Workers Struggles Around the World

Bangladesh steel workers demand wage rise; Australian coal haulage workers continue strike action; New Zealand bus drivers hold wildcat strikes

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 February 2019

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

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 12 February 2019

This year is witnessing a resurgence of class struggle that expresses the objective unity of workers in every part of the world.

The way forward to win wages and social rights

Workers Action Committee in Sri Lanka calls plantation workers’ conference

By the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee, 12 February 2019

The conference will discuss the lessons of the recent plantation workers’ struggle and the political strategy needed to win their demands.

Cascade of plant closings in New York state

Social costs mount

By Steve Filips, 9 February 2019

In recent months there have been a spate of plant closings throughout Upstate New York, including the Rochester and Buffalo areas.

Committee for Public Education (Australia): Support the fight against GM layoffs!

By the Committee for Public Education (CFPE), 9 February 2019

The February 9 demonstration, organised independently of the unions, provides a lead for all workers internationally, including teachers.

Over 200,000 Uttar Pradesh government employees strike; Bangladesh garment workers occupy factory; New Caledonia miners still on strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 February 2019

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

Wave of walkouts in Matamoros, Mexico builds toward general strike

By Alex González, 7 February 2019

An additional 15,000 workers have gone on strike across multiple industries, threatening to bring the city to a standstill.

Strike wave hits Kosovo

By Paul Mitchell, 6 February 2019

The Kosovan government is determined to prevent workers overturning years of stagnant or declining wages.

Bangladesh garment workers demonstrate for unpaid wages; New Caledonia nickel miners’ strike enters second month

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 February 2019

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

Indian state government fires hundreds of teachers as Tamil Nadu strike faces a crossroads

By Arun Kumar, 30 January 2019

By isolating striking teachers and government workers, the JACTTO-GEO, which has hundreds of thousands of members, has allowed the state government to intensify its anti-democratic attacks.

Sri Lankan plantation workers protest unions’ sellout wage deal

By M. Thevarajah and W.A. Sunil, 29 January 2019

The unions, having suppressed an indefinite strike last month, are imposing an agreement in line with the demands of the plantation companies and the government.

India: Striking Tamil Nadu teachers and government employees defy state repression

By Arun Kumar, 28 January 2019

In an attempt to break the strike, the state government has arrested hundreds of teachers who face charges of unlawful assembly and other bogus allegations.

New Zealand doctors to hold second nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 28 January 2019

Some 3,300 doctors will strike in public hospitals for the second time this year in opposition to major attacks on working conditions overseen by the Labour Party-led government.

Two hundred thousand Indian midday meal workers still on strike; Tamil Nadu data entry workers protest: Tigerair pilots walkout in Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 January 2019

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

Following strike, Bangladesh employers sack hundreds of garment workers

By Rohantha De Silva, 22 January 2019

The workers were not given any warnings and have not been paid outstanding wages and benefits in direct violation of Bangladesh’s limited labour laws.

Hyundai and Samsung workers protest in India; Cambodian garment workers strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 January 2019

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

General strike of 700,000 public sector workers shakes Tunisia

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2019

Eight years after the ouster of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali in 2011, renewed mass struggles are erupting.

Mexican strikers show working class answer to capitalist reaction at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 17 January 2019

At the US-Mexico border, the two chief social classes under capitalism—the capitalist class and the working class—are demonstrating the two alternatives for the future of mankind.

Indian fireworks workers protest over layoffs, Pakistan water treatment workers walkout; New Caledonia nickel miners extend strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

12 January 2019

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

Foxconn workers stage protest in Zhengzhou, China

By Navin Dewage, 8 January 2019

Police violently suppressed a protest by hundreds of temporary workers over the non-payment of bonuses.

Sri Lankan plantation workers oppose company-union attempts to impose sell-out

By our reporters, 8 January 2019

There is widespread hostility to the plans for a new collective agreement that would reject workers’ demand for a 100 percent wage rise.

Indian workers need revolutionary socialist program to combat social devastation and political reaction

By Deepal Jayesekera and Keith Jones, 8 January 2019

Tens of millions of workers and young people will participate in this week’s 48-hour, all-India strike against the socially incendiary “pro-investor” economic policies of the BJP-led government.

