Workers Struggles

South African platinum miners may join gold miners’ strike; German Amazon pay strikes

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 April 2019

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Mexican teachers protest while DHL and Amazon pilots protest stalled talks

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 April 2019

Workers in a number of towns in Chiapas are protesting education “reforms” under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador while air cargo pilots protested outside Amazon’s offices in Florence, Kentucky.

Chicago symphony musicians strike defies aristocratic principle

By Kristina Betinis, 13 April 2019

As CSO strike enters sixth week, a right-wing pressure campaign is being mounted to try to force the musicians to make concessions on their pensions.

070 UIC faculty vote to strike

13 April 2019

Police attack teachers in Kolkata; thousands of Bangladesh jute mill workers protest

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 April 2019

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Sacramento, California teachers conduct one day strike

By Ben McGrath, 12 April 2019

As the teachers union works to reach a sellout deal with county officials, rank-and-file teachers are striving for a broader struggle in defense of public education.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 April 2019

Gold miners in South Africa voted to continue strike action against Sibanye Stillwater, while Greek teachers planned a 24-hour walkout and Israeli firefighters say they will strike over working conditions.

US independent trucker group calls for shutdown, protests in Argentina against austerity

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 April 2019

A group of US owner-operator truckers has set April 12 for a protest over rates and regulatory issues, while tens of thousands in Argentina marched to protest the Macri government’s anti-worker economic policies.

Boeing CEO praised “streamlined” oversight of 737 plane that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia

By Barry Grey, 6 April 2019

Muilenberg’s praise for the gutting of government oversight points to the subordination of safety concerns to profit and the transformation of regulatory agencies into rubber stamps for the corporations.

“Music is too powerful to be silenced by tyranny”

Chicago symphony musicians host packed concerts as strike reaches turning point

By George Marlowe, 6 April 2019

Musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have continued to host successful, packed concerts as their strike enters its fourth week.

Another steelworker killed at ArcelorMittal in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 April 2019

Fleming’s death is the 392nd to occur at the mill, which has operated since 1902.

“We are the future. Give us what we need!”

Thousands of Ontario students walk out to protest school cuts

By our reporters, 6 April 2019

The student-led initiative saw thousands rally across the province against the right-wing government of Doug Ford.

Ontario workers need an international socialist program to defend public education and fight austerity

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 6 April 2019

If public education from kindergarten to university is to be defended, workers and students must launch a political struggle independently of the unions and in opposition to the entire political establishment.

Australia: Tasmanian teachers take strike action

By Frank Gaglioti, 6 April 2019

Teachers in Tasmania are the lowest paid of any state in Australia.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 April 2019

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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 April 2019

Gold miners have voted to continue their four-month strike after management rejected a deal proposed by mediators.

One-day transport strike paralyses Berlin

By our reporters, 4 April 2019

Berlin public transport workers discussed building action committees and the political issues at stake during the 24-hour strike by thousands of BVG workers on Monday.

University of Illinois-Chicago faculty to vote on strike action as grad student walkout enters third week

By George Gallanis, 4 April 2019

The American Federation of Teachers hopes to block faculty members from joining grad students and escalating the fight against the Democratic Party’s austerity program.

Wisconsin Harley-Davidson workers reject USW-company deal

By Jessica Goldstein, 4 April 2019

This week’s contract rejection comes as the current contract, pushed through by the unions in 2010, is due to expire on April 14.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?

Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part three

By Andrea Lobo, 3 April 2019

As the wildcat strikes began to spread, the government, companies and unions scrambled to suppress each new struggle and prevent them from uniting and spreading internationally.

As Mexican president calls Mussolini a “great leader”

Companies and police violently attack remaining strikes in Matamoros

By Andrea Lobo, 2 April 2019

The Mexican ruling class and its imperialist patrons in the US and Europe are responding to the largest strike in North America in the last three decades by turning sharply toward authoritarian forms of rule and militarized counterrevolution.

Mexican paper workers strike, demand ousting of company union

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 April 2019

Paperworkers in the state of Tamaulipas struck March 29 to demand the expulsion of the Fasim union, which they accuse of siding with their employer, Absormex.

