Workers Struggles Around the World
Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest
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.
Andhra Pradesh textile workers strike; 400,000 Assam tea plantation workers walk out; Western Australia: Offshore LNG platform employees in Western Australia take action
17 October 2020
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Greek public sector 24-hour strike; Amazon workers in Germany walk out; Nigerian workers in Kwara state resume wage strikes
16 October 2020
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Costa Rican workers protest IMF austerity talks; Two Haitian students die in jobs protests
13 October 2020
Workers set up road blocks across Costa Rica over government talks with the IMF while at least two university students in Haiti have died during protests over lack of job openings for graduates.
Over 1.5 million Indian power workers protest against privatisation; Bangladeshi tea estate workers strike for higher pay: Pakistani government workers demand increased wages and pensions
10 October 2020
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National public sector strike in South Africa; health workers’ stoppage spreads in Kenya; union ends long-running dispute at London’s Tate Gallery
9 October 2020
Thousands of South African workers held a nationwide strike Wednesday, while the PCS union ended the stoppage at the Tate art galley’s commercial arm after 42 days of strike action, with a deal that includes job losses.
6 October 2020
Ecuadorian unemployed workers and supporters marched through the capital last week while food delivery workers pledged to join an international strike on October 8.
India: 13,000 teachers in Delhi strike over unpaid wages; Government doctors protest in Pakistan; LNG offshore maintenance workers to walk out in Western Australia
3 October 2020
“As far as the rich are concerned everybody has got to get back to work and if someone dies, so be it.”
By Kathleen Martin, 3 October 2020
On Friday morning, Detroit bus drivers staged a job action, citing safety concerns over exposure to COVID-19 and tensions related to the social crisis in the city.
By Kevin Reed, 3 October 2020
The September employment report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the economic recovery—largely based on the CARES Act infusion of government money into Wall Street and corporate America—is stalling, as millions of workers remain unemployed and a new round of corporate layoffs is being carried out.
British Gas strike vote; Nigerian unions sabotage struggle against price hikes; South African textile workers vote for national strike
2 October 2020
Police attack protests in Honduras, Mexico and Chile while labor unrest spreads in Brazil and Argentina
29 September 2020
Protesting health care workers in Chile and teachers in Mexico faced police repression while call center workers in Cordoba, Argentina and transit workers in Recife, Brazil have launched strikes.
Social health workers demonstrate in Tamil Nadu; Vietnamese garment workers strike over pay; Qantas baggage handlers protest against job cuts
26 September 2020
Strikes by Greek doctors and ferry workers, UK’s London underground rail drivers’ strike vote, South African health workers continue protests over pay and COVID-19 safety measures
25 September 2020
By George Gallanis and Fabian Salgado, 19 September 2020
The Illinois Nurses Association ended the strike without a new contract and isolating 4,000 staffers on the picket line.
India: Chennai garbage workers strike; Sri Lankan bank workers protest over contracts; Australian waterfront workers walkout
19 September 2020
Retail workers continue protests in Ireland and UK; South African and Nigerian health workers walk out; union sells out Zimbabwe nurses’ strike
18 September 2020
Albany, New York nurses set to strike; walkout continues at Cerrejón mining complex in Colombia
15 September 2020
Some 2,500 nurses at Albany Med are set to strike over contract issues while workers at Colombia’s Cerrejón mining complex in the La Guajira department are in the third week of a strike against threatened layoffs.
By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 12 September 2020
Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.
India: Petrol refinery and agricultural marketing workers strike against privatisation; Pakistani government workers strike against pay freeze
12 September 2020
National stoppage planned in France over job losses; Nigeria’s doctors resume strike for PPE; South African protests for PPE met with police brutality
11 September 2020
By the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 September 2020
In launching this committee, we stand wholly independent of both the Democrats and Republicans, as well as the United Federation of Teachers and its backers, all of whom have conspired to enforce the reopening of schools.
By Gabriel Lemos, 7 September 2020
The state-owned postal service’s criminal negligence amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to thousands of workers contracting the deadly virus and 120 reported deaths.
By Laura Tiernan, 7 September 2020
Neither Metroline nor Unite has issued any statement to alert more than 500 drivers at Cricklewood about the reappearance of COVID-19.
