The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

More than a Million in the Street, Tomorrow We Continue

Jan 23, 2023

This news brief, posted on January 19th, is translated from the website of Lutte Ouvrière (Workers Struggle), the revolutionary workers group active in France.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, more than a million workers demonstrated against the pension reform. Even more went on strike. The workers’ response is clear: they reject Macron’s reform.

This big success must be the first step of the counter-offensive. After two hours of discussions, the eight union federations together called for another strike day... on January 31 and “actions around January 23.” In the name of unity, all have aligned themselves with those who are not in a hurry.

To inspire fear in the bosses, to make Macron back down, the workers will have to show strong determination, and organize themselves at the base, through general assemblies and strike committees, to decide together on their mobilization, its forms, its pace and its objectives.