Global class struggle

Health and other workers across Asia fight for unpaid wages, COVID-19 allowances and PPE; strikes break out in Australia over new enterprise agreements

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 November 2020

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

Manchester University students tear down 7-foot fence put up around their accommodation blocks

By Henry Lee, 7 November 2020

The protest on Thursday evening was a response to the fencing-in of students, seen as the last straw by residents fed up with the contemptuous and authoritarian treatment they have faced from university authorities.

Canadian autoworkers’ union announces tentative agreement with General Motors

By Carl Bronski, 7 November 2020

Unifor President Jerry Dias touted GM’s commitment to restart assembly production in Oshawa, but avoided mentioning that the new jobs will be filled almost entirely by low-wage, second-tier workers with vastly inferior rights.

In face of rising coronavirus infections, teachers, students, and parents express support for European-wide school strike

By Gregor Link, 7 November 2020

From a scientific standpoint, it has long been shown that schools and kindergartens are breeding grounds for the coronavirus.

Educators seeking their legal rights are sandbagged, compelled to return to unsafe buildings

By Nancy Hanover, 7 November 2020

As states and districts controlled by both Democrats and Republicans demand schools reopen for face-to-face instruction, tens of thousands of education workers have attempted to secure workplace accommodations or all-remote work, citing protections ostensibly guaranteed by the law.

Australian report reveals widespread food insecurity

By John Harris, 6 November 2020

Currently, 43 percent of all food insecure people are going a whole day without eating at least once a week, compared to 30 percent in 2019.

Michigan K-12 schools see another huge increase in COVID-19 outbreaks

By Zac Corrigan, 6 November 2020

As the disease spreads rapidly through schools in every part of the state, Democrats plow ahead with the deadly return to in-person learning.

Indian Magna Cosma workers continue strike against victimisation and for recognition of new union

By Shibu Vavara and Sasi Kumar, 6 November 2020

The strikers are challenging the Canadian conglomerate’s super exploitation of a multi-tier workforce, with just 75 permanent workers alongside 350 contract workers and 200 trainees.

Post-election protests in US cities met with mass arrests

By Jacob Crosse, 6 November 2020

The National Guard was deployed in Portland, Oregon, while Trump-aligned “poll watchers” harassed election officials in Phoenix and Detroit

French teachers’ strikes mount against school openings as pandemic surges

By Will Morrow, 6 November 2020

Teachers across France are continuing to organise strike action at local school meetings as they face catastrophic conditions.

Funeral workers strike in Spain; Secondary school teachers in Ireland strike vote; Zimbabwe health authority sacks over 1,000 striking nurses

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 November 2020

Spanish funeral workers in Madrid strike for more staff due to rising Covid deaths; Irish secondary school teachers vote to join growing global school walkouts against schools reopening; Union isolation paves way for sacking of Zimbabwean nurses on strike for four months

Alberta’s Conservative government slashes health care amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Riksen Stewart, 6 November 2020

Even as Alberta is experiencing a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, the UCP provincial government is moving to eliminate 11,000 public health care jobs.

UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, corporatist body at the center of union corruption scandal, sold for $34 million

By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2020

The Center for Human Resources and other joint program centers, funded with millions of dollars in corporate cash, epitomized the role of the UAW as a corporatist appendage of the auto companies.

“They are messing with a sleeping giant”

Alabama teacher speaks out against unsafe conditions and schools reopening

By Emma Arceneaux, 6 November 2020

The WSWS spoke to a middle school teacher who participated in last month’s protest by 165 Montgomery, Alabama, teachers against unsafe working conditions.

UK teachers, students and parents across England support strike action to close schools, welcome French teacher strikes

By Tania Kent, 6 November 2020

The UK’s lockdown vote took place on the deadliest day for the virus in the country since May, with 492 COVID-19 deaths reported. This was the highest fatality rate per capita of any country in the world that day.

German teachers, students and parents oppose keeping schools open as pandemic spreads

By Gregor Link, 5 November 2020

As new COVID-19 cases explode due to the German government’s deliberate policy of mass infection, strong opposition to keeping schools open is growing.

