Health & Safety at Work
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 November 2020
The committee has independently confirmed two separate outbreaks on opposite sides of the plant, suggesting a larger outbreak may be underway.
4 November 2020
By Genevieve Leigh, 4 November 2020
More than 61,000 children in the US were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, more than in any other week during the pandemic.
4 November 2020
Jennifer Jones calls for united action in parents strike: “Are things serious enough for a mass walk out? How serious does it need to get?”
By our reporter, 4 November 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Boycott Return to Unsafe Schools leader Jennifer Jones about the parents strike they have called for this Thursday.
By Roger Jordan, 4 November 2020
Acting at the behest of Ontario’s Conservative government, school authorities have rejected out of hand teachers’ demand for the school’s closure or additional safety measures.
By Barış Demir, 4 November 2020
President Erdoğan’s government insists on continuing its back-to-work, back-to-school policy as thousands fall ill and deaths mount.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 November 2020
The sudden and tragic death of such a young child has sent shockwaves through the community and across the US.
3 November 2020
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2020
The NEU itself envisages only a temporary closure of schools, calling for “rotas to be introduced at the end of the lockdown period.”
By Nick Barrickman, 3 November 2020
The halt to reopening comes after 93 percent of Washington D.C. Public School teachers declared a vote of “no confidence” in the Democratic Party-controlled city’s school reopening plan.
By Will Morrow, 3 November 2020
Government policy means that schools will act as vectors for the transmission of the virus, countless children will become infected, and will infect family and friends.
“It’s like their budget is more important than the safety of staff and customers”
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 November 2020
A new study by Harvard University shows that those Boston-area grocery store workers who caught COVID-19 most likely contracted it through the workplace, not through outside personal activities.
Brookline, Massachusetts educators begin sickout strike as state officials push to keep schools open
By Andrew Timon and Kate Randall, 3 November 2020
The governor and Massachusetts school officials have placed a premium on opening schools despite the dangerous spike in coronavirus infections.
Who bears responsibility for the Canadian ruling elite’s catastrophic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic?
By Roger Jordan, 2 November 2020
By systematically prioritizing corporate profit and investor wealth over human lives, Canada’s governments have created conditions for a second wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths even bigger than the first.
By James Martin, 2 November 2020
School custodian Greg Petersen became ill as schools reopen and teacher opposition grows to the spread of the deadly virus.
By Samuel Tissot, 2 November 2020
Students denounce abrupt, inadequate second lockdown as confusion and precarity loom large.
Johnson government forced into new national lockdown, but schools, universities and factories must stay open
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2020
The lockdown was forced on Johnson because coronavirus has escalated out of control since the economy was reopened in May, threatening to swamp the National Health Service and result in deaths on a scale dwarfing the height of the pandemic in spring.
By Cole Michaels, 2 November 2020
Hospital administrators across the state are raising the alarm, demanding the governor take action to limit the spread, including mandating masks, even as plans remain to reopen schools.
By Erik Schreiber, 2 November 2020
For two years, the New York State Nurses Association has allowed its members to work without a contract while opposing a genuine fight for the minimum safety measures needed to protect nurses against infection.
By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2020
There were more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States over the past seven days, measured both by the daily new case counts and the seven-day running average.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2020
The similar ending of safety measures caused the COVID-19 catastrophes, now engulfing hospitals throughout Europe, the US and many other parts of the world.
By San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 October 2020
The public must be granted access to proper data and information so that individuals can make informed decisions on their health, and to ensure the proper protection of themselves and their families.
By Benjamin Mateus, 29 October 2020
The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.
By Andrea Peters, 29 October 2020
With coronavirus cases far outpacing their May peak, outbreaks are hitting medical facilities and cultural institutions across the country.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 29 October 2020
If the resurgence of COVID-19 across Europe is not halted, it is a matter of only a few weeks before hospitals are overrun and masses of people cut off from treatment.
