By Danny Richardson and Robert Stevens, 21 October 2015
The main steel unions have repeated their customary pro-business objections, centring on condemning cheap steel imports from China and high taxes on UK steel manufacturers.
By Carl Bronski, 16 October 2015
U.S. Steel Canada has been given leave to halt health benefits to 20,600 retirees and their dependents and to suspend millions of dollars in pension contributions and local taxes.
By Tom Peters, 16 October 2015
As part of its restructuring, Solid Energy has announced the closure of its Huntly East Mine.
By Evan Winters, 15 October 2015
Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) reported a larger projected third-quarter loss as it continues its lockout of 2,200 steelworkers in Pennsylvania and other states.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2015
The deal hatched by the unions and BlueScope involves hundreds of sackings and a wage freeze.
By Evan Winters, 8 October 2015
ATI’s decision to cancel health coverage is part of the company’s drive to break the workers, who are now nearing the end of their eighth week on the picket lines.
By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 5 October 2015
In the face of ATI’s brazen actions in hiring scab labor to resume production, the United Steelworkers continues to isolate and smother locked out workers.
By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 26 September 2015
The United Steelworkers of America continues to isolate 2,200 steelworkers who have been locked out by ATI.
By a reporting team, 26 September 2015
Workers in both the auto and steel industries are facing attacks on jobs, wages, health care benefits, and pensions.
By Danny Richardson, 24 September 2015
The role of the trade unions at Tata Steel has been to demobilise any offensive by steel workers against the cuts.
By Zac Hambides, 22 September 2015
At a “Save Our Steel” rally the unions sought to channel the anger over job losses into nationalist calls for governments to subsidise local steel producers.
By Evan Winters, 21 September 2015
In the sixth week of the lockout, the company maintains a hard line and continues its efforts to operate with scab labor from Strom Engineering.
By Evan Winters, 19 September 2015
The lockout of 2,200 steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) at 12 mills in six states has entered its sixth week.
As Allegheny Technologies lockout enters fifth week
By Evan Winters, 14 September 2015
While steel companies ATI, US Steel, and ArcelorMittal maintain a hard line in mediation and contract negotiations, the USW is continuing to isolate steelworkers.
By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2015
The United Steelworkers union has refused to wage a struggle in the face of demands by steelmakers US Steel and ArcelorMittal for draconian cuts to health care benefits.
By Evan Winters, 7 September 2015
As the USW pushes for a concessions contract in federal mediation, ATI is seeking to continue production with strikebreakers contracted from Strom Engineering.
By our reporters, 3 September 2015
BlueScope Steel workers from the company’s Port Kembla plant, south of Sydney spoke with the World Socialist Web Site reporters at an early morning mass meeting in Wollongong yesterday . The Australian Workers Union (AWU) and other unions have responded to the management’s threat to shut the plant, Australia’s largest steel making plant, by promising to assist the company slash up to 500 jobs as part of $200 million cost-cutting restructure.
By Richard Phillips, 3 September 2015
The unions have pledged to defend BlueScope Steel’s profits and provide the company with $200 million in cost-cutting measures.
By Jerry White, 31 August 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW) union has ordered workers at ArcelorMittal and US Steel to stay on the job as the giant corporations prepare an all-out war against workers.
By our reporters, 29 August 2015
Locked out steelworker Jim Dietz was injured and taken to a local hospital after being hit on the picket line by a van carrying strikebreakers driven by ATI security.
By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015
BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.
“They want to take away what generations struggled to achieve”
By Evan Winters, 27 August 2015
Allegheny Technologies is using the sharp drop in steel prices, after years of high profits, to justify its ruthless drive to cut wages and benefits.
By Terry Cook, 26 August 2015
The Australian Workers Union has immediately signalled that it will help impose BlueScope Steel’s job-cutting measures.
By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2015
Workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal demonstrated across the US this week in opposition to concession demands.
By Jerry White, 20 August 2015
Steelworkers are protesting against wage freezes and benefit cuts as autoworkers vote for strike action.
By Evan Winters, 17 August 2015
Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is demanding increased out-of-pocket health care costs, more flexible work rules and the elimination of defined-benefit pensions for new hires.
