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Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 October 2018

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Chilean teachers in two-day national strike; BC forestry workers set to walk out

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 October 2018

Tens of thousands of teachers struck across Chile on October 3 and 4 to press demands, including economic grievances, while 2,000 forestry workers in northern British Columbia in Canada are preparing to go on strike.

Costa Rican public workers’ strike enters its fourth week

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 October 2018

The striking workers are resisting government austerity measures in the teeth of savage state repression.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Costa Rican workers and students protest fiscal “reforms;” Sun-Maid workers continue strike in California

18 September 2018

Costa Rican public sector workers, backed by students and others, protest anti-worker fiscal reforms last week; meanwhile 500 Sun-Maid workers are fighting management’s concession demands.

Brazil’s Workers Party drops Lula as candidate for president

By Miguel Andrade, 12 September 2018

Faced with a legal deadline, the PT substituted ex-São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad for the jailed former president.

Venezuela and the hypocrisy of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2018

While the US ruling establishment promotes aggression against Russia with claims of election “meddling,” it plots the overthrow of elected governments and military invasions.

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Teachers in Argentina vote for limited strike actions

11 September 2018

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Argentine government announces “emergency” measures to face deepening recession and growing unrest

By Andrea Lobo, 5 September 2018

In his speech Monday, President Macri declared that the market had supported Argentina for two years and warned that “poverty will increase.”

Anti-Venezuelan pogrom in northern Brazil highlights official promotion of the country’s far-right

By Miguel Andrade, 28 August 2018

At least 1,200 Venezuelans were chased to the border, after dozens of Brazilians torched a camp where Army soldiers were screening migrants.

Venezuela’s Maduro government imposes capitalist shock therapy

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2018

Aimed at staving off an economic collapse, the plan places the full burden of the crisis on the backs of the Venezuelan working class.

Argentina on the brink of financial meltdown

By Cesar Uco, 22 August 2018

Following the collapse of the Turkish lira, Argentina has undertaken mega-devaluations, threatening an economic collapse.

Despite overwhelming strike vote

Trade union at Escondida copper mine in Chile seeks to shut down 18-month struggle

By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2018

Against the efforts by the trade unions to isolate miners from a joint struggle across Chile and internationally, workers must form rank-and-file committees to take the fight in their own hands.

Venezuelan bus drivers protest shortages, census

Workers Struggles: the Americas

7 August 2018

Bus drivers held a demonstration in front of Venezuela’s Ministry of Transport building in Caracas, Venezuela August 3 to protest shortages of supplies and parts.

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31 July 2018

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New Cuban constitution strikes references to “communism,” recognizes private property

By Alexander Fangmann, 24 July 2018

In order to stave off economic collapse, the Cuban regime is preparing to serve up Cuban workers for direct exploitation by international capital.

1,700 Detroit janitors on poverty wages face a July 31 contract expiration

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24 July 2018

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Violent Haitian protests triggered by IMF austerity measures

By John Marion, 10 July 2018

The cuts in government fuel subsidies would have raised the cost of gas by 38 percent and the cost of kerosene even more, in a country where gas costs almost as much as a day’s wages.

Confrontation between Lima police and striking Peruvian teachers

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 July 2018

At least 5,000 teachers from the metropolitan Lima area have had their salaries withheld because of strike activity and authorities have begun replacing striking teachers with scabs.

Vice-President Pence threatens immigrants, Assange, and Venezuela during Latin America tour

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2018

Facing a popular outcry against inhumane treatment of immigrants, Pence pressed for policies that will only exacerbate the desperate conditions pushing thousands to flee north.

Chilean copper miners to strike against layoffs; Crane workers strike in Quebec

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 June 2018

Some 1,700 copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine complex in Chile have announced a strike against layoffs while 2,000 crane operators in Quebec walked off the job in a wildcat strike.

Peru’s new president Vizcarra joins with Fujimorista opposition to impose austerity

By Armando Cruz, 25 June 2018

The Vizcarra-Villanueva government intends to impose the new cuts to government spending and new taxes on the working population being demanded by international finance.

Mexican immigrants seek asylum amidst growing social inequality and crime

By Clodomiro Puentes, 20 June 2018

The majority are forced to make the long and risky journey to seek political asylum in the US, due to cartel-related crime and violence in Mexico.

The United States of America: Land of internment camps

By Eric London, 20 June 2018

The attack on immigrants and democratic rights is of urgent importance to the entire working class.

Argentine teachers and students occupy campus, Halifax Shipyard workers reject contract

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 June 2018

Teachers and students in Argentina occupied the Río Cuarto campus of the National University, in Córdoba province while shipyard workers in Halifax, Canada voted down a union-backed deal.

