Earlier this month the German
railways were brought to a halt by a paralysing strike. There is a real mood of
militancy among German rail workers, but at the top in the trade unions deals
are going ahead that envisage the privatisation of the railway network with a
generalised worsening of working conditions, lowering of safety levels and so
heads of government of the G8 are meeting in Heiligendamm in Germany. But
they are being heavily protected from the harsh social realities that have
emerged in Germany.
Thousands of protestors are also there. Significantly, there are several
important strikes that have affected life in Germany. This may also explain
“police tactics” that seemed designed to provoke violent conflict, rather than
play it down.
In mid-June the WASG and the Linkspartei.PDS
will come together and form a new left-wing party, Die Linke. Hans-Gerd-Öfinger
looks at the significance of this development and the perspectives for this new
off Venezuela in Germany played a decisively role in some successful public meetings with Che Guevara's
daughter, Aleida Guevara, last week. 450 workers, youth and Latin
American immigrants attended the Frankfurt meeting on Saturday, 25
March, and 250 were packed into the hall in Wiesbaden two days
The Grand Coalition of the SPD and Christian Democrats has now been in office for some months. Its programme is “more of the same”, further privatisations and cuts in social spending. Although this may hold for a while, beneath the surface a new mood is developing. The signs are already there in some significant strikes such as that of the Gate Gourmet workers.