West Bengal administrative workers strike; Maharashtra nurses hold state-wide protests; private sector nurses strike in New Zealand
5 September 2020
Thousands of workers strike at Indian arms factories; Indonesian police attack paper mill workers; South Korean doctors continue strike
29 August 2020
Pakistani university workers oppose job cuts; Offshore gas platform workers strike in Western Australia; New Zealand health workers protest
22 August 2020
Colombian teachers in 48-hour strike against school reopening plans
18 August 2020
Colombian Federation of Education Workers conducted a 48-hour strike August 12 and 13 against plans for a rotating reopening of the country’s schools that teachers say is unsafe.
Indian social health workers hold two-day national strike; South Korean hospital doctors walkout
15 August 2020
By Ulaş Ateşci, 10 August 2020
According to reports, at least 10,000 workers have participated in walkouts at nearly 30 oil and petrochemical facilities, including the Abadan, Parsian and Qeshm refineries.
Indian railway and Sri Lankan port workers oppose privatisation; Australian supermarket warehouse employees stop work over COVID-19 infection
8 August 2020
Maltese doctors’ action against spread of COVID-19; Iranian oil workers continue strikes; Zimbabwe doctors’ and nurses’ stoppage spreads.
7 August 2020
Colombian coal miners protest new work schedule; Phoenix delivery drivers threaten walkout over COVID concerns
5 August 2020
Some 2,200 workers at Cerrejón mine in Northeastern Colombia rallied against threatened job cuts, while US Foods delivery drivers in Phoenix are angry over lack of safety precautions related to coronavirus.
India: Punjab health workers strike for permanent jobs; Asahi auto glass-making workers strike in Chennai; Woolworths Distribution Centre workers locked out in Australia
1 August 2020
Belize stevedores face police repression, Montreal dockworkers launch four-day strike
28 July 2020
A protest by workers at the Port of Belize me police repression last week while hundreds of Montreal dockworkers are striking this week over long stalled contract negotiations.
Indian health workers protest over COVID-19 treatment discrimination and wages; Western Australian caterers and cleaners strike on offshore gas platforms
25 July 2020
By Joe Mount, 22 July 2020
ASOS engaged in profiteering during the health emergency, continuing its operations in defiance of restrictions that only “essential” workplaces should remain open.
Auto parts maker Nagakura Engineering fires dozens of workers in Mexico plant, sparking work stoppage
21 July 2020
Guards escorted alleged strike leaders out the Zacatecas facility July 17, sparking another walkout by workers who had been protesting the refusal of management to pay promised bonuses.
India: Over 40,000 Karnataka health workers begin indefinite state-wide strike; Pakistani doctors protest and Sri Lanka nurses demand overtime pay
18 July 2020
Disney workers in Florida locked out over lack of COVID testing; Peru doctors strike over PPE and back pay
14 July 2020
Members of Actors Equity at Disney World in Florida have been locked out over their demand for COVID-19 testing while doctors in Peru are among those protesting inadequate response to the pandemic
India: Airport workers in Kerala oppose sackings; Telangana private school teachers hold state-wide demonstrations
11 July 2020
California farm workers strike over COVID-19; port workers in Belize and Montreal stage protests
7 July 2020
Farm workers in Wasco, California began picketing after finding coworkers had been infected with COVID-19 while dockworkers in Belize and Montreal staged protests over cuts.
4 July 2020
Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!
By the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020
Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit are taking a stand to defend our lives and the lives of our families.
Indian and Pakistani health workers strike over coronavirus safety; Australia Paper maintenance workers locked out
27 June 2020
Thousands of Iranian sugarcane workers strike for second week; clothing workers’ stoppage in Lethoso; Zimbabwe nurses and doctors protests and strike
26 June 2020
As COVID ravages Latin America, workers continue to protest response
23 June 2020
Bridgestone workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Peru and delivery drivers in Brazil were just some of the workers joining protests this past week.
India: Bihar rural health workers demonstrate to defend jobs; Coimbatore textile workers protest over pay cuts
20 June 2020
Argentine rubber workers; Mexican health workers strike over COVID-19 response
16 June 2020
Rubber workers at the Bridgestone-Firestone plant in Llavallol, Argentina and Mexican health care workers staged strikes and protests over lack of adequate protection from exposure to coronavirus.
