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Medical workers strike across Latin America over pandemic-related issues

Workers Struggles: the Americas

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.

Guatemalan government cracks down on anti-austerity protests

By Andrea Lobo, 23 November 2020

Protests broke out over the weekend against austerity measures being brutally imposed during a social crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricanes Eta and Iota.

Brazilian state of Amapá on brink of social explosion after 18-day blackout

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.

Mexican General Cienfuegos walks free after US drops drug charges

By Andrea Lobo and Don Knowland, 21 November 2020

The ex-defense secretary was airlifted to Mexico by the US government and allowed to walk out of the Toluca Airport as a free citizen, under no travel restraints.

Municipal elections expose rightward turn of Brazilian ruling class

By Tomas Castanheira, 19 November 2020

The elections were marked by both the discrediting of Brazil’s political system in the eyes of the working class and fascistic attacks on the democratic process.

Tens of thousands pay homage to youth slain by police as Peru swears in third president in a week

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).

999 Brazil municipal elections

18 November 2020

One-day strike called by Buenos Aires doctors, Chilean health care workers stage protests

Workers Struggles: The Americas

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.

Second major hurricane hits Central America in two weeks

By Andrea Lobo, 17 November 2020

Combined with the pandemic and the effects of storm Eta, Category 5 Hurricane Iota is expected to greatly deepen an ongoing humanitarian crisis and mass migration.

Peruvian government falls after two killed in anti-impeachment protests

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.

Immigrant women who accused ICE doctor of forced sterilization deported from the United States

By Kevin Martinez, 13 November 2020

One of the women who spoke to federal investigators was told only hours later by ICE that the hold on her deportation had been removed and that her removal was “imminent.”

Workers Party pushes back-to-school campaign amid warnings of second COVID-19 wave in Brazil

By Eduardo Parati, 13 November 2020

The reopening being carried out by state governors and the precarious conditions faced by the majority are creating the perfect conditions for an even deadlier coronavirus surge.

Thousands protest in Peru against impeachment, pandemic and economic implosion

By Rafael Azul, 12 November 2020

In Lima, Peru’s capital, the decision to replace Martín Vizcarra with Manuel Merino brought many people into the streets.

MAS inaugurates right-wing government in Bolivia

By Tomas Castanheira, 11 November 2020

The same day Evo Morales returned to Bolivia, the new government installed a pro-austerity cabinet.

MAS denounces dynamite attack against Bolivia’s President-elect Luis Arce

By Tomas Castanheira, 7 November 2020

MAS has stated that newly elected president Luis Arce was the target of a bomb attack Thursday night at the party’s La Paz headquarters.

Hospital fire in Brazil exposes criminal neglect of workers’ lives

By Brunna Machado, 5 November 2020

A fire at a hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro resulted in the deaths of eight people, at least three of them COVID-19 patients.

Fascist protests in Bolivia demand overturning of presidential election

By Tomas Castanheira, 4 November 2020

Last night, a street council called by fascists in Santa Cruz demanded the overturning of the recent election and a military takeover.

US mercenary exposes Trump administration links to abortive Venezuela invasion

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2020

The former special forces operative’s charges came in a breach of contract suit against a chief advisor to Washington’s Venezuelan puppet Juan Guaidó.

Jacobin distorts Morales interview to cover for MAS’s turn to right in Bolivia

By Andrea Lobo, 3 November 2020

Jacobin has sought to present the MAS electoral victory as a sign of a “progressive” tide that renders unnecessary any independent political mobilization of workers.

Tens of thousands of Argentine workers and youth protest brutal repression of homeless families

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 November 2020

Tens of thousands of workers and young people protested October 29 over the savage expulsion of homeless families.

Brazilian armed forces conduct unprecedented military exercises amid US threats to Venezuela

By Gabriel Lemos, 2 November 2020

Bolsonaro’s Foreign Ministry last Friday classified as “secret” cables about Pompeo’s trip to Brazil, which took place during war games in Brazil and Colombia.

