Health & Safety at Work
How Royal Bournemouth Hospital management put patient and staff safety in jeopardy: A frontline nurse explains
6 February 2021
Hospital management pretended that they could look after Covid and non-Covid patients along with other elective patients, without adequate staff and resources. This has failed miserably, with severe consequences.
By Jerry Zhang, 28 January 2021
The government’s COVID-19 prevention and control system is facing tremendous pressure and fuelling popular discontent.
By Alice Summers, 28 January 2021
The blame for the explosion of cases and deaths in Spain lies squarely on the shoulders of the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government, which has refused point-blank to take any serious measures to control the pandemic.
By Our reporters, 28 January 2021
The online meeting in Germany adopted a powerful resolution against the return to workplaces, schools and day-care centres under conditions of a widening pandemic.
By Martin Scott, 28 January 2021
The back-to-workplaces drive is being escalated, even though vaccine roll-outs have not begun.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 January 2021
The reopening of schools amid a raging pandemic is a criminal act that will only add to the already horrific toll of death from the coronavirus.
By George Gallanis, 23 January 2021
The Lightfoot administration has indicated it will treat teachers following through with a union resolution to continue teaching remotely as engaging in an illegal strike, even as she and Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker push to open restaurants and businesses.
By Melody Isley, 23 January 2021
In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.
By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2021
The staggering impact of these educators’ deaths upon staff and students is incalculable, and there have been numerous heartfelt tributes made by community members in Montgomery.
By Barry Mason, 23 January 2021
Data published by Public Health England covering January 4-10 showed a near 70 percent increase in reports of COVID-19 infections related to workplaces, with 175 clusters. These workplaces were other than schools, hospitals or care homes.
By Benjamin Mateus, 22 January 2021
The second report from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is a thorough indictment of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Harvey Simpkins, 22 January 2021
The move has the support of the city’s Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, making Baltimore the latest Democratic-led city or state to aggressively reopen schools as the pandemic rages out of control.
The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening, Part two
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 January 2021
Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.
Landmark victory for Smart Motorways Kill campaign as coroner rules Jason Mercer and Alexandru Murgeanu were unlawfully killed
By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2021
The ruling is a devastating blow against Highway England’s campaign to defend “smart motorways.”
By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2021
This is being justified by citing a vaccination programme with only four million people having received the first dose of a required two doses. The population of the UK is over 66 million.
By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2021
The disaster provoked public concern after it became known that the mining company did not report the explosion for more than 30 hours.
By Jack Temple, 18 January 2021
The proposed law seeks to remove legal rights from workers if they get sick or die from contracting COVID-19 at work.
By Tadakatsu Čapek, 18 January 2021
Two years after betraying the strike by 33,000 teachers, the United Teachers Los Angeles is collaborating with state and local Democrats to reopen schools in the epicenter of the world pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 January 2021
Life expectancy in the US has declined dramatically, by more than one year, due to deaths associated with COVID-19 infections. Adding to the catastrophe of the pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected across more than 12 states, threatening to further exacerbate the crisis.
Ontario teacher denounces unions’ “feckless response” to government’s ruinous handling of the pandemic
By A letter from an Ontario teacher, 18 January 2021
“What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource—that is ourselves!”
Three million in Los Angeles County have been infected with COVID-19 as workplace outbreaks reach all-time high
By Kevin Martinez, 16 January 2021
The virus is so widespread, according to the Los Angeles Times, that the infection rate has likely been slowed down by the large numbers of people who have already contracted it and developed a temporary immunity.
By Rory Woods, 16 January 2021
Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.
By Zac Corrigan, 16 January 2021
At least three Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can’t contain.
By James Langley, 16 January 2021
The indifference of UFCW Local 431 to the plight of workers in the plant is so unconcealed that it was even acknowledged by the local press.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 January 2021
The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.
By Benjamin Mateus, 13 January 2021
It has been one year since the first person died from complications caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.
By Markus Salzmann, 13 January 2021
As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.
By Kayla Costa, 11 January 2021
In California, there are 511 active workplace outbreaks connected to the infections of 10,000 employees in service, logistics, food processing and other industries.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 January 2021
At the current rate, more than a quarter million people will die across the globe before the end of January, including more than 60,000 in the US alone.
By Kevin Martinez, 8 January 2021
The situation in southern California remains especially dire, with Los Angeles County emerging as a global epicenter of the virus.
8 January 2021
Five workers at Canada’s long-term–care facilities have died from COVID-19 within little more than a week.
