Health & Safety at Work
“Practically all children, one way or another, will be infected”
By Alice Summers, 11 September 2020
The PSOE-Podemos government is deliberately implementing a reckless and criminal policy that will lead to an explosion of cases and many unnecessary deaths.
By Sheila Brehm, 11 September 2020
On Wednesday, graduate students rejected an offer from the university that met none of their demands and voted to continue their strike in the face of threats of retaliation.
By Brian Brown and Andy Thompson, 11 September 2020
University of Iowa faculty and students continue to protest against the administration’s reluctance to transition to 100 percent online learning, despite an additional 220 students who tested positive for COVID-19 in one day.
University of California, San Diego students, staff and faculty issue open letter opposing reckless reopening plan
By Peter Ross, 11 September 2020
The appeal calls on the university to cancel in-person classes, limit campus housing to those with no other viable options and cancel layoffs and furloughs.
By Barış Demir, 11 September 2020
Under deadly conditions, the government plans to reopen schools across Turkey on September 21, backed by official opposition parties and allied trade unions.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 September 2020
Iraq had initially contained the pandemic with lockdown measures, but cases and deaths have more than doubled since early July, when the government began the gradual lifting of restrictions.
By Robert Stevens and Paul Bond, 5 September 2020
The response to the pandemic has been driven from day one by a “herd immunity” policy and indifference to the deaths of tens of thousands.
By Marianne Arens, 5 September 2020
The lockdown in the spring saved millions of lives throughout Europe, but now schools and day care centres are being reopened, despite the rising spread of infections.
“Workers must refuse to be sacrificed in the name of profits at the hands of the ruling class”
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 5 September 2020
This letter was sent to the WSWS Educators Newsletter to expose the atrocious conditions facing educators, students and parents in Ocseola County, which stands adjacent to Disney World but has the worst-funded education system in Florida.
“We have a right to withdraw our labour, especially when being exposed to disease and death”
By our correspondent, 4 September 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a worker about the situation at the distribution centre of major supermarket chain Morrisons in Bridgwater, Somerset, which had an outbreak of COVID-19 in March.
By Shibu Vavara, 4 September 2020
While heavy rain was blamed for the disaster, government authorities failed to provide the region with the necessary basic public infrastructure.
By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2020
The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic toward a second, potentially larger, wave.
By Alexandra Greene, 1 September 2020
The BC NDP government is receiving critical support for its reckless back-to-school drive from the B.C. Teachers Federation, which, while mouthing oppositional sounding phrases, is helping organize the return to class.
By Jessica Goldstein, 1 September 2020
Facing no opposition from the UAW, General Motors is bringing salaried workers onto the production assembly lines of its Wentzville Assembly Center in Missouri, putting more lives in danger for the sake of profits.
the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 1 September 2020
The claims by auto companies that they are following extensive safety protocols and testing workers exposed to COVID-19 are lies that do not withstand scrutiny.
By Benjamin Mateus, 1 September 2020
The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic towards a second potentially larger wave.
By Renae Cassimeda, 29 August 2020
The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.
“They should shut everything down again until they get the virus under control”
By Emma Arceneaux, 29 August 2020
Deplorable working conditions and an immediate reduction of hours and pay impelled 45 percent of school bus drivers in Columbus, Mississippi to walk out on Monday.
By Gregor Link, 29 August 2020
As the country’s various state governments rush ahead with the policy of opening schools, growing numbers are expressing their opposition to the move.
By Robert Stevens, 29 August 2020
The information is not available in the news section of the Food Standards Agency’s website or its social media accounts.
By Benjamin Mateus, 27 August 2020
The change in guidelines has been met with a barrage of anger and dismay among various health experts and physician groups who have repeatedly stated that the key to suppressing the infection is broad, mass testing of the population.
