Interviews and On-the-spot reports
By Our reporters, 19 February 2021
Teachers have spoken out in support of the locked out workers at the Smeaton Grange warehouse in Sydney, and have condemned the United Workers Union’s attempts to impose a sell-out deal.
By our correspondent, 11 February 2021
The statements by educators are important indications of the support for the building of new genuine working class organisations of struggle, and for a broader political movement of the working class.
By Our reporters, 5 February 2021
“A lot of people are keen to leave the union altogether. All they do is take $12 out of our paychecks each week.”
By our reporters, 5 February 2021
Educators, students and parents in Britain, Belgium and Germany have sent messages of solidarity to teachers in Chicago in the United States, who are refusing to return to work in unsafe conditions.
Striking Indian Toyota worker speaks on slave labour conditions at Toyota Kirloskar Motor factory outside Bangalore
By Arun Kumar, 30 January 2021
A striking Toyota worker in India speaks out on the slave labor conditions they have been subjected to working for the company.
By Subash Somachandran, 28 November 2020
Workers’ concerns have been deepened because of the disastrous pandemic situation globally and in Sri Lanka.
4 September 2020
“We have a right to withdraw our labour, especially when being exposed to disease and death”
By our correspondent, 4 September 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a worker about the situation at the distribution centre of major supermarket chain Morrisons in Bridgwater, Somerset, which had an outbreak of COVID-19 in March.
By Tom Peters, 24 July 2020
A woman who is unable to enter New Zealand, despite being married to a citizen, said that migrants have become political pawns in the campaign for the national election.
By our reporters, 9 June 2020
“America claims to be the ‘land of the free,’ but protesters are being denied their First Amendment rights”
“I am not going to die for this company that only thinks about the millions they have in the bank”
By Marcus Day, 16 May 2020
New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA’s Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.
By our reporters, 9 May 2020
The UK has registered the highest number of fatalities in Europe from the virus, including at least 200 health and social care workers.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 8 May 2020
“We’ve received no help whatsoever from any political parties or the government. None of us living here have been given a coronavirus medical test or provided with face masks for safety.”
By Tim Rivers, 10 April 2020
While the airlines, which were recently handed $58 billion in bailout money, have not released accurate data, recent reports indicate that hundreds of US airline workers have already been infected with COVID-19.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 April 2020
Both the auto corporations and their lackeys in the auto unions are demanding that workers risk their lives to go back to work in the factories in order to satisfy capitalist profit interests.
The COVID-19 crisis in New York City
By Clara Weiss, 9 April 2020
With hundreds of COVID patients, the hospital is running low on PPE, medication, ventilators and staff.
“As a part-time worker I got no sick time, no benefits, and no vacation”
By our reporters, 31 March 2020
Workers decried the lack of support from government and pointed to their exposure to unsafe working conditions that threaten to accelerate the spread of the pandemic.
“There’s such a cruelty about the situation”: New York City hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus surge
By Clara Weiss, 27 March 2020
New York hospitals confront skyrocketing numbers of patients, a rising death toll, medical staff falling ill and critical shortages of Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators.
“They don’t care about our health”
By Jerry White, 26 March 2020
Even as Trump rushes to resume full production, tens of thousands of workers in the US and around the world are refusing to die for the sake of corporate profits.
By Nick Barrickman, 23 March 2020
“There has been no serious talk about this disease” at UPS, a warehouse worker in Baltimore, Maryland, told the World Socialist Web Site.
Retail and service industry workers demand safety measures, store closures and full compensation during coronavirus pandemic
By Trévon Austin, 23 March 2020
Retail and service workers, particularly in grocery stores and coffee shops, are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 as they interact with hundreds of customers on a daily basis.
20 March 2020
“They’ll sit in the office while you die”
By Shannon Jones, 12 March 2020
The rapidly emerging coronavirus crisis is exposing the criminal contempt on the part of both the United Auto Workers and the major car companies for health and safety.
