Inequality and the social crisis
Millions in the US face catastrophe as federal unemployment relief set to expire amid surging pandemic
By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020
The combined economic impact of the raging pandemic and the imminent cutoff of $600 weekly federal assistance is leading to a social catastrophe for millions across the US.
As pandemic spread accelerates
By Nick Beams, 2 July 2020
In the course of less than three months, the actions of the Fed—its reduction of interest rates to zero and purchases of debt across the board, including junk bonds—have put $7.1 trillion into the hands of stock investors and speculators.
“It’s eugenics by the back door”
By Alice Summers, 30 June 2020
Doug has recently been involved in legal action opposing the use of “scoring” systems to deny ventilator treatment to the sick, disabled and elderly.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 June 2020
The poorest people in Germany, including the long-term unemployed and recipients of Hartz IV social welfare, have an 84 percent higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and requiring hospitalization.
By Louis Girard, 30 June 2020
Revealing the oligarchic character of Canadian society, the report found that the top one percent of Canadians own as much as the poorest 80 percent of the population.
By Andre Damon, 30 June 2020
Six months after the world first learned of COVID-19, workers across the globe are going on strike to demand measures to stop the rampant spread of the disease.
New York City officials accused of undercounting and mismanagement after dozens of homeless COVID-19 deaths reported
By Sam Dalton, 27 June 2020
A new report gives an insight into the consequences of the city authorities’ malign neglect as the virus spread amongst the homeless in the center of global finance.
By Jerry White, 26 June 2020
The US Labor Department recorded a record fourteenth week in a row in which the number applying for unemployment aid topped one million.
By Zac Thorton, 26 June 2020
The company has filed a 60-day notice of mass layoffs as sales decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Gary Alvernia, 26 June 2020
The pay “deferral” sets a new precedent for exploiting the COVID-19 emergency to intensify the ongoing corporate and government attack on the living and working conditions of workers.
By Mike Head, 20 June 2020
The rate of youth unemployment and underemployment would be a staggering 48 percent if everyone who had lost their job was counted.
By Isaac Finn, 16 June 2020
State authorities demanded that thousands of workers give back “overpaid benefits” they have received since the start of the economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This government has decided that disabled people are better off dead”
By Alice Summers, 16 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to disability rights campaigners last weekend about the impact of coronavirus pandemic and the Johnson government’s “herd immunity” policy on the lives of disabled people.
By Andre Damon, 16 June 2020
The Trump administration’s plan to cut unemployment assistance in July is a naked ploy to force workers back into factories that are hotbeds of COVID-19.
By J. Cooper, 15 June 2020
The US Sixth District Court of Appeals allowed the settlement of the “right to read” case in Detroit to stand while vacating the legal precedent.
By Robert Stevens, 15 June 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people still go to bed every night in unsafe buildings, with thousands in the “high-risk” category.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 June 2020
The New York Philharmonic and other orchestras are canceling performances for the rest of this year.
By Nick Beams, 10 June 2020
The rise of the market, taking place in the midst of the greatest health crisis in a century, stands in stark contrast to the underlying real economy.
By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2020
An unexpected decline in the unemployment rate in May is being used by the White House to declare the pandemic-fueled economic crisis over.
By Shannon Jones, 5 June 2020
The economic meltdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving into a deep and long economic slump.
By Martin Scott, 5 June 2020
The government is now asking the Industrial Relations Commission to deny nurses, teachers, paramedics, and other essential workers a promised 2.5 percent wage increase.
By Warren Duzak, 2 June 2020
The Republican governor Bill Lee’s decision will place first responders such as paramedics, police and social workers at risk of catching the deadly infection.
By Mike Head, 2 June 2020
The results illustrate the immense concentration of wealth since governments bailed out the financial elite after the 2008–09 economic breakdown.
After ignoring migrant workers’ plight, the Indian Supreme Court now acknowledges unfolding social tragedy
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 May 2020
The court’s intervention reflects concerns fear by India’s legal authorities that mounting mass anger will erupt against the entire capitalist elite and its state.
“When push comes to shove to make cuts, education is on the cut list.”