India’s unions to hold two-day “general strike” next week

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2019

While millions of workers will join the protest strike to oppose Modi and his class-war policies, the Stalinists and their union allies are intent on channelling social opposition behind the Congress and other rightwing parties.

Sri Lankan plantation union discussing sellout deal with companies

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 3 January 2019

The back-room negotiations between the unions and employers are part of a broader attack on the living conditions of all workers.

One million Indian bank workers strike; tens of thousands of Korean taxi drivers protest

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 December 2018

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Fight by rail guards at UK rail franchises continues

28 December 2018

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

Sri Lanka: Abbotsleigh tea plantation workers speak out against harsh living and working conditions

By our reporters, 21 December 2018

Sri Lankan plantation workers, like their international counterparts, are being ruthlessly exploited by the giant corporations that control the industry.

Coal mine rescue brings to light desperate social conditions in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 17 December 2018

The tragedy unfolded just a few miles from the scene of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, where 29 miners lost their lives in a massive explosion.

Australian Amazon worker alleges unfair dismissal

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 December 2018

The Sydney worker has claimed he was sacked for joining a union and asking for more hours per week.

Sri Lankan plantation companies reject workers’ wage demand

By W.A. Sunil, 11 December 2018

Despite an indefinite strike, the employers are insisting that profits must be defended by subjecting workers to super-exploitation.

Which way forward for France’s “yellow vest” protests?

By Alex Lantier, 10 December 2018

The critical question is the independent organization of the working class, in France and internationally, in the preparation of a European general strike.

Pakistan municipal workers protest for outstanding wages; Sri Lankan housing workers fight layoffs; New Zealand teachers reject new pay offer

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 December 2018

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

India: Contract health workers remain on strike in Bihar; South Australian teachers strike over pay and conditions

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

1 December 2018

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

UK: Cammell Laird shipyard workers strike against redundancies, Iran sugar and steel strike continues against pay arrears, South Africa’s Sibanye gold miners reject company/union pay deal

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 December 2018

Workers at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, England have launched a series of strikes over redundancies while workers at the Tappeh Sugar Cane mill in Iran are continuing a walkout and gold miners in South Africa are continuing a series of job actions marked by employer violence.

Around 100,000 Sri Lankan plantation workers walk out again for pay rise

By our correspondents, 30 November 2018

The plantation unions are determined to prevent industrial action by estate workers that could trigger mass action by other sections of the working class.

Ten thousand taxi drivers end protests in India; 1,600 rubber plantation workers strike in Bangladesh; New Zealand secondary teachers vote to strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 November 2018

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

Scottish teachers overwhelmingly reject pay offer

By our reporter, 23 November 2018

The Scottish government, local authorities, teaching and local government unions are desperate to avoid strikes, and above all to prevent a united offensive by teachers and council workers.

Indian chrome miners strike over safety; Western Australian mine workers walkout over “wage theft”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 November 2018

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

Thousands of Indian contract workers remain on strike; 29,000 New Zealand primary school teachers to take national strike action

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 November 2018

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

Mass strikes by transport workers and government employees in India

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

3 November 2018

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Strikes in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan

27 October 2018

The stoppages are part of an emerging movement of the working class the Indian sub-continent.

Indian police detain thousands of striking Tamil Nadu auto workers

By Arun Kumar, 25 October 2018

Stalinist union leaders have sought to isolate the strikers, fearing that their struggle could become the focal point for a broader movement of the working class.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Police attack striking workers in India and Bangladesh

20 October 2018

Police opened fire on garment workers demanding unpaid wages in Bangladesh, while Indian authorities attacked protesting health workers.

New Zealand rail union promotes sellout at Wellington meeting

By our reporter, 19 October 2018

Wellington rail workers employed by Transdev and Hyundai Rotem held stopwork meetings called by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union to ratify yet another pro-company agreement.