COVID-19 cases spike across US as health care workers struggle with understaffing in hospitals

By Alex Johnson, 5 November 2020

Nurses in California and Connecticut have held protests and strike votes to fight unsafe staffing levels as infections and hospitalizations rise across the US.

Autoworkers demand to know: How extensive is the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant?

The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 November 2020

The committee has independently confirmed two separate outbreaks on opposite sides of the plant, suggesting a larger outbreak may be underway.

Regulations in the meat industry weaken as coronavirus pandemic strengthens

By Cordell Gascoigne, 4 November 2020

A suit by Pennsylvania meatpacking workers accuse OSHA of weeks of inaction after a worker filed a safety complaint in April, further demonstrating the collusion of the agency with employers to cover up the spread of infections.

Jennifer Jones calls for united action in parents strike: “Are things serious enough for a mass walk out? How serious does it need to get?”

By our reporter, 4 November 2020

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Boycott Return to Unsafe Schools leader Jennifer Jones about the parents strike they have called for this Thursday.

Teachers at Toronto school walk off the job after COVID-19 outbreak

By Roger Jordan, 4 November 2020

Acting at the behest of Ontario’s Conservative government, school authorities have rejected out of hand teachers’ demand for the school’s closure or additional safety measures.

Parents’ strike called Thursday in UK against threat from COVID-19

By Laura Tiernan, 4 November 2020

The parents’ strike poses the need for a coordinated network of rank-and-file committees linking parents with teachers, students and broader sections of the working class to defeat the Johnson government’s “herd immunity” agenda.

Europe’s COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control

By Alex Lantier, 3 November 2020

European governments’ pretensions to have handled the pandemic more intelligently than the Trump administration have been exposed as a cynical and deadly fraud.

Amazon workers discuss the issues raised by the US presidential election

By Our reporters, 3 November 2020

The International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to Amazon workers around the country about the US presidential elections, who voiced broad distrust with both parties and a desire for a genuine alternative.

Bangladeshi jute mill workers demand reopening of closed mills

By Wimal Perera, 3 November 2020

Despite police harassment, workers retrenched from state-run mills have staged several demonstrations against the closures and plans for privatization.

The New School lays off 122 staff, sparking community protest

By Elliott Murtagh, 3 November 2020

The New York City university’s recent layoffs have created outrage and opposition among students, faculty, and staff looking to push back.

Washington D.C. Public Schools halt reopening plans as teachers mount sickout strike

By Nick Barrickman, 3 November 2020

The halt to reopening comes after 93 percent of Washington D.C. Public School teachers declared a vote of “no confidence” in the Democratic Party-controlled city’s school reopening plan.

Teachers strike across France against first day of deadly school reopenings

By Will Morrow, 3 November 2020

Government policy means that schools will act as vectors for the transmission of the virus, countless children will become infected, and will infect family and friends.

“It’s like their budget is more important than the safety of staff and customers”

Whole Foods worker describes dangers of COVID-19 for US grocery workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 November 2020

A new study by Harvard University shows that those Boston-area grocery store workers who caught COVID-19 most likely contracted it through the workplace, not through outside personal activities.

Duterte administration launches “red-tagging” witchhunt

By John Malvar, 3 November 2020

The various mass organizations now being red-tagged by the Duterte administration—Bayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)—gave their enthusiastic support to him as he took office.

Mass protests against anti-abortion law in Poland develop into a revolt against government

By Martin Nowak, 3 November 2020

Confronted with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, the PiS government and opposition are working feverishly to end the social revolt.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as Johnson declares schools and campuses will remain open

By Margot Miller, 3 November 2020

Speaking at the meeting, Gregor Link explained, “The urgent political fight for safe education and life is bound up with the struggle for socialism.”

Tens of thousands of Argentine workers and youth protest brutal repression of homeless families

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 November 2020

Tens of thousands of workers and young people protested October 29 over the savage expulsion of homeless families.