Protests against layoffs across Argentina, Quebec daycare workers strike

Workers Struggles: the Americas

12 June 2018

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Windsor casino strike ends, teachers protest in Mexico City

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5 June 2018

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Canadian Pacific Railway workers set to strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 May 2018

Some 3,000 rail workers across Canada are set to strike Tuesday evening after rejecting management’s last offer, which failed to meet worker demands for improvements in working conditions and other issues.

CIA terrorist Posada Carriles dead at 90

By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2018

Protected by the US government until the end, Posada Carriles was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocity committed in the Americas in the twentieth century.

Windsor casino workers reject contract, Mexico City professors strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 May 2018

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Colombian teachers hold nationwide two-day strike

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15 May 2018

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Argentina to make new IMF agreement amid growing social discontent

By Eric London, 10 May 2018

An estimated 75 percent of Argentinians oppose the move, which takes place alongside broadening strikes among teachers and other workers.

Three-day strike by Mexican teachers in Chiapas and Oaxaca

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 May 2018

The action included mass protest marches and the occupation of government buildings to press educators demands including the rollback of pro business education reforms and the re-opening of negotiations.

Mexican teachers denounce union sellout, refuse to end strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

1 May 2018

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Mexican teachers strike, Georgia school bus drivers fired for protesting poverty pay

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24 April 2018

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Canadian Pacific Railway workers vote to strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 April 2018

More than 3,000 conductors and engineers employed by Canadian Pacific Railway across the country could be on strike as early as April 21 if negotiations do not produce a deal.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 April 2018

The treatment of temporary workers is a major outstanding issue in a walkout by 1,300 Labrador City ironworkers against the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

Foreign “meddling” in elections—Yankee imperialist style

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2018

Amid unrelenting hysteria promoted by the Democrats and the media over alleged Russian “meddling” in the US election, scant attention has been paid to Washington’s own activities south of the US border.

420,000 Argentine teachers vote for limited strikes over wages and other demands

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 March 2018

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National strike in Argentina

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27 February 2018

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20 February 2018

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13 February 2018

Union cancels walkout by St. Paul, Minnesota teachersThe United States

APTIV autoworkers in northern Mexico are close to a strike

By Alex González, 8 February 2018

More than 4,000 autoworkers are fighting for a better salary and working conditions.

Pope preaches dogma of reaction in Latin America

By Cesar Uco, 5 February 2018

The Pope’s first stop was Chile, where he denounced parishioners as “idiots manipulated by leftists” for opposing a bishop implicated in the cover-up of child sexual abuse.

Halifax shipyard workers stage wildcat walkout

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 January 2018

Hundreds of Halifax shipbuilding workers walked off the job January 25 to protest irregularities in their paychecks, defying union officials who insisted they stay on the job during ongoing contract negotiations.

Brazilian metro workers hold one-day strike over privatization plans

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 January 2018

A strike by transit workers in the city of São Paulo’s paralyzed subway transport in the city leaving many morning commuters stranded.

NLRB rejects UAW appeal of Honeywell lockout

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 January 2018

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SEIU calls off week-long Oakland city strike without contract

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 December 2017

The calling off of the walkout is a stab in the back for workers who are seeking improvements in wages and better treatment of part time workers.

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Halifax Shipyard workers vote 99 percent in favor of strike

5 December 2017

The union accuses management of seeking to impose a long list of concessions, including the decimation of safety rules.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 November 2017

More than 3,000 copper miners in Peru and 2,500 in Chile have been involved in job actions this past week over a variety of issues.

Ontario college teachers hit by vehicles as strike continues

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 October 2017

Strikers have been hit by vehicles in two separate incidents as a walkout by Ontario college teachers continues.

Ontario community college staff continue strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 October 2017

The 12,000 professors, instructors, consultants and librarians are in the second week of a strike against the provincial college system.

Baggage-handlers’ strike at Toronto airport enters third month

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 October 2017

Some 700 workers are striking against demands by Swissport for a three-year wage freeze, cuts to benefits and tighter control over work schedules.

Strike by Colombian pilots continues, negotiations restart

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 September 2017

The 700 pilots employed by Avianca struck September 22 for better pay and conditions affecting some 530 flights.

Hurricane Irma slams into Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands

By Jerry White, 7 September 2017

Like Houston, the human cost of Irma will be far greater because of the lack of any serious government preparation and the long neglect of physical and social infrastructure.

One-day strike set by public workers in Uruguay

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 September 2017

The Uruguayan public workers federation has announced a one-day strike over job insecurity and “covert privatization.”

