Workers Struggles Around the World

California farm workers strike over COVID-19; port workers in Belize and Montreal stage protests

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 July 2020

Ironworkers in Wasco, California began picketing after finding coworkers had been infected with COVID-19 while dockworkers in Belize and Montreal staged protests over cuts.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 July 2020

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Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!

By the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020

Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit are taking a stand to defend our lives and the lives of our families.

Indian and Pakistani health workers strike over coronavirus safety; Australia Paper maintenance workers locked out

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

27 June 2020

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Thousands of Iranian sugarcane workers strike for second week; clothing workers’ stoppage in Lethoso; Zimbabwe nurses and doctors protests and strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 June 2020

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As COVID ravages Latin America, workers continue to protest response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 June 2020

Bridgestone workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Peru and delivery drivers in Brazil were just some of the workers joining protests this past week.

India: Bihar rural health workers demonstrate to defend jobs; Coimbatore textile workers protest over pay cuts

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

20 June 2020

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Argentine rubber workers; Mexican health workers strike over COVID-19 response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 June 2020

Rubber workers at the Bridgestone-Firestone plant in Llavallol, Argentina and Mexican health care workers staged strikes and protests over lack of adequate protection from exposure to coronavirus.

Strike vote by Dutch steelworkers, Nigerian doctors prepare for indefinite walkout; South African airline workers protest

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 June 2020

Unanimous strike vote at Dutch Tata steel plant while Nigerian doctors have set June 15 as the date for a nationwide walkout while employees of airline South African Express staged a protest in Pretoria, South Africa over non-payment of wages.

Protest in Panama against premature reopening in face of spreading COVID-19

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 June 2020

Despite the highest level of COVID-19 cases in Latin America, the government of Panama is reopening the economy regardless of workers’ health concerns.

The police murder of George Floyd sparks mass protests throughout the world

By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

India-wide protests by military armament and power industry workers; Australian airport workers demand JobKeeper pay

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

6 June 2020

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Spanish workers protest Nissan job losses; South African Macsteel metalworkers walk out against pay cut; strike threats by hospital workers in UK, Iceland

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 June 2020

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Protests as COVID-19 outbreak surges in Latin America

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 June 2020

Health care workers in Argentina and Brazil have staged protests against government neglect as COVID-19 surges throughout the region.

Indian autoworkers strike for COVID-19 safety measures; Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers demonstrate

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

30 May 2020

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Spanish Nissan strike against job losses; Italian electrical workers threaten stoppage against redundancies; South African hospital wildcat strike for PPE

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 May 2020

An indefinite strike by 40 Spanish autoworkers at Nissan’s Zona Franca and Montcada sites in Barcelona began on May 4.

Health care workers in Colombia protest over protective equipment

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 May 2020

Colombian health care workers staged a protest last week in the capital Bogotá to protest lack of adequate provision of personal protective equipment.

Indian police detain thousands of sacked migrant workers; Pakistani health workers demand unpaid wages and allowances

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 May 2020

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UK postal workers in Peterborough walk out; unions back reopening of French Amazon; Belgian medics protest

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 May 2020

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St. Paul nurse fired by Allina Healthcare in dispute over lack of protective equipment

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 May 2020

A registered nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota was fired May 8 after raising concerns over lack of PPE and the shutting out of health care workers over discussion on safety issues.

“I am not going to die for this company that only thinks about the millions they have in the bank”

Mounting opposition among autoworkers on eve of industry restart

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.

Committee For Public Education online public forum

The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis in the universities

16 May 2020

The CFPE invites university workers, students and teachers to attend its online forum to discuss the pandemic and the deep crisis in the universities, both in Australia and internationally.

Thousands of migrant workers demonstrate across India; Tamil Nadu cleaners demand COVID-19 protection

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

16 May 2020

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Belgian bus drivers’ wildcat; South African bus drivers walk out over conditions; daily protests in Israel over government response to pandemic

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 May 2020

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Protest by El Salvador autoworkers over nonpayment of wages; actions continue over coronavirus response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 May 2020

Workers at the Yasaki auto parts factory in Santa Ana, El Salvador protested the nonpayment of wages while workers across Latin America continued protests over lack of protective equipment.

Workers in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan strike to demand coronavirus-safe working conditions

Workers Struggles: Asia

9 May 2020

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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 May 2020

South African nurses’ stayaway defies premature lockdown end; health workers in South Africa, Kenya, refuse workers in UK, demand personal protection equipment.

Chile protests resume as workers across the Americas protest lack of COVID-19 protection

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 May 2020

Antigovernment protests resumed in Chile after a disruption caused by the pandemic, while workers across the Americas protested the inadequate government response to the health danger posed by the coronavirus.

