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“With these mergers, they just grab the money and go on to the next business target”

Spectrum workers in New York express anger after a month on strike

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 28 April 2017

Telecom workers on strike against Spectrum (formerly Time Warner) denounce the corporate attack on jobs and health and pension benefits.

Sri Lanka SEP holds picket in Jaffna to free Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 28 April 2017

Despite the anti-democratic intervention of student union leaders, most Jaffna University students supported the campaign.

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Transport workers strike in UK, Italy and South Africa

28 April 2017

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22,600 retired US coal miners face loss of health benefits on May 1

By Samuel Davidson, 26 April 2017

Many retired miners threatened with the loss of health insurance have debilitating diseases such as black lung and emphysema but are too young to qualify for Medicare.

Writers’ Guild of America members authorize strike

By Marc Wells, 26 April 2017

An overwhelming 96.3 percent of the 6,310 members of the WGA who cast ballots voted to authorize a strike against film and TV producers.

New Zealand fast food workers hold nationwide stoppage

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Workers voted to strike after Restaurant Brands refused a pay rise of 10 cents an hour above the minimum wage each year, for three years

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 4: The police and company conspire against the workers

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 26 April 2017

Police colluded with Maruti Suzuki, fabricated evidence, and systematically failed to carry out basic forensic tests as part of a bogus investigation aimed at framing up militant workers who challenged sweatshop conditions.

Modi’s “Make in India” campaign and the battle of the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 25 April 2017

In arguing for the hanging of the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers, the prosecution denounced the workers for imperiling the Modi government’s efforts to woo profit-hungry investors.

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Brazilian general strike set for Friday

25 April 2017

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Fujitsu strikers in the UK speak out in defence of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our reporters, 22 April 2017

Workers on the picket line at Fujitsu in Manchester discussed support for the victimised Indian workers, their own dispute and Saturday’s international March for Science.

UK nurses in online vote over strike in protest at low pay

By Margot Miller, 22 April 2017

Registered nurses earn an average of just £23,319 per year and had their pay kept up with inflation they would now earn £26,584.

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22 April 2017

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New York-New Jersey cable workers strike against Spectrum

By Mark Witkowski, 21 April 2017

The telecom company is all demanding painful concessions even as they squander billions on mergers and acquisitions, stock buyback programs and dividend payments to further enrich their top stock holders.

Growing opposition to Verdi trade union at Berlin airports

By Verena Nees, 21 April 2017

Many Verdi members are outraged over the new contract for ground staff at the airports in Berlin, which was rejected by the majority.

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2,000 miners strike at Barberton Mines in South Africa

21 April 2017

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“They’re stuffing money into the pockets of the shareholders”

British autoworkers strike BMW to defend pensions

By our reporters, 20 April 2017

The strike is the first by the BMW’s British workforce, who could lose up to £160,000 each if pension cuts are enforced.

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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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Amazon workers denounce working conditions

By Evan Blake, 17 April 2017

Workers at Amazon distribution centers describe a stifling atmosphere of intimidation by company management, while denouncing the Trump administration and the drive to war.

Argentine teachers launch protest strike

By Rafael Azul, 17 April 2017

Last week’s national teachers strike against police repression was part of growing struggles against the government’s attacks on jobs, living standards and democratic rights.

How the AEU is attempting to push through a sell-out of Victorian teachers

By Susan Allan, 17 April 2017

If the agreement is such a “significant gain” then why is there no framework or democratic process where teachers can discuss, debate, and seek clarification on its contents?

UK: The anti-union laws and the trade union bureaucracy

By Robert Stevens, 15 April 2017

It would be more correct to describe the legislation restricting strikes not as anti-union laws, but as “pro-trade union bureaucracy laws.”

Australian worker challenges union-company wage-cutting deal

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 April 2017

The agreement struck between the SDA and Coles saved the supermarket giant tens of millions of dollars.

New Zealand meat union pushes through pro-company deal at Taylor Preston

By Tom Peters, 15 April 2017

The contract means another two years of poverty wages for meat workers while the cost of living, especially for housing, continues to soar.

