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Illustration zu Hartz IV: Ten Years after - Sechsteilige Bilanz von Rudolf Stumberger bei telepolisThe introduction oft he so called „Hartz IV Reforms“ (or Agenda 2010) by the Schröder-Fischer government in 2004 was a really crucial point in the whole after WWII history of Germany, in reality it meant the end of social welfare state. In the article „TheHartz myth:  A closer look at Germany’s labour market reforms“ by Christian Odendahl  July, 10th, 2017 with the Centre For European Reform externer Link there is, despite critical remarks, a good introduction into the topic for „non german readers“. Surely it is not the question, if these so called reforms were the reason for economic success or for growing poverty – it was both, and it was aimed to be both.  When Mr. Schulz in spring 2017 started his campaign as the social democratic candidate for chancellor, he initially won some points – by stating that he would introduce some (very tiny) reforms oft he reform. When he pulled off this point – because oft he strong reaction of german capitalists – he didn’t only loose this wins again: Everybody knows, it was Social Democracy who introduced Agenda 2010. Reading that article you can get an impression, why…

Kundgebung am 6. November in Tokio: Helmut Weiss (LabourNet Germany) 2. von rechtsLabournet member Helmut Weiss about the rise of the rightwing and fascists in Germany, migration and German capitalism. He also discusses the role of the German social democratic trade union bureaucracy in the face of growing capitalist crisis and inter-imperialist rivalry. WorkWeek Interview externer Link Audio Datei was done in Japan on November 7, 2016, Production of WorkWeek Radio. (Aufgenommen im Rahmen von International Joint Action in November 2016 in Tokyo and Seoul)

"Wir bleiben Opel" - Demo in Bochum (2012)Article by Wolfgang Schaumberg, English version and summary of “Opel-Krise und Gegenwehr”  8. August 2012

Since 2001, GM — active throughout Europe under the brand-name “Opel” — has reduced its number of employees in Europe to 40,000.  That’s 8,000 less than in the year 2008.  GM now has 55,000 employees in China.  After two factories were already closed in Portugal and Belgium, GM announced last year that it would end production in one of its four German factories, in Bochum, at the end of 2014 and sell the production area, which is as large as about 200 soccer fields.  For decades, Opel Bochum was GM’s largest production facility, and in 1992 still had 19,200 employees.  Step by step, the labor force was reduced to 3,500, but always in the face of tough resistance struggles like in no other facility.  Even internationally, the labor force at Opel attracted attention through its independent so-called “wildcat strike” in the year 2000 (3 days) and in particular in 2004 (6 days).  (See https://vimeo.com/44512168 externer Link , a film with English subtitles about the Opel Bochum strike of 2004). (weiterlesen »)