Workers Struggles Around the World

Iceland: indefinite public sector strike in Reykjavik; Air France pilots’ conduct stoppage; transport workers join South African museum strikers to petition parliament

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

28 February 2020

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Mexican media workers strike, Montreal stevedores authorize strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

25 February 2020

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Tamil Nadu public transport workers demonstrate; Sacked Sri Lankan government workers protest; Jetstar baggage handlers on strike in Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

22 February 2020

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Greece: 24-hour stoppage by public sector workers; Italian dockers boycott ships carrying arms bound for Yemen war; threats of further strikes in Zimbabwe

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 February 2020

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British Columbia, Canada forestry workers betrayed

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 February 2020

An eight-month strike by some 3,000 British Columbia forestry workers ended last week after the union agreed to the imposition of an alternate work shift schedule that raises issues of safety.

Union sells out forestry strike in Finland; South African telecom workers’ strike threat against redundancies; London bus drivers move to strike vote

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 February 2020

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US jobs report: 11,000 US auto jobs lost in January

By Jessica Goldstein, 12 February 2020

January’s figures show that the jobs bloodbath in the auto industry is continuing unabated after the United Auto Workers’ sabotage of the General Motors strike last fall.

Sri Lanka: former northern chief minister seeks to divert campaign over “disappeared persons” to appeals to major powers

By S. Jayanth, 11 February 2020

Like the Colombo establishment, the TPA, TNA and other Tamil groups are terrified of unified struggles, since they would open the way to the independent mobilisation of the working class.

“I fear for the future of democracy in Britain”

Protesters speak out at demonstration against Tory government deportation plans

By our reporters, 11 February 2020

WSWS reporters spoke with those attending Monday night’s demonstration outside Downing Street in London demanding an immediate halt to all deportation flights.

UK government carries out deportation of around 20 Jamaican nationals

By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2020

The men on board were among 700 immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers being held at two immigration detention removal centres near Heathrow Airport—Colnbrook and Harmondsworth.

As Brazilian oil workers’ strike grows, Labor Court rules it “abusive”

By Gabriel Lemos, 11 February 2020

The Brazilian ruling elite fears that the strike at the state-owed oil giant Petrobras will spread to other sections of public and private sector workers.

John Deere announces layoffs at Iowa plant

By George Gallanis, 11 February 2020

Since announcing plans last August to cut costs and boost profits as part of its drive for “organizational efficiency,” Deere has laid off 220 workers at plants across Illinois and Iowa.

Strike by Mexican Autonomous University staff in Oaxaca

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 February 2020

Staff at the Benito Juárez Autonomous University at Oaxaca have been on strike since February 1 over salaries, retirement and other issues.

India: 10,000 Karnataka midday-meal workers strike indefinitely; Tahiti workers strike against Macron’s pensions “reforms”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 February 2020

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Human Rights Watch report finds 138 Salvadorans killed after being deported from the US

By Adam Mclean, 7 February 2020

The report, based on interviews with over 150 people over a one-and-a-half-year period, additionally identified 70 other deportees who were beaten, sexually assaulted, extorted or tortured.

GM workers denounce forced overtime imposed with UAW collusion

By George Kirby and Tim Rivers, 7 February 2020

Workers from General Motors Customer Care & Aftersales facilities and other factories in Michigan are angered by continuous forced overtime imposed in the aftermath of the 2019 UAW sellout contract.

Kahatagaha miners in Sri Lanka must fight for socialist policies

By Naveen Dewage, 7 February 2020

The three-day walkout by graphite miners in defiance of their unions indicates the increasing radicalisation of the working class and the rapid break up of illusions in the new government.

Finnish paper and forestry workers continue stoppage; one-day public sector strike across Portugal; wildcat strike at South Africa Toyota in Durban

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 February 2020

Some 15,000 Finnish forestry and paper workers have extended their strike while public sector workers struck across Portugal and South Africa Toyota workers struck over the withholding of bonuses.

Sri Lanka: The ruling elite’s hollow national independence celebrations

By K. Ratnayake, 6 February 2020

The past seven decades of so-called “independence” has seen successive governments viciously suppress the masses and defend capitalist rule.

India: One million public sector bank workers strike for higher pay and against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 6 February 2020

The two-day national walkout demonstrated public sector bank workers’ determination to fight the Modi government’s austerity, privatisation and job-cutting policies.