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15 April 2017

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Strikes threatened at UK auto plants, while UK nurses, rail staff take strike votes

14 April 2017

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“It is a frame-up and war on the working class”

Support grows for Maruti Suzuki workers

By our reporters, 13 April 2017

It has been nearly a month since an Indian judge condemned 13 autoworkers to life imprisonment.

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

11 April 2017

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Russian truckers’ strike enters third week amid police crackdown

By Clara Weiss, 10 April 2017

Finding support among broad layers of Russia’s impoverished population, the strike reflects the social tensions building up under conditions of deepening economic and political crisis.

“What we need is a national stoppage”

Striking conductors in UK denounce attacks on rail network safety

By our reporters, 10 April 2017

Two thousand conductors walked out at three private rail franchises Saturday in a one-day strike against Driver Only Operation (DOO) trains.

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8 April 2017

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Strike threats against Budapest public transit, Algerian state-owned energy and the Ghanaian media

7 April 2017

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National strike in Argentina as opposition to austerity grows

By Rafael Azul, 6 April 2017

Argentina’s trade union bureaucracy has collaborated with the government, facilitating the imposition of attacks on wages, jobs and democratic rights.

French Guiana strikers reject PS government’s offer

By Anthony Torres, 4 April 2017

Given the reactionary policies of the Socialist Party, which is set to lose power next month, none of its pledges given to secure an end to the general strike are credible.

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Anti-austerity protests hit Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico

4 April 2017

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Days after UAW claims contract ratification

Caterpillar confirms plans to close Aurora, Illinois plant, lay off 800

By Marcus Day, 3 April 2017

There are reports of angry confrontations between workers and local UAW officials following the announcement.

Sri Lankan university students condemn Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our correspondents, 3 April 2017

Students and workers in Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna denounced the heavy sentences imposed on framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India.

UK: Health workers denounce attacks on Bournemouth Intermediate Care Service

By our reporters, 1 April 2017

Many workers in BICS, Bournemouth Council and at Bournemouth and Poole hospitals responded enthusiastically to an article by the NHS FightBack campaign, calling for a struggle against redundancies.

Pseudo-left cover for dockworkers’ defeat in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2017

A key role in covering up this treachery of the trade union bureaucracy was played by the pseudo-left groups, which intervened to prevent any independent mobilization of the dockworkers.

UK: Southern GTR train drivers speak in opposition to rail union sell-out deal

By Daniel O'Flynn and Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2017

Many rail workers oppose the government-backed attacks on their jobs and conditions being carried out by Southern GTR and the divisive policies of the various rail trade unions.

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1 April 2017

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Allegations of vote fraud mount

The UAW betrayal at Caterpillar and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Jerry White, 31 March 2017

The alleged ratification of the UAW-backed deal has provoked widespread charges of vote rigging and fraud.

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31 March 2017

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Indian auto workers demand release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By Moses Rajkumar and Yuvan Darwin, 30 March 2017

Indian auto workers voice their support for the ICFI campaign and demand release of the Maruti Suzuki workers.

“This is nothing but class war”

International support grows for petition to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 29 March 2017

Workers and youth from 33 countries on five continents have signed the petition, with many denouncing the frame-up and expressing solidarity with the imprisoned Indian workers.

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Class struggle heats up in Latin America

28 March 2017

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UAW delays release of vote tally after Caterpillar workers oppose sellout deal

By Marcus Day, 27 March 2017

After announcing they would release the results of the vote Sunday night, UAW executives abruptly declared the tally would not be made public until sometime Monday.

Lawsuit over Michigan worker's death highlights conditions in auto parts industry

By Shannon Jones and Nick Rodriguez, 27 March 2017

A wrongful death lawsuit filed against Ionia, Michigan auto parts maker Ventra highlights the brutal conditions facing this section of workers.

General strike declared in French Guyana

By Kumaran Ira, 27 March 2017

For a week, French Guyana has been paralyzed by large-scale strikes demanding jobs, pay increases and better public services.

Strike continues at Peru’s largest copper mine in defiance of government

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 27 March 2017

The Cerro Verde miners strike has now entered its third week, despite a government decree declaring the action illegal.

