The process of
capitalist restoration in Serbia
has been brutal. Hundreds of thousands of workers in the old industries have
lost their jobs. The old social buffers provided by the planned economy have
been dismantled. In this atmosphere a sombre mood dominates the working class.
The only outlet the ruling class can offer is to keep whipping up nationalist
On Saturday, November 17, a massive demonstration of 70,000
workers and youth took place in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The workers
are fed up with low wages, high prices, cuts in services and privatisation.
They have had a taste of capitalism and clearly don’t like it.
This article was sent to us by Nikola VukobratoviÄ‡, who is the Chairman of the Socialist Youth of Croatia, the
youth organisation of the Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia. Since most of
our readers will not be familiar with the corruption scandals mentioned in the
article, we provide here a short introduction.
collapse of the former Yugoslavia
had led to a swathe of privatisations, cuts in social spending and a systematic
dismantling of all the gains of the past. But one event back on November
revealed that below the surface a new situation is brewing. Suddenly in
reaction to worsening conditions, the imposition and increase in fees and so on,
the students in one Faculty occupied the university building in an exemplary
We have received this article from the President
of the Workers' Communist Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although we may not
agree with every point in it, it gives a very good idea of the totally negative
effects of the break up of the former Yugoslavia on the living conditions of
workers on both sides of the divide. But there are signs that the class
struggle is simmering below the surface.
The break-up of the former Yugoslav Federation led to an unmitigated disaster for the workers of all the republics that emerged from the debris. This article shows how the Croatian economy entered a long period of depression, with very high levels of unemployment. Now a certain stabilisation has been achieved but only at the cost of accumulating a huge foreign debt.