Quebec: USW proposes further rollbacks, after locked-out ABI workers reject derisory company offer

By Laurent Lafrance, 30 March 2019

It is the Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI aluminum workers’ anti-concessions struggle that has emboldened Alcoa to repeatedly escalate its demands.

Build rank-and-file factory committees to fight Honda job losses!

By Steve James, 30 March 2019

Today’s demonstration shows workers are ready to fight and there is widespread support for such a struggle in the car industry in the rest of the UK and internationally.

FCA Canada to cut third shift at Windsor Assembly

By Shannon Jones, 30 March 2019

The global assault on auto jobs is continuing with the announcement by Fiat Chrysler that it is eliminating a full shift, 1,500 jobs, at its plant in Windsor, Ontario.

Engineering department workers strike in India’s Jammu state; Sri Lankan nurses strike; Tasmanian teachers to strike for higher pay

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 March 2019

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“Music is the language of the world”

Striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians hold successful free concerts

By George Marlowe and Michael Walters, 29 March 2019

CSO musicians in the third week of their strike have won widespread public support, including for their defiant free concerts.

“There is widespread interest in classical music."

Musicians, youth and workers speak in support of Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike

By Benjamin Mateus and George Marlowe, 29 March 2019

Striking CSO musicians and young people spoke out about the fight and the importance of the defense of arts, music and culture.

San Diego teachers and parents left in the dark as school district threatens massive budget cuts

By Evelyn Rios, 29 March 2019

The Sweetwater school district and its teachers’ union have begun bargaining on an austerity contract in the aftermath of the announcement of the district’s $68 million shortfall.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?

Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part two

By Andrea Lobo, 29 March 2019

When workers in Matamoros learned their raise and bonus was being stolen and formed rank-and-file committees to launch a wave of wildcat strikes, Susana Prieto worked to isolate the struggle and chain workers to the unions and to illusions in the ruling party.

Textile workers strike in Ethiopia’s new economic zone; Sibanye miners union ends strike paving way for slave labour deal

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 March 2019

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Strike by University of Illinois at Chicago grad students in danger

By George Gallanis, 28 March 2019

While graduate workers have received broad support from workers and students, their struggle has been isolated by the teachers unions, which are aligned with the state Democrats.

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers strike in Los Angeles

By Dan Conway, 27 March 2019

The strike was triggered by Uber’s recent announcement to cut drivers’ per-mile compensation in Los Angeles and part of nearby Orange County by 25 percent.

UPS workers confront wall of union-company collusion in local supplement fights

By Kayla Costa and Mark Witkowski, 27 March 2019

After the Teamsters unilaterally imposed the national contract last October, workers now confront efforts by union bureaucrats to push through local and regional supplemental agreements.

Goodyear-Dunlop plans 1,100 job cuts in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 27 March 2019

The latest measure will cut over one-third of the workforce at two factories in the state of Hesse.

Thousands of young Moroccan teachers assaulted by anti-riot police

By Nancy Hanover, 26 March 2019

Contract teachers have struck the Northern African country of Morocco since March 3 and mass protests have escalated.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?

Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

By Andrea Lobo, 25 March 2019

The ongoing strike wave on the US-Mexico border provides critical lessons for the incipient movement of the working class on an international scale.

Mexican government intervenes to end Coca-Cola strike in Matamoros

By Alex González, 23 March 2019

The AMLO administration’s action openly shows that the local, state, federal and court systems are jointly operating on behalf of the corporations and against the workers.

Ford announces 5,000 job cuts in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 23 March 2019

The mass lay-offs are a component of Ford’s global onslaught on jobs known as the Fitness Programme, which aims to eliminate 25,000 jobs around the world.

Midday meal workers protest in Telangana, India; Telstra technicians implement work bans across Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 March 2019

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Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests

By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2019

The move is a major step toward the implementation of police-state forms of rule in France, as part of a global onslaught against democratic rights.

Unifor announces bogus ‘job saving’ plan as GM moves to close Oshawa plant

By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2019

Unifor will suspend its Save Oshawa GM publicity campaign on the basis of nothing more than the possibility of a slight adjustment in the plant’s closing schedule.

How Norwood Jewell and the UAW pushed through the 2015 contract

By Jerry White, 22 March 2019

Throughout months of supposed negotiations and the campaign to sell the concessions contract to workers, Jewell and other UAW negotiators were on the payroll of Fiat Chrysler.