“The 13 workers are political prisoners”

South Asian filmmakers Rahul Roy and Prasanna Vithanage back campaign to free Maruti Suzuki workers

By our reporters, 27 March 2017

Raul Roy, the director of The Factory, the 2015 documentary on the Maruti Suzuki workers, and the Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage have demanded the freedom of the 13 framed-up autoworkers.

Fujitsu strikers at UK sites speak about their dispute

By our reporters, 25 March 2017

WSWS reporters told pickets about the case of the 13 framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India, who have been sentenced to life in prison.

Spanish dockworkers’ unions accept wage cuts and job losses

By Alejandro López, 25 March 2017

The CETM trade union prevented the mobilization of the full force of the dockworkers which could have paralyzed the Spanish economy.

Join the fight to free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 March 2017

Workers in Sri Lanka, India and around the world must unite to defeat the imprisonment of these victimised workers

“We should be outraged by what is happening in India.”

US, Canadian autoworkers speak in defense of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By a reporting team, 25 March 2017

The campaign to defend 31 framed-up Maruti Suzuki autoworkers in India is winning support among autoworkers in North America.

Elect rank-and-file committees to oppose job cuts and end givebacks!

Vote “No” on the UAW-Caterpillar sellout agreement

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 25 March 2017

The UAW pro-company contract sanctions the closure of the Aurora, Illinois plant and continues decades of wage and benefit concessions

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25 March 2017

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UAW-Caterpillar contract “highlights” reveal new attacks on jobs and wages

By Marcus Day, 24 March 2017

What little the UAW has revealed about its deal with Caterpillar points to an escalation of the union-backed corporate assault on workers.

Telecom union calls bogus “strike” at AT&T in California and Nevada

By Alan Gilman, 24 March 2017

After less than 24 hours, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) sent 17,000 AT&T workers back to their jobs after the walkout, which was aimed at defusing workers’ anger and frustration.

Fujitsu UK workers strike to protest job losses, attacks on pay and pensions

By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2017

The job losses in the UK and Ireland—to be staggered over the next 12 to 18 months—are part of 3,300 redundancies planned throughout Europe in a restructuring operation.

Maruti Suzuki workers lead protest demanding freedom for 13 workers jailed for life

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 March 2017

Thousands of workers defied a ban on gatherings of five or more people to show their support for the 13 framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers.

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24 March 2017

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Union sells out striking Kenyan doctors

By Eddie Haywood, 21 March 2017

Few details have been released of the “Return to Work Formula,” which is merely a draft proposal and not a binding agreement.

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21 March 2017

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Thirteen sentenced to life imprisonment in India

Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!

By International Committee of the Fourth International, 20 March 2017

Thirteen Maruti Suzuki workers have been condemned to life in prison as the result of a monstrous frame-up mounted by the automaker, the police and judicial authorities, with the full complicity of India’s principal political parties.

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18 March 2017

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Indian court to hear sentencing arguments against framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Shannon Jones, 17 March 2017

Thirteen autoworkers could face the death penalty in a case that has seen blatant collusion between company management, police and Indian state officials

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17 March 2017

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14 March 2017

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French air traffic controllers strike against work restructuring

By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2017

Amidst growing opposition among workers, the trade unions are calling strikes against contracts that the unions themselves have already signed.

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10 March 2017

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Forty-two-year-old steelworker dies at US Steel mill in Granite City, Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 March 2017

A steelworker was killed following the reopening of the US Steel mill in Granite City, Illinois, the third death at the mill since its purchase from National Steel in 2003.

Boston mass transit privatization scheme proceeds through bullying and tricks

By John Marion, 9 March 2017

The crisis of the MBTA caused by years of deferred maintenance and a massive February 2015 snow storm is being used to implement a prolonged assault on workers.

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7 March 2017

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As UAW maintains information blackout on contract negotiations

Federal agents raid Caterpillar headquarters in Illinois

By Marcus Day, 6 March 2017

The dramatic operation hints at the immense criminality and fraud that characterize the day-to-day workings of giant transnationals.

