Last weekend, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) officially reported the 150,000th coronavirus death in Germany. This shocking milestone is the result of the profits-before-lives policy that all federal and state governments have pursued since the beginning of the pandemic.
Oil refinery workers at TotalEnergies in France continue pay strike this week, joined by workers at state-owned nuclear power plants for one-day stoppage; one-day national rail strike in Belgium for improved staffing and conditions to end unbearable workload; UK dockers strike at two main ports over pay as limited strikes on railways and telecom continue; protests continue in Iran over police killing of Mahsa Amini; port and railroad workers on indefinite strike across South Africa over pay with more workers poised to join Monday; months-long strike by lecturers in Nigeria over pay and conditions faces legal action by government
UK train drivers mount further national strikes as rail unions seek a sell-out deal with Tory government
What should rail workers make of the rapturous response by RMT leader Mick Lynch and ASLEF leader Mick Whelan to Liz Truss’s new transport secretary?
While sanctioning the latest round of strikes, the Communication Workers Union is doing all it can to reach a deal with management based on a below-inflation pay deal.
The average household with a mortgage faces a rise from spending 17.7 percent of their income on repayments to 27.2 percent. Amid an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis, many will not be able to keep up.
The Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Committee urges teachers to organize a mass assembly of educators and support workers to discuss and elaborate demands that make up for years of cuts in real wages.
Nearly a week after Trump issued an explicit death threat targeting Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife on social media, not a single leading member of either political party, including President Joe Biden, has denounced the ex-president's call to violence.
Amid growing warnings that the war between Russia and NATO in Ukraine could turn nuclear, polish Prime Minister Andrzej Duda. Said Wednesday that he has spoken to the United States about stationing its nuclear weapons in the country.
Can it be that the Times report indicates US concern over the political fallout from a more recent operation that is of far greater international consequence than the Moscow assassination? The unexplained bombing of the Nordstream pipeline comes to mind.
The massive breach points to the danger of placing sensitive data in the hands of vast corporations, whose only concern is profit.
University of Melbourne student union refuses to affiliate IYSSE despite successful affiliation meeting
The student union is riding roughshod over the democratic rights of students who want to fight for a socialist alternative to war, austerity and dictatorship.
UAW presidential candidate Will Lehman: Form rank-and-file election committees to build workers’ power!
The UAW apparatus has done everything it can to prevent workers from knowing about the election or understanding the positions of the candidates.
President Joe Biden and Governor Ron DeSantis appeared in Fort Myers on Wednesday to deflect public anger away from their role in facilitating the death toll from the storm.
Pipefitter says BP used unskilled contractors on unit before fatal explosion at Toledo, Ohio refinery
A pipefitter who worked at the BP Huskey refinery spoke about unsafe practices by management that could have contributed to the September 20 fire that killed Max and Ben Morrissey.
Wickremesinghe’s new bill is to further strengthen repressive measures in preparation for the re-emergence of mass struggles in response to the next round of IMF austerity.
According to multiple workers who belong to the IBEW and who personally spoke to IBEW Railroad Department head Al Russo via telephone in recent days, the IBEW has acknowledged that a significant number of ballots were not properly sent to workers.
Trump petitioned the US Supreme Court Wednesday to intervene in the special master’s review of documents seized by the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago resort on August 8.
Twelve Democrats from a military-intelligence background have entered the House of Representatives since 2018. Their ranks could nearly double this year.
Modi booster Gautam Adani becomes world’s second richest man amid social misery for Indian working class
Pro-investor economic reforms carried out since 1991 by successive Indian governments, led by both the Congress Party and Modi’s BJP, have dramatically deepened social inequality and concentrated wealth in the hands of rapacious billionaires like Adani.
Even as its economic ties with China grow, the Kenyan regime is signing up to the US-NATO war targeting Russia and China.
Management took the vindictive action after around 100 workers at the facility staged a protest in a management office and demanded to be sent home with pay because of unsafe conditions.
Prevent the Ford Saarlouis plant closure! Unite all Ford workers! No trust in the IG Metall union, works council and the corporation!
At the factory meeting on Wednesday, the works council and IG Metall union, supported by Saarland’s Minister President Anke Rehlinger (Social Democrats, SPD), will do everything they can to seal the plant’s closure.
