Workers Struggles

New York City teachers union attempts to rush though sellout contract

By Guillaume Garnier and Steve Light, 19 October 2018

The United Federation of Teachers is trying to sell its membership a contract that cuts health care, reduces real wages and maintains poor conditions for students.

Layoffs at Fiat Chrysler's Kokomo transmission operations heighten concerns over outsourcing

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2018

Temporary layoffs affecting more than 3,000 employees have hit Fiat Chrysler workers at two Kokomo, Indiana transmission plants.

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South African plastics workers in national strike; Capetown transport workers wildcat

19 October 2018

Some 10,000 plastics workers in South Africa are on strike seeking the revocation of a pay reduction while bus drivers in Capetown walked out Monday demanding improvements in wages and working conditions.

Widespread opposition to Teamsters’ override of UPS workers’ contract rejection

By our reporters, 15 October 2018

A worker from southern California reported that during balloting on the contract, UPS management asked workers how they voted and whether they wanted to change their vote.

Bonus removal cancels out Amazon’s UK pay rise

By Alice Summers, 13 October 2018

Workers are effectively paying for their own wage increase through the slashing of employee benefits, share and incentive schemes, with some possibly seeing a net loss.

US hotel workers continue strikes in eight cities

By our reporters, 13 October 2018

The workers are rebelling against poverty level wages and inadequate benefits that have left many struggling to keep their heads above water.

Sri Lankan tea estate workers step up demands for higher pay

By M. Thevarajah, 13 October 2018

Demonstrations by estate workers underscore growing working-class opposition to the attacks of the government and employers.

Indian sanitation workers union shuts down month-long strike; Western Australian bus drivers strike over pay

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13 October 2018

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Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018

Teachers face losing a quarter of their real wages this year, while Macri’s austerity policies threaten to cut funding for public education by up to 40 percent in real terms.

As union ignores strike authorization votes

Tubing company locks out steelworkers in Trenton, Georgia

By Shelley Connor, 12 October 2018

The United Steelworkers continues to force US Steel and ArcelorMittal workers to stay on the job, despite unanimous strike votes.

As APWU keeps workers on the job

US Postal Service workers protest Trump’s privatization plans

By George Marlowe, 12 October 2018

Postal workers in more than 140 cities protested Trump’s privatization proposals while unions keep 200,000 workers on the job weeks after their contract expired on September 20.

Further UK rail strikes; Nigerian unions sell out minimum wage dispute

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12 October 2018

Workers at Arriva rail have launched yet another strike against driver only operated trains while the Nigerian trade unions have shut down a general strike after only two days.

Ongoing opposition to Teamsters ramming through UPS contract despite workers’ vote

By our reporters, 11 October 2018

In order to push through the contract, Teamsters officials have dredged up a never-used obscure clause in the union constitution, stuck in 30 years ago.

Musicians at Chicago’s Lyric Opera strike for the first time in 50 years

By our reporters, 11 October 2018

Musicians at Chicago’s Lyric Opera have gone on strike as funding to the arts is drastically cut in the United States.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no” vote

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

Detroit Westin Book Cadillac workers join hotel walkouts

By a WSWS reporting team, 8 October 2018

The 160 strikers in Detroit include housekeepers, cashiers, servers, barmen and desk personnel, who have had no substantial pay rise since 2008.

After “no” vote by UPS workers, Teamsters bureaucracy declares contract ratified

By Jerry White, 8 October 2018

The naked fact is that the rank and file voted down the contract and the Teamsters union is despotically ignoring their vote and imposing it anyway.

Teamsters union defies “no” vote, declares UPS contract ratified

By Will Morrow, 6 October 2018

Workers voted by 54.7 percent to reject the sellout contract backed by UPS management and the Teamsters union, as other UPS workers also rejected sellout contracts.

UPS workers denounce Teamsters effort to impose sellout contract, despite “no” vote

By our reporters, 6 October 2018

The Teamsters has declared that it considers its sellout contract ratified despite the fact that more than 54 percent of workers voted “no.”

Los Angeles teachers union continues to delay strike action as negotiations proceed

By Dan Conway, 6 October 2018

The union for Los Angeles teachers is fighting to block strike action, despite teachers working without a contract and authorizing a strike.

