6 March 2021
SEP (Australia) online public meeting
5 March 2021
As workers are propelled into struggle against a corporate onslaught targeting their jobs, conditions and social rights, it is essential that they draw the lessons of past experiences, including what has taken place at Smeaton Grange.
UK: Go North West launches strike busting operation to enforce fire and rehire contracts against bus drivers
By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 5 March 2021
In the face of the strike busting operation, the Unite union is not appealing to other Go-Ahead workers and drivers from other companies to support the Go North West strikers, but has made a series of futile appeals to management, shareholders, potential investors, and local politicians.
4 March 2021
By Kayla Costa and Nick Barrickman, 4 March 2021
Amazon workers expressed a wide range of views about the ongoing union recertification vote at the company’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.
By Hasan Yıldırım, 3 March 2021
Strikes in CHP-controlled municipalities of Istanbul have strikingly exposed the reactionary role of the trade unions and pseudo-left groups supporting the CHP.
By Samuel Davidson, 3 March 2021
With the collaboration of the teachers unions, Philadelphia schools will begin in-person classes for about 3,000 kindergarten through second grade students Monday, despite the spread of new and more infectious coronavirus strains that are making their way into the population.
3 March 2021
By Jerry White and Joseph Kishore, 2 March 2021
Biden’s unprecedented intervention at Amazon brings to a new stage the corporatist strategy of the ruling class to integrate the unions into the state and corporate management.
By Tania Kent, 2 March 2021
The response by the teaching unions to Johnson’s announcement that this will the “last lockdown,” despite resulting in “more infections, more hospitalisations and… more deaths” is to enforce it!
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 February 2021
The dispute, one of the longest of the past two decades, has again proven that the trade unions are police forces of company management.
By Shannon Jones, 28 February 2021
Important lessons can be drawn from the experience of the mass struggles that erupted in 2011 against austerity in Wisconsin.
Oscar Grenfell, 26 February 2021
A continued rejection of the sell-out must be linked to the fight for a broader movement of the working class, outside the straitjacket of the unions.
US universities have cut 650,000 jobs, a 13 percent workforce reduction, since the onset of the pandemic
By Alex Findijis, 26 February 2021
Thousands of adjunct faculty members have seen their courses canceled and their paychecks eliminated as programs are consolidated and courses move online.
24 February 2021
Philadelphia teachers union endorses bogus claims of school renovations as cover for reopening schools
By Douglas Lyons, 24 February 2021
The PFT, while posing as “concerned” about certain elements of the reopening plans, claims falsely that schools can be made safe through updates to decrepit school buildings, in particular, improved ventilation systems.
By Jerry White, 21 February 2021
The Biden administration, the corporate media and the teachers unions have ganged up against educators who are refusing to risk their lives.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 February 2021
The union insists that workers have no choice but to accept the sell-out, while Coles signals it will end the protracted lockout only if there is complete capitulation to its demands.
By Santiago Guillen and Alejandro López, 19 February 2021
Having isolated the strike, the unions moved to shut it down precisely as it coincided with a broader upsurge of struggles in Spain and across Europe against job cuts and “herd immunity” policies.
By Jerry White, 17 February 2021
Sweeney’s “insurgent” campaign in 1995 was aimed at heading off the collapse of the AFL-CIO after more than a decade during which the US labor federation betrayed strikes and colluded in the destruction of millions of jobs.
16 February 2021
By our correspondents, 14 February 2021
The company’s video last week “exposed that the union is working hand-in-glove with Coles management against the interests of the workers.”
By Mike Head, 13 February 2021
In essence, the presentation was a bid for the return of another Labor government to police the intensified corporate refashioning of workplace relations.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 February 2021
The UWU is using a playbook employed by the unions to shut down workers’ opposition and enforce a defeat in one dispute after another over decades.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 February 2021
Solidarity bemoans the union’s attacks on workers as a “tragedy,” as though a misunderstanding is involved, but insists that they remain trapped within the framework of the UWU as it seeks to enforce a sell-out.
By Gustav Kemper, 11 February 2021
Commerzbank’s “Strategy 2024,” which will sacrifice 10,000 jobs, is supported by the Verdi trade union and the works council.
11 February 2021
10 February 2021
By Alex Lantier, 9 February 2021
Strikers want to resolve their very low salary, poor sanitary conditions, non-payment of bonuses and overtime, including a performance bonus that has not been paid for six months, and equipment failures.
By Mike Head, 8 February 2021
Falsely touted as a radical new “super” union, the UWU is another wealthy and ruthless apparatus for suppressing mounting workers’ struggles.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 February 2021
The UAW Local 862 building chairman’s letter spells out in plain English the UAW’s own class hatred of workers at the Louisville Assembly Plant and the entire working class worldwide.
By International Amazon Workers Voice, 6 February 2021
Workers can best conduct their struggle through a rank-and-file committee, not through a union that will enforce the company’s directives.
