Global class struggle
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 Our reporters, 18 January 2021
“It has to be a grassroots movement from below to save Assange. A mass movement or mass support for him, rather than trying to appeal to the goodness of Australian politicians’ hearts.”
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 Omar Ali, 18 January 2021
Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.
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 Carl Bronski, 16 January 2021
Unifor may try as early as this Sunday to force through a new contract, replacing that scheduled to expire this fall.
Hyundai steel workers in South Korea strike; Tamil Nadu primary school teachers protest; Australia: Svitzer tugboat workers walk out
16 January 2021
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Vote “No” to the UFCW-backed union at Alabama Amazon facility! Build rank-and-file committees to defend worker rights
By International Amazon Workers Voice, 16 January 2021
Workers need organization and a leadership to fight, but bitter experience has shown that the unions do not represent workers.
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 Cordell Gascoigne and Jessica Goldstein, 16 January 2021
Following the sellout of the strike by 400 aluminum workers in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the United Steelworkers continues to hide details of the contract.
Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike
By Our reporters, 16 January 2021
In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.
By Our reporters, 15 January 2021
There is growing opposition throughout Chicago to the city’s Democratic leaders aggressive push to reopen schools, bars and restaurants as COVID-19 infections are ripping through schools and other workplaces.
By Our correspondents, 15 January 2021
Participants discussed the need to build a network of education action committees to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
By Max Boddy, 15 January 2021
The Australian Border Force has responded to the protests with violence and punitive segregation measures.
By Brunna Machado and Tomas Castanheira, 15 January 2021
According to Ford, 5,000 workers will be laid off in Brazil, and tens of thousands more jobs directly associated with its production chain are expected to face destruction.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 January 2021
A potential cluster of infections has emerged at McCutcheon Elementary on the city’s North Side, leaving just one educator in the building, while the CTU works to isolate teachers and prevent them from taking any independent initiative.
Swedish care workers’ national action; UK energy workers plan further industrial action as telecom workers in strike ballot; Nigerian polytechnic staff pay walk out
15 January 2021
Around 55,000 Swedish care workers to begin industrial action today over pay, conditions and increased workload during pandemic; British gas workers plan further strikes to defend pay and conditions as Telecom workers in strike ballot.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 January 2021
Such efforts will only spur the pandemic to ever greater heights of death in a country where there are already more than 3,400 newly reported deaths each day.
By Kaye Tucker, 14 January 2021
The stoppage is the latest indication of growing opposition to the program of school amalgamations being enforced by the New South Wales Liberal government, with the assistance of Labor and the unions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2021
Benson Wang is a Chinese immigrant meatworker who was allegedly assaulted and subsequently victimised at an abattoir operated by Midfield Group in Warrnambool, Victoria.
California health care worker explains how COVID-19 catastrophe has been fueled by the drive for profit
14 January 2021
The WSWS encourages health care workers to speak out on the disastrous conditions which are now overwhelming hospitals due the reopening and “herd immunity” policies pursued by the ruling class in countries around the world.
India’s Supreme Court feigns concern for farmers, while laying groundwork for illegalizing seven-week mass protest
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 January 2021
The Supreme Court ruling is aimed at ensnaring the farmers’ in a phony mediation process that is rigged against them, while laying the ground for outlawing their struggle if it is not shifted to an alternate site or sites.
By Evan Blake, 14 January 2021
Tuesday’s event, organized by an umbrella group of teacher unions led by pseudo-left officials, was a political stunt aimed at channeling opposition to in-person instruction behind dead-end appeals to the Democratic Party.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 January 2021
Such is the anarchy of the market and the indifference of the financial oligarchs to anything other than their own interests that governments that have been able to do so have been shoring up their food supplies, setting in motion a ferocious national competition, adding to demand and fuelling price rises.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown
By Our reporter, 13 January 2021
The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.