The destruction of Germany’s Thyssenkrupp and the role of the IG Metall union

By Dietmar Henning, 6 October 2018

The decision to break up the Thyssenkrupp multinational conglomerate, in which the IG Metall union has played a key role, has been secretly prepared for months.

UK: No to Driver Only Trains in any form, mobilise against rail union sellout

By Michael Barnes, 6 October 2018

The struggle by rail workers in defense of jobs is in danger, due to the systematic sabotage of their fight by the unions.

Teamsters union defies “no” vote, declares UPS contract ratified

Organize independent rank-and-file committees to prepare strike action!

By WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 6 October 2018

The WSWS calls on workers to establish independent organizations to break the conspiracy of the Teamsters and UPS to ram through the agreement despite the “no” vote.

Indian police arrest 600 striking Yamaha workers; Pakistan teachers, municipal employees and other workers demonstrate for unpaid wages

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6 October 2018

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Teamsters head threatens to impose UPS contract even if workers reject it

By Will Morrow, 5 October 2018

As far as the union is concerned, workers have the right to vote, as long as they vote the right way.

Workers strike at Marriott hotels in Boston and San Francisco

By John Marion, 5 October 2018

The picket is part of the walkout by 1,500 workers against the Marriott International hotel chain in Boston.

Workers strike in Finland, UK rail strikes continue, Nigerian unions call off general strike

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5 October 2018

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What’s behind Amazon’s plan to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour?

By Jerry White, 3 October 2018

With anger growing over poverty level wages and sweatshop conditions at Amazon, the retail giant and logistics company will implement a small pay increase on November 1.

Widespread opposition to sellout UPS contract in run-up to Friday vote deadline

By our reporters, 3 October 2018

The Teamsters’ strategy of lies has been developed in collaboration with BerlinRosen, the Democratic Party-aligned public relations firm.

United Steelworkers union pushes concessions at US iron ore producer Cleveland Cliffs

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2018

The United Steelworkers is seeking to push through a concessions contract with Cleveland-Cliffs that will set a precedent for cutting healthcare and keeping wages stagnant.

Costa Rican public workers’ strike enters its fourth week

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2 October 2018

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

New Zealand primary teachers reject sellout pay offer

By Tom Peters, 29 September 2018

The Labour Party-NZ First government’s offer of a meagre 3 percent per year for three years, with no measures to address the staffing crisis, was resoundingly rejected by primary school teachers.

Sri Lankan plantation workers demonstrate for higher wages

By M. Thevarajah, 29 September 2018

The union-controlled protest was organised to promote illusions that the companies and the government will grant a “reasonable” pay rise for estate workers.

“The union is not for all of us”

Indianapolis Allison Transmission workers face stonewalling by UAW over contract terms, pensions

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 29 September 2018

Workers at the global transmission company report that the UAW is withholding information regarding their contract.

India police attack striking auto workers in Tamil Nadu; New Zealand bus drivers walkout

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29 September 2018

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After a decade of falling pay, US Federal Reserve acts to stop “wage inflation”

By Jerry White, 28 September 2018

The central bank executives understand that investors tend to make far more money when the sword of mass unemployment hangs over workers’ heads.

Argentina’s Macri responds to fourth general strike with yet another IMF package

By Andrea Lobo, 28 September 2018

The trade union bureaucracies, most of which had agreed to a truce with the Macri administration during the beginning of his term, are seeking to contain growing social anger.

Operating engineers’ union bows to strikebreaking threats by Michigan governor, contractors

By Tim Rivers, 28 September 2018

Less than 24 hours before a Michigan contractors’ association was set to begin hiring scab replacements for 2,000 roadway construction workers it had locked out, Operating Engineers Local 324 ordered its members to return to work without a contract or any resolution to the dispute that has closed 164 road building projects for more than three weeks.

United Steelworkers union claims it is preparing to strike ArcelorMittal

By Jessica Goldstein, 28 September 2018

After a unanimous vote to authorize a walkout, pressure is growing from rank-and-file workers to launch the first national strike since 1986.

BJP government pushes Air India into financial morass to hasten privatization

By Kranti Kumara, 28 September 2018

The Indian government is determined to sell off what is among the country’s most identifiable companies internationally, so as to underline its commitment to the fire sale of public assets.