Peru’s political crisis deepens with second motion to impeach President Vizcarra

By Cesar Uco, 28 October 2020

The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country’s worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.

Quebec nurses stage blockade to protest brutal conditions

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 October 2020

Quebec nurses blocked key bridges into Montreal and Quebec City to press contract demands including lower patient staff ratios and less oppressive shift schedules in the midst of a resurgent pandemic.

The MAS victory in Bolivia and bourgeois nationalism’s betrayals in Latin America

By Tomas Castanheira, 27 October 2020

The return of the MAS to power in Bolivia is being celebrated by the demoralized bourgeois nationalist parties and the pseudo-left as a political turning point in the region.

Costa Rican workers protest IMF austerity talks; Two Haitian students die in jobs protests

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 October 2020

Workers set up road blocks across Costa Rica over government talks with the IMF while at least two university students in Haiti have died during protests over lack of job openings for graduates.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 October 2020

Ecuadorian unemployed workers and supporters marched through the capital last week while food delivery workers pledged to join an international strike on October 8.

Protests erupt in Chile after police throw 16-year-old off bridge

By Mauricio Saavedra, 6 October 2020

Chile’s murderous police violence proves that all of the tensions that gave rise to the social convulsions one year ago have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union shuts down Brazilian postal workers’ strike after court paves way for privatization

By Gabriel Lemos, 30 September 2020

The postal union federations kept the 35-day strike isolated, subordinating the workers’ struggle to the capitalist courts.

With one million dead, governments abandon efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic

By Andre Damon, 30 September 2020

The fall and winter months in America and Europe are expected to bring a major resurgence of the disease.

Police attack protests in Honduras, Mexico and Chile while labor unrest spreads in Brazil and Argentina

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 September 2020

Protesting health care workers in Chile and teachers in Mexico faced police repression while call center workers in Cordoba, Argentina and transit workers in Recife, Brazil have launched strikes.

Ten thousand Quebec home daycare workers strike; Mexican professors demand back wages

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 September 2020

Quebec home daycare workers began an unlimited strike Monday while instructors in Zacatecas, Mexico began a strike at the state’s 43 Bachelors College campuses on September 17.

Albany, New York nurses set to strike; walkout continues at Cerrejón mining complex in Colombia

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 September 2020

Some 2,500 nurses at Albany Med are set to strike over contract issues while workers at Colombia’s Cerrejón mining complex in the La Guajira department are in the third week of a strike against threatened layoffs.

Colombian teachers in 48-hour strike against school reopening plans

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 August 2020

Colombian Federation of Education Workers conducted a 48-hour strike August 12 and 13 against plans for a rotating reopening of the country’s schools that teachers say is unsafe.

Armed forces and fascist gangs mobilized against blockades in Bolivia

By Tomas Castanheira, 12 August 2020

The demand for the immediate fall of the Áñez regime, brought to power in last November’s US-backed coup, is gaining increasing popular support.

Dominican public defenders in three-day strike; workers at DSI Tunneling in Louisville, Kentucky, walk out

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 August 2020

Dominican public defenders have completed a three-day strike over delays in salary payment while over 2,000 workers who build customized tunneling equipment in Kentucky have been out since August 4.

Colombian coal miners protest new work schedule; Phoenix delivery drivers threaten walkout over COVID concerns

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 August 2020

Some 2,200 workers at Cerrejón mine in Northeastern Colombia rallied against threatened job cuts, while US Foods delivery drivers in Phoenix are angry over lack of safety precautions related to coronavirus.

Belize stevedores face police repression, Montreal dockworkers launch four-day strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 July 2020

A protest by workers at the Port of Belize me police repression last week while hundreds of Montreal dockworkers are striking this week over long stalled contract negotiations.

