Global class struggle
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 December 2020
Thousands took to the streets, blocking the main roads leading to oil installations and bridges in oil-rich Basra city, and the port of Umm Qasr in the south of the country, demanding unpaid wages.
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.
By Ioan Petrescu, 24 December 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with representatives of the rent strikes that began at the University of London and Goldsmiths University earlier this month.
China: Apple factory workers protest over jobs; Sri Lankan garment workers strike over cuts to annual bonus; New Zealand home care workers strike
24 December 2020
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By Statement of the UK Educator’s Rank-and-File Safety Committee:, 24 December 2020
The protection of children and educators can only develop as part of an independent movement of the working class in a struggle against the capitalist profit system, which sacrifices the safety and basic needs of workers to the profit drive of the ruling elite.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 December 2020
The big corporations and unions in the auto, supply, steel, engineering, chemical and other industries are using the Corona crisis to shed workers, intensify exploitation and prepare for trade war and all-out war.
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.
By Jim Franklin, 23 December 2020
No less than four union officials fronted about 40 workers at Sydney’s Alexandria delivery facility to attempt to stifle their anger over the Alternative Delivery Model, which has created intolerable working conditions.
By Laura Tiernan, 23 December 2020
The groundswell of support for Judith Katera across the garages must now be organised in direct opposition to Unite and the transport companies. She must not be left to fight alone!
UK: Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth Hospital staff respond to frontline nurse’s exposure of dangerous working conditions
By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 23 December 2020
Posted on the NHS FightBack Facebook group page, the letter was read by hundreds of people and widely shared. It was also shared to various NHS based campaign groups across Facebook.
By Sue Phillips, 23 December 2020
Teachers and support staff at Footscray High in Melbourne met in the final days of the school year to show their support for Jones.
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 Kranti Kumara, 22 December 2020
The report, issued after an uprising by workers at the Wistron factory in India has revealed slave-like working conditions and wage delays, which are common among Apple iPhone manufacturers throughout Asia.
By Marianne Arens, 22 December 2020
Several hundred workers of the shipping giant Amazon have been infected in the last few days.
Chilean health care workers walk out over pay, national strike by Argentine train conductors
22 December 2020
Members of the Confusam health workers union in Chile walked out December 16 over paltry pay raises while train conductors in Argentina plan a national work stoppage December 22.
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 George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 22 December 2020
Social Security Administration data analyzed by the Economic Policy Institute shows the steady upward redistribution of wealth from the working class to the highest tier of income earners over the past 40 years, a trend that continued in 2019.
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.
By Jessica Goldstein, 21 December 2020
More than 400 metalworkers have gone on an indefinite strike at the Constellium aluminum plant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, after walking off the job last Tuesday night following an overwhelming strike vote.
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 Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21 December 2020
Representatives of the owners and trade unions at Volkswagen unanimously agreed last week to launch an initiative to take on US manufacturer Tesla. The burden of this is to be borne by the workforce—at VW itself and in the parts supplier chain.
By Kristina Betinis and Michael Walters, 21 December 2020
Amid record COVID-19 deaths, the Chicago Teachers Union is working with city leaders to begin bringing teachers back to school buildings January 4.
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 Robert Stevens, 19 December 2020
No details were made public about the workers who died at the Tilmanstone plant.
By Tom Carter, 19 December 2020
In the midst of the holiday season, traditionally the busiest of the year, USPS workers are exhausted, thousands are sick or in quarantine, and packages are piling up.
By Daniel de Vries, 19 December 2020
The MTA postponed 9,000 layoffs and 50 percent service cuts, leaving New York’s transit system hanging by a thread.
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.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 December 2020
The Rank-and-File Safety Committee at the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, Indiana, has issued a statement endorsing the Socialist Equality Party call for a shutdown of non-essential production to save lives.
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.
Bangladeshi health workers strike over wages; Sri Lankan teachers to demand COVID-19 protection; Offshore LNG maintenance workers strike in Western Australia
19 December 2020
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By Ben McGrath, 19 December 2020
The new contract maintains a wage freeze with no commitment from the company to maintain production in South Korea for the long term.
By Martin Scott, 19 December 2020
The United Workers Union has declared the supermarket chain’s offer of a 3.5 percent pay rise “more than enough” for the locked-out workers.
