Global class struggle

999 Chicago school reopenings news update

23 January 2021

999 San Diego school reopenings update

23 January 2021

999 Australia: Union sells out locked out warehouse workers at Coles

23 January 2021

999 5 teacher deaths in Montgomery, Alabama in the past 3 days

23 January 2021

Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID infections

By Tania Kent, 23 January 2021

The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government’s policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.

999 Hunts Point strike in danger of Teamsters sellout

23 January 2021

Greater numbers dying as COVID-19 infections spread in UK workplaces

By Barry Mason, 23 January 2021

Data published by Public Health England covering January 4-10 showed a near 70 percent increase in reports of COVID-19 infections related to workplaces, with 175 clusters. These workplaces were other than schools, hospitals or care homes.

999 Covid outbreak at California ports

23 January 2021

999 TX Educators R&F statement calling for investigation into Texan coup plotters

23 January 2021

Chinese healthcare workers demand unpaid wages; Construction workers strike in Myanmar; New Zealand home support workers locked out

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 January 2021

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

999 Germany: Ford Motors to cut another 800 jobs

23 January 2021

Metalworkers carry out wildcat strike in Matamoros, Mexico, for higher wages

By Andrea Lobo, 22 January 2021

The workers at a maquiladora factory owned by the Texas-based multinational Cypress Industries struck to demand a 15 percent wage increase, following wildcat strikes by workers in the city last April against unsafe conditions caused by the pandemic.

Strikes by UK energy workers continue as British Airways workers plan further walkout; French energy workers strike; South African metal workers and broadcast workers strike against redundancies

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 January 2021

Thousands of UK energy workers continue strikes against hire-and-fire; French energy workers strike against privatisation; indefinite strike by metalworkers at South African company against redundancies

Chicago Public Schools brands collective action to stop in-person learning “illegal”

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.”

Teamsters rush to end strike as support grows for Hunts Point warehouse workers in New York City

By Daniel de Vries, 22 January 2021

The union indicated Thursday it intends to cut a sell-out deal with the produce market companies.

Baltimore City Schools announces wide reopening of schools in mid-February

By Harvey Simpkins, 22 January 2021

The move has the support of the city’s Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, making Baltimore the latest Democratic-led city or state to aggressively reopen schools as the pandemic rages out of control.

999 TX Educators R&F statement calling for investigation into Texan coup plotters

22 January 2021

UK strikes challenge company cost-cutting and trade union collusion

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.

Amazon workers call for a full public congressional investigation of the January 6 fascist coup attempt

Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 22 January 2021

The Amazon workers of the BWI2 facility in Baltimore calls on all workers to support the Socialist Equality Party’s demand for a full congressional investigation into the fascist attack on the US Capitol building.

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.

Despite outbreaks at 373 New York City schools, Democrats and unions conspire to keep the district open

By Sandy English, 21 January 2021

Since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unilaterally reopened schools in early December with the support of the teachers union, statewide daily new cases have reached their worst point since the start of the pandemic.

Boston Teachers Union agrees to return to in-person classes for thousands of students

By Julian James, 21 January 2021

The agreement was reached a day before the BTU took part in last week’s phony “Day of Resistance” protest aimed at appealing to Biden and the Democratic Party.

Chicago educators form independent rank-and-file committee to fight school reopenings

Close schools and nonessential production until the pandemic is contained! Full income protection to all!

By Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the CTU and other unions.

Tennessee educators and parents call for fully funded remote learning to contain the pandemic

By Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

In opposition to Governor Bill Lee’s scheme to pressure schools to reopen, we call for the immediate closure of all schools and for the provision of ample resources to provide high quality remote learning to all students.

New York City educators call for unified struggle with striking Hunts Point market workers!

New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

Our brothers and sisters at Hunts Point have taken a courageous stand for the rights of workers everywhere, and we call on them to form their own rank-and-file committee independent of the Teamsters to carry forward their struggle.

“The company and the UAW are only concerned with profits”

Stellantis revives 12-hour shifts for Sterling Heights Assembly skilled trades

By Shannon Jones, 21 January 2021

It is apparent that the earlier report by the Free Press that the 12/7 schedule had been withdrawn was deliberately misleading, aimed at buying the UAW and management a little more time to prepare a new blitz to impose the grueling 12-hour schedule.

New York City workers demand action to defend Hunts Point strikers

By Daniel de Vries, 21 January 2021

Teachers, transit and other workers in New York City denounced Tuesday’s police attack on striking warehouse workers and are calling for unified action to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty wages.

