Global class struggle
By Andre Damon, 1 December 2020
Despite a months-long media campaign claiming it is safe to reopen schools, every reputable scientific study has shown that closing schools is one of the most effective ways to contain the pandemic.
Meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education
In Germany, dozens of students, parents and teacher representatives call for school strikes and safe education
By Our reporters, 1 December 2020
On Friday evening, the network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany held its largest online meeting to date.
“Are any of these trucks worth any of our brothers and sisters dying?”
By Shannon Jones, 1 December 2020
Management memos obtained by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter document 50 cases in the plant between November 6 and November 23. Eleven cases were reported November 20 alone, indicating the rate of infection is increasing.
By Eddie Haywood, 1 December 2020
Thirty informal miners were trapped after the November 25 collapse of the abandoned gold mine where they were working. Six were rescued alive a few hours after the collapse.
By Jessica Goldstein, 1 December 2020
Production for the American steel industry declined across the board in 2019 as a result of retaliatory tariffs, and global production sank even further in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Clara Weiss, 1 December 2020
Although the Kremlin has backed Lukashenko temporarily amidst EU-backed mass protests, relations have long been tense.
By Sandy English, 1 December 2020
Educators throughout New York City have reacted with outrage at the plans of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and the UFT to reopen schools on December 7.
Health care workers and teachers strikes across the Americas over COVID-19 protections, funding
1 December 2020
Chilean health care workers are protesting for more funding from the government to fight COVID-19 while teachers in Mexico and Peru struck and demonstrated over pay and budgetary support and Washington state health care workers demand adequate staffing and PPE.
“GM’s one of the biggest liars out there”
By James Tatsch, 1 December 2020
The coronavirus has been surging across Kansas and Missouri, with both states recording their highest totals over the proceeding days with no sign of abating.
Cleveland-Heights University Heights School District threatens to halt health care benefits if teachers strike
By Isaac Finn, 30 November 2020
A school district just outside of Cleveland, Ohio is threatening to cut healthcare payments to 500 teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Miguel Andrade, 30 November 2020
João Alberto Freitas was beaten to death by two guards at a Carrefour supermarket in the city of Porto Alegre, sparking protests across Brazil.
By Mike Ingram, 30 November 2020
Microsoft has released new software that turns its Office 365 product into a full-fledged workplace surveillance tool, allowing corporations to spy on their workforce in multiple ways.
30 November 2020
75 years ago: General Douglas MacArthur, the effective leader of US-occupied Japan, ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and eight of the country’s other civilian and military leaders for war crimes, setting the stage for criminal prosecutions.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 November 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement is a warning to the working class in the United States and internationally that even as numerous coronavirus vaccines are nearing completion, workers and youth will continue to be sent into workplaces and schools to needlessly get sick and die.
Hundreds of thousands protest across France against police violence and Macron’s police immunity law
By Will Morrow, 30 November 2020
Opposition is growing to a law that would criminalize the filming of police officers, amid a series of incidents of police brutality over the past week.
By Tom Peters, 30 November 2020
An estimated 2,000 work NZ visa holders have been stuck in India for nine months, many of whom have lost their jobs and are in severe hardship.
By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2020
Last week’s Coronavirus Summit, attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel along with the 16 heads of the state governments, demonstrated one thing: businesses, schools and day-care centres are to be kept open no matter what.
“We are not criminals”
By Erik Schreiber, 30 November 2020
Nine immigrants held at Bergen County Jail in Hackensack are demanding release from the rat-infested facility where social distancing is not possible.
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.
By Kayla Costa, 30 November 2020
With opposition by Amazon workers growing against brutal work conditions and the lack of protection from the pandemic, the unions and their pseudo-left supporters are trying to contain resistance within the confines of corporate-controlled political parties and the capitalist system.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 30 November 2020
In line with its dangerous and irresponsible “new normal” coronavirus policies, the Rajapakse government is sending students and teachers back to school.
By James Brewer, 28 November 2020
The worker who succumbed to the virus had been hired less than three weeks before he became sick and had told his coworkers that he had waited a long time to get the chance for a job at FCA.
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
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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.
Leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center expose worldwide conspiracy to suppress workers’ resistance
By Tom Carter, 28 November 2020
The leaked documents also expose the use of spies from the Pinkerton Detective Agency, which has a long history of surveillance, infiltration and violence against the workers’ movement.
