Workers Struggles

Mack Truck, copper strikes show potential to spread GM walkout to Ford, Fiat Chrysler

By Jerry White, 15 October 2019

The United Auto Workers’ isolation of the month-long strike by GM workers can be broken if workers take the conduct of the struggle into their own hands, call out Ford and Fiat Chrysler and unify with Mack Truck strikers, copper miners and other workers.

Chilean railway workers walk out; strike vote by Vancouver BC transit workers

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 October 2019

Workers at Ferroarriles del Pacífico struck eight cities in Chile over wages while 3,200 transit workers in Vancouver have voted to authorize strike action after months of futile negotiations.

Auto strike in peril: UAW, GM prepare to end strike and impose contract betrayal

By Tom Hall, 12 October 2019

Having isolated the strikers for four weeks, the UAW is moving to end the walkout on GM’s terms.

Five dead and almost 1,000 arrested as repression mounts in Ecuador

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2019

The Ombudsman Office of Ecuador confirmed that the repression has left 5 demonstrators killed, 554 injured, and 929 arrested. These numbers, however, conceal the brutality of the repression.

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

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12 October 2019

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Official cover-up continues of Australian paramedic’s suicide

By Cheryl Crisp, 12 October 2019

Undisclosed disciplinary action against senior managers over the death of Tony Jenkins is at odds with a NSW Ambulance report that identified systemic deficiencies.

Iranian Haft Tappeh sugar workers’ strike resumes; Zimbabwe’s doctors’ five-week strike continues

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 October 2019

Workers at the Haft Tappeh sugar cane operation are continuing a struggle over job losses and pay while doctors in Zimbabwe are fighting over pay and overall conditions in the health system.

UAW keeps GM contract proposal secret from workers at company’s request

By Eric London, 9 October 2019

The UAW is keeping workers in the dark as the strike has forced furloughs or layoffs of at least 150,000 workers across the auto industry.

India: Motherson autoworkers strike at cross roads

By Arun Kumar, 9 October 2019

Motherson workers should break the isolation imposed upon them by All India Central Council of Trade Unions and fight for the broadest mobilization of workers in India and internationally behind their struggle.

Amazon workers in California win job back for fired co-workers

By Kayla Costa, 9 October 2019

The development is a result of a recent group formed by workers at a delivery center in Sacramento, California, who submitted a petition of 78 signatures demanding the rehiring, full back pay, and paid time off for all part-time workers.

Sri Lankan railway unions end strike, after “promises” from President Sirisena

By Pradeep Ramanayake and K. Ratnayake, 9 October 2019

Sirisena’s assurances are worthless but always seized on by the union bureaucracy to shut down industrial action and impose a sell-out.

Thousands of Assam tea workers strike over bonus payments; 17,000 non-academic university workers remain on strike in Sri Lanka

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5 October 2019

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GM shuts down Silao complex in Mexico as workers’ rebellion brews

By Andrea Lobo, 4 October 2019

The decision to close Silao was likely aimed at preempting a simmering rebellion by workers who are making appeals for a joint struggle with US strikers.

Greece hit by further 24-hour strike; Strikes and protests continue in South Africa

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 October 2019

On Wednesday Greek unions staged a one-day strike against right-wing changes in labour laws while strikes and protests are continuing in South Africa by bank workers, health workers, pilots, firefighters and other sections of workers.

Iraqi protesters gunned down as demonstrations and strikes spread across Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2019

The death toll in Iraq rose to at least nine as security forces fired into mass protests against unemployment and deteriorating conditions.

Workers protest closure of Wrightbus in Northern Ireland

By our reporters, 3 October 2019

Hundreds have been thrown out of work following the collapse of manufacturer Wrightbus last month.

GM Mexico fires another Silao worker backing US strike and shuts down the plant

By Andrea Lobo, 2 October 2019

The firings as well as the shutdown at the GM Silao Complex further demonstrate the common fate of workers across the border and the international character of the working class.

BC municipal workers authorize strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

1 October 2019

The threatened strike by municipal workers in Coldstream, British Columbia comes as 1,000 hotel workers are continuing their strike in Vancouver and 3,000 BC forestry workers remain on strike against Western Forest Products.

US and Mexican autoworkers call for united struggle against GM and auto companies

By Tom Hall, 28 September 2019

More than 200 autoworkers and other sections of the working class discussed an international perspective to win the General Motors strike in a call-in meeting Thursday hosted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.

