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Social banditry: Oligarch Elon Musk takes record $45 billion payout

The awarding by Tesla shareholders on Thursday of a massive pay package worth more than $45 billion to CEO Elon Musk is part of accelerating social inequality and the deepening economic, social, military and political crisis of world capitalism.

Kevin Reed

This week in history: June 17-23

This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago

Chinese Premier Li visits New Zealand to counter US war drive

During Li’s visit sections of the New Zealand media, academia and the political establishment ramped up an anti-China campaign, while the National Party-led government aligns more closely with US-led war preparations.

Tom Peters

Strike at Renault in Brazil demands more jobs

The struggle of the Renault workers in Brazil unfolds in the context of the restructuring of the auto industry with a focus on electric and hybrid vehicles, leading  to a jobs bloodbath internationally.

Brunna Machado

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Indonesia: Thousands of workers protest forced wage cut for national housing scheme; India: Female gig workers in Karnataka protest slave-like working conditions; Pakistan: Sindh water and power workers protest privatisation; Australia: TAFE teachers strike for pay rise and reduced workloads.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Pay strike by Norway’s civil servants banned by Labour government on “national security” grounds; South African steelworkers’ protected strike at SA Steel Mills continues, demanding reinstatement of165 workers sacked for striking; general strike in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Berea to protest Israeli Defence Force murder of four Palestinians during 50-vehicle assault, many injured

“His arrest is part of a process to silence all left-wing and socialist opposition”: Workers in Canada demand freedom for Ukrainian socialist Bogdan Syrotiuk

“Bogdan’s imprisonment is a threat to workers in Canada who oppose the war to be quiet, but we will not be silenced. His arrest also tears apart the lies of the imperialist powers justifying their war of aggression against Russia and using the working class of Ukraine as cannon fodder for the predatory interests of imperialism.”

our reporter

Nigeria’s trade union leaders sabotage general strike over minimum wage

The unions are intent on suppressing massive opposition within the working class to Nigeria’s atrocious living conditions, intensified by the ruling class’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the soaring of prices due to the US-NATO war against Russia in the Ukraine and the government’s disastrous austerity policies.

Jean Shaoul

Why is the far-right vote surging in the European elections?

The rise of the far right is the product of the systematic disenfranchisement of the workers by nationalist, bureaucratic organizations that the media and the ruling class promote as the “left.”

Peter Schwarz, Alex Lantier

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Mexican police attacked striking teachers while the Amalgamated Transit Union called off a strike by 12,000 Toronto Transit Commission subway and bus drivers.

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