1 December 2020
The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia are holding an online public meeting to discuss the program the working class must adopt to fight the social, economic and political crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Mike Head, 1 December 2020
Hundreds of thousands of working-class households could face eviction as temporary COVID-19 pandemic moratoriums end.
By our reporters, 30 November 2020
The attack by the supermarket chain is aimed at establishing a brutal precedent for other distribution centres and workers’ conditions more broadly.
Bangladeshi garment workers demand unpaid wages; Sri Lankan hospital workers protest for better conditions; LNG platform workers in Western Australia continue strike
28 November 2020
By Margaret Rees, 28 November 2020
Even before they were placed on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics reported the highest rates of workplace injury of any occupation.
By Mike Head, 27 November 2020
Morrison pleaded that Australia should not have to choose between its “enduring alliance” with the US and a “beneficial relationship” with China.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 November 2020
At a meeting last week, a CEPU official responded to a workers’ call for collective action with a hysterical outburst against the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party.
By Mike Head, 26 November 2020
For all the mythology of heroic and honourable armed forces, the report outlines more than a century of illegal killings, massacres and other abuses.
By Kaye Tucker, 26 November 2020
“For families like mine, this is a real panic situation! I’m in social housing and very grateful to have a roof over our heads, but if I can’t give my son a quality education in the area, then I am going to have to move.”
By Jack Turner, 24 November 2020
The latest retrenchments include entire departments, taking the attack on jobs and conditions to a qualitatively new level.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 November 2020
Many of the war crimes flowed out of Labor’s escalation of Australia’s role in the occupation of Afghanistan, including in US-led “kill or capture” operations.
By Tom Peters, 24 November 2020
Prime Minister Ardern did not condemn the Australian war crimes, as her government has sought to cover up similar atrocities committed by New Zealand special forces.
By Mike Head, 24 November 2020
Every week brings new announcements of retrenchments as the managements exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate pro-business restructuring.
By Mike Head, 23 November 2020
Albanese used a corporate fundraiser to declare Labor is “pro-aspiration, pro-entrepreneurship, pro-wealth creation and pro-growth.”
By Clare Bruderlin, 23 November 2020
Nurses and midwives walked out because of the deaths of five babies at the hospital in under two years, ongoing staffing shortages and concerns about patient safety.
By The CFPE (Australia), 21 November 2020
The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) invites educators, students and working people in Australia and internationally to participate in an online meeting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools, college, universities and other educational institutions.
India: Karnataka college staff strike over unpaid salaries; Tamil Nadu tea plantation workers protest; Australian supermarket warehouse workers locked out
21 November 2020
By John Mackay, 21 November 2020
A recent report found that the mental health of three out of four people has been negatively affected by COVID-19, while calls to crisis and suicide lines have soared.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 November 2020
The report whitewashes successive governments and the military command, but the killings it documents underscore the utter criminality of the 19-year occupation of Afghanistan.
By Mike Head, 19 November 2020
The two governments echoed the Trump administration’s accusations of Chinese aggression and aligned themselves with the expected intensification of the US confrontation under a Biden administration.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 November 2020
The infections in Adelaide underscore the risk of a rapid spread of the virus as governments seek to lift all remaining safety restrictions.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2020
Coalition and Labor governments alike are exploiting the pandemic to deepen a decades-long attack on working class pay and conditions.
By Shuvu Batta and Keith Jones, 17 November 2020
The Indian Ocean exercise is a clear signal that the US and its Quad allies—India, Japan and Australia—are now seeking to develop the capacity and expertise for joint military planning and action, including combat, against China.
By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 16 November 2020
At a meeting in Sydney, a union official shot down a worker’s demand for a political and industrial struggle against the pro-business restructure of the postal service that is creating intolerable conditions and clears the way for privatisation.
Australia: Obstetricians at Sydney’s Blacktown Hospital threaten to resign amid the deaths of four babies in 18 months
By Clare Bruderlin, 16 November 2020
Doctors take a stand as understaffing crisis highlights the fragility of the public health system even without a COVID-19 resurgence.
Strikes and protests develop across India, Pakistan and Indonesia, agreement disputes erupt in Australia and strikes break out in New Zealand
14 November 2020
By Clare Bruderlin, 13 November 2020
The commission, while pointing to the dire conditions confronting aged care residents, recommended largely cosmetic “solutions,” which will not resolve the crisis and are not enforceable.
By Kaye Tucker and Oscar Grenfell, 12 November 2020
The plan to establish a “super-school” in Murwillumbah has provoked widespread opposition from parents and teachers who have warned of possible job cuts, land privatisation and school overcrowding.
By Mike Head, 12 November 2020
Both major parties agree on using the mass unemployment and financial distress triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic to further restructure economic and social relations in the interests of the capitalist class.
By James Cogan, 11 November 2020
The WSWS is republishing our article posted 40 years after the November 11, 1975 removal of the Whitlam Labor government by the Governor-General John Kerr in what became known as the “Canberra Coup.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2020
The feckless motion did not demand Assange’s freedom, nor condemn his threatened extradition to the US.
