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Saturday, January 01, 2011

2011- what will happen on the Left in the next year?

Commentary- Joe Carolan

There will be an industrial campaign for a Living Wage led by Unite Union-Skycity workers had the Worlds First strike of 2011 on New Years Day

video here- http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/01/workers-strike-at-skycity-casino-2011.html

In March, they will be joined by striking workers in McDonalds and Burger King

In June, the eyes of the world will be on NZ in the uprun to the World Cup. Hotel workers and Security workers will join the strike wave. There will be major marches against low pay and co ordinated strike action.

Those in favour of a New Left Party who will be at the centre of this campaign for low paid workers will meet over the next six months. The possibilty of gaining three or four New Left MPs is a certainty if Hone joins the new party. It would be a far better political development than the resurgence of a racist NZ First.

The global economic crisis will continue to deepen. The government parties in Ireland will be wiped out in a March election, with a massive swing to the Left- Labour, Sinn Fein and the United Left Alliance will all do very well.

Unions will join the student revolt in Britain in late January- watch out for the new leader of Unite UK joining with Mark Serwotka of the PCS.

Across the rest of Europe, general strikes will continue to mobilise the workers of Greece, Spain, Portugal and France. The crisis will also spread into Italy, Eastern Europe and other weaker economies. The potential for the Left to organise a European wide General Strike will be the prize of 2011.

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