Health & Safety at Work
“A lot of people really don’t think we should be working right now”
By James Tatsch, 5 August 2020
Last week saw the highest number of new recorded cases for the Kansas City metro area since the start of the pandemic.
By Nick Barrickman and Patrick Smith, 5 August 2020
Amazon continues to withhold the number of reported coronavirus infections from its own workers and the public, placing countless lives in danger.
By Steve Strietberg, 5 August 2020
Amid growing infections throughout the industry, cold storage workers at the JBS plant in Melbourne refused to begin work last week, demanding safe working conditions.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020
Mass opposition by teachers to the criminal policies of the ruling class will galvanize support among all workers in the United States and throughout the world.
“Most people here think the plant should be shut down”
By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 4 August 2020
Members of the new Ford Rouge Rank-and-File Safety Committee spoke to the WSWS to describe the lack of safety protections at Ford’s flagship F-150 factory, while management backed by the union is attempting to restore full production.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020
The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.
By Mike Head, 4 August 2020
Workers, especially those in casual and insecure employment, will bear the burden of the sweeping “state of disaster” COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victoria’s Labor government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 August 2020
The measures were only announced after the Victorian surge of infections had spiralled out of control, sparking fears of a collapse of the healthcare system.
By Tom Casey, 4 August 2020
Among the first ship operators to resume sailings, Norwegian-owned Hurtigruten suspended operation of two ships this weekend after 36 passenger and five crew tested positive for coronavirus.
By John Braddock, 4 August 2020
A surge of new COVID-19 cases has been recorded in the past 14 days, threatening to overwhelm the impoverished country’s ill-equipped healthcare system.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 August 2020
July was the worst month yet in terms of new cases of COVID-19, as the pandemic continued to tear through the global population.
Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic
By the Ford Dearborn Truck Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 August 2020
The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.
By Tomas Castanheira, 1 August 2020
The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.
By Andrea Reissner, 1 August 2020
The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.
By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020
An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.
By Andrea Lobo, 30 July 2020
The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus, highlighting the horrific human cost of the rush to reopen the economy.
By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020
Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 July 2020
While the government claims that it is mounting a “successful battle,” the virus is rampaging across the India, with half a million new infections in the past 12 days.
By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2020
The Tories’ aim is to divert attention from the resurgence of coronavirus infections in the UK due to their own criminal policies.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 July 2020
Moderna’s exorbitant price point for its taxpayer subsidized vaccine exemplifies the corporate-financial elite’s exploitation of the coronavirus catastrophe for its selfish private gain.
By Brent Dylan, 28 July 2020
After an initial report on an outbreak, workers describe the unsafe conditions and corporate double speak.
By Evan Blake, 28 July 2020
After waging years of strikes and protests against cuts to school funding and wages, educators in the US now face a direct confrontation with the Trump administration over its drive to reopen schools.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 25 July 2020
The Iowa Department of Health cover-up occurred at the height of the “back to work campaign” and ongoing meat industry production.
By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020
Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020
Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.
By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020
Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management’s proposal to slash their benefits.
By Alex Johnson, 23 July 2020
The Illinois Nurses Association isolated the courageous two-week strike and then pushed through a deal that does nothing to address dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 July 2020
The pandemic has been exacerbated by the casualisation of the workforce that was engineered over the last four decades by successive Labor and Liberal governments.
By John Braddock, 23 July 2020
The global health and economic crisis is having a catastrophic impact on the fragile and impoverished former colonies across the Pacific.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 July 2020
Young workers represent more than 50 percent of the workforce at some large corporations such as McDonald’s and Tim Hortons.
By Terry Cook, 23 July 2020
The Queensland state Labor government’s inquiry is shaping up to become another cover-up of how safety is subordinated to the companies’ ruthless drive for profits.
As opposition mounts to reopening of the schools
By Evan Blake, 21 July 2020
The campaign to reopen schools across the US, spearheaded by the Trump administration and supported by the entire political establishment, is provoking widespread opposition among educators.
Health and safety of medical workers jeopardized by world leaders’ negligent response to the pandemic
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 July 2020
Health care workers have faced the brunt of the pandemic, with tens of thousands who have contracted the coronavirus and thousands who have died caring for those infected with COVID-19.
21 July 2020
By Tom Casey, 21 July 2020
Tens of thousands of workers and youth marched in a demonstration on Cathedral Square in the central district of Port Louis, Mauritius, on July 11.
By Paul Bartizan, 20 July 2020
Some 80 percent of all COVID-19 transmissions in the state of Victoria over the last two months have occurred in workplaces.
By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020
At the Tönnies plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, and the district of Gütersloh where it is located, 244 people are still registered as sick due to the coronavirus.
20 July 2020
By Clare Bruderlin, 18 July 2020
A national survey of 500 healthcare workers found that half were experiencing PPE shortages and some were having to source their own supplies.
By Benjamin Mateus and Jerry White, 17 July 2020
The nurses have taken a defiant stand not just for themselves but for all health care workers, but the unions are isolating their strike.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2020
Infections are spiralling out of control, because governments are refusing to implement measures that would impinge on the profits of the corporate elite.