Auto parts maker Nagakura Engineering fires dozens of workers in Mexico plant, sparking work stoppage

Workers Struggles: The Americas

21 July 2020

Guards escorted alleged strike leaders out the Zacatecas facility July 17, sparking another walkout by workers who had been protesting the refusal of management to pay promised bonuses.

California farm workers strike over COVID-19; port workers in Belize and Montreal stage protests

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 July 2020

Farm workers in Wasco, California began picketing after finding coworkers had been infected with COVID-19 while dockworkers in Belize and Montreal staged protests over cuts.

Growing protests across the America’s over coronavirus response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 June 2020

Film industry workers in Buenos Aires, workers at US Disneyland and warehouse workers in Quebec are just some of the thousands of workers launching protests and job actions over employers’ response to COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID ravages Latin America, workers continue to protest response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 June 2020

Bridgestone workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Peru and delivery drivers in Brazil were just some of the workers joining protests this past week.

Argentine rubber workers; Mexican health workers strike over COVID-19 response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 June 2020

Rubber workers at the Bridgestone-Firestone plant in Llavallol, Argentina and Mexican health care workers staged strikes and protests over lack of adequate protection from exposure to coronavirus.

Protest in Panama against premature reopening in face of spreading COVID-19

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 June 2020

Despite the highest level of COVID-19 cases in Latin America, the government of Panama is reopening the economy regardless of workers’ health concerns.

Protests as COVID-19 outbreak surges in Latin America

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 June 2020

Health care workers in Argentina and Brazil have staged protests against government neglect as COVID-19 surges throughout the region.

Health care workers in Colombia protest over protective equipment

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 May 2020

Colombian health care workers staged a protest last week in the capital Bogotá to protest lack of adequate provision of personal protective equipment.

St. Paul nurse fired by Allina Healthcare in dispute over lack of protective equipment

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 May 2020

A registered nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota was fired May 8 after raising concerns over lack of PPE and the shutting out of health care workers over discussion on safety issues.

Protest by El Salvador autoworkers over nonpayment of wages; actions continue over coronavirus response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 May 2020

Workers at the Yasaki auto parts factory in Santa Ana, El Salvador protested the nonpayment of wages while workers across Latin America continued protests over lack of protective equipment.

Chile protests resume as workers across the Americas protest lack of COVID-19 protection

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 May 2020

Antigovernment protests resumed in Chile after a disruption caused by the pandemic, while workers across the Americas protested the inadequate government response to the health danger posed by the coronavirus.

Strikes continue at over 30 manufacturing plants along the US-Mexico border

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 April 2020

Workers at maquiladora factories are demanding management shut down unessential industries and pay workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 March 2020

Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twenty-three die in Colombia prison revolt over coronavirus conditions

By Julian James, 24 March 2020

Amid fears of the rapidly spreading pandemic, prison riots erupted across Colombia and were brutally suppressed by prison guards.

Mexican medical workers protest lack of supplies

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 March 2020

Medical workers in a number of cities in Mexico have staged protests over the lack of critical supplies needed to treat patients and protect doctors and nurses.

Uruguayan teachers strike; Saskatchewan teachers begin job action

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 March 2020

Teachers in Uruguay staged a one-day strike March 11 over the government’s economic proposal, while 13,000 teachers across Saskatchewan began rotating jobs actions.

Brazilian postal workers take strike vote; Salt Lake City teachers rally at Utah capitol

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 March 2020

More than 100,000 Brazilian postal workers are set to strike as teachers in the state of Utah rallied to demand education funding

Mexican media workers strike, Montreal stevedores authorize strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

25 February 2020

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British Columbia, Canada forestry workers betrayed

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 February 2020

An eight-month strike by some 3,000 British Columbia forestry workers ended last week after the union agreed to the imposition of an alternate work shift schedule that raises issues of safety.

More killed as poll shows half of Chile has joined protests

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2020

The demonstrations last week, as well as the ongoing walkouts at high schools signal a still latent social explosion.

