Global class struggle
“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.
By Tim Rivers, 10 December 2020
John Stamper's death is only the latest demonstration of the need for an immediate shutdown of nonessential production, including the auto industry, in order to combat the spread of the disease and save hundreds of thousands of lives.
By Gregor Link, 10 December 2020
The Bremen school strike is part of a growing wave of resistance by students against the herd immunity policies of the European governments.
How Tyson Foods chairman John Tyson made $600 million by exposing meatpacking workers to coronavirus
By Cordell Gascoigne, 10 December 2020
Tyson has not merely been a passive beneficiary of the policies of Trump and the political establishment. He has directly intervened to ensure the maintenance of production.
By James Brewer, 10 December 2020
While acknowledging recent COVID-19 deaths at Detroit-area plants, both the company and the union, along with the corporate media which approvingly reports their comments, blame autoworkers for the spread of the disease in the plants.
By Will Morrow, 10 December 2020
There is mass opposition in the working class to unsafe working conditions and the malignant social inequality fueled by decades of austerity and exacerbated by the pandemic.
By Margot Miller, 10 December 2020
The strike called off by the NEU would have been the first official Covid-related strike in the UK since the spring, as pressure from educators and parents mounts to close unsafe schools.
By Steve Filips, 10 December 2020
After workers twice rejected the sellout agreement, officials from the International Union of Electrical Local 83761 (IUE-CWA) pushed through a four-year deal that includes paltry raises and increased health care costs.
By Terry Cook, 9 December 2020
The unions are trying to ram through their agreements via online ballots, while providing their members with scant and misleading outlines of their contents.
“They are not alone in this”
By Shannon Jones, 9 December 2020
US autoworkers have extended support to fellow workers at Kia and General Motors in South Korea and Toyota workers in India who are facing increasing threats as they fight for decent pay and working conditions.
By Laura Tiernan and Miles Driver, 9 December 2020
Rossi’s claim that Unite can be made accountable has burst like a soap bubble, but all they can offer is more of the same, promoting the chimera that the trade unions can be reformed.
By Andrea Lobo, 9 December 2020
The testimonies of autoworkers expressed the growing understanding among Mexican workers that voting for new trade union leaders or creating new trade unions within the framework of the capitalist legal setup are a dead end.
By Rosa Shahnazarian and Emma Arceneaux, 9 December 2020
Despite the tragic death of 50-year-old third-grade teacher Staci Blakely, the school and district remain open for in-person learning.
By Ulrich Rippert, 9 December 2020
The cockpit pilots' union, the Independent Flight Attendants Organ, and the service union Verdi are seeking to outbid each other in agreeing to social cuts.
By Omar Ali, 9 December 2020
Public health authorities initially refused to close the school, following directives from Ontario’s Conservative government, which is determined to keep schools open so parents can go to work and generate profits for big business.
By Barry Mason, 9 December 2020
The 100 Unite union members at the plant voted by a 73 percent majority for action, following months of fruitless negotiations.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 8 December 2020
Millions of people will join protests across India today to express support for a farmers’ agitation that has become a major challenge to the far-right BJP government and its social incendiary pro-investor policies.
Sellout union deal in New York City creates only 4 positions to accommodate pregnant transit workers
By Daniel de Vries, 8 December 2020
The deal comes in response to mass outrage after a train conductor lost her newborn daughter after going into labor at an East New York rail yard over the summer.
Health care workers across Americas at forefront of protests over COVID-19 response
8 December 2020
Health care workers in Argentina and California have staged actions over COVID-19 issues while pandemic related issues have sparked actions by other sections of workers, including food processing workers and hotel workers.
By Elliott Murtagh, 8 December 2020
Confronting financial difficulty amid the ongoing pandemic, students at Columbia University in New York City are demanding lower cost of tuition and increased financial aid.
By Arun Kumar, 8 December 2020
An article in the Economic Times cited a source who explained that the government could prosecute workers for obstructing manufacturing activity at the plant.
By Harvey Simpkins, 7 December 2020
The transit system’s proposal would slash nearly a third of all jobs in its workforce and eliminate weekend rail service completely.
“All teachers, plant workers, custodians, we all need to band together to be protected”
By Nancy Hanover, 7 December 2020
A veteran teacher recalls the victims and calls for uniting workers against the deadly return to in-person schools.
“There is a war against the people, and we have to unite under a common cause.”
By Sandy English, 7 December 2020
The working class in New York City has rejected the plans of the Democratic Party to reopen schools in the largest district in the United States amid rising positivity rates and hospitalizations for COVID-19
“It could have been prevented”
By James Brewer and Marcus Day, 7 December 2020
Warren Truck has been the deadliest plant among the Detroit Three’s factories in the US during the pandemic, based on the limited data available on workers’ deaths.