By Carolyn Kennett, 10 November 2020
Despite the clear dangers, the trade unions covering university workers—such as the National Tertiary Education Union—have mounted no opposition to the return to campuses.
By Mike Head, 10 November 2020
The statements of the government and opposition Labor Party signalled an unequivocal alignment with Washington’s escalating confrontation with China.
By Terry Cook, 10 November 2020
The closure is part of a vicious global restructuring of the sector by the major oil companies, to cut costs and offset the impact of a slump in oil prices.
By our reporters, 10 November 2020
“It’s how the system is designed, it facilitates exploitation.”
By Margaret Rees, 9 November 2020
First and foremost, the inquiry report holds no one, least of all the government, responsible for the catastrophe.
Australia’s first “foreign interference” arrest targets Liberal Party figure accused of links to China
By Mike Head, 7 November 2020
Duong’s prosecution is regarded by the corporate media in both Australia and the US as a test case for the “anti-influence” legislation.
Health and other workers across Asia fight for unpaid wages, COVID-19 allowances and PPE; strikes break out in Australia over new enterprise agreements
7 November 2020
By John Harris, 6 November 2020
Currently, 43 percent of all food insecure people are going a whole day without eating at least once a week, compared to 30 percent in 2019.
By Max Boddy, 5 November 2020
The combined fortunes of Australia’s richest 200 individual and families increased by a staggering $82 billion during the past year.
By Mike Head, 4 November 2020
The Reserve Bank of Australia warned of a “downside risk to the outlook” because of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, especially in Europe.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2020
The royal commission’s “legislative model” would give the prime minister the power to mobilise troops without any request by a state or territory.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 November 2020
An official 2016 report, now partially revealed, is part of a protracted government cover-up.
By Gary Alvernia, 2 November 2020
Labor postured as a protector of the population from COVID-19, but will now unveil austerity measures in a delayed December budget.
By Oscar Grenfell, 31 October 2020
All sections of the ruling elite are committed to the privatisation of the national postal service and an assault on workers’ jobs, wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2020
The similar ending of safety measures caused the COVID-19 catastrophes, now engulfing hospitals throughout Europe, the US and many other parts of the world.
By Gary Alvernia, 30 October 2020
By demanding $1 billion in “savings” by Queensland Health, the Labor Party has pointed to a pandemic-accelerated assault on social spending.
Indian health and public sector workers strike; Chinese courier drivers protest over unpaid wages; hospital workers and nurses threaten strikes in Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands
30 October 2020
By Linda Tenenbaum, 30 October 2020
The University of NSW and the Australian Council of Social Services have co-authored a significant report on income wealth and inequality, both before and during the pandemic.
By Gabriela Zabala, 29 October 2020
The NTEU claims to have been unaware of the level of exploitation and underpayment, especially of casuals.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 October 2020
The remarks below were given by Oscar Grenfell, a member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national committee.
By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 28 October 2020
Two workers voiced support for the formation of rank-and-file committees to fight the union-enforced restructure of Australia Post.
By Jason Quill, 27 October 2020
Jennifer Kent’s film follows Irish convict Clare Carroll through the Tasmanian wilderness in 1825, as she seeks revenge for a terrible act of violence committed against her family.
By Mike Head, 27 October 2020
This is not the first such lurid allegation by ASIO, accusing China of conspiring to take over Australia.
By Frank Gaglioti, 27 October 2020
A report found that scientists in the government and private sectors are frequently compelled to modify their research and prevented from publicly-revealing their concerns.
Rally welcoming relaunch of WSWS
By Cheryl Crisp, 27 October 2020
The remarks below were given by Cheryl Crisp, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Australia.
By Patrick Kelly, 26 October 2020
The infection clusters underscore the dangers of reopening schools amid continued community transmission of COVID-19.
Bangladeshi union shuts down port workers national strike; Assam rail workers demand festival allowance; Western Australian workers protest after worksite death
24 October 2020
By Our correspondent, 24 October 2020
Held amid a COVID-19 lockdown, the meeting reflected the growing radicalisation among youth and students.
By Mike Head, 24 October 2020
The atrocities flowed inevitably from the nature of the war—a brutal operation to crush all resistance to the US military occupation of the impoverished country.
By Mike Head, 23 October 2020
The NHEAN is opposed to any action that would threaten the role of the unions that have presided over the destruction of 90,000 university jobs since March.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2020
A hysterical campaign is underway, insisting that any public health measures are an unacceptable impost on the wealth and profits of the financial aristocracy.
By Mike Head, 22 October 2020
None of the latest announcements explicitly named China as the target, but they flowed from a meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between the US, India, Japan and Australia on October 6, where US Secretary of State Pompeo denounced Beijing.
By Max Boddy, 21 October 2020
The agreement would give a green light for companies to continue to underpay workers, a practice that is rampant throughout the country.
By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 21 October 2020
The unions are adopting a cynical posture of concern toward workers, while enforcing the “Alternative Delivery Model.”