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3 March 2017

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Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part Two

By Eric London, 2 March 2017

11,000 immigrants have died crossing to the US as a direct result of anti-immigrant policies implemented by the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. Those that survive face hyper-exploitation in the US.

UAW orders thousands of Caterpillar workers to stay on the job as contract expires

By Marcus Day, 2 March 2017

The UAW and Caterpillar have maintained a media blackout in the current negotiations as they prepare to demand further concessions from workers.

India: Million-strong bank workers’ strike opposes Modi’s big business “reforms”

By Arun Kumar, 2 March 2017

Tuesday’s nationwide bank strike expresses growing working class opposition to the Indian elite’s economic “reform” programme of austerity, privatisation, and casualisation.

Nine-month lockout of Honeywell workers ends as UAW pushes through company’s demands

By Jessica Goldstein, 1 March 2017

The betrayal of Honeywell workers in South Bend, Indiana underscores the anti-working class character of the United Auto Workers union.

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28 February 2017

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Spanish port workers prepare national strike against EU reforms

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 27 February 2017

Spanish port workers unions have called nine days of strikes starting on March 6, as anger builds among workers against the Popular Party government’s port liberalization decree.

Dockworkers’ union threatens one-day strike on US East Coast

By Daniel de Vries, 27 February 2017

Tens of thousands of longshoremen are poised to shut down ports from Maine to Texas.

CWA forces 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers to stay on job as contract expires

By Mark Witkowski, 27 February 2017

Nearly two weeks after the contract expired the Communications Workers of America continues to force its members to work although it admits it “remains miles apart on all major issues.”

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25 February 2017

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Spanish dockworkers threaten to strike

By Alejandro López, 24 February 2017

Dockers are facing a savage attack on their working conditions by the Popular Party-led government, port companies and the European Union.

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24 February 2017

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Union seeks to block strike, impose givebacks on Rockford, Illinois school employees

By George Gallanis, 21 February 2017

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is attempting to force a sellout contract on the 900 bus drivers, paraprofessionals and food service workers.

New Zealand: Taylor Preston meat workers take industrial action

By Tom Peters, 21 February 2017

The Meat Workers Union is seeking to isolate and wear down the workers at the Wellington factory in order to impose a sell-out contract.

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21 February 2017

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A wave of class struggles in Sri Lanka: Workers must fight for a socialist program to defend their rights

By the Socialist Equality Party, 18 February 2017

The series protests of private and public sector workers are a sign of the mass social upheavals to come against the pro-US government and the capitalist class as a whole.

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18 February 2017

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By our reporters, 17 February 2017

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Tensions mount in Chilean copper miners strike

By Cesar Uco, 16 February 2017

The walkout at Escondida, the largest copper mine in the world, follows a similar strike at Las Bambas, neighboring Peru’s largest mine.

Eighty years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike—Part two

By Jerry White, 16 February 2017

This is the conclusion of a two-part series on the 44-day battle by US autoworkers in 1936-37 that forced General Motors, the world’s largest industrial enterprise, to recognize the recently founded United Auto Workers union.

Eighty years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike—Part one

By Jerry White, 15 February 2017

The 44-day battle by autoworkers lasted from December 29, 1936 to February 11, 1937. It forced General Motors, then the largest industrial enterprise on the planet, to recognize the recently founded United Auto Workers.

Caterpillar to move headquarters from Peoria to Chicago

By Alexander Fangmann and Owen Green, 14 February 2017

Caterpillar’s decision to move its headquarters to Chicago will contribute to the further economic decline of Peoria.

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14 February 2017

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Backed by Democrats, union pushes sellout deal to end Momentive strike

By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2017

Following the intervention of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the union has proposed a contract that addresses none of the demands of the 700 chemical workers.

Australian Paper workers voting on union wage-cutting deal

By our reporters, 13 February 2017

The CFMEU is seeking to suppress opposition to the agreement, which cuts wages by 5 percent and creates a new tier of lower-paid workers.

New York transit workers’ opposition builds against contract sellout

By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017

With ratification ballots due back February 15, workers have expressed substantial opposition to the tentative deal pushed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).