India: Police arrest hundreds of striking Motherson autoworkers at protest

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 28 September 2019

The state government is seeking to break the month-long strike for decent wages and conditions.

Growing strike wave challenges Sri Lankan government

By K. Ratnayake, 28 September 2019

The Sri Lankan trade unions are hostile to a unified movement of working people against the Colombo government’s IMF-dictated austerity policies.

Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 28 September 2019

The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.

Striking University of Chicago nurses return to work after five-day lock-out

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2019

The nurses returned to work on Wednesday without any resolution of their grievances.

Half a million Indian coal workers strike; New South Wales coal miners fight for higher pay; Fenner Dunlop strike continues in Australia

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28 September 2019

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GM restores health care to strikers in maneuver to smooth path for UAW sellout

By Tom Hall, 27 September 2019

Media commentators feared the cutoff of healthcare would backfire, with the Detroit Free Press likening it to “pouring gas on the fire,” and only harden workers’ resolve against both GM and the UAW.

“It would be wonderful if the strike expanded to the other auto plants”

Michigan auto parts worker speaks in support of GM strike

By our reporter, 27 September 2019

General Motors is seeking to replicate the highly exploitative conditions existing in the auto parts industry into its assembly plants, counting on the collaboration of the UAW.

UK pilots’ union BALPA shuts down strikes at two airlines

By our reporter, 27 September 2019

From the beginning, BALPA worked to strangle the struggle of the pilots and prevent a unified offensive by pilots across the industry with other airline staff.

South Korean autoworkers join global fight against GM

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2019

Workers in South Korea, the United States, and around the world face the same fight against GM and other corporations.

South Korean autoworkers join global fight against GM

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2019

Workers in South Korea, the United States, and around the world face the same fight against GM and other corporations.

Wall Street to General Motors: End strike and ram through cuts

By Tom Hall, 21 September 2019

Statements from credit agencies and the financial press demonstrate that striking GM workers are not simply confronting GM CEO Mary Barra and other executives, but the entire capitalist class.

“We will not submit, and we will not bow out.”

Hundreds of autoworkers discuss GM strike and global strategy in online meeting

By Marcus Day and Evan Blake, 21 September 2019

Over 300 workers from the US, Mexico, Canada and other countries participated in the second WSWS Autoworker Newsletter online forum, with many expressing their desire to expand the GM strike.

“Go on strike ‘til you get it right!”

Detroit rapper GmacCash supports striking autoworkers

By Kathleen Martin, 21 September 2019

The former autoworker spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about life in the auto plants and why he supports the striking workers.

“Take control of the struggle!” Logistics workers at UPS and FedEx support GM strike, warn of union treachery

By George Marlowe, 21 September 2019

Workers at UPS, where the Teamsters union forced through a sellout last year, and at FedEx are closely watching the GM strike and support a unified struggle of the working class.

University of Chicago nurses locked out for conducting a one-day strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 September 2019

More than 2,200 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center who conducted a one-day strike face a five-day lockout as temporary nurses were hired to fill in.

Older people keep working due to economic necessity in Australia

By Margaret Rees, 21 September 2019

The development of technology should mean working lives are shortened, but under the capitalist profit system people are forced to work longer.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

GM workers in South Korea strike over wages; Pakistan higher education teachers walkout; Psychologists continue industrial action in New Zealand

21 September 2019

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UK lecturers and academic staff ballot to strike against huge pension and pay cuts

By Alice Summers, 18 September 2019

This latest strike ballot comes only 18 months after lecturers and academic staff took 14 days of industrial action that included a rebellion against the union leaders.

BREAKING: Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2019

Autoworkers must be warned: the intervention by the Trump administration is not in their interests. All of their demands will be swept aside on the basis of lying promises about “saving American jobs."

GM hiring scabs to replace strikers at Missouri and Texas assembly plants

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2019

Autoworkers at the Wentzville, Missouri and Arlington, Texas assembly plants confirmed that GM is hiring strikebreakers to operate the plant during the strike.

“All the union officials should be put back on the line and work ten years as TPTs”

GM workers determined to fight as Ford and Chrysler workers press to join strike

By Jerry White, 17 September 2019

On their first day on the picket lines, General Motors workers are expressing their determination to fight the auto giant. Workers are winning broad popular support for their stand in defense of health care and an end to the abuse of younger second-tier and temporary part-time (TPT) workers.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians reject contract proposals, launch strike

By Dmitri Church and Harvey Simpkins, 17 September 2019

The overwhelming votes changed the BSO musicians’ struggle from a summer lockout into a full-scale strike.