By Martin Nowak, 7 January 2021
The beginning of the year in Germany was characterised by overcrowded crematoria, hospitals on the brink of collapse and mass death.
By Carl Bronski, 7 January 2021
Canada’s health and senior’s care systems are buckling under a second wave of the pandemic for which the entire political establishment is responsible.
By Tomas Castanheira, 6 January 2021
At least 127 workers have been infected in a COVID-19 outbreak at a plant owned by Seara in Rio Grande do Sul.
By Diana Green and Evan Winters, 6 January 2021
Gebbers Farms persistently and openly violated basic COVID-19 safety precautions even after regular government inspections and three worker deaths in July.
By Bryan Dyne, 6 January 2021
The unfolding nightmare in the city of 4 million people is the direct result of the ongoing drive to reopen schools and non-essential businesses.
Quebec nurses need independent organizations of rank-and-file workers’ power, not another pro-capitalist trade union
By Laurent Lafrance and Richard Dufour, 6 January 2021
Outraged by their union’s latest sellout agreement, some nurses have voiced support for building a new, more “militant” union.
By Jason Quill and Patrick O’Connor, 6 January 2021
The meatworkers' union acted as strike-breaker, shutting down the Chinese workers’ principled act of solidarity with their victimised colleague.
By Robert Stevens, 5 January 2021
The lockdown is not as stringent as that imposed last March, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting that people should go to work if they cannot work at home to keep profits rolling in for the major corporations.
By Renae Cassimeda, 5 January 2021
At least 750 Phoenix-area teachers are expected to participate in sickouts Tuesday in opposition to schools reopening to in-person instruction this week amid record surges in COVID-19 cases throughout Arizona.
By Alex Johnson, 5 January 2021
With coronavirus infections and deaths rising to astronomical heights, frontline health care workers are experiencing acute mental and emotional distress.
By Tony Jackson, 5 January 2021
The reopening of schools across Texas, enforced by Republican Governor Greg Abbott has been a major factor behind the surge of the pandemic in El Paso and throughout the state since August.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 5 January 2021
Nearly one percent of the state’s 6.8 million people have contracted the disease, making Tennessee the fourth highest infection percentage in the country.
“For corporations they are only numbers”
By Andrea Lobo, 5 January 2021
Workers have reported 13 deaths at the GM Silao Complex in Mexico to the WSWS since the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador allowed production to resume in May
By Lily Zhao, 5 January 2021
An examination of the chain of infections in three major Chinese cities further underscores the highly contagious nature of the COVID-19 virus.
“Every death is a catastrophe. We should be angry about this.”
By Nancy Hanover, 4 January 2021
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed the administrator of a new website tracking educator deaths since the return to school last fall.
Industrial murder at General Motors
By Tim Rivers, 4 January 2021
Mark McKnight, a highly skilled and careful worker, was 57 years old. Everybody liked him, a co-worker commented, “the nicest guy you could ever meet.”
Hospitals overwhelmed and bodies loaded into semi-trailers as California reaches breaking point with COVID-19
By Gabriel Black, 4 January 2021
The flood of coronavirus cases has exposed the underfunded and unprepared health care system in the richest state in the US.
Three-quarters of infected Memphis workers remained on the job after testing positive for coronavirus
By Leon Gutierrez, 4 January 2021
While the study by county health officials does not attempt to explain why so many people continued to work, the fact is that major corporations have continued to operate at close to full capacity during the height of the pandemic, resorting to lies and threats to keep workers on the job under unsafe conditions.
By Benjamin Mateus, 4 January 2021
A new report by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News published last week estimates that over 2,900 health care workers have died in the United States due to COVID-19.
“Our patients are dying like flies, it’s like a warzone”
By Evelyn Rios, 31 December 2020
Every day deaths continue to break one-day records, with 440 deaths on Tuesday, more than half of which are from Los Angeles County.
By Jerry White, 31 December 2020
Dozens of large urban school districts in the United States—from San Diego, Tacoma and Denver to Chicago, Atlanta and Washington DC—plan to restart in-person schooling in the opening weeks of the new year, even as health experts predict January will see a “surge on top of a surge” of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 December 2020
Nearly two years after the 737 Max was grounded, not a single corporate executive or federal regulator has gone to jail for his role in the deaths of 346 people.
By Marcus Day, 29 December 2020
The worker had been at KCAP over a decade and was employed by a cleaning vendor at the plant, workers said.
