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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 April 2016

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Seven dead, hundreds homeless in Houston, Texas flood

By Shelley Connor, 21 April 2016

Houston’s working class residents have been forced to flee rising waters with little assistance from the city or state governments.

Verizon workers confront strikebreaking operation

By Jerry White, 20 April 2016

While workers are determined to wage a militant battle, they have been repeatedly undermined by the telecom unions, which offered $200 million in concessions.

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19 April 2016

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Verizon workers speak as strike enters new week

By our reporters, 18 April 2016

The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter spoke to workers on the picket lines in Northern Virginia and New York City.

“There is a lot of frustration about going back to work in 2011 without a contract”

Tensions mount as Verizon strike continues

By our reporters, 16 April 2016

Striking workers said they are determined to continue the struggle in the face of open strikebreaking by the company, which has trained 20,000 nonunion management personnel as replacements.

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16 April 2016

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“Not just for us, but for other workers too”

Verizon workers discuss political issues in strike

By our reporters, 15 April 2016

On picket lines in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania reporters from the WSWS talked to strikers about the significance of the walkout by 39,000 Verizon workers.

Video: Striking Verizon workers speak out

By Samuel Davidson and Zac Corrigan, 15 April 2016

On the picket line in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, striking Verizon workers speak out against intolerable working conditions and cuts to health care and pensions.

Brussels air traffic controllers restart work amid growing scandal over March 22 attacks

By Alex Lantier, 15 April 2016

Unions are negotiating with Belgocontrol and the state over a reactionary contract calling for a three-year increase in the retirement age, to 58.

Belgian air traffic controllers launch wildcat strike at Brussels airport

By Robert Stevens, 14 April 2016

The working class throughout Belgium and Europe must come to the defense of the striking air traffic controllers, who have taken a courageous stand against attacks on retirement.

Verizon workers speak on issues in strike

By our reporters, 14 April 2016

The walkout is an expression of the pent up anger of workers all across the US after years of declining or stagnating wages and record corporate profits.

The political issues in the Verizon strike

By Barry Grey, 14 April 2016

The strike by 39,000 Verizon workers against the corporate behemoth is an expression of the growing class consciousness and militancy that underlies the deepening political turmoil in the United States.

Thirty-nine thousand Verizon workers on strike in US

By Jerry White, 13 April 2016

After working without a contract for more than eight months, tens of thousands of workers struck the telecom giant Wednesday morning to fight stagnating wages and attacks on their benefits and work conditions.

ATI steelworkers in US return to work

By Evan Winters, 12 April 2016

The contract approved March 1 after a seven-month lockout, essentially reduces workers to the status of casual laborers, completely at the mercy of the company.

“I am certain the UAW knew about this. They sell us out all the time.”

Facing layoffs, Detroit area Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW

By Shannon Jones, 12 April 2016

A WSWS reporting team spoke to workers Monday at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) where 1,300 workers are set to be laid off July 5.

Alpha Natural Resources asks court to shred collective bargaining agreements

By Clement Daly, 12 April 2016

Alpha’s petition to get rid of its union contracts threatens the living standards of 610 coal miners and 4,800 retirees and dependents.

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12 April 2016

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9 April 2016

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UK junior doctors speak out during latest strike

By our reporters, 8 April 2016

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines around the country.

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8 April 2016

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5 April 2016

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California’s budget to hit Caltrans workers

By David Brown, 2 April 2016

The last offer from the state includes meager raises that are wiped out by rising retirement and benefit contributions.

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2 April 2016

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French workers, youth defy state of emergency to protest austerity policies

By Anthony Torres, 1 April 2016

As many as 1.2 million people participated in demonstrations Thursday across France against the draconian anti-working class policies of the Socialist Party government.

Workers and youth speak out against French labour law reform

By our reporters, 1 April 2016

The WSWS spoke to students and workers participating in demonstrations throughout France against proposed changes to the country’s labour law Thursday.