By Lee Parsons, 28 November 2020
The film follows events from the time of the closure announcement in November, 2018 until the final day of production a year later.
By Katerina Selin, 28 November 2020
As the total number of infections in Greece exceeded the 100,000 mark and the death toll rose to over 2,000, doctors, nurses and public employees, transport workers, dockworkers, journalists, teachers and cultural workers took part in the strike.
Massive spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky schools and death of 15-year-old girl prompts statewide school closures
By Warren Duzak, 28 November 2020
Almost 10,000 K-12 students and 2,000 faculty members are presently in quaratine or isolation across Kentucky.
By Subash Somachandran, 28 November 2020
Workers’ concerns have been deepened because of the disastrous pandemic situation globally and in Sri Lanka.
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 Ray Coleman, 27 November 2020
The contract rammed through by the United Food and Commercial Workers would impose lower wages and higher health care costs onto essential workers in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 November 2020
Yesterday’s strike was a powerful blow against the Modi government’s relentless barrage of Hindu chauvinism targeting Muslims and religious minorities, and other ruling elite attempts to promote caste and communal divisions.
COVID-19 death of Ontario youth worker—a tragic outcome of the ruling elite’s criminal school reopening policy
By Omar Ali, 27 November 2020
Ingrid Salt was employed as a child and youth worker at a school in a low-income north-west Toronto neighbourhood.
Workers and youth demand jobs in Tunisia; national four-hour walk out in Italy; union betrays nurses’ strike in Zimbabwe; community health workers strike continues in South Africa
27 November 2020
Youth and workers shut state-run phosphate plant in Tunisia demanding jobs; four-hour national public sector strike in Italy in protest at pandemic social and health catastrophe; months-long strike of nurses in Zimbabwe sold out by unions; community health workers continue stoppages and protests for pay rise and improved conditions
Study finds meatpacking plants were responsible for 8 percent of coronavirus cases in opening phase of pandemic in the US
By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 November 2020
The findings of the study are an indictment not only of the major meatpacking companies themselves but the entire political establishment.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 27 November 2020
Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of “herd immunity”.
By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 26 November 2020
Few, if any, workers will read the trite and clichéd Thanksgiving message from United Auto Workers President Rory Gamble, published Wednesday on the UAW's web site. But it is worth mentioning for its sheer hypocrisy.
By Keith Jones, 26 November 2020
As a direct consequence of the reaction of ruling elites to the pandemic, focused on profits and share prices, social opposition in the working class is erupting.
By Shelley Connor, 25 November 2020
Over the past two weeks, the rate of COVID-19 infections across Alabama has increased by over 50 percent, with educators representing a significant number of these cases.
By Steve Filips, 25 November 2020
Southwest Airlines is demanding a 10 percent pay cut as US air carriers that received a $25 billion bailout cut costs in order to boost profits.
As virus surges in North Dakota, Fargo food distribution workers strike over lack of COVID-19 protections
By Shannon Jones, 25 November 2020
Workers at the Cash-Wa food distribution operation in Fargo, North Dakota are on strike over health and safety in an area that is experiencing the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world.
By Aditya Veeraiah, 25 November 2020
With many white-collar workers working from home, tech giants are threatening the jobs of thousands of cafeteria, janitorial, transportation and other service workers.
By Alexander Fangmann, 24 November 2020
Nearly 700 certified nursing assistants and other workers walked out Monday morning for higher pay, more staffing and protections against COVID-19.
Medical workers strike across Latin America over pandemic-related issues
24 November 2020
Health care workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Chile along with medical staff in Uruguay and Paraguay have conducted strikes and protests over inadequate government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Workers have the right to information and free speech!
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 24 November 2020
While it is telling workers to shut up and keep working, the UAW has pulled its own stewards from the plant floor, and Solidarity House is still working remotely.
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 George Kirby, 24 November 2020
Stevie Brown, a temporary part-time worker at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, is the latest victim of the murderous policy of keeping the factories open even as they have become a major vector in the spread of the deadly disease.
By Nick Barrickman, 24 November 2020
Transit systems nationwide have warned that without emergency funding many services will be cut.
By Jacob Crosse, 24 November 2020
Three weeks after police assaulted peaceful marchers on their way to register to vote, the county sheriff’s office announced felony and misdemeanor charges against organizer Reverend Greg Drumwright.