By Ben McGrath, 29 December 2020
As in countries around the world, the inadequate responses of Tokyo and Seoul to the pandemic have been driven by concerns for big business.
By Johannes Stern, 29 December 2020
The crocodile tears shed by Steinmeier in his Christmas address cannot disguise the fact the ruling class is responsible for the greatest mass deaths since the end of World War II.
Open letter from London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee
Miles Driver, 29 December 2020
Despite the preventable deaths of 35 London bus workers, a new wave of infections has struck, with information about garage outbreaks deliberately concealed in the interests of “operational efficiency”, i.e., profits.
By Will Morrow, 29 December 2020
The spread of the new strain of the virus intersects with the European governments’ criminal refusal of measures to stop the pandemic that would cut corporate profits.
By Robert Campion, 24 December 2020
Damning exposures by Top Glove workers have revealed sweltering conditions, with lack of protections, no social distancing and packed dormitories.
ICUs begin filling up in New York City as Cuomo, de Blasio dither on effective pandemic restrictions
By Josh Varlin, 24 December 2020
Some hospitals are over capacity in their ICUs, presaging a significant increase in deaths in the coming days and weeks.
By Evelyn Rios, 24 December 2020
With the pandemic spreading out of control and California hospitals strained beyond capacity by the flood of nearly 20,000 COVID-19 patients, including at least 3,500 in ICUs, nurses in Southern California have taken a stand to demand safe staffing levels and protections that are critical to save the lives of health care workers and patients alike.
By Will Marshall, 24 December 2020
The union’s latest “victory” maintains the current low level of permanent jobs at the Melbourne site, where more than half the workforce has been casualised.
Shut down the auto industry to save lives until a vaccine is available to all! Full compensation for all workers!
The Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 24 December 2020
Just as no soldier wants to be the last one shot before a peace treaty, there is no justification for any further deaths to build Jeeps or F-150s while millions of people wait to be vaccinated.
A coronavirus Christmas
By Bryan Dyne, 24 December 2020
“The next 100,000 deaths are baked in,” said Biden coronavirus advisory board member Dr. Atul Gawande to CNBC.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2020
On Tuesday, 691 more people were announced dead from the virus. Yesterday this was topped with 744 deaths reported, the highest total since April 29.
By Katerina Selin, 24 December 2020
In the German capital, which is governed by the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party, care homes are turned into death traps for the elderly and staff.
By Gregor Link, 24 December 2020
Last week was by far the worst in the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, with officially 175,314 infections and over 4,300 deaths (against 3,050 the previous week). Across Europe, the death toll exceeded the catastrophic half-million mark on Tuesday.
No to forced work amid raging pandemic! All non-essential production must be shutdown with full compensation to workers!
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 December 2020
Factories, tea estates and government institutions are now dangerous hotbeds for COVID-19, a situation caused by the Rajapakse government’s defence of corporate profits.
By Roger Jordan, 24 December 2020
In hospitals in Canada’s six biggest provinces, there are, or will soon be, more COVID-19 patients needing intensive care than available ICU-beds.
By Andrea Lobo, 23 December 2020
José Luis H., who worked in the plant’s car body area, was the last confirmed death, on December 19. The plant’s Human Resources manager, who had overseen the firing of workers for challenging the lack of protections against COVID-19, also died earlier this month.
Cook County public sector workers carry out one-day strike for hazard pay and safer working conditions
By Alexander Fangmann, 23 December 2020
One of the top demands is hazard pay for all essential frontline workers, as well as an additional $5 per hour for workers directly tasked with caring for COVID-19 patients or working in COVID-19 units.
For a general strike to halt nonessential production and alleviate strain on the health care system
By Evelyn Rios, 23 December 2020
With ICUs at zero percent and 100,000 additional hospitalizations expected in January, immediate action must be taken by the working class to save lives.
By Evelyn Rios, 22 December 2020
Nurses are already expressing fear that the contract will do nothing to improve the dire conditions at three Southern California hospitals in the immediate or near future.
By Brian Dixon, 22 December 2020
With health care systems being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases and intensive care units filled to capacity, hospitals are starting to ration care, withholding it from those deemed unlikely to survive the disease.
By Jerry White, 22 December 2020
In line with President-elect Joe Biden’s stated aim to reopen America’s schools, Democratic mayors and governors are moving to resume in-person teaching even as infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continue to reach new highs.
By Markus Salzmann, 22 December 2020
The death of Soydan A., a young teacher who taught at a community school in Berlin-Kreuzberg, is due to the reckless school opening policy amid a pandemic that has been spreading rapidly for months.
