Health & Safety at Work
“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.
By Shannon Jones, 20 June 2020
All the major carmakers have expressed their determination to continue production without interruption even as COVID-19 cases surge in many areas of the US.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2020
The outbreaks underscore the criminality of the government’s decision to enforce a mass return to work and the lack of basic work safety in plants that have been operating during the pandemic.
By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2020
More than two-thirds of the meat packers at the Tönnies abattoir in Rheda-Wiedenbrück have been infected with COVID-19, with 730 positive initial test results out of 1,050 tested.
By Rory Woods, 20 June 2020
At least 181 health workers and 131 social care workers have died while working on the frontline.
By Benjamin Mateus, 17 June 2020
A report published Tuesday says that there were 51,000 COVID-19 deaths among residents of US nursing homes and extended care facilities.
By Tomas Castanheira, 17 June 2020
Clusters of coronavirus at large companies across the country threaten the lives of thousands of workers.
By Roger Jordan, 17 June 2020
The decision to abolish the pay premium shows the companies’ shocking disregard for the lives of workers.
By Kate Randall, 17 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to Dr. Mona Masood about her experience setting up a support line of psychiatrists serving the mental health needs of physicians during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Tom Casey, 16 June 2020
Thousands of cruise ship workers—some of them infected with COVID-19—remained trapped on vessels around the world after the industry shut down last March in response to the pandemic
By Marianne Arens, 16 June 2020
The same politicians who pump hundreds of billions of euros of so-called “Corona aid” into the vaults of the big banks and leading companies see no need to equip schools with the measures needed to combat the coronavirus.
By Dominic Gustavo, 16 June 2020
The state authorities in Virginia and Maryland are proceeding with the reopening of the economy with complete indifference to the lives and health of working people in the Washington DC area and across the entire region.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 June 2020
Scientists warn that easing the lockdown under current conditions is likely to lead to a resurgence of coronavirus, endangering lives and throwing away the sacrifices made by workers and their families
By Alice Summers, 16 June 2020
Numerous medical guidance documents published during the pandemic suggest that coronavirus patients can be denied or deprioritised for medical care solely on the basis of their age or existing mental or physical disabilities.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 June 2020
Sanitation workers and educators took to the streets this week to demonstrate against Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney’s austerity measures and increased funding for the police.
By Tony Robson, 13 June 2020
The Health and Safety Executive has not carried out any inspections of workplaces since March to reduce risks to its own staff.
By Arun Kumar, 13 June 2020
The tragic loss of life and terrible injuries are a direct result of government and company indifference towards mandatory work safety measures.
By Jacob Crosse, 12 June 2020
Twelve US states—Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Delaware and Hawaii—have all seen a 25 percent or more spike in average cases within the last week.
“They treat us like we are slaves”
By J. Cooper, 12 June 2020
Workers are facing intolerable conditions after the reopening of the auto parts plants.
“Make no mistake, the union supports ramping up production”
By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 12 June 2020
The UAW’s threats came the same day that Ford’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Farley, announced that the company expects production to return to pre-pandemic levels by July 6.
By Paul Bond, 12 June 2020
Around 650 Indian crew members of TUI/Marella cruise ships are still laid up in waters off Southampton on the south coast of England.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 12 June 2020
The proposed legislation would impoverish and criminalize workers who refuse to risk their lives and those of their families for corporate profit.
By Shannon Jones, 10 June 2020
As all levels of government abandon any attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, workplaces are increasingly becoming vectors of transmission.
By Tom Carter and Shuvu Batta, 10 June 2020
“There are people that have been gone for weeks, and people who have been gone who never came back.”
By Jacob Crosse, 10 June 2020
Working with United Steelworkers Local 1301, Bridgestone has continued production despite rising infections among workers and the surrounding community.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 June 2020
Three new cases of coronavirus were confirmed among workers at General Motors’ assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri, in recent days.
By our correspondents, 10 June 2020
India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have all recorded dramatic increases in COVID-19 infections and deaths over the past week.