Thousands of Assam tea workers demand lockdown wages in India; Protests continue in Bangladesh over wages, factory closures and safety

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

2 May 2020

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French teachers’ strike threat against premature end to lockdown; South African and Zimbabwean nurses protest lack of PPE

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 May 2020

Protests are continuing against attempts to restart operations in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic without proper safeguards, including French teachers, German doctors and nurses in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

India: Vicious attack on Maruti Suzuki trainees highlights plight of migrant workers during COVID-19 lockdown

By Kranti Kumara, 28 April 2020

The goon attack on the Maruti Suzuki trainees was clearly aimed at fomenting division and confusion among India’s workers and toilers who are undergoing extraordinary hardship during the Modi government’s ill-planned nationwide lockdown.

Strikes continue at over 30 manufacturing plants along the US-Mexico border

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 April 2020

Workers at maquiladora factories are demanding management shut down unessential industries and pay workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian university union continues sellout talks despite members’ anger

By our correspondents, 27 April 2020

SEP members develop discussion on a socialist perspective while the NTEU agrees to pay and conditions cuts and employers inflict massive job losses.

Bangladeshi and Cambodian garment workers strike against COVID-19 job cuts; Pakistani medical workers demand safe working conditions

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

25 April 2020

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Workers protests continue over lack of personal protective equipment; South African unions back premature reopening of the mines

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 April 2020

Workers protests continued over lack of protective equipment as South African miners mobilized to oppose a premature return to work.

Mexico City medical workers protest lack of protective equipment

Workers Struggles: The Americas

21 April 2020

Medical workers from the October 1 hospital in Mexico City set up a blockade to protest the lack of protective equipment and other supplies needed to confront COVID-19.

Millions of internal migrant workers suffering under India’s lockdown

By Rohantha De Silva, 20 April 2020

A police attack on a Mumbai protest has highlighted the fate of workers under the Modi government’s measures.

German automakers, unions and government collaborate to restart production

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 18 April 2020

Germany’s automakers and the IG Metall trade union are demanding that production be restarted.

Bangladesh garment workers strike against COVID-19 job and wage cuts; Australian maritime union ends strike over COVID-19 at Hutchison Ports

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

18 April 2020

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Workers protest lack of personal protective equipment as unions support premature back to work drive

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 April 2020

Fiat Chrysler in Italy has set May for the resumption of partial production while nurses in Ireland, South Africa and Malawi stage protests against lack of personal protective equipment.

India: Punjab health workers and poor farmers protest over inadequate COVID-19 supplies; Queensland public health workers demand promised wage rise

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

11 April 2020

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UK refuse collection workers strike over protective gear and sick pay; South African waste collectors strike in defiance of union’s call to work unprotected against COVID-19

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

10 April 2020

Sanitation workers in Britain and South Africa are among workers demanding protective equipment as companies maintain operations during coronavirus pandemic.

Tea estate workers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as medical workers in India and Papua New Guinea strike over COVID-19 dangers

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 April 2020

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Navy fires captain who warned of COVID-19 spread on aircraft carrier

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 April 2020

The move is a clear statement that saving lives in the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be allowed to interfere with the war aims of US imperialism.

Health workers in South Africa and Kenya striking for personal protection equipment against coronavirus face police attacks

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

3 April 2020

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at nurses at Bongani Regional Hospital in Welko, South Africa protesting over unsafe travel arrangements while nurses walked out in Kenya over health and safety concerns.

Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 March 2020

Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pakistan: District government workers strike over unpaid wages; New Zealand plastics workers strike over COVID-19 concerns

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 March 2020

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Strikes spread in Europe and Africa over lack of coronavirus safety precautions

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 March 2020

Amazon workers in France, metalworkers in Italy, postal workers in Britain and doctors in Zimbabwe are among those taking job action to protest lack of adequate safety measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

110 Immigration detention center protests

24 March 2020

Mexican medical workers protest lack of supplies

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 March 2020

Medical workers in a number of cities in Mexico have staged protests over the lack of critical supplies needed to treat patients and protect doctors and nurses.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 March 2020

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Strikes in Italy and Iran against exposure to coronavirus at work; South African bus strike threat over pay

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 March 2020

Workers in Iran and Italy, two countries heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, have staged job action over work exposure to the disease, while South African transport workers have issued a strike threat over failed contract talks.

Uruguayan teachers strike; Saskatchewan teachers begin job action

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 March 2020

Teachers in Uruguay staged a one-day strike March 11 over the government’s economic proposal, while 13,000 teachers across Saskatchewan began rotating jobs actions.