On the eve of the civil war election

The breakdown of democracy and the fight for socialism in the United States

2 November 2020

This was the final election meeting organised by the Socialist Equality Party as part of its campaign in the 2020 US elections.

Metroline bus ballot shows massive strike mandate as Unite runs to ACAS

By Miles Driver, 2 November 2020

Unite’s response to the overwhelming strike mandate was to scurry without delay into the government’s Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

Months of unpaid wages spark strikes by delivery drivers across China

By Lily Zhao, 2 November 2020

To maintain or boost profits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the big express delivery companies have lowered prices, shifting the burden onto local courier stations and exploiting delivery workers ever more harshly.

“The WSWS has not only commented on the struggles of the working class it has been an active participant in them”

By Jerry White, 2 November 2020

In the vast archive of the WSWS, the working class will find the most critical lessons from the history of the global class struggle and an international socialist perspective needed to conduct its fight against world capitalism today.

Union suppresses Albany, New York nurses’ fight for coronavirus protections

By Erik Schreiber, 2 November 2020

For two years, the New York State Nurses Association has allowed its members to work without a contract while opposing a genuine fight for the minimum safety measures needed to protect nurses against infection.

More than Cartier watches involved in executive spending scandal at Australia Post

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 October 2020

All sections of the ruling elite are committed to the privatisation of the national postal service and an assault on workers’ jobs, wages and conditions.

AT&T slashes jobs, leaves areas without broadband internet while funneling dividends to Wall Street

By Mark Witkowski, 31 October 2020

The telecom giant slashed 3,500 jobs in the Midwest alone in spite of strong demand for broadband internet access due to large numbers of people working from home.

As social anger mounts, Quebec unions issue craven appeal to Premier Legault to forego austerity

By Laurent Lafrance, 31 October 2020

Quebec’s major unions issued a joint open letter to the province’s right-wing premier earlier this month in which they put forward a series of lies to confuse workers at a time when class tensions are reaching the boiling point.

Mass layoffs in the US as states face unprecedented budget crisis

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2020

Walt Disney, Raytheon and Boeing were among the major corporations announcing huge job cuts this week as the total projected budget shortfall facing state governments has reached $434 billion.

“You are going to have students, employees and the community getting sick and possibly dying.”

Philadelphia educators speak out against the deadly reopening of schools

By Samuel Davidson, 30 October 2020

Educators in the Philadelphia region are speaking out against plans to resume in-person teaching early next month.

As US smashes records for new coronavirus infections, Ford and Fiat Chrysler report blowout profits

By Shannon Jones, 30 October 2020

North American automakers built 4.1 million vehicles in the third quarter, the same number as last year.

San Diego educators and students demand access to COVID-19 outbreak data

San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 October 2020

The public must be granted access to proper data and information so that individuals can make informed decisions on their health, and to ensure the proper protection of themselves and their families.

Indian health and public sector workers strike; Chinese courier drivers protest over unpaid wages; hospital workers and nurses threaten strikes in Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 October 2020

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

Nigeria: Live ammunition fired at anti-police brutality protesters

By Jean Shaoul, 30 October 2020

A Lagos-based soldier, speaking anonymously to Reuters, said soldiers from the army 81st Division’s 65th Battalion, based at Bonny Camp, had fired on unarmed civilians at the toll gate.

Germany: Public service workers up in arms against Verdi contract

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 30 October 2020

While politicians from all main political parties and union officials spread the fairy tale that the contract deal reached last weekend represents a victory for public service workers, those affected, however, are outraged.

Zimbabwe nurses’ and teachers’ strikes continue; National auto strike in South Africa; First national strike by doctors in Spain for 25 years

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 October 2020

Zimbabwean nurses face government threats to contract as strike continues for PPE and living wage; teachers’ strike in Zimbabwe threatened as unions write begging letter to government; national auto strike brings production in quarter of industry to halt.

