International May Day 2015

Worldwide support for International May Day Online rally

26 April 2016

Hundreds of workers and young people from more than 40 countries have registered for the May 1 rally organized by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Oppose imperialist war! Join the International May Day Online Rally!

By Joe Kishore and David North, 25 April 2016

This coming Sunday, May 1, at 1:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time, the International Committee of the Fourth International will celebrate May Day with an online rally.

Enthusiastic response in Sri Lanka to online May Day rally

By our correspondents, 12 May 2015

Workers and students explain why they participated in the ICFI’s international May Day event.

The crisis of capitalism and the reemergence of class struggle in the United States

By Joseph Kishore, 11 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Joseph Kishore, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (US), as the concluding remarks to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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The tragedy of Mediterranean migrants and the crimes of imperialism

By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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War in the Middle East, imperialism and the lessons of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Johannes Stern, leading member of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany, to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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Workers, students and youth in Australia discuss May Day rally

By our correspondents, 9 May 2015

May Day rally participants voice their concerns about the rise of militarism and the necessity to unite the international working class against imperialist war.

The US “pivot to Asia” and the drive to war against China

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Tom Peters, leading member of the Socialist Equality Party group in New Zealand, to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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The fight for the political independence of the working class in China

By James Cogan, 8 May 2015

This speech was delivered by James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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The UK general election and the growth of class antagonisms

By Chris Marsden, 7 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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The crisis in Latin America and the fight for revolutionary leadership

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Bill Van Auken, leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (US), to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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The European Union and the return of European militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 6 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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The fight against militarism, war and the falsification of history

By Uli Rippert, 6 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Uli Rippert, national secretary of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany, to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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Workers in Britain speak on May Day rally

By our reporters, 6 May 2015

There was an enthusiastic response by workers and young people who took part in the International May Day Online Rally in the UK.

The 2015 May Day Online Rally and the fight against imperialist war

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 5 May 2015

The rally provided a comprehensive analysis of the causes of war and outlined a political program for a renewed anti-imperialist and socialist movement of the international working class.

The world capitalist crisis and the drive to world war

By Nick Beams, 5 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Nick Beams, leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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South Asia, the US “pivot” and the perspective of permanent revolution

By Wije Dias, 5 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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German participants respond to International May Day Online Rally

By our correspondents, 5 May 2015

There was an enthusiastic response by workers and young people who took part in the International May Day Online Rally in Germany.

Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 4 May 2015

This perspective is the text of the speech delivered by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, to open the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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International Online May Day Rally draws worldwide audience

By Shannon Jones, 4 May 2015

Workers and young people on six continents heard speakers from the International Committee of the Fourth International outline a socialist program in opposition to imperialist war.

Youth and workers in Australia denounce war and join international May Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

University students and workers in Sydney and Melbourne explain why they will be participating in the Online May Day Rally.

Workers in Britain sign up for International May Day Online Rally

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

“It’s the only genuine celebration of international workers day anywhere in the world.”

The new global arms race

By Thomas Gaist, 1 May 2015

Spurred on by the global war drive of US imperialism, governments around the world are purchasing armaments and militarizing large areas of the globe at a terrifying speed.

SEP campaigns in Sri Lanka, India for International May Day Online Rally

By our correspondents, 1 May 2015

SEP campaigners have found considerable interest and support when talking to workers, young people and students.

Mehring Books launches May Day sale

1 May 2015

Mehring Books is launching a two-week sale in honor of May Day, the international day of working class solidarity, with almost all titles marked down between 10 and 50 percent.

Campaign for 2015 International May Day Online Rally

German workers, students express opposition to war

By our correspondents, 30 April 2015

Workers and students spoke about their opposition to austerity and the necessity of a struggle against war.

Worldwide support for 2015 International May Day Online Rally

By our reporters, 29 April 2015

Hundreds of workers and young people from more than 60 countries around the world have signed up to join the May 3 rally. Many spoke to the WSWS about why they are attending.