As it keeps them in unsafe plants
By Kathleen Martin and Tom Hall, 19 December 2020
The UAW at FCA had the audacity to post advice for its members on coping with stress during the pandemic.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 December 2020
We call on all Florida educators to come to the defense of Jones and the scientific principles for which she stands, and to build a statewide Florida Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee like ours in Texas.
By Richard Dufour and Laurent Lafrance, 18 December 2020
The union that represents most Quebec nurses recently signed an agreement with the government little different from one that union delegates rejected two weeks earlier out of fear of a rank-and-file rebellion.
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 John Braddock, 18 December 2020
The dispute over ownership of the troubled Vale plant between the pro-and anti-independence factions of the ruling elite has nothing to offer the working class.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 18 December 2020
It is the responsibility of the working class, organised on its own independent political programme, to put an end to the pandemic.
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.
“What they did to Jones—they’ll do to anyone who threatens their bottom line”
By Evan Blake, 18 December 2020
The WSWS is publishing statements of support for Jones, whose Florida home was raided last week in response to her efforts to expose the spread of the pandemic in Florida and in K-12 schools across the US.
By Mike Head, 18 December 2020
Judging by the NTEU’s annual report, the union leadership is proud of its achievement in presiding over unprecedented job losses.
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.
French transport workers stoppage in Paris as UK transport workers in London ballot for strike action; UK airport workers strike at London Heathrow; South African healthcare workers walk out at six hospitals
18 December 2020
French transport workers strike in Paris against privatisation; UK Heathrow airport workers stoppage over pay and conditions; healthcare workers in six South African hospitals demand pay rise
“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 Ben McGrath, 17 December 2020
Kia workers are attempting defend themselves against increased attacks by management, which is collaborating with the unions to impose wage freezes and sellout agreements.
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 James Langley, 17 December 2020
On December 8, dozens of workers walked out and protested against unsafe conditions at George’s Chicken poultry processing plant in Springdale, Arkansas.
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.
the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 December 2020
According to workers at the Battersea depot, the former Health and Safety rep was sacked last week by Abellio after she exposed alleged fraud by a former Unite convenor who was reportedly close to management.
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.
By Max Boddy, 17 December 2020
The bill is the product of months of secretive talks between employers, the government and the unions.
By our correspondents, 16 December 2020
By pushing workers to agree to the company’s paltry wage increase, the United Workers Union underscored its determination to strike a bargain with Coles.
Indian government and big business fear farmers’ protest could trigger eruption of working class opposition
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 December 2020
In the face of mass and escalating opposition from farmers, Narendra Modi and his far-right Bharatiya Janata Party government are doubling down on their drive to implement a raft of pro-corporate agricultural “reforms.”
Build independent rank-and-file safety committees!
By Kevin Martinez and Evelyn Rios, 16 December 2020
Citing short staffing levels and unsafe conditions, nurses with SEIU Local 121RN authorized a strike by 92 percent at three Southern California hospitals.
By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 16 December 2020
In any struggle to defend their jobs and conditions, postal workers confront the trade unions as their enemies.
“United we stand, divided we fall.” Amazon worker speaks out on workplace conditions, calls for global struggle by the working class
By Shuvu Batta and Clare Hurley, 15 December 2020
The World Socialist Web Site International Amazon Workers Voice recently interviewed a warehouse worker in Connecticut who wanted to expose working conditions and organize within his facility.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 December 2020
The number of health professionals testing positive for COVID-19 has surpassed 37,500, and 72 workers have died due to the lack of resources and protective attire.
By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2020
The US attorney heading the five-year investigation into corruption in the United Auto Workers union joined UAW President Rory Gamble to announce the end of the federal probe while absurdly claiming the union is now free of corruption and suspicion.
Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 December 2020
We, the Amazonians of Baltimore, hereby announce the formation of an independent rank-and-file safety committee at the Amazon BWI2 Fulfillment Center. In launching the committee, our goal is to expose the conditions at our facility and the lies of management meant to cover them up. We are an organization of, for, and led by Amazon workers which will defend the rights and safety of our fellow employees.
