UQÀM teachers on strike, students follow suit in support

On March 16th approximately 1000 teachers at UQÀM (University of Quebec at Montreal) went on strike. Their modest demands for better salaries and extra teaching staff has proven to be too much for the administration, the government, and the capitalist system. The resolve of the teachers is strong as they have repeatedly voted 90% and over to remain on strike and the majority of the students at the University are striking in solidarity. In the face of the global economic crisis the teachers and students at UQÀM are standing up and fighting back.

Housing for Profit or Homes for All?

On Saturday, April 4 2009, thousands of people from communities across BC will come together to demand immediate government action to end homelessness, build social housing, protect rental housing and raise welfare and minimum wage rates. Fightback will be joining this rally to demand "Homes For All" and a socialist solution to the housing crisis.

[Audio] Trotsky's Writings of the 1930's

At a recent meeting of the International Marxist Tendency in Canada, Alex Grant, editor of Fightback magazine, speaks on the writings of Trotsky in the 1930's. This period, encompassing the Great Depression and mass revolutionary movements, is a goldmine of ideas for today's youth and working class activists. Grant gives an overview of the flavour of Trotsky's writings of the period in order to encourage further reading and study.

On International Working Women’s Day – Fight Back Against Women’s Oppression

The present economic crisis, through its sheer scale and reach, is bringing about a wholesale change in the consciousness of working people the world over. It is the poor, the oppressed, and the workers who shoulder this weight in order to hold up the privileges of the rich. There is no portion of the working class that has so greatly and extensively borne this affliction than working women.

Thirty years since the Iranian Revolution

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. The media has been highlighting it as an "Islamic revolution", when in actual fact what we witnessed thirty years ago was a genuine workers' revolution that was hijacked by the reactionary Ayatollahs because of the lack of a genuine revolutionary leadership. Thirty years later we must learn the lessons of those tumultuous events and prepare for the next revolutionary upsurge.

The Financial Crisis and the Auto Sector

The crisis in the auto industry is now affecting nearly every country. Demand for vehicles has fallen sharply all over the globe, with sales reaching lows not seen for three decades. If the main auto manufacturing companies go under, there will be millions of jobs lost and a massive blow to the rest of the economy, which would have a disastrous effect on the living conditions of millions of workers around the globe. Ordinary people all around the world are seriously questioning what is going on. What is happening? How can we save our jobs and our communities?

The crisis of world capitalism is gathering speed

The crisis of world capitalism is unfolding relentlessly and with gathering speed. First came the financial crisis (the so-called credit crunch), but now the second phase has begun - the crisis of the real economy - and it is accelerating as each day goes by. This is leading to sharp changes in consciousness, rising working class militancy and the beginnings of polarisation within the labour movement itself.

Canadian workers bear the pain of the global financial crisis

As we predicted, the global economic crisis has hit Canada. For months, finance ministers and bankers have tried to reassure Canadians that the housing bubble, the credit crisis, and sub-prime mortgages were all foreign problems that could not apply to Canada. Every day they are being proved wrong. Working class leaders need to be calling for the nationalization of industry and the banks under workers’ control as the only solution to the financial mess.

Markets routed in global sell-off – “It’s every man for himself!”

In the words of Alan Greenspan, “The crisis will mean a return to the ideological struggle between socialism and capitalism. Many of us thought that struggle was over with the collapse of the command economies, but this is not the case.” Reality is indeed coming home with a bang!

World Capitalism in Crisis

We live in exceptional times. The financial panic in the USA is creating waves that are threatening to engulf the whole world. This is rapidly transforming the consciousness of millions. Alan Woods looks at how the world economy reached the stage it has, where it is on the brink of a serious downward, so serious that it could be as worse if not worse than 1929.
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