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(en) Sweden, SUF: Support the European railway strike!

From Mikael Altemark <altemark@home.se>
Date Tue, 18 Mar 2003 09:19:25 +0100 (CET)

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On March 18th the European railway strike will take place. Eight unions in five
countries will take action. In Sweden SAC, the Syndicalists, will strike at
the City railways, Connex, Roslagstrain and Statens Järnvägar in Stockholm.

Here in Sweden the employer organisation ALMEGA has tried to challenge the
strike as illegal in front of the labour court/NLRB. It was a direct attack
against the rights of the minority union's right to take strike action -
but they failed. If they had been given right it would have been a hard
blow against the right to politically motivated strikes and freedom of
speech in general.

The background to the strike is deregulations and privatisations of the
railways in EU. In the whole of Europe the deregulations led to worsened
conditions in all areas - service, security, working environment, not
speaking about the costs for the taxpayers.

The worsening in the collective traffic is not a coincidence; it is
driven by a global strategy that in the long view will break down
the commonly owned society.

Those who work in public transport are affected by worsened employment
security, stress, raised retirement age - the list can be made a long
one. What's more, security is out of the game when money is the only
thing that counts.

This is why we give our wholehearted support for the strike and
struggle against privatisation.

The International Committee of the Syndicalist Youth Federation (SWE)

SUF:s International Committee
E-mail: uppsala@suf.cc
Telephone: +46 018-69 46 89
c/o Uppsala LS, Studentstaden 17
752 33 Uppsala

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