By Margot Miller, 5 February 2021
The National Education Union’s recovery plan is predicated on the dangerous fiction that it is possible to reopen schools safely while the pandemic is raging.
5 February 2021
By Henry Lee, 5 February 2021
The response of the University and College Union to the attack on jobs and the reopening of campuses during the pandemic has been to isolate each dispute and refuse to call unified national strike action.
Australian Labor Party and unions pretend to oppose corporate offensive on workers’ jobs, pay and conditions
By Mike Head, 5 February 2021
After propping up the Morrison government for more than a year, the Labor and union leaders are attempting to distance themselves from it.
Quebec teachers’ union rules “out of order” motion condemning government’s reopening of schools amid pandemic
By Our reporters, 4 February 2021
After refusing to call a single membership meeting on the COVID-19 crisis since schools reopened in August, one of Quebec’s largest local teacher unions ruled “out of order” a motion calling for an emergency meeting to discuss what actions teachers should take to fight the pandemic.
By Harvey Simpkins, 3 February 2021
The legal move to forestall strike action arises in the midst of growing resistance by educators nationwide, most notably in Chicago, involving a direct confrontation with the Democratic Party and the state.
By Andrea Lobo, 30 January 2021
While it seeks to make an example out of the Matamoros workers through mass firings, the ruling class is promoting the “independent” unions and lawyer Susana Prieto as the public face of the these struggles to channel opposition behind Morena.
By Alexander Fangmann, 29 January 2021
The fight by Chicago educators to prevent the reopening of schools has become the focal point of the class struggle in the United States, with every other major district in the country looking to the city to set a precedent.
By Anthony Bertolt, 27 January 2021
Workers are vehemently opposed to the company demands for a reduction in full time safety firefighting staff and a push for contract safety worker positions, dramatically raising the danger of fatal accidents and environmental disaster.
By Mike Head, 27 January 2021
Plans to dump Albanese are intensifying as the worldwide COVID-19 catastrophe worsens, fuelling working class unrest internationally, and the incoming Biden administration steps up the US confrontation with China.
By Shannon Jones, 26 January 2021
The Biden administration has made it clear the unions will play a key role in promoting the anti-China drive and enforcing the deadly reopening of schools and workplaces.
By Tom Hall, 26 January 2021
The Hunts Point point strike collided against two principal obstacles: the trade unions and the Democratic Party.
25 January 2021
By Daniel de Vries, 23 January 2021
Fearing the strike was becoming a catalyst for a broader movement of the working class against social inequality and the criminal response to the pandemic, the unions and the Democrats rushed to shut down the struggle.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 January 2021
There is substantial opposition to the betrayal, but it can be defeated only through a rebellion against the UWU and the establishment of new organisations of genuine struggle.
Vote “no” on the sellout agreement at Hunts Point! Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2021
The Socialist Equality Party urges workers at Hunts Point Produce market in the Bronx to reject any deal between the Teamsters and the employers to shut down the strike.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 23 January 2021
IG Metall and its works councils have been implementing cutbacks for years.
By Michael Walters, 22 January 2021
The district’s top human resources official issued a highly provocative letter threatening Chicago educators that any “collective failure” to return for in-person instruction “constitutes an illegal strike.”
By Thomas Scripps, 22 January 2021
A growing number of strikes in Britain point to the growing demands in the working class for living standards and working conditions to be defended.
Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through concessions-laden deal at CAMI plant after secret talks with GM
By Carl Bronski, 21 January 2021
In what can only be described as an ambush, Unifor reopened the CAMI contract behind the backs of the workers, then rammed through a rotten deal, many of whose basic details are either being concealed or are yet to be determined.
20 January 2021
19 January 2021
By Marcus Day, 19 January 2021
The formation of the new transnational giant marks new milestones in both the global integration of production and the protracted decline of America’s industrial dominance, while heralding intensified attacks on workers’ jobs internationally.
By Carl Bronski, 16 January 2021
Unifor may try as early as this Sunday to force through a new contract, replacing that scheduled to expire this fall.
Build rank-and-file committees to defend worker rights
By International Amazon Workers Voice, 16 January 2021
Workers need organization and a leadership to fight, but bitter experience has shown that the unions do not represent workers.
15 January 2021
14 January 2021
14 January 2021
13 January 2021
By Kevin Reed, 11 January 2021
A group of 200 employees have formed a union called the Alphabet Workers Union that is open to all employees and contractors at the parent company of the tech giant Google and is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America of the AFL-CIO.
As UK death toll mounts, Corbyn and teaching unions suppress opposition to Johnson government’s murderous policies
By Julie Hyland, 9 January 2021
National Education Union joint leader Courtney pleaded that his union had done everything to keep schools open. “My union supported the opening of schools in September”, he said.
9 January 2021
By Martin Nowak and Christoph Vandreier, 7 January 2021
In enforcing their inhumane pandemic policies, the federal and state governments, consisting of a broad range of political coalitions, can rely on the close cooperation of Germany’s trade unions.
