We are publishing two articles from the Italian Marxist journal Falcemartellowhich give a clear indication of the level of militancy that is developing
among the workers in Italy. Both the FIAT Melfi and the Alitalia disputes
highlight the growing contradiction between the will to struggle on the part of
the workers and the constant striving to hold down the movement on the part of
the union leaders. This cannot last for ever.
In March the PRC is holding its 6th congress. Bertinotti, the party secretary, has made a very sharp turn to the right. For instance, he is no longer calling for the immediate withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq. All this is part of a deal which would allow the party to be part of a grand coalition if the Centre-Left, “Olive Tree” alliance wins the next elections in 2006. At this congress the Marxists of Falcemartello have succeeded in getting their opposition congress document accepted as an official document, which is an enormous step forward for them.
On the weekend of 4-5 December, the national meeting of the comrades of the Fifth Document took place. The meeting was held in the premises of the PRC branch of via Confalonieri, Milan, with 140 comrades present from all over the country.