By our reporters, 12 March 2020
Rallies were held in several university towns and cities around the UK Wednesday.
By our reporters, 5 March 2020
Joseph Kishore spoke with striking grad students this week at UC Santa Cruz while SEP campaigners interviewed strikers and supporters at UC campuses in Los Angeles, San Diego and Irvine.
By our reporting team, 29 February 2020
“It’s time for all workers—teachers and workers from the railway and the banks—to fight together and not be divided by their professions or trade unions.”
By our reporters, 28 February 2020
Queensland students and workers in Parramatta denounce the escalating government attacks on democratic rights.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 25 February 2020
Amid growing popular outrage over the railroading of Assange to a US prison, lawyers for the Department of Justice sought to reframe the charges against him.
By our reporters, 25 February 2020
Protesters were not allowed anywhere near the building, kept behind barricades and an imposing steel fence by security and police.
By our reporter, 24 February 2020
The meeting was attended by more than 130 workers, youth and students who came from all over the UK.
By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2020
The struggle to free Julian Assange requires an implacable struggle by the working class against the Johnson and Trump governments now conspiring to silence him forever.
19 February 2020
“People are waking up and if we ‘yellow vests’ succeed, and if Julian Assange gets out, something huge will have happened which could prevent many wars”
By Alice Summer, 27 January 2020
Corinne was one of around 100 protesters who came from France to take part in Saturday’s rally in support of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange outside Belmarsh prison.
Australia: Kinglake residents speak on government inaction 11 years after Black Saturday blaze killed 173
By our reporters, 14 January 2020
One resident stated: “I don’t care which party they are from—Labor, Liberal, whatever—these politicians only look after their pockets.”
“We’ve seen this all happen before, with the Iraq war. We saw how that went. It was a complete tragedy”
By our reporters, 13 January 2020
WSWS reporters spoke to attendees at Saturday’s demonstrations in the UK against the danger of war in Iran.
Working through injuries, bomb threats and tornadoes: Amazon workers describe conditions at Spartanburg, South Carolina warehouse
By Tom Carter, 13 January 2020
According to OSHA, there were 57 injuries last year at the GSP1 facility—but Amazon workers suspect the real number is higher.
By our reporters, 9 January 2020
One resident of Balmoral, a village in NSW, stated: “We’ve been through tough times before but nothing like this. The size of fires is unprecedented. All the resources are stretched to breaking point.”
As the Transport Workers Union attempts to push through major concessions
By Daniel de Vries, 30 December 2019
While the TWU has tried to hide the extent of the concessions, the reality is that the agreement contains $44 million in health care and other givebacks.
By our reporters, 18 November 2019
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the protesters who attended Saturday’s demonstration to demand the freedom of the WikiLeaks founder.
“Air pollution is arguably the greatest environmental catastrophe in the world today”
By David Levine, 4 November 2019
The WSWS recently spoke with Dr. Richard A. Muller, a University of California professor who has published research on issues of air pollution, as well as Jameson Karns, a UC researcher in the field of fire management.
By our reporters, 23 September 2019
“The governments are too scared to do anything because they want to make profits, rather than save the planet.”
“Now it’s time to give us back what we deserve”
By Marcus Day, 17 September 2019
Campaign teams for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke with workers on the pickets Monday about the issues motivating their struggle.
“That dam could have gone in the middle of the night and at least 600 people would have died”
By our reporters, 9 August 2019
Those evacuated from Whaley Bridge and other areas after the nearby dam collapse were sent to Chapel High School in the town and were allowed to return home on Wednesday.
By our reporters, 3 July 2019
“No other political party, none of the human rights groups are acting. Amnesty is doing nothing! Getup is doing nothing!”
By a WSWS Reporting Team, 25 June 2019
WSWS reporters spoke with workers and other impoverished residents of Chennai about the severe water crisis afflicting India’s fourth largest metropolitan area.
24 June 2019
The San Francisco Board of Education is considering either destroying or covering over a series of 13 frescoes on the life of George Washington at a local high school. The WSWS spoke to professor emeritus of history Robert Cherny about the issue.
