’s and Russia’s forces, electively striking at the patriotic Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) forces, favouring anti-government and Islamist Syrian nationalists fighting against the government, Russian forces and those of the patriotic Kurds…. The IOD text misunderstands the interweaving of interests, strategies and tactics of military and political intervention of the main bourgeois forces active and influential in the area.

    https://inter-rev.foroactivo.com/t9994-critica-del-texto-del-instituto-onorato-damen-il-mare-ex-nostrum-al-centro-di-dispute-pericolose-d-m-d-n16#78313

    Internationalist greetings
    Aníbal.
    (8-04-2021)

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  2. Proletarian Strikes in Geogia. Communia-Emancipation article “Epidemic” of strikes in Georgia.28 May, 2021:

    https://es.communia.blog/huelgas-en-georgia/

    hardly mentions the existence and (negative) work of trade union structures. It only mentions one strike (at the Rustavi Azot fertilizer plant, the largest chemical plant in the country), where a part of the working class was satisfied with the company’s offer and joined a new trade union, while another part of the working class did not accept it. This is the case, but there are reports that this union is increasing its presence and membership, although there are also expressions of wildcat strikes, uncontrolled and spontaneous, or with limited control of the union structure.

    One can read:

    … “500 new members joined the STIMMCG, which will represent workers’ interests in the upcoming negotiations.
    Tamaz Dolaberidze, president of STIMMCG, said:
    “We thank all those who have supported the strike, including the majority representation of Rustavi in the Georgian Parliament, the municipality and the regional administration of Lower Kartlia. We hope that the company’s management will continue negotiations in the same constructive spirit as at the end of the strike.”
    Translated from French. Source
    http://www.industriall-union.org/fr/en-georgie-les-travailleurs-de-la-chimie-obtiennent-de-meilleures-conditions-apres-une-greve
    “The participants of the strike reached an agreement with the management of Rustavi Azot OJSC to resume work from May 3, said Tamaz Dolaberidze, chairman of the Trade Union of Employees of the Mining, Metallurgical and Chemical Industry.”
    …” The company’s employees expressed their desire to re-establish the union at Rustavi Azot and about 500 employees have applied to the industry union, says Mr Dolaberidze.
    Rustavi Azot JSC is the largest chemical company producing industrial chemicals and mineral fertilisers in Transcaucasia. According to the official website of Rustavi Azot, the company employs more than 2,000 people”.
    Translated from Russian.Source:
    https://www.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/363577

    In this company there were incidents and struggles in 2017 , with employer repression, union disaffiliation, and pressure from the union to be considered legally valid interlocutor ;
    http://www.industriall-union.org/es/continua-la-represion-sindical-en-rustavi-azot-en-georgia

    Communia-Emancipation makes an effort to find sources of information, but selects them according to its ultra-left sect ideology. Thus, what has to do with trade unionism is limited, especially when old or new trade union structures have good repercussions in their favour in the working class milieu.
    Distorting what is happening, ideologically biased, is not only negative, but also prevents the formulation and practice of an internationalist communist intervention.
    …………………………….
    More:

    Strikes in Georgia
    https://inter-rev.foroactivo.com/t879p25-caucaso-rusia-chechenia-daguestan-ingushetia-georgia#80139

    Recent trade union and employers’ actions in Georgia
    http://www.industriall-union.org/es/archive/icem/reconocen-formalmente-a-sindicato-de-trabajadores-mineros-y-metalurgicos-de-georgia
    http://www.industriall-union.org/es/trabajadores-del-sector-quimico-de-georgia-obtienen-mejores-condiciones-tras-una-huelga
    http://www.industriall-union.org/es/continua-la-represion-sindical-en-rustavi-azot-en-georgia
    http://www.industriall-union.org/es/georgia
    https://www.ituc-csi.org/importante-victoria-sindical-en?lang=en
    https://www.ituc-csi.org/georgia-avanza-despacio-hacia-el?lang=en https://inter-rev.foroactivo.com/t10157-communia-emancipacion-y-las-huelgas-obreras-en-georgia#80163

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  3. From international trade and the weaknesses of Cuban capital to the problems of the working class.