Colombian teachers strike to protest far-right violence

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 September 2019

Teachers across Colombia staged another nationwide strike on September 12 to protest continuing violence and threats by far-right paramilitary groups.

Germany: IG Metall union concludes pact with corporate bosses and government against workers

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 September 2019

The union is offering to cooperate in “structural changes” that will boost the profits of the auto companies.

UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire

By Tom Hall, 14 September 2019

With only hours to go before the expiration of the auto contract, the current and former presidents of the UAW have been exposed as gangsters and the “union” as a criminal syndicate.

US autoworkers want all out strike as contract deadline approaches at GM, Ford and Chrysler

By Shannon Jones, 14 September 2019

As the contract deadline for 158,000 autoworkers nears its expiration this weekend, workers at the Detroit automakers say they are ready to walk out to win back decades of concessions.

French transit workers strike against attack on pensions

By Will Morrow, 14 September 2019

The trade unions are seeking to prevent any struggle against Macron’s attack through a series of isolated one-day actions over the next month.

Defending pensions against Macron requires an international political strategy

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2019

The way forward to defend pensions and oppose the well-advanced drive towards fascistic police state rule is to turn to the international working class.

Two workers crushed to death at Michigan granite supplier

By Kathleen Martin, 14 September 2019

The fire department immediately shut down the Stone Warehouse shop after the accident for multiple safety violations.

Boston transit system limps along as MBTA carries out disruptive repairs

By Andrew Timon, 14 September 2019

After five train derailments so far this year—and an astounding 43 from 2014 to 2018—along with mass delays and commuter outrage over fare hikes, the MBTA is in crisis mode.

IG Metall plays treacherous role in the Riva steelworkers strike

By Marianne Arens, 14 September 2019

The allies of striking Riva workers are not union officials but workers across Germany and internationally that are facing similar attacks.

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group covers for Steelworkers’ betrayal of ABI workers

By Félix Gauthier and Richard Dufour, 14 September 2019

Fightback’s miserable apologetics for the union bureaucracy goes hand in hand with its promotion of Quebec nationalism.

Jammu & Kashmir power workers demand outstanding salaries; Pakistan tourism workers oppose job cuts

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14 September 2019

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As union prepares sell-out of their struggle

Unifor President Jerry Dias addresses Nemak workers in Windsor

By Carl Bronski, 13 September 2019

A court ruling is expected as soon as Friday on an order demanding the taking down of picket lines at the parts plant where workers walked out last week in defence of jobs.

Slovenian pilots strike; Paris, France rail and metro strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 September 2019

Slovenian pilots carried out a three-day stoppage September 8 - 10 over contract issues while Paris Metro workers are set to strike Friday to protest adverse pension changes by the Macron government.

The struggle of autoworkers against GM, Ford, and Chrysler requires a global strategy

By Jerry White, 11 September 2019

Just days before 158,000 US autoworkers face a contract deadline, GM workers in Korea and Mexico have entered the battle, underscoring the need to unify autoworkers across national borders.

As contract deadline looms in US, 8,000 GM autoworkers strike in South Korea

By James Cogan, 10 September 2019

The issues over which the Korean workers are striking are ones that their American co-workers will readily identify with.

Build action committees! Expand the strike!

A socialist perspective for the Sri Lankan university employees’ struggle

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 10 September 2019

Non-academic university staff, who are beginning an indefinite strike today, should expand their struggle by appealing to other sections of the working class.

UFCW announces deal ahead of strike deadline in Southern California grocery dispute

Workers Struggles: the Americas

10 September 2019

The union representing some 46,000 grocery workers announced a deal Sunday ahead of a September 9 strike deadline at four major chains, with voting set for this week.

Hong Kong protesters: Turn to the Chinese working class, not US imperialism

By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2019

Any turn to the United States plays directly into the hands of Beijing, which seeks to malign the Hong Kong protests as the work of radical agitators and the “black hand” of Washington.

Countdown to contract fight: In final week before contract expires, autoworkers gear up for struggle against companies and UAW

By Tom Hall, 9 September 2019

A ferment is taking hold among autoworkers, who are determined to win back everything that has been taken from them.