Ontario teachers broaden strike actions; Brazilian oil workers strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 February 2020

Tens of thousands of teachers in Canada’s largest province are continuing their fight against the right wing government of Bill Ford, while workers at Brazil’s Petrobras have taken action over the privatization drive by the Bolsonaro administration.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

1 February 2020

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More than 7,800 nurses and hospital staff strike for third day at Seattle hospitals

By Dan Conway, 31 January 2020

More than 7,800 nurses and caregivers at Swedish medical centers in Seattle struck for a third day Thursday against short staffing levels and inadequate compensation.

Amazon employees defy management and publicly protest corporate policies

By Kevin Reed, 30 January 2020

Hundreds of Amazon employees posted public criticisms of their employer and statements of support for fellow workers who have been threatened with firing for speaking out against the tech company’s climate policies.

South Australian counsellor and educators speak on conditions in schools

By Sue Phillips, 30 January 2020

“It is very difficult to understand the complexities of a classroom until you’ve been in and taught in that classroom and you’ve tried to manage perhaps 28 or 32 students, all with varying needs.”

Indian midday-meal workers strike for higher wages; Australian rail workers strike again

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

25 January 2020

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French power workers at Grand’Maison dam join pension strikes; 130,000 Turkish metalworkers threaten walk out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 January 2020

French hydroelectric workers joined a strike movement against pension cuts while the union for 130,000 Turkish metalworkers are currently in talks with the Turkish Employers Association of Metal Industries for a pay increase.

Mumbai hospital workers demand outstanding wages; South Korean car workers strike; Australian tram drivers vote to walk out

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

18 January 2020

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Indian workers in general strike call for unity

By our correspondents, 14 January 2020

Striking workers discussed with the WSWS the central political issues in the struggle against the Modi government and its program of austerity and communal reaction.

Almost 200,000 teachers prepare job actions against Ontario government

Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 January 2020

Teachers across the Canadian province of Ontario are escalating protests against Conservative Premier Doug Ford who has limited wage increases for all provincial public sector workers to 1 percent per year.

India: Haryana public transport workers strike against outsourcing; Pakistani journalists oppose salary and job cuts

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

11 January 2020

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Tens of millions to join all-India one-day strike on Wednesday

By Keith Jones, 7 January 2020

The Modi government faces mass opposition to its socially incendiary big business agenda and promotion of Hindu supremacist reaction.

New Zealand union shuts down bus drivers’ strike, scapegoats migrants for low wages

By Tom Peters, 6 January 2020

FIRST Union called off a partial stoppage by around 800 low-paid Auckland bus drivers without any resolution, then denounced NZ Bus for employing migrants.

Garbage collectors strike in India’s Maharashtra state capital; military vehicle production workers oppose sackings in Tamil Nadu

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

4 January 2020

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Industrial carnage in US: 5,250 workers killed on the job in 2018

By Steve Filips, 27 December 2019

Fatal on-the-job injuries in the US increased by 2 percent in 2018, according to this year’s report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 27 December 2019

The militant workers’ group Generating Movement at the General Motors assembly plant in Silao, Mexico, express their appreciation to workers in the United States for supporting their defense fund.

Zimbabwe four-month-long hospital strike continues; French rail workers to strike over Christmas defying unions

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 December 2019

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Five-day strike of Kaiser Permanente mental health workers ends

By Kevin Martinez and Evelyn Rios, 23 December 2019

As planned by the union, the strike ended with no new contract proposal.

Boston transit: “Safety is not the priority” at the MBTA, panel finds

By Andrew Timon, 23 December 2019

Only a parasitic mechanism that subordinates public need to profit could bring the MBTA to the point of trains literally falling apart and off the tracks.

Thousands of Indian construction workers demonstrate; Australian Jetstar workers strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

21 December 2019

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Zimbabwe hospital doctors out for 15 weeks; German Amazon workers strike at three centres

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 December 2019

Doctors in Zimbabwe are continuing their walkout in the face of intensifying repression while 1,200 German Amazon workers protested low pay by staging a walkout.

Volvo Trucks to lay off 700 at New River Valley plant

By Ed Hightower, 17 December 2019

UAW local 2069 still has not made so much as a single Facebook post acknowledging the announced layoffs.

Ontario Teachers plan third one-day strike; Mexican housing agency workers strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 December 2019

High school teachers across the Canadian province of Ontario are planning another partial strike December 18 while workers at Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers in Mexico City have carried out a one-day strike.