Rail workers to continue strikes at UK franchises, Gaza UNWRA workers strike; police attack Swaziland strikers

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28 September 2018

A national stoppage of Ghana’s 4,000 tanker drivers was called off by the unions barely 24 hours after an initial strike call.

Snyder administration backs strikebreaking threat by Michigan road construction contractors

By Shannon Jones, 26 September 2018

The Snyder administration and road construction contractors are preparing to hire strikebreakers to replace some 2,000 locked out heavy equipment operators.

Class struggle escalates in Dominican Republic

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25 September 2018

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Michigan governor prepares to deploy National Guard to replace locked-out roadway workers

By Tim Rivers, 24 September 2018

While preparing to deploy troops, Snyder brought in union leaders, who agreed to a "cooling-off" period after meeting with administration officials.

UNITE HERE isolates striking Chicago hotel workers, rams through deal with Marriott

By Marcus Day, 22 September 2018

UNITE HERE Local 1 abruptly announced Thursday afternoon that a contract had been ratified at seven hotels in Chicago, while workers at 19 other hotels remain on strike.

“The economy did not recover for me under Obama”

Striking Chicago Hyatt workers describe fight against hotel giants

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 22 September 2018

Chicago hotel workers spoke with the WSWS about the significance of their struggle prior to the announcement by the UNITE HERE union that it was shutting down the strike at many of the targeted hotels.

Rajasthan bus drivers strike in India; New Zealand Ministry of Justice workers walkout

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22 September 2018

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UAW corruption scandal widens as US workers press for wage increases

By Jerry White, 21 September 2018

As autoworkers in Kokomo, Indiana and elsewhere come into struggle, the biggest obstacle they face is the corporatist and anti-working class United Auto Workers.

“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”

Another homeless grandmother details nightmarish aftermath of Amazon workplace injury

By Eric London, 21 September 2018

Tammy Edgar says she became homeless after she fell at work while avoiding a heavy machine, which flew off a table at her.

Turkey’s only oil refinery hit by strike, further rail strikes in the UK, Cypriot teachers’ strike

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21 September 2018

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“Collectively we are powerful beyond measure”

Kokomo Chrysler workers press for strike action

By Jerry White, 20 September 2018

Two months after their unanimous strike vote, workers at FCA’s Indiana transmission plants are opposing the stalling tactics of the UAW.

Thousands of ArcelorMittal steelworkers in US cast unanimous strike vote

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 September 2018

The vote to back a walkout by 15,000 ArcelorMittal workers follows a similar unanimous vote by workers at US Steel.

Hundreds arrested as construction workers at Turkish airport clash with security forces

By Jerry White, 17 September 2018

Thousands of workers downed their tools Friday after the latest in a series of fatal and near-fatal accidents at a construction site near Istanbul.

“All the hotel workers should go on strike”

Chicago hotel workers continue walkout as workers throughout the US vote to strike

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 17 September 2018

Hotel workers in Chicago continue to fight for year-round healthcare and higher wages, even as the union keeps them isolated from hotel workers' struggles across the country.

Growing anger over injury of autoworker in Kokomo, Indiana

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2018

Both management and the UAW have maintained complete silence on the serious injury suffered last week by Eric Parsons at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana.

Three thousand emergency workers strike in India; 29,000 primary school teachers vote on pay offer in New Zealand

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15 September 2018

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Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018

Four hundred teachers in the small Washington State town of Tumwater are courageously defying a judge’s strikebreaking order as educators continue walkouts in Tacoma and other cities.

“This should be a mass movement if we want to get what we want”

Chicago hotel workers’ strike continues for eighth day

By our reporting team, 14 September 2018

WSWS reporters visited and spoke to picketing workers at the JW Marriott Chicago hotel and Palmer House hotel in Chicago’s downtown.

New owner at low-wage Detroit auto parts supplier DMS

By David Rodriguez, 14 September 2018

Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which opened to great fanfare in 2012, is typical of the low wage sweatshops that predominate in the auto parts industry.

Australia: Union calls one-day stoppage at University of Newcastle

By John Harris, 14 September 2018

The National Tertiary Education Union’s demands centre on maintaining the “consultative” and “committee” structures through which it has helped management impose restructuring and job cuts.