    Cuban capitalism does not matter any more BECAUSE OF ITS PROBLEM OF PAYING BOTH ITS INTERNATIONAL DEBTS AND THE ACQUISITION OF IMPORTS, A PROBLEM FUNDAMENTALLY DERIVED FROM AN INSUFFICIENT RATE OF CAPITAL ACCUMULATION AND ITS WEAK PRODUCTIVITY RATE.
    All this is linked on the one hand to the characteristic tendencies of a third rate capital on the world scale, to the management model of PCero state capitalism, TO ITS NEED FOR DIRECT AND INDIRECT SOCIAL CONTROL, TO DEFENCE EXPENSES, TO THE NEED FOR A HIGH LEVEL OF CAPITAL AND TO ITS WEAK PRODUCTIVITY INDICATORS.
    https://www.indexmundi.com/es/datos/cuba/gasto-militar

    …. and US pressures on Cuba not to get credit from US capital and the rest of the world in its orbit, and the growing weakness of Venezuela’s aid and trade. Russia and China issue limited aid, but conditional on economic growth and a capacity to pay that the Cuban economy is currently unable to develop.the times of the USSR injecting capital are long gone, and attempts to replace it have been limited.that is why the pressure of the US embargo is being felt so strongly. The government of US capital knows well that the Cuban economy cannot import as much as Cuban capital would like to develop its business and eliminate the protests of hunger and misery. It uses the embargo to press for political changes to eliminate Cuba’s one-party PC regime and the state monopoly, notoriously hardened by and for Castro’s military leadership.

    Some determinations and resulting political consequences
    This one-party regime, associated by the working class with misery and oppression, with exploitation by a bureaucratic faction, together with the national-popular economic and political practice that masks the “communist” discourse, negatively affect the capacity of the proletariat to generate really revolutionary tendencies for true communism, internationalist and radical critical. The Cuban proletariat will have to see in action, i.e. suffer, the “delights” of the demoliberal system and private capitalism, its links with the state and mixed models, as in other parts of the world and in similar economies in terms of power and capacity on the world market. The Cuban Communist Party still has the resources to maintain itself for a while, at the cost of reforms that it will try to control and manage according to its own interests. The scheme and relations degrade but do not yet give way and implode. Attrition continues and bourgeois opposition tendencies are still weak. Their rise will take time and time, and in this historical journey the working class will have a lot to realise and a lot of illusions about liberal-democratic capitalism to shake off. Those who are enthusiastic about a proletarian revolutionary solution against all variants of capital are mistaken: it is one thing to go out and protest because it is overflowing and another to have the lucidity to reject from state capitalism to private capitalism and to act accordingly.

    Anibal

    More information:
    https://inter-rev.foroactivo.com/t10311-lucha-de-clases-y-capitalismo-en-cuba-condiciones-y-estrategias#81789

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  4. Taliban advance, friendships and support$.

    US and UK advise citizens to leave Afghanistan in the face of Taliban advance
    https://www.vozpopuli.com/internacional/afganistan-avance-taliban.html

    China reaches a deal with the Taliban?
    https://supchina.com/espanol/china-llega-a-un-acuerdo-con-los-talibanes/
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    How the intervention of major powers of imperialist capitalism in Afghanistan facilitated the Taliban’s sweeping offensive… after they ceased their important business and walked away… leaving to a mediocre army the “defence” of the civilian population… which is to a large extent terrorised by the coming of the Taliban… and the actions of radical Islamism (Islamic State), attacked temporarily by the Taliban movement with the approval of the USA:

    Afghanistan: elections. Political and military struggles. – Page 16 Thumbs_b_c_343394ff98f06b98cf938ea4dfb415cb

    DOHA, CATAR – FEBRUARY 29: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) sign a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban, in Doha, Qatar, February 29, 2020. (Fatih Aktas – Anadolu Agency)
    https://www.aa.com.tr/es/mundo/los-talibanes-aplastan-a-daesh-isis-con-el-apoyo-limitado-de-los-eeuu-/1761416

