Friday, 6 April 2012

USA: One year after the battle of Wisconsin

Before the Occupy movement challenged the ideas of the capitalist establishment in the US, contributing to the worldwide movement of the Enraged and Indignados, 2011 started with the uprising of the workers’ movement in Wisconsin: In February and March hundreds of thousands of workers and young people rose up against the attempt to strip public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights. Despite ending in defeat, it potentially marked the beginning of the end of a period of general setbacks for the US workers’ movement.

Socialist Alternative (CWI supporters in the US) published a balance sheet to outline the strength and challenges of this movement:

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