By Robert Campion, 15 July 2020
The debacle is part of a decades-long scandal concerning the use of asbestos in public buildings, involving successive Labor and Liberal governments.
“We’re not going to compromise because this is our safety”
By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 July 2020
Meatpacking workers in Greeley, Colorado walked out Friday and autoworkers are setting up rank-and-file safety committees to protect themselves from the deadly virus.
By David Brown, 14 July 2020
As COVID-19 cases soar across the country, the AFT and NEA are striving to channel teachers’ anger over the forced reopening behind the right-wing presidential campaign of Democrat Joseph Biden.
By Sandy English and Steve Light, 14 July 2020
The announcement last week by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio that public schools would reopen on an alternating-day schedule has provoked concern and opposition among parents and educators.
Anger grows as Australian state Labor government sends teachers and senior students back to school in Melbourne
By Patrick Kelly, 14 July 2020
The sweeping return to school, amid a worsening COVID-19 surge, represents a threat to public safety.
By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020
Coronavirus skyrockets in Texas’ largest city as reopening continues.
By Marc Wells, 14 July 2020
The Los Angeles Apparel factory was shut down after months of reports and formal complaints filed by garment workers and advocacy groups.
Coronavirus infections skyrocket in the US
By Andre Damon, 14 July 2020
The uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus in the United States is a social crime. Definite individuals, acting on behalf of the financial oligarchy, are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.
By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2020
Fiat Chrysler Toledo Assembly workers in Ohio have decided to launch a rank-and-file safety committee, after similar committees were set up last month at two FCA plants in the Detroit area.
Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage
By the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020
After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.
By Kate Randall, 11 July 2020
The United States is leading the global toll of new COVID-19 cases and deaths, with nearly 3.2 million cases and 134,092 deaths as of Friday evening, about a quarter of the global total.
By Benjamin Mateus, 11 July 2020
AMITA Health St. Joseph Medical Center nurses in Joliet should reject the Illinois Nurses Association's deal, which does nothing to address chronic understaffing.
“The decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be political. It should be made by medical experts.”
By Mitch Marcus and Kimie Saito, 11 July 2020
The WSWS spoke with two teachers about the dangerous push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control.
By Alan Gilman, 11 July 2020
Professional baseball, basketball, football and soccer are all attempting to resume play without live audiences, but dozens of athletes have fallen victim to coronavirus.
By Clara Weiss, 11 July 2020
Netflix is currently streaming the mini-series documentary Lenox Hill, which focuses on four doctors at the hospital of the same name in New York’s Manhattan.
By Matthew Richter and Roger Jordan, 7 July 2020
Hundreds of migrant workers and their supporters joined protests Saturday against atrocious working and living conditions—conditions long sanctioned by government and made still worse by the pandemic.
By Marianne Arens, 7 July 2020
The video shows a view into a canteen, where hundreds of employees sit and eat close to each other at the tables.
By Mitch Marcus, 7 July 2020
Last week, Whitmer released dangerous and unfunded mandates on schools reopening, making it clear that she is determined to push ahead even as cases spike across the state.
By Brent Dylan, 7 July 2020
Over 200 Michigan farm workers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus during the last ten days of June.
Organise teachers, parents and school staff committees to oppose reckless school reopening in Melbourne!
By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 7 July 2020
The CFPE calls for the formation of safety action committees to demand the suspension of the school system as part of a comprehensive public health and safety plan to protect the working class.
By Alex Johnson, 4 July 2020
According to health officials, the confirmed active case count in Riverside bloated to 10,059 on Thursday, compared to 9,532 on Wednesday. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 stands at 465.
By Jessica Goldstein, 4 July 2020
As the UAW and auto corporations to play down the health crisis, workers’ anger is at breaking point as they demand the plants be shut down for their safety.
By Carolyn Kennett, 4 July 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, governments promised thoroughly cleaned classrooms, but school cleaners have neither the resources nor hours to conduct the necessary cleaning.
“The company is taking risks with the lives of 5,000 workers”
By Jerry White, 2 July 2020
Just days after Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit halted production, GM workers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are demanding the closure of Arlington Assembly.
“Chrysler was telling everybody that it was safe to come back to work, and it’s not.”
By Tim Rivers, 2 July 2020
Autoworkers at the FCA Trenton Engine Plant south of Detroit called on their co-workers to build rank-and-file safety committees to fight the spread of COVID-19 in factories and save lives.
By Benjamin Mateus, 2 July 2020
As the pandemic surges throughout Arizona, the governor is seeking emergency support from the federal government to supplement the beleaguered hospital staff in hard-hit counties.
By Kevin Martinez, 2 July 2020
Nurses are protesting unsafe working conditions while county health officials announced this week that ICU beds were at 99 percent capacity
Respiratory therapist at New York’s Elmhurst Hospital describes horrors during COVID pandemic:
“The patients in March didn’t have to die like this, if we would have had more staff and better equipment to work with”
By Clara Weiss, 2 July 2020
At poor community hospitals like Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, patients were up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than they were in facilities in the richest parts of Manhattan.
