Workers Struggles

Sri Lankan tea plantation workers committee supports call for February 9 demonstration in Detroit

By our reporters, 7 February 2019

“We consider the actions taken by the steering committee as a blow not only for the defense of the fundamental rights of the US auto workers but also on behalf of the international working class as a whole.”

Teachers at four Chicago charter school campuses walk out

By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019

In the second-ever strike to hit charter schools, 175 teachers and staff at four Chicago International Charter School campuses walked out Tuesday over pay and conditions.

Oakland, California teachers overwhelmingly vote to strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 6 February 2019

Oakland teachers have voted by 95 percent to authorize a strike, showing the determination of educators to fight in defense of public education.

Mexican auto parts workers support February 9 demonstration in Detroit

By Andrea Lobo and Eric London, 6 February 2019

“I support the call for a general strike in Canada, the US and Mexico. We must be united. There are no borders. We stand firm here.”

GM to lay off 4,250 salaried workers in North America starting Monday

By Shannon Jones, 2 February 2019

As anger mounts over the GM’s plans to cut 15,000 jobs in the US and Canada, the United Auto Workers and Unifor are ramping up their anti-Mexican campaign to split autoworkers along national lines and block united action to fight the layoffs.

Matamoros strike grows as Mexican ruling class warns of national strike wave

By Eric London and Andrea Lobo, 2 February 2019

The leading financial paper wrote: “As easy as one two three, the labor stability which we have maintained for decades, with hundreds of thousands of successful contract negotiations, is broken. And it won’t stop there.”

The economics of the North American auto industry

How global auto parts corporations profit by exploiting Mexican workers

By Shannon Jones, 2 February 2019

With 345 Tier 1 auto parts suppliers operating in Mexico, the country is an enormous source of enrichment for transnational corporations.

“We are just another package that can be replaced”

FedEx, UPS workers outraged after Illinois truck driver dies on the job in extreme cold weather

By George Marlowe, 2 February 2019

William L. Murphy, a 69-year-old FedEx truck driver, is one of at least 23 people in the Midwest who have been killed by record cold temperatures this week.

Lawsuit alleges Amazon caused worker’s death

By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2019

The wife of a worker who died at a Joliet, Illinois Amazon warehouse in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon for the extreme delay of medical treatment that led to his death.

Portugal’s strike wave intensifies

By Paul Mitchell, 2 February 2019

As the strike movement develops, the unions have sought to dissipate united opposition into regional and sectoral strikes directed at pleading with various ministers, parliament and the president to change course.

United Steelworkers announces concessions contract agreement with Shell Oil

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 February 2019

The deal, which includes paltry wage increases that barely keep pace with inflation, was announced after months of backroom negotiations and just prior to the contract expiration deadline.

Bangladesh garment workers demonstrate for unpaid wages; New Caledonia nickel miners’ strike enters second month

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2 February 2019

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Worker in Mexico fired, beaten, censored, and falsely charged for protesting corporate abuses

By Andrea Lobo and Alex González, 1 February 2019

Inspired by the courageous stand taken by Matamoros workers, Luis Daniel decided to share his story with the WSWS to encourage workers internationally.

India: Unions betray Tamil Nadu teachers’ and government workers’ strike

By Arun Kumar, 1 February 2019

The unions have cynically claimed that the shutdown of all industrial action is “temporary.”

Housekeeper trapped in billionaire’s New York townhouse elevator for days

By Erik Schreiber, 1 February 2019

This incident encapsulates the relationship between the thin layer of the super-rich—many of whom have second, third, and fourth homes—and the working class.

Sibanye gold miners’ strike joined by platinum miners; Public worker strikes spread in Kosovo

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1 February 2019

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Sacramento school district threatens bankruptcy to extort concessions from teachers

By Dan Conway, 31 January 2019

School district officials in California’s capital city announced they had to cut $16 million from spending by November 2019 to avoid state receivership, with another $16 million in cuts needed for next year.

Matamoros, Mexico maquiladora workers threatened with mass plant closures

By Alex González, 31 January 2019

The strike of auto parts and electrical workers in Matamoros, Mexico has powerfully demonstrated the international character of the class struggle.

City Colleges of Chicago averts staff and faculty strike

By Alexander Fangmann, 31 January 2019

Just days after the setting of a February 4 strike date, the Cook County College Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that a tentative agreement had been reached.

