In the last year, the metro workers have written one of the most inspiring pages in the history of the Argentinean working class of the last 30 years. The workers launched an all-out struggle for a wage increase and achieved a historic victory in their struggle for the six hour working day. After four months of intense struggle the metro workers defeated the bosses. We thank everybody who participated in the international solidarity campaign. For further information on the outcome of the conflict please see this article (in Spanish)
Written by Alan Woods in September 1971, two years before Pinochet's military coup. Warned against the threat of a military coup if the Popular Unity government failed to mobilise the masses and carry out a genuine socialist programme.
The labour standards which the Brazilian workers have won over the years are once again
being threatened by the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The unions organised in
the CUT (Central Workers' Union Confederation) are organising a nationwide general strike
for the beginning of March.
The recent gathering of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre showed clearly how the
anti-globalisation movement is becoming more and more dominated by career politicians, and
groups and organisations that do not really represent the millions of youth who look to
this movement for an alternative to the capitalist system. The capitalist class
internationally is using a dual tactic. On the one hand, where they feel it to be
necessary (as in Genoa) they use the most repressive and brutal methods to try to crush
the movement. On the other hand they try to corrupt the movement and direct it away from
radical anti-capitalist ideas.