French auto workers strike over Renault plant closures

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Renault workers lead 1,000 autoworkers and their supporters in June 6 march to plant that bosses say they want to shutter. Lead banner says, “No to the closing of the Renault-Choisy factory after 70 years of existence.” Workers chanted, “We won’t move! Renault-Choisy is ours!”

Facing plant closings by the bosses at Renault, autoworkers in France are organizing strikes and protest rallies against company plans to eliminate 4,600 jobs nationwide. These actions have forced the company to back off  from some of the plant closings…


Thousands of autoworkers in Spain, France strike against plant closings

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
Nissan workers protest in Barcelona May 28, chanting “If this is not fixed — war, war, war!” demanding auto bosses reverse decision to shut down factories there in move to boost profits.

Thousands of autoworkers have gone on strike in Spain and France demanding their jobs back after both Nissan and Renault bosses announced factory closings and layoffs. As auto bosses and others gear up to resume production after lengthy government-mandated closures,…


French workers continue protest against Macron’s pension assault

Vol. 84/No. 7 - February 24, 2020
Sailors march in Marseille, France, Jan. 29 as part of a national day of protest against government plans to raise retirement age from 62 to 64 and to cut back workers’ pensions.

PARIS — Sizable union-led protests have continued against French President Emmanuel Macron’s attack on workers’ pensions, despite the end of a six-week national rail strike Jan. 29 called to oppose the assaults. The strike was joined by workers walking out…


French workers strike, protest government attacks on pensions

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020

PARIS — Sizable demonstrations by the General Confederation of Workers (CGT) and other unions continue in France against the assault on pensions by the government of President Emmanuel Macron. Tens of thousands took to the streets Jan. 11 in a…


After nearly 3-year strike, Idaho silver miners approve contract

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020

SEATTLE — After nearly three years on strike silver miners in Mullan, Idaho, voted 86-78 to ratify a new contract with the Hecla Mining Co. Jan. 6. The unionists, members of United Steelworkers Local 5114, walked out at the Lucky…


French protests say ‘Hands off our pensions’!

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

PARIS — Unionists and other working people across France carried out a one-day strike Dec. 5 and mounted sizable demonstrations in defense of their pensions. The actions were centered among public service sector workers in transportation, schools and public hospitals.…


French public hospital workers protest government cutbacks

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

PARIS — Some 10,000 public hospital workers conducted a one-day strike and march here Nov. 14 to defend the country’s public hospitals. For the first time, members of all medical professions — from nursing assistants to doctors — acted together.…


French rulers expand military intervention into West Africa

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

French ground troops are being deployed to Burkina Faso. This is the first major dispatch of imperialist troops to that West African country, an attempt to shore up a weakening capitalist regime in a region racked by instability. The deployment…


Titles by SWP leaders attract interest at Paris Fete

Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019
Titles by SWP leaders attract interest at Paris Fete

LA COURNEUVE, France — “The workers movement here has been pushed back hard for years, but we got woken up by the yellow vests,” Regis Lanier, a nurse from Amiens, on the left, told Pathfinder supporters at their bookstand at…


Telecom bosses on trial for driving workers to suicide

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019

A highly publicized two-month trial over charges top bosses at France’s former government telephone monopoly relentlessly drove dozens of workers to suicide by “moral harassment” in their push to cut the workforce and boost profits was closely followed by working…