By Benjamin Mateus, 7 August 2020
Striking nurses spoke to WSWS reporters about their demands for adequate staffing and safe working conditions.
By Benjamin Mateus, 12 July 2020
The nurses voted 393 to 154 to defeat the contract proposed by the Illinois Nurses Association, which did nothing to reduce the dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.
“I hate going into that hell hole”
Ford workers in Louisville denounce unsafe conditions as opposition grows to COVID-19 spread in auto plants
By Tim Rivers, 12 July 2020
Ford Louisville Assembly workers denounced the blatant disregard of health and safety by both management and the United Auto Workers.
Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage
By the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020
After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.
By Benjamin Mateus, 11 July 2020
AMITA Health St. Joseph Medical Center nurses in Joliet should reject the Illinois Nurses Association's deal, which does nothing to address chronic understaffing.
By Kranti Kumara, 11 July 2020
Last week’s strike had a huge impact on Coal India’s output, indicating that a large majority of its more than 500,000 regular and contract workers joined the walkout.
By Martin Scott, 11 July 2020
The Fair Work Commission ruled against delaying wage cuts for more than 240,000 workers.
“This is going to kill us—not coronavirus, but how broken the health care system is”
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 July 2020
The nurse spoke to the WSWS after being furloughed for speaking out against a hospital’s corporate policies that discriminated against low-income patients during the pandemic.
By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020
Management has put out a call for hundreds of additional scab replacements as the walkout by 4,300 shipbuilders is into its third week.
By Carl Bronski, 10 July 2020
Talking like a corporate executive, Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy said the cuts were “strictly a business decision.”
Iranian sugar plant strike enters fourth week; Israeli social workers on indefinite strike; indefinite walkout by Nigerian doctors
10 July 2020
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By Steve Filips, 9 July 2020
The threat by United to lay off 45 percent of its workforce is part of a widespread restructuring of the US and international airline industry.
“A rank-and-file safety committee is exactly what we need”
By Jerry White, 9 July 2020
Anger is reaching a breaking point at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Complex after reports that supervisors, union officials and workers have contracted the disease.
As it charts depths of economic crisis
By Nick Beams, 9 July 2020
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development says that up to 10 times fewer hours have been worked in some countries as compared with the first months of the 2008 financial crisis.
By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2020
With the airlines increasing flights and slashing jobs, Delta flight crew members spoke to the WSWS about working conditions during the pandemic
Rutgers University announces hundreds of layoffs, intends to charge students full tuition in the fall
By Shuvu Batta, 9 July 2020
The layoffs and furloughs must be fought, and students must reject the enormous tuition and student loan debt that they are being compelled to pay for virtual courses.
By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2020
W ith the help of the IG Metall union, management is passing on the costs of the coronavirus pandemic, e-mobility and digitalization to the workers.
By Patrick Davies, 9 July 2020
Like other corporations, the supermarket chain is using the pandemic to restructure its operations at the expense of jobs and working conditions.
By Alice Summers, 8 July 2020
As assaults on jobs and conditions mount across Spain, the unions are trying to suppress autoworkers’ opposition to the closure of Nissan’s Barcelona factory.
By Matthew Richter and Roger Jordan, 7 July 2020
Hundreds of migrant workers and their supporters joined protests Saturday against atrocious working and living conditions—conditions long sanctioned by government and made still worse by the pandemic.
By Marianne Arens, 7 July 2020
The video shows a view into a canteen, where hundreds of employees sit and eat close to each other at the tables.
By Benjamin Mateus and Kate Randall, 6 July 2020
Strikes of health care workers are part of a growing global response of workers across industries to the dangers posed by government back-to-work drives.
By Erik Schreiber, 6 July 2020
The decision not to test these laborers, many of whom have traveled from states with rising rates of infection, creates the conditions for a public health disaster.
By Ulrich Rippert and Marianne Arens, 6 July 2020
With the pandemic, which has led to the deepest international economic crisis since the 1930s, the role of unions as tools of the corporations is taking on a new dimension.
By Brunna Machado and Letícia Silva, 4 July 2020
Thousands of delivery workers engaged in a strike on Wednesday to demand better working conditions in more than 10 Brazilian capitals, as well as in cities in Argentina and Mexico.
