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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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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).

“The working class should defend immigrant rights”

New York transit workers denounce contract, Trump

By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017

A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers and found a lot of hostility to the contract.

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11 February 2017

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Australian government welfare staff may strike over pay dispute and “debt recovery”

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 February 2017

The public sector union is seeking to channel workers behind impotent appeals to the government.

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10 February 2017

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Caterpillar workers in US overwhelmingly authorize strike

By Marcus Day, 9 February 2017

Workers at the heavy-equipment giant voted by 93 percent to authorize a strike last Thursday.

British Airways cabin crew strike at Heathrow Airport

By Ross Mitchell, 9 February 2017

This week’s strikes went ahead despite the best efforts of the Unite trade union bureaucracy to sabotage the struggle.

Sri Lankan riot police attack Colombo port workers

By our reporters, 7 February 2017

The police set up barricades and used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a protest of port workers against privatisation.

“None of these games would be possible without our labor”

Striking video game actors rally in Los Angeles

By Glenn Mulwray, 7 February 2017

The Screen Actors Guild called for a rally in support of video game performers striking against 11 major entertainment corporations.

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7 February 2017

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4 February 2017

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3 February 2017

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31 January 2017

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Germany: What does arbitration mean for the Hesse bus drivers strike?

By Marianne Arens, 28 January 2017

The bus drivers in Hesse carried out their strike with great determination because they viewed it as a principled struggle against intolerable living conditions.

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28 January 2017

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27 January 2017

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Maryland Democrat vetoes $15 county-wide minimum wage bill

By Nick Barrickman, 26 January 2017

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said the requirement would place the county at a “competitive disadvantage” in relation to other state jurisdictions.

Australia: Union hails “cooperation” with Alcoa after government subsidy

By Frank Gaglioti and Will Morrow, 26 January 2017

The federal and state handouts will depend on Alcoa and the Australian Workers Union cutting workers’ wages and conditions.

Opposition parties feign support for New Zealand mine disaster families

By Tom Peters, 26 January 2017

The Labour Party and its allies, including the trade union bureaucracy, are complicit in the unsafe conditions that led to the 2010 Pike River tragedy.

Striking British Airways cabin crew explain appalling work contract

By Ross Mitchell, 24 January 2017

The WSWS spoke to striking British Airways cabin crew at their picket at Hatton Cross Metro station last week during a 72-hour strike.

Illinois AFSCME sets strike authorization vote

By George Gallanis, 21 January 2017

If a strike is called, the AFSCME leadership will do everything in its power to quickly end it.

Support the striking bus drivers in Hesse, Germany!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 21 January 2017

The strike by Hesse bus drivers is significant because millions of workers in Germany, Europe and throughout the world suffer under similar conditions.

Australia: Latrobe Valley residents denounce corporate onslaught

By our correspondents, 21 January 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to workers about the escalating attacks on jobs and wages, and existing high levels of unemployment and poverty in the region.

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21 January 2017

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Three Florida construction workers killed on the job

By Matthew Taylor, 19 January 2017

The three employees of a private utilities contractor were killed when they were exposed to a poisonous mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas in an underground drainage ditch.

Dayton transit workers set to vote on sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 17 January 2017

Published details of the agreement include a major attack on health care benefits and a derisory pay increase.

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17 January 2017

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Government and employers attack striking apparel workers in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 13 January 2017

The repression is aimed at preventing a broader eruption by workers against their appalling living and working conditions.

Union reaches deal, moves to end Dayton, Ohio transit strike

By Vernon Stevens, 12 January 2017

Transit workers, who have not had a raise since 2014, will be voting on the agreement, which undoubtedly contains major concession on pay and out-of-pocket health expenses.

Newfoundland fishers consider disaffiliating from Unifor

By Carl Bronski, 12 January 2017

Fishers have cited many examples of the FFAW-Unifor apparatus feathering its own nest at the expense of the workers.

Dayton, Ohio transit workers strike over wages, health care

By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2017

The walkout by 463 drivers and mechanics is the first by transit workers in Dayton in nearly 60 years.

University of California support staff in one-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 10 January 2017

The strike affects all 10 UC campuses and five medical centers throughout the system.

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10 January 2017

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Strikes in transport and other sectors to hit the UK

By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2017

The series of strikes points to a nascent rebellion by workers against the efforts of the trade unions to suppress opposition to the onslaught on jobs and wages.

As contract expiration nears, union moves to block fight by New York transit workers

By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials have praised state Democrats who have overseen the attack on workers’ wages and pensions.

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.

Protest by Illinois auto parts workers wins broad support on Facebook

By Shannon Jones, 7 January 2017

In a confrontation recorded on video, plant management called police on protesting workers after robbing them of promised severance pay.