US contract deadlines in auto and steel
By Jerry White, 17 August 2015
The convergence of these contract expirations poses the potential and the necessity for a joint struggle against the corporate-government attack on the working class.
By Danny Richardson, 23 July 2015
The plan to shut down three steel bar manufacturing plants is part of a six-year long business restructuring strategy.
By Jeff Lusanne, 28 January 2015
In response to plunging oil prices and falling steel demand worldwide, producers ArcelorMittal and US Steel have announced hundreds of layoffs in East Chicago, Indiana.
By Richard Phillips, 7 October 2011
After weeks of backroom negotiations with BlueScope management and the Labor government, the steel unions pushed through a job-cutting deal at a Wollongong mass meeting that gives the company everything it wanted.
Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 October 2011
The SEP urges BlueScope workers to take a stand on behalf of the entire working class, and especially the younger generation.
By Mike Head, 28 September 2011
The Australian Workers Union and other steel industry unions have reached “in-principle” agreements to impose nearly 1,500 job cuts at BlueScope’s plants at Port Kembla and Hastings.
By our reporters, 20 September 2011
The meetings made clear that the SEP is the only political party opposing the job cuts, against the Gillard government, which openly backs them, and the unions, which are blocking any resistance by workers.
By our correspondents, 17 September 2011
World Socialist Web Site reporters recently spoke with BlueScope workers in Hastings, as well as family members and friends of other workers.
By our correspondents, 16 September 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to working people in Newcastle about the impact of the 1999 closure of the city’s steel plant.
By Terry Cook, 16 September 2011
As soon as BlueScope Steel announced its job cutting plans last month, a well-oiled machine involving government, management and the unions swung into action.
By our reporters, 10 September 2011
Workers in Port Kembla on the New South Wales south coast spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about the planned BlueScope retrenchments.
By our reporters, 6 September 2011
The scaling down of BlueScope’s steel production next month is already having a major impact throughout Hastings and the local region.
By our reporters, 5 September 2011
Workers in Hastings spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about the planned destruction of BlueScope jobs.
By Mike Head, 3 September 2011
While feigning solidarity with workers and their families affected by the BlueScope Steel job cuts, Prime Minister Gillard used a visit to Wollongong to reinforce her government’s support for the company’s decision.
By Richard Phillips, 2 September 2011
The role of the trade unions in imposing BlueScope Steel’s axing 1,400 jobs was on display yesterday at a mass meeting of about 1,600 Port Kembla workers.
SEP (Australia) public meetings in Wollongong and Hastings
2 September 2011
Workers are not responsible for the failure of capitalism and must not be forced to pay.
By our reporters, 1 September 2011
Students and youth in Wollongong spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about the planned destruction of BlueScope jobs.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 August 2011
This is the process that the unions want extended to the entire manufacturing sector—a never-ending onslaught on jobs and conditions to drive up productivity, and “orderly closures” where that is no longer possible.
By Mike Head, 29 August 2011
The human and social impact will be enormous in Wollongong, where the steelworks has been the centrepiece of the local economy and employment prospects since it was built in 1928.
By Mike Head, 27 August 2011
As they have done since the 1980s, the unions are working with management and the government to deliver an “orderly closure” of the steel plants, at the expense of working people.
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 August 2011
BlueScope employees are being subjected to a conscious political one-two act, with right- and “left”-wing diversions being pulled out to cover over the real political issues they confront.
By our reporters, 26 August 2011
Steel workers and local residents in Wollongong and Port Kembla denounce BlueScope Steel’s decision to axe up to 1,400 workers’ jobs.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 August 2011
In the name of protecting steel jobs by boosting the competitiveness of Australian steel at the expense of China, Howes is advocating an economic war that can only have devastating consequences for workers in Australia, China and internationally.
Oppose the BlueScope sackings! Fight for a socialist strategy to defend steel and manufacturing jobs
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 August 2011
The fight to defend jobs will only go forward through a rebellion against the trade union apparatuses, which are working might and main to subordinate workers to the dictates of the company and the Labor government.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 August 2011
The assault on the steel workers’ jobs has been jointly coordinated by BlueScope executives, the trade union bureaucracy and the Labor government.