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 Gregor Link and Philipp Frisch, 24 November 2020
Faced with mass infections at schools and a cover-up by the federal and state governments, students throughout Germany are beginning to take the protection of their health and that of their families into their own hands.
By Shelley Connor, 24 November 2020
An educator at one of Alabama’s juvenile detention facilities described the dangerous conditions she and her students are forced to confront daily.
As demands for work stoppage grow, UAW officials tell Sterling Heights Assembly workers: “Don’t read the WSWS”
By Shannon Jones, 23 November 2020
In the face of growing demands by Fiat Chrysler workers to halt production at the Sterling Height Assembly Plant to stop the spread of COVID-19, local United Auto Workers officials are lashing out at the World Socialist Web Site and rank-and-file workers who have turned to the WSWS to expose the deadly conditions at the suburban Detroit auto factory.
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.
With COVID-19 spreading through auto plants, workers report death at FCA Warren Truck Assembly Plant
By George Kirby, 23 November 2020
The death, if confirmed, is the outcome of a massive outbreak in the plant, reported by several workers to the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter. According to one worker, eight teams with six to eight workers each have been sent home due to the virus since September 28.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 November 2020
For many decades, every corporate decision affecting the workforce made at Marienfelde and all other Mercedes factories has been discussed beforehand with the works councils, which then develop strategies for their implementation.
By Tomas Castanheira, 21 November 2020
The lack of electricity, water and other basic services led to a wave of more than 100 protests in the state.
By Alberto Escalera, 21 November 2020
The withholding of resources necessary for remote learning is a calculated policy meant to pressure working class parents to acquiesce to the growing calls for a return to in-person classes.
By Tim Rivers, 21 November 2020
A forklift driver injured in the blast was airlifted to a burn unit at a hospital in Indianapolis, 40 miles north.
“All workers need to come together”
By Emma Arceneaux, 21 November 2020
One of the worst-hit cities in Alabama, Montgomery has had 11,903 cases and 232 deaths since the pandemic began.
21 November 2020
The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Former UAW VP Joe Ashton gets wrist-slap prison term as workers confront rampant COVID-19 in auto plants
By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2020
Ashton, who pocketed $250,000 in kickbacks, is being sent to a country club prison with a seven-month delay for COVID-19 while workers are forced to confront the exploding pandemic every day in the factories.
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
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
By Renae Cassimeda, 21 November 2020
San Diego teachers are speaking out in opposition to school districts keeping schools open as cases skyrocket throughout the county.
By Alan Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 21 November 2020
The nation’s largest transit agency released its 2021 budget, proposing more than 9,000 layoffs and service cuts that would leave the transit network unrecognizable.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 November 2020
The IG Metall union has already agreed to a cut of 6,000 jobs, meaning that some 11,000 workers now face the scrap heap.
Greek and Italian public sector workers to walk out in nationwide stoppages; Portuguese educators plan strike action; unrest continues in Nigeria as oil workers’ strike call met with oil price hike
20 November 2020
Following school occupations for Covid safety measures, Greek public sector workers plan stoppage. As hospitals approach full capacity, date named for nationwide public sector strike in Greece
“They want to silence me for telling the truth.”
By Emma Arceneaux, 20 November 2020
The WSWS spoke to three Montgomery teachers about the conditions they face, the spread of the virus in the schools, and the role of the unions in enforcing school openings.
By Andre Damon, 20 November 2020
In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.
The gruesome outcome of “herd immunity”
By Tom Hall, 20 November 2020
Nationwide, at least 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected since the start of the pandemic and at least 253 have died, according to the Food & Environment Reporting Network.
Oppose Sri Lankan government’s repressive essential services order against port workers fighting COVID-19
By The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 20 November 2020
The Rajapakse government’s assault on the democratic rights of port workers is a warning to the entire working class.
“There has to be a complete shutdown, that is the only way to get things under control”
By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2020
Autoworkers are speaking out with increasing outrage over the efforts of the auto companies and the United Auto Workers union to continue production at all costs.
By Tom Peters, 20 November 2020
Despite the Labour government’s promises to investigate the explosion which killed 29 men, no one from Pike River Coal has been held accountable for blatantly unsafe practices that put profit ahead of lives.