Invergordon whisky distillery in Scotland demands workers accept a £10,000 pay cut or lose their jobs

By Darren Paxton and Sandy Campbell, 14 September 2018

The GMB trade union has been pushing for the modernisation for some time, effectively functioning as a regional investment agency.

Ryanair cabin crew to strike five European countries, Nigerian teachers walk out

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14 September 2018

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Teachers strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

By our reporter, 13 September 2018

The district’s teachers are being asked to shoulder increased health care costs.

Chicago hotel strike pits workers against Democrats’ billionaire candidate for governor

By Jerry White, 12 September 2018

Striking workers are in a battle against the major hotel operators, including Hyatt, which is owned by the Pritzker family.

“Gas, rent and milk goes up and we’re still making the same money”

Striking Chicago hotel workers speak out

By George Gallanis, 12 September 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel in Chicago.

Seattle Education Association pushes through sellout deal

By Evan Blake, 10 September 2018

The Seattle Education Association, with the backing of its supposedly dissident faction, Social Equity Educators, forced through the agreement, undermining the momentum for a statewide strike.

Chicago hotel workers’ strike enters fourth day

By Marcus Day, 10 September 2018

Thousands of hotel workers have struck at 25 locations in and around downtown Chicago since Friday, fighting for better health care and wages.

“Capitalism is not working, and it never has for us”

Striking Chicago hotel workers speak out on fight for wages, health care

By our reporters, 10 September 2018

The WSWS spoke to striking hotel workers on the picket lines in downtown Chicago Saturday.

Bisbee ’17: The deportation of Arizona copper miners is a “still-polarizing event”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 September 2018

In July 1917, 1,200 striking copper miners in Bisbee, Arizona were illegally kidnapped, loaded in cattle cars and dumped in the southwest New Mexico desert. This episode is the subject of Bisbee ’17.

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8 September 2018

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Striking Tacoma, Washington, teachers demand better pay, funding for education

By Kayla Costa, 7 September 2018

On Thursday, teachers in Tacoma joined thousands of striking teachers throughout the state of Washington as the unions work to contain and isolate the struggles in each district.

Croatian shipbuilders end strike; Swaziland police fire on women textile workers

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 September 2018

In a brutal attack, police fired on protesting women textile workers who had been locked out in a pay dispute; meanwhile, some 4,500 shipbuilders at the Uljanik shipyards in the port of Pula and Rijeka, Croatia, returned to work Monday.

Tacoma teachers strike as walkouts spread across Washington

By Alec Andersen, 6 September 2018

School officials in three districts threatened disciplinary action against striking teachers while educators in Tacoma joined walkouts in 10 other districts Thursday.

Arizona Supreme Court strikes down “Invest in Ed” ballot initiative

By David Moore, 6 September 2018

The court’s removal of the school funding initiative from the November ballot underscores the fact that America’s billionaires and millionaires will not tolerate the slightest encroachment on their personal fortunes.

Teamsters announces October 5 vote deadline

Vote “no” on the UPS-Teamsters sellout contract! Form rank-and-file committees to organize opposition!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 6 September 2018

On Tuesday, the Teamsters union announced that the contract vote will be counted on October 5, more than two months after the expiration of the current agreement.

Alcoa workers in Canada and Australia confront the same employer offensive

By Laurent Lafrance, 6 September 2018

Alcoa has forced 1,500 workers at five facilities in Western Australia out on strike, even as it issues fresh threats against workers at its Bécancour, Quebec, aluminum smelter who have been locked out since January.

Tacoma teachers vote to strike Thursday

Walkouts by Washington state educators spread

By Jerry White, 5 September 2018

More than 2,000 teachers in Tacoma voted overwhelmingly to strike as the struggle in Washington escalates, despite union efforts to prevent a statewide walkout.

Argentine teachers, transport workers in strike action

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4 September 2018

Teachers in Buenos Aires province struck for three days last week for pay and infrastructure improvements, while Buenos Aires area bus drivers struck against arbitrary dismissals and the generally poor shape of transport facilities.

Labor Day 2018: The growth of the class struggle and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Jerry White, 3 September 2018

This year, Labor Day takes place amid a resurgence of class struggle in the US, bringing workers into direct conflict with the corporatist and anti-working class trade unions.