Tamil Nadu sanitary workers demand permanent jobs; Sri Lankan plantation workers strike; New Zealand bus drivers resume industrial action

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 March 2020

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Union sells out municipal workers’ strike in Reykjavik, Iceland; Lebanon: hospital strike in Beirut over government inaction over Covid-19

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 March 2020

The Efling union has sold out a three week strike by municipal workers in Iceland while hospital workers in Lebanon protest the government’s inept response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Renewed protests in Chile; Michigan delivery drivers strike over healthcare

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 March 2020

Thousands participated against austerity, inequality and repression in Chile while Teamster delivery drivers manned pickets in Monroe, Michigan

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 March 2020

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French workers continue struggle against attacks on pensions; Zimbabwe trade unions try to hold back general strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 March 2020

On Tuesday workers held marches to protest attacks on pensions by the Macron government while trade union officials in Zimbabwe are attempting to hold back demands for a general strike against spiralling inflation.

Brazilian postal workers take strike vote; Salt Lake City teachers rally at Utah capitol

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 March 2020

More than 100,000 Brazilian postal workers are set to strike as teachers in the state of Utah rallied to demand education funding

Indian primary school teachers demonstrate; Sri Lankan police attack sacked public sector workers

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 February 2020

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Iceland: indefinite public sector strike in Reykjavik; Air France pilots’ conduct stoppage; transport workers join South African museum strikers to petition parliament

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

28 February 2020

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Mexican media workers strike, Montreal stevedores authorize strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

25 February 2020

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Tamil Nadu public transport workers demonstrate; Sacked Sri Lankan government workers protest; Jetstar baggage handlers on strike in Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

22 February 2020

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Greece: 24-hour stoppage by public sector workers; Italian dockers boycott ships carrying arms bound for Yemen war; threats of further strikes in Zimbabwe

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 February 2020

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British Columbia, Canada forestry workers betrayed

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 February 2020

An eight-month strike by some 3,000 British Columbia forestry workers ended last week after the union agreed to the imposition of an alternate work shift schedule that raises issues of safety.

Union sells out forestry strike in Finland; South African telecom workers’ strike threat against redundancies; London bus drivers move to strike vote

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 February 2020

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US jobs report: 11,000 US auto jobs lost in January

By Jessica Goldstein, 12 February 2020

January’s figures show that the jobs bloodbath in the auto industry is continuing unabated after the United Auto Workers’ sabotage of the General Motors strike last fall.

Sri Lanka: former northern chief minister seeks to divert campaign over “disappeared persons” to appeals to major powers

By S. Jayanth, 11 February 2020

Like the Colombo establishment, the TPA, TNA and other Tamil groups are terrified of unified struggles, since they would open the way to the independent mobilisation of the working class.

“I fear for the future of democracy in Britain”

Protesters speak out at demonstration against Tory government deportation plans

By our reporters, 11 February 2020

WSWS reporters spoke with those attending Monday night’s demonstration outside Downing Street in London demanding an immediate halt to all deportation flights.

UK government carries out deportation of around 20 Jamaican nationals

By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2020

The men on board were among 700 immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers being held at two immigration detention removal centres near Heathrow Airport—Colnbrook and Harmondsworth.

As Brazilian oil workers’ strike grows, Labor Court rules it “abusive”

By Gabriel Lemos, 11 February 2020

The Brazilian ruling elite fears that the strike at the state-owed oil giant Petrobras will spread to other sections of public and private sector workers.

John Deere announces layoffs at Iowa plant

By George Gallanis, 11 February 2020

Since announcing plans last August to cut costs and boost profits as part of its drive for “organizational efficiency,” Deere has laid off 220 workers at plants across Illinois and Iowa.

Strike by Mexican Autonomous University staff in Oaxaca

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 February 2020

Staff at the Benito Juárez Autonomous University at Oaxaca have been on strike since February 1 over salaries, retirement and other issues.

India: 10,000 Karnataka midday-meal workers strike indefinitely; Tahiti workers strike against Macron’s pensions “reforms”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 February 2020

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Human Rights Watch report finds 138 Salvadorans killed after being deported from the US

By Adam Mclean, 7 February 2020

The report, based on interviews with over 150 people over a one-and-a-half-year period, additionally identified 70 other deportees who were beaten, sexually assaulted, extorted or tortured.

GM workers denounce forced overtime imposed with UAW collusion

By George Kirby and Tim Rivers, 7 February 2020

Workers from General Motors Customer Care & Aftersales facilities and other factories in Michigan are angered by continuous forced overtime imposed in the aftermath of the 2019 UAW sellout contract.