By Alexander Fangmann, 7 December 2020
The union abandoned wage demands and any meaningful protections for workers in order to herd them back into facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks.
By Marianne Arens, 7 December 2020
At least five Amazon employees are among those currently struggling for their lives in an intensive care unit while 172 workers at a large Tönnies slaughterhouse tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
By Our correspondents, 7 December 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic being exploited by governments and managements to accelerate pro-market restructuring, affected university workers condemn the NTEU’s response.
Keith Jones, 5 December 2020
Just in the past eleven days, tens of millions have joined strikes or mass protests.
By Alex Johnson, 5 December 2020
The officially facilitated coverup of worker deaths has continued in the midst of exploding coronavirus infections and deaths over the past month.
By Henry Lee, 5 December 2020
Boris Johnson’s government is attempting to rubbish any conclusion that teaching is a high-risk occupation, using a combination of manipulated statistics and outright lies.
By Nick Barrickman, 5 December 2020
The sudden return of students to classrooms amid a devastating surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths is based upon businesses demanding a complete reopening of the economy.
By Gregor Link, 5 December 2020
The decision by politicians to keep schools, day-care centres and businesses open under unsafe conditions is costing the lives of hundreds of people every day in Germany alone, who die a completely avoidable and agonizing death.
Sri Lankan nurses and educators protest; Auto-parts workers strike for union rights in Tamil Nadu: Garbage truck drivers resume walkout in Queensland
5 December 2020
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Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 5 December 2020
Urgent and far-reaching action is needed to save thousands of lives across Michigan this winter. Join our committee now!
By Steve Filips, 5 December 2020
One hundred pilots for UPS Airlines were infected with coronavirus last month, double the amount for the rest of the year, the pilots’ union announced on Nov. 30.
By Andrea Lobo, 5 December 2020
After suffering nearly 150,000 infections and 2,000 deaths, health care workers are demonstrating against unsafe conditions, lack of pay and for other demands.
By Margot Miller, 5 December 2020
Doctors, nurses and health care assistants in the UK say hospitals are at breaking point and warn that the Conservative government’s ending of the national lockdown will fuel a new wave of infections and hospital admissions.
By Richard Tyler, 5 December 2020
The force of the blast, at a Geneco water recycling centre in Avonmouth, was so great that one of the bodies was recovered from a lake 150 metres away.
By Wimal Perera, 4 December 2020
COVID-19 continues to rage through the country with the number of infections climbing to almost 470,000 and the death toll at 6,713.
Amazon workers in Germany strike for pay rise; French transport workers renew plans to strike against privatisation; 1,200 Zimbabwe nurses remain sacked after union sell-out
4 December 2020
Amazon workers Germany walk out for three days over pay; French transport workers resume plans to strike against privatisation, postponed because of pandemic; Zimbabwe government ignores court ruling to reinstate sacked nurses
By Tony Robson, 4 December 2020
The British ruling elite is exploiting an economic crisis of their own making to restructure economic and social relations, funnelling more wealth to the oligarchy. The Labour Mayor and trade unions are fully complicit in this criminal enterprise.
By Isaac Finn, 4 December 2020
On Wednesday morning, many educators in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District set up picket lines, only to be informed hours later that the strike had been cancelled.
By Shannon Jones, 4 December 2020
There have been 21 new confirmed COVID-19 cases so far this week at the GM Fort Wayne, Indiana truck plant, while management has been seeking to withhold income from infected workers.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 4 December 2020
The IG Metall trade union is playing the key role on behalf of German auto companies in the international trade war.
Immediate action is necessary to save hundreds of thousands of lives!
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 4 December 2020
Unless urgent measures are taken to shut down nonessential production, a quarter-million lives could be lost to the COVID-19 pandemic within the next three months.
Illinois nursing home workers strike in second week as pandemic surges: Build rank-and-file-committees to save lives
By Jessica Goldstein and Kristina Betinis, 3 December 2020
The strike of some 700 Chicago-area Infinity Healthcare workers entered its second week as the state records COVID-19 deaths.
By Will McCalliss, 3 December 2020
The impacted services include local and commuter train, bus and ferry transportation, with the planned changes to be implemented in different modes of transportation at varying times in 2021.
The New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 3 December 2020
Everything now depends upon the building of rank-and-file safety committees in every school and neighborhood across the city, completely independent of the UFT and the Democrats who are conspiring to reopen schools.
Nurses union in New York state ends strikes as COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 100,000 for first time
By Jerry White, 3 December 2020
The nurses who went on strike at two New York state hospitals Tuesday gave voice to the anger of millions of health care workers across the US and internationally who are battling the pandemic with inadequate staffing and protections.