By Stephan McCoy, 4 July 2020
Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is preparing to confront mounting opposition in the working class through dictatorial forms of rule and the abrogation of democratic rights—even as it is threatened by the possibility of a coup.
By Shannon Jones, 4 July 2020
Management is mobilizing additional strikebreakers as the walkout by 4,300 workers at the Bath Iron Works heads toward its third week.
By Alex Johnson, 4 July 2020
According to health officials, the confirmed active case count in Riverside bloated to 10,059 on Thursday, compared to 9,532 on Wednesday. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 stands at 465.
By Erik Schreiber, 4 July 2020
New Jersey nurses must not allow their struggles to be strangled by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union.
By Jessica Goldstein, 4 July 2020
As the UAW and auto corporations to play down the health crisis, workers’ anger is at breaking point as they demand the plants be shut down for their safety.
By Will Morrow, 4 July 2020
As an international wave of layoffs and plant closures comes in France, the trade unions are working closely with the Macron government and employers to suppress workers’ opposition to this assault.
By Elliott Murtagh, 4 July 2020
These actions will have a devastating effect on the largest urban university system in the US, forcing faculty, students, and staff to bear the brunt of the current pandemic-triggered state and city financial crisis.
By Rory Woods, 4 July 2020
Sunday’s event insults the memory of hundreds of health and social care workers who died of COVID-19 trying to save the lives of others.
By Carolyn Kennett, 4 July 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, governments promised thoroughly cleaned classrooms, but school cleaners have neither the resources nor hours to conduct the necessary cleaning.
4 July 2020
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By Arun Kumar, 3 July 2020
Facing an economic crisis that has been greatly exacerbated by the pandemic and the ruling elite’s selfish class response, the Modi government is pushing through a “quantum jump” in pro-investor “reforms.”
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 July 2020
The works council is repeating word for word the arguments of company management and industry analysts calling for stepped up attacks on workers.
By Alice Summers, 3 July 2020
Facing massive budget shortfalls, the Labour-run London borough plans to lay off 4,000 workers before rehiring them on significantly worse pay and conditions.
Steel strike at Tata in the Netherlands against job losses; South African police fire stun grenade at workers protesting over unequal pay and conditions; nurses on strike in Zimbabwe over pay
3 July 2020
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Senate votes unanimously to extend CARES Act loan program despite businesses' plans to lay off thousands more
By Jacob Crosse, 2 July 2020
The corporate-government fraud known as the Payment Paycheck Protection program has done little to stave off massive job losses or small business closures while large banks and well-connected industries have profited handsomely
By Kevin Martinez, 2 July 2020
Nurses are protesting unsafe working conditions while county health officials announced this week that ICU beds were at 99 percent capacity
By Justus Leicht and Wolfgang Weber, 2 July 2020
Verdi brazenly claimed it would “ fight for every job and every store. ” In reality, the union and the general works council were involved in drawing up the closure plans.
By Shannon Jones, 1 July 2020
According to the employment-population ratio, a more accurate measure of joblessness than the unemployment rate, a postwar record number of Americans were without work in May.
”I can get another job. I can’t get another life”
By Alex Findijs, 1 July 2020
Outbreaks at salad and fruit processing plants in Springfield, Ohio, and Oswego, New York, show the vulnerability of food workers to the deadly disease.
By Sam Dalton, 1 July 2020
Transit workers are outraged at the Transit Authority and the union after a conductor who was six-months pregnant lost a baby when she was forced to return to track switching.
By Louis Girard, 1 July 2020
The cabinet shuffle inaugurates a new phase in the efforts of the Coalition Avenir Québec government to exploit the pandemic to restructure class relations at workers’ expense.
“It’s up to workers to fight this virus”
By Jerry White, 30 June 2020
FCA’s threats come just days after workers at two Detroit area assembly plants halted production and set up rank-and-file safety committees.
By Alex Johnson, 30 June 2020
”Street medics” have helped protesters cope with the effects of tear gas and pepper spray, broken limbs and injuries from “less-lethal” rounds of rubber bullets and bean-bag hits.
By Paul Lee, 30 June 2020
Two thousand management job cuts will be followed by at least 20,000 redundancies from the remaining workforce.