Students and youth must join the fight to oppose GM job cuts!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality US, 31 January 2019

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) calls on young people to support autoworkers in their fight against General Motors’ plans to close five plants in the US and Canada.

As Friday contract deadline approaches, USW keeps 30,000 oil workers in the dark

By Jessica Goldstein, 31 January 2019

On the eve of contract deadlines for 30,000 oil and chemical workers in the US, the United Steelworkers union is colluding with oil corporations behind closed doors to prepare a sellout contract.

Indian state government fires hundreds of teachers as Tamil Nadu strike faces a crossroads

By Arun Kumar, 30 January 2019

By isolating striking teachers and government workers, the JACTTO-GEO, which has hundreds of thousands of members, has allowed the state government to intensify its anti-democratic attacks.

After sellout of Los Angeles teachers strike, new attacks on public schools coming

By Alan Gilman, 30 January 2019

The agreement failed to meet any of the teachers’ most critical demands to reduce class size, increase wages, stop the expansion of charter schools, and address chronically underfunded budgets.

Mexican government prepares “legal” pretext for end of Matamoros strike

By Alex González, 29 January 2019

Threats of a federal operation mean the government is preparing to both bully workers into protracted legal negotiations—which will inevitably end in a result beneficial to the companies—and carry out a violent police repression of the strike.

Brazil service workers on strike, Ford workers end job action

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29 January 2019

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Matamoros strike at a crossroads as Mexican government orders crackdown

By Andrea Lobo, 28 January 2019

The López Obrador administration sent orders Saturday through Morena Senator Ricardo Monreal Àvila demanding the Tamaulipas state police attack workers and re-open the gates of the factories.

Strikes by Hungarian Audi workers, Mexican auto parts workers

The global struggle of autoworkers

By Jerry White, 28 January 2019

Autoworkers are striving to unite their struggles against the attack on jobs and living standards by GM, Ford, VW and other global corporations.

As strike expands in the maquiladoras

Mexican auto parts workers explain how they formed strike committees

By Andrea Lobo, 26 January 2019

”I think that, indeed, the independent committees are much more useful than the union because we asked ourselves ‘this is the proposal, what do we do?’—something that the union never did.”

Unifor launches anti-Mexican boycott as diversion from fight over Oshawa closure

By Carl Bronski, 26 January 2019

Unifor President Dias has announced an anti-Mexican consumer boycott over the Oshawa closure as workers in Matamoros, Mexico, expand their struggle against sweatshop conditions.

The political questions facing US oil workers in the 2019 contract negotiations

By Jessica Goldstein, 26 January 2019

In preparing for the 2019 contract struggle, oil workers should draw the lessons of the miserable betrayal imposed by the United Steelworkers in 2015.

Oppose French unions’ attempts to strangle the “yellow vest” protests!

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 26 January 2019

The Pabloite New Anticapitalist Party’s calls for the unions to take over the “yellow vest” protests amounts to an attempt to strangle growing opposition among workers.

Two hundred thousand Indian midday meal workers still on strike; Tamil Nadu data entry workers protest: Tigerair pilots walkout in Australia

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26 January 2019

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Striking Tamil Nadu teachers denounce state and central governments

By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 25 January 2019

Protesting teachers told WSWS that all the parliamentary parties have inflicted similar attacks on pay and conditions.

Platinum miners join South African Sibanye gold miners’ stoppage; South African plastics strike continues, Zimbabwe

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25 January 2019

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Matamoros strike set to expand as ruling class boosts unions

By Eric London and Andrea Lobo, 24 January 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has intervened on behalf of the corporations to call on the unions take “control” of the situation.

“I think we should take action like the L.A. teachers”

Federal workers and contractors demand action to end shutdown as second missed payday approaches

By our reporters, 24 January 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to workers Wednesday at a rally in Washington, D.C. and hiring event in Fairfax, Virginia.

“Rather than strike, the union sold us out”

UPS workers in Rockford continue to speak out against sellout contract

By George Marlowe, 24 January 2019

Workers in the economically depressed Midwestern city of Rockford, Illinois, are seething with anger at the sellout contract imposed upon them by the Teamsters.

“I want the working class, the class that drives society, to fight for a better life”

Matamoros, Mexico maquiladora worker speaks out

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 24 January 2019

Miguel described working conditions and social services that are common to workers all around the world.

Thousands of striking Matamoros, Mexico workers march to border to appeal to US workers

By Alex González, 22 January 2019

Workers gathered at the border crossing between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas to appeal for international support.