7 January 2021
6 January 2021
By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 6 January 2021
The incident exposed the class gulf between the union and rank-and-file educators, who are fighting to protect their lives as the Democratic Lightfoot administration forces a return to dangerous schools.
Quebec nurses need independent organizations of rank-and-file workers’ power, not another pro-capitalist trade union
By Laurent Lafrance and Richard Dufour, 6 January 2021
Outraged by their union’s latest sellout agreement, some nurses have voiced support for building a new, more “militant” union.
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 January 2021
Even though only 23 percent of families opted to return their students to in-person schooling, the district has maintained its aggressive push to bring educators and children back into classrooms.
By Steve Streitberg, 29 December 2020
Drivers should form rank-and-file committees on every line and in every depot, with trusted workers elected to lead the fight against the new industrial agreement.
By Jack Turner and Peter Symonds, 24 December 2020
Kelly’s article makes no mention of the role of the UWU, or indeed of any trade union, let alone their decades of betrayals.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 December 2020
The big corporations and unions in the auto, supply, steel, engineering, chemical and other industries are using the Corona crisis to shed workers, intensify exploitation and prepare for trade war and all-out war.
By Jim Franklin, 23 December 2020
No less than four union officials fronted about 40 workers at Sydney’s Alexandria delivery facility to attempt to stifle their anger over the Alternative Delivery Model, which has created intolerable working conditions.
By Laura Tiernan, 23 December 2020
The groundswell of support for Judith Katera across the garages must now be organised in direct opposition to Unite and the transport companies. She must not be left to fight alone!
UK: Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth Hospital staff respond to frontline nurse’s exposure of dangerous working conditions
By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 23 December 2020
Posted on the NHS FightBack Facebook group page, the letter was read by hundreds of people and widely shared. It was also shared to various NHS based campaign groups across Facebook.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 23 December 2020
The unions’ grip is increasingly tenuous after a long list of betrayals.
By Max Boddy, 22 December 2020
When challenged over her claims that the article was full of untruths, ACTU secretary Sally McManus provided no evidence and told the WSWS to “Google” it.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21 December 2020
Representatives of the owners and trade unions at Volkswagen unanimously agreed last week to launch an initiative to take on US manufacturer Tesla. The burden of this is to be borne by the workforce—at VW itself and in the parts supplier chain.
By Kristina Betinis and Michael Walters, 21 December 2020
Amid record COVID-19 deaths, the Chicago Teachers Union is working with city leaders to begin bringing teachers back to school buildings January 4.
As it keeps them in unsafe plants
By Kathleen Martin and Tom Hall, 19 December 2020
The UAW at FCA had the audacity to post advice for its members on coping with stress during the pandemic.
By Richard Dufour and Laurent Lafrance, 18 December 2020
The union that represents most Quebec nurses recently signed an agreement with the government little different from one that union delegates rejected two weeks earlier out of fear of a rank-and-file rebellion.
18 December 2020
By Mike Head, 18 December 2020
Judging by the NTEU’s annual report, the union leadership is proud of its achievement in presiding over unprecedented job losses.
By Max Boddy, 17 December 2020
The bill is the product of months of secretive talks between employers, the government and the unions.
IG Metall responds to planned closure of Daimler plant in Berlin: “The main thing is that we’re sitting at the table”
By Peter Schwarz, 15 December 2020
Production came to a standstill last week when several hundred of the 2,500 employees protested against the threatened plant shutdown.
By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2020
The US attorney heading the five-year investigation into corruption in the United Auto Workers union joined UAW President Rory Gamble to announce the end of the federal probe while absurdly claiming the union is now free of corruption and suspicion.
By The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2020
To prevent a strike and maintain the flow of profits, the United Auto Workers is attempting to impose a sellout agreement on 2,200 Ohio parts workers.
11 December 2020
By Margot Miller, 10 December 2020
The strike called off by the NEU would have been the first official Covid-related strike in the UK since the spring, as pressure from educators and parents mounts to close unsafe schools.
By Steve Filips, 10 December 2020
After workers twice rejected the sellout agreement, officials from the International Union of Electrical Local 83761 (IUE-CWA) pushed through a four-year deal that includes paltry raises and increased health care costs.
By Terry Cook, 9 December 2020
The unions are trying to ram through their agreements via online ballots, while providing their members with scant and misleading outlines of their contents.
Sellout union deal in New York City creates only 4 positions to accommodate pregnant transit workers
By Daniel de Vries, 8 December 2020
The deal comes in response to mass outrage after a train conductor lost her newborn daughter after going into labor at an East New York rail yard over the summer.
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.
24 November 2020
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 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.
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 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.
Swallowing camels and straining on gnats—Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group “discovers” top union leader practices “class collaboration”
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 20 November 2020
Echoing the complaints of a section of the trade union bureaucracy, Fightback has denounced Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff for nominating former Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to head the OECD.