Strike vote by Dutch steelworkers, Nigerian doctors prepare for indefinite walkout; South African airline workers protest
12 June 2020
Unanimous strike vote at Dutch Tata steel plant while Nigerian doctors have set June 15 as the date for a nationwide walkout while employees of airline South African Express staged a protest in Pretoria, South Africa over non-payment of wages.
Protest in Panama against premature reopening in face of spreading COVID-19
9 June 2020
Despite the highest level of COVID-19 cases in Latin America, the government of Panama is reopening the economy regardless of workers’ health concerns.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
India-wide protests by military armament and power industry workers; Australian airport workers demand JobKeeper pay
6 June 2020
Spanish workers protest Nissan job losses; South African Macsteel metalworkers walk out against pay cut; strike threats by hospital workers in UK, Iceland
5 June 2020
Protests as COVID-19 outbreak surges in Latin America
2 June 2020
Health care workers in Argentina and Brazil have staged protests against government neglect as COVID-19 surges throughout the region.
Indian autoworkers strike for COVID-19 safety measures; Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers demonstrate
30 May 2020
Spanish Nissan strike against job losses; Italian electrical workers threaten stoppage against redundancies; South African hospital wildcat strike for PPE
29 May 2020
An indefinite strike by 40 Spanish autoworkers at Nissan’s Zona Franca and Montcada sites in Barcelona began on May 4.
Health care workers in Colombia protest over protective equipment
26 May 2020
Colombian health care workers staged a protest last week in the capital Bogotá to protest lack of adequate provision of personal protective equipment.
Indian police detain thousands of sacked migrant workers; Pakistani health workers demand unpaid wages and allowances
23 May 2020
UK postal workers in Peterborough walk out; unions back reopening of French Amazon; Belgian medics protest
22 May 2020
St. Paul nurse fired by Allina Healthcare in dispute over lack of protective equipment
19 May 2020
A registered nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota was fired May 8 after raising concerns over lack of PPE and the shutting out of health care workers over discussion on safety issues.
“I am not going to die for this company that only thinks about the millions they have in the bank”
By Marcus Day, 16 May 2020
New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA’s Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.
Committee For Public Education online public forum
16 May 2020
The CFPE invites university workers, students and teachers to attend its online forum to discuss the pandemic and the deep crisis in the universities, both in Australia and internationally.
Thousands of migrant workers demonstrate across India; Tamil Nadu cleaners demand COVID-19 protection
16 May 2020
Belgian bus drivers’ wildcat; South African bus drivers walk out over conditions; daily protests in Israel over government response to pandemic
15 May 2020
Protest by El Salvador autoworkers over nonpayment of wages; actions continue over coronavirus response
12 May 2020
Workers at the Yasaki auto parts factory in Santa Ana, El Salvador protested the nonpayment of wages while workers across Latin America continued protests over lack of protective equipment.
Workers in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan strike to demand coronavirus-safe working conditions
9 May 2020
8 May 2020
South African nurses’ stayaway defies premature lockdown end; health workers in South Africa, Kenya, refuse workers in UK, demand personal protection equipment.
Chile protests resume as workers across the Americas protest lack of COVID-19 protection
5 May 2020
Antigovernment protests resumed in Chile after a disruption caused by the pandemic, while workers across the Americas protested the inadequate government response to the health danger posed by the coronavirus.
Thousands of Assam tea workers demand lockdown wages in India; Protests continue in Bangladesh over wages, factory closures and safety
2 May 2020
French teachers’ strike threat against premature end to lockdown; South African and Zimbabwean nurses protest lack of PPE
1 May 2020
Protests are continuing against attempts to restart operations in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic without proper safeguards, including French teachers, German doctors and nurses in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
India: Vicious attack on Maruti Suzuki trainees highlights plight of migrant workers during COVID-19 lockdown
By Kranti Kumara, 28 April 2020
The goon attack on the Maruti Suzuki trainees was clearly aimed at fomenting division and confusion among India’s workers and toilers who are undergoing extraordinary hardship during the Modi government’s ill-planned nationwide lockdown.
Strikes continue at over 30 manufacturing plants along the US-Mexico border
28 April 2020
Workers at maquiladora factories are demanding management shut down unessential industries and pay workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
By our correspondents, 27 April 2020
SEP members develop discussion on a socialist perspective while the NTEU agrees to pay and conditions cuts and employers inflict massive job losses.