Tens of thousands Bangladeshi jute mill workers protest; Jetstar pilots and workers strike in Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

14 December 2019

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Germany: IG Metall union announces further attacks on Daimler workers

By K. Nesan, 10 December 2019

With the help of the unions and their works council representative, the auto manufacturer wants to destroy 10,000 jobs by 2022.

“They are jamming this down our throats:” Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW for rushing vote on sellout contract

By Jerry White, 10 December 2019

Just days after dumping the thousand-page contract on its web site, the UAW is holding a series of snap votes which it plans to conclude by Wednesday.

Harvard grad student strike in second week

By Kate Randall, 10 December 2019

The UAW’s isolation of the strike is part of a deliberate strategy to defeat the struggle of graduate students.

Ontario teachers plan new work stoppage

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 December 2019

The walkout by Ontario public high school teachers and school support staff set for December 11 follows the first province-wide teachers strike held last week.

Indian oil workers strike against privatisation: Auto workers in Haryana protest in solidarity with striking Honda contract workers

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

7 December 2019

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German Amazon workers walk out; Zimbabwe doctors and public sector continue 13-week stoppage

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7 December 2019

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Colombian trade unions working with President Duque to shut down national strike movement

By Evan Blake, 6 December 2019

Despite brutal police repression, tens of thousands carried out a third national strike on Wednesday in Colombia.

Indian auto parts workers demand union rights; Bangladesh cargo workers on indefinite strike; French Polynesia hotel workers expand walkout

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

30 November 2019

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Calls grow for mass December 5 protest strike against French pension cuts

By Anthony Torres, 29 November 2019

Amid an international resurgence of class struggle, it is critical for workers to take control of their struggles from the hands of the corrupt union bureaucracies.

Some production resumes as US copper miners’ strike drags on

By Samuel Davidson, 29 November 2019

The USW, which leads the nine different unions that represent workers in the mines, has downplayed the company’s efforts to break the strike.

A socialist response to the global jobs massacre in the auto industry

By Peter Schwarz, 29 November 2019

The announcement of 9,500 job cuts by the German automaker Audi is part of a global offensive against the jobs and living standards of autoworkers all over the world.

Croatian teachers’ strikes; healthcare workers’ stoppage in Northern Ireland; Zimbabwe unrest over runaway inflation continues

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 November 2019

Thousands of Croatian teachers are continuing strikes over pay while 25,000 health staff in Northern Ireland have taken industrial action and Zimbabwe unions have called a mass demonstration over deteriorating economic conditions.

In defiance of repression, Colombian workers mount second national strike in the past week

By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019

In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.

German autoworkers protest as unions sanction wave of jobs cuts

By K. Nesan, 28 November 2019

Hardly a day passes without a large or small company announcing redundancies and savings measures in highly industrialize state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany.

UAW keeps FCA workers in the dark on contract talks, painting corruption exposures as “outside distractions”

By Marcus Day, 28 November 2019

In a letter to FCA workers Monday, UAW-FCA Vice President Cindy Estrada attempted to pretend as if the corruption scandal had no bearing on otherwise pristine negotiations.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union endorses ex-Hoffa lieutenant for union president

By Steve Filips and Tom Hall, 28 November 2019

TDU’s 180-degree turn behind the thuggish Sean O’Brien exposes the critical role it plays in propping up the authority the Teamsters bureaucracy.

After union surrenders, Telangana mobilizes police to bar “fired” TSRTC workers’ return

By Kranti Kumara, 28 November 2019

The unions instructed the 48,000 TSRTC workers to end their courageous anti-privatization strike and report for work Tuesday. But the government, intent on purging the workforce, barred their way.

UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson resigns after embezzlement charges

By Jerry White, 25 November 2019

The resignation of Pearson follows last week’s departure of union president Gary Jones and the explosive lawsuit by GM, which described the UAW as an “FCA-controlled enterprise.”

Eight-day strike by 40,000 UK university workers begins

By Robert Stevens, 25 November 2019

More than 40,000 lecturers and other staff are striking for eight days at 60 higher education institutions from today against an onslaught on their pay, conditions and pensions.

German bus drivers in state of Hesse on strike

By Marianne Arens, 25 November 2019

The strike has once again brought to light the grueling working conditions faced by around 130,000 bus drivers across the country.

