Workers Struggles

Ground workers strike Toronto’s Pearson International Airport

Workers Struggles: the Americas

1 August 2017

A strike by 700 ground workers has hit Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest, causing flight delays.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 July 2017

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Police disperse big protest in Morocco

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

28 July 2017

Protests are rare in the kingdom, which is a key ally of the United States in the Middle East.

“We don’t blame Mexico, we blame the company”

Workers denounce layoffs at Indianapolis Carrier plant

By Shelley Connor and Jerry White, 25 July 2017

Sacked workers at the United Technology Corporation's Carrier plant have responded with outrage and hostility, not only towards UTC, but to Trump and the United Steelworkers union.

Court rules against Michigan workers falsely accused of unemployment fraud

By Debra Watson, 25 July 2017

The Michigan appeals court dismissed a suit filed on behalf of workers falsely accused in the notorious Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency “robo-fraud” scandal.

Government gives Amazon millions in free money for Romulus, Michigan warehouse

By Robert Verdine, 25 July 2017

The multi-billion corporation is pocketing millions in investments and tax breaks from Detroit area suburbs for the building of new fulfillment and warehouse facilities.

Peruvian miners launch national strike amid walkouts by doctors and teachers

Workers Struggles: The Americas

25 July 2017

The Peruvian government has responded to the strike of miners against brutal working conditions by declaring the walkout illegal.

Mixed fleet cabin crew continue strike against British Airways

By Ross Mitchell, 22 July 2017

Unite is seeking to divert the struggle of cabin crew into the dead end of legal appeals against BA’s actions and are insisting strikers put their faith in appeals to Members of Parliament.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 July 2017

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Union ends strike by Fiat Chrysler workers in Serbia

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 July 2017

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Support grows for General strike in Uruguay

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 July 2017

Public service workers have committed to joining the strike, as have mass transit workers and public and private school teachers.

India: Kerala nurses on state-wide strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

15 July 2017

The nurses rejected a pay offer of 17,500 rupees, including allowances, from the government and the Private Hospitals Association.

Trump administration signs law stripping job protections from Department of Veterans Affairs employees

By Nick Barrickman, 14 July 2017

The Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act marks a deepening of the attack on federal workers.

German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp slashes 2,500 jobs as it prepares to sell off steel division

By Dietmar Henning, 14 July 2017

In addition to a €500 million savings program, which involves the loss of around 4,000 jobs, the shedding of the steel sector will endanger thousands of other jobs and entire factories.

Tufts Medical Center in Boston locks out 1,200 nurses after one-day strike

By John Marion, 14 July 2017

Nurses fighting understaffing and pension attacks face a battle against both big business parties, which defend for-profit medicine.

Rally by striking UK air cabin crew

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 July 2017

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Nurses strike Tufts Medical Center in Boston

Hospital plans punitive five-day lockout

By Kate Randall, 13 July 2017

Nurses are demanding the hospital increase staffing and resources, make salaries more competitive and keep a decent pension plan intact.

Hollywood averts a third major strike with SAG-AFTRA deal

By Kimie Saito, 12 July 2017

The new three-year master contract must now be approved by the union’s board of directors and then ratified by union members.

General strike threatened in Bolivia

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 July 2017

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AT&T West workers reject deal pushed by Communications Workers of America

By Jake Dean, 11 July 2017

After AT&T workers in California and Nevada rejected the sellout deal, the CWA immediately agreed to federal mediation, a blackout on information and a no-strike pledge.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 July 2017

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Bombardier Hennigsdorf workers express anger at the IG Metall union

By Gustav Kemper and Verena Nees, 7 July 2017

Earlier this week, WSWS reporters spoke with workers in Hennigsdorf, near Berlin, about the decision of the rail and locomotive manufacturer Bombardier Transportation to close down production in the town.

Historic strike vote by Bank of England staff; Kenyan doctors’ union signs agreement to end dispute

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 July 2017

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Widespread strikes and protests in Brazil against labor law reform bill

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 July 2017

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Detroit Federation of Teachers accepts merit pay, other concessions

By Phyllis Steele, 3 July 2017

The Detroit Federation of Teachers is attempting to impose yet another round of concessions on teachers who have suffered years of givebacks, layoffs and eroding school conditions.

