Is the French Communist Party Back?

by Zoltan Zigedy

After years of retreat and opportunism and consequent loss of support and influence, the French Communist Party (PCF) is showing signs of life. Aligned with smaller parties in the Left Front (Front de Gauche, FG), the PCF has rallied around the presidential candidacy of Jean Melenchon for the forthcoming first round of French elections. The latest polls show Melenchon with over 14% of the prospective voters, ahead of all other candidates excepting Hollande (PS) and Sarkozy (UMP).

This once dynamic party succumbed to the allure of reformism, anti-Sovietism, and compromise with its embrace of the so-called “Euro-Communist” stance in the seventies. With over half a million members immediately after World War II, and garnering more votes than any other party at that time, the PCF was poised to become the dominant force in French politics, if not the first CP to launch a Western European country onto the road to socialism. Continue reading

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With Tenacity, Optimism, Militancy to Decisively Strengthen the KKE

Communist Party of Greece (KKE)

Aleka Papariga, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the KKE, held a press conference 18/4 on the enormous social issue of unemployment, which now affects every Greek family, as unemployment according to official statistics has surpassed 21%, while amongst young people it is over 50%.

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As A. Papariga stressed, in the election period the question of unemployment will be used by the other parties as a theatre piece, and they foster illusions that investments which support the profitability of capital will reduce unemployment and raise wages and pensions. The KKE has a unified proposal for struggle. Continue reading

Some Developing Countries: Draft Ideological Resolution of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Latin America 

7.1   The emergence of popular governments riding the wave of massive popular upsurge against imperialism and its neo-liberal offensive in Latin America has been popularly described as a ‘pink tide – turn to the Left’.

7.2   Many countries in Latin America are ruled by either Left-wing or progressive governments after winning democratic elections. Left-wing coalitions, including Communist parties, that have emerged in these countries are providing an alternative to imperialist globalization and neo-liberalism within capitalism. This experience is in direct contrast with the armed struggles that are continuing in countries like Peru and Colombia, demonstrating once again the futility of Left-adventurism. USA has set-up seven military bases in Colombia, mainly targeting Venezuela, by using a right-wing reactionary regime, under the pretext of ‘protecting democracy’ from ‘Left-wing’ militancy. Continue reading

Air Canada Gets Injunction to End Wildcat Strike, Some Workers Defying Order

by Stephanie Findlay, Toronto Star
A man spits onto the face of an Air Canada baggage handler during a a wildcat walkout at Toronto's Pearson International Airport early Friday.
A man spits onto the face of an Air Canada baggage handler during a a wildcat walkout at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport early Friday.  VICTOR BIRO/THE CANADIAN PRESS

A dozen or more striking Air Canada ground workers defied an injunction and their own union Friday to continue a wildcat walkout that snarled air traffic across the country.

By 11:30 a.m., the 13-hour wildcat that spread to other airports was effectively over, but not without throwing Air Canada’s domestic flight schedule into chaos for at least the entire day.

The workers in Toronto walked out Thursday night, after some of them were disciplined for heckling federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt.

Ground workers in Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver followed for a few hours today in solidarity, further disrupting air traffic.

Air Canada asked for and won a civil injunction at midmorning. Shortly afterwards, the IAMAW (note: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) union learned that most of the discipline against 37 workers because of the Raitt incident had been rescinded.

“That’s what we were hoping for,” IAMAW spokesman Bill Trbovich told the Star.

“We don’t condone the strike. This is a sad situation,” he said.

*Editor’s comment: The image above captures very clearly the physical dangers faced by striking workers. Open hostility to organized labour is encouraged by the capitalists and right-wing politicos, often with violent undertones.