French public sector strikes; further protests in Algeria; union ends wage strike at South Africa’s Sibanye Gold without an agreement

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 March 2019

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Thousands hold one-day strike at University of California schools and health systems

By Evelyn Rios, 21 March 2019

Yesterday, thousands of the lowest paid workers struck throughout the University of California’s ten campus system, the largest public higher education institution in the world.

Striking musician: “Art is what makes us human”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians strike in its second week

By Michael Walters, 21 March 2019

As the strike by CSO musicians in opposition to concessions entered week two, the Democratic Party and the trade unions feigned support for the strike.

University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student workers go on strike

By Andy Thompson, 21 March 2019

Graduate student workers walked out Tuesday to demand increases to pay and benefits and a reduction in fees.

Amid scandal and federal investigations, Nashville, Tennessee charter school closes in the middle of the school year

By Zachary Thorton, 21 March 2019

The largely unregulated charter school edu-business industry took another hit with the sudden closure of the scandal-ridden New Vision Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

Striking Salta, Argentina teachers mobilize against their union

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 March 2019

Thousands of striking teachers in Salta protested against their union after rejecting a wage deal negotiated behind their backs

Free the Maruti Suzuki Thirteen!

Two years since Indian court condemned autoworkers to life-in-prison in monstrous frame-up

By Keith Jones, 18 March 2019

The Maruti Suzuki 13 are class war prisoners, who have already had to endure six and a half years in the nightmare that is India’s penal system.

Canada: Train derailment kills three, exposes terrible working conditions

By Penny Smith, 16 March 2019

CP Rail is lobbying Transport Canada to abandon a new rule it introduced following last month’s derailment, calling it too "time-consuming."

Strike looms for University of Illinois at Chicago graduate students

By George Gallanis, 16 March 2019

The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) is determined to avoid a strike at all costs and ram through a sellout agreement.

Socialist Workers Party seeks to derail movement against Algerian regime

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 16 March 2019

Algeria’s Socialist Workers’ Party seeks to tie protests to discredited bourgeois parties and block a revolutionary working class challenge to the regime.

Over 35,000 jute mill workers strike in Bangladesh; 200,000 Sri Lankan teachers and principals walk out for higher pay; Telstra technicians strike in Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 March 2019

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VW, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Kia

Jobs bloodbath in the global auto industry

By Jerry White, 15 March 2019

Recently announced cuts by VW are part of an ongoing jobs bloodbath in the global auto industry, aimed at satisfying the rapacious appetite of the financial oligarchy.

Auto workers in China face job losses and closures

By Gary Alvernia, 15 March 2019

A slowing Chinese economy and lower car sales, compounded by US trade war measures, has resulted in domestic and foreign auto manufacturers closing factories and laying off workers.

Kohler Company to shut Wisconsin generator plant and eliminate 325 jobs

By Jacob Crosse, 15 March 2019

The United Auto Workers union is complicit in an operation that shifts production from Wisconsin to a low-wage plant in Mississippi.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike nears end of first week

By Michael Walters and Kristina Betinis, 15 March 2019

Pensions have emerged as a major issue in the dispute that has pitted musicians at one of the top orchestras in the world against wealthy corporate donors.

São Paulo teachers’ union shuts down one-month strike

By our reporters, 15 March 2019

The union called an end to the strike after a clear majority of teachers voted to continue it.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 March 2019

Thousands of teachers strike in Morocco, car workers walkout in Hungary.

Teacher sickouts in Kentucky, protests in Maryland and Texas

By E.P. Milligan, 14 March 2019

Thousands of teachers are fighting for more school funding, higher wages, and an end to attacks on public education.

Guerrero, Mexico educators protest; Argentine garment workers strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 March 2019

Teachers in the state of Guerrero demonstrated Monday against Mexico’s new education reform law, Women’s Day, San Mateo County, Inland boatmen, Amazon.

Thousands of US Stop & Shop workers in New England vote for strike action

By Kate Randall, 13 March 2019

The supermarket giant is seeking to drive down the wages and conditions of workers to the level of their nonunion competitors by cutting take-home pay and attacking health and pension benefits.