India: Maharashtra health workers protest; Sri Lankan government workers demand higher pay; New Zealand casino workers extend strike

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7 September 2019

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UK and Spanish Ryanair pilots continue strikes; first-ever national strike by Dutch care workers; South African Bank workers to strike

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6 September 2019

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“It’s our time”: US autoworkers denounce UAW corruption, vow to fight as contract deadline approaches

By our reporter, 3 September 2019

The exposure of widespread corruption in the United Auto Workers leadership has only hardened the resolve of US autoworkers to make gains in the upcoming contract fight.

Australian worker killed in fall on Sydney construction site

By Terry Cook, 3 September 2019

Mohamad Riche, who died in an avoidable accident on August 21, was the sixth construction worker in Australia to lose his life on worksites this year.

Colombian public-school teachers strike, protest for two days

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 September 2019

The nationwide strike by educators over education cuts was aimed at pressuring the right-wing government of Iván Duque to reverse its course.

Autoworkers conclude near-unanimous strike votes as corruption scandal targets charity run by UAW president

By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2019

Strike votes over the past week have registered autoworkers’ determination to fight, with near unanimous votes in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky, from 94 to 99 percent to authorize a strike.

Chicago-area college advertises for strikebreakers as faculty walkout looms

By Michael Walters, 31 August 2019

After years of pay freezes, hundreds of College of DuPage teachers are determined to restore their wages and prevent further attacks on working conditions.

Motherson autoworkers strike in India; Madhya Pradesh railway workers oppose privatisation; Melbourne tram workers walk out

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31 August 2019

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Hong Kong mass rally banned as Chinese troops deployed in show of force

By Mike Head, 30 August 2019

Beijing is well aware that the protracted protests are being driven by underlying student and working class concerns about escalating social inequality.

UK postal strike looms; British Airways pilots and Spanish Ryanair staff to strike; South African national truck strike call on social media

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30 August 2019

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AT&T strikers show their power, but face union-company gang-up

By Samuel Davidson and Patrick Martin, 27 August 2019

Even though the the 22,000 AT&T workers on strike in nine states throughout the South are determined to fight, the CWA union is doing everything possible to isolate and contain the struggle.

Tensions rise as unions and district attempt to head off strike by Las Vegas teachers

By Dan Conway, 27 August 2019

After thousands of teachers flooded a meeting of the Clark County School District demanding their contractually-mandated raises, school board members abruptly ended the meeting before being escorted out by police.

US Steel to lay off 150 workers in Indiana as Trump administration escalates trade war

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 August 2019

The announcement of the layoffs in East Chicago follows US Steel’s declaration earlier this month that up to 200 workers will lose their jobs at its Great Lakes Works facility outside Detroit.

Uruguayan health care workers strike, teachers poised to walk out in Washington state, British Columbia

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27 August 2019

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Del Monte Foods to close plants in Illinois and Minnesota

By Andy Thompson, 26 August 2019

Packaged food company Del Monte will lay off over 800 workers and close two plants in small towns in Illinois and Minnesota.

20,000 AT&T workers strike as GM, Ford and Chrysler contract deadline looms

By Eric London, 26 August 2019

The largest strike in the American South in recent history captures a growing mood of militancy among workers worldwide.

Strike votes continue as autoworkers gear up for contract fight against GM, Ford, and Chrysler

By our reporters, 24 August 2019

The balloting is taking place under conditions in which the union has been widely discredited by its role in forcing through decades of sellout contracts and an expanding corruption scandal.

Machinists on strike at Berkshire Hathaway-owned Special Metals in New Hartford, New York

By Steve Filips, 24 August 2019

More than 200 workers at Special Metals rejected the company’s last contract proposal and have been on strike since last Saturday.

Hundreds of workers laid off, have healthcare eliminated as Philadelphia refinery closes

By Samuel Davidson, 24 August 2019

Workers at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, which is being shut down after a major explosion in June, will receive no severance pay and have had their healthcare coverage terminated.

Unifor convention gives centre-stage to Trudeau, Freeland and the Liberal re-election campaign

By Roger Jordan and Carl Bronski, 24 August 2019

Unifor is spearheading a massive union drive to keep the big business, pro-austerity, pro-war Trudeau Liberal government in power.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 August 2019

Portuguese truck drivers’ strike called off but dispute continues; further strikes by ground staff at Spain’s Barcelona airport; national strike at Nigeria’s universities

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019

Thousands of people joined the strike, confronting military police, blocking the Pan-American highway and the streets of Arequipa’s capital city and shutting down a major port.