By Chris Marsden, 2 July 2020
Johnson is prime minister of a declining imperialist power, dominated politically, economically, and socially by a financial oligarchy whose sole concern is that the flood of wealth into its coffers continues.
By Andre Damon, 2 July 2020
The resurgence of COVID-19 is the outcome of a policy, led by the Trump administration but supported by the entire political and media establishment, of subordinating society’s needs to the interests of the financial oligarchy.
1 July 2020
By Mauricio Saavedra, 1 July 2020
Three mineworkers have died in the giant state-owned mining corporation Codelco, and some 2,528 are infected, according to the official figures of the Ministry of Mining.
By Tony Robson, 1 July 2020
Inadequate and unsafe forms of transport, poor working conditions, and rundown accommodation are class issues bound up with the wealth extraction demanded by capitalism.
1 July 2020
By the Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 1 July 2020
This joint statement was issued by the rank-and-file safety committees set up by Detroit-area Fiat Chrysler workers to fight for safe conditions during the pandemic.
”I can get another job. I can’t get another life”
By Alex Findijs, 1 July 2020
Outbreaks at salad and fruit processing plants in Springfield, Ohio, and Oswego, New York, show the vulnerability of food workers to the deadly disease.
By Sam Dalton, 1 July 2020
Transit workers are outraged at the Transit Authority and the union after a conductor who was six-months pregnant lost a baby when she was forced to return to track switching.
By Marianne Arens, 30 June 2020
More than 2,000 Amazon workers are taking part in a 48-hour strike at six locations to protest the company’s refusal to provide adequate protection from the virus.
By Tania Kent and Tim Pearce, 30 June 2020
Recent outbreaks in schools almost doubled to 44 in one week—16 more than were recorded at hospitals
Nurses, farmworkers, autoworkers strike for safe working conditions
By Jessica Goldstein, 27 June 2020
The mounting struggles by workers against the back-to-work drive highlight the immense power of the working class in the fight to halt the deadly pandemic and the corporate-government attack on jobs and living standards.
Dole Foods in Ohio hit by 230 COVID-19 cases as food processing plants globally are ravaged by infections
By Alex Findijs, 27 June 2020
Food processing plants around the world continue to be hit by mass infections, even in countries that had largely stopped the spread of the disease.
By Tom Casey, 27 June 2020
An estimated 28,000 cruise ship crew members remain stranded at sea on ships all over the globe following restrictions implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Mitch Marcus, 27 June 2020
Both Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-controlled legislature have fully committed to the reopening of in-person schooling, in line with the demands of automakers and other big businesses.
By Alan Gilman, 27 June 2020
Major League Baseball plans to begin play during the pandemic, but as with the other professional sports, and college football, the hope of resuming in the midst of the pandemic seems delusional.
By Andre Damon, 27 June 2020
The resurgence of the pandemic was the entirely foreseeable outcome of the homicidal campaign by the Trump administration, with the support of the Democrats and the media, to force workers back into factories and workplaces.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 June 2020
Nurses in the SEIU have launched a 10-day strike to protest staffing cuts while their for-profit hospital chain has received government bailouts.
By Paul Bond, 26 June 2020
Globally there have been numerous suicides reported among crew members stranded at sea.
Nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare set to strike California hospital over cuts and PPE shortages
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 June 2020
One thousand nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare are set to strike over concessions the hospital chain is demanding from frontline health care workers as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the US.
By Benjamin Mateus, 25 June 2020
The United States neared a new one-day high in new cases of COVID-19, with 38,386 new infections, only a few hundred below the high set back on April 24 with 39,072 cases.
By Trévon Austin, 25 June 2020
Texas confirmed over 5,000 cases for the first time on Tuesday.
By Tomas Castanheira, 25 June 2020
Different studies point to severe underreporting of COVID-19 cases and deaths, as outbreaks at working places spread across Brazil.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 25 June 2020
As a result of the Modi government’s abandonment of lockdown measures, the coronavirus is spreading like wildfire in both urban slums and rural areas.
Detroit nurses’ lawsuit exposes horrific conditions at Sinai-Grace Hospital as COVID-19 deaths spiked
By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020
Four nurses who worked at Sinai-Grace Hospital have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Tenet corporation that operates the facility where dozens of people died from COVID-19 due to management’s cost-cutting.
By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2020
The bulk of the UK economy, barring “close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas, will reopen July 4. All schools will reopen in September.
By Laura Tiernan, 25 June 2020
The Unite union is playing a crucial role for the government and Transport for London in policing the back-to-work drive and concealing the immense dangers facing bus and transport workers.
By Tony Robson, 25 June 2020
Meat processing factories across the world have become a breeding ground for the virus, and working in them is a potential death sentence.
By Jerry White, 23 June 2020
More than 24,000 meatpacking workers have been infected and at least 91 have died.
“You risk your life when you go back to work”
By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 23 June 2020
Ford workers spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about returning to work during the pandemic.
By Thomas Scripps, 23 June 2020
Royal Mail workers at the central post sorting office in Barnsley, England walked out yesterday after colleagues tested positive for coronavirus.