German federal and state governments reject consistent lockdown measures

By Marianne Arens, 21 January 2021

“Profits before lives” is the unspoken motto of the establishment parties at every level.

Chicago Teachers Union postures with “strike” vote as schools continue in-person learning

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 January 2021

In response to overwhelming anger from teachers and parents over the continued drive to reopen schools and businesses in the city, the union’s House of Delegates is calling an emergency meeting Wednesday.

Alabama educators launch rank-and-file safety committee to close schools and save lives!

Alabama Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 January 2021

We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the unions.

New York City police attack striking Hunts Point warehouse workers

By Daniel de Vries, 20 January 2021

The NYPD arrested five workers as the warehouse workers' strike extended to day 3.

999 Boston schools reopening facilitated by union

20 January 2021

999 Chicago Educators R&F Committee founding statement

20 January 2021

22 workers trapped by blast in Chinese gold mine

By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2021

The disaster provoked public concern after it became known that the mining company did not report the explosion for more than 30 hours.

School worker deaths mount in Florida as virus spreads without restraint

By Alex Johnson, 20 January 2021

Two public school workers from Florida died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19 under conditions of an unmitigated spread of the virus in school districts statewide.

Australia: Locked-out Coles workers reject company “offer” as union declares its “neutrality”

By Martin Scott and Oscar Grenfell, 20 January 2021

The United Workers Union is seeking to ram through a return to work on company terms as Coles prepares to permanently shutter the Smeaton Grange warehouse and destroy 350 jobs.

Workers at New York City produce market launch first strike since 1986

By Erik Schreiber, 19 January 2021

Drivers and warehouse workers at Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, the largest produce market in the world, are striking against inadequate protections during the pandemic and management’s refusal to raise their hourly wage by one dollar.

Hawaii nurses demand safe working conditions and PPE

By Evelyn Rios, 19 January 2021

The struggle of Hawaii nurses has reached a critical juncture. They should reject the attempts to sabotage their actions and begin organizing independently of the trade unions.

Biden pledges to continue Trump’s campaign to open schools and businesses

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2021

While Biden has claimed that he would “listen to the science” in the COVID-19 pandemic, he has in reality pledged to continue the Trump administration’s drive to prematurely open schools and businesses.

Political and media campaign scapegoats nurses in Germany

By Gregor Link, 19 January 2021

Hardly a day goes by without major newspapers publishing condescending comments questioning the “willingness of nurses to be vaccinated” or leading politicians launching media attacks against them.

999 Tennessee Educators R&F statement

19 January 2021

Conductor Riccardo Muti expresses solidarity with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians

By Fred Mazelis, 19 January 2021

The statement by the famed leader of the Chicago Symphony came in response to a call from the musicians, who have been without pay since last spring.

As COVID cover-up continues

Wage theft exposed at Fiat Chrysler/Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex

By Stephen Fuller, 19 January 2021

After receiving millions of dollars in incentives to construct a new plant in Detroit, management attempted to short pay workers on negotiated wage increases, while covering up the spread of COVID-19.

What workers need to know about the Fiat Chrysler-PSA merger

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.

999 Chicago schools update or r/f statement

19 January 2021

The Trump coup and the rise of fascism: Where is America going?

By David North, 19 January 2021

This essay is based on the transcript of the remarks made by David North, the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US), in opening an online discussion held January 17 on the significance of the fascist assault on the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.

Peruvian doctors strike, Phoenix area teachers launch sickout over COVID-19 dangers

Workers Struggle: The Americas

19 January 2021

Doctors across Peru have walked out over pay and COVID-19-related issues while teachers in Arizona’s Peoria Unified School District staged a sickout over dangerous in-person instruction.

Educators and workers across the US denounce arrest of whistleblower Rebekah Jones

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 January 2021

Jones, who faces persecution in response to her efforts to expose the spread of the pandemic in Florida and in K-12 schools across the US, was released on bond after turning herself in to Florida police.

Indiana lawmakers propose new law shielding businesses from COVID-19 liabilities

By Jack Temple, 18 January 2021

The proposed law seeks to remove legal rights from workers if they get sick or die from contracting COVID-19 at work.

Australian workers and youth demand freedom for Julian Assange

By Our reporters, 18 January 2021

“It has to be a grassroots movement from below to save Assange. A mass movement or mass support for him, rather than trying to appeal to the goodness of Australian politicians’ hearts.”