Indian sanitation workers union shuts down month-long strike; Western Australian bus drivers strike over pay

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 October 2018

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

Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 11 October 2018

Strikes and protests have broken out in Tamil Nadu companies that employ the majority of India’s 7.6 million auto manufacturing workers.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no” vote

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

Indian police arrest 600 striking Yamaha workers; Pakistan teachers, municipal employees and other workers demonstrate for unpaid wages

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 October 2018

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

India police attack striking auto workers in Tamil Nadu; New Zealand bus drivers walkout

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 September 2018

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

Class struggle escalates in Dominican Republic

Workers Struggles: the Americas

25 September 2018

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

Rajasthan bus drivers strike in India; New Zealand Ministry of Justice workers walkout

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 September 2018

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

Three thousand emergency workers strike in India; 29,000 primary school teachers vote on pay offer in New Zealand

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

15 September 2018

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

Chicago hotel strike pits workers against Democrats’ billionaire candidate for governor

By Jerry White, 12 September 2018

Striking workers are in a battle against the major hotel operators, including Hyatt, which is owned by the Pritzker family.

“Gas, rent and milk goes up and we’re still making the same money”

Striking Chicago hotel workers speak out

By George Gallanis, 12 September 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel in Chicago.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 September 2018

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

Argentine teachers, transport workers in strike action

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 September 2018

Teachers in Buenos Aires province struck for three days last week for pay and infrastructure improvements, while Buenos Aires area bus drivers struck against arbitrary dismissals and the generally poor shape of transport facilities.

Reserve Bank of India employees to walkout over pensions; Alcoa workers still on strike in Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

1 September 2018

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

Peruvian municipal workers strike in Lima’s most affluent district

By Cesar Uco, 29 August 2018

The strike in Miraflores highlights the glaring social inequality that pervades Peru.

Bangladesh jute mill workers demonstrate; Paradip port workers strike in Orissa

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

25 August 2018

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

Mexican public health workers strike, protest over non-deposit of savings

Workers Struggles: the Americas

22 August 2018

Doctors, nurses, dentists, administrative and social workers in public hospitals, clinics and health centers in the Mexican state of Sinaloa struck recently over the government’s failure to contribute its portion to their savings fund.

Thousands of beedi cigarette workers strike in India, Sri Lankan tea plantation workers demand higher pay, South Korea finance workers plan national walkout

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

18 August 2018

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

Over 400,000 West Bengal tea plantation workers strike; Alcoa workers walkout in Western Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

11 August 2018

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

13,000 sanitation workers strike in Ahmedabad, India; Tamil Nadu rubber workers protest

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 July 2018

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

1,700 Detroit janitors on poverty wages face a July 31 contract expiration

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 July 2018

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

Indian electricity workers on strike in Madhya Pradesh; Indonesian motorcycle taxi drivers threaten mass strike action

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 July 2018

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

Goodyear Mexico fires workers who attempted to form independent union

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 July 2018

Around 50 workers from Goodyear’s San Luis Potosi factory have been fired in the wake of attempts by workers to oust the corrupt Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM).

Thirty thousand coconut fibre workers strike in India; Chinese workers protest closure of Sanding housekeeping company

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 July 2018

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

Ontario salt-mine strikers blockade mine entry

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 July 2018

Striking workers at Compass Minerals’ salt mine in Goderich, Ontario set up a blockade last week to halt replacement workers in a job action that has been ongoing since April.

New Zealand nurses speak to WSWS opposing sellout deal

By Tom Peters, 7 July 2018

Nurses denounced the union-backed proposed agreement, which keeps wages low and maintains severe under-staffing of hospitals.

Delhi Metro rail threatened with India’s essential services laws; New Zealand teachers vote in favour of strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 July 2018

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

Thousands of West Bengal textile workers locked out; New Zealand nurses union cancels planned strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 June 2018

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

Mexican teachers union ends “indefinite strike” of 80,000 teachers on the eve of national elections

By Alex González, 27 June 2018

The teachers struck as part of a continuing struggle for the repeal of the 2013 national education legislation.

Postal workers defy Sri Lankan government and continue national strike

By our correspondents, 23 June 2018

Four thousand postal workers protested in central Colombo on Monday to oppose government-imposed salary cuts and changes in recruitment policies.

Indian transport workers strike in Uttarakhand, 20,000 health workers continue indefinite walkout in Haryana state

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 June 2018

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

Nine million truck drivers across India strike over increasing fuel prices

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 June 2018

Although fuel price hikes are affecting working people as a whole, the union bureaucrats are blocking any united struggle against this and other government austerity measures.