“Capitalism is a terrible scheme that robs people of their labor”
By Michael Walters and George Marlowe, 20 April 2019
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra management reiterated its demand that musicians give up their traditional pensions and also canceled concerts through the end of April.
“There is widespread interest in classical music."
By Benjamin Mateus and George Marlowe, 29 March 2019
Striking CSO musicians and young people spoke out about the fight and the importance of the defense of arts, music and culture.
By Jerry White, 29 March 2019
Workers discussed the New Zealand massacre and upcoming meetings on how to fight fascism, featuring Christoph Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the German Socialist Equality Party.
1 December 2018
GM’s planned closure of five plants in the US and Canada would be a death sentence for Detroit, Youngstown, and Oshawa, Ontario. But workers are organizing a fight back.
By Toby Reese and Douglas Alan, 19 November 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters visited a tent camp set up outside of a Walmart near Chico, California, as well as parts of Paradise, California, which was destroyed by the Camp Fire.
“Capitalism is causing the problem with refugees and making them the scapegoat”
By our reporters, 19 November 2018
A number of those interviewed spoke of the parallels with the 1930s and the need to oppose the scapegoating of migrants and refugees.
By our reporters, 16 November 2018
The death toll in Northern California’s Camp Fire jumped to 63 on Thursday with the number of missing increasing to 631.
“The economy did not recover for me under Obama”
By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 22 September 2018
Chicago hotel workers spoke with the WSWS about the significance of their struggle prior to the announcement by the UNITE HERE union that it was shutting down the strike at many of the targeted hotels.
Notes from the campaign trail
By our reporters, 17 July 2018
Supporters and members of the SEP share their stories from campaigning to put Niles Niemuth on the November ballot for Michigan’s 12th congressional district.
By Richard Phillips, 10 July 2018
“The core message from Amnesty International on these laws is that we will not be changing the way we operate.”
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 July 2018
WSWS reporters interviewed survivors of the police assault on demonstrators demanding the closure of the Sterlite copper smelter.
Lordstown GM worker speaks out against pending layoffs
By Samuel Davidson, 13 June 2018
Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
“If we did this nationally, we'd have greater success”
By our reporters, 27 April 2018
Teachers rejected the efforts to divide them from school support staff and called for a united struggle with teachers across the country.
By our reporters, 17 March 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to striking lecturers and students on picket lines and at rallies Thursday and Friday in London and Glasgow.
By Shannon Jones, 24 February 2018
The unions announced the extension of the two-day strike on Friday evening, fearful that the anger of teachers could erupt outside of their control.
By our reporters, 24 February 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK.
Notes from Puerto Rico
By Antonio Castro, 24 February 2018
This is the third in a series of on-the-ground updates from a Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.
By our reporters, 24 February 2018
Student who spoke with the IYSSE talked about the power of the Internet to organize opposition and disseminate information outside the control of the corporate and state media.
27 January 2018
By our reporters, 13 January 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters conducted interviews about the xenophobic “anti-gang” campaign being fuelled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, in tandem with the Murdoch media.
By our reporters, 30 December 2017
Amid reports of deaths at Amazon and UPS, workers at Amazon, UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, and other logistics and delivery companies have been under immense pressure to meet increased demand during the Christmas holiday.
“The government has done nothing”
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 28 December 2017
The economic devastation of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria continues to escalate three months after the storm made landfall in late September.
“The rich people are not going to do anything for us”
University of Puerto Rico students speak on inequality and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 16 December 2017
Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a WSWS reporting team spoke to students at the island’s only public university about the ongoing crisis and the way forward for workers and youth.
“The island has been turned upside down since the storm”
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 14 December 2017
Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall a WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in San Sebastian, Puerto about the discrepancy between official news reports of the island’s recovery and the actual conditions they face.
By our correspondents, 27 November 2017
At voting stations in working class Inala, people spoke about the conditions they face and their distrust in the political system.