By Alexander Fangmann, 13 January 2021
As district officials continue to peddle lies about the safety of reopening schools, CTU is negotiating over a reopening plan that would split the working class and undermine the struggle to close non-essential workplaces until mass vaccination is carried out.
By Andy Niklaus, 13 January 2021
The Berlin Transport Company’s pandemic policy, which endangers the lives and health of workers, is supported by the Berlin Senate consisting of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party.
By Sampath Perera, 13 January 2021
Although Pakistan’s military has turned much of Balochistan into an armed camp, Islamist forces continue to mount deadly attacks on the Shiite Hazara minority with impunity.
Mexican Interjet workers begin strike; St Vincent Hospital workers launch protests in Boston
12 January 2021
Some 5,000 workers at Interjet airlines struck airports in four cities to demand back wages while hospital nurses in Boston are staging pickets to demand safe staff to patient ratios
By Katy Kinner, 12 January 2021
Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.
Ford “Finish Strong” ad campaign invokes nationalist mythology as cover for company’s “herd immunity” policies
By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 12 January 2021
Ford’s advertising blitz is aimed at covering up its own crimes, and those of the capitalist ruling class as a whole, with patriotic, militaristic bluster, portraying the virus as a common external enemy for the country to unite against.
Matthew MacEgan, 11 January 2021
The first ERFSC meeting of 2021 was attended by over 150 educators and other workers from across the US and around the globe.
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 Naomi Spencer, 11 January 2021
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has ordered elementary and middle schools to reopen for daily in-person instruction beginning January 19, even as infections and deaths surge.
By Jessica Goldstein and Tom Hall, 11 January 2021
Perhaps more than anyone else, Musk personifies the parasitic character of the corporate-financial oligarchy which dominates society.
By Gregor Link, 11 January 2021
Despite schools being the central driver of the pandemic, the education ministers in Germany’s federal states have decided on a “resumption of face-to-face teaching” as soon as possible.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 11 January 2021
“We’ve lost control of the epidemic,” exclaimed Dr. Antoine Delage, a pulmonologist at a hospital south of Montreal.
By Kevin Reed, 11 January 2021
A group of 200 employees have formed a union called the Alphabet Workers Union that is open to all employees and contractors at the parent company of the tech giant Google and is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America of the AFL-CIO.
11 January 2021
25 years ago: Hashimoto replaces Murayama as Japan’s prime ministerOn January 11, 1996, Ryutaro Hashimoto, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), became prime minister of Japan. He succeeded Tomiichi Murayama after the latter’s sudden resignation on January 5 opened a new stage in the breakup of the postwar political system in Japan.
Pakistan: Doctors and health workers continue strike in Islamabad; Sri Lanka: Trainee teachers and health workers protest; Australia: NSW paramedics threaten industrial action
9 January 2021
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Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 January 2021
We are fighting to unify the working class across Texas and throughout the region to close all schools and nonessential businesses and oppose the fascistic conspiracies of Trump.
By Harvey Simpkins, 9 January 2021
In response to a recent survey conducted by the Tennessee Educators Association over 84 percent of educators reported a negative “emotional impact” from working in public education during the pandemic.
“They just see us as numbers.”
By Isaac Finn, 9 January 2021
An Amazon worker in Ohio describes the bureaucratic nightmare of returning to work in the midst of a deadly pandemic following a planned leave of absence.
By Debra Watson, 9 January 2021
Nearly 20,000 active and retired carpenters and millwrights in the Detroit metropolitan area are facing deep cuts in their pensions in July 2021.
By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2021
Gas workers face a terrible decline in living standards if these conditions are imposed throughout British Gas. They are not just fighting the company but face staunch opponents in the union bureaucracy.
By Jesse Thomas, 9 January 2021
There have been protests around the world, including in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia, in support of the now 45-day-long agitation Indian farmers are mounting against the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s pro-agribusiness laws.