School nurses return to campuses as United Teachers Los Angeles covers for Democrats

By Tadakatsu Čapek, 18 January 2021

Two years after betraying the strike by 33,000 teachers, the United Teachers Los Angeles is collaborating with state and local Democrats to reopen schools in the epicenter of the world pandemic.

Canadian educators must mount a political struggle to oppose school reopenings and save lives

By Omar Ali, 18 January 2021

Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.

999 Stellantis merger finalized

18 January 2021

Ontario teacher denounces unions’ “feckless response” to government’s ruinous handling of the pandemic

By A letter from an Ontario teacher, 18 January 2021

“What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource—that is ourselves!”

999 Report on FCA Mack Assembly

18 January 2021

Three million in Los Angeles County have been infected with COVID-19 as workplace outbreaks reach all-time high

By Kevin Martinez, 16 January 2021

The virus is so widespread, according to the Los Angeles Times, that the infection rate has likely been slowed down by the large numbers of people who have already contracted it and developed a temporary immunity.

Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19

By Rory Woods, 16 January 2021

Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

CAMI autoworkers should reject Unifor’s attempt to reopen contract with GM Canada!

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.

Hyundai steel workers in South Korea strike; Tamil Nadu primary school teachers protest; Australia: Svitzer tugboat workers walk out

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 January 2021

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Vote “No” to the UFCW-backed union at Alabama Amazon facility! 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.

UFCW complicity exposed in outbreak at Tyson pork plant where managers bet on infections

By James Langley, 16 January 2021

The indifference of UFCW Local 431 to the plight of workers in the plant is so unconcealed that it was even acknowledged by the local press.

United Steelworkers betrays Constellium strike in Alabama after weeks of isolating workers

By Cordell Gascoigne and Jessica Goldstein, 16 January 2021

Following the sellout of the strike by 400 aluminum workers in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the United Steelworkers continues to hide details of the contract.

Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike

By Our reporters, 16 January 2021

In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.

Teachers and parents speak out on deadly reopening of Chicago Public Schools

By Our reporters, 15 January 2021

There is growing opposition throughout Chicago to the city’s Democratic leaders aggressive push to reopen schools, bars and restaurants as COVID-19 infections are ripping through schools and other workplaces.

Sri Lankan education safety committee holds well-attended online meeting

By Our correspondents, 15 January 2021

Participants discussed the need to build a network of education action committees to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

Detainees on Australia’s Christmas Island continue protests against appalling conditions

By Max Boddy, 15 January 2021

The Australian Border Force has responded to the protests with violence and punitive segregation measures.

Ford shuts down operations in Brazil, destroying tens of thousands of jobs

By Brunna Machado and Tomas Castanheira, 15 January 2021

According to Ford, 5,000 workers will be laid off in Brazil, and tens of thousands more jobs directly associated with its production chain are expected to face destruction.

Chicago Teachers Union accepts further reopenings as virus outbreaks erupt in schools

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 January 2021

A potential cluster of infections has emerged at McCutcheon Elementary on the city’s North Side, leaving just one educator in the building, while the CTU works to isolate teachers and prevent them from taking any independent initiative.

999 Amazon unionization drive in Alabama

15 January 2021

999 Australian workers and youth speak out for Julian Assange

15 January 2021

Swedish care workers’ national action; UK energy workers plan further industrial action as telecom workers in strike ballot; Nigerian polytechnic staff pay walk out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 January 2021

Around 55,000 Swedish care workers to begin industrial action today over pay, conditions and increased workload during pandemic; British gas workers plan further strikes to defend pay and conditions as Telecom workers in strike ballot.

999 LA county workplace Covid-19 outbreaks at an all time high

15 January 2021

Biden’s top economic advisor demands that “schools open” so parents “can get back to work”

By Bryan Dyne, 15 January 2021

Such efforts will only spur the pandemic to ever greater heights of death in a country where there are already more than 3,400 newly reported deaths each day.

Australia: Regional high school teachers walk out over understaffing and unbearable workloads

By Kaye Tucker, 14 January 2021

The stoppage is the latest indication of growing opposition to the program of school amalgamations being enforced by the New South Wales Liberal government, with the assistance of Labor and the unions.

Australia: Victimised Chinese meatworker speaks with the WSWS

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2021

Benson Wang is a Chinese immigrant meatworker who was allegedly assaulted and subsequently victimised at an abattoir operated by Midfield Group in Warrnambool, Victoria.