The working class enters into struggle in Algeria

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2019

The eruption of mass workers protests against the Algerian regime vindicate the ICFI’s struggle against Pabloite tendencies that claimed this regime would build socialism.

“This is not just about Tchaikovsky, it’s about culture as a whole”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians strike to defend pensions

By Kristina Betinis, 12 March 2019

CSO players and supporters demand funding for the arts, not wars.

Thousands of Sri Lankan teachers protest for higher pay; Pakistan sanitary workers strike over non-payment of wages; Telstra workers to strike in Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 March 2019

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UE orders return to work at Erie, Pennsylvania locomotive plant

By Shannon Jones, 8 March 2019

Two weeks after Wabtec unilaterally imposed its concessions terms on 1,700 workers in Erie, Pennsylvania, sparking a walkout, the union has accepted a 90-day agreement that implicitly accepts the abrogation of the old contract.

Cuts to hours for Whole Foods workers exposes fraud of Amazon pay increase

By Tom Hall, 8 March 2019

A report in the Guardian showed that workers at the Amazon-owned grocery chain have had their hours cut back to compensate for last year’s pay increase to $15 per hour.

Jefferson County, Kentucky teachers continue sickouts in defiance of unions

By our reporter, 8 March 2019

As sickouts by teachers in Kentucky’s largest school district continued into the second day, the unions were desperately working with state and local officials to shut down the protest.

Germany: Opposition growing among teachers, public sector workers to Verdi’s sell-out agreement

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 March 2019

The continuation of low-wage jobs in many parts of the public sector, including the care professions, education and childcare, will further exacerbate staff shortages and intensify workloads.

1,700 workers battle two-tier wages at Erie, Pennsylvania locomotive plant

By Samuel Davidson, 6 March 2019

Workers at the giant locomotive plant in Erie, Pennsylvania have entered their second week on the picket line against demands for a two-tier wage system and other concessions.

Students and teachers outraged as

Oakland, California school board passes devastating budget cut following union sellout

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 5 March 2019

The betrayal of the seven-day teacher strike by the Oakland Education Association has opened the door to deep cuts and school closings.

Police attack Buenos Aires Coca Cola workers; Spokane nurses protest attack on benefits

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 March 2019

Police assaulted a protest march by Coca Cola workers in Buenos Aires and their supporters Thursday called to oppose layoffs.

Mass demonstration by public-sector workers in Berlin

By our reporters, 4 March 2019

Thousands of teachers and social workers in Berlin held a two-day warning strike last week.

“The union abandoned us and allowed for management to blacklist us”

US, Canadian and Mexican workers denounce mass firings of Matamoros strikers

By our reporters, 2 March 2019

Mexican auto parts and other “maquiladora” corporations are firing workers in retaliation for launching a wave of wildcat strikes that brought the Mexican border town of Matamoros to a standstill.

Strike wave shakes North Africa

By Kumaran Ira, 2 March 2019

After the “Arab Spring” in 2011, a new wave of strikes and demonstrations is shaking Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

Vote “no” on sell-out agreement

Union pushes contract in effort to shut down Oakland teachers’ strike

By Joseph Santolan, 2 March 2019

The deal leaves $30 million of district budget cuts and school closures intact, while allowing school closures, giving teachers raises below inflation, and addressing none of their other pressing demands.

British retail sector continues shedding thousands of jobs

By Simon Whelan, 2 March 2019

Some 19,000 high street jobs have been lost or put at risk in the two months since Christmas.

Boston: Unanimous opposition to MBTA fare hike at public hearing

By John Marion and Kate Randall, 2 March 2019

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is planning to impose fare increases averaging 6.3 percent on its bus, subway and commuter rail riders effective July 1.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party sabotages fight against Ford Blanquefort plant closure

By Will Morrow, 2 March 2019

Leading NPA member Philip Poutou, a Ford employee and union official at Blanquefort, is seeking to prevent any fight by workers against the closure.

India: Pricol autoparts workers continue strike in Tamil Nadu; Chinese food delivery workers protest pay cuts; 3,000 New Zealand doctors hold two-day strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 March 2019

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Hundreds laid off at Activision Blizzard and other video game companies

By Zachary Thorton, 1 March 2019

For all of the grueling hours that workers are subjected to, and the impact this has on their health and social lives, none of it guarantees their job security.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 March 2019

Public sector workers across Germany began a two-day strike on Tuesday as a walkout by workers at the Sibanye gold mine threatens to spread to a consortium of 15 other companies.