Sri Lanka: Campaign for International May Day wins warm response

By our correspondents, 24 April 2015

University students and workers in Colombo are signing up for the May 3 global online rally.

May Day campaign: Workers and students speak out against war

By our reporters, 23 April 2015

Socialist Equality Party supporters campaigned in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and other cities to promote the 2015 International May Day Online Rally.

Capitalism, war and the collapse of democracy

By Tom Carter, 22 April 2015

The struggle to defend democratic rights and improve the material and social conditions of the working class is inseparably bound up with the fight against imperialist war.

Chicago auto workers voice support for May Day rally

By George Marlowe, 20 April 2015

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team called on auto workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant to take part in the International May Day 2015 Online Rally.

Detroit Chrysler workers express support for May Day rally against war

By our reporting team, 17 April 2015

Supporters of the SEP and the IYSSE campaigned at the Fiat-Chrysler Warren Truck plant outside Detroit, urging workers to take part in the International May Day 2015 Online Rally.

Oppose NATO war mongering: Attend International May Day online rally

By Katie Rhodes, 17 April 2015

The Socialist Equality Party is the only political party putting forward a genuine, socialist, opposition to war in the UK elections.

Blackwater and the crimes of US imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2015

This week’s sentencing of four Blackwater mercenaries for the murder of 17 Iraqis only begs the question: Why have no top US officials been held accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands?

Campaign for International May Day Rally: workers and youth denounce militarism and war

By Thomas Gaist, 15 April 2015

SEP and IYSSE members spoke to workers and students in Detroit, Michigan about the deepening capitalist crisis and the threat of world war.

No to imperialist war! Join the 2015 International May Day Online Rally!

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 13 April 2015

Not since 1939, on the eve of World War II, has the danger of world war been so immediate, nor a mass movement of the working class against imperialism so necessary.

“All over the world, socialism and the ideas of the Fourth International are growing”

Turkish workers and youth salute the International May Day Online Rally

17 May 2014

Participants in the May 4 International Online Rally, organized by the International Committee of the Fourth International, sent messages of support and solidarity.

“A powerful historical tradition found voice in this event”

Reactions from global participants in May Day Online Rally

16 May 2014

We publish today messages of support and solidarity sent in from workers and young people around the world who participated in the May 4, International May Day Online Rally.

Joseph Kishore: May Day and the American working class

By Joseph Kishore, 10 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Joseph Kishore, national secretary of the SEP (US), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
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Andre Damon: Young people must fight for the socialist future

By Andre Damon, 10 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Andre Damon, national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
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Julie Hyland: The socially criminal consequences of austerity in Europe

By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2014

The European bourgeoisie seized on the 2008 crisis to destroy the social gains won by the working class and increase its competitiveness against its Eastern European and Asian rivals.
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James Cogan: The US pivot and the threat of war in Asia

By James Cogan, 9 May 2014

With staggering recklessness, US imperialism, supported by Japan and Australia, is pursuing an agenda that threatens to provoke war with China.
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Chris Marsden: Ukraine crisis—A turning point in world history

By Chris Marsden, 8 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the SEP (UK), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
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Uli Rippert: The struggle against militarism and war

By Uli Rippert, 8 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Uli Rippert, national secretary of the PSG in Germany, to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
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“The most fundamental thing is building this movement and building political consciousness”

Interviews on the May Day Rally from the US and Europe

By our reporters, 8 May 2014

Groups of workers and youth listened to the May 4 Online Rally in Germany and the United States.

Australian students speak about online May Day rally

By our reporters, 7 May 2014

“The rally illustrated how to bring the socialist political movement to masses of people internationally.”

Wije Dias: The international struggles of the working class and the perspective of Permanent Revolution

By Wije Dias, 7 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Wije Dias, national secretary of the SEP of Sri Lanka, to the International Online May Day Rally.
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Peter Schwarz: The European Union and the United Socialist States of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 7 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, to the International Online May Day Rally.
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An assessment of the International May Day Online Rally

By David North, 6 May 2014

The International May Day Online Rally was a major international political event and a milestone that foreshadows the resurgence of socialism as a powerful force within the world working class.