18 November 2017
By our correspondents, 4 October 2017
The Queensland Labor government and the trade union are enforcing the closures, insisting that workers can find jobs elsewhere, despite the city’s high jobless rate.
“Dad, mom, the police are here”
By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017
The WSWS spoke to immigrants and witnesses of an ICE raid at a migrant labor camp in Western Michigan.
By our reporter, 18 September 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.
“It’s like we are going back to the early 1900s before workers had any rights”
By Isaac Finn, 4 August 2017
Workers at Amazon’s job fair described living and working conditions in Ohio and Massachusetts to the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice.
By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2017
The Kensington and Chelsea councillors are entirely insulated from the social catastrophe that they inflicted on the working class population they want to drive out of the borough.
By our reporters, 27 July 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to Johnny Regasa, who lost a friend, Hashim Kedir, in the Grenfell Tower fire and assisted several survivors.
Protesters at Kensington and Chelsea council meeting: “This has been a massive crime and they all seem to be getting away with it”
By our reporters, 21 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those protesting outside the meeting.
By our reporters, 17 July 2017
Coolaroo and Dallas residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters, denouncing government and environmental protection authorities over their response to the SKM Recycling plant fire last Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 July 2017
Three housing associations, Salix, City West Housing Trust and Pendlebury, together run the 29 tower blocks whose cladding failed fire safety tests.
By our reporters, 7 July 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to people outside the Westway Sports Centre in North Kensington, which is being used as an “Assistance Centre” for residents affected by the Grenfell fire.
On-the-spot report from London:
By our reporters, 27 June 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents evacuated from tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in London by Labour Party-run Camden council over the weekend.
By our reporters, 6 February 2017
Protesters were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees, the eruption of militarism and war and the growth of far-right movements around the world.
By our reporters, 16 January 2017
The latest measures are part of a decades-long assault on energy workers in the Latrobe Valley and nationally with the collaboration of the unions.
By our reporters, 15 November 2016
Many noted that Trump’s victory was a product of the deepening social crisis and a breakdown of American democracy.
By Zac Hambides, 10 November 2016
Protest organisers made futile appeals to the Turnbull government and Labor, the very agencies responsible for the escalating persecution of the asylum seekers.
By our reporters, 7 November 2016
Many spoke out against Trump and Clinton, who they correctly see as representatives of the banks and big business.
By our reporters, 3 October 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to teachers during a September 22 rally called by the APEOESP (Sao Paulo’s State School Teachers Union) and the CUT (the Confederation of Workers).
By our reporters, 5 July 2016
Despite the official conspiracy of silence over the US plans for war against China, workers and youth expressed concern about the growth of militarism.
By our reporters, 1 July 2016
Many of those interviewed expressed opposition to the whipping up of nationalism and xenophobia.
“This is a dog and pony show”
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 February 2016
Retirees denounced both political parties along with the Teamsters union for the devastating pension cuts being demanded by the Central States Pension Fund.
By our reporters, 12 October 2015
Young people in Sydney’s western suburbs denounced the claims that the recent shooting at New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta was an act of “Islamic terrorism.”
By Ute Reissner and Benjamin Hader, 9 October 2015
Around 800 refugees have been living in a tent city since July in an outlying Hamburg suburb of Jenfeld, which is affected by poverty.
By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2015
Workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal demonstrated across the US this week in opposition to concession demands.
By our reporters, 8 August 2015
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with wharfies and waterfront maintenance workers at a protest outside Hutchison’s Port Botany container terminal in Sydney yesterday. It followed the late-night sacking almost 100 HPH employees nationally.
By our reporters, 28 July 2015
Workers, students and youth attending SEP meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on Sunday spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about developments in Greece, the role of Syriza and other issues.
By our reporters, 7 July 2015
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015
Thousands gathered on Athens’ Syntagma Square Sunday evening after the emphatic rejection of austerity proposals of the European Union and the IMF.
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015