Mexico: Metalworkers, universities join strike wave as 90,000 Walmart workers threaten to walk out

By Andrea Lobo, 28 February 2019

As the strike movement builds, the trade unions are scrambling to co-opt, isolate and shut down each rank-and-file struggle.

Locomotive builders strike Wabtec in Erie, Pennsylvania

By Shannon Jones, 28 February 2019

The strike by 1,700 workers at the former GE Transportation facility is in response to the new management’s attempt to impose concessions.

The global struggle of teachers

By Jerry White, 26 February 2019

Throughout the world, teachers have come to the forefront of the struggle against decades of austerity and levels of social inequality not seen since the 1920s.

German aviation security workers reject union contract

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 February 2019

The 23,000 airport security workers have rejected the contract negotiated by the United Services Workers’ Union (Verdi).

GM to keep Detroit-Hamtramck plant open until January 2020

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2019

The surprise announcement that production will continue, at least temporarily, is bound up with plans by GM and the United Auto Workers to push through deep concessions in contract talks this summer.

“Everyone in the mine is very mad and concerned”

Miner warns of safety danger at United States’ largest underground coal mine

By Samuel Davidson, 25 February 2019

Despite record levels of production at Consol Energy’s Pennsylvania Mining Complex the company has not rehired miners assigned to rock dust crews who were recently laid off.

Oakland, California teachers press for expansion of strike as union seeks to contain struggle

By Evan Blake, 23 February 2019

Despite its rhetoric, the OEA is working to isolate teachers from their class allies and prevent a broader struggle in defense of public education.

“Everybody needs to go on strike”

Charleston, West Virginia residents support teachers fighting to defend public education

By our reporters, 23 February 2019

The unions called off the West Virginia teachers strike amid a growing national strike wave and broad support in the working class.

Vote “No” on sell-out contract!

As voting takes place, Denver teachers angry over tentative agreement

By Nancy Hanover and George Marlowe, 23 February 2019

The WSWS Teachers Newsletter urges teachers to reject the deal, which does not resolve any of the issues concerning poverty wages for teachers or the broader attack on public education.

Students speak out against closure of Oregon College of Art and Craft

By our reporters, 23 February 2019

After years of deceit and backroom talks, the administration and Board of Trustees announced that they will close and sell-off OCAC by the end of the semester.

For a unified struggle of Oakland students and teachers to defend public education!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality - Berkeley, 23 February 2019

The IYSSE supports and applauds the tens of thousands of teenage students in Oakland who have protested in solidarity with their striking teachers.

Indian telecommunication workers strike; Bangladesh teachers and education workers protest pay cuts; New Zealand anaesthetic technicians strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 February 2019

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State and corporate attacks escalate against workers in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 22 February 2019

The World Socialist Web Site has received new reports of assaults against workers in Mexico who are voicing opposition to the right-wing offensive of the government and companies against social and democratic rights.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

South African gold miners’ strike at Sibanye in third month, Kenyan striking nurses defy back to work order

22 February 2019

As the strike by workers at Sibanye gold mine continues, the company announced the closure of two mines costing 7,000 jobs. Meanwhile Kenyan nurses are defying a back to work order by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Oakland, California teachers walk out as unions sabotage West Virginia strike

By Jerry White, 21 February 2019

Teachers in Oakland, California have walked out of schools in the latest of a series of strikes by educators in the US and internationally against austerity and social inequality.

“There’s been a blackout from the union”

Teamsters locals use anti-democratic loopholes and deceit to impose sellout agreements

By Erik Schreiber, 21 February 2019

Adding insult to injury following the imposition of the national UPS contract last year, the Teamsters union is using anti-democratic procedures to ram through local supplemental agreements by overriding the express will of the membership.

Flooding of mines in Zimbabwe leaves 24 dead, dozens more missing

By Eddie Haywood, 21 February 2019

The mining tragedy comes amid an immense social and economic crisis wracking Zimbabwe, with skyrocketing inflation and mass unemployment.