Pseudo-left union in Argentina imposes sellout contract on tire workers after following nationalist strategy
The Partido Obrero leadership advanced a failed nationalist strategy oriented to the union bureaucracy and the Peronist government.
The chaos at the Conservative Party conference is fundamentally an expression of the crisis wracking British and world capitalism.
The airport’s closure is a devastating blow to the region and will impact thousands of workers in the run-up to Christmas.
The World Socialist Web Site condemns the censorship and firing of Katie Halper by The Hill. It must be condemned by the working class and all defenders of free speech as an attack on basic democratic rights.
As the Ukrainian military continued its rapid advances along multiple fronts, the White House announced another massive arms shipment for the war against Russia, sending over 200 armored vehicles in its latest arms shipment.
Across the world, a surge of working-class opposition to inequality and capitalist exploitation is developing in the form of strikes and protests on every continent.
The US and other imperialist powers have not only considered on several critical occasions using nuclear weapons to reverse military defeats. They have directly threatened to drop atom bombs in order to extract concessions from their enemies.
Much as in previous responses by the political establishment to storms and the ongoing pandemic, the policy of the government towards Hurricane Ian was one of malign neglect centered around protecting profits rather than lives.
Stellantis’ Chief Manufacturing Officer Arnaud Debouef threatened the jobs of 5,200 workers during a visit to the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit Tuesday.
The breach, affecting up to 40 percent of the Australian population, underscores the dangers of major corporations controlling critical social infrastructure and the data of millions of people.
US prosecutors presented text messages Rhodes sent on November 7, 2020 to the “Friends of Stone” chat group, which included Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, and “Stop the Steal” lead organizer Ali Alexander.
Australia: Health workers support Chris O’Brien Lifehouse nurses’ fight against union-management agreement
"We are starting to see cross-supporting, like doctors supporting nurses on strike, or teachers supporting nurses. Workers have a common enemy in the government and the corporations."
The NTEU’s false claims of an “historic win” at Western Sydney University were further exposed at a sparsely-attended union meeting last week at the college, where union officials sought to push through an even worse enterprise agreement.
Thousands of nurses in public hospitals are refusing extra shifts this week after the government slashed overtime pay, but the union has refused to call a strike.
The RBA said it would pay close attention to “labour costs”—that is, workers’ wages—in the coming period.
Re-elected Coalition Avenir Québec government will come into headlong conflict with the working class
Legault and his CAQ benefited from mass popular alienation with the traditional parties of provincial government and the right-wing campaign mounted by the pseudo-left Québec Solidaire.
“At what point are we safe to drink it, if ever?”: Residents of Jackson, Mississippi, speak about ongoing water crisis
The state capital did not have running water for a week last month, rendering the city of more than 160,000 people without the ability to properly hydrate, bathe, or flush toilets.
The seamless marriage of identity politics and US imperialism is a devastating exposure of the real reactionary content of politics based on race, gender and sexuality.
The family of 22-year-old Casen Garcia speaks out about the terrible conditions at Tyson that led to the young man's death.
Baz Luhrmann’s film neither fixates solely on the personal demons of its subject nor does it ignore them.
As a result of war, inflation and the energy price explosion, the number of people seeking help has doubled in two years from 1.1 million to more than 2 million.
Drivers were scathing of the deal and spoke angrily of Unite’s collusion with the bus operators.
Further pay strike set to bring Liverpool docks to a standstill as Felixstowe threatens more walkouts
Dockers who worked in horrendous conditions and stayed on the job during the pandemic, risking their lives, face a pay cut by an employer that made over £30 million profit in 2021.
The Chefs in Schools charity reports a “heart-breaking” increase in hungry children, with school chefs “actively going out and finding the kids who are hiding in the playground because they don’t think they can get a meal and feeding them.”
Massive vote in favour of strike against Ford government’s austerity agenda by 55,000 Ontario education support workers
While rank-and-file workers are determined to strike to put an end to over a decade of stagnating wages and miserable working conditions, the union bureaucracy has no intention of calling a work stoppage. Instead, the OSBCU leadership’s main concern is to work out a sellout agreement with Ford at the “bargaining table.”
