The strike was a diversionary tactic aimed at bolstering the unions’ credibility among teachers, while they conspire with the CAQ government to keep schools open amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic and impose sellout agreements.
Workers all over the world are opposed the continued operations of nonessential workplaces as the pandemic still rages. But workers need new organizations of struggle because the unions have sanctioned this homicidal policy.
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Parties are assisting workers everywhere in the building of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees in key industries and workplaces, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, and prepare for a political general strike.
Our demands are based not on what the corporations and the politicians claim is affordable but what is necessary to protect the lives and well-being of the entire working class.
• Shut down all nonessential production!
• Stop all in-person learning at schools and universities!
• Full compensation for all workers until conditions are safe to return to work!
• Protect all essential workers and pay them a living wage! Safety conditions for all essential work must be monitored by rank-and-file safety committees.
There are now rank-and-file committees of autoworkers, educators, Amazon and logistics workers, postal workers, and city bus drivers.
Contact us now to join a committee. If there is not already a committee in your workplace, industry or region, we will help you start one.
Rank-and-File Committees for Safe Education and Workplaces
Workers and students in Germany organize successful online meeting to oppose government policy of herd immunity
The Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Education and the Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Workplaces held a joint meeting to organize resistance against the pandemic policy of the ruling elite.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds meeting calling for a network of rank-and-file action committees
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Parties internationally are assisting workers in building committees to provide the new and democratic organisations of class struggle workers need to stop the spread of COVID-19 and fight back against attacks on jobs, pay and conditions
At inaugural public meeting, Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for working class action to stop the third COVID-19 wave
The meeting featured an international panel of speakers, who explained the committee’s demands for the closure of schools and all nonessential production, and the provision of full wages to all affected workers so they can shelter at home, to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
On April 7, Alabama’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey lifted the state’s mask mandate, falsely claiming that the “pandemic is almost over.” Within two weeks, infections and hospitalizations are once again on the rise.
Terry Garr was killed by a heavy die that fell from a crane he was operating, apparently under duress from management to hurry and finish the job before his shift ended.
Eighty-four hospital workers are on strike against brutal work conditions in the small Pennsylvania town.
Allegheny Technologies, Inc. has delivered an ultimatum to striking steelworkers to accept their concession demands by Monday, or face the consequences.
“Rank-and-file” is originally a military term. It refers to the lower “ranks” of soldiers, who literally stand in lines or “files”. These soldiers have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than the officers or “brass” who prosecute the wars on behalf of the ruling elite.
Rank-and-file committees are of, by and for the rank-and-file workers, who have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than management, the bosses, the politicians, and the trade union apparatus, who send workers to die while defending the profits of the ruling elite.
Yes. The formation of rank-and-file committees is 100% completely legal under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The right to freedom of speech means you can say whatever you like about what you agree or disagree with. Freedom of association, also covered under the first amendment, means you have the right to associate with others who share your views, for political ends. You also have the right to petition the government for redress, to make demands on the government and tell them what you want them to do.
No. HIPAA has an exception for disclosures to prevent and control the spread of disease, but the state is deliberately not invoking this exception in order to conceal information from workers, so that they can pretend that what they are doing is safe when it’s not.
Rank-and-file educators have the right to know who’s gotten sick, where, when, and what happened. Rank-and-file committees have to demand this information, and have to share it with other workers as a matter of collective self defense.