Tennessee educator speaks out against unsafe conditions and lack of resources

By Our reporters, 29 October 2020

While COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Tennessee, educators are left with little resources and a deliberate lack of information about outbreaks at their schools.

Germany’s Verdi union stabs public sector workers in the back

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 29 October 2020

The deal struck by Verdi is scandalous, involving a minimal increase from the provocative initial offer made by the employers.

Tens of thousands protest new restrictions on abortion in Poland

By Martin Nowak and Bartosz Wyspiański, 29 October 2020

Faced with exploding numbers of coronavirus infections, the Polish government confronts a deep crisis. With the new law, it is attacking democratic rights and seeking to mobilise extreme right-wing forces.

“People bring items with them to scan in the bathroom so they can make rate”

Speedup, infections and near-death in freezers at Amazon Fresh warehouse

By Jonathan Burleigh, 29 October 2020

The grocery delivery arm of the online retailer is taking full advantage of high unemployment and lax safety regulation to further exploit its workforce.

Alberta health care workers stage wildcat strike in opposition to job cuts and privatizations

By Roger Jordan, 28 October 2020

The walkout by the poorly-paid health care workers expressed growing class anger against Alberta’s right-wing UCP government and the Canadian elite’s ruinous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Second worker at Nashville’s AT&T office building dies from COVID-19

By Zac Thorton, 28 October 2020

Workers at the landmark office building, who have been confronted with the inhuman choice between their lives and their livelihoods, speak out following the death of another coworker.

Australia Post workers speak out: “We don’t have any faith in the unions”

By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 28 October 2020

Two workers voiced support for the formation of rank-and-file committees to fight the union-enforced restructure of Australia Post.

Canadian court outlaws picketing of Loblaws distribution center in Newfoundland Dominion grocery strike

By Janet Browning and Carl Bronski, 28 October 2020

Designated as essential workers, the Dominion store workers laboured through the pandemic with totally inadequate protection from the virus, only to be forced onto the picket lines by Loblaws and its billionaire owner, Galen Weston.

Faceboook moderators forced to return to offices as COVID-19 continues to spread

By Mike Ingram, 28 October 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Facebook and its contractors are forcing content moderators to return to offices and risk their lives.

Belarus opposition declares general strike against Lukashenko government

By Clara Weiss, 28 October 2020

Walk-outs and demonstrations seem to have been centered among college and high school students.

Quebec nurses stage blockade to protest brutal conditions

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 October 2020

Quebec nurses blocked key bridges into Montreal and Quebec City to press contract demands including lower patient staff ratios and less oppressive shift schedules in the midst of a resurgent pandemic.

Automation drive accelerates in meatpacking industry in response to coronavirus pandemic

By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 October 2020

The drive for automation no doubt has the potential to free workers from laborious and life-threatening tasks, particularly during a pandemic, but the result of automation under capitalism is to increase the exploitation of workers through layoffs, speedup and wage cuts.

A week before the US Presidential election, USPS management pushes forward unprecedented attacks on mail-in balloting

By Shuvu Batta, 27 October 2020

With the US Presidential election one week away, the United States Postal Service, led by GOP mega-donor Louis DeJoy, has ramped up the drive to privatization and to place a cloud over mail-in balloting.

Clashes erupt in Guinea-Conakry as Condé declared president for third term

By Anthony Torres, 27 October 2020

The week that has unfolded since the election was marked by violent clashes between supporters and opponents of Guinea’s long-time president.

Welcoming the Relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site

26 October 2020

The changes involved in the relaunch of the WSWS were guided by an understanding that the historic crisis of the world capitalist system, accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic, is generating an immense resurgence of interest within the working class in socialist politics, history and theory.

Continuing wage dispute at the Berlin’s Charité hospital

By Markus Salzmann, 26 October 2020

In their fight for higher wages and safe working conditions, the employees of Charité’s subsidiary find themselves confronted by an alliance of Berlin’s “red-red-green” coalition government and the Verdi Union.

Study of New York City transit workers spotlights pandemic’s ongoing physical and emotional toll

By Daniel de Vries, 26 October 2020

The findings were dismissed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort cover up the risk of a full-scale reopening of the city.