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

14 January 2021

California health care worker explains how COVID-19 catastrophe has been fueled by the drive for profit

14 January 2021

The WSWS encourages health care workers to speak out on the disastrous conditions which are now overwhelming hospitals due the reopening and “herd immunity” policies pursued by the ruling class in countries around the world.

999 Ford pulls out of Brazil, will close 3 factories

14 January 2021

India’s Supreme Court feigns concern for farmers, while laying groundwork for illegalizing seven-week mass protest

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 January 2021

The Supreme Court ruling is aimed at ensnaring the farmers’ in a phony mediation process that is rigged against them, while laying the ground for outlawing their struggle if it is not shifted to an alternate site or sites.

DSA-aligned teachers unions’ “Day of Resistance”: a pathetic appeal to Biden and the Democrats

By Evan Blake, 14 January 2021

Tuesday’s event, organized by an umbrella group of teacher unions led by pseudo-left officials, was a political stunt aimed at channeling opposition to in-person instruction behind dead-end appeals to the Democratic Party.

999 Amazon unionization drive in Alabama

14 January 2021

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

13 January 2021

999 India's Supreme Court lays groundwork for state assault on farmers' protest

13 January 2021

Global food prices rise could spark social unrest, UN warns

By Jean Shaoul, 13 January 2021

Such is the anarchy of the market and the indifference of the financial oligarchs to anything other than their own interests that governments that have been able to do so have been shoring up their food supplies, setting in motion a ferocious national competition, adding to demand and fuelling price rises.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown

By Our reporter, 13 January 2021

The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.

Chicago teachers docked pay and locked out of virtual classrooms for not teaching in-person

By Alexander Fangmann, 13 January 2021

As district officials continue to peddle lies about the safety of reopening schools, CTU is negotiating over a reopening plan that would split the working class and undermine the struggle to close non-essential workplaces until mass vaccination is carried out.

999 How the working class can intervene to stop Trump's coup plotting

13 January 2021

Berlin, Germany transport worker dies of COVID-19

By Andy Niklaus, 13 January 2021

The Berlin Transport Company’s pandemic policy, which endangers the lives and health of workers, is supported by the Berlin Senate consisting of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party.

999 (1/12) Ford pulls out of Brazil, will close 3 factories

13 January 2021

Pakistan: Eleven miners killed in sectarian attack buried following week of protests

By Sampath Perera, 13 January 2021

Although Pakistan’s military has turned much of Balochistan into an armed camp, Islamist forces continue to mount deadly attacks on the Shiite Hazara minority with impunity.

Mexican Interjet workers begin strike; St Vincent Hospital workers launch protests in Boston

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 January 2021

Some 5,000 workers at Interjet airlines struck airports in four cities to demand back wages while hospital nurses in Boston are staging pickets to demand safe staff to patient ratios

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

12 January 2021

Nurses speak on conditions in Arizona hospitals where COVID-cases reach national highs

By Katy Kinner, 12 January 2021

Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.

Ford “Finish Strong” ad campaign invokes nationalist mythology as cover for company’s “herd immunity” policies

By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 12 January 2021

Ford’s advertising blitz is aimed at covering up its own crimes, and those of the capitalist ruling class as a whole, with patriotic, militaristic bluster, portraying the virus as a common external enemy for the country to unite against.

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in US holds first national meeting of 2021

Matthew MacEgan, 11 January 2021

The first ERFSC meeting of 2021 was attended by over 150 educators and other workers from across the US and around the globe.

Hundreds of workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 along US West Coast

By Kayla Costa, 11 January 2021

In California, there are 511 active workplace outbreaks connected to the infections of 10,000 employees in service, logistics, food processing and other industries.

West Virginia schools slated to return to in-person instruction next week

By Naomi Spencer, 11 January 2021

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has ordered elementary and middle schools to reopen for daily in-person instruction beginning January 19, even as infections and deaths surge.

Elon Musk becomes world’s richest person as pandemic death toll breaks records

By Jessica Goldstein and Tom Hall, 11 January 2021

Perhaps more than anyone else, Musk personifies the parasitic character of the corporate-financial oligarchy which dominates society.

German schools and day-care centres to reopen despite record death rates and new infections

By Gregor Link, 11 January 2021

Despite schools being the central driver of the pandemic, the education ministers in Germany’s federal states have decided on a “resumption of face-to-face teaching” as soon as possible.

Canada’s health care system overwhelmed by COVID-19 surge

By Frédéric Charlebois, 11 January 2021

“We’ve lost control of the epidemic,” exclaimed Dr. Antoine Delage, a pulmonologist at a hospital south of Montreal.