Workers Struggles

Birmingham refuse workers’ strike suspended; Kenyan state governors begin filling the jobs of striking nurses

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 September 2017

The Birmingham trash collectors have been battling attempts to force through 120 redundancies; meanwhile, in Kenya, state governors are advertising for strikebreakers in a long-running strike by nurses.

French unions try to strangle workers’ opposition to Macron

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 September 2017

The unions, whose strike calls are carefully prepared beforehand with the government, are terrified of being outflanked on their left by an eruption of workers’ struggles.

Sri Lankan power workers on strike

By W.A. Sunil, 19 September 2017

The ongoing stoppage is against the government’s austerity measures being imposed at the behest of the International Monetary Fund.

Protests against passage of anti-working class budget in Haiti

Workers Struggles: the Americas

19 September 2017

Protestors clashed with police in cites across Haiti over government plans to impose new taxes and fees on citizens.

GM CAMI workers strike in Canada

By Carl Bronski, 18 September 2017

The walkout is part of a growing wave of struggles by autoworkers around the world, including in the US, Korea, Serbia and Slovakia.

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16 September 2017

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Teachers strike in Burlington, Vermont over health care cuts, working conditions

By Jerry White, 15 September 2017

More than 400 teachers walked out on strike in Burlington Thursday, after efforts by a mediator, the city’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association failed to prevent the strike.

Canadian auto union moves to ram through concessions deal on GM CAMI workers

By Carl Bronski, 15 September 2017

With contempt for workers, Unifor officials have called a “ratification/strike” meeting for Sunday without releasing any information about what workers are supposed to vote on.

University staff strike across Nigeria as health care and state media workers consider action

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 September 2017

University staff across Nigeria are resuming a strike first called in January over a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government but since ignored.

Worker exposes deadly conditions at Detroit area US Steel mill

By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2017

A steelworker describes on Facebook the callous response of both management and the United Steelworkers to the exposure of a group of crane operators to a deadly gas.

Riverside, California county workers stage two-day strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 September 2017

Rather than mobilize the power of the working class, the Service Employees International Union used the walkout as a photo op for various Democratic Party candidates.

IAM pushes sellout deal on striking Chicago car mechanics

By Jessica Goldstein, 11 September 2017

Mechanics are not paid for the hours worked on the clock, but by the number of hours the automobile manufacturers assign to the parts they work on.

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9 September 2017

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Royal College of Nursing union holds rally in London

No answers to attacks on public health care

By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 8 September 2017

The “Summer of Action” was largely restricted to appeals to MPs and photo opportunities for RCN bureaucrats and union officials making occasional media appearances.

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Kenyan nurses in 13th week of strike

8 September 2017

Calling the strike illegal, the state governors have threatened to fire the 25,000 Kenyan nurses if they do not return to work by Friday.

“We don’t know what kind of deal they’ve struck with the breakaway dealerships”

IAM isolates striking Chicago car mechanics, seeks separate agreements

By Jessica Goldstein, 5 September 2017

Striking Chicago-area auto mechanics remain militant during their fifth week of struggle while the union tries to shut down the strike by making deals with independent dealerships.

One-day strike set by public workers in Uruguay

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 September 2017

The Uruguayan public workers federation has announced a one-day strike over job insecurity and “covert privatization.”

“Whatever happens to us is going to happen to everybody else”

Toronto airport strikers speak out

By our reporters, 4 September 2017

700 employees of Swissport at Toronto’s Pearson Airport are resisting management’s attempt to slash their real wages and gut their working conditions.

Boston area transit privatization plan goes forward amid allegations of corruption/mismanagement

By John Marion, 2 September 2017

Lack of rational planning combined with out-and-out corruption are the main contributing factors to the crisis of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority serving greater Boston.

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2 September 2017

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Portuguese Volkswagen workers rebel against Workers Commission collaboration

2 September 2017

Volkswagen workers in Portugal launched a strike against the German-based automaker the week over extended Saturday working.

“The working class has to stand together against this”

After five months on strike, Spectrum workers in New York-New Jersey must break union-imposed isolation

By Alan Whyte, A. Woodson and Steve Light, 1 September 2017

Nearly 2,000 technicians and engineers continue to battle the telecom giant Charter Communications, now known as Spectrum.

UK rail workers to continue strikes against plans for Driver Only Operated trains

By Tony Robson, 31 August 2017

The latest round of strike action takes place against the background of concerted efforts by the rail unions to end the dispute and prevent its extension to other private operators on the network.

Striking Toronto baggage handlers reject offer, continue job action

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 August 2017

The workers voted down a proposed contract offer very similar to one they had previously rejected.

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26 August 2017

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CSX worker in Tennessee seriously injured due to cutbacks

Railroads push cost-cutting and contract concessions

By Jeff Lusanne, 25 August 2017

Railroads continue to push for concessions three years after contracts for 145,000 workers expired, while implementing cost-cutting changes to please Wall Street.