By Will McCalliss, 30 May 2020
The drastic cuts at Randolph and Brookline schools are a foretaste of what will befall many districts, teachers and students across the US.
By Ben Oliver, 30 May 2020
If approved by the state, the closure will eliminate 74 beds for adults, the elderly, and children, along with 202 jobs.
By Tom Peters, 30 May 2020
More than a third of the population is in financial difficulty, as the Ardern Labour Party-led coalition government presides over tens of thousands of job cuts.
New York governor exempts nursing home operators from criminal liability after taking millions from the industry
By Philip Guelpa, 29 May 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo took millions in donations from hospital and nursing home executives and then protected them from responsibility for deadly criminal actions regarding COVID-19.
By Alberto Escalera, 29 May 2020
Even before the pandemic, the island was reeling from a decade-long economic recession, chronically low labor force participation rates and a public debt crisis that served as a pretext for years of severe austerity policies.
By Peter Reydt and Laura Tiernan, 28 May 2020
Eighty percent of students are worried about how they will cope financially. Even before the pandemic, soaring rents were creating social distress.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans face homelessness during pandemic as states begin lifting restrictions on evictions
By Trévon Austin, 26 May 2020
Across the US, moratoriums on eviction proceedings and home foreclosures, set in place during the onset of the pandemic, have either been lifted or are set to expire early next month.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2020
As with attacks on the working class as a whole and the drive to war, capitalist ruling classes the world over have responded to the pandemic by intensifying the brutal assault on migrant workers.
By Sam Dalton, 25 May 2020
As more information about COVID-19’s effects on minors emerges, the virus’s unchecked spread in the juvenile prison population is leading to deadly consequences.
By Dennis Moore, 23 May 2020
Social care spending could face a shortfall of £3.5 billion, placing up to 225,000 adult social care places at risk in the coming year.
By Luke Galvin, 23 May 2020
The flooding has displaced over 10,000 residents and washed out multiple bridges and roads, forcing many to gather at emergency shelters.
By Katy Kinner, 23 May 2020
According to a report from the American Medical Association, over 20 states have reported an increase in opioid-related mortality since the official declaration of the pandemic.
By Niles Niemuth, 23 May 2020
The class logic at play in the homicidal push to reopen the US economy before the spread of the coronavirus has been controlled is becoming increasingly clear.
By Niles Niemuth, 22 May 2020
According to some estimates, the real unemployment rate has already hit 22.5 percent, which is nearing levels reached during the depths of the Great Depression in 1933.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 22 May 2020
The ultra-right government of Sebastian Piñera has responded to an outbreak of hunger protests across Chile with repression and mass arrests
By Helen Halyard and Kevin Reed, 22 May 2020
The WSWS spoke with Karissa, 27, about her experiences over the past eight weeks since she and her fiancé lost their jobs when the coronavirus pandemic hit the Detroit area.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 May 2020
The attack on some of the lowest-paid workers, on the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic, is a precedent for a broader pro-business restructuring.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 May 2020
The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.
World Health Organisation warns pandemic could “turn the clock back” on other killer diseases in Africa
By Stephan McCoy, 21 May 2020
The WHO has predicted that some quarter of a billion Africans will become infected with COVID-19 and as many as 190,000 will die within the first year of the pandemic.
By Sam Dalton, 21 May 2020
Despite highly publicized executive orders, only a handful of inmates have been released from jails and prisons across the US even as 100,000 inmates are projected to die from COVID-19.
By Martin Scott, 21 May 2020
Around 1,000 McDonald’s workers have been stood down, and hundreds are in self-isolation.
By Simon Whelan, 20 May 2020
The pandemic has exposed how those buccaneers of the “free market” are happy to claim government welfare.
Millions of Americans, including front-line workers’ families, face loss of employer-sponsored health insurance in pandemic
By Alex Johnson, 19 May 2020
The families of health care workers, first responders and other workers deemed essential who have died from COVID-19 now face the prospect of losing their health coverage due to the cut-off of their loved ones’ employer-sponsored insurance.
By Robert Stevens and John Stryder, 19 May 2020
Official statistics show that around 10,000 people have died in the UK’s care homes, but the real figure is at least double that.