“It’s like the frontlines of a war!”
By Diana Green, 21 December 2020
Following decisions in New York City and Oregon, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee has updated the school reopening guidelines for Washington state to allow the return of at least some students in every district, regardless of the rate of infection and death.
By Carl Bronski, 21 December 2020
While the auto bosses and Unifor union have collaborated to conceal information about the outbreaks from autoworkers, workers began sharing information among themselves about the dangerous situation.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2020
With hospitals already overwhelmed throughout the world, scientists are sounding the alarm about a new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain and is leading to a major surge in infections.
By Brian Green, 21 December 2020
A report by the Chicago Sun-Times showing 900 COVID-19 infections and eight deaths among Chicago Transit Authority employees since the start of the pandemic underscores the criminal role played by the unions in imposing unsafe conditions.
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 December 2020
Last week has seen the life-saving Pfizer vaccine rollout accompanied by a massive publicity campaign. However, immediately, issues on allotments and distribution have met with mass confusion.
By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2020
No details were made public about the workers who died at the Tilmanstone plant.
By Jessica Goldstein, 19 December 2020
Both the United Steelworkers and US Steel are working to cover up the cause of death of 45-year-old steelworker Troy Allen, who passed away while working at US Steel’s Gary Works mill on December 12.
After lawsuit revealed they took bets on spread of coronavirus in Iowa plant
By Cordell Gascoigne and Tom Hall, 19 December 2020
As the World Socialist Web Site predicted, the investigation by Holder, who made his bones as a Wall Street attorney before joining the Obama administration, is a complete whitewash, using the demented actions of the local plant supervisors to scapegoat them and shield Tyson’s top leadership from responsibility.
By Gregor Link, 19 December 2020
Conditions at German hospitals resemble those in a war. One doctor told the press that several times in the past few days “we had to decide who gets oxygen and who doesn’t.”
By Clara Weiss, 18 December 2020
The Post piece prompted a big backlash on social media, and the paramedic’s remarkable rebuttal quickly went viral.
By Tom Hall, 18 December 2020
The pandemic is continuing its daily, life-threatening spread throughout the auto industry, generating growing outrage among workers and support for decisive measures to save lives.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 December 2020
The two largest countries in Latin America are reporting an accelerated growth of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and are close to surpassing the peaks from earlier this year.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 December 2020
The massive logistics hub began shipping doses of the vaccine throughout the United States on Monday, even as record numbers of its pilots contracted the deadly virus.
“I feel like I’m living through the apocalypse”
By Katy Kinner, 17 December 2020
The voices of nurses and other health care workers paint a vivid picture of the consequences of the bipartisan policy of “herd immunity” as they experience firsthand the breakdown of the health care system in the current surge.
By Dan Conway, 17 December 2020
The California Attorney General and former congressman has been selected to lead the federal department that will play an enormous role in the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Warren Duzak, 17 December 2020
David Picklesimer, a 55-year-old high school teacher and coach, is one of hundreds of educators that have died of COVID-19.
By Our correspondents, 17 December 2020
The meeting discussed the need for an independent initiative of workers to defend the health service, in unity with the international working class.
New York City Educators Rank-and File Safety Committee, 17 December 2020
Urgent action is required to close all schools and nonessential workplaces to stop the spread of the pandemic and save lives.
Almost 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths in Germany: The criminal outcome of keeping businesses and schools open
By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2020
Despite the horrific number of deaths, all parties in the German parliament continue to put profit before lives and health.
By Peter Ross, 17 December 2020
On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that state officials had ordered thousands of additional body bags and 63 refrigerated trailers to store the dead, as coronavirus infections explode throughout the state.
By Steve James, 16 December 2020
The Scottish government and the Educational Institute for Scotland are working to ensure schools stay open as long as possible before the Christmas holiday to ensure maximum profits.
As pandemic rages
By Thomas Scripps, 16 December 2020
The dangers posed by keeping schools open worsen daily. London has been leading a renewed national surge of infections since the partial November national lockdown was ended.
By Penny Smith, 16 December 2020
Even as infections surge in schools throughout BC’s lower mainland, the province’s NDP government and its unions allies are determined to keep kids crammed into unsafe classrooms.
For emergency action to save lives! Close schools and shut down nonessential production! Full compensation for workers!
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 16 December 2020
Every day that emergency action is not taken to stop the pandemic means thousands of more deaths.