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    On November 14, there will possibly be a European-wide general strike declared by the

    Madrid. Spain’s main labor unions, CCOO and UGT, plan to call a general strike for November 14 to protest the government’s austerity drive, just eight months after the last country-wide stoppage, Spanish El Pais reads.
    The stoppage will be formally called at a top level meeting on Friday. This will be the first time two general strikes have been held in the same year. A meeting will also be held of the so-called Social Summit, which groups together some 200 social organizations opposed to the government’s economic policies.
    The decision to go ahead with the stoppage came just hours after the European Trade Union Confederation called for strikes and demonstrations against the belt-tightening movement in Europe on November 14.
    The Portuguese union CGTP has called for a national strike on November 14, while stoppages are also expected in Cyprus and Greece.
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    I do not expect the Dutch branch to do anything, but I hope they will.
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    On September 14, there will possible be a European-wide general strike declared by the
    Oh damn, that was a month ago!
    Just kidding!

    I haven't heard about anything yet. Dutch commies are quiet.
    A shame though. I'd love a good disturbance right now.
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    Hopefully Saturday's TUC demo in London will be followed by a November general strike on the 14th. That'd be fucking wild. I'm interested in the likelihood of this reaching Germany though.
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    I would love for this to happen.
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    I've heard the Belgian ABVV will join the 14 November strike.

    Are there any confirmations of actions in Slovenia, Italy, and France?
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    No confirmations I know of, but it was announced days ago (certainly before the TUC demos in the UK on 20th OCt) that confederations in France and Germany were disscussing it.
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    I would orgasm if this happened in the U.S...
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    I would orgasm if this happened in the U.S...
    not gonna ;_;
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    This present crisis of capitalism is centered around the major European countries, regardless (of the U.S.) -- it's as if the historical clock is slumping back several centuries, pre-New-World, to settle in on old rivalries over power, since the current economic climate gives no promise or hope for anything resembling *progress*.

    Ironically the U.S. now finds itself in the same economic camp as France, since, in an imploding and deteriorating environment, most countries worldwide are arguing for Keynesianism, against Germany's self-centered monetarism (though it's had to quietly redistribute trillions of Euros of its gains back to Europe).

    Simple *exposure* to the Euro crisis pulls the whole world into the European black hole, an inevitability in our thoroughly globalized world economy.
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    No, it will happen. One day, one day...

    If this general strike does happen, it is a way for all of us to learn and grow from the experience, no matter the outcome. If it is successful in obtaining the demands of the workers in full (highly doubt that) other workers in other places can learn from this valuable tool that the working class possess. If it is met with heightened security, police intervention, and even military opposition (one of these three are likely if it is big enough) it is a way to show the world that the people who work will forever be silenced by the people who profit.
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    for one day???
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    I'll be pretty excited if this happens on a big scale. I might be getting some good fap-worthy riot porn from Barcelona and Athens, too. Hopefully everywhere!
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    There's some stuff on libcom's forum about this, if anyone's interested

    http://libcom.org/forums/news/europe...ember-19102012
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    There's also yet another LibCom thread - http://libcom.org/blog/european-wide...evant-22102012

    It seems that there will definitely be strikes in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, and possibly Germany and Netherlands; there's no info about the UK though.

    Even some of us who believe that the unions are part of capital are a bit excited about this. International co-ordination of strikes over much of Europe is not to be taken lightly I think.
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    There's also yet another LibCom thread - http://libcom.org/blog/european-wide...evant-22102012

    It seems that there will definitely be strikes in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, and possibly Germany and Netherlands; there's no info about the UK though.

    Even some of us who believe that the unions are part of capital are a bit excited about this. International co-ordination of strikes over much of Europe is not to be taken lightly I think.
    The only Dutch unions with a sizable membership, whom are incidentally also members of the ETUC, have so far shown little or no interest in a strike. Without mainstream trade unions or the Socialist Party backing a strike or even an action, it is incredibly difficult to arrange a (mass) demonstration. It is near impossible to get some publicity.

    I've been contacting several far-left organisations, including the New Communist Party of the Netherlands, and they told me that a branch of the largest union, FNV, organised something in Rotterdam, but there are no details.

    So probably some 50-100 people demonstrating in The Hague and some other cities, but by no means even close to a strike.

    Additionally, I very much doubt German trade unions will partake in this strike.
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    I think this is sort of a "test strike" to see how much support they can gather.

    I wish America could get in on this...
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    I haven't heard of this anywhere.
    I doubt anything major will happen.
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    I think this is sort of a "test strike" to see how much support they can gather.

    I wish America could get in on this...
    I don't think this represents anything other than a tactic of letting off some steam that is clearly there.
    Though I should probably add that by no means does this view entail some sort of an "opposition" to the action itself. I just think it is necessary to soberly assess the prospects of such actions and its relations to the existing unions (and by extension their function in capitalist society) if any kind of an enagagement with workers is to be conducted by revolutionary groups.

    But suppose you were right, if this were a "test strike" and if it turned out great, what do you think the next step of the union federations could be?
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    Sorry to say, but here in holland shit ain't gonna happen...
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