“We refuse to lay down our lives for profit or participate in a poorly designed, underfunded, deadly experiment”
Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 August 2020
Teachers and their supporters have set up a rank-and-file safety committee in Duval County, Florida, which includes Jacksonville, the sixth largest school district in Florida, the state with the highest per capita infection rate in the US.
By Alberto Escalera, 27 August 2020
Mayor de Blasio, a self-proclaimed “progressive,” has proven just as willing to carry out the homicidal policy of school reopening amidst the pandemic as his most reactionary Republican counterparts.
By Alexandra Greene, 27 August 2020
A recent study found that 25,000 Canadians were either hospitalized or died due to self-harm last year, the equivalent of about 70 self-harm incidents per day.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 August 2020
Government claims that health staff had primarily contracted COVID-19 at home and in the community, as opposed to their places of employment, have been exposed as lies.
By an Albion College student, 25 August 2020
Albion College in south-central Michigan promised a safe return, but one student’s experience reveals a different picture, one of unsanitary rooms, a lack of sanitization supplies, failing protocols, and a testing regime full of holes.
By Alex Johnson, 25 August 2020
The failure of health care facilities and employers to provide adequate paid leave has left health care staff with the cruel “choice” of risking hunger and homelessness by forfeiting their paychecks or becoming transmitters of the coronavirus in their workplaces.
“They are killing people to save money”
By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2020
In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.
By Alejandro López, 22 August 2020
The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.
By Paul Bond, 22 August 2020
Northampton, already on a coronavirus watchlist, has the highest rate of new cases in England and could be subjected to a local lockdown.
By James Mullan, 22 August 2020
The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university’s reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.
By our reporters, 22 August 2020
The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei’s call to build action committees to prepare a general strike in Germany against the reopening of schools has been shared hundreds of times on social media and found thousands of readers.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 August 2020
As of mid-July, there were 178,500 excess deaths in just fifteen urban areas internationally, including New York City, Mexico City, Lima, Jakarta, Istanbul and Madrid.
By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2020
The main “crime” of PHE for the ruling elite was that it was part of a “bloated” NHS still not sufficiently responsive to the expertise and “flexibility” of the private sector.
As Bath shipyard workers poised to vote, machinists union, management and White House praise sellout deal
By Shannon Jones, 18 August 2020
After more than nine weeks on strike against Bath Iron Works, the International Association of Machinists is recommending a sellout deal that will retain scab subcontractors hired during the walkout while abandoning victimized workers.
By Renae Cassimeda, 18 August 2020
Democrats in the two largest school districts are pushing to reopen schools in a matter of weeks, endangering the lives of millions of residents in New York and Los Angeles.
“Teachers want to strike, but the unions are doing nothing”
“Refuse to Return” Facebook group cofounder describes explosion of opposition to unsafe school openings
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 18 August 2020
The “Refuse to Return” group in Colorado has attracted 9,469 members and helped inspire the formation of at least 35 other groups across the US, with tens of thousands of members in total.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 August 2020
The Canadian ruling elite has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting ever more explicitly the homicidal principle of “herd immunity.”
By Miles Driver, 18 August 2020
The ballots show the willingness of drivers to fight but Unite’s “consultative” ballot campaign is a fraud.
By Renae Cassimeda, 15 August 2020
In a fight for their lives and those of thousands of students, educators and parents oppose the new reopening plan that has students and teachers reporting to school sites for in-person instruction for one week prior to full distance learning.
By Tomas Castanheira, 15 August 2020
Virtually all Brazilian states and capitals have ongoing plans to reproduce the homicidal model of school reopenings in Manaus.
Workers denounce cover-up and intimidation around COVID-19 infections at Fiat Chrysler Belvidere plant
By Kristina Betinis, 15 August 2020
Belvidere workers continue to speak out against management and UAW concealing information and shaming workers for stating concerns as Boone and Winnebago counties launch investigation into the spread of disease at the plant.
By Steve Filips, 15 August 2020
There were 32 new COVID-19 cases reported last week at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.