Brazilian oil workers strike against mass layoffs, privatization threat

By Gabriel Lemos, 4 February 2020

The strike at the state-owned giant Petrobras comes amid strikes by other sections of public sector workers against Bolsonaro’s privatization program.

Ontario teachers broaden strike actions; Brazilian oil workers strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 February 2020

Tens of thousands of teachers in Canada’s largest province are continuing their fight against the right wing government of Bill Ford, while workers at Brazil’s Petrobras have taken action over the privatization drive by the Bolsonaro administration.

Kitchener-Waterloo bus strike enters second week in Canada

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 January 2020

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Venezuela’s Maduro offers Trump a “win-win” bargain

By Andrea Lobo, 21 January 2020

In an interview with the Washington Post, the Venezuelan president “suggested that a bonanza could be waiting for U.S. oil companies” if the White House ends sanctions.

Almost 200,000 teachers prepare job actions against Ontario government

Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 January 2020

Teachers across the Canadian province of Ontario are escalating protests against Conservative Premier Doug Ford who has limited wage increases for all provincial public sector workers to 1 percent per year.

French oil refinery workers join strikes; nurses walk out in Northern Ireland

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

10 January 2020

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Montreal Airport refuelers on strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 January 2020

Workers in charge of refueling jets, employees of Swissport, have been on strike since December 31 over pay after overwhelmingly rejecting a management offer.

Two-day national postal workers strike in Mexico

Workers Struggles: the Americas

31 December 2019

Mexican postal workers are protesting the failure of management to live up to previous wage agreements as well as deteriorating working conditions.

Las Vegas apartment fire kills 6, injures 13 and displaces over 50 residents

By Jacob Crosse, 23 December 2019

Residents of the Alpine Motel Apartments reported no fire alarms or sprinklers went off, forcing them to leap out of windows to escape.

Ontario teachers plan new work stoppage

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 December 2019

The walkout by Ontario public high school teachers and school support staff set for December 11 follows the first province-wide teachers strike held last week.

Coup regime in Bolivia announces “final phase of pacification”

By Andrea Lobo, 2 December 2019

Bolivian workers, peasants and youth have resisted with enormous bravery, while the MAS and trade unions have submitted to the coup.

Over 250 students arrested in Michigan by ICE in fake university scam

By Jacob Crosse, 29 November 2019

After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.

In defiance of repression, Colombian workers mount second national strike in the past week

By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019

In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.

National strike shakes Colombia’s right-wing government

By Evan Blake, 22 November 2019

In the latest eruption of the global class struggle, hundreds of thousands marched in over 100 cities demanding the ouster of President Duque.

Strike looms at Canadian National Railway

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 November 2019

Some 3,000 conductors, trainspersons and yard workers were poised to strike Tuesday as contract talks between the Teamsters and Canadian National Railway reached an impasse over the weekend.

Dominican health workers strike, Chilean copper miners protest subcontracting

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 November 2019

Healthcare workers in the Domincan Republic held a one day strike November 7 to press wage demands while Chilean copper miners are set to strike against the abuse of subcontract workers.

US-backed Colombian military kills eight children in bombing, attempts cover-up

By Andrea Lobo, 11 November 2019

The brazenness of military repression to defend the highest levels of inequality in the world is the result of over a century of imperialist oppression.

Ontario elementary teachers return big majority for strike authorization

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 November 2019

Some 83,000 members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario have given a 98 percent strike authorization vote as talks continue with the provincial government.

US detains record number of child migrants at the southwestern border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 October 2019

According to new figures released on Tuesday, the United States has detained over 76,000 minors attempting to make the dangerous crossing at the US-Mexico border. This is a new record, 52 percent more than the detentions last year.

Teamsters warn of possible strike at CN Rail

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 October 2019

Conductors and other railroad personnel gave a 99 percent strike mandate after months of negotiations have not resulted in an agreement.