“It’s bordering on slavery how they treat us”

Bus drivers in Hesse, Germany, discuss their strike

By Marianne Arens, 25 November 2019

Striking bus drivers employed by private companies in the German state of Hesse are resisting scandalously low wages and exploitative working conditions.

Indian government uses police, paramilitaries to repress protests at Jawaharlal Nehru University

By Kranti Kumara, 25 November 2019

The Modi government has vilified JNU students as “anti-national” and “urban Naxals” for opposing its relentless promotion of Hindu supremacism and imposition of pro-investor measures.

Strike wave in Peru stokes ruling class fears of Chilean “contagion”

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 25 November 2019

In the midst of its deepest political crisis, Peru’s economic indicators have dropped sharply and the class struggle is heating up.

An open letter from doctors: Julian Assange “could die in prison”

24 November 2019

“Were such urgent assessment and treatment not to take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison.”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the South Pacific

23 November 2019

Workers in the Punjab rallied and blocked traffic after a 15-year-old labourer was brutally beaten to death at a plywood factory.

India: The indefinite strike by 48,000 Telangana transport workers at crossroads

By Kranti Kumara, 19 November 2019

Despite the immense courage displayed by the workers for over six weeks into their indefinite strike, the struggle is in imminent danger because of the rotten strategy adopted by the union.

Chinese soldiers appear on Hong Kong streets for first time since protests began

By Ben McGrath, 18 November 2019

The use of PLA troops to clear roadblocks in Hong Kong is a thinly veiled threat that the Chinese military could be used to violently suppress the protest movement.

Fiat Chrysler workers face battle as FCA and UAW seek to maintain lowest labor costs

By Jerry White, 18 November 2019

After barely navigating past the opposition of GM and Ford workers, the UAW is now colluding with Fiat Chrysler executives to maintain the company’s cost advantage over its industry rivals.

Indian Honda contract workers still on strike; West Bengal teachers demand pay rise; maintenance workers take industrial action at Australian paper mill

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

16 November 2019

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Over 5,000 arrests, police violence against transport strikers in India’s Telangana state

By Kranti Kumara, 11 November 2019

Despite the transport workers' courage and resiliency, the strike is in great danger, due to the treacherous union leadership's appeal to the right-wing, Hindu chauvinist BJP national government to intervene.

Chicago Ford workers denounce UAW contract: “They want to monitor you every minute, every second”

By Marcus Day, 11 November 2019

Anger is growing since workers have learned that the deal would allow Ford to deploy the high-tech surveillance methods increasingly perfected by Amazon.

Steel layoffs in US mount due to falling production and trade war

By Samuel Davidson, 11 November 2019

Growing layoffs at US Steel and other major US steel producers over the past three months, point to a further slowdown in manufacturing and the impact of Trump’s trade war.

Honda motorcycle and Kerala state transport workers strike in India; Pakistan health workers oppose privatisation

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 November 2019

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Chicago Ford workers reject UAW agreement

By Jerry White, 7 November 2019

In the first major Ford assembly plant to vote, 1,497 workers (62 percent) voted “no” on the deal and 913 (38 percent) voted “yes,” according to figures released by UAW Local 551.

India’s Telangana state government gives fresh ultimatum to 48,000 fired strikers

By Kranti Kumara, 5 November 2019

A call to make the defence of the victimized TSRTC workers the spearhead of a working class counter-offensive against privatization and the casualization of work would resonate across India.

Ford autoworkers denounce tentative deal as corruption scandal engulfs UAW leadership

By Marcus Day, 4 November 2019

The UAW-Ford deal allows for an unlimited number of buyouts of older production workers, facilitating a vast expansion of lower-paid temporary workers.

Wildcat strike by sanitation workers against CHP administration in Maltepe, Turkey

By Ulas Atesci, 4 November 2019

Simultaneous with the Maltepe municipal workers’ strike, workers in other municipalities, including Üsküdar, Ataşehir, İstanbul, Aliağa, İzmir, Aydın, and elsewhere are protesting against austerity and layoffs.

Protests erupt after Peruvian government approves controversial Tía María mining project

By Cesar Uco, 4 November 2019

Peasant farmers have blocked roads and confronted police after Peru’s government approved construction of the mine, which will harm the fragile ecosystem of the Tambo Valley in the southern Andes.