Chinese mineworkers arrested after protest on unpaid wages

By John Ward, 1 April 2016

The police crackdown points to Beijing’s fears of social unrest amid a slowing economy and plans for mass sackings across basic industry.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 April 2016

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California Democrats, unions announce deal on $15 minimum wage

By Marc Wells, 30 March 2016

The deal, which has many loopholes, is aimed at containing deep opposition to poverty-level wages and bolstering support for the Democratic Party in the run-up to November’s elections.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 March 2016

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Tube drivers shut down London Piccadilly Line

By Ross Mitchell, 26 March 2016

Prior to the stoppage, the RMT union sought to get the strike off the agenda.

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26 March 2016

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25 March 2016

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Québec Solidaire welcomes suppression of anti-austerity struggle

By Louis Girard and Laurent Lafrance, 23 March 2016

Québec Solidaire has endorsed the unions’ suppression of the struggle public sector workers have mounted against the Liberal government’s concession demands and ravaging of social services.

India: Tata workers end strike after being isolated by the unions

By Arun Kumar, 23 March 2016

The trade unions, mainly those led by Stalinists, played a key role in pushing Tata auto workers to end the strike.

Seven-day nurses strike ends at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles

By Marc Wells, 23 March 2016

Nurses have gone without a wage increase for six years and face chronic understaffing.

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22 March 2016

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Kaiser Permanente nurses in Los Angeles on one-week strike

By Marc Wells, 19 March 2016

1,200 nurses walked out March 15 at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, after six years without a wage increase and complaints about understaffing and back wages.

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19 March 2016

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UAW pushes local deals past opposition at GM Lordstown plant

By Jerry White, 18 March 2016

Union officials made it clear that they would force workers to vote again and again until they approved a local contract.

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18 March 2016

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15 March 2016

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12 March 2016

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11 March 2016

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Steel workers strike in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 10 March 2016

Striking steel workers at ArcelorMittal in the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas are demanding the rehiring of laid-off workers.

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8 March 2016

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United Steelworkers rams through sellout contract at ATI

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

This contract, hailed by the USW as a victory, gives in to all of ATI’s major demands, and in some cases is actually worse than the contract ATI demanded at the beginning of the lockout.

USW-ATI contract imposes health care and pension cuts, casualized labor

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

This contract, hailed by the USW as a victory, gives in to all of ATI’s major demands, and in some cases is actually worse than the contract ATI demanded at the beginning of the lockout.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 March 2016

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Caltrans workers rally in Sacramento for better pay and benefits

By David Brown, 3 March 2016

The rally was held outside the California Department of Human Resources, where a bargaining session had been scheduled but was canceled by the state in order to avoid the protest.

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1 March 2016

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Los Angeles area teachers stage “sickouts” over pay

By Dan Conway, 29 February 2016

The job action in the Compton School District highlights the growing opposition to the attacks on teachers and public education as a whole.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

27 February 2016

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Michigan autoworker files challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

By Eric London, 26 February 2016

A worker at Ford’s Dearborn Truck plant is continuing to pursue his allegations of fraud during the 2015 contract ratification vote in the face of stonewalling by the United Auto Workers.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 February 2016

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USW agrees to sellout deal to end ATI lockout

By Evan Winters, 25 February 2016

The United Steelworkers union and Allegheny Technologies Inc. have announced a tentative agreement to end the six-month lockout of 2,200 workers.

Civil rights groups request federal investigation of San Diego police brutality

By Kevin Martinez, 24 February 2016

The request by the ACLU and other groups cites numerous deaths at the hands of the San Diego Police Department involving brutal shootings of those suffering from mental illness.

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23 February 2016

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Air conditioner maker Carrier to close two Indiana plants, slash 2,100 jobs

By Steve Filips, 19 February 2016

Anger erupted on the shop floor of an Indianapolis factory last week after a spokesman told workers the plant closing was the “best way to stay competitive.”

Australian union escalates nationalist campaign over shipping layoffs

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 February 2016

The Maritime Union of Australia is seeking to divide workers along national lines and obscure its own role in facilitating the job destruction.

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19 February 2016

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Lockout of steelworkers at ATI enters sixth month

By Evan Winters, 17 February 2016

Half a year into the Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout, 2,200 workers in six states are set to lose their unemployment benefits.