“People bring items with them to scan in the bathroom so they can make rate”
By Jonathan Burleigh, 29 October 2020
The grocery delivery arm of the online retailer is taking full advantage of high unemployment and lax safety regulation to further exploit its workforce.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 October 2020
A government appointed committee has warned of a potential second wave of infections in winter leading to a sharp rise in the percentage of the population hit by the coronavirus.
By Roger Jordan, 28 October 2020
The walkout by the poorly-paid health care workers expressed growing class anger against Alberta’s right-wing UCP government and the Canadian elite’s ruinous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Zac Thorton, 28 October 2020
Workers at the landmark office building, who have been confronted with the inhuman choice between their lives and their livelihoods, speak out following the death of another coworker.
UK teacher describes disastrous lack of safety at reopened schools: “Teachers are at high risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19”
By Our reporter, 28 October 2020
Lucia tried to share a petition calling for PPE for teachers, with 200,000 signatures, with national media organisations but was ignored, including by the pseudo-left Socialist Workers Party.
Canadian court outlaws picketing of Loblaws distribution center in Newfoundland Dominion grocery strike
By Janet Browning and Carl Bronski, 28 October 2020
Designated as essential workers, the Dominion store workers laboured through the pandemic with totally inadequate protection from the virus, only to be forced onto the picket lines by Loblaws and its billionaire owner, Galen Weston.
28 October 2020
By Mike Ingram, 28 October 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Facebook and its contractors are forcing content moderators to return to offices and risk their lives.
By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2020
Europe is recording over 200,000 new cases each day, with France among the continent’s worst-hit countries, regularly reporting 30,000 to 50,000 new cases daily.
By Gregor Link, 28 October 2020
On Saturday night, the Robert Koch Institute was the target of an arson attack. According to the police, unknown assailants attacked an institute building in Tempelhof-Schöneberg with several flammable objects.
27 October 2020
By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 October 2020
The drive for automation no doubt has the potential to free workers from laborious and life-threatening tasks, particularly during a pandemic, but the result of automation under capitalism is to increase the exploitation of workers through layoffs, speedup and wage cuts.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 October 2020
Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.
By Ben Trent, 27 October 2020
As the pandemic hit the UK, tens of thousands of operations were cancelled. The pressure to clear through this backlog, while simultaneously handling the resurgence of the virus, will have dire effects on an already beleaguered NHS.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2020
Poland’s leading epidemiologist pointed to parallels between current conditions in Poland and those in Italy earlier this year, when the health care system collapsed due to the number of infections.
By Anthony Torres, 27 October 2020
With more than 50,000 new cases recorded in France on Sunday, there is a clear danger that hospitals and emergency rooms will once again be overwhelmed.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 October 2020
In their fight for higher wages and safe working conditions, the employees of Charité’s subsidiary find themselves confronted by an alliance of Berlin’s “red-red-green” coalition government and the Verdi Union.
By Daniel de Vries, 26 October 2020
The findings were dismissed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort cover up the risk of a full-scale reopening of the city.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 October 2020
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” talk show, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made clear that the Trump administration has abandoned any effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Patrick Kelly, 26 October 2020
The infection clusters underscore the dangers of reopening schools amid continued community transmission of COVID-19.
Ontario’s reckless reopening of workplaces and schools producing disastrous conditions in child care facilities
By Omar Ali, 26 October 2020
At big business’ behest, governments across Canada and of every political stripe have starved child care of public funds for decades.
By Robert Stevens, 24 October 2020
It was the premature ending of the national lockdown from June onwards, and the opening of schools, colleges and workplaces to facilitate the profitmaking of big business, that produced this disastrous situation.
“The forming of rank-and-file committees in schools is so important as the voices of teachers, students, carers, administration and many others are being ignored”
By Our reporter, 24 October 2020
Colin spoke to the WSWS after participating in a recent meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in the UK.