Kahatagaha miners in Sri Lanka must fight for socialist policies

By Naveen Dewage, 7 February 2020

The three-day walkout by graphite miners in defiance of their unions indicates the increasing radicalisation of the working class and the rapid break up of illusions in the new government.

Finnish paper and forestry workers continue stoppage; one-day public sector strike across Portugal; wildcat strike at South Africa Toyota in Durban

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 February 2020

Some 15,000 Finnish forestry and paper workers have extended their strike while public sector workers struck across Portugal and South Africa Toyota workers struck over the withholding of bonuses.

Sri Lanka: The ruling elite’s hollow national independence celebrations

By K. Ratnayake, 6 February 2020

The past seven decades of so-called “independence” has seen successive governments viciously suppress the masses and defend capitalist rule.

India: One million public sector bank workers strike for higher pay and against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 6 February 2020

The two-day national walkout demonstrated public sector bank workers’ determination to fight the Modi government’s austerity, privatisation and job-cutting policies.

Ontario teachers broaden strike actions; Brazilian oil workers strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 February 2020

Tens of thousands of teachers in Canada’s largest province are continuing their fight against the right wing government of Bill Ford, while workers at Brazil’s Petrobras have taken action over the privatization drive by the Bolsonaro administration.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

1 February 2020

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More than 7,800 nurses and hospital staff strike for third day at Seattle hospitals

By Dan Conway, 31 January 2020

More than 7,800 nurses and caregivers at Swedish medical centers in Seattle struck for a third day Thursday against short staffing levels and inadequate compensation.

Amazon employees defy management and publicly protest corporate policies

By Kevin Reed, 30 January 2020

Hundreds of Amazon employees posted public criticisms of their employer and statements of support for fellow workers who have been threatened with firing for speaking out against the tech company’s climate policies.

South Australian counsellor and educators speak on conditions in schools

By Sue Phillips, 30 January 2020

“It is very difficult to understand the complexities of a classroom until you’ve been in and taught in that classroom and you’ve tried to manage perhaps 28 or 32 students, all with varying needs.”

Indian midday-meal workers strike for higher wages; Australian rail workers strike again

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

25 January 2020

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French power workers at Grand’Maison dam join pension strikes; 130,000 Turkish metalworkers threaten walk out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 January 2020

French hydroelectric workers joined a strike movement against pension cuts while the union for 130,000 Turkish metalworkers are currently in talks with the Turkish Employers Association of Metal Industries for a pay increase.

Mumbai hospital workers demand outstanding wages; South Korean car workers strike; Australian tram drivers vote to walk out

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

18 January 2020

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Indian workers in general strike call for unity

By our correspondents, 14 January 2020

Striking workers discussed with the WSWS the central political issues in the struggle against the Modi government and its program of austerity and communal reaction.

India: Haryana public transport workers strike against outsourcing; Pakistani journalists oppose salary and job cuts

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

11 January 2020

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Tens of millions to join all-India one-day strike on Wednesday

By Keith Jones, 7 January 2020

The Modi government faces mass opposition to its socially incendiary big business agenda and promotion of Hindu supremacist reaction.

Garbage collectors strike in India’s Maharashtra state capital; military vehicle production workers oppose sackings in Tamil Nadu

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

4 January 2020

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Industrial carnage in US: 5,250 workers killed on the job in 2018

By Steve Filips, 27 December 2019

Fatal on-the-job injuries in the US increased by 2 percent in 2018, according to this year’s report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 27 December 2019

The militant workers’ group Generating Movement at the General Motors assembly plant in Silao, Mexico, express their appreciation to workers in the United States for supporting their defense fund.

Zimbabwe four-month-long hospital strike continues; French rail workers to strike over Christmas defying unions

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 December 2019

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Five-day strike of Kaiser Permanente mental health workers ends

By Kevin Martinez and Evelyn Rios, 23 December 2019

As planned by the union, the strike ended with no new contract proposal.

Boston transit: “Safety is not the priority” at the MBTA, panel finds

By Andrew Timon, 23 December 2019

Only a parasitic mechanism that subordinates public need to profit could bring the MBTA to the point of trains literally falling apart and off the tracks.

999 Lessons of the auto struggle

23 December 2019

Thousands of Indian construction workers demonstrate; Australian Jetstar workers strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

21 December 2019

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Zimbabwe hospital doctors out for 15 weeks; German Amazon workers strike at three centres

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 December 2019

Doctors in Zimbabwe are continuing their walkout in the face of intensifying repression while 1,200 German Amazon workers protested low pay by staging a walkout.