Puerto Rican trade unions shut down much of the island's economy on Thursday, October 15 in a general strike to protest massive public-sector layoffs by right-wing Gov. Luis Fortuño.
The unions were spurred into action by the announcement of Law 7 under which, some 17,000 government workers would lose their jobs in one stroke. A significant component of the strike movement came from college students at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), who blockaded the main highway in San Juan.
As Carlos Juan Irizarry wrote for the newspaper Socialismo Internacional, "Puerto Rico is at a historic moment, a moment of great suffering that also presents us with an opportunity to fight and to rise up together against the government and the oppressive system. The only way to stop [Law 7] is if we organize ourselves and show that we have power."
See link below for an article on the strike:
The strike in Puerto Rico poses big questions: Where is the PR labor movement headed? What lessons does the general strike hold for labor and left-wing activists in the US? Is revolution on the agenda in Puerto Rico?
Come join us for a discussion of the general strike in Puerto Rico and how we can implement its lessons in our own organizing here at home!
7pm, Thursday, October 22
Haymarket People's Fund
42 Seaverns Ave
Jamaica Plain, MA