By Our reporter, 23 October 2020
“Achieving herd immunity properly means protecting people through vaccination. It has never been shown that herd immunity can be achieved by allowing people to catch a virus and die.”
By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2020
After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.
By James McDonald, 22 October 2020
While the details of the agreement have not been published as of this writing, the circumstances in which it was forced through shows it cannot be anything other than a sellout.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2020
A hysterical campaign is underway, insisting that any public health measures are an unacceptable impost on the wealth and profits of the financial aristocracy.
By Anthony Torres, 22 October 2020
With 700,000 new cases and 8,000 deaths from the virus last week, health officials are warning mortality this winter could reach four to five times that in the spring of 2020.
By Emma Arceneaux, 22 October 2020
The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.
As coronavirus infections spike across Midwest
By Benjamin Mateus, 22 October 2020
The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.
By Chase Lawrence, 22 October 2020
The case was just confirmed this weekend, meaning that the whole cabin, medical crews and many people in the airport were, unbeknownst to themselves, potentially exposed to the deadly pathogen.
By Cole Michaels, 21 October 2020
As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House’s “herd immunity” policy.
By Harvey Simpkins, 21 October 2020
The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.
By Ulaş Ateşçi, 21 October 2020
This homicidal policy is provoking growing anger and opposition within the working class to the ruling class’ response to the pandemic.
By Kevin Reed, 21 October 2020
Employees at Four Seasons Rehabilitation and Nursing in Westland, Michigan walked out Monday morning to demand better wages, increased staffing and safe working conditions.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 October 2020
What is animating Burnham’s opposition to the government are tactical differences and conflicting interests between different groups of capitalists, rather than any consideration of principle
Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest
20 October 2020
Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Julie Hyland, 20 October 2020
The decision to invest in this secretive body, rather than the National Health Service, is part of the policy of herd immunity, while using the pandemic to restructure economic and social relations and strengthen the state apparatus.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands two-week shutdown to stop coronavirus spread
By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 October 2020
In response to the emergence of a new cluster of coronavirus cases at the factory last week, the Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, founded in August to oppose the spread of the contagion, inhumane working conditions and the systematic victimization of whistleblowers, has issued the following statement.
By Margaret Rees and Paul Bartizan, 20 October 2020
Perth apprentice Jonnie Hartshorn fell 20 metres to his death when the glass roof of a university building under construction collapsed despite concerns raised by other workers of excessive deflection.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 20 October 2020
The billions in state funds being called for are aimed not at saving jobs, but preserving the fortunes of the big shareholders.
By Our reporters, 19 October 2020
Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.
“The pandemic is not over yet”
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 October 2020
The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.
By Valery Tsekov, 17 October 2020
Several Republican state senators in the Michigan Senate held an online meeting last Saturday, where they discussed steps towards the lifting of mandates to wear masks indoors despite a clear resurgence of the disease.
17 October 2020
By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2020
As Europe emerges as an epicenter of a global resurgence of COVID-19, the EU is pursuing a policy leading to deaths on an unprecedented scale, far surpassing the 200,000 deaths this spring.
By Marianne Arens, 17 October 2020
The German chancellor and leaders of the federal states are maintaining their policy of herd immunity despite the eruption of a second wave of coronavirus cases.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 17 October 2020
After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro’s homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.
By Andre Damon, 16 October 2020
The White House’s embrace of “herd immunity” is a statement of malicious intent to allow hundreds of thousands more people to die amid a global resurgence of the pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 October 2020
The policy of “herd immunity,” effectively allowing a killer disease to run rampant, threatens to overwhelm hospitals and lead to a rising tide of deaths and suffering.
By Simon Whelan, 16 October 2020
What occurred in care homes was mass murder due to the policy of herd immunity.
By Tim Rivers, 16 October 2020
In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.