Uttar Pradesh childcare workers demand teachers’ pay rates, Sri Lankan water supply workers strike for pay increase

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 June 2018

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

Indian garment workers demand higher pay, teachers demonstrate in China

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 June 2018

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

Brazilian truck drivers reject union-government attempt to shut down strike

By Eric London and Miguel Andrade, 30 May 2018

The government has sought to block the spread of social unrest with a ruling Tuesday that a planned strike by oil workers is illegal.

The Tuticorin massacre and Modi’s India

By Keith Jones, 26 May 2018

The barbarity of class relations in contemporary India was laid bare in Tuesday’s police massacre of protesters in Tuticorin demanding the closure of a copper smelter that has spewed toxic chemicals for decades.

Indian port workers to walk out, 30,000 municipal workers remain on strike in Haryana state

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 May 2018

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

Delivery drivers strike in China, Korean Airline pilots and workers demand dismissal of company chairman

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

12 May 2018

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

India: Tamil Nadu government arrests hundreds of protesting teachers and public sector workers

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 May 2018

The demonstrators’ main demand is for the scrapping of a regressive new pension system.

14,000 AT&T Midwest workers still without a contract

By Samuel Davidson, 10 May 2018

More than three weeks after the April 14 deadline, the CWA is keeping AT&T workers on the job despite the telecom giant’s demands for sweeping concessions.

Chinese construction workers and crane operators protest on May Day

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

5 May 2018

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

Iranian workers march on May Day in defiance of authorities

Workers Struggles: Middle East, Europe & Africa

4 May 2018

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

May Day 2018: Millions march on International Workers Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2018

Mass protests, including marches and strikes, and involving millions of people around the world, took place yesterday on every continent, reflecting a growing radicalization of the working class.

Zimbabwe sacks 16,000 striking nurses, as Uganda nurses threaten strike

By Eddie Haywood, 23 April 2018

The Zimbabwean government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has faced growing popular opposition since coming to power after a military coup removed long-time president Robert Mugabe.

Unions shutdown three-week strike by Chinese technology workers

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 April 2018

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

Thousands of oil tanker drivers in Odisha, India to strike next week for higher pay

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 April 2018

The Odisha tanker drivers are employed by contractors for the state-owned oil corporations and are only paid about $US115 per month.

More than 3,000 striking employees shut down Sri Lanka’s international airport

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 April 2018

The strikers seized control of all water and power supplies and blocked the entrance to Bandaranaike International Airport to demand higher wages and outstanding benefits.

Hundreds of Korean shipyard workers strike against wage and job cuts

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

31 March 2018

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

Teachers’ rebellion spreads on four continents

By Eric London, 28 March 2018

Teachers in North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere are fighting for higher wages, pensions, and in defense of the right to public education.

Strike at York University in Canada begins its fourth week

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 March 2018

Some 3,000 contract teachers and research and teaching assistants are fighting for a substantial pay increase and enhanced job security under conditions where the unions are isolating their strike.

Around 1.5 million Uber and Ola drivers strike in India

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 March 2018

Striking Uber and Ola drivers said they are only making a fraction of what they were promised when they began working for the multi-million dollar tax companies.

US, Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe

Global struggles by teachers mounting against austerity and attacks on public education

By Jerry White, 21 March 2018

Ten years after the 2008 financial crash, which ushered in a decade of savage budget cutting, teachers around the world are protesting and striking.

Forty thousand Indian railway workers march on parliament

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 March 2018

The workers were protesting against the introduction of a mandatory employee-contribution pension scheme.

Anger mounts after Paris tries to crush general strike in Mayotte

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2018

Strikes erupted afresh on the French Indian Ocean department after police launched a sneak attack on pickets at the port of Longoni.

Movement for teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona

Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike

By Will Morrow, 10 March 2018

The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

Britain: 15,000 jobs in retail and leisure under threat, as jobs go throughout economy

By Richard Tyler, 10 March 2018

The high street retail and leisure sectors have been impacted by uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit and online shopping.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 March 2018

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