Prepare a nationwide general strike to stop the deadly reopening of schools!
the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 August 2020
We are launching the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee to unite all those opposed to the unsafe reopening of schools and provide the necessary leadership to prepare for a nationwide general strike to halt the reopening of schools.
By Statement of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 15 August 2020
By demanding a return to face-to-face teaching amid rising coronavirus infection rates, German state governments of all stripes are putting the health and lives of countless teachers, students and parents at risk.
By Evan Blake, 13 August 2020
Across the US, thousands of teachers, education workers, parents and students are mobilizing to oppose the unsafe reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Joseph Mario, 13 August 2020
Scituate, a small coastal town south of Boston, is one example of broader situation in the state, where Governor Baker has pushed for schools to fully reopen in the fall.
“This is a modern-day sweatshop”
By our reporters, 13 August 2020
As the company makes money hand over fist from the pandemic's boost to online retail sales, hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers labor for long hours in unsafe conditions at Amazon's fulfillment centers.
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 11 August 2020
Teachers and students spoke to the WSWS to express their opposition to New York state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to allow all schools to reopen in the coming weeks.
By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2020
Although there are currently more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections per day in Germany, all of the country’s state governments are ruthlessly enforcing the reopening of schools after the summer break.
“They are treating us all like pawns—we are the ones who suffer”
By our reporters, 11 August 2020
Thousands of health workers took part in demonstrations and rallies across the UK demanding a pay rise and adequate protection from COVID-19.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 11 August 2020
With 478,024 coronavirus cases, Peru has the third most infections in Latin America, and with over 21,000 fatalities, it has the highest per capita death toll in the region.
“They spout in the news ‘thank you to health care heroes’ but what thanks do we get?”
By Julian James, 11 August 2020
The NNU study shows that only 24 percent of nurses think their employer is providing a safe workplace.
“They have a multi-billion dollar corporation, and they work us to death”
By Tim Rivers, 11 August 2020
Auto parts workers at the Faurecia plant in Columbus, Indiana, have described forced overtime at their factory, the spread of COVID-19 and other grueling and dangerous conditions.
By Lee Parsons, 11 August 2020
In an indication of the studios’ disregard for the health and safety of workers, now showing up in film production contracts are waivers designed to give the employers legal immunity from suits over failure to provide protection against the virus.
By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020
Cuomo’s mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration’s drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.
No masks, crowded hallways
By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020
Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.
By Tony Jackson, 8 August 2020
The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.
“It’s a recipe for disaster”
By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020
Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.
By Marianne Arens, 8 August 2020
In order to ensure the capitalists can turn a profit, all established parties, from the Christian Social Union to the Left Party, are pushing for a return to regular in-person teaching.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 August 2020
The SEP calls for the development of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees to prepare for a general strike against the opening of schools and the murderous policy of the ruling class.
By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020
Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.
By Zac Thorton, 8 August 2020
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter has received comments from a number of workers at the Tennessee plant.
Reject whitewash report into London bus driver coronavirus deaths! For rank-and-file health and safety committees!
By Laura Tiernan and Miles Driver, 8 August 2020
There is nothing remotely “independent” about University College London’s review into bus driver deaths.
By Terry Cook, 8 August 2020
The United Workers Union has brokered a sell-out deal that maintains the exploitative conditions and low-pay regime at Woolworths’ Wyong distribution centre.
By Benjamin Mateus, 6 August 2020
Evidence is growing that the reopening of schools will lead to a massive resurgence of the pandemic, with deadly consequences for teachers and students.
By Mitch Marcus, 6 August 2020
The CDC guidelines were adjusted in mid-July to suit the demands of the Trump administration that schools reopen, as part the broader campaign to reopen the economy.
By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020
In order to protect billions in revenue, US universities are resorting to threats and cover-ups to keep their plans to play football in the fall on track.
