Something interesting is going on in the city of Stuttgart, one of the regional success stories of the German system of Mitbestimmung, or ‘co-determination’, where workers have a role in the management of companies. The dominant trend in Germany is of co‐determination becoming ‘crisis corporatism’, in which the unions concede low wages and increases in hours, ostensibly to save jobs. But in...
Labour and Unions
The recent massacre of striking miners in South Africa has captured international headlines for weeks now. South Africa is, by all accounts, the world’s richest country in terms of the value of its mineral resources. In 2010 these were valued at $2.5–$4.5 trillion.
Mining is a lucrative business opportunity right now. The demand for commodities for the growing economies of China, India and Brazil is high. Even recession-hit Europe needs coal to feed its power stations and platinum for its auto industries. The South African government is banking on mining as the country's route to development. What then are the implications of the Marikana massacre?
TNI is pleased to invite you to a briefing on the topic in our attic on Monday 17 September 2012 from 16h00 to 17h30 (followed by drinks). The briefing will be given by Brian Ashley, editor of Amandla magazine, the foremost forum for independent progressive debate in South Africa. See www.amandla.org.za.
Please RSVP by sending an email to email@example.com or indicate that you are joining on our facebook page.
El Transnational Institute (TNI), en cooperación con el centro de investigación CIDADE de Brasil y el Programa Latinoamericano de Educación a Distancia en Ciencias Sociales (PLED) organiza un curso virtual sobre Democracia Participativa, Gestión Urbana y Capitalismo de Crisis. El curso comenzará el 10 de septiembre y estará compuesto por una serie de doce sesiones semanales....
Desde el comienzo de la actual crisis económica global, el centro del análisis crítico y del odio público ha sido el capital especulativo. En la narrativa populista, fueron las impresionantes trampas de los bancos en una atmósfera de desregulación las que condujeron al colapso económico. La “economía financiera”, caracterizada como parasítica y mala, fue contrapuesta a la “economía real”, de la...
Ever since the beginning of the current global economic crisis, the focus of both critical analysis and public odium has been speculative capital. In the populist narrative, it was the breathtaking shenanigans of the banks in an atmosphere of deregulation that led to the economic collapse. The “financial economy,” characterized as parasitic and bad, was contrasted to the “real economy,” which...
The collapse of the Irish economy has come as a particular shock to many people, at home and abroad, because of its seemingly remarkable success in the preceding years, the period of very rapid economic growth that saw the country, from the early 1990s onwards, described as the ‘Celtic Tiger’. However, that era in fact consisted of two distinct phases. In the first phase, before 2001, growth...
European Conference on 31 May 2011, 9h - 18h
In the European Parliament (Brussels) - in partnership with the GUE/NGL Parliamentary group
Since May 2010, the policies pushed by the E.U. and carried out in each country are greatly worsening the social, economic and situation and democratic situation. The austerity plans and the question of the public debt are at the heart of social and political conflicts. The “pact for Euro” marks yet another stage in the determination of the dominant forces in Europe to abolish the social model and to open the doors to social regression and taking democracy away. It removes any perspective of Europe’s emerging from the crisis.
On the pretence of fighting the crisis, budgetary deficits and State debts, the European Union and the governments of all our countries have initiated austerity policies that threaten all our populations, increase poverty and unemployment, attack all public expenditure for social solidarity and justice, all systems of social security and make unrealistic choices necessary for the environment.
Job shedding and insecurity as well as wage reductions are returning while bonuses and profits of big business and the banks are rising more than ever. The EU wants to impose regulation of wages, a drop in the level of indebtedness and to this end policy of massive reductions in national budgets and public expenditure. This will increase social inequality, call into question public services and further reduce access to basic needs and fundamental rights for everyone.
There are many mobilisations taking place against this, but they are still scattered. We hope to contribute to thinking about alternatives, to building effective solidarity and European-wide convergence of initiatives that develop in many countries.
We intend to appeal to all those who are mobilising and resisting, who want to take part in a perspective of Europe-wide struggle. We also intend to intensify the demand that Europe play another role in the world, particularly in solidarity with the Arab revolutions that are carriers of democratic and social demands as well as that of a new vision of relations between Europe and other regions of the world.
We ask you to take part in this conference, which will be broadly open (translation into different languages). It will take place in two stages:
Morning: the alternatives to austerity
Afternoon: the mobilisations in various countries and common perspectives
Since September 2010, forces involved in the European Social Forum and In European social mobilisations wished to organise this conference, a year after the European-wide hyper-austerity agreement, which will take place in partnership with the GUE/NGL Parliamentary group.
ATTAC (Germany, France, Hungary, Flanders), CADTM (France, Belgique, Suisse, Greece, Spain, Poland), Transform! Europe, Euromarches, Solidaires (France), FGTB (Belgium), EuroMemo Group, Forum soziales Europa (trade unionist network), Joint Social Conference, TransNational Institut (TNI, Amsterdam), Prague Spring II Network (CEE), Greek social Forum, Austrian Social Forum, Forum social de Belgique, Hungarian social forum network, Espaces Marx (France), Socialismo21 (Spain), Copernic Foundation (France), Mémoire des luttes (France), Patas Arriba, Nicos Poulantzas Institut (Greece), Society for European Dialogue (SPED, Czech Republic), Initiative des femmes en mouvement contre la dette et les plans d’austérité, Transform ! Brussels, World march women, Rood (Flanders), Coalition of Resistance (UK), WIDE (W omen In Development Europe), Realpe (European network of progressive local deputies); cgt-fsu-solidaires du havre de grève.
Have also already announced their participation: European Association for the Defence of Human Rights/Association Européenne pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (AEDH); European Feminist Initiative; Ligue des droits de l’homme (France), Fédération syndicale unitaire (FSU, France) ; trade unionists from different countries.
Attending from TNI: Brid Brennan
Delegations from Reclaiming Public Water Network and Public Services International participated in the Global Water Operator Partnerships (GWOPA) Congress held on 20-21 March in Cape Town, South Africa. The video features unionists, activists as well as public water managers from Spain, Morocco, Netherlands and Uruguay who present their vision for Public Public Partnerships in the water secto...
Message from TNI's Water Justice Project...
In December 2010, hundreds of water union workers in Jakarta (Indonesia) protested against the privatisation of the water service in the city. The workers demanded an end to contracts with private foreign companies Suez and Thames on the grounds that they have not brought their promised investments and service improvements, and have worsened labour conditions for workers.