By Zac Thorton, 3 December 2020
Forced to continue working under a contract which expired in July, workers at the parts plant are reaching their breaking point as UAW maintains silence over negotiations.
By Josh Varlin, 2 December 2020
Nurses at both Albany Medical Center and Montefiore New Rochelle walked out Tuesday over staffing, PPE and other pandemic-critical issues.
By Arun Kumar, 2 December 2020
Over 3,000 workers at two Toyota Kirloskar Motor-owned car assembly plants in Bidadi are continuing a four-week-long strike in defiance of the state government’s back-to-work order.
By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2020
The strikes are part of far broader discontent, anger and unrest among auto workers internationally over job losses, deteriorating conditions and the health threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Faurecia Saline Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 2 December 2020
Autoworkers in Saline, like their brothers and sisters at Faurecia Gladstone in Indiana, join a national network of rank-and-file committees that is fighting for a complete shutdown of the auto industry with full compensation for workers.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 2 December 2020
The strike is part of a wave of mobilizations reignited in the second half of November calling for the resignation of the nation’s hated ultra-right President Sebastián Piñera.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 2 December 2020
The farmers are protesting a pro-corporate agrarian “reform” that Modi and his BJP rushed through parliament in September, at the same time as they were attacking workers’ right to strike and gutting restrictions on mass layoffs.
By Eric London, 2 December 2020
As the deaths pile up in every country, the ruling class is taking advantage of the pandemic to orchestrate an unprecedented transfer of wealth from the working class to the rich.
By Andre Damon, 1 December 2020
Despite a months-long media campaign claiming it is safe to reopen schools, every reputable scientific study has shown that closing schools is one of the most effective ways to contain the pandemic.
Meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education
In Germany, dozens of students, parents and teacher representatives call for school strikes and safe education
By Our reporters, 1 December 2020
On Friday evening, the network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany held its largest online meeting to date.
“Are any of these trucks worth any of our brothers and sisters dying?”
By Shannon Jones, 1 December 2020
Management memos obtained by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter document 50 cases in the plant between November 6 and November 23. Eleven cases were reported November 20 alone, indicating the rate of infection is increasing.
By Eddie Haywood, 1 December 2020
Thirty informal miners were trapped after the November 25 collapse of the abandoned gold mine where they were working. Six were rescued alive a few hours after the collapse.
By Jessica Goldstein, 1 December 2020
Production for the American steel industry declined across the board in 2019 as a result of retaliatory tariffs, and global production sank even further in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Clara Weiss, 1 December 2020
Although the Kremlin has backed Lukashenko temporarily amidst EU-backed mass protests, relations have long been tense.
By Sandy English, 1 December 2020
Educators throughout New York City have reacted with outrage at the plans of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and the UFT to reopen schools on December 7.
Health care workers and teachers strikes across the Americas over COVID-19 protections, funding
1 December 2020
Chilean health care workers are protesting for more funding from the government to fight COVID-19 while teachers in Mexico and Peru struck and demonstrated over pay and budgetary support and Washington state health care workers demand adequate staffing and PPE.
“GM’s one of the biggest liars out there”
By James Tatsch, 1 December 2020
The coronavirus has been surging across Kansas and Missouri, with both states recording their highest totals over the proceeding days with no sign of abating.
Cleveland-Heights University Heights School District threatens to halt health care benefits if teachers strike
By Isaac Finn, 30 November 2020
A school district just outside of Cleveland, Ohio is threatening to cut healthcare payments to 500 teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Miguel Andrade, 30 November 2020
João Alberto Freitas was beaten to death by two guards at a Carrefour supermarket in the city of Porto Alegre, sparking protests across Brazil.
By Mike Ingram, 30 November 2020
Microsoft has released new software that turns its Office 365 product into a full-fledged workplace surveillance tool, allowing corporations to spy on their workforce in multiple ways.
30 November 2020
75 years ago: General Douglas MacArthur, the effective leader of US-occupied Japan, ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and eight of the country’s other civilian and military leaders for war crimes, setting the stage for criminal prosecutions.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 November 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement is a warning to the working class in the United States and internationally that even as numerous coronavirus vaccines are nearing completion, workers and youth will continue to be sent into workplaces and schools to needlessly get sick and die.
Hundreds of thousands protest across France against police violence and Macron’s police immunity law
By Will Morrow, 30 November 2020
Opposition is growing to a law that would criminalize the filming of police officers, amid a series of incidents of police brutality over the past week.
By Tom Peters, 30 November 2020
An estimated 2,000 work NZ visa holders have been stuck in India for nine months, many of whom have lost their jobs and are in severe hardship.