Sri Lankan workers and youth praise International May Day rally

By our correspondents, 6 May 2014

“To know that there are people all around the world who think like us as a class made us very happy.”

Nick Beams: May Day 2014 and the breakdown of world capitalism

By Nick Beams, 6 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Nick Beams, national secretary of the SEP of Australia, to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
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Opening report by David North: The capitalist crisis and the fight for socialist internationalism

By David North, 5 May 2014

This is the text of the speech given by David North to open the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
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Worldwide attendance at ICFI May Day online rally

By a reporting team, 5 May 2014

The rally was the first of its kind for the international working class movement.

Halt the drive to war!

By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2014

The accelerating drive to military conflict over the Ukraine crisis is a stark warning to the international working class of the dangers of world war.

Swiss workers support ICFI May Day rally

By our correspondents, 3 May 2014

Switzerland, one of the richest countries in the world, has become extremely polarized.

Sri Lankan public meeting discusses significance of online May Day rally

By our reporters, 3 May 2014

Workers and youth in Colombo signed up for the World Socialist Web Site’s International May Day event.

More support for May Day rally from Asia, Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 2 May 2014

Workers and youth voice their concerns about the danger of a third world war.

“The only way to prevent a world war with nuclear weapons is through the international unity of workers”

Australia: Strong support for online May Day celebration

By our reporters, 1 May 2014

Workers and youth in Australia explain why they have registered for the May Day rally.

French unions use May Day marches to cover for Hollande government

By Antoine Lerougetel, 30 April 2014

The unions, backed by “left” allies of the ruling Socialist Party, are organising May Day demonstrations aimed at diverting mass anger against austerity.

“The most important thing a person can do for a movement of the working class”

Worldwide support for International May Day Online Rally

By our correspondents, 29 April 2014

Representatives from more than 55 countries have signed up so far to participate in the May 4 International May Day Online Rally at internationalmayday.org.

“America is broken”

SEP campaigns for May Day Online Rally in historic coal mining region of Pennyslvania

By our correspondents, 28 April 2014

Over the past fifty years, the area around Scranton, Pennsylvania has been hit hard by the closure of mines, as well as silk and textile mills.

Sri Lankan workers and youth express support for online May Day Rally

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

The SEP has received an enthusiastic response in its campaign in Colombo for the upcoming International May Day online rally.

Indian workers speak in solidarity with International May Day

By our correspondents, 26 April 2014

The WSWS spoke with workers in southern India, including from the Neyveli Lignite Corporation and in Chennai’s Sriperumbudur special economic zone.

Attend the International May Day Online Rally!

By Joseph Kishore, 22 April 2014

The May 4 rally, called by the International Committee of the Fourth International, will be held amidst a growing danger of world war, as US and European imperialism ratchet up tensions with nuclear-armed Russia.

“A campaign to revive the May Day traditions and socialist consciousness is much needed”

Workers speak on importance of International May Day Online Rally

By our reporters, 21 April 2014

Registrants from more than 40 countries on six continents have so far registered for the May 4 International Online May Day Rally, organized by the International Committee of the Fourth International .

Worldwide support grows for online May Day rally

Register today at internationalmayday.org

18 April 2014

Participants from more than 35 countries have registered for the May 4 online event, sponsored by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

On eve of Merkel visit, massive anti-austerity strike in Greece

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2014

The strike call was widely observed, but few workers attended rallies called by the two main union confederations, which have helped implement deep social cuts.

Imperialist hypocrisy and lies on eastern Ukraine protests

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2014

US allegations that protests in eastern Ukraine are a Russian conspiracy are intended to justify a bloody crackdown and new escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

German Left Party MPs vote for military deployments

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 April 2014

The April 9 vote by Left Party members for military intervention marks a further shift to the right by the party.