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 May 2020
“Instead of sending doctors and nurses to protect the residents from COVID-19, the government sends police, armored vehicles and helicopters to kill us.”
Canada: Quebec government advocates hiring children to disinfect daycare centres amid coronavirus pandemic
By Laurent Lafrance, 19 May 2020
Faced with a shortage of childcare staff, Quebec’s CAQ government is advocating their replacement by teenagers as young as 14, thus threatening to expose them to the potentially lethal coronavirus.
By Alex Findijs, 16 May 2020
Grocery prices in the country rose 2.6 percent in April, the largest increase in a single month since 1974.
By Mike Head, 16 May 2020
Nearly half a million workers dropped out of the workforce in April, yet unemployment and underemployment still reached a record total of 19.9 percent.
By Evan Blake, 13 May 2020
With his decision to illegally restart production at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, Musk is forcing 10,000 workers to return to work under unsafe conditions.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 12 May 2020
As the German government is effectively ending its coronavirus lockdown, reports about people dying of COVID-19 in retirement and care homes are increasing.
By Simon Whelan, 12 May 2020
Millions of workers employed in what the ONS terms “elementary” jobs, including cleaners and low-skilled construction workers, had the highest risk of death.
By Roger Jordan, 12 May 2020
Nearly 7.6 million workers—equivalent to one-third of the country’s total labour force—have applied for the federal government’s meagre, temporary Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.
By Harvey Singh, 11 May 2020
Before the lockdown, schools provided the threads of a safety net for struggling families through free school meals and breakfast clubs.
By Charles Hixson, 9 May 2020
Those remaining on London’s streets face increased deprivation, as normal sources of food from distributors and food kitchens have gone.
By Renae Cassimeda, 9 May 2020
Infection rates are rising among the homeless, many of whom are dying in the shadows and will not be counted in the COVID death toll.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 9 May 2020
The social desperation of millions of people in the United States is being used by the ruling class to compel a return to work amidst the expanding coronavirus pandemic.
By Shannon Jones, 8 May 2020
The official unemployment rate now stands at 14.7 percent, itself a significant underestimate of the scale of joblessness, as millions of families are confronting food insecurity.
By Kevin Reed, 7 May 2020
The Hamilton Project, a Washington, DC policy think-tank, has published survey results that show dramatic increases in hunger in households across the US.
By Stephen Alexander, 7 May 2020
Data based on death notifications directly from care homes recorded 6,391 COVID-19 fatalities between April 10 and May 1.
By Mike Head, 7 May 2020
Despite the biggest government handouts to big business in history, almost 1 million people were made jobless in just five weeks.
By Julie Hyland, 6 May 2020
Social care provision in the UK increasingly resembles that of the Victorian period when the lives and wellbeing of millions depended on philanthropy.
By Richard Tyler, 6 May 2020
While the FTSE 100 index plummeted in early March, losing over 2,000 points, it has already gained 1,000 points since the injection of vast sums of public money into the private sector.
By Alex Findijs, 6 May 2020
The inefficiencies of capitalist food production have generated mass amounts of waste and put thousands of workers at risk of dying from COVID-19.
By Shannon Jones, 5 May 2020
Job cuts are sweeping the US as major manufacturers join retailers in announcing long-term layoffs.
“They are sucking the lifeblood out of us”
By Kayla Costa, 4 May 2020
On May 1, millions of Americans were not able to pay their rent due to the dire social crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up a housing crisis in which many working class families face a future of debt, eviction and homelessness.
By Erik Schreiber, 4 May 2020
The shuttering of workplaces in New Jersey, an epicenter of the pandemic, has forced workers with little savings to join mile-long lines for food assistance.
As southwestern states begin to reopen
By Evan Cohen, 2 May 2020
Endemic impoverishment and a lack of critical infrastructure imposed on Native Americans by Washington have contributed to some of the worst coronavirus infection rates in the country.
By Jacob Crosse, 2 May 2020
While $45 billion has been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the CARES Act, a memo from Trump bans the agency giving burial funds to thousands of victims.