By Gary Alvernia, 20 October 2020
While focussing on closing the state borders due to COVID-19, Labor is reassuring the corporate elite that a Labor government will meet all its requirements.
By Margaret Rees and Paul Bartizan, 20 October 2020
Perth apprentice Jonnie Hartshorn fell 20 metres to his death when the glass roof of a university building under construction collapsed despite concerns raised by other workers of excessive deflection.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 October 2020
Socialist Alternative is attempting to chloroform the working class, insisting that the American ruling class would never resort to dictatorial rule.
By Mike Head, 19 October 2020
Behind the Berejiklian affair lies a history of “anti-corruption” inquiries, being used to execute political shifts in the state of New South Wales.
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
By Mike Head, 16 October 2020
The “emergency” bill can cover civil unrest, industrial action or any other development regarded as a threat to the existing economic and political order.
By Cheryl Crisp, 15 October 2020
While they were imposing poverty-level wages and dire conditions on the workers they falsely claim to represent, several Health Services Union were looting the organisation’s treasury for their own purposes.
By Martin Scott, 14 October 2020
Growing numbers of workers are demanding industrial action while the unions are advocating impotent appeals to big business politicians.
By Margaret Rees, 13 October 2020
Mass health worker infections are the direct outcome of the gutting of the sector by successive state and federal governments, Labor and Liberal alike.
By John Harris, 13 October 2020
“The rich are having no trouble circumnavigating the globe because they can still travel first class. It’s no big deal to them. Everyone who flies economy class is stuck and with no chance of getting in.”
By our correspondents, 12 October 2020
The meeting, attended by students, youth and workers, reviewed some of the lessons of Leon Trotsky’s life and political work.
By Terry Cook, 12 October 2020
Employment relations expert warns the end of the JobKeeper scheme will leave workers exposed to a “redundancy bloodbath.”
By Mike Head, 12 October 2020
The swift passage of the budget’s key measures demonstrates a close political partnership.
By Max Boddy, 10 October 2020
The conditions in the sector are the direct result of the destruction of permanent full-time jobs, enforced by the trade unions.
By Nick Beams, 10 October 2020
One of the key assumptions of the Australian budget is that an effective COVID-19 vaccine will be developed and available to the population by the end of 2021.
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
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2020
Anthony Albanese made clear yet again that Labor and the government march in lockstep when it comes to the pro-business response to the pandemic and the accompanying onslaught against the working class.
Australian inquiry hears Victorian quarantine hotel program plagued by “disorganisation, lack of appropriate staffing”
By Martin Scott, 8 October 2020
Health workers reveal the “shambolic” conditions that have contributed to as many as 768 deaths and 18,000 infections in the state.
By Jack Turner, 8 October 2020
On the pretext of enforcing COVID-19 safety measures, the state government has deployed police to conduct anti-democratic operations on a university campus.
By Mike Head, 7 October 2020
The bipartisan backing for this budget is a turning point in the restructuring of economic and social life in the interests of a tiny super-rich layer.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 October 2020
The silence of the government and Labor has been a green light for the abuses that Assange has been subjected to over the past month, and the entire US-led campaign to destroy him.
By Michael Smith, 6 October 2020
The political establishment’s only response to the abuses has been to expand such visa programs and extend them to jobless workers and school leavers.
By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2020
Repressive anti-immigration policies, in Britain and Australia alike, have been built up over decades by all political representatives of the ruling class.
By Mike Head, 5 October 2020
This disaster is a staggering indictment of the NTEU and all those trying to keep university workers tied to the union.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 October 2020
The revelation demonstrates that the US state has a central hand in the campaign against supposed “foreign interference” in Australia.
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
By Karen Maxwell, 3 October 2020
Behind the backs of teachers, the Australian Education Union is working closely with the state Labor Party government to stifle resistance.
By Mike Head, 3 October 2020
While mounting a further assault on working-class conditions, this is a crisis budget like no other in living memory.
By Mike Head, 2 October 2020
Anthony Albanese’s main pitch is for big business to again rely on a trade union-supported Labor government in a period of economic and political crisis.
Australia Post workers denounce union-enforced restructure, call for independent rank-and-file committees
By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 2 October 2020
“On the eve of the biggest battle of our lives, the union has gone around in the middle of the night and emptied our guns of bullets. Just as the war begins they take away our right to withdraw our labour.”
By Patrick Davies, 2 October 2020
The Maritime Union of Australia is determined to contain and isolate the dispute while signalling its willingness to negotiate and impose company demands.
By Mike Head, 1 October 2020
Behind closed doors, the union chiefs have been discussing how to keep suppressing working class opposition to the destruction of jobs, wages and basic conditions.
By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 1 October 2020
“What used to be a job you would gladly retire on has now become like a job for contractors forever chasing their tail to meet deadlines with piecemeal payments.”
By Karen Maxwell, 30 September 2020
The case demonstrates the increasing impunity with which the forces of the state treat the poorest and most oppressed sections of the working class.
By our reporter, 29 September 2020
Australian health workers speak out over the lack of PPE and proper training to deal with COVID-19, and the government’s run-down of the healthcare system.