“I would love to see a national strike.”

Houston teachers speak out on their wildcat sickout strike

By Chase Lawrence, 26 October 2020

In interviews with the WSWS, teachers denounced the return to in-person instruction and spoke in favor of building independent rank-and-file safety committees to halt in-person instruction.

Australia: New COVID-19 infections follow reopening of Melbourne schools

By Patrick Kelly, 26 October 2020

The infection clusters underscore the dangers of reopening schools amid continued community transmission of COVID-19.

Ontario’s reckless reopening of workplaces and schools producing disastrous conditions in child care facilities

By Omar Ali, 26 October 2020

At big business’ behest, governments across Canada and of every political stripe have starved child care of public funds for decades.

Bangladeshi union shuts down port workers national strike; Assam rail workers demand festival allowance; Western Australian workers protest after worksite death

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

24 October 2020

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

Thousands of furloughed US aviation workers see no relief from US Congress

By Steve Filips, 24 October 2020

Tens of thousands of airline workers remain furloughed as relief remains stalled in by US Congress.

“The forming of rank-and-file committees in schools is so important as the voices of teachers, students, carers, administration and many others are being ignored”

Worker in UK speaks out on the unsafe reopening of schools

By Our reporter, 24 October 2020

Colin spoke to the WSWS after participating in a recent meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in the UK.

Chicago officials plan to reopen schools for 20,000 students

By Michael Walters, 24 October 2020

The plan to shift from online learning to a daily in-person schedule was announced as Illinois’ seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate surpassed five percent for the first time since early June.

50 years since Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act

By Keith Jones, 23 October 2020

During the October Crisis, the Canadian state, led by Trudeau, exploited two terrorist kidnappings to carry out a coup de force, jailing and intimidating left-wing government opponents amid a growing working class upsurge.

“The plant is a powder keg”

Fiat Chrysler covered up dozens of infections and two deaths at Jefferson North Assembly Plant

By Shannon Jones, 23 October 2020

According to a leaked report, there have been about 60 COVID infections at the FCA Jefferson North plant and at least two workers have died since May.

Nigerian airport workers one-day strike; council workers continue land occupation in Zimbabwe; ballots for strikes by UK workers at Rolls Royce factory, Scottish university academic staff vote to strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 October 2020

Nigerian Federal airport workers stage one-day warning strike under conditions of mass unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa’s largest country—which has fueled mass protests against state violence.

GM announces new investments in electric vehicles as job cuts loom

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2020

General Motors announced a major $2 billion investment plan to build electric vehicles at six US plants last week, stating that the investment will not include new jobs.

Nigerian government clamps down on protests

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2020

The deployment of Nigeria’s army followed its announcement last week that it was ready to maintain law and order and deal decisively with “subversive elements and troublemakers.”

Over 100 teachers launch wildcat sickout strike in Houston

By Chase Lawrence and Evan Blake, 23 October 2020

The drive by Texas Democrats to reopen Houston schools coincides with the platform of the Biden-Harris campaign, which fraudulently claim that this can be done “safely” while the pandemic spirals out of control.

GM victimizes Mexican worker for quarantining after catching COVID-19

By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2020

After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.

Service employees union shuts down nursing home strike in Detroit suburb

By James McDonald, 22 October 2020

While the details of the agreement have not been published as of this writing, the circumstances in which it was forced through shows it cannot be anything other than a sellout.

Houston schools reopen as COVID-19 surges in Texas

By Emma Arceneaux, 22 October 2020

The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.

Workers’ struggles grow as Turkish government pursues “herd immunity” policy

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 21 October 2020

This homicidal policy is provoking growing anger and opposition within the working class to the ruling class’ response to the pandemic.

Nursing home workers take strike action in Detroit suburb

By Kevin Reed, 21 October 2020

Employees at Four Seasons Rehabilitation and Nursing in Westland, Michigan walked out Monday morning to demand better wages, increased staffing and safe working conditions.