By William Quartermaine, 8 January 2021
Arnold Herrera had just recently been certified as a brakes and electrics specialist before succumbing suddenly to the coronavirus last weekend.
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 Arun Kumar, 8 January 2021
Striking Toyota workers also face mounting pressure from the Congress and Janata Dal opposition parties, and the isolation of their struggle by the Stalinist-dominated unions.
Shippensburg faculty member demands action to save jobs and university education for working-class students
By Douglas Lyons, 8 January 2021
Layoffs, the closing of schools, and academic cuts are being pushed by the new chancellor at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
“It’s going to take the working class to stop them”
By our reporters, 8 January 2021
Autoworkers, teachers, retirees and other sections of the working class reacted with outrage as fascist supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcibly disrupting the certification of Biden’s presidential victory.
By Jack Turner and Oscar Grenfell, 8 January 2021
Unless workers begin to take matters into their own hands, form a rank-and-file committee independent of the union and launch a political and industrial fight for jobs and conditions, they will be forced to accept whatever terms the company imposes.
9,000 British gas employees strike; UK student rent strikes spreading; Kenyan healthcare stoppage continues despite union sabotage
8 January 2021
Employees at British Gas walk out to defend pay and conditions; UK University students rent strike across 31 universities; Kenyan healthcare workers’ strike continues despite union sending doctors back
By Ulaş Ateşçi, 8 January 2021
The mass student protests in Istanbul that started to oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appointment of a new rector to Boğaziçi University, continued yesterday in defiance of police-state measures to suppress the movement.
By Virginia Browne, 8 January 2021
Illegal labour hire practises, severe underpayment and brutal exploitation of international backpackers are endemic in Australia.
Emergency statement by the London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, 8 January 2021
At least 12 staff have been diagnosed with COVID in recent days, including up to ten bus drivers, a manager and the garage’s full time Unite Health and Safety Rep
By Martin Nowak and Christoph Vandreier, 7 January 2021
In enforcing their inhumane pandemic policies, the federal and state governments, consisting of a broad range of political coalitions, can rely on the close cooperation of Germany’s trade unions.
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 Dan Conway, 7 January 2021
As COVID-19 cases and deaths break records, California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state will provide cash-strapped districts with extra funding if they resume unsafe in-person learning.
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.
“You tell someone you have COVID, you are in trouble”
By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2021
Production at the Jeep complex went forward full throttle over the holidays while the cover-up of COVID-19 cases and intimidation of workers at the plant continued.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2021
At a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to acknowledge that more than 1.1 million people now had the virus in England.
By Our reporter, 6 January 2021
The Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) took part in a rally called by Free Assange NZ in Wellington, ahead of the judicial verdict in London that unexpectedly halted the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US.
By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 6 January 2021
The incident exposed the class gulf between the union and rank-and-file educators, who are fighting to protect their lives as the Democratic Lightfoot administration forces a return to dangerous schools.
By David Fitzgerald, 6 January 2021
As the social crisis worsens and eviction orders proceed in the new year, local and state Democratic officials respond to the homeless population in Seattle and surrounding area with police repression and criminally inadequate resources.
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.
“Every journalist should be concerned about what was said today in court. Because the political arguments provided by the United States were upheld by the British judicial system”
By Our reporters, 5 January 2021
Assange’s closest associates hailed the court’s decision as a victory but warned that the fight to secure his freedom was far from over.
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 Alexander Fangmann, 5 January 2021
Even though only 23 percent of families opted to return their students to in-person schooling, the district has maintained its aggressive push to bring educators and children back into classrooms.
By George Kirby and Marcus Day, 5 January 2021
New cases of COVID-19 have been accelerating in recent weeks at the Indianapolis, Indiana plant, according to data shared by workers.
Police kill protesting farmworkers, attack anti-police violence protest in Santiago
5 January 2021
Two farmworkers died in a brutal police assault on their protest over regressive labor legislation, while police repressed a commemoration march over the death of Mauricio Fredes.