    How the Taliban movement, which was created to harass and drive Russian imperialism out of Afghanistan, is taking back a part of the country, in a growing offensive…
    Of the opprobrium and iniquity of the competing bourgeois interests in Afghanistan. The “example” of the USA
    https://www.eleconomista.es/internacional/noticias/10387275/02/20/Estados-Unidos-y-los-taliban-firman-un-historico-acuerdo-de-paz-para-Afganistan.html
    US capital and its allies are no longer able to make ends meet in Afghanistan. Their military presence is a cost they are no longer willing to bear. They let the Taliban control borders and levy taxes and duties on trade, movement of people…
    https://www.dw.com/es/talibanes-dicen-controlar-el-90-por-ciento-de-las-fronteras-de-afganist%C3%A1n/a-58602507
    A lot of people are trying to get the hell out of this hornet’s nest:
    https://www.rfi.fr/es/asia-pacifico/20210726-afganistan-desplazados-combates-talibanes
    China supports the Taliban:
    https://es.euronews.com/2021/07/28/china-apoya-a-los-talibanes
    https://elpais.com/internacional/2021-07-28/china-y-los-talibanes-consolidan-su-acercamiento.html
    There is media rum-rum about the motives, possible agreements and tactical confluence between China and the Taliban:
    https://www.elconfidencial.com/mundo/2021-08-07/que-se-le-ha-perdido-a-china-en-afganistan_3219120/
    The Taliban movement is forging closer ties with Pakistan:
    The Afghan government and the US have persistently accused Pakistan of training and funding the Taliban, something Islamabad has always denied.
    https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20190925/47630796666/por-que-los-talibanes-aun-no-han-sido-derrotados-tras-18-anos-de-guerra.html
    Chinese capitalism is developing important business in Pakistan and close ties with its authorities:
    China is already negotiating political support for the Taliban to increase its strategic business in Afghanistan.
    https://www.infobae.com/america/mundo/2021/07/31/china-ya-negocia-apoyo-politico-a-los-talibanes-para-incrementar-sus-estrategicos-negocios-en-afganistan/
    Pakistani authorities pulling strings, intelligence services… and more than strings, in their eagerness to confront India:
    https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/pakistan-taliban-us-troop-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-by-shashi-tharoor-2021-06/spanish
    The Taliban continue to deal in opium… among other goods…
    The Taliban make about $200 million a year from drug sales, an amount the US says is more than the insurgents need to cover the costs of their war against international and local troops.
    https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20190925/47630796666/por-que-los-talibanes-aun-no-han-sido-derrotados-tras-18-anos-de-guerra.html
    And Iran’s bourgeoisie sees dangers in the making:
    https://www.wionews.com/world/exclusive-pakistans-support-to-taliban-will-endanger-security-of-afghanistan-warns-former-iran-president-mahmoud-ahmadinejad-402655

    Afghanistan: elections. Political and military struggles. – Page 16 VKZPTBYBS2GXRXJDZMR3DHRH5Q

    Uighur separatism on the “Agenda” of negotiations between China and the Taliban…among other issues and business$:

    For his part, the Chinese foreign minister stressed that they expect the Taliban to “deal decisively” with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, as they consider it a “direct threat to China’s national security”, referring to a group Beijing says is active in the Xinjiang region in the far west of the country. Beijing has said it fears that neighbouring Afghanistan could be used as a foothold for the separatists.

    …Beijing sees the departure of US troops from Afghanistan as a “victory” that could facilitate the expansion of its Belt and Road Initiative into Afghanistan and across the Central Asian republics. In the same vein, the Asian giant could establish a strategic corridor that would allow it, together with its old ally Pakistan, to exert more pressure against its common rival, India.

    On the sidelines of the meeting between the Taliban delegation and senior Chinese officials, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on an official visit to India, has warned that Afghanistan will become a “pariah state” if the Taliban take control by force. “The Taliban say they seek international recognition, they want international support for Afghanistan. Presumably, they want their leaders to be able to travel freely around the world, sanctions to be lifted, etc.,” he told reporters.

    https://atalayar.com/content/los-talibanes-miran-china-para-reforzarse.
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    https://inter-rev.foroactivo.com/t3666p375-afganistan-elecciones-luchas-politicas-y-militares#82072

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