The British majority in favour of leaving the EU (Brexit) was surprising, even shocking, to many. The discussion runs high on both the result and the causes. The confusion seems to be extraordinary high on the left, in Britain as in the rest of Europe. In reality, the result of the referendum reflects an EU in existential crisis, while the discussion reflects a left in deep political and ideological crisis.
Statement of the Congress of the Nordic Transport Workers’ Federation Malmoe, Sweden, 22-23 May 2014 The EU and the...
Global warming is not just a question of what might happen in the future. The process is already underway, and the consequences can be catastrophic. There is broad consensus among scientists (the UNIPCC), that global warming is man-made, and that the main cause is the use of fossil fuels.
The OWS movement has succeeded in bringing the issues of concentrated wealth, inequality, and the threat that oligarchy poses to democracy to public attention in the United States in a way that the labor movement has been unable to do on its own or even in coalition for decades.
21st – 22nd of May 2012
Redistribution of wealth – a question of social power: All over the world people are struggling on how resources and wealth should be distributed in society. People are seeking security and safety for themselves and their loved ones – in a struggle against strong economic and political interests. The distribution of wealth is closely related to democracy, taxation and the existence of universal public services accessible to everybody. Fundamentally, it is a question of distribution of economic and political power.
Trade unions should mobilise and demand immediate action.
The social conflict in Europe has intensified strongly over the past couple of years, in the wake of the financial crisis. The labour and trade union movement has been on the defensive ever since the neoliberal offensive started around 1980. The balance of power in our societies has thus shifted enormously over the past 30 years – from labour to capital, from democracy to market forces. Time is ripe, therefore, to fight back, to build broad social alliances and to reassess our strategies and tactics.
The Welfare Conference 2010 – Our Welfare Policies – is held at the Oslo Congress Centre 13-14 September 2010.