The wildcat strike at the Opel plant in Bochum, Germany lasted for six
days. It reflected the growing militant mood of the German workers. The
situation at Opel also highlights the serious difficulties German
capitalism is facing. And yet suddenly after six days the workers voted
to go back to work. What was behind this decision? Hans-Gerd Öfinger
explains how the trade union officialdom did everything in their power
to bring the strike to an end.
In the aftermath of the Beslan massacre President Putin has used the
pretext of the fight against terrorism to abolish the direct election
of national deputies and regional governors. He has also introduced
other measures which are an attempt to gain tight control over the
state apparatus. But he is doing this as a growing disillusionments
spreads among the Russian masses. At the moment this remains below the
surface, but it must emerge in one form or another at some point.