By Andre Damon, 30 June 2020
Six months after the world first learned of COVID-19, workers across the globe are going on strike to demand measures to stop the rampant spread of the disease.
Growing protests across the America’s over coronavirus response
30 June 2020
Film industry workers in Buenos Aires, workers at US Disneyland and warehouse workers in Quebec are just some of the thousands of workers launching protests and job actions over employers’ response to COVID-19 pandemic.
By Steve Strietberg, 29 June 2020
The company wants a two-tier wage system, with 15 percent lower pay rates for new employees.
By Jerry White, 28 June 2020
On Saturday evening, workers at the Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, just north of Detroit, refused to work after learning that a material handler had tested positive for COVID-19.
Nurses, farmworkers, autoworkers strike for safe working conditions
By Jessica Goldstein, 27 June 2020
The mounting struggles by workers against the back-to-work drive highlight the immense power of the working class in the fight to halt the deadly pandemic and the corporate-government attack on jobs and living standards.
By Brunna Machado, 27 June 2020
On Thursday, health care professionals in the Brazilian state of Piauí started an indefinite strike as their counterparts in Rio de Janeiro launched protests.
Dole Foods in Ohio hit by 230 COVID-19 cases as food processing plants globally are ravaged by infections
By Alex Findijs, 27 June 2020
Food processing plants around the world continue to be hit by mass infections, even in countries that had largely stopped the spread of the disease.
By John Newham and Laura Tiernan, 27 June 2020
BA workers must break free of the corporatist grip of the unions and fight for rank-and-file committees to organise joint action with airline workers across the globe.
By Tom Casey, 27 June 2020
An estimated 28,000 cruise ship crew members remain stranded at sea on ships all over the globe following restrictions implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Mitch Marcus, 27 June 2020
Both Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-controlled legislature have fully committed to the reopening of in-person schooling, in line with the demands of automakers and other big businesses.
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
By Kevin Martinez, 26 June 2020
Nurses in the SEIU have launched a 10-day strike to protest staffing cuts while their for-profit hospital chain has received government bailouts.
Nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare set to strike California hospital over cuts and PPE shortages
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 June 2020
One thousand nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare are set to strike over concessions the hospital chain is demanding from frontline health care workers as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the US.
By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2020
Management at Bath Iron Works is refusing to retreat from its demands for major concessions on subcontracting and work rules.
By Alan Gilman, 25 June 2020
Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 agreed to a two-year wage cut of over 11 percent for 96,000 custodians, administrators and nurses employed by the state government.
By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2020
Some 4,300 workers walked out Monday at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, which builds destroyers for the US Navy.
By Thomas Scripps, 23 June 2020
Royal Mail workers at the central post sorting office in Barnsley, England walked out yesterday after colleagues tested positive for coronavirus.
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 June 2020
Only an independent political intervention by the international working class against the capitalist system can put an end to the mass deaths of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Emma Arceneaux, 22 June 2020
While immigrant farm workers are considered essential by the federal government, there have been no nationwide mandates placed on the agriculture industry to protect them from COVID-19.
By Andy Thompson, 22 June 2020
This case is only the latest in a series of bitter experiences grad students all across the country have had with AFT and other trade unions.
By Shannon Jones, 20 June 2020
All the major carmakers have expressed their determination to continue production without interruption even as COVID-19 cases surge in many areas of the US.
Death of two workers sparks wildcat strike by 3,200 workers at auto parts plant in Matamoros, Mexico
By Andrea Lobo, 20 June 2020
When news broke that Luciano Romero Contreras, a 48-year-old janitor at Plant 52, had died the previous day, workers downed tools and began discussions at the facility and on social media.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2020
The outbreaks underscore the criminality of the government’s decision to enforce a mass return to work and the lack of basic work safety in plants that have been operating during the pandemic.
By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2020
More than two-thirds of the meat packers at the Tönnies abattoir in Rheda-Wiedenbrück have been infected with COVID-19, with 730 positive initial test results out of 1,050 tested.
“How can dissent be illegal when that is how the country was started?”
By Phyllis Steele, 20 June 2020
Educators in Oklahoma, who waged a wildcat strike in 2018, are still ranked near the bottom in the US in pay and per pupil funding.
