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Job substitution

Doorbraak has published a lot of articles on the issue of forced labour for benefit claimants. The emphasis has mainly been on the regime they have to work under. But equally important is the substitution of regular paid work that is the consequence of forced labour. This substitution undermines the entire system of paid labour: why should an employer pay for workers when it is becoming easier all the time ...

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Greek employer threatens to lay off a pregnant employee if she doesn’t have an abortion!

ReINFORM invites European Trade Unions to condemn the following two incidents of employers' arbitrariness in Greece. We strongly believe that solidarity among European workers is a vital ingredient of the struggle for decent working conditions and a decent life. We hope that you share this belief and ask you to sign the following two declarations of support by the Trade Union of Salaried Engineers in Greece ...

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Zesduizend demonstranten tegen de participatiewet

Meer dan 6000 werknemers uit de publieke sector legden dinsdag 11 februari het werk neer om te demonstreren in Den Haag. De vakbonden Abvakabo FNV en CNV Publieke Zaak hebben werkers met een arbeidsbeperking opgeroepen om te protesteren tegen de nieuw participatiewet waarover de Tweede Kamer binnenkort besluit. De opkomst was het dubbele van verwacht, en uiteindelijk kwamen 145 gevulde bussen naar Den Haag ...

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Dear friends and fellow fighters, we the workers of VIO.ME will have been, in a few days from today, occupying the factory for one full year. Through practices of bottom up and direct democracy, we decided to realize what this motto stands for: Factories In Workers Hands. Through the same practices, we have also decided that society should also take part in our project. That’s why we ask for your signature ...

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The euro crisis and contradictions between countries in the periphery and centre of the European Union

The crisis that started in the United States in 2007-2008, hit the European Union head on in 2008, and has been causing major problems in the eurozone since 2010. [1]| Banks from the strongest European countries are responsible for spreading this plague from the United States to Europe, because they had invested massively in structured financial products. It is important to explain why this crisis has struc ...

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Lenin’s State and Revolution Today– The Preface

It's been 97 years since Lenin first wrote what has since become a "classic" of Marxism: The State and Revolution: The Marxist Theory of the State and the Tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution, hereafter referred to as SR. I propose to discuss the significance of this work for today (the beginning of the 21st Century) and so will not spend a lot of time discussing its relevance to the world of 97 years ...

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The struggle in the Greek universities

Greek university education is going through the most critical phase in its entire history, because the Ministry of Education is implementing a harsh mobility scheme for the administrative and technical staff of the country’s eight largest universities, reports Sissy Velissariou. ...

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State, Violence, Infrastructures and Public Spaces in the European periphery

Worried by the current crisis affecting the Eurozone and many other parts of the world, we also sometimes feel disempowered by our lack of deeper understanding of the mechanisms that have triggered such devastating developments. Some time back, Allegra started to explore the financial world (here),  the current transformations of Universities (here and here) as well as the power and failures of bureaucracie ...

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