The coronavirus pandemic
29 July 2020
By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2020
The savage class war proposal is the start of “negotiations” with the Democrats in which the outcome is already assured: a severe reduction in working class living standards in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Bryan Dyne, 28 July 2020
If a similar revision were made to the fatality rate across the US, more than 18,000 new deaths would have to be added to the national toll.
By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2020
Spain was taken off the government’s “safe-travel” list with a few hours’ notice, after being put on it just weeks earlier
By Nick Beams, 28 July 2020
A report published in the New York Times last week on the March crisis—the trigger for the latest round of Fed intervention—noted that speculative activity of hedge funds had pushed “critical parts of the US financial markets” towards a collapse.
By Brent Dylan, 28 July 2020
After an initial report on an outbreak, workers describe the unsafe conditions and corporate double speak.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 July 2020
Meat workers in Melbourne walked off the job this morning over safety concerns, while teachers and principals are demanding school closures after dozens of classroom infections.
By Carl Bronski, 28 July 2020
The demonstrators demanded that Toronto’s mayor use his municipal emergency health and safety powers to block evictions, and denounce the Ontario government’s recently passed pro-landlord Bill 184.
By Alejandro López, 28 July 2020
The EU bailout Iglesias calls a “breath of fresh air” is the roll-out across Europe of the model of Greek bailouts after the 2008 crash, to repay trillions of euros given to the rich.
By Gustav Kemper and Wolfgang Weber, 28 July 2020
This attack has long been planned by the company, the Berlin state executive and the Verdi trade union. Now the coronavirus pandemic and impending closure of Tegel are being used as the excuse to implement it.
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 Patrick Martin, 27 July 2020
The Trump administration and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are condemning millions of workers to destitution, hunger and homelessness.
By Evan Blake, 27 July 2020
With the coronavirus pandemic raging out of control, the Trump administration is escalating its homicidal campaign to reopen schools across the US.
By Zac Thorton, 27 July 2020
As the state’s schools move toward reopening, new data has provided a glimpse of the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s school-age children.
By Benjamin Mateus, 27 July 2020
Millions of people in emerging countries are facing the onslaught of the deadly virus.
By Stephan McCoy, 27 July 2020
The rate at which detected cases are doubling in the country, about every two weeks, implies that confirmed infections will be one million early August.
With over 200,000 dead from coronavirus
By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2020
Even before the pandemic has been brought under control in Eastern Europe, the premature ending of lockdowns in Western Europe is leading to a surge in new cases.
By Margaret Rees, 27 July 2020
“They’ve casualised the workforce so much that this is bound to happen.”
By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2020
As auto plants face staffing crises over COVID-19, the UAW chief tells workers considering early retirement, “Don’t do it.”
By Laurent Lafrance, 25 July 2020
Exploiting their professional qualifications to give their arguments credibility, the experts have fully endorsed the corporate elite’s reactionary dictum: “The cure cannot be worse than the disease.”
As the spread of COVID accelerates, Ford workers in Michigan and Kentucky denounce flouting of safety measures
By Tim Rivers, 25 July 2020
Ford workers in Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky describe the disregard of basic COVID-19 safety protections by management while the UAW works to suppress any opposition.
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.
London bus drivers launch crowdfund appeal for family of murdered French bus driver: “Help the family of Philippe Monguillot!”
By Laura Tiernan, 25 July 2020
London drivers launched the crowdfund for Monguillot’s family two weeks ago and are appealing for support.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 July 2020
Through the “national cabinet,” Labor and Liberal-National governments yesterday “recommitted” to the pro-business policies that have resulted in record deaths and infections.
By Andre Damon, 25 July 2020
The resurgence of COVID-19 is a result of the campaign by the Trump administration—with the assistance of the Democrats and the media—to force workers back on the job as the pandemic continues to rage.
By Kevin Reed, 25 July 2020
The Socialist Equality Party candidates Joseph Kishore for US President and Norissa Santa Cruz for US Vice President have appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for review of the July 8 ruling of Judge Sean Cox rejecting their lawsuit against Michigan ballot access requirements during the pandemic.
By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2020
The spike in hospitalizations is the result of infections surging nationally, including more than 69,000 new cases today, along with 1,150 deaths, bringing the total known case count and death toll to 4.17 million and 147,000, respectively.
By Nancy Hanover, 24 July 2020
Trump’s apparent climbdown from his insistence that schools must “fully” open “ASAP” indicates the deep crisis of the administration and growing fears of the political mobilization of educators, parents and students.