By Rory Woods, 15 October 2020
Treatment and care for the victims of the government’s herd immunity strategy is under threat, with the NHS facing a “triple whammy” of staff burnout, a massive backlog of treatment built-up during the pandemic, and a huge surge of COVID-19.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 October 2020
The ultra-right government of billionaire President Piñera criminally mishandled the pandemic, inflicting suffering upon the most oppressed layers of the population.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 October 2020
The working class is manifesting its discontent with the situation in a resurgent wave of political radicalisation that had briefly abated after the onset of the pandemic.
By Andre Damon, 14 October 2020
On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that two Trump administration officials said the White House supports the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement advocating for the mass infection of the population with COVID-19 through a policy of “herd immunity.”
“If they don’t figure out what’s really going on there, people are going to continue to die”
Whistleblowers: Colorado meatpacking plant used threats and lies to keep potentially infected workers on the job
By Cordell Gascoigne, 14 October 2020
Two former health screeners at the JBS beef processing facility in Greeley, Colorado after a coronavirus outbreak have blown the whistle on flagrant violations of basic safety measures by management.
By Benjamin Mateus, 14 October 2020
Super spreading events are the primary mode of transmission for COVID-19 infections. The recent declaration at Great Barrington, Massachusetts, attempts to establish herd-immunity as a global policy that will have catastrophic consequences for the working class.
Johnson UK government rejected scientific advisers’ call for temporary national lockdown in September
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2020
The measures advised by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies fell way below a full lockdown, but such was the Tories’ determination to enforce their herd immunity agenda that every measure was rejected bar one.
By Emma Arceneaux, 14 October 2020
At least eight more educators across the US have died from COVID-19 in the past two weeks alone.
By Alex Johnson, 14 October 2020
Public schools in Florida are experiencing a dangerous growth of COVID-19 infections as the state government aggressively pursues in-class instruction in locations ravaged by the pandemic.
14 October 2020
By Markus Salzmann, 13 October 2020
In the last months, protective measures against the virus have been almost completely dismantled. The government has done nothing to prepare hospitals for the inevitable rise in serious cases.
By Josh Varlin, 12 October 2020
Even as the need for mental health services reaches new heights, psychiatric units remain closed and are unlikely to fully reopen.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 October 2020
More than 1 million people globally have succumbed to COVID-19. The working class has faced the brunt of this pandemic, with all indications that the worst is still to come.
Pennsylvania educators, bus drivers and school workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to put an end to in-person instruction
By Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
Educators across Pennsylvania have formed a new rank-and-file safety committee to mobilize the working class against the unsafe reopening of the commonwealth’s schools.
By New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
The withholding of $900 million in pay owed to NYC teachers from over ten years ago is a brazen act of blackmail and wage theft.
By Stephan McCoy, 9 October 2020
Teachers are demanding that as frontline workers they should have regular testing, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and risk allowances before they are prepared to start work again.
By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2020
The spread of COVID-19 in the north of England is presented in the media as a regional disparity. But the most infected areas are in deindustrialised, socially deprived regions where fewer people work from home.
By Shannon Jones, 7 October 2020
The workplace safety agency revised wording on its website to state that employers must only report a hospitalization if it occurs within 24 hours of exposure, a near impossibility that effectively abolishes any requirement that companies notify OSHA of severe cases.
By David Brown, 7 October 2020
Health care workers in the East Bay confront chronic understaffing, lack of PPE and attacks on wages while serving on the front line against the pandemic.
Service workers at University of Illinois hospital vote on contract after nurses union pushes through sellout
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 October 2020
After a 10-day strike by 4,000 workers last month, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is attempting to force through concessions on the heels of a similar sellout by the Illinois Nurses Association last week.
By Matt Rigel, 6 October 2020
One month after voting to authorize a strike over safety conditions, medical and tech workers at Allina healthcare in the Minneapolis area have begun a two-day walkout.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 October 2020
Besides giving a completely false picture of the spread of the disease, the failure to report 15,841 positive Covid-19 cases has left tens of thousands of their potentially infected contacts untraced for up to a week.