Vote “No” on UTLA-LAUSD deal! Extend the strike to Oakland and across California to defend public education!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 22 January 2019

The UTLA and the school board are engaged in a conspiracy to shut down the strike by Los Angeles teachers and block a united movement of workers throughout the state and beyond.

Teachers protest in Venezuela, contract talks begin with US oil refiners

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 January 2019

Teachers in Venezuela participated in strikes and protests last week over pay, which is being decimated by hyperinflation; some 30,000 US oil refinery workers face a February 1 contract deadline.

Matamoros strike threatens to shut down North American auto industry

By Eric London, 21 January 2019

The corporate media are blacking out coverage of the largest strike in North America in the last two decades.

“There’s only so much workers can take and now we’re rising up”

Mass demonstration as Los Angeles strike reaches fifth day

By our reporters, 19 January 2019

As anger among teachers builds to fight against the Democratic Party-led campaign to privatize public education, the United Teachers of Los Angeles is working with the school officials to carve up the district.

Oakland teachers hold second wildcat “sickout,” call for statewide strike with Los Angeles teachers

By Jonathan Burleigh, 19 January 2019

In defiance of the official, interminable, negotiations process, Oakland teachers have begun to organize themselves independently in preparation for a broader struggle in defense of public education.

Wright State University faculty in Dayton, Ohio to strike Tuesday

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 January 2019

Faculty at Wright State University are scheduled to begin striking on Tuesday against the imposition of an austerity contract featuring a pay freeze, furloughs, healthcare cuts and increases in workload.

Workers call for election of committees

Auto companies scared, parts run low across North America as strike grows in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo and Alex González, 19 January 2019

The struggle by Maquiladora workers has reached a crucial point in which workers must take the struggle away from the trade unions, and appeal to their class brothers and sisters across North America and beyond.

US shutdown pits unpaid workers vs. political establishment and unions

By Daniel de Vries, 19 January 2019

There are growing fears in the ruling class that the prolonged shutdown could trigger strike action

Auto jobs massacre widens

Tesla, Nissan announce mass layoffs, Fiat Chrysler jobs threatened

By Marcus Day, 19 January 2019

The auto giants are seeking to terrorize an increasingly insurgent workforce into submission, as the companies confront slumping sales, a looming economic crisis and significant financial pressures.

“Amazon is really cold-hearted to its workers”

Injured Amazon worker forced to work to avoid being fired

By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2019

A mother of two employed at an Amazon facility in east Baltimore contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to relay her experiences with the web technology giant after being injured on the job.

Hyundai and Samsung workers protest in India; Cambodian garment workers strike

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19 January 2019

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Amid media blackout, workers expand strike

Matamoros, Mexico strike of over 70,000 workers enters sixth day

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 18 January 2019

The strike at Matamoros is being blacked out by the corporate media because the ruling class is terrified of the prospect of workers uniting internationally in the fight for social equality.

Los Angeles teachers battle privatization as union vies to be partner in LAUSD restructuring

By Jerry White, 18 January 2019

The five-day strike by Los Angeles teachers has thrust educators into a direct conflict with the Democratic Party, which has used the city and the state as a test case for school privatization.

General strike of 700,000 public sector workers shakes Tunisia

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2019

Eight years after the ouster of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali in 2011, renewed mass struggles are erupting.

Public sector workers strike in defence of teachers in Greece, strikes across Zimbabwe, South African gold miners’ stoppage at Sibanye spreads

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18 January 2019

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Mexican strikers show working class answer to capitalist reaction at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 17 January 2019

At the US-Mexico border, the two chief social classes under capitalism—the capitalist class and the working class—are demonstrating the two alternatives for the future of mankind.

Mass strike enters fifth day in Matamoros, Mexico

Thousands gather at mass meeting as maquiladora strike grows

By our reporters, 17 January 2019

Despite threats of mass firings and plant closures by the employers, over 70,000 striking workers are advancing their fight against social inequality.

The global class struggle in 2019

By Joseph Kishore, 16 January 2019

The year 2019 is beginning with a wave of strikes, demonstrations and other manifestations of class struggle around the world.

As support grows to extend Los Angeles teacher strike, unions colluding with Democrats to end walkout

By Jerry White, 16 January 2019

With Oakland teachers planning sickouts to join the fight, the United Teachers Los Angeles is working behind the scenes with the Democratic mayor and governor to prepare a sellout of the strike.

