Global class struggle

Chicago officials refuse teacher accommodations in order to force school reopenings

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.

Indian farmers’ agitation enters second month

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!”

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.

Worker opposition grows as US manufacturers ramp up production amid pandemic upsurge

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.

Federal judge blocks strike by Union Pacific railroad workers over lack of pandemic protections

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.

Ford Kansas City Assembly worker dies after testing positive for COVID-19

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.

Australia: Hundreds of train drivers in Melbourne quit union to protest sell out

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

Workers demand answers over COVID-19 infections at Cricklewood garage

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.

“The working conditions are hell”—Ontario allows COVID-19 to run rampant through workplaces

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.

French unions and IndustriALL offer cover up for strangling of Constellium strike in Alabama

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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

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.

Reject the SEIU sellout: Mobilize the working class to defend HCA nurses in southern California!

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.

Canadian Cargill plant closed after more than 80 employees test positive for coronavirus

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.

United Workers Union organises return to work at Hanes warehouse in Australia

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.

Leaked 2021 draft budget set to pauperise Iraqi workers and their families

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.

Student rent strikers speak out at UK universities

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 December 2020

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Build action committees to oppose a return to UK schools and campuses in January!

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.

At Daimler, German trade union leader calls for job cuts and increased profits

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.

Death toll rises to 11 at General Motors plant in Silao, Mexico

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.

Unions try to cover up their role at Australia Post

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.

As support grows among London bus drivers: Unite sabotages fight for Judith Katera’s reinstatement

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.

Australian educators call for the defence of COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones

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.

Mobilize the working class to defend HCA nurses!

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.

Southern California nurses should reject SEIU’s effort to sabotage struggle for safe conditions

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.

India: Karnataka factory inspectors find workers’ abuse at the Wistron iPhone plant

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.

Massive new coronavirus outbreaks at Amazon in Germany

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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

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.

Democrats press to open schools across the US as pandemic surges

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.

Newly released wage data documents 40-year wealth redistribution to top 0.1 percent

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.

Berlin teacher dies following COVID-19 infection

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.

Over 400 metalworkers on strike at Constellium aluminum plant in Alabama

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.

At least five autoworkers test positive for COVID-19 at Windsor, Ontario Fiat-Chrysler plant

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.

Trade union, works council and CEO impose cost-cutting programme on Volkswagen workforce in Germany

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.

Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union advance deadly school reopening plans

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.

Eight deaths as hundreds of Chicago transit workers infected by COVID-19

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.

Third worker dies of COVID-19 at a Bakkavor food plant in the UK

By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2020

No details were made public about the workers who died at the Tilmanstone plant.

US Postal Service, starved for funds, approaches gridlock with 14,000 workers quarantined

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.

Massive cuts loom as New York transit agency stakes its budget on federal bailout

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.

Indiana steelworker Troy Allen, 45, dies while working at US Steel’s Gary Works mill

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.

Indiana auto parts workers support call for nationwide political general strike

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

Whitewash investigation ends with Tyson Foods firing seven managers

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

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

19 December 2020

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

GM Korea workers narrowly approve new contract

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.

Australian “National Day of Action” a farce as union prepares to sell out Coles workers

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

UAW lectures workers on “practicing gratitude” and keeping up “healthy habits” this Christmas

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 call for united struggle in defense of whistleblower Rebekah Jones

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.

Quebec unions plotting with government to impose concessions on health care workers

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.

New York City EMS worker receives massive support against right-wing smear by New York Post

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.

Protests erupt in New Caledonia over sale of nickel mine

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.

Stop the UK’s winter of death! For emergency action to save lives!

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.

“This is the catalyst”: Autoworkers support call for nationwide shutdown with full compensation

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”

American workers denounce police raid on COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones

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.

Attacks on Australian university jobs deepen but union boasts it is “stronger”

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.

UPS Worldport facility begins distribution of vaccine

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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”

Nurses speak on burnout and PTSD as COVID-19 hospitalizations in US reach new highs

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.

Kia auto workers in South Korea launch week-long strike action

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.

Tennessee high school coach’s death underscores dangers of school reopenings and sports

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.

Arkansas poultry workers protest lack of protection against 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.

Sri Lanka: Lively discussion at Health Workers Action Committee online meeting

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.

Reinstate London bus driver Judith Katera! For united strike action to fight victimisations!

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, parents and students must organize a strike to close all schools!

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.

Unions voice hypocritical alarm over Australian industrial relations bill

By Max Boddy, 17 December 2020

The bill is the product of months of secretive talks between employers, the government and the unions.

Australian union prepares to shut down struggle by locked-out Coles workers

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!

Southern California nurses to strike for health and safety of patients and workers

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.

Form rank-and-file committees at Australia Post to fight union-management restructure!

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.

Chilean health unions suspend indefinite strike, provoking anger among workers

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.

US Justice Department shuts down UAW corruption investigation, praises union “reforms”

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.

Baltimore Amazon workers form rank-and-file safety committee to defend workers and save lives

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.

NLRB says Google illegally spied on and fired workers in 2019

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.

South Korean Kia workers strike again as GM and union push vote on rejected contract

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.

College of Saint Rose in New York slashes programs and tenured faculty positions

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.

As farmers intensify protests in north India, working-class anger erupts in Karnataka in the south

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.

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government uses deadly force against wages protests

By Jean Shaoul, 12 December 2020

Security forces fired on demonstrators protesting over unpaid wages, killing eight people and injuring 65 more.

US aviation officials push to resume normal air traffic operations while coronavirus spreads

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.

Amazon Web Services offers companies new tools for spying on workers

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 demand halt to in-person state standardized testing

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.”

Workers across the US speak out in defense of COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones

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.

Stop the wave of death! Repudiate the policies of the pandemic profiteers!

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

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

12 December 2020

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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.

As Indian farmers step up protests against pro-agribusiness “reform,” Modi prepares mass repression

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.

Ventra Sandusky: Vote “No” on 2020 contract! Form rank-and-file committees to oppose UAW sellout!

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.

Student rent strikes spread across UK universities

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.

Ukrainian uranium mines shut down amidst protest wave, threatening radioactive contamination

By Jason Melanovski, 11 December 2020

Miners across Ukraine are escalating strike actions over unpaid wages and deteriorating working conditions.

Fatal explosion at West Virginia chemical plant kills 1, injures 3

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.

Auto companies’ stocks rise as workers die from COVID-19

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.”

Montgomery, Alabama teachers demand the right to teach from home, are snubbed by school board

By Emma Arceneaux, 10 December 2020

Emotions ran high in the meeting held just three days after the burials of two beloved educators.