Anger among couriers is growing after Deliveroo quits Germany

By Gregor Link, 21 August 2019

Hundreds of couriers working for the online delivery service were informed in a short e-mail last week that they would be unemployed by Friday.

Massive protests in Brazil against education policies of Bolsonaro

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 August 2019

Hundreds of thousands staged protests last week across Brazil last week in major cities targeting the policies of the Bolsanaro administration, in particular those attacking education.

“That was our money!” Autoworkers livid over UAW corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2019

Less than one month remains before the expiration of contracts covering 155,000 US auto workers, and there is growing rank-and-file outrage over rampant union corruption.

Australian health workers protest assaults on staff

By John Wilson, 17 August 2019

The Health Services Union limited the action and channelled workers’ anger into a demand for more security officers, not for increased funding and staffing.

US Kaiser Permanente workers vote overwhelmingly in favor of strike

By Dan Conway, 16 August 2019

The 98 percent strike vote is a powerful expression of opposition to decades of attacks on workers by the multi-trillion dollar US health care industry.

“It’s not just miners, but all blue-collar workers, like the teachers, who have been mistreated too”

Blackjewel miners in Kentucky vow to continue fight against coal operator

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 August 2019

Two miners who have played a prominent role in the blockade of the coal train in Cumberland, Kentucky, spoke to the WSWS about their struggle to obtain back pay from the bankrupt coal company.

UK: Asda supermarket workers protest inferior contract

By Robert Stevens, 16 August 2019

Asda’s workers face a devastating situation because the GMB union agreed to the contract being brought in on a “voluntary” basis two years ago and have refused to mount any serious fight since then.

UK supermarket worker: “The ‘choice’ from Asda is no choice—you sign or you’re out of a job”

By our reporters, 16 August 2019

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Asda supermarket workers, who protested in Leeds Wednesday against the imposition of an inferior contract.

Threat of Ryanair strikes across Europe; Kenyan public workers in 15 counties are set to walk out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 August 2019

More workers at Ryanair have voted to strike as the job action by Portuguese delivery drivers continues and Kenyan public sector workers are set to walk out Tuesday.

Portugal’s social-democratic government calls out army against truckers’ strike

By Alex Lantier, 14 August 2019

The financial aristocracy has made clear that it will not tolerate workers’ demands for a dramatic rise in wages and working conditions, proper rest times, and fundamental social change.

UK supermarket workers oppose new wage-cutting contract at Walmart subsidiary Asda

By Barry Mason, 14 August 2019

To fight the plans of global corporations such as Asda, workers must adopt a strategy opposed to the nationalist, pro-capitalist policies of the trade unions.

Costa Rican public health workers strike against tax changes, privatization plans

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 August 2019

Thousands of hospital and clinic workers across Costa Rica carried out a two-day strike last week to protest a tax reform bill that has imposed additional burdens on workers and led to underfunding of services.

Bangladesh municipal workers still on strike; Indian telecommunication workers demand salaries; New Zealand vehicle testing workers strike

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10 August 2019

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UK Ryanair pilots vote to strike; South Africa’s bank workers two-day national stoppage; Kenyan construction workers wildcat strike over pay and conditions

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 August 2019

Ryanair pilots in Britain have given an 80 percent strike mandate while south African bank workers plan to protest massive job losses and Kenyan workers struck the multi-billion-shilling Thwake Dam construction project.

Layoffs in global auto industry hit Mexico, India, China and the US

By Jerry White, 7 August 2019

Global automakers are destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs as sales fall and a brutal competition unfolds to dominate the market for electric vehicles and other new technologies.

Kentucky coal miners continue protest as Blackjewel assets auction proceeds

By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2019

The determined resistance of the miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, has demonstrated once again that the dividing line in America is class, not race or ethnicity.

Canadian auto parts workers stage wildcat strike as Oshawa GM plant closure looms

By Carl Bronski, 7 August 2019

The short strike was organized by rank-and-file workers independently of the pro-company Unifor union, which spent the day telling workers to get back to work.

Australia: Melbourne rail workers vote for strike action

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 August 2019

While privatisation has provided new and lucrative profit opportunities for corporate operators, it has proven a disaster for rail workers and commuters.