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Kenyan nurses continue their national strike beyond 11 weeks

25 August 2017

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Chilean educators hold 24-hour strike over new education law, unpaid bonuses

24 August 2017

An August 17 nationwide strike by educators in Chile a law of “New Public Education” and to demand payment of overdue salaries and bonuses.

Peruvian teachers strike as Kuczynski’s government plunges into crisis

By Armando Cruz, 23 August 2017

Reportedly, more than 200,000 teachers in 18 regions of the country are participating in the strike, making it one of the largest in the last decade.

“If you don’t stand up, nothing happens”

Union isolates Chicago-area auto mechanics strike in its fourth week

By Jessica Goldstein and George Marlowe, 22 August 2017

Rank-and-file mechanics of in the Chicago area spoke out against poverty wages and unfair labor practices, as the union attempts to shut down the strike.

More charges in Fiat Chrysler corruption scandal

UAW executives accepted bribes “to take company-friendly positions”

By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017

The multimillion-dollar bribery scheme exposes the UAW as a corrupt agent of corporate management, which has worked to impose massive concessions contracts at FCA, General Motors and Ford.

Company faces allegations of abuse by both management and UAW officials

Ford settles claims over sexual and racial harassment at Chicago auto plants for $10 million

By George Marlowe, 19 August 2017

For the second time in nearly 20 years, Ford Motor Company faces sexual harassment claims by female workers against supervisors and union officials.

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19 August 2017

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18 August 2017

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Farmworkers fighting deadly working conditions in Washington state

By our reporter, 16 August 2017

Some 70 contract workers stopped work on August 4 over the death of a 28-year-old co-worker, winning broad support in the local community.

Ontario, Canada aerospace workers occupy factory

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 August 2017

The occupation began August 10 and shut down production for two days at Northstar Aerospace.

The road forward for Sri Lankan workers after the betrayal of the CPC strike

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 August 2017

The struggle against privatisation and to defend jobs can be waged only through a political fight against the profit system, on the basis of socialist policies.

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12 August 2017

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British Airways cabin crew extend strike

11 August 2017

The dispute is one of the longest running in the history of the European airline industry.

Spectrum strike in New York-New Jersey enters fifth month

By Mark Witkowski, 9 August 2017

The unions have left Spectrum workers to battle the giant telecom company on their own.

Death of Hollywood stuntman highlights dangerous working conditions

By Glenn Mulwray, 8 August 2017

Dangerous working conditions have long been the norm on film sets, and the actors union’s recently negotiated contract with Hollywood producers will do nothing to change the status quo.

Nationwide strike by educators set in Chile

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 August 2017

Chile’s College of Professors is set to strike against right wing, pro market, changes to the country’s educational system.

“We work harder for pennies”

Striking Chicago-area mechanics denounce auto dealerships’ contract offer

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 August 2017

Striking mechanics told the WSWS that after years of concessions they are determined to obtain a real wage increase and better contract terms.

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5 August 2017

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CSX railroad workers denounce Wall Street plundering

By Jeff Lusanne, 4 August 2017

As the CEO blames employees for the failure of his policies, CSX workers have denounced years of eroding working conditions.

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Bank of England staff strike, Israeli workers protest chemical plant closing

4 August 2017

Strikes and protests have hit the region as governments press their programmes of austerity and privatisation.

Tens of thousands line up at Amazon job fairs as Dow tops 22,000

By Eric London, 3 August 2017

The long lines of job-hungry workers encircling buildings and stretching across parking lots recall scenes from the Great Depression.

“I’ve read about revolutions. If you ignore the lower class long enough they’ll rise up”

Amazon Jobs Day applicants speak out

By our reporters, 3 August 2017

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to applicants in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.

Railroad workers at CSX face the dictates of Wall Street

By Jeff Lusanne, 1 August 2017

Since CSX has installed a new Wall Street-approved CEO, workers at the railroad have faced a grueling regime of radically changed working rules and conditions.

Sri Lankan free trade workers express solidarity with framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Workers responded enthusiastically to the international defense campaign and related their own experiences of sweatshop conditions and fighting state repression.

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.

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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.

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22 July 2017

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Union ends strike by Fiat Chrysler workers in Serbia

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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

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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.

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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

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7 July 2017

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Widespread strikes and protests in Brazil against labor law reform bill

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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

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30 June 2017

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Massachusetts nurses locked out at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

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27 June 2017

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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

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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

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20 June 2017

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17 June 2017

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Spanish dockers strike in opposition to deregulation

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16 June 2017

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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.

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10 June 2017

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

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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

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6 June 2017

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Class struggle developing on Indian sub-continent

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3 June 2017

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

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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.