The German government has reacted to the Russian annexation of Ukrainian territories and Putin's threat to use nuclear weapons by intensifying its own war offensive.
Just days after Russia officially announced the annexation of four regions of Ukraine partially under the control of Russian forces, the Ukrainian military staged its biggest military breakthrough in Southern Ukraine since the start of the war.
Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe's biography of Stepan Bandera: A devastating portrait of the figurehead of Ukrainian fascism
Rossoliński-Liebe’s biography of Bandera provides irrefutable evidence for the horrific crimes and fascist outlook of Stepan Bandera, who is now widely glorified as a “hero” by the Ukrainian regime.
Will Lehman holds meeting with academic workers: “We need to advance our own interests, not the interests of the capitalist class”
Amid ongoing contract struggles among university employees in California and New York, UAW presidential candidate Will Lehman held a meeting last Saturday to discuss the conditions facing academic workers.
Once again, faced with a predictable catastrophe and repeated warnings, the American ruling elite has made clear its homicidal indifference to the health and safety of the population.
UFCW 1059 is attempted to ram through the same pro-corporate contract that workers have rejected three times.
The token protests were deliberately limited to prevent the broader participation of other estate workers facing the same management attacks.
Days after Trump wrote that the Senate Republican leader had a “death wish” because he opposed Trump’s wishes, Senator Rick Scott avoided the issue in Sunday television interviews.
It is becoming clearer that the very measures used to contain previous turmoil have become the source of a new crisis, arising with even greater force.
The strike of nearly 200 museum workers comes amid a rising wave of class struggle internationally and among cultural workers particularly.
Police have made no guarantee that there will be any prosecution for the 2010 Pike River coal mine disaster, which killed 29 workers.
More than 230 drivers and warehouse workers in Syracuse, New York, and 300 drivers near Boston, Massachusetts, walked off the job last week at Sysco Corporation food distributors.
Workers demand answers: Why did IBEW mail 40 percent fewer ballots for 2022 rail contract vote versus 2018?
As more IBEW railroad electricians realize they were not the only ones who were never sent a ballot before last month’s contract vote, additional questions are emerging about its validity.
While the rapper appears to rework themes made redundant by the early-1990s wave of gangster rap, Coolio-Ivey’s music is notable for its humorous, self-deprecating songs.
Neptune, N.J.: More than half of JSUMC nurses would not feel safe being treated at their own hospital
More than half of the over 500 union nurses polled at Jersey Shore University Medical Center said they wouldn’t feel safe being treated at the facility.
“I think a collective unified struggle of university staff across the country would be a lot more effective than what we are doing now.”
The deadly stampede was triggered when police fired rounds of tear gas into a crowd of spectators.
After months of delays, and a 97 percent vote in July for industrial action, the National Tertiary Education Union called the limited stoppage to seek a deal with management.
The Berlin Children’s Hospitals Initiative has sent a second “open letter” drawing attention to the devastating situation at children’s hospitals and child emergency centres in the capital.
Quebec’s provincial election has provided the ruling class with an opportunity to intensify its anti-immigrant campaign—part of a pronounced chauvinist turn that has been underway for nearly two decades.
The summit was a further escalation in Washington’s confrontation with China in the Pacific, aimed at tightening its grip over the strategically significant region.
Sally McManus used an appearance at the National Press Club to offer up the services of the trade unions to the ruling class and outline a plan to prevent the eruption of social unrest.
Public employees across Argentina struck September 27, while 600 Santa Cruz, California city workers saw their threatened strike aborted.
The threats to living standards and democratic rights cannot be confronted at the ballot box on October 30, but only by the mass struggles of the Brazilian and international working class.
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to workers and students attending nationwide protests on October 1, organised by the Enough is Enough pressure group.
As it did during the removal of Boris Johnson, the Labour Party is working with the Tories to help replace a failing leader without triggering opposition in the working class.
The acceptance margin of just 56 percent for Arriva’s below-inflation pay deal shows Unite’s collusion and control rests on shaky grounds.
Not since October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, has the world come so close to nuclear war as it is today.