Los Angeles teachers speak out on political issues in strike

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

“They keep saying, ‘There’s no money, there’s no money.’ That’s a lie.”

Oakland, California teachers plan a one-day walkout Friday

By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 January 2019

Teachers in Oakland, facing the same crisis as those striking in Los Angeles, have called a second wildcat “sickout” to oppose the attacks on public education.

Mexican, US workers exchange statements of support as Matamoros strike grows

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

The massive citywide strike is expanding today in Matamoros, Mexico as the union and employers failed to meet the workers’ demands.

Quebec: Locked-out ABI workers begin second year on picket line

By Laurent Lafrance, 16 January 2019

The Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI workers’ struggle has emboldened the aluminum smelter’s majority shareholder, Alcoa, to escalate its demands.

Indian transit workers in Mumbai defy authorities, continue strike

By Kranti Kumara, 16 January 2019

As soon as the strike began, Maharashtra’s BJP state government invoked essential services legislation, threatening the strikers with mass incarceration, fines and dismissals.

Sri Lankan workers must oppose the witch-hunt of militant plantation workers

By M. Thevarajah, 16 January 2019

Plantation bosses, with the backing of the government, police and the unions, are attempting to intimidate estate workers and suppress their wage demands.

Rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico

70,000 workers strike at US-Mexico border sweatshops

By Alex González and Eric London, 15 January 2019

Workers are waging a struggle against the pro-company trade union and the brutal “maquiladora” sweatshops across the US-Mexico border.

India: Daikin air conditioning workers target of police assault, frame-up charges

By Kranti Kumara, 15 January 2019

In the midst of last week’s all-India strike, police launched a brutal attack on Daikin workers and are now conspiring with the company to frame up worker-militants on charges of attempted murder.

Six-hour strike by Honduran public health workers over wage demand

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15 January 2019

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For a united struggle to defend public education in California and beyond!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 12 January 2019

As teachers in Los Angeles prepare to strike, they confront the fact that the unions are working to undermine and isolate their struggle against privatization and other attacks on public education.

Following Oshawa GM sitdown protest, autoworkers fed poison of Canadian nationalism at Windsor rally

By Shannon Jones, 12 January 2019

Autoworkers attending a rally called by Unifor in Windsor, Ontario who were looking for a way to fight GM plant closures were instead hit with a strong dose of Canadian nationalism by union officials.

Jaguar Land Rover announces nearly 5,000 UK job losses in global restructuring

By Robert Stevens, 12 January 2019

Last October, JLR posted losses of £90 million and has seen a collapse in sales by nearly 50 percent in its main and most profitable market, China.

Security personnel at German airports continue protest strikes

By K. Nesan and Marianne Arens, 12 January 2019

The work stoppages make clear the enormous anger of security staff and their willingness to fight.

The political significance of India’s two-day general strike

By Keith Jones, 12 January 2019

This week’s general strike in India, one of the largest strikes in history, is part of a growing upsurge of the world working class.

No layoffs! No concessions!

Autoworkers call for demonstration February 9 to fight GM plant closings

By Jerry White, 12 January 2019

The Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees, which was established last month, is calling on workers and young people to march on February 9 at the headquarters of GM in downtown Detroit.

Indian fireworks workers protest over layoffs, Pakistan water treatment workers walkout; New Caledonia nickel miners extend strike

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12 January 2019

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“The Teamsters won’t fight for us. It’s not a good contract”

Chicago UPS workers speak out against sellout contract

By George Marlowe and Jessica Goldstein, 11 January 2019

UPS workers in the Chicago area spoke out against the local contract, which mirrors the contract proposal rejected by tens of thousands of UPS workers nationwide.

Actors and stage managers strike against developmental work with Broadway League

By Katy Kinner, 11 January 2019

The National Council of the Actors’ Equity union announced a strike on Monday, calling for a new contract.

Worker killed as Bangladesh police attack striking garment workers

By Wimal Perera, 10 January 2019

The re-elected Hasina government is mobilising heavily-armed police to suppress protests by garment workers over wages.

GM Oshawa workers down tools after automaker confirms plant closure

By Roger Jordan, 10 January 2019

Unifor distanced itself from the rank-and-file-initiated protest, which lasted five hours during the Tuesday evening shift and two hours on Wednesday morning.

