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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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The sad sunset of a model: the Swedish welfare between precarization and struggles

The sad sunset of a model: the Swedish welfare between precarization and struggles | real utopias | Scoop.it

The text which follows tells about the successful struggle of nurses who in 2013 organized in several Swedish cities against the reform of labour contracts.


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Workers occupy Turkish coal plant's entrance, block road to oppose privatization - Hurriyet Daily News

Workers occupy Turkish coal plant's entrance, block road to oppose privatization - Hurriyet Daily News | real utopias | Scoop.it
A group of workers blocked a highway for over half an hour on Dec. 1, in protest at the imminent privatization of the Yatağan coal plant in the southwestern province of Muğla
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The twilight of neoliberalism: can popular struggles create new worlds from below? - Open Democracy

The twilight of neoliberalism: can popular struggles create new worlds from below? - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it


Geopolitically, the “New World Order” which was once supposed to represent a permanent post-Cold War settlement is in serious trouble.

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Argentina. RR Donnelley: workers occupied the factory to put it into production against the illegal closure of the multinational company’s factory

Argentina. RR Donnelley: workers occupied the factory to put it into production against the illegal closure of the multinational company’s factory | real utopias | Scoop.it

(Garín district, Buenos Aires, 12/8/14). Trade union delegate Jorge Medina said: “after closing its plant in the Garín district of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in a totally illegal fashion, leaving more than 400 families on the street, and that the Ministry of Labour confirmed that the company is breaching the ruling of the court that ordered both sides to have (compulsory) arbitration to resolve the labour dispute, the shop stewards’ committee and workers at R.R. Donnelley have resolved in an assembly to occupy the factory and begin production, in order to defend the 400 jobs. The workers denounce this closure as illegal and we are not going to be intimidated. We demand the immediate re-opening of the plant under the same working conditions, number of workers and salaries. If the company alleges that it is in bankruptcy we will begin production.

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Police, strikers clash in Brazil a week before World Cup's opening game - Tico Times

Police, strikers clash in Brazil a week before World Cup's opening game - Tico Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO — Police clashed with striking subway workers in Sao Paulo on Friday as traffic chaos gripped the Brazilian mega-city less than a week before it hosts the World Cup’s opening game.

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Biggest Fast-Food Worker Strike Yet Covers Six Continents - Working In These Times

Biggest Fast-Food Worker Strike Yet Covers Six Continents - Working In These Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

It’s 6 a.m. in Chicago, and the bitingly cold, drizzly weather seems oblivious to the fact that it’s May 15th. And yet, a crowd of more than 100 people wearing red ponchos has formed outside of a McDonald’s restaurant downtown, where they’re dancing to mariachi music. 

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Social struggle - I Would Prefer Not To

Social struggle - I Would Prefer Not To | real utopias | Scoop.it

What makes uprisings rise up? What makes an individual dissenter decide to go against the grain? This discussion will include Nathan Schneider, author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, based on his reporting on Occupy Wall Street for magazines including Harper's and The Nation; Louisa Thomas, author of Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family, the story of conscientious objectors in her own family during World War I; and Peter Dimmock, author of the novel George Anderson: Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time, a tale of an ingenius form of dissent.

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CNRP's Protest Culminates in 25000-Strong Street March - The Cambodia Daily (subscription)

CNRP's Protest Culminates in 25000-Strong Street March - The Cambodia Daily (subscription) | real utopias | Scoop.it

If opposition supporters are wearied by the CNRP’s continuing boycott of parliament, they refused to show it on Friday as an estimated 25,000 people turned out for the final day of a three-day protest that delivered petitions and letters to eight foreign embassies and the U.N., seeking help to end the political deadlock.

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Belgium: Class trade unionism seeks political expression - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Belgium: Class trade unionism seeks political expression - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

October 17, 2013 -- International Viewpoint -- In the social and political history of Belgium, May 1, 2012, could mark a milestone. On that day the leaders of the Charleroi regional branch of the socialist trade union General Federation of Belgian Labour (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique/Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, FGTB/ABVV) — the second biggest in the country, with 102,000 members — publicly broke with the social-democratic party and called for a rallying of the left to the perspective of a new broad, anti-capitalist force to the left of the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Greens. An unprecedented thunderbolt… and not without consequences.

 
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Three Things Activists in the Office Can Learn from the Street

Three Things Activists in the Office Can Learn from the Street | real utopias | Scoop.it
Organizations working for social justice can become living examples of the world they're working to create, but only if they're willing to take the lessons of social movements to heart.
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Turkey's Revolutionary Conundrum - NEWS JUNKIE POST

Turkey's Revolutionary Conundrum - NEWS JUNKIE POST | real utopias | Scoop.it

To characterize the current struggle in Turkey as being a clash of secularism versus Islam — that is, a conflict between the secular demands of the urban Turkish population and the pro-Islamic social conservative forces led by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) — is dangerous. This not only reinforces a western orientalist perception of followers of Islam as being inherently irrational and despotic, but also simplifies the issue while failing to address the greater, complex, and more fundamental flaws in the Turkish political landscape. True, the social conservative and Islamic-inspired policies of Mr. Erdogan have added to the outrage of protesters and a general public who regard the current government as being exceptionally authoritarian. To limit oneself to this rhetoric, however, provides an incomplete narrative.

 

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation