Mark it down: THURSDAY, 19 March 2009;
This is the date of the next National Strike in France.
At the same time and continuing for a least 4 weeks, French external colonies in the Caribbean of Martinique and Guadalupe, French Guiana on the South American continent, and Reunion [off the East Coast of Africa] have been in general strikes for higher wages; lower taxes on fuel and fruit. The trade unions and left movements are very strong in these places.
While not directly connected, both sets of struggles are fighting against the neo-liberal economic policies of Nicolas Sarkozy's government.
These struggles receive almost no coverage in international news media, especially the struggles on the islands.