“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 Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 January 2021
The pandemic is a “trigger event” that manifests in a highly concentrated form the contradictions of the global capitalist system and is unleashing long-suppressed forces of social transformation.
By Alejandro López, 4 January 2021
Workers’ struggles erupted in Spain in December, anticipating an intensification of the class struggle across Europe as a winter of death opens in the new year.
By Terry Cook, 4 January 2021
The judge heading the government’s inquiry described the process as “compromised” and said that it may never establish the cause of the disaster.
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.
“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.
Junior doctors walk out in India’s Bihar state; Sri Lankan plantation workers strike over wage cuts; Australian health workers demand better wages and conditions
31 December 2020
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Freedom of Information request reveals surge of COVID-19 infections among London bus, rail and tube workers
By Laura Tiernan, 31 December 2020
Transport for London’s response has revealed the extent of COVID-19 exposure across the capital’s transport network.
By Sandy English, 31 December 2020
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that schools were safe and would reopen on January 4, as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the city and the state plans massive cuts to education funding.
By Ben McGrath, 31 December 2020
The auto companies have exploited the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to deepen their attacks on the working class.
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 Alexander Fangmann, 31 December 2020
While the district is ordering roughly 5,800 educators to report to schools on Monday as COVID-19 cases in the city remain dangerously high, the Chicago Teachers Union is working to prevent any coordinated and effective fight.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 31 December 2020
The farmers launched their Delhi Chalo (Let’s got to Delhi) protest on November 26, the same day as tens of millions of workers participated in a general strike to protest the BJP government’s pro-investor “reforms.”
Emergency meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education
German high school student: “If we don’t close the schools, no one will!”
By Gregor Link, 30 December 2020
Faced with death tolls unseen in Europe since World War II, the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday to advance the fight for school closures and discuss prospects for a general strike against the politics of mass infection with the coronavirus.
Detroit schools chief Vitti gets pay raise, as unions initial unsafe reopenings and poverty pay for staff
By James Vega and Nancy Hanover, 30 December 2020
Detroit schools are presently set to reopen for face-to-face instruction in the coming weeks, threatening countless lives as the pandemic continues to deepen in the region.
By Shannon Jones, 30 December 2020
With COVID-19 deaths nearing 350,000, US manufacturing companies, led by the auto companies, have achieved near pre-pandemic output levels with the help of the unions.
By Steve Filips, 30 December 2020
Workers at the country’s second largest railroad are threatening to strike after hundreds of railway workers across the industry have contracted COVID-19 and at least 10 have died.
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 Steve Streitberg, 29 December 2020
Drivers should form rank-and-file committees on every line and in every depot, with trusted workers elected to lead the fight against the new industrial agreement.
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 Alexandra Greene, 29 December 2020
Hundreds have been infected with COVID-19 in recent weeks in a series of major outbreaks at a Cargill meatpacking plant and four Amazon distribution facilities.
Fiat Chrysler forced to abandon plans for 84-hour workweeks for skilled trades at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
By Tom Hall, 29 December 2020
The company was forced to shelve plans for a longer working week after workers took to the World Socialist Web Site to express their opposition.
By Jessica Goldstein, 29 December 2020
The United Steelworkers continues to isolate the strike of 400 metalworkers at the Constellium aluminum plant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama while the French FTM-CGT union has offered up empty promises of support.
Peruvian air traffic controllers strike over COVID safety; Ecuador police fail to end worker occupation of explosives plant
28 December 2020
Air traffic controllers in Peru held a three-day strike over the Christmas holiday to protest lack of COVID protection, while Ecuador police attacked workers occupying the Explocen mining explosives plant south of Quito.
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 Cordell Gascoigne, 24 December 2020
However, in spite of the outbreak in the plant and the spread of the virus in the community, Cargill has announced that it plans to reopen on December 29, less than two weeks after the shutdown began and well before the WDG area leaves “red zone” status.