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16 February 2016

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13 February 2016

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12 February 2016

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9 February 2016

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Pakistan airline workers defy government repression, continue strike

By Sampath Perera, 6 February 2016

Workers’ defiance in the face of Tuesday’s bloody crackdown and threats of mass firings and jailings marks a major intensification of the class struggle in Pakistan.

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6 February 2016

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Mass one-day strike hits Syriza’s austerity measures in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 5 February 2016

Just over one year after it came to power, Syriza, the party that was hailed by pseudo-left groups internationally, is an object of hatred and contempt.

Belgian rail unions cancel mandated strike action

By Ross Mitchell, 5 February 2016

After organising a 48-hour strike that shut down the Belgian rail network January 6-7, the unions wound up three other days of planned action.

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5 February 2016

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2 February 2016

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30 January 2016

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29 January 2016

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27 January 2016

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26 January 2016

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23 January 2016

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Hearing scheduled to consider injunction against protesting Detroit teachers

By Jerry White, 22 January 2016

While a judge denied an initial request for a temporary injunction, 23 teachers have been ordered to appear on Monday morning to answer accusations that they organized “illegal strikes.”

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 January 2016

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19 January 2016

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Democrats and unions scramble to contain Detroit teacher protests

By Nancy Hanover, 18 January 2016

Fearing that the sickouts could trigger a broader rebellion by the working class, the enemies of teachers spent last week trying to quash the movement.

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16 January 2016

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15 January 2016

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Amid state of emergency, French workers jailed for struggle to defend jobs

By Kumaran Ira, 14 January 2016

With the unprecedented decision to jail Goodyear workers who struck against mass layoffs, the state is showing that its emergency powers are aimed squarely at the working class.

As union, Democrats try to smother protests

Detroit teachers issue demands to defend public education

By Jerry White, 14 January 2016

Sickout protests continued Wednesday as the American Federation of Teachers and the city’s Democratic Party establishment sought to corral the protests and end them.

Autoworkers support Detroit teachers’ fight

By our reporters, 14 January 2016

Autoworkers have spoken out in defense of Detroit teachers who have launched a series of sickouts in defense of public education.

Tata Steel sale of Long Products Division means attacks on wages, pensions and conditions

By Danny Richardson, 14 January 2016

Tata Steel is desperate to offload the main loss-making section of its operations in Europe as a means to further slash the wages and conditions of steelworkers.

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12 January 2016

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Boston: Museum of Fine Arts victimizes veteran worker

By Kate Randall, 11 January 2016

John Powhida was fired after the museum refused his request for a four-day unpaid leave.

Walter Energy bankruptcy threatens thousands of workers and retirees

By Shelley Connor, 11 January 2016

The Birmingham, Alabama-based firm was one of five coal companies to file for bankruptcy in 2015, and one amongst more than three dozen to file for bankruptcy since 2012.

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9 January 2016

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Freightliner announces nearly 1,000 layoffs at North Carolina plant

By Jerry White, 6 January 2016

The layoff announcement follows similar job cuts and UAW-sanctioned attacks on workers at Volvo, Navistar and other truck manufacturers in the US.

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5 January 2016

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2016 will be a year of escalating class struggle

By Jerry White, 4 January 2016

Class conflict will become an ever-more dominant feature of life in 2016 as the ruling classes in the US and around the world demand that workers pay for the global economic crisis.

Worker crushed to death after wall collapses at Chicago Ford plant

By Marcus Day, 4 January 2016

One worker was killed and another critically injured Saturday after a concrete wall collapsed at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, the company’s oldest continually operating factory.

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4 January 2016

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Dictatorship conditions at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant: Part Two

With UAW complicity, Ford fires workers for voicing opposition

By Eric London, 30 December 2015

A local UAW official confirmed that at least a dozen workers have been fired from the Kansas City plant for comments posted on Facebook, and the union has done nothing.

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30 December 2015

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22 December 2015

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United Steelworkers announces deal with US Steel

By Jerry White, 21 December 2015

The USW has reached a deal for a new three-year contract with US Steel that will accelerate the attack on 18,000 workers at the largest steel company in the United States.