By Kevin Reed, 14 December 2020
A complaint filed by the San Francisco office of the NLRB has charged Google with violating the National Labor Relations Act by interfering with, disciplining and firing employees who were engaged in legally protected organizing activities.
By Ben McGrath, 14 December 2020
The autoworkers’ struggles are continuing even though the Korean Metal Workers Union has isolated the negotiations and strikes at the three major auto companies.
US retail giants shut off pandemic hazard pay to workforce while funneling billions into share buybacks
By Ray Coleman, 14 December 2020
The Brookings Institution found that over a dozen of the US’s most profitable retailers could have quadrupled their hazard pay to workers and still made a handsome profit during the pandemic.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2020
By December 2021, 33 of 151 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty positions will be eliminated, as well as eight visiting faculty positions.
By Keith Jones, 13 December 2020
Both the farmers and the Karnataka telecom manufacturing, Toyota, and bus transport workers are resisting the attempts of India’s capitalist elite, spearheaded by the Modi government, to exploit the pandemic to intensify the exploitation of India’s workers and toilers.
By Jean Shaoul, 12 December 2020
Security forces fired on demonstrators protesting over unpaid wages, killing eight people and injuring 65 more.
By Claude Delphian and Hector Cordon, 12 December 2020
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has slowly resumed pre-pandemic air traffic controller schedules as airlines increase flights.
By Erik Schreiber, 12 December 2020
New services from AWS allow companies to add specially trained computer vision technology to existing camera systems to spot “unusual” activity.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 December 2020
Texas educators are demanding that students not be forced to take in-person state assessments as a prerequisite for graduation during the pandemic.
“We need more people in society to stand against these ‘leaders’ and speak the truth.”
By Renae Cassimeda, 12 December 2020
The WSWS received widespread support for Rebekah Jones from educators and other workers in Florida, California, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Hawaii.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 12 December 2020
Hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved if emergency action is taken, but the working class must intervene with its own program in opposition to the ruling class and the capitalist system.
Bangladeshi police assault protesting workers; Sri Lankan ambulance paramedics oppose sackings; South Australian brewery workers’ strike
12 December 2020
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Workers around the world must defend striking Indian Toyota workers from repressive government measures
By Arun Kumar, 12 December 2020
Fearful of the growing support for the monthlong strike by Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) workers in southern India, the Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government is ramping up its attempts to criminalize the strike.
UFCW ends 3-month Winnipeg school bus drivers' strike without a contract, as COVID-19 cases skyrocket
By Carl Bronski, 12 December 2020
The drivers' strike was the first public sector job action since a court found the Manitoba Conservative government’s antiworker wage-control law unconstitutional.
Strike ballots across UK in education, health care, transport, local government and British Airways; 24-hour strike by power workers in France; local government strike in Niger state threatens to spread
11 December 2020
Strike ballots across many sectors in UK including education, hospitals and health, transport, local government and British Airways; local government strike in Niger state threatens to spread to port and oil workers in Nigeria.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 11 December 2020
Indian farmers are threatening to expand their protests after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government reiterated that it will not repeal the three pro-agri-business laws it rushed through parliament last September.
By The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2020
To prevent a strike and maintain the flow of profits, the United Auto Workers is attempting to impose a sellout agreement on 2,200 Ohio parts workers.
By Henry Lee, 11 December 2020
Thousands of students have joined rent strikes at Sussex, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham, and universities across London.
Committee for Public Education (Australia) online meeting discusses global struggles of teachers and educators
By Carolyn Kennett, 11 December 2020
Panellists explained the fight for rank-and-file committees to provide the deep-seated opposition to the reopening of schools a political direction and leadership.
By Jason Melanovski, 11 December 2020
Miners across Ukraine are escalating strike actions over unpaid wages and deteriorating working conditions.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 December 2020
The explosion is only the latest in a series of industrial accidents which have continued to claim the lives of workers throughout the United States even as COVID-19 tears through the country.
By Shannon Jones, 11 December 2020
Wall Street is demanding car companies increase production to restock depleted dealer inventories, even as the pandemic is claiming a growing number of autoworkers’ lives.
“They never respected us enough to acknowledge the human lives lost.”
By Emma Arceneaux, 10 December 2020
Emotions ran high in the meeting held just three days after the burials of two beloved educators.