Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 August 2016

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2 August 2016

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30 July 2016

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29 July 2016

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26 July 2016

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23 July 2016

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22 July 2016

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California transportation workers reject sellout contract

By Isaac Finn, 21 July 2016

Caltrans maintenance workers, who have been working without a contract for a year, voted by 67 percent to reject a proposed contract and authorize a strike.

Atlantic City casino strike continues despite management ultimatum

By Isaac Finn, 19 July 2016

Roughly 1,000 casino workers remained on strike in defiance of an ultimatum by billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn to withdraw management’s last offer.

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19 July 2016

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16 July 2016

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15 July 2016

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12 July 2016

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9 July 2016

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Chinese Walmart workers engage in wildcat strikes

By Linda Tenenbaum, 8 July 2016

The strike has spread rapidly, with Walmart workers determined to reach out to their national and international co-workers.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 July 2016

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5 July 2016

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Workers strike at Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 July 2016

Close to 1,000 cooks, housekeepers, bellmen and servers at The Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City have begun a strike for a livable wage, health care and pension benefits.

Arbitration decision in US Postal workers contract expected soon

By A. Woodson and Sandy English, 2 July 2016

There is every reason to believe that any agreement imposed by an arbitrator will be another multi-tier, takeaway contract.

UK Bus workers suspended in Leeds following strike

By Barbara Slaughter, 2 July 2016

All over the UK, the Unite union is presiding over a situation whereby bus workers are paid myriad different rates for doing the same job.

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2 July 2016

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1 July 2016

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Grocery workers vote to strike in Southern California

By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 28 June 2016

After three months without a contract, grocery workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons vote to strike.

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28 June 2016

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Kaiser Permanente nurses in Los Angeles on strike again

By Marc Wells, 25 June 2016

Nurses launched a four-day strike at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, fighting for back pay, better wages, adequate staffing and patients’ safety.

Delta Airlines pilots hold protest over stalled contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 25 June 2016

With the airline recording massive profits, pilots are seeking to recoup concessions including average pay cuts of over 40 percent.

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25 June 2016

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24 June 2016

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Canada Post preparing to lock out 50,000 workers

By Roger Jordan, 23 June 2016

CUPW’s opposition to a genuine struggle against concessions and in defence of public services is demonstrated by its fulsome praise for the Liberal government and its Canada Post “review.”

Twin Cities nurses discuss political issues in strike

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 23 June 2016

Nurses discussed the US elections, the impact of Obamacare and the broader issues in their strike during discussions on the picket line in Minneapolis.

“We’re fighting for nurses and other workers everywhere”

Twin Cities nurses fight cost-cutting plans

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 22 June 2016

Nearly 5,000 nurses are fighting the demands of Allina Health to gut their medical benefits and increase workloads.

UK: Bakers union suspends strike action against 2 Sisters Food Group

By Tony Robson, 22 June 2016

The principle of equal pay for equal work has become a thing of the past and is not peculiar to the 2 Sisters Food Group or the low-paid food and drink industry.

Police kill eight striking Mexican teachers in Oaxaca massacre

By Don Knowland, 21 June 2016

Federal police fired on protesting teachers in order to clear a blockaded highway, killing eight and wounding over 50