Xi’s seemingly unchallengeable position stems not from any inherent strength. Rather, in conditions of acute class tensions, he has been elevated to prevent the CCP’s divisions from blowing the party and government apart.
The Congress adopted four resolutions on key aspects of the political situation and elected the Socialist Equality Party’s leadership for the next two years.
As was the case at the beginning of World War I, when the trade unions entered into a truce with the imperial government and the employers' associations, they are once again closing ranks with them.
Ford and Stellantis workers back UAW candidate Will Lehman’s campaign to fight job cuts and unify workers globally
In the last several days, campaigners visited Ford and Stellantis factories in Chicago, Detroit and Toledo, Ohio and won enthusiastic support for Lehman’s campaign to transfer power from the UAW apparatus to rank-and-file workers on the shop floor.
Regulatory authorities responsible for the £1.5 trillion UK pensions sector, which almost imploded last week, have been holding daily talks with asset managers to stave off a fresh crisis when an emergency Bank of England bond-buying program ends next week.
In sync with the Labor government’s pro-business stand, the three trade unions covering the workers refused to issue any call for workers at Norco, across the region and nationally to oppose the retrenchments.
As Trump escalates his fascist rhetoric leading up to the midterm elections, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins warns in a recent interview that she “wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or House member was killed.”
The continuing resolution extends spending authorization through December 16, when Congress will face a new budget deadline to avert a federal shutdown.
Death toll from Hurricane Ian continues to climb as tens of thousands are left ruined and neglected by state and federal governments
More than 80 have died and more bodies are being uncovered as recovery workers begin digging into the ruins left by the monster storm.
The PSOE-Podemos government is working with the CCOO and UGT unions to approve below-inflation raises for millions of civil servants and minimum wage workers.
The second military coup in France’s former colony this year comes as masses of people protest French imperialist war in nearby Mali and across the region.
The MNA-UMPNC (Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council), after refusing to call a strike despite a massive strike authorization vote, has announced passage of a deal that meets none of the demands and needs of Michigan Medicine nurses.
An outbreak of Ebola in Uganda’s western-central districts has exploded since an outbreak was declared in late September. Two healthcare workers have died among more than two dozen total deaths.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois used his appearance before Montreal's premier big business organization to reassure his audience that the pseudo-left Québec Solidaire is a “responsible” party dedicated to defending profits and can be trusted with the role of official opposition in Quebec’s next parliament.
Minnesota Allina mental health workers begin 3-day strike: Build rank-and-file committees to unite with nurses!
The strategy being pursued by the SEIU at Allina Health is aimed at dividing the struggle of mental health workers from nurses and other sections of health care workers.
In letter defending sellout of railroad workers, SMART-TD union president falsely claims US Constitution prohibits workers from striking
In an open letter to railroaders Friday, SMART-TD union President Jeremy Ferguson tried to the justify the unions’ avoidance of a national rail strike with a sellout tentative agreement brokered by the Biden administration.
Workers in Sri Lanka can only defend their democratic and social rights by uniting with the international working class and fighting for socialism.
The series has undoubtedly touched a nerve which says more about the present state of filmmaking and society than anything Tolkien is responsible for.
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.
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to workers involved in Saturday’s strikes in Britain. These saw 50,000 rail workers almost completely shutdown the UK’s rail network, alongside a national strike by 115,000 postal workers, and industrial action at two of the country’s largest ports, Liverpool and Felixstowe.
Despite a massive show of strength by workers, the trade union bureaucracy, led by Mick Lynch and Dave Ward, is working to suppress unified industrial action and corral workers behind a future Labour government led by Sir Keir Starmer.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a lengthy speech that was meant to justify the ruling regime's actions in annexing four new territories to Russia through referendums.
Australia ends COVID isolation requirements: Business hails “freedom,” medical experts warn of mass deaths
The end of any infection control by the federal Labor government means that current COVID deaths, already at record levels, will be dwarfed by the mass casualties to come.
The Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union is ensuring that the lockout will financially cripple workers, leaving them with no choice but to accept whatever rotten deal the company puts before them.
While a new COVID wave is gathering pace in Germany, the federal and state governments are dismantling the last remaining mitigation measures and promoting a “live with the virus” strategy.
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