By Charlotte Salthill and Joyce Smith, 24 July 2020
A report by the Sutton Trust highlights the devastating impact of decades of austerity by Tory and Labour governments, with the pandemic triggering an existential crisis for early years education.
By Marianne Arens, 24 July 2020
As with the outbreaks at other German slaughterhouses, the politicians’ main concern is keeping production running so profits continue to pile up.
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.
“They have put the needs of the 1 percent over the importance of human life”
By Linda Rios, 23 July 2020
Concerns about the lack of safety measures at the shipyard began to surface in late March, when a worker tested positive for COVID-19.
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 Benjamin Mateus, 22 July 2020
The United States is in the unique position of being the only developed nation to face such a disastrous and expanding outbreak.
By Jacob Crosse, 22 July 2020
Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi are accused by the US government of hacking private computer networks with assistance from the Chinese government in order to steal intellectual property, including COVID-19 research.
By Will Morrow, 22 July 2020
The agreement will provide a new revenue stream for European states to give handouts to corporations, and a new mechanism for austerity across the continent.
By Laura Tiernan, 22 July 2020
The R-rate, which the government previously said must stay below 1.0 to prevent exponential growth, has risen to 1.0 in almost every area.
By a correspondent, 22 July 2020
“People are worried that on top of the hardship they have already gone through, they would face more unknown, long-term, and negative consequences from the pandemic.”
By Ben McGrath, 22 July 2020
As during the earlier stages of the pandemic, the government is refusing to make the necessary resources available to properly protect people and their livelihoods.
By Mike Head, 22 July 2020
The blatant purpose of the cuts is to give workers no choice but to go back into unsafe workplaces regardless of the rising danger of COVID-19 infection.
By Joe Williams, 22 July 2020
The response of university administrators over the poor state of health care on college campuses is to seek immunity from any legal accountability.
By Joe Mount, 22 July 2020
ASOS engaged in profiteering during the health emergency, continuing its operations in defiance of restrictions that only “essential” workplaces should remain open.
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.
By Nick Beams, 21 July 2020
Many large US companies are reported to have determined that earlier measures are not going to be sufficient and that increased COVID-19 cases and related shutdowns have dashed hopes for a quick recovery.
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.
By Steve James, 21 July 2020
Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team has warned of a second wave of COVID-19 infection as the Central Bank warns of a “severe negative shock”.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 July 2020
The basic reproduction rate (R0) is 1.4 in Sydney and New South Wales, even higher than neighbouring Victoria, which continues to have the largest number of active infections.
21 July 2020
By Markus Salzmann, 21 July 2020
The Ministry of Health in Vienna reported 157 positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday, the highest number since April 10.
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 Bryan Dyne, 20 July 2020
There are 14.6 million confirmed cases and 608,000 deaths worldwide, including just under 3.9 million cases and more than 143,000 deaths in the United States alone.
By Chase Lawrence, 20 July 2020
Nueces County, Texas saw the number of new COVID-19 cases skyrocket in July, infecting dozens of babies, and killing a baby less than six months old.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 July 2020
Around 2,000 people protested outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem in one of a series of demonstrations demanding his resignation.
By Alejandro López, 20 July 2020
Regional authorities have asked over 4 million people not to leave their homes, as the back-to-work campaigns accelerates the contagion of COVID-19 across Europe.
By Jessica Goldstein, 20 July 2020
Toledo Jeep workers report that there are more than 60 cases at the assembly complex, but FCA and the UAW refuse to halt production
By Isaac Finn, 20 July 2020
Last week, the University of Akron’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of eliminating positions from the university.
By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020
The disease particularly affects workers who do not have the opportunity to remain at home and maintain social distancing.
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.
By Luke Galvin, 20 July 2020
The workers were housed in cramped hotel rooms, with upwards of five workers per room.
By Janet Browning, 20 July 2020
While claiming that temporary migrant farm workers would be safeguarded from COVID-19, the Liberal government stopped all in-person worksite inspections.
20 July 2020
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 July 2020
“We cannot continue suffocating the economy,” President Jair Bolsonaro said, as Brazil suffered the highest single day death toll in the world.
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 July 2020
The number of daily new cases in the United States has tripled from a month ago amid a massive resurgence of the pandemic.