Unions trying to suppress workers’ opposition to pro-business restructure at Australia Post

By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 21 October 2020

The unions are adopting a cynical posture of concern toward workers, while enforcing the “Alternative Delivery Model.”

As teachers fight deadly return to school, the DSA runs to the defense of the unions and Democrats

By Tom Hall, 21 October 2020

A recent article in Jacobin magazine makes it clear the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is trying to prevent educators from drawing the necessary conclusion that the fight against unsafe school openings must be organized independently of and in opposition to the unions and the Democratic Party.

Demonstrations in Thailand continue as government rejects protesters’ demands

By Ben McGrath, 21 October 2020

Underpinning the demands for democratic rights is a growing economic and social crisis for Thailand’s youth and working class.

Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through job-cutting agreement with Fiat-Chrysler despite strong worker opposition

By Roger Jordan, 21 October 2020

Behind all the hype about jobs “saved,” Unifor is conspiring with the automakers and Canadian and Ontario governments to once again restructure the auto industry at workers’ expense.

Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 October 2020

Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands two-week shutdown to stop coronavirus spread

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 October 2020

In response to the emergence of a new cluster of coronavirus cases at the factory last week, the Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, founded in August to oppose the spread of the contagion, inhumane working conditions and the systematic victimization of whistleblowers, has issued the following statement.

“COVID is like an active shooter in the building”

New York state teachers describe disaster of school reopening

By Sandy English, 20 October 2020

Three teachers from different parts of New York state spoke with the WSWS about the spread of infections, the stress on teachers and students and indifference of state and local officials.

Nigerian government unleashes massacre against police brutality protesters

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2020

Nigeria’s protests against police brutality are also fueled by popular anger over conditions of mass unemployment, endemic poverty and unprecedented social inequality in Africa’s largest country.

COVID-19 resurgence devastates Spanish working class

By Alice Summers, 20 October 2020

Despite the devastation caused by COVID-19, the Socialist Party-Podemos government is refusing to take any serious measures to contain the pandemic.

Roof deflection warnings ignored before young Australian construction worker killed

By Margaret Rees and Paul Bartizan, 20 October 2020

Perth apprentice Jonnie Hartshorn fell 20 metres to his death when the glass roof of a university building under construction collapsed despite concerns raised by other workers of excessive deflection.

As outbreaks spread in US, major Democrat-led cities push to reopen schools

By Jerry White and Evan Blake, 20 October 2020

While the Democrats publicly decry President Trump’s blatant indifference to the spread of the virus, in practice they are carrying out the same murderous policy of opening schools amid the raging pandemic.

Nigerian anti-police protests continue and garner international support

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2020

The dire social conditions are the product of colonial and neocolonial oppression by the imperialist powers on behalf of their banks and corporations, exacerbated by the venal and corrupt rule of the national bourgeoisie.

Socialism and the fight against the pandemic

Labor Notes covers up role of AFT, Democratic Party in betrayal of U of M grad instructors strike

By Judy Ryden and Barry Grey, 20 October 2020

In challenging the back-to-work and back-to-school policy of the university, the grad students entered into what was not simply a trade union but a political struggle. The strike broke out in the midst of the drive by Trump and Democratic governors across the country to reopen the schools and universities.

IG Metall union demands state involvement at German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 20 October 2020

The billions in state funds being called for are aimed not at saving jobs, but preserving the fortunes of the big shareholders.

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation facilitates reckless reopening of schools that puts teachers and students’ lives at risk

By Matthew Richter, 19 October 2020

While the teachers union has connived with the NDP provincial government to reopen schools, popular opposition is mounting. As of tomorrow, more than 800 parents across British Columbia plan to keep their kids at home to protest the unsafe conditions in the classrooms.

Florida school bus driver dies from COVID-19 weeks before her planned retirement

By Alex Johnson, 19 October 2020

The tragic October 9 death of 66-year old school bus driver Gail Brusseau in Florida has again exposed the homicidal campaign being waged against the working class.