Bangladeshi and Cambodian garment workers strike against COVID-19 job cuts; Pakistani medical workers demand safe working conditions
25 April 2020
Workers protests continue over lack of personal protective equipment; South African unions back premature reopening of the mines
24 April 2020
Workers protests continued over lack of protective equipment as South African miners mobilized to oppose a premature return to work.
Mexico City medical workers protest lack of protective equipment
21 April 2020
Medical workers from the October 1 hospital in Mexico City set up a blockade to protest the lack of protective equipment and other supplies needed to confront COVID-19.
By Rohantha De Silva, 20 April 2020
A police attack on a Mumbai protest has highlighted the fate of workers under the Modi government’s measures.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 18 April 2020
Germany’s automakers and the IG Metall trade union are demanding that production be restarted.
Bangladesh garment workers strike against COVID-19 job and wage cuts; Australian maritime union ends strike over COVID-19 at Hutchison Ports
18 April 2020
Workers protest lack of personal protective equipment as unions support premature back to work drive
17 April 2020
Fiat Chrysler in Italy has set May for the resumption of partial production while nurses in Ireland, South Africa and Malawi stage protests against lack of personal protective equipment.
India: Punjab health workers and poor farmers protest over inadequate COVID-19 supplies; Queensland public health workers demand promised wage rise
11 April 2020
UK refuse collection workers strike over protective gear and sick pay; South African waste collectors strike in defiance of union’s call to work unprotected against COVID-19
10 April 2020
Sanitation workers in Britain and South Africa are among workers demanding protective equipment as companies maintain operations during coronavirus pandemic.
Tea estate workers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as medical workers in India and Papua New Guinea strike over COVID-19 dangers
4 April 2020
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 April 2020
The move is a clear statement that saving lives in the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be allowed to interfere with the war aims of US imperialism.
Health workers in South Africa and Kenya striking for personal protection equipment against coronavirus face police attacks
3 April 2020
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at nurses at Bongani Regional Hospital in Welko, South Africa protesting over unsafe travel arrangements while nurses walked out in Kenya over health and safety concerns.
Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections
31 March 2020
Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pakistan: District government workers strike over unpaid wages; New Zealand plastics workers strike over COVID-19 concerns
28 March 2020
Strikes spread in Europe and Africa over lack of coronavirus safety precautions
27 March 2020
Amazon workers in France, metalworkers in Italy, postal workers in Britain and doctors in Zimbabwe are among those taking job action to protest lack of adequate safety measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mexican medical workers protest lack of supplies
24 March 2020
Medical workers in a number of cities in Mexico have staged protests over the lack of critical supplies needed to treat patients and protect doctors and nurses.
21 March 2020
Strikes in Italy and Iran against exposure to coronavirus at work; South African bus strike threat over pay
20 March 2020
Workers in Iran and Italy, two countries heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, have staged job action over work exposure to the disease, while South African transport workers have issued a strike threat over failed contract talks.
Uruguayan teachers strike; Saskatchewan teachers begin job action
17 March 2020
Teachers in Uruguay staged a one-day strike March 11 over the government’s economic proposal, while 13,000 teachers across Saskatchewan began rotating jobs actions.
Tamil Nadu sanitary workers demand permanent jobs; Sri Lankan plantation workers strike; New Zealand bus drivers resume industrial action
14 March 2020
Union sells out municipal workers’ strike in Reykjavik, Iceland; Lebanon: hospital strike in Beirut over government inaction over Covid-19
13 March 2020
The Efling union has sold out a three week strike by municipal workers in Iceland while hospital workers in Lebanon protest the government’s inept response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Renewed protests in Chile; Michigan delivery drivers strike over healthcare
10 March 2020
Thousands participated against austerity, inequality and repression in Chile while Teamster delivery drivers manned pickets in Monroe, Michigan
7 March 2020
French workers continue struggle against attacks on pensions; Zimbabwe trade unions try to hold back general strike
6 March 2020
On Tuesday workers held marches to protest attacks on pensions by the Macron government while trade union officials in Zimbabwe are attempting to hold back demands for a general strike against spiralling inflation.
Brazilian postal workers take strike vote; Salt Lake City teachers rally at Utah capitol
3 March 2020
More than 100,000 Brazilian postal workers are set to strike as teachers in the state of Utah rallied to demand education funding
Indian primary school teachers demonstrate; Sri Lankan police attack sacked public sector workers
29 February 2020