Greek garbage workers continue strike, South African electricity supply workers in unofficial stoppage

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 June 2017

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Massachusetts nurses locked out at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 June 2017

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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 June 2017

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“Being an ‘independent contractor’ is just an illusion so they can pocket more money for themselves”

Striking Los Angeles-Long Beach port truck drivers speak

By our reporters, 23 June 2017

Drivers in Long Beach spoke to the WSWS about the issues in their strike.

Slovakian autoworkers strike, Kenyan nurses continue nationwide walkout

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 June 2017

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Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and the case for public ownership

By Eric London, 22 June 2017

The expansion of the Amazon corporate behemoth is an expression of the unprecedented concentration of economic power among a handful of corporations that dominate the world capitalist economy.

California Amazon worker speaks out:

“Amazon fired me because I complained about age discrimination”

By Evan Blake, 20 June 2017

The former Amazon employee described a climate of favoritism and abuse against older workers at the multinational behemoth's warehouses.

Los Angeles and Long Beach port truckers strike over misclassification

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 June 2017

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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 June 2017

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Spanish dockers strike in opposition to deregulation

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 June 2017

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Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 June 2017

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Amazon workers speak out

Amazon forced pregnant woman off the job due to physical, emotional stress

By our reporters, 12 June 2017

Workers tell their Amazon horror stories: “Amazon is the most miserable place I have ever worked.”

US telecom unions continue isolation of Spectrum strike

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 10 June 2017

Spectrum workers in the third month of a strike in New York and New Jersey are being isolated by the unions, whose strategy is based on useless appeals to the Democratic Party.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 June 2017

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Dockers strike in Spain, as South African municipal workers strike enters third week

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 June 2017

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California Amazon worker speaks out

“They told us to work harder, promised ‘a cookie’ to fastest worker”

By Marc Wells, Toby Reese and Kevin Martinez, 7 June 2017

In this video, a worker who wished to remain anonymous spoke to our reporters about working in one of the Amazon warehouses or “fulfillment centers.”

Striking German Amazon workers describe grueling conditions and digital surveillance

By Dietmar Henning, 7 June 2017

Around 500 workers conducted a three-day strike at an Amazon facility in Rheinberg in the Lower Rhine region of Germany last week.

Airgas workers in New England walk out over health care and pensions

By John Marion, 7 June 2017

Truck drivers and gas cylinder workers in Rhode Island are striking at the largest US distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases.

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

Workers Struggles: the Americas

6 June 2017

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Class struggle developing on Indian sub-continent

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

3 June 2017

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Portuguese public sector workers walk out as wave of strikes hit Nigeria

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

2 June 2017

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Quebec government adopts law to break construction workers’ strike

By Roger Jordan, 31 May 2017

Nearly 175,000 Canadian construction workers have been forced back to work today, with the Quebec premier pledging to go even further in stripping workers of their rights.

Thousands of workers on strike at Freeport mine in Papua

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 May 2017

The industrial action at the second-largest copper mine in the world reflects mounting social unrest in Indonesia.

Kenyan doctors union threatens strike over stalled March agreement

By Eddie Haywood, 31 May 2017

After multiple delays the union has given the government a final deadline of June 14 to implement the terms agreed to earlier this year before calling another strike.

German Amazon worker denounces company’s collective punishment tactics

By our reporters, 31 May 2017

The International Amazon Workers Voice (IAVW), launched by the WSWS to unite Amazon workers worldwide in a fight against the company, has met with great interest among Amazon workers in Germany.

Amazon ordered employee to work despite heatstroke risk, sought to cover up incident

By Eric London, 30 May 2017

The young Virginia worker told the International Amazon Workers Voice that she has still not received medical attention despite suffering long-term health effects.

Doctors in Guyana strike over intolerable and unsafe conditions

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 May 2017

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Amazon workers speak out

Ex-worker: I was close to heatstroke and Amazon forced me to keep working

By our reporters, 29 May 2017

Amazon workers are sharing their horror stories of exploitation by the corporation and discussing how to unite internationally to fight back.

Talks stall on third day of Quebec construction strike

By Roger Jordan, 27 May 2017

Quebec’s Liberal government has confirmed that it intends to outlaw a strike by 175,000 construction workers, with the House leader saying a strikebreaking bill will be tabled Monday.

Striking Amazon workers in Germany support call for international cooperation

By our correspondents, 27 May 2017

A flyer announcing the creation of International Amazon Workers Voice was distributed during yesterday's strike at Amazon in Bad Hersfeld. The initiative for the coordination of resistance globally met with widespread support.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

27 May 2017

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Quebec premier amplifies threat to outlaw 175,000-strong construction strike

By Keith Jones, 26 May 2017

Among the largest workers’ actions in North America in recent years, the Quebec construction strike has angered and unnerved the Canadian ruling elite.

“The jobs don’t pay enough to get out of poverty”

Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: Poverty in the coal fields

By Samuel Davidson and Evan Winters, 26 May 2017

The WSWS recently interviewed workers and unemployed people in southwestern Pennsylvania, a former coal mining region.

New Zealand: Ashburton meat works closure threatens 370 jobs

By Tom Peters, 26 May 2017

The Meat Workers Union has accepted the closure of Silver Fern Farms’ factory in the South Island town, which is part of a wave of job cuts and attacks on meat workers.

“This is modern day slavery”

Amazon workers worldwide denounce dictatorial working conditions

By Eric London, 26 May 2017

Workers flooded the International Amazon Workers Voice with exposures of horrible conditions at the company’s plants across the world.

Greek municipal workers in 4-day protest, GM to pull out of South Africa

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 May 2017

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Quebec construction strike rattles Canada’s ruling elite

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 May 2017

Quebec’s 175,000 unionized construction workers launched an “unlimited general strike” Wednesday morning, shutting down building sites across the province.

32-year-old worker dies at Detroit area US Steel mill

By our reporter, 24 May 2017

The death of a contractor at the Great Lakes Steel Facility in Ecorse is the latest in a series of fatalities at US Steel, which has implemented deep cost-cutting measures.

Caterpillar, Butterball to close factories in Montgomery, Illinois, laying off 1,400 workers

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 24 May 2017

The dual factory closures in the far western suburbs of Chicago take place in an area already hard hit by decades of deindustrialization.

Socialist Equality Party launches International Amazon Workers Voice newsletter

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 May 2017

The newsletter will be a platform of opposition for Amazon workers, exposing dictatorial working conditions, introducing workers to socialism, and providing regular news and analysis of world politics.

Strikes in Colombia underscore worsening conditions in schools and among workers

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 May 2017

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Australia: Contract teacher voices opposition to the AEU-government agreement

By our reporters, 20 May 2017

“I feel as though we’re teaching to a test, and not spending enough time on building our relationship with our students, and building on their strengths.”

Miners walkout in Indonesia and Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 May 2017

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“It’s sheer slavery”

Amazon warehouse worker in Manchester UK “enterprise zone” speaks of intolerable working conditions

By our reporters, 19 May 2017

Amazon’s warehousing operations have become a byword for ultra-high levels of exploitation of a largely minimum wage workforce, who carry out highly demanding physical work.

Sydney bus drivers strike against privatisation

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2017

The transport union has appealed to the government for “consultation,” underscoring its willingness to collaborate with privatisation.

CWA threatens weekend strike at AT&T as US telecom workers press for real fight

By Mark Witkowski and Shannon Jones, 19 May 2017

While continuing the isolation of workers at Spectrum, the CWA has called for a token, three-day strike against AT&T West and AT&T Mobility.

Greek anti-austerity strike, Ukraine workers walk out against ArcelorMittal

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

19 May 2017

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US autoworkers discuss Ford job cuts, Washington political crisis

By Shannon Jones, 18 May 2017

The cutbacks are a further indication that the boom in auto sales is coming to an end.

Australian teachers support campaign against AEU-government deal

By our reporters, 18 May 2017

Teachers who attended recent delegates meetings on the new enterprise agreement voiced support for a “No” vote.

New Zealand: Police suppressed video recorded in Pike River mine

By Tom Peters, 17 May 2017

Families of the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike River Coal mine disaster spoke to the WSWS about their outrage that footage showing it is possible to re-enter the mine was withheld for six years.

Wildcat strike at Mexican auto parts plant

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 May 2017

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Strikes and protests in India and Pakistan

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 May 2017

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As anger grows against US carriers, Spirit Airlines scapegoats pilots

By Jerry White, 12 May 2017

In one of the latest widely publicized incidents, passengers erupted in rage at a Spirit Airlines ticket counter in Florida after flight cancellations and delays.

In wake of frame-up convictions of Maruti Suzuki workers

India’s finance minister meets with Maruti Suzuki chairman

By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2017

The tour was aimed at reassuring Japanese investors that India is committed to enforcing a low-wage regime.

Portuguese health staff strike, Greek ferry workers fight Syriza government austerity

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 May 2017

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Australian media union shuts down week-long Fairfax journalists’ strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 May 2017

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, having done everything to contain and weaken the strike, made clear that it will do nothing to oppose the axing of 125 jobs at Fairfax.

New Zealand: Taylor Preston meat workers condemn union pay deal

By Tom Peters, 9 May 2017

The World Socialist Web Site has spoken to workers, who expressed their anger about the sell-out deal pushed through by the Meat Workers Union.

Puerto Rican workers face massive assault, Quebec iron miners set to strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 May 2017

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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 May 2017

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Greek workers stage strike against Syriza-backed austerity measures

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 May 2017

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Sri Lankan workers and students oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our reporters, 5 May 2017

Over the past week campaigners have won support from workers near the Colombo Port and students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Colombo University.

Faculty strike at University of Illinois-Springfield

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 May 2017

Tenured and tenure-track faculty have been without a contract for 20 months and are demanding contract protections for tenure and promotion.

Writers’ Guild of America reaches deal with major studios

By Marc Wells, 3 May 2017

The WGA defied a membership strike vote and reached a deal that will do nothing to reverse the years of declining living standards writers have suffered.

New Zealand: Gender pay deal used to promote unions, government

By John Braddock, 3 May 2017

The pay settlement, which follows in the wake of a court decision on equal pay, will not lift chronically underpaid workers out of poverty and grinding exploitation

Workers’ struggles: The Americas

Anger grows among US telecom workers

By Our reporters, 3 May 2017

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Workers Struggles: The Americas

Anger grows among US telecom workers

By our reporters, 3 May 2017

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International May Day 2017: Mass marches and police repression

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2017

Several countries saw massive police mobilizations against workers demonstrating on International Workers’ Day.

May Day in France: Trade union calls to support Macron fall flat

By Francis Dubois, 2 May 2017

Workers and youth throughout France sense that the calls to “block” Le Pen from the political establishment are barely disguised appeals to vote for the former banker Macron.

“Why separate people with walls—we’re all brothers and sisters”

May Day marchers speak out in defense of immigrant rights

By our reporters, 2 May 2017

Tens of thousands of immigrant and native-born workers and young people marched in large and small cities across the US to oppose the Trump administrations’ scapegoating of immigrant workers.

Largest general strike since 1989 hits 185 cities in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 2 May 2017

On Friday, April 28, Brazilian workers walked off their jobs in every major city against proposed historic attacks on the country’s pension system and labor laws.

UK: Fujitsu workers must reject Unite’s nationalist strategy

By Steve James, 2 May 2017

The only viable basis on which to combat Fujitsu’s assault is through a global socialist strategy based on the class struggle.

Health care for 22,600 retired coal miners extended for one week

By Samuel Davidson, 1 May 2017

The extension of medical coverage for 22,600 retired miners for another 20 months is being considered, but such a package would likely exclude pensions.

Each day 150 workers die in the US due to hazardous work conditions

By Matthew Taylor, 1 May 2017

A new report from the AFL-CIO details the perilous state of the US workplace

Sri Lanka: Jaffna picket demands release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 1 May 2017

Jaffna workers, youth, fishermen and housewives joined an SEP/IYSSE picket and public meeting to protest the witch-hunt and jailing of Indian autoworkers.

Striking college lecturers protest outside of Scottish parliament

By Stephen Alexander, 29 April 2017

Despite almost a decade of swingeing education cuts, the EIS resisted any national action up until last year, when a few one-day stoppages took place.