Health & Safety at Work
Bangladeshi and Cambodian garment workers strike against COVID-19 job cuts; Pakistani medical workers demand safe working conditions
25 April 2020
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“Trump is more interested in getting the economy going than he is in our lives”
By Jerry White, 24 April 2020
The automakers and the United Auto Workers union are moving rapidly to reopen the auto industry even though it would accelerate the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
By Shannon Jones, 24 April 2020
Many communities where meatpacking plants are located are suffering much higher infection rates than the national average.
By Miles Driver and Laura Tiernan, 24 April 2020
Drivers told the WSWS about the unsafe working conditions being enforced by the Johnson government, private bus operators, Transport for London and London Labour Party Mayor Sadiq Khan, in collaboration with the unions.
By Anthony Bertolt, 24 April 2020
An outbreak at a wind turbine plant in Grand Forks has led to a sharp spike in infections in the sparsely populated state.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 April 2020
The American ruling class is attempting to rapidly resume production and send workers back to work. If this policy is carried out, countless thousands more people will get gravely sick or die.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 April 2020
The actions amount to a death sentence for thousands of working people, and particularly the elderly.
By Trévon Austin, 22 April 2020
Nurses countrywide are opposing the government’s bank-to-work demands and insisting they be provided with proper protective gear on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazon shuts down French distribution centers after court requires protection of employees from coronavirus
By Will Morrow, 22 April 2020
The closure is a naked act of economic blackmail, using Amazon’s control over logistics infrastructure to sabotage the distribution of essential goods.
By Kevin Reed, 22 April 2020
Michigan’s largest health care provider, Beaumont Health, announced the layoff of 2,475 employees and the permanent elimination of 450 positions at its Detroit-area facilities.
By Julian James, 22 April 2020
Roughly 1-in-4 COVID-19 fatalities in the entire Veterans Affairs care system have taken place at a single facility in Massachusetts.
By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 22 April 2020
“We must learn to live with the pandemic,” Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed.
By Robert Stevens, 22 April 2020
In what it described as a "conservative estimate", the Financial Times concluded that its analysis of official data reveals "The coronavirus pandemic has already caused as many as 41,000 deaths in the UK".
By our reporter, 22 April 2020
Around 500 viewers took part in the event with participants from Britain joined by others from Australia, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, Canada and the US—underscoring the international interest in the meeting.
By Jessica Goldstein, 22 April 2020
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reportedly received 3,000 complaints related to the pandemic, with state agencies receiving many times more.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 22 April 2020
Modi and big business have cynically sought to justify their push for a premature return to work by pointing to the desperate plight of hundreds of millions of day labourers.
By David Levine, 22 April 2020
Hospital workers demanded that the city’s chief public health officer, who accused medical workers of being responsible for the spread of the virus, be removed from office.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 April 2020
State governments are moving ahead with an easing of restrictions, including through the reopening of schools, creating the conditions for major coronavirus outbreaks.
Build rank-and-file committees at Amazon! For maximum safety, universal testing, and workers’ control of production!
Statement by the International Amazon Workers Voice, 22 April 2020
Amazon workers need organizations to fight, but the unions which are trying to “organize” them, have a long record of betraying the working class.
“They have our lives in their hands”
By Samuel Davidson and Kayla Costa, 21 April 2020
With management demanding that production continue despite unsafe conditions, workers are now speaking out and organizing wildcat walkouts.
“We’re told there’s no money, but it’s raining money for the banks”
By our reporters, 21 April 2020
Nurses spoke out against the horrific conditions they and other health workers face in fighting the pandemic in long-term care facilities and insisted these are the product of decades of austerity.
By Martin Scott, 21 April 2020
Two more patients have died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in the northwest of the state.
Amazon workers in Italy strike over coronavirus cover-up
By Shannon Jones, 18 April 2020
The reckless drive by the Trump administration and governments in Europe to resume production despite health warnings will produce a social explosion.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 April 2020
This week, after a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Brazil, protests and work stoppage spread to hospitals and other health care units.
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 April 2020
Trump and the political establishment are seeking to enforce a return to work despite the warnings of medical experts that the US is nowhere near prepared to reopen safely.
By Kevin Reed, 18 April 2020
Corporate health care providers in the Detroit area are attempting to impose financial losses associated with the health crisis onto the working class.
By Andrew Timon, 18 April 2020
Maria Krier’s death is another tragic outcome of the appalling conditions in nursing homes throughout New England and the US.
By Erik Schreiber, 18 April 2020
This ghastly discovery is symptomatic of the disaster unfolding at nursing homes in the state, across the US and internationally.
By Robert Stevens, 18 April 2020
Boris Johnson’s Conservatives pursued a policy which envisaged the mass infection of tens of millions of people and the deaths of possibly hundreds of thousands.
By Tom Pearce, 18 April 2020
The plan is for primary schools to start reopening in a “regionalised approach,” despite reports of three teacher deaths from COVID-19.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 18 April 2020
Germany’s automakers and the IG Metall trade union are demanding that production be restarted.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 April 2020
Economist Boris Augurzky claims that there are too many hospitals, and has called for the crisis to be used to further reduce the number of facilities.