Fascists surround rail workers’ picket line in Manchester, England

By Margot Miller, 10 January 2019

The Manchester attack is the second on RMT members in the last six months.

Millions of Indian workers hold two-day general strike against Modi government

By our correspondents, 9 January 2019

The strike, which is continuing today, is a powerful indication of the mass opposition to the Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janatha Party-led government and its “free-market” policies.

Foxconn workers stage protest in Zhengzhou, China

By Navin Dewage, 8 January 2019

Police violently suppressed a protest by hundreds of temporary workers over the non-payment of bonuses.

Chilean port workers resume protests over firings

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8 January 2019

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India’s unions to hold two-day “general strike” next week

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2019

While millions of workers will join the protest strike to oppose Modi and his class-war policies, the Stalinists and their union allies are intent on channelling social opposition behind the Congress and other rightwing parties.

Over 30,000 Indian farmers and agricultural workers protest; Cambodian garment workers strike; New Zealand junior doctors plan 48-hour national strike

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5 January 2019

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Los Angeles school officials hire strikebreakers as teachers prepare for walkout

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 January 2019

Teachers in Los Angeles should reach out to educators in Oakland and across California to prepare a statewide walkout to defend the right to high quality public education.

Ryanair cabin crew to strike in Spain, rail strikes in UK, Nigeria rocked by strikes

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 January 2019

Workers at Ryanair in Spain are preparing for strike action January 8,9 and 11 while Nigeria continues to be hit by a wave of strikes including doctors and academics.

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Argentine teachers protest and strike over night school closures

3 January 2019

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Teacher unions in Washington state back Democrats’ regressive school taxes

By Kayla Costa, 31 December 2018

Months after the statewide teachers’ struggle, the Democratic Party, unions and pseudo-left groups are uniting to implement regressive taxes in the name of funding public education.

Government-named arbitrator to dictate Canada Post workers’ contract

By Louis Girard, 29 December 2018

The criminalization of the postal workers’ strike campaign and the impending imposition of concessionary contracts constitute an attack on the entire working class.

One million Indian bank workers strike; tens of thousands of Korean taxi drivers protest

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29 December 2018

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UAW, Democrats seek to block struggle by workers against GM plant shutdowns

By Marcus Day, 28 December 2018

The UAW and the Democratic Party are seeking to whip up anti-Mexican sentiment and divert anger away from the auto corporations, which are attacking workers around the world.

Teamsters union releases new sellout contracts for 15,000 Midwest UPS workers

By George Marlowe, 28 December 2018

The planned sellouts in Chicago and across three US states are all the more significant because of the central role played by the Teamsters for a Democratic Union.

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Fight by rail guards at UK rail franchises continues

28 December 2018

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Union shuts down manufacturing workers strike in Wisconsin

By Christopher Davion and Jacob Crosse, 24 December 2018

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 621 struck a deal with the company and ended the strike, without providing any details of its content.

RMT union cancels three strikes on London Underground

By Angela Austin, 24 December 2018

Underground rail workers have been involved in a series of disputes and strikes over worsening working conditions, staff shortages and victimisations.

“Amazon ruined my life”

Amazon hired private detectives to spy on injured worker

By Tom Hall, 22 December 2018

Having denied surgery for Michelle Quinones’s wrist injury, Amazon’s workers compensation administrator Sedgwick hired private investigators to spy on and harass Michelle.

Echoing Trump, Unifor pleads for GM to cut Mexican auto jobs

By Carl Bronski, 22 December 2018

For decades, Unifor and the UAW have pitted workers against each other, helping the automakers to whip-saw jobs, wages, pensions and benefits back and forth across borders in a never-ending race to the bottom.

UPS worker dies of heart attack; UPS Freight lays off part-timers over holidays

Workplace nightmare after Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 22 December 2018

Peak season is the most profitable of the year and UPS earns billions in profits on the back of countless workers’ broken bones, ripped fingers and deaths.

Protests in Portugal and Catalonia met with police repression amid rising wave of strikes

By Paul Mitchell, 22 December 2018

To stem rising social anger, the government in Portugal secured an agreement from Facebook to close down the Yellow Vest protest organisers’ website and drafted in 20,000 security police.

UK: Half of Royal College of Nursing leadership re-elected after being forced out

By Ajanta Silva, 22 December 2018

The re-elected union functionaries played a crucial role in selling a rotten pay deal to their members earlier this year, after conspiring with other unions and the government.