Unifor’s attempt to impose concessions contracts on Saskatchewan workers meeting widespread opposition

By Carl Bronski, 4 November 2019

On learning that Unifor had accepted a two-year wage freeze in order to scuttle a 17-day strike, Saskatchewan Crown corporation workers denounced the union leadership from the floor of ratification meetings.

Thousands of doctors strike in Tamil Nadu, India

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 November 2019

While 16,000 Tamil Nadu doctors walked-out to demand salary increases and promotions, thousands of the state’s railway workers struck against privatisation measures.

GM refuses to rehire victimized Mexican workers who supported US strike

By Andrea Lobo, 29 October 2019

GM is continuing its vendetta against nine courageous workers at the Silao plant fired for refusing GM’s demands that they increase production and undermine the US strike.

Washington DC: Private metro contract workers launch first transit strike in over 40 years

By Nick Barrickman, 28 October 2019

The strike against the assault on wages and living standards must be expanded to public sector workers and beyond against the efforts to exploit the population.

400,000 bank workers strike across India

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 October 2019

While almost half a million Indian bank employees walked off the job, tens of thousands of teachers and healthcare workers across the sub-continent have engaged in strikes and protests.

From Chile to Lebanon: Working class offensive sweeps the globe

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2019

The past week has seen a new stage in the eruption of the global class struggle, with mass protests bringing two seemingly disparate countries to a halt over what are undeniably similar grievances that are rooted in the historic and systemic crisis of the global capitalist system.

The GM strike and the global class struggle

By Marcus Day, 21 October 2019

The strike by 48,000 US General Motors is part of an eruption of social struggle throughout the United States and the world.

Algerian junta to slash energy subsidies amid mass protests

By Kumaran Ira, 19 October 2019

Ahmed Gaid Salah’s military regime has approved a bill to pay off global oil and gas firms by slashing billions of dollars in subsidies for Algerian workers.

Tens of thousands of Indian transport and aircraft manufacturing workers strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

19 October 2019

Some 49,000 transport workers in the state of Telangana walked-out in defiance of government threats to their jobs, while more than 20,000 employees of a state-owned defence company took strike action.

Zimbabwe doctors’ six-week strike continues in defiance of courts; German airline cabin crew to walk out Saturday

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 October 2019

Doctors in Zimbabwe are demanding their wages be pegged to the US dollar in the face of runaway inflation while Lufthansa cabin crew plan to strike Saturday over wages.

Mack Truck, copper miners, Chicago teachers, gig economy workers

Spreading strike wave shows potential for GM workers to expand struggle to Ford and Fiat-Chrysler

By Jerry White, 14 October 2019

If the month-long strike is to be won, autoworkers must take the fight into their own hands, end the isolation imposed by the UAW, and fight for an industry-wide shutdown.

As GM strike enters fifth week, Mack Truck-Volvo workers launch first strike in more than 35 years

By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2019

The two American automotive strikes are part of an international movement of the working class against austerity, including 70,000 auto parts workers in Mexico and rolling strikes at GM’s South Korean plants.

Trump backs China’s handling of Hong Kong protests

By Peter Symonds, 14 October 2019

Trump’s comments demonstrate that US imperialism, far from defending democratic rights, cynically and selectively exploits “human rights” as the means for prosecuting its own interests.

Chicago Teachers Union announces “path” to block strike and impose austerity settlement

By Kristina Betinis, 14 October 2019

CTU leaders announced on Saturday a proposal that will allow the district to “phase in” resources in a school system that has been denied the basics for decades.

India: Thousands of Telangana transport workers strike; Darjeeling tea estate workers demand higher pay; New Zealand medical laboratory workers strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

12 October 2019

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As strike enters fourth week, UAW says talks with GM have “taken turn for the worse”

By Jerry White, 7 October 2019

The hard line by GM proves that the UAW is leading the strike to defeat and makes clear that workers must respond by expanding the struggle to Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

“Capitalism is the core of the problem:” Striking GM workers call for global struggle against auto companies

By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 7 October 2019

GM workers on the picket discussed the need for an international strategy for the expansion of their strike with the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter this weekend.

Canada: Five thousand public sector workers strike in Saskatchewan

By Carl Bronski, 7 October 2019

The strike, involving workers at SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskWater, SaskEnergy, the Water Security Agency and two SaskTel subsidiaries, is the largest in Saskatchewan for decades.