Striking Toronto baggage handlers reject offer, continue job action

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 August 2017

The workers voted down a proposed contract offer very similar to one they had previously rejected.

Ontario, Canada aerospace workers occupy factory

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 August 2017

The occupation began August 10 and shut down production for two days at Northstar Aerospace.

General strike threatened in Bolivia

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 July 2017

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Widespread strikes and protests in Brazil against labor law reform bill

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4 July 2017

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Settlement at AT&T West, DirecTV, while Spectrum telecom strike continues

Workers Struggles: the Americas

6 June 2017

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Strikes in Colombia underscore worsening conditions in schools and among workers

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23 May 2017

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University of Puerto Rico students protest austerity measures

By Rafael Azul, 16 May 2017

Striking students occupying the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras are defying a court order to end their protest.

Wildcat strike at Mexican auto parts plant

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 May 2017

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Strikes hit mines in Peru and Mexico as retired US coal miners face health care cutoff

18 April 2017

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Mexican autoworkers strike, protests against IMF-dictated price hikes hit Suriname

11 April 2017

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Anti-austerity protests hit Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico

4 April 2017

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Class struggle heats up in Latin America

28 March 2017

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21 March 2017

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14 March 2017

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Four dead, 1,000 arrested as demonstrations continue across Mexico

By Eric London, 7 January 2017

With the police cracking down on demonstrations, the trade unions and bourgeois “left” are struggling to contain the growing protest movement.

Massive explosion kills 31, injures scores at fireworks market in Mexico

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 December 2016

A massive chain-reaction explosion erupted at one of the largest fireworks markets in the country in Tultepec, just north of the capital.

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29 November 2016

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4 October 2016

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Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions

For the unity of the working class in the United States and Latin America

27 August 2016

This resolution was passed by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held from July 31-August 5 in Detroit, Michigan.

Brazilian Senate votes to proceed with trial of Workers Party president

By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2016

The Brazilian Senate’s vote to move ahead with a trial of ousted President Dilma Rousseff came amid a drive to introduce sweeping austerity measures.

Rio Olympics overshadowed by social crisis

By Rafael Azul, 5 August 2016

The Rio Olympic Games open in the midst of social crisis.

A week before Rio games, protesters extinguish Olympic flame

By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2016

The Olympics are being held in a Brazil wracked by political and economic crisis as well as mounting social unrest.

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5 July 2016

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Wave of budget cuts throughout Latin America

By Neil Hardt, 27 May 2016

The cuts are an intensification of anti-working class policies already implemented by the so-called “pink tide” governments.

Maduro government imposes state of emergency in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2016

While the Venezuelan president said that the decree was aimed at “international and national threats,” the most pressing challenge to his government comes from the working class.

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17 May 2016

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Brazil’s impeachment and the fall of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2016

The sharp turn to the right in Brazil and the immense dangers confronting the working class were prepared for over a decade by the politics of the Workers Party.

Brazil Senate vote ousts Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2016

The government being formed by Michel Temer has been brought to power to carry out a frontal assault on the Brazilian working class.

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10 May 2016

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Leader of Brazil impeachment drive sacked over corruption

By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2016

The removal of Eduardo Cunha, second in line of succession to the presidency, raises the specter of a constitutional breakdown.

May Day 2016: The US-China conflict and the political crisis in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2016

Bill Van Auken, Latin America editor of the WSWS, delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.

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3 May 2016

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26 April 2016

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19 April 2016

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Brazilian congress votes to impeach PT President Rousseff

By Miguel Andrade, 18 April 2016

The PT’s inability to counter the reactionary alliance of forces with a “there will be no coup” campaign leading up to the vote is an indictment of the party and its politics.

New testimony exposes Mexican government’s complicity in Ayotzinapa massacre

By Neil Hardt, 16 April 2016

Previously unreported testimony shows that federal police were involved in the September 2014 attacks that resulted in the disappearance of 43 student teachers.

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5 April 2016

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The drive to impeachment and the dangers facing the Brazilian working class

By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2016

The attempt to oust Rousseff and the PT over corruption is driven by the demand of Brazilian and foreign capital for an acceleration of ongoing attacks on workers’ living standards.

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29 March 2016

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22 March 2016

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Millions join protests in Brazil demanding ouster of Workers Party government

By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2016

The mass demonstrations came as new figures showed the country’s economy sliding deeper into depression.

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15 March 2016

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1 March 2016

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23 February 2016

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Coup threatened in Venezuela amidst deepening economic crisis

By Eric London, 15 February 2016

In the midst of skyrocketing inflation, food scarcity and economic stagnation, the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable is maneuvering for the removal of Maduro.