In the last few months the level of activity of nazi organisations in Vorarlberg has risen dramatically. These developments have reached a new qualitative stage when about 1000 nazis from Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic attended a concert on the October 12 this year in Hohenems. As reaction to the inactivity of the Executive and the policy of the Regional authorities concerning the Nazi concerts in Vorarlberg, the marxist-led Vorarlberg Socialist Youth (SJ) started to build antifascist committees in the schools and called for the formation of a platform called "No Nazi Concerts in Vorarlberg".
On April 23 the National Executive of the ÖGB, the umbrella organisation of
13 trade unions (the equivalent of the British TUC), took a historic step in its
unanimous decision to call for strike action. This comes after five decades of
class-collaboration and so-called "consensus" democracy.
Tuesday afternoon Vienna saw the biggest thunderstorms people can remember.
Despite these catastrophic weather conditions 200,000 workers turned up from all
over the country in response to the call of the ÖGB (Austrian Trade Union
Federation) to protest against the proposed pensions "reform".
Today Austria is going on strike. It is the biggest strike movement the country has seen for decades. All sections of the Austrian working class will participate in this mobilisation against the pensions reform planned by the right wing government.
146 comrades attended our "Pfingstseminar", a socialist youth camp
organised by the Marxist tendency of "Der Funke" in co-operation with
several branches of the Young Socialists (Sozialistische Jugend, SJ) and other
left wing youth organisations.
Earlier this year we witnessed the reawakening of the Austrian working class in a series of huge mass mobilisations. The bureaucratic leadership of the unions called off the movement without having gained any major concessions. If they think that was the end of it then they have surprises coming their way.