By Rafael Azul, 2 May 2020
More than a million workers will face hunger and poverty while businesses get massive subsidies.
Amid back-to-work drive and state reopenings
By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2020
Press inquiries have found that the federal government is ordering enough body bags for at least five times the current US death toll.
2 May 2020
By Shannon Jones, 1 May 2020
With the official jobless rate expected to reach 20 percent, millions find they cannot get state unemployment benefits as overloaded systems crash.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2020
More than 18,000 New York City residents have so far died from COVID-19, and the city’s ability to deal with the bodies is at the breaking point.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 May 2020
A provision in the CARES Act prohibits stimulus checks from being sent to couples if one of them has used an individual tax ID number in jointly-filed returns.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2020
The threat of massive fatalities is the legacy of decades of US imperialist wars that have ravaged entire societies, from Afghanistan, to Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
By Alex Johnson, 30 April 2020
The staggering rise in joblessness and wage reductions have driven underfunded charitable food services to the brink due to an explosion in need.
By Mike Head, 30 April 2020
The outbreak underscores the danger of a new wave of COVID-19 infections as governments and business chiefs step up their drive for a premature return to work.
By Shannon Jones, 29 April 2020
General Motors CEO Mary Barra was among the top 20 highest paid executives in 2019 with Ford and Fiat Chrysler execs not far behind.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 28 April 2020
2020 will go down not only as the year of the coronavirus pandemic but also as the year of the greatest act of thievery and plunder yet perpetrated by the corporate and financial oligarchy.
By Julia Callaghan, 27 April 2020
Households will suffer an overall £43 billion loss—equating to a 17 percent reduction in monthly household disposable income.
By Barry Grey, 25 April 2020
Declaring bankruptcy would allow state governments to override laws and state constitutional provisions that guarantee the pension benefits of retired public workers.
By Isaac Finn, 25 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the failure of the American health care system, and the inability of the wealthiest country on Earth to take care of its elderly and infirm.
By Kevin Reed, 25 April 2020
Following Beaumont Health, which laid off 2,475 employees and permanently eliminated 450 positions on Tuesday, HFHS told workers they were being put on temporary furlough.
By Ben Trent, 25 April 2020
Charities set to lose up to £4 billion over a 12-week period because of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Alice Summers, 25 April 2020
A fundraising page for the NHS, set up by 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, received overwhelming public support, raising more than £28 million in two weeks.
By Dan Conway, 25 April 2020
The cuts announced by the Democratic mayor herald an onslaught of similar measures in other US cities and states.
By Penny Smith, 24 April 2020
According to Food Banks Canada, demand has jumped 20 percent nationwide in recent few weeks and is expected to “keep going up and up and up.”
By Jean Shaoul, 23 April 2020
Hundreds of millions of people face starvation and millions could die as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Will Morrow, 23 April 2020
While sparked by the latest act of wanton police violence, the riots are more fundamentally driven by popular anger over social inequality and the right-wing policies of the Macron administration.
By Aaron Murch, 23 April 2020
There have been multiple instances in New Orleans and around the country of landlords sending eviction notices as a bullying tactic to force out or squeeze rent payments from of poor and unemployed workers.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2020
Workers in arms plants, classified as “essential infrastructure,” have protested and struck against the coronavirus threat that confronts the entire working class amidst the drive for a return to work.
By Nick Barrickman, 20 April 2020
On Friday, hundreds of people from Maryland and Virginia lined up outside of local MegaMart supermarkets with the hope of obtaining free baskets of groceries to feed their families.
By Gary Joad, 17 April 2020
Since 2010, 128 rural hospitals have closed, with 19 closures taking place last year alone.
By Jacob Crosse, 16 April 2020
Never letting a good crisis go to waste, the financial oligarchy has used the COVID-19 pandemic to enrich itself at the expense of society.
By Nick Beams, 16 April 2020
Any notion that there will be a rapid economic recovery once the immediate effects of the pandemic pass is being dispelled.
By Paul Bond, 15 April 2020
The rapacious quest for pandemic hideouts by the super-rich starkly demonstrates the waste of societal resources under capitalism.