As union seeks to wrap up strikes, Washington teachers rally and call for statewide walkout

By Nancy Hanover, 3 September 2018

Educators demand statewide strike action in Washington state, while the union seeks to quash walkouts and prevent new ones.

“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”

Amazon Nightmare: Grandmother injured on the job goes homeless, suffers pneumonia

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018

Carol's story exposes the nightmarish conditions and brutal exploitation that has fueled the growth of online retailers like Amazon.

Los Angeles teachers vote 98 percent for strike authorization

By Kimie Saito, 1 September 2018

For the first time in almost 30 years, Los Angeles teachers vote overwhelmingly for strike action.

Teamsters head to UPS workers: Don’t complain, creating new tiers is “what we’ve always done”

By Will Morrow, 1 September 2018

Teamsters lead “negotiator” Denis Taylor gave a full-throated defense of the pro-company contract in an online statement last weekend.

Reserve Bank of India employees to walkout over pensions; Alcoa workers still on strike in Australia

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1 September 2018

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“We have to stand up and show we are not going to take this anymore”

US Steel workers rally in Pittsburgh area

By our reporting team, 31 August 2018

Steelworkers rallying outside of the Clairton Works spoke to the WSWS about their determination to fight US Steel’s concession demands.

Steelmakers in US demand historic concessions as contracts for 31,000 workers set to expire

By Samuel Davidson, 31 August 2018

With US Steel and Arcelor demanding deep givebacks, the United Steelworkers union has made it clear it is opposed to any strike.

Rail stoppages continue in Britain, as Croatian shipbuilders strike

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31 August 2018

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Seattle teachers vote to authorize strike

By Kayla Costa, 30 August 2018

In a mass meeting Tuesday night, thousands of teachers voted to join ongoing strikes by educators across the state of Washington.

Sri Lankan fishermen demonstrate to demand fuel price reductions

By Naveen Dewage, 30 August 2018

The MVOA appealed to the government to lower fuel prices, but it responded by police armed with batons and water cannons, who set up barricades to block the march.

“Everyone should go out on strike, even nationwide”

Mass support for teachers’ walkouts in Washington state

By Hector Cordon and Nancy Hanover, 29 August 2018

Educators throughout the state are rallying and striking to demand livable wages and improved school conditions.

Auckland nurse denounces union’s sellout deal in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 29 August 2018

A nurses’ union member spoke with the WSWS over worsening conditions at the South Auckland hospital and the growing anger of health workers over the union’s betrayal.

Peruvian municipal workers strike in Lima’s most affluent district

By Cesar Uco, 29 August 2018

The strike in Miraflores highlights the glaring social inequality that pervades Peru.

For a statewide strike in Washington to defend public education!

Build rank-and-file committees to unify educators, parents and students

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 August 2018

To fight for better schools and living wages, teachers in Washington must break through the straitjacket imposed by the unions and Democratic Party and mobilize the broadest sections of the working class.

More Washington state teachers strike as unions seek to contain struggle

By Alec Andersen, 28 August 2018

On Monday, teachers in Vancouver, the state’s second-largest city, voted to authorize a strike if no deal is reached by the start of school on Wednesday.

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28 August 2018

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Teachers across Washington state demand strike action and big pay increases

By Nancy Hanover, 27 August 2018

In their fight to reverse years of budget cuts, Washington teachers are giving voice to the anger and determination of educators and workers across the US.

“The Teamsters is not a voice for us”

UPS workers respond to Teamsters campaign of blackmail

By our reporters, 25 August 2018

UPS workers throughout the US continue to express opposition to the sellout deal that Teamsters officials and corporate management are trying to strong-arm them into ratifying.

Teachers across Washington state prepare to strike over wages and conditions

By Alec Andersen, 25 August 2018

The opposition of Washington teachers and support staff is a continuation of the teacher revolt that started at the beginning of 2018 and comes amid an upsurge of working class struggle.

New Zealand transport workers’ jobs and conditions under attack

By our correspondents, 25 August 2018

Rail and bus workers face a sustained assault by companies hired by the Greater Wellington Regional Council to run passenger services.

Bangladesh jute mill workers demonstrate; Paradip port workers strike in Orissa

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25 August 2018

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