Obama’s empty eulogy for Fort Hood shooting victims

By Jerry White, 10 April 2014

The hollow remarks of the president and the general atmosphere of the memorial left an impression of callousness combined with perplexed anxiety over the mounting signs of crisis within the ranks of the American military.

Detroit Emergency Manager offers 78 cents on the dollar to major creditors

By Thomas Gaist, 10 April 2014

The offer is a huge increase from the 15 cents on the dollar previously proposed.

US threatens to “re-examine force posture” over Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 9 April 2014

Moscow has accused the US of supplying mercenaries to forcibly suppress protesters in eastern Ukraine.

Police killings in America

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 9 April 2014

The shooting of a homeless man in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is only the latest in a string of police killings this year.

Incoming French Prime Minister Valls pledges austerity, appeals to far right

By Alex Lantier, 9 April 2014

After its defeat in the municipal elections, the Socialist Party is pledging to slash wage levels and is openly appealing to far-right sentiments.

Repair of defective GM ignitions may take until October

By Shannon Jones, 9 April 2014

The defect has been linked to fatal crashes in which dozens, and possibly hundreds, have been killed.

Families of GM crash victims speak out

By Shannon Jones, 9 April 2014

A large proportion of those killed in crashes linked to the GM ignition defect were young people in their teens or early twenties.

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald address Amnesty International event in Chicago

By Nick Barrickman, 9 April 2014

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and reporter Glenn Greenwald addressed an event hosted by Amnesty International in Chicago.

Indonesians go to the polls amid growing social tensions

By John Roberts, 9 April 2014

Today’s parliamentary election is the prelude to the poll in July to decide on a replacement for President Yudhoyono.

WSWS arts editor David Walsh speaks at The New School in New York City

By Our reporters, 9 April 2014

The lecture was a part of the tour to promote the new book, The Sky Between the Leaves, a selection of film reviews, interviews and essays on cinema and cultural issues.

US Senate passes token bill to restore long-term jobless benefits

By Barry Grey, 9 April 2014

The absurdly narrow scope of the measure, under conditions of near-record long-term unemployment in the US, reflects the cynical political calculations that underlie it.

US defence secretary clashes with Chinese counterpart

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2014

The public display of hostility is another warning of the dangerous tensions that the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” has provoked throughout the region.

European automakers outsource production to eastern Europe and China

By Denis Krassnin and Dietmar Henning, 9 April 2014

European automakers are using outsourcing of production to cut jobs and drive down wages and working conditions in western Europe.

UPS fires 250 workers in Queens, New York over drivers’ walkout

By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2014

The Teamsters union quickly moved to divert workers' anger in response to a blatant act of intimidation.

Australia and Japan extend military ties

By Patrick O’Connor, 9 April 2014

The agreements underscore Japan and Australia’s active collaboration with Washington’s drive to militarily encircle and diplomatically isolate China.

PQ suffers debacle in Quebec election

By Keith Jones, 9 April 2014

The Quebec Liberal Party has returned to power, capitalizing on popular disaffection with the austerity measures imposed by Pauline Marois’s minority Parti Québécois government and its antidemocratic “identity” agenda.”

Video: Retired city workers denounce Detroit pension cuts

9 April 2014

This is the first of several interviews conducted by the World Socialist Web Site with retired Detroit city workers who are facing deep pension and health care cuts.

Nokia India workers protest to defend jobs

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 9 April 2014

Over 4,000 Nokia India workers staged a mass protest on March 31 in Chennai, the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Nokia India workers speak on job threats and low wages

By Sasi Kumar, Nanda Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 9 April 2014

A WSWS reporting team spoke to Nokia workers at a March 31 demonstration in Chennai, against the Finnish company’s threats to close their plant.

BBC debates between Clegg and Farage: A political fraud

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 9 April 2014

The televised debates between the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party demonstrated the chasm that separates the interests of the working class from the entire parliamentary setup.