By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 18 April 2020
The fires expose the fact that the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe remains unresolved and continues to threaten the health of the population.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 April 2020
The criminal actions of the Rajapakse government and big business will accelerate the spread of the deadly virus and lead to a further loss of workers’ lives.
By Mike Head, 18 April 2020
Governments and big business are using the COVID-19 crisis to accelerate the decades-long assault on social spending and workers’ jobs, wages and conditions.
By Martin Scott, 18 April 2020
More than 160 Ruby Princess crew members have tested positive for COVID-19, but most of the 1,056 workers are being refused the right to leave the ship.
By John Braddock, 18 April 2020
Sections of NZ’s business elite are demanding an end to the month-long COVID-19 lockdown and for working people to risk their lives to defend the capitalist economy.
By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 17 April 2020
Trump’s plan is not conceived from the standpoint of public health, but to ensure that major corporations are allowed to get back to the business of squeezing profits out of workers as quickly as possible.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 17 April 2020
By preparing to order workers back to work amid a raging pandemic, European governments are risking the lives of millions of workers and those close to them.
By our reporters, 16 April 2020
Reports from two tram drivers illustrate the irresponsible actions of the MVG management putting workers at increased risk of infection and death.
By Benjamin Mateus, 15 April 2020
Over 2,300 people died from COVID-19 in the United States Tuesday, in the highest recorded daily death toll of any country.
As pandemic deaths continue to rise
By Barry Grey, 15 April 2020
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday congratulated both Trump and the Democratic governors for moving to lift the restrictions on profit-making.
By Kevin Reed, 15 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exploded in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, exposing the catastrophic circumstances facing large numbers of elderly working class people.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 April 2020
The call for human life to be weighed against economic value runs through the statement from start to finish.
15 April 2020
“I urge employees not to be silenced by ruthless and reckless employers and to stand together and speak out.”
By Alice Summers, 15 April 2020
Another 27,531 Covid-19 cases in Europe were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly one million.
By John Vassilopoulos, 15 April 2020
Greece only had 560 intensive care unit beds as the pandemic began, 6 per 1 million inhabitants compared to 29.2 in Germany.
By Marianne Arens, 15 April 2020
Refuse workers report how they are given no protection and are expected to travel home in their dirty overalls.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 15 April 2020
Modi offered no plan to deal either with the health emergency or the socio-economic calamity triggered by the sudden, unplanned lockdown.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 April 2020
It is the policy of sustained socio-economic shock therapy initiated under Pinochet that lay the groundwork for incalculable loss of life today
By Wimal Perera, 15 April 2020
Employers have shuttered the plants, sacking thousands of workers and refusing to pay outstanding wages.
By Jerry White, 15 April 2020
In a joint comment published by USA Today, the leaders of four major unions urge corporate America to use their services to “restore profits and economic growth.”
By Alejandro López, 14 April 2020
Working class anger is rising against the Socialist Party-Podemos government, which forced millions of non-essential workers back to work yesterday
UK NHS workers speak to the WSWS: “Is it worth clapping the NHS without ensuring the safety of frontline workers?”
By our reporters, 14 April 2020
Several NHS workers have contacted the WSWS following the attacks by Conservative Health Minister Matt Hancock, who accused NHS staff of wasting personal protective equipment resources.
Transit agencies and governments continue to expose workers and riders to coronavirus pandemic internationally
By Sam Dalton, 14 April 2020
Transit workers are both dying from and increasingly rebelling against the withholding of adequate safety measures by the transit agencies and state officials.
By Sheila Brehm, 11 April 2020
While GM assembly plants remain shut, the company's Burton, Michigan parts warehouse is operating with 200 “volunteers.”
The COVID-19 crisis in New York City
By Clara Weiss, 9 April 2020
With hundreds of COVID patients, the hospital is running low on PPE, medication, ventilators and staff.
Police in Pakistan beat and arrest health care workers protesting over Coronavirus safety concerns, lack of PPE
By Dr. Zayar, 9 April 2020
Police brutally attacked several hundred medical staff after they marched to the house of the Balochistan Chief Minister in Quetta to protest the lack of personal protective equipment or PPE.
By Janet Browning, 9 April 2020
More than 800 doctors signed an angry open letter to the hard-right United Conservative Party government protesting cuts to doctors’ fees that will result in reduced services at hundreds of rural clinics across the province.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 April 2020
The warnings come as the number of deaths worldwide approaches 82,000 and the number of officially confirmed cases burst past 1.4 million.
By Tom Hall and Jessica Goldstein, 8 April 2020
Automakers are planning a return to work that would endanger workers and their families.
By Marcus Day, 8 April 2020
Expanding layers of the working class throughout the world are being drawn into the struggle for lifesaving necessities.
By Robert Stevens, 8 April 2020
Whatever Johnson’s personal fate, the herd immunity policy that landed him seriously ill in hospital has already contributed to many infections and thousands of deaths nationwide.
By Paul Lee, 8 April 2020
Weeks into the pandemic, postal workers are still not able to social distance and have a lack of personal protection equipment when out delivering mail.
