Twenty civil society organisations from the Western Balkans, including two members of the transform! network, are calling for labour rights to be included in the Berlin Process. Read more about this initiative and the Manifesto for Decent Work in the Western Balkans, both issued by participants at the recent Regional Conference on Decent Work in the Western Balkans in Durres, Albania.
Over the past four decades, the social and economic structures have undergone massive transformations. Alongside these, the realities of political life have inescapably changed as well: some once mass parties are now struggling to survive or are gaining no more than a few percent of the vote. In a range of countries, protest movements emerge
Over the years the Left has faced the state in various theoretical ways that have produced different political approaches. On September 22 and 23, the network of European political institutes transform! europe, in cooperation with the Nikos Poulantzas Institute, organised an international conference entitled: Facing the State: Left Analyses and Perspectives. At the Sputnik Multipurpose
On 15 September, one month ahead of Polish elections, public sector workers marched to the Prime Minister’s office. The Trade Unions’ Forum and All-Poland's Trade-Union Confederation had joined in a Protest Committee to say no to low wages and inadequate state response to inflation in the public sector and beyond.
Join us as we explore fresh perspectives from Roland Kulke on Equity and social justice in a digital world. Watch the video session of his thought-provoking contribution on the dynamic interplay between technological progress and social justice, presented at the Freedom Fest 2023 Forum on Knowledge, Innovation and Technology held in Kerala, India.
The Rana Plaza disaster happened 10 years ago on 24 April 2013 in Bangladesh, killing over 1000 textile workers. The European Parliament remembered the victims and discussed a Commission proposal aiming to make EU big corporations accountable for their suppliers on environmental and workers' issues. Conservative MEPs were divided during the debate.
This story is about a major Lithuanian textile factory which did not survive the “economic shock therapy”, and about its laid-off workers, who see the transition as “theft” by the new elites. It is still uneasy to criticize the new “capitalist period”, the author, a young Lithuanian trade-unionist, argues, and this, too, has nefarious consequences.
The conference "100 Shades of the EU: The Political Economy of the EU Peripheries Between Pandemic and War" expanded on the ongoing work by transform! europe on EU peripheries. It brought together academic researchers and trade unionists from across Europe. Here is a summary of the discussions held during the sessions.
In Italy, a growing number of students are mobilising in a peaceful protest against high rent costs in university cities under the slogan “Senza casa=senza futuro” (No housing=no future). Led by the university students' union UDU (Unione degli Universitari), they demand affordable education and are are making their voices heard across the country.
Workers at Delhaize (one of Belgium's largest supermarket chains) are massively protesting against implementation of the franchise model which is expected to lead to layoffs, precariousness, and lower wages, as well as to endanger national unions and set a new franchising trend in the whole retail sector in motion.
This year's UN Climate Change Conference was overshadowed by state repression and the obstruction of civil society mobilisations, as well as by the greenwashing and cover-up policies of over 600 participating lobbyists from the oil and gas industry. Immediately after COP27, a seminar co-organised by transform! europe on climate justice took place.
Gala Kabbaj reports from the Plenary 2, held at Theld at the 6th European Forum 2022 in Athens. The aim of this session was to outline a new collective safety architecture based on nuclear disarmament, military de-escalation, an end to over-armament, respect for the territorial integrity of nations and the defence of human rights.
After a series of successful conferences in recent years, transform! europe member organisation Center for Marxist Studies (CMS) hosted the international conference Marx22, which focused on primitive accumulation and took place in Stockholm from 28-30 October. A report by Per-Anders Svärd and Anna Nygård.
Jean-Claude Simon reflects on the workshop “Possibilities of a socio-ecological transformation of the energy sector in times of war”, chaired by transform! europe, in the framework of the 6th edition of the European Forum of Left, Green and Progressive Forces, which took place in October 2022 in Athens.
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