By Phyllis Steele, 5 August 2020
Republican-controlled legislatures in several states are moving to cut funding and outsource the jobs of teachers if schools do not open with full in-person learning.
By Sandy English, 5 August 2020
Teachers in New York are determined to prevent the unsafe reopening of schools by the Democratic mayor and governor.
By Thomas Scripps, 5 August 2020
Medical professionals warn that schools cannot be reopened safely when testing and tracing are grossly inadequate and there is already a resurgence of the pandemic.
By our correspondents, 5 August 2020
Amid intense opposition from teachers and parents, private schools were reopened last month in the state of Amazonas and this week in Rio de Janeiro.
By Alejandro López, 5 August 2020
The return to school is a criminal policy exposing children, teachers, families and neighbourhoods to serious illness and death.
“A lot of people really don’t think we should be working right now”
By James Tatsch, 5 August 2020
Last week saw the highest number of new recorded cases for the Kansas City metro area since the start of the pandemic.
By Nick Barrickman and Patrick Smith, 5 August 2020
Amazon continues to withhold the number of reported coronavirus infections from its own workers and the public, placing countless lives in danger.
By Steve Strietberg, 5 August 2020
Amid growing infections throughout the industry, cold storage workers at the JBS plant in Melbourne refused to begin work last week, demanding safe working conditions.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020
Mass opposition by teachers to the criminal policies of the ruling class will galvanize support among all workers in the United States and throughout the world.
“Most people here think the plant should be shut down”
By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 4 August 2020
Members of the new Ford Rouge Rank-and-File Safety Committee spoke to the WSWS to describe the lack of safety protections at Ford’s flagship F-150 factory, while management backed by the union is attempting to restore full production.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020
The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.
By Mike Head, 4 August 2020
Workers, especially those in casual and insecure employment, will bear the burden of the sweeping “state of disaster” COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victoria’s Labor government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 August 2020
The measures were only announced after the Victorian surge of infections had spiralled out of control, sparking fears of a collapse of the healthcare system.
By Tom Casey, 4 August 2020
Among the first ship operators to resume sailings, Norwegian-owned Hurtigruten suspended operation of two ships this weekend after 36 passenger and five crew tested positive for coronavirus.
By John Braddock, 4 August 2020
A surge of new COVID-19 cases has been recorded in the past 14 days, threatening to overwhelm the impoverished country’s ill-equipped healthcare system.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 August 2020
July was the worst month yet in terms of new cases of COVID-19, as the pandemic continued to tear through the global population.
Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic
the Ford Dearborn Truck Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 August 2020
The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.
By Tomas Castanheira, 1 August 2020
The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.
By Andrea Reissner, 1 August 2020
The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.
By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020
An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.
By Andrea Lobo, 30 July 2020
The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus, highlighting the horrific human cost of the rush to reopen the economy.
By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020
Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 July 2020
While the government claims that it is mounting a “successful battle,” the virus is rampaging across the India, with half a million new infections in the past 12 days.
By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2020
The Tories’ aim is to divert attention from the resurgence of coronavirus infections in the UK due to their own criminal policies.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 July 2020
Moderna’s exorbitant price point for its taxpayer subsidized vaccine exemplifies the corporate-financial elite’s exploitation of the coronavirus catastrophe for its selfish private gain.
By Brent Dylan, 28 July 2020
After an initial report on an outbreak, workers describe the unsafe conditions and corporate double speak.
By Evan Blake, 28 July 2020
After waging years of strikes and protests against cuts to school funding and wages, educators in the US now face a direct confrontation with the Trump administration over its drive to reopen schools.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 25 July 2020
The Iowa Department of Health cover-up occurred at the height of the “back to work campaign” and ongoing meat industry production.
By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020
Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020
Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.
By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020
Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management’s proposal to slash their benefits.
By Alex Johnson, 23 July 2020
The Illinois Nurses Association isolated the courageous two-week strike and then pushed through a deal that does nothing to address dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.