By Roger Jordan, 10 June 2020
The Liberal government is spearheading a homicidal back-to-work drive that prioritizes big business profit over workers’ lives.
By Tania Kent, 10 June 2020
The temporary retreat is a credit to the millions of parents and educators who opposed the government and acted in defiance of the trade unions.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 June 2020
More than 400,000 men, women and children have lost their lives from COVID-19 and the lives of countless millions more remain in danger as the number of cases continues to grow.
By Paul Lee, 9 June 2020
Workers have faced threats of disciplinary action such as “wilful delay of the mail,” which can lead to instant dismissal.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2020
Since imposing a lockdown on March 23, Johnson and government ministers have proclaimed keeping the “R” rate below 1 as the precondition for ending the lockdown. But ending the lockdown continues.
By Janet Browning, 5 June 2020
Kenney’s callous remark is part of his government’s reckless back-to-work policy, and underscores the broad support within Canada’s ruling elite for a criminal “herd immunity” strategy.
By Tania Kent, 5 June 2020
In response to a Zoom webinar held by the National Education Union on Wednesday—two days after the re-opening of schools—many educators on Facebook expressed hostility to the inaction of the union.
By Laura Tiernan, 5 June 2020
Unite has signed off on the Johnson government’s COVID-19 transport plan despite the serious and imminent danger it poses to drivers and the travelling public.
By Andy Thompson, 5 June 2020
Over the past several decades college sports has become a multibillion-dollar industry and has made athletics the center of revenue and funding plans in most major US universities.
5 June 2020
By Katy Kinner, 4 June 2020
WSWS reporters spoke to nurses across the US who shared their anger and frustration over governmental and employer neglect throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
By W. A. Sunil, 4 June 2020
While hospital workers across all grades and union affiliations participated in the protests the unions are seeking to head off a confrontation with the government.
By Joe Mount, 4 June 2020
Several call centre workers have lost their lives to COVID-19, with thousands in fear that their health and safety is being jeopardised.
By Kevin Reed, 3 June 2020
The announcement rescinds the stay-at-home order, along with a series of other restrictions even though most of the state remains in the “flattening” phase of the pandemic.
By Carl Bronski, 3 June 2020
The reckless back-to-work drive across Canada is already producing new outbreaks of the potentially deadly coronavirus.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 June 2020
The Socialist Equality Party opposes the profit-driven “back-to-work” campaign as the global COVID-19 pandemic worsens and fresh outbreaks appear across the country.
3 June 2020
By Alex Johnson, 2 June 2020
Nurses protests are erupting under conditions where hospitals across the country are denying access to personal protective equipment in the pandemic and have already laid off thousands of health care workers.
By Christopher Davion, 2 June 2020
Meatpacking plants continue to be a major source of COVID-19 transmission in US Midwestern states.
By Omar Ali, 1 June 2020
More than 2,000 nurses in British Columbia have filed complaints about the lack of personal protective equipment.
By Shannon Jones, 30 May 2020
Several B Crew workers at Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly in Detroit fell ill from unknown causes during work on Thursday.
By Ulrich Rippert, 30 May 2020
Workers highlight the lack of safety measures in public transit and factories.
Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 30 May 2020
The “phased” return of school children is a criminal policy that places children, teachers, families, and communities open to the risk of serious illness and death.
By Douglas Lyons and Nick Barrickman, 29 May 2020
Reporters at nearly a dozen local news stations in the US dutifully read from scripts prepared by Amazon while broadcasting public relations videos prepared and edited by the company.
By Ali Elhassan, 29 May 2020
The New York State Nurses Association is promoting the illusion that the political establishment responsible for jeopardizing the health of the population and frontline health care workers can be pressured into adopting socially responsible policies.
By Robert Stevens and Ben Trent, 29 May 2020
The outbreak reveals the enormous dangers to the health and lives of National Health Service workers.
29 May 2020
The WSWS Teacher Newsletter has received this letter from a high school AP Biology teacher in the Bay Area, California for publication.