Australian medical experts call for workplace and school shutdowns as Victoria’s COVID-19 surge escalates
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 July 2020
Despite the highest spike in Australian coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, the Victorian Labor government has implemented a “lockdown” that leaves schools and most workplaces open.
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 Renae Cassimeda and Liz Laliberte, 18 July 2020
The reopening of the schools, along with the the lifting of travel restrictions in Hawaii, will greatly exacerbate the spread of the virus throughout the islands.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 18 July 2020
The back-to-work policy implemented by governments and trade unions across Europe since lock-downs ended in May is leading to a collapse of social distancing.
By Robert Stevens, 18 July 2020
The collapse in the number of workers in employment takes place along with a drastic fall in hours for those remaining in a job, and a fall in wages.
By Laura Tiernan, 18 July 2020
Johnson’s homicidal plans to end home working and lift public transportation restrictions reveal a financial oligarchy hell-bent on driving millions back to work no matter what the cost in human life.
By Miguel Andrade, 18 July 2020
After a massive continent-wide strike on July 1, delivery workers in Brazil are being told to place their fate in the hands of the unions and Congress.
By Steve Filips, 18 July 2020
The unions have not taken any action to fight for safety or defend jobs. Their only response has been to plead for another government bailout for the airlines.
By Barry Grey, 18 July 2020
The United States is most nakedly pursuing a nationalistic course, aimed at enriching American oligarchs and deploying the vaccine not as a means to save lives, but as a weapon against countries in the crosshairs of US imperialism.
As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants
By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020
The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.
“Four workers share each bunk bed”
By Andrea Lobo, 17 July 2020
The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus.
As India approaches 1 million COVID-19 cases, Modi government continues to deny community transmission
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 July 2020
The absurd claim that India is not experiencing significant community transmission is part of the government’s reckless back-to-work drive and its criminal “herd immunity” policy.
By Stephan McCoy, 17 July 2020
From the onset of the pandemic, health care workers across the continent sounded the alarm over the lack of staff as well as ventilators and ICU beds.
By Benjamin Mateus, 17 July 2020
Florida, Texas, Arizona and California are the worst hit, as well as other states in the deep South like Alabama.
By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2020
Fiat Chrysler, with the aid of the United Auto Workers and the corporate media, continues to downplay the uncontrolled spread of the virus at the Toledo North Assembly Complex.
By Tony Robson, 17 July 2020
The outbreak among the 1,000 plus workforce demonstrates that the highly exploitative and unsafe practices of the Boohoo Group extend across the supply and distribution network.
By Evan Blake, 17 July 2020
The principles of public health and science, which are in alignment with the social interests of the working class, stand diametrically opposed to the insatiable drive for profit.
Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down
By Jerry White, 16 July 2020
With at least 40 confirmed cases in the plant, rank-and-file workers are demanding an immediate halt to production and universal testing.
By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2020
The one-day total of infections has set a new record of 71,670 and deaths are once again climbing.
By Nick Beams, 16 July 2020
Major US banks are raking in billions of dollars through speculative operations financed by the massive intervention of the Fed into all corners of the financial markets.
By Mitch Marcus, 16 July 2020
PPP has been a boondoggle of monumental proportions, funneling essentially free cash to major corporations.
By Dennis Moore, 16 July 2020
Almost 230,000 tenants across England have fallen behind with rent payments since the start of the pandemic.
By Sam Dalton, 16 July 2020
As the virus’s spread in prisons continues unabated, a new study shows the COVID-19 death rate for US inmates is triple the population at large.
By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2020
Harley-Davidson’s restructuring plan will lead to a further casualization of its global workforce and the lowering of their wages.
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 Andre Damon, 16 July 2020
The massive run-up in stock prices has only one explanation: The capitalist state has put at the disposal of its masters in the financial oligarchy unlimited amounts of money.
By Benjamin Mateus, 15 July 2020
Hospitalizations are up 43 percent in California. Texas and Arizona are readying refrigerated trucks to store the overflow of bodies from inundated morgues.
By Naveen Dewage, 15 July 2020
According to the UNICEF report, close to 1 million more South Asian children could die in the coming year due to lack of access to food, vaccines, and timely medical care.
By Will Morrow, 15 July 2020
The deal has been hailed by the Macron government and international media as an “historic” sign that health staff are receiving just recognition for their sacrifices.
By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2020
The modelling is based on deaths in hospitals alone and not in care homes and other settings.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2020
This is the latest, and one of the largest, workplace outbreaks in the UK since the ending of the national lockdown by the Johnson government.