By Steve Filips, 20 November 2020
David Platt, 28, a mechanic working for UPS, was killed Wednesday at the Centennial hub sorting facility.
By Shibu Vavara and Arun Kumar, 20 November 2020
Behind the state government’s strikebreaking order is the broader aim of the ruling class to make India a cheap-labor alternative to China.
By Zac Corrigan, 19 November 2020
New restrictions on public gatherings exclude K-8 in-person education as well as all factories and workplaces, all major vectors for the spread of COVID-19 in communities.
By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2020
Thousands of protesters gathered on Tuesday outside the national assembly building in a bid to influence legislators who were discussing motions on constitutional change.
New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained!
By New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 November 2020
Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.
By Samuel Davidson, 19 November 2020
The strike by nurses at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is the latest to demand safe staffing levels during the pandemic.
By Cesar Uco, 19 November 2020
Thousands of youth held vigils Monday evening in Peru’s major cities in memory of the two young students killed by the Peruvian National Police (PNP).
By Jerry White, 19 November 2020
Anger among workers is boiling over as corporations keep operating even though COVID-19 infections are spreading uncontrollably throughout factories and other workplaces.
Faurecia auto parts workers join calls for national shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives
By Tim Rivers, 18 November 2020
Workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan, southwest of Detroit, contacted the World Socialist Web Site over the weekend to expose the way in which their company suppresses information about the spread of disease.
By Shannon Jones, 18 November 2020
Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.
Socialist Party’s Moe Manir expels London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee leader from Facebook group
By By Laura Tiernan, 18 November 2020
The Socialist Party promotes the dangerous illusion that mass pressure from below can transform the unions into fighting organisations. But in every country the trade unions respond to mass pressure from workers by deepening their collusion with the companies and the state, and by stamping out any semblance of democracy.
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 November 2020
According to their own statements, the unons are offering the Lufthansa board of directors a 1.2 billion euro cut in the income of union members.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands schools and campuses close to halt the spread of the pandemic
By Our reporter, 18 November 2020
“Lessons have to be drawn, any orientation to the labour and trade union bureaucracy will be a death trap,” said teacher and meeting moderator Tania Kent.
By Jerry White, 18 November 2020
Biden held an online discussion Monday with top executives from GM, Microsoft and other corporations, along with the leaders of the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers and other unions.
25 years since the massive strike wave in France
By David Walsh, 18 November 2020
In December 1995, David Walsh traveled to Europe as part of an international team of reporters to provide on-the-spot coverage of the massive strike wave in France. We are re-posting the series of articles today.
Homicide investigation under way after weeks of police negligence in the death of black Louisiana teen
By Aaron Murch, 18 November 2020
Quawan Charles, 15, was found dead in a field days after police ignored his family’s please to report him missing.
End the coverup of the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant! Stop nonessential production with full pay for workers to contain the pandemic!
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 November 2020
All non-essential production must stop to contain the current outbreak, which is on pace to be even worse than in the spring.
One-day strike called by Buenos Aires doctors, Chilean health care workers stage protests
17 November 2020
Doctors in Buenos Aires are set to strike November 17 over an insufficient pay offer while health care workers in Chile struck November 12 and 13 demanding upgrades to the system.
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 Ulrich Rippert, 17 November 2020
Lufthansa is to be made more competitive in relation to other European airlines and prepared for a worldwide trade war.
By Steve Filips, 17 November 2020
Boeing intends to make these cuts despite receiving $17 billion in federal bailout money earlier in the year.
By Carl Bronski, 17 November 2020
Unifor softened up the strikers by isolating their struggle against Canada’s largest retailer; then begged the Weston-owned Loblaws to present workers essentially the same offer they voted down 12 weeks earlier.
By John Malvar, 17 November 2020
A student petition declared that the “The national government must act now” to address the devastation caused by the pandemic and massive typhoons, “or step down from their positions. No compromises.”
By Kayla Costa and David Fitzgerald, 17 November 2020
Teachers in Utah conducted a sickout strike opposed by the union to demand an end to in-person instruction as the pandemic spreads uncontrolled.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2020
Mass outrage over the deadly repression of protests triggered by the coup-like impeachment of President Vizcarra has forced the resignation of his successor.
By Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 November 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic tears across Texas, teachers, education workers and parents call for a broad struggle to protect their lives and those of students.