By Steve Filips, 20 June 2020
Airlines are slashing jobs, pay, and hours of workers in a desperate attempt to bolster profits at worker expense during the pandemic.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Peter Schwarz, 20 June 2020
Although German auto companies received a lion’s share of the government’s €130 billion stimulus package, and are collecting billions more via the short-time working scheme, the industry plans to axe more than 100,000 jobs.
By Anthony Torres, 20 June 2020
After receiving a €7 billion public bailout, the French-Dutch airline is preparing to slash between 6,000 and 10,000 jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Rory Woods, 20 June 2020
At least 181 health workers and 131 social care workers have died while working on the frontline.
By Carl Bronski, 20 June 2020
While the locked out workers have fought valiantly against an employer-government-police assault, the union has systematically isolated their struggle.
India: Bihar rural health workers demonstrate to defend jobs; Coimbatore textile workers protest over pay cuts
20 June 2020
By Alice Summers and John Newham, 19 June 2020
One BA worker told the WSWS, “I’ve been with BA for 25 years and was earning more than this new contract in 1996!”
Tata steel workers’ stoppage in the Netherlands over job losses; Greek health workers walk out; more strikes by Iranian sugar workers
19 June 2020
Canadian oil refinery boss lauds George Floyd protests while employing state violence against locked-out workers
By Carl Bronski, 16 June 2020
Federated Cooperatives Ltd. CEO Scott Banda has mobilized and solidarized with racist, far-right forces in seeking to break the resistance of 750 locked-out Regina oil refinery workers.
By Christopher Davion, 16 June 2020
With meatpacking plants the epicenter of the spread of coronavirus, workers are opposing the return to work ordered by the Trump administration through protests and absenteeism.
By Tom Casey, 16 June 2020
Thousands of cruise ship workers—some of them infected with COVID-19—remained trapped on vessels around the world after the industry shut down last March in response to the pandemic
By Gustav Kemper, 15 June 2020
The union leaders falsely claim employees are “ stakeholders ” in the private company, but to the owners they are mere “ unit costs ” to be sacrificed to shore up profits.
By Alejandro López, 15 June 2020
This points to the explosive conflict emerging between the working class and the pseudo-left and the unions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and an upsurge of class struggle.
By Andrea Lobo, 15 June 2020
Despite our sharp political differences with Susan Prieto, the World Socialist Web Site unequivocally opposes the arrest of the labor lawyer and demands her immediate release.
By Evan Blake, 15 June 2020
The massive education-related job losses will in many cases be permanent, with devastating repercussions for both educators and an entire generation of students.
By Mitch Marcus and Phyllis Steele, 15 June 2020
The Detroit Public Schools Community District called a march and rally for “Equality and Justice for All” on June 11 that attracted 2,000 teachers, parents and students.
15 June 2020
By the Committee for Public Education and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 15 June 2020
Despite intense opposition to the cuts among university workers, the trade unions are collaborating with the university managements to push through ballots to impose them.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 June 2020
Sanitation workers and educators took to the streets this week to demonstrate against Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney’s austerity measures and increased funding for the police.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 13 June 2020
The current leadership dispute at VW ushers in a new phase of corporatist policy, aimed at preparing the company for global trade war at the expense of the workforce.
Three months since the cruise industry shutdown
By Tom Casey, 13 June 2020
The government’s repatriation plan has incurred bitter opposition from crew members of all nationalities, as well as from the families of Mauritian crew who anxiously await their relatives’ returns.
India: Telangana coal mine workers strike against privatisation; Queensland hospital workers walkout over pay freeze
13 June 2020
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 June 2020
Delivery workers have been carrying out strikes and protests in Brazil since April, connected to delivery workers’ strikes around the world in countries like Spain, Ecuador and Argentina.
By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 11 June 2020
As plants and factories have become major centers of COVID-19 transmission, meat processing workers in Utah and sanitation workers in Philadelphia have protested to demand safe working conditions.
By Norissa Santa Cruz, 11 June 2020
Defying the myth that COVID-19 primarily kills the elderly, young people who work in US-owned maquiladora factories in border towns such as Tijuana and Juarez are dying at alarming rates.