By Josh Varlin, 8 April 2020
The official figures must be considered substantial underestimates, since there has been a reported surge in people dying in their homes, rather than in hospital.
”She called me and said, ‘Mommy, I can barely breathe.’”
By Nick Barrickman, 8 April 2020
Grocery workers have been increasingly falling ill as the coronavirus spreads through the population.
By Tony Robson, 8 April 2020
The threats to health workers have been particularly directed at any use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
By Owen Howell, 8 April 2020
Within a month, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has leapt from a few dozen to over 2,000.
By Aaron Murch, 8 April 2020
There have been no arrests so far, for the disaster which killed three workers, while city building inspectors who were found negligent have been allowed to retire.
8 April 2020
By Darren Paxton, 7 April 2020
Front line health and social care workers from the Scottish Highlands spoke to the WSWS about the conditions they are facing.
By Penny Smith, 7 April 2020
COVID-19 cases have been reported from over 600 nursing and retirement homes nationwide, with Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia hardest hit
By Evan Blake, 6 April 2020
At around midnight Monday morning, seven night shift nurses at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit were sent home after refusing to work in unsafe, understaffed conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Tim Rivers and Marcus Day, 3 April 2020
The workers were hourly employees at Ford’s Livonia Transmission Plant and FCA’s MOPAR parts distribution center in Center Line.
By Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin, 1 April 2020
More than 800 people died Tuesday of COVID-19 in the United States, the highest death toll so far, with nearly 25,000 new cases.
By Shuvu Batta, 1 April 2020
Gig economy workers are entering into struggle against dangerous working conditions that threaten a wider spread of the pandemic.
By Jerry White, 1 April 2020
Amazon workers at the Detroit area DTW1 facility walked out Wednesday to demand the closure and sanitizing of the warehouse after a third worker tested positive for COVID-19.
By Jason Melanovski, 1 April 2020
The policies of the Zelensky government threaten the working class with a social and medical disaster of immense proportions.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 April 2020
Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live in homes that were detrimental to their health and safety even before the onset of the coronavirus.
By Tony Robson and Dan Richardson, 1 April 2020
Britain’s new “Satanic Mills” are a byword for low pay, casualisation and sweat shop conditions, which have only worsened as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 1 April 2020
Placing profits before workers’ lives, Ontario and Quebec have declared businesses “essential” that have nothing to do with providing healthcare, food, power or other life necessities.
1 April 2020
The event will be live-streamed through the SEP’s official Facebook page.
“A lot of people don't get a ventilator when they come to a hospital now, no matter how young they are”
By Clara Weiss, 31 March 2020
New York is now the center of the pandemic. As of Monday night, 1,342 people have died and 67,325 have tested positive. Over 36,000 of the infected are in New York City.
“We cannot abandon the nurses”
By Allison Smith, 31 March 2020
Last week, 34-year-old nurse Daniella Trezzi, who worked in the COVID-19 intensive care ward of San Gerardo hospital at Monza, near Milan, committed suicide.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 March 2020
The strike lasted several hours, only ending after management promised to improve social distancing and sanitising.
By Jerry White, 31 March 2020
With their work becoming ever more essential, grocery and delivery workers are fighting to protect themselves and those they serve from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2020
The coronavirus crisis has exposed how Europe’s health and social care services face collapse after decades of being underfunded, privatised and de-staffed.
By Tony Robson, 24 March 2020
NHS doctors and nurses have been battling against the government’s refusal to provide testing and adequate Personal Protective Equipment.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 March 2020
It is still virtually impossible to be tested for the life-threatening virus and there is a lack of protective marks and other urgently needed equipment for health care workers.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The total number infected in the United States is approaching 50,000, with nearly 600 dead.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The WSWS spoke to three physicians as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in the United States.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 March 2020
This foreseeable and foreseen disaster comes after Israel’s 13-year-long siege that has rendered Gaza almost uninhabitable.
By Hector Cordon, 24 March 2020
Two weeks after the first emergence of a coronavirus infection in its Everett, Washington, plant, Boeing has shut down production in the region.
By Nick Barrickman, 24 March 2020
After strikes by US and European Amazon workers over the danger to their health, the company’s billionaire CEO feigned concern while insisting that workers keep pumping out profits.
By Luke Galvin, 24 March 2020
The half-measure concessions, which went into effect Sunday, also included keeping stores in the rest of the United States operating with “delivery-to-door” service.
24 March 2020
Florida residents on COVID-19 pandemic: “There is no way we can go longer than a month at this rate.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 March 2020
Workers and students spoke with the WSWS about lack of supplies, limited testing, and growing concerns over the economic, social, and health impact on their families and friends.
COVID-19 hits Nevada: Catastrophic job losses coupled with woefully inadequate health care infrastructure
By Jacob Crosse, 24 March 2020
Hundreds of thousands of workers have been laid off and Nevada’s sparse health care infrastructure is buckling as community spread of coronavirus takes hold.
By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 24 March 2020
Even as school districts deliver free meals to millions of low-income students, state governments have already begun slashing school spending and reneging on promised pay raises to teachers.
By Ben McGrath, 24 March 2020
Workers are being kept on the job, exposing themselves and their communities to greater risks.