Mass protests spread to Bolivia after a disruption in electoral broadcasts

By Andrea Lobo, 25 October 2019

Workers and youth have joined mass protests across of hundreds of thousands across all the major cities, including working class areas and pro-Morales strongholds like Cochabamba.

Dockworkers, miners initiate national strike as military kills 11 in Chile

By Eric London, 22 October 2019

Tens of thousands of workers declared strike action in response to a military crackdown resembling the military coup of 1973.

Buenos Aires metro workers strike over asbestos in trains

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 October 2019

Workers are set to carry out a series of strikes and protests over the refusal of management to take any serious steps toward the removal of asbestos from trains.

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.

Public employees union blocks strike by 55,000 Ontario education workers

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 October 2019

A deal reached just before a midnight Sunday strike deadline by the Canadian Union of Public Employees ended the threat of a walkout by school support workers across the province that could have cancelled classes for up to 2 million students.

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.

Argentine teachers set for national strike; Vancouver B.C. hotel workers walk out

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 September 2019

Argentine teachers have set a September 25 date for a nationwide strike to press wage demands while 1,000 hospitality workers in Vancouver, British Columbia have launched an indefinite strike

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.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants

By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019

Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.

Argentine teachers strike, Michigan road workers walk out, Blackjewell miners protest and BC forestry strike continues

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 August 2019

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One year after its conference to “refound” the Fourth International

Argentina’s Partido Obrero splits with longtime leader Jorge Altamira

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2019

Amidst all of the charges and counter-charges within the PO, what emerges most clearly is that both factions base themselves entirely upon a petty-bourgeois nationalist orientation.

US Secretary of State Pompeo announces “new era” of US-Latin America reaction

By Andrea Lobo, 25 July 2019

Pompeo boasted about extraditing Assange, while demanding greater spying, anti-immigrant crackdowns and alignment with the US drive against its geopolitical rivals.

Two-day strike by Peruvian doctors

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 July 2019

Doctors struck to press demands for increased funding for healthcare, salary increases and an end to supply shortages.

Argentine bus drivers carry out one-day strike, judge orders fines for American Airlines workers over protest actions

Workers Struggles: the Americas

16 July 2019

Bus drivers across Argentina carried out a one-day strike on July 11 to press wage demands.

Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways

Workers Struggles: the Americas

9 July 2019

Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.

Chilean unions scramble to quell mass strike movement

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2019

The trade union bureaucracy led by the Chilean Workers United Center and its pseudo-left apologists are working to divide and end the strike movement.

Uruguay workers in one-day national strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 July 2019

A June 24 strike called by the PIT-CNT trade union federation took place in the context of a worsening economic crisis that has seen continuing attacks on workers.

Ten years since the US-backed coup in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2019

While Democrats posture as defenders of immigrants, Obama, the “deporter-in-chief” presided over a coup that devastated Honduras, driving its people from the country.

Striking Chilean copper miners defy police violence

By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2019

Last Tuesday, police attacked striking copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Mass demonstrations in defense of education in Brazil, Honduran educators and doctors strike

4 June 2019

Mass protests are continuing in Brazil against education cuts by the right-wing Bolsanaro administration while striking Honduran teachers and doctors held protests against privatization of healthcare and education.

Chilean professors call for strike, teachers in Honduras begin nationwide walkout

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 May 2019

Members of Chile’s College of Professors have set a June 3 strike date, meanwhile Honduran teachers declared a nationwide walkout over threats to privatize education.

Three-day strike by Mexican teachers against “education reforms”

Workers Struggles: the Americas

21 May 2019

Last week teachers all across Mexico took part in strikes and protests to oppose continuing attacks on public education being overseen by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

One-day general strike in Colombia

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 April 2019

Workers mobilized in opposition to the National Development plan being proposed by President Ivan Duque that would mean significant attacks on workers.