UK: Janitors and IT workers at Glasgow City Council face common struggle

By Minnie Watson, 7 January 2017

Unison aims to keep the Glasgow disputes separate from the identical threats facing the numerous council workers and Unison members in every single local authority in Britain.

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7 January 2017

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Strikes spread in Mexico, thousands of police deployed to capital

By Neil Hardt, 6 January 2017

The trade unions and the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) are being mobilized to strangle the growing movement against cuts in gas subsidies.

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6 January 2017

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Fight GM layoffs! Defend the right to a job!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 5 January 2017

The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter has issued the following statement to General Motors workers in the wake of the announcement of mass layoffs by the Detroit-based automaker.

Protests against gas price hikes spread across Mexico

By Eric London, 5 January 2017

The Mexican government’s decision to cut gas subsidies has provoked widespread demonstrations, road blockades and gas station occupations, sparking fears within the ruling class of a social explosion.

As strike enters third month

Momentive workers fight Trump’s billionaire appointee Schwarzman

By Philip Guelpa, 3 January 2017

The 700 striking workers at Momentive Performance Materials will be among the first to experience the full force of the Trump administration’s viciously anti-working class policies.

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3 January 2017

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US railroads demand concessions from 145,000 workers

By Jeff Lusanne, 31 December 2016

Freight railroads in the US, bolstered by the government, are demanding cuts to health care and working conditions from workers.

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31 December 2016

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More layoffs at Bombardier in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2016

Social Democratic leader Sigmar Gabriel is trying to prevent a strike and class struggles developing in 2017, when federal elections will take place.

Australia: Sacked brewery workers return after union “productivity” deal

By Chris Sadlier, 24 December 2016

The unions have repeatedly boasted of their role in boosting productivity and profitability at the CUB plant.

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24 December 2016

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23 December 2016

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Sri Lanka: Political lessons of the Hambantota port strike

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 December 2016

Colombo’s military repression of the eight-day strike points to the urgent need to build a revolutionary leadership of the working class.

UK government denounces strike wave

By Robert Stevens, 20 December 2016

The strikes are indicative of growing opposition to years of attacks by successive British governments and are part of a growing movement of the working class throughout Europe.

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20 December 2016

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17 December 2016

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UK Southern Rail strike continues as British Airways cabin crew vote to strike

By Richard Tyler, 16 December 2016

The Conservative government is planning to pass legislation against strikes on the rail network in response to the determined struggle by Southern Rail workers.

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16 December 2016

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Sri Lankan port minister threatens to sack striking workers

By our reporters, 14 December 2016

The government’s repression of the Magampura Port workers is a warning to the whole working class.

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13 December 2016

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Sharp Professional Nurses Network union rams through concessionary contract

By Seb Gomez, 10 December 2016

Having called off a strike hours before it was set to begin, the Sharp Professional Nurses Network pushed through a new sellout contract.

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10 December 2016

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UK: Veolia sacks binmen for helping elderly man

By Paul Mitchell, 3 December 2016

Veolia’s vindictive actions will come as no surprise to millions of workers.

San Diego nurses work without contract after union blocks Sharp Healthcare strike

By Marko Leone, 3 December 2016

As part of the deal calling off the walkout by more than 3,000 nurses, the union secured an agreement from management giving it authority to collect dues from new nurses.

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2 December 2016

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Pittsburgh Symphony musicians’ strike ends with pay cuts and concessions

By Samuel Davidson, 1 December 2016

After a 55-day strike, musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra were forced to accept concessions as part of a broader assault on music, art and education throughout the country.

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29 November 2016

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GE Appliances workers in Louisville, Kentucky reject concessions deal

By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2016

Despite the significant rejection vote, the IUE–CWA has not called a strike and is instead seeking further meetings with management.

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26 November 2016

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Unions, aided by the pseudo-left, push through poverty-level wage deals

Lessons of the Harvard University Dining Services strike

By Mike Ingram, 23 November 2016

The strike by Harvard dining workers provides political lessons for others facing poverty-level wage deals negotiated by the unions with the support of ostensibly left organizations.

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22 November 2016

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Barnard College contingent faculty vote on strike authorization

By Sandy English, 19 November 2016

Part-time and temporary faculty at Columbia University’s Barnard College in New York City began voting on a strike authorization this week.

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19 November 2016

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Philadelphia transit workers must reject sellout deal

By Alan Whyte, 17 November 2016

Nearly 5,000 Philadelphia transit workers are voting on a sellout deal this Friday, after the union shut down their six-day strike on the eve of Election Day.

Pittsburgh Symphony musician strike longest in history

By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 15 November 2016

On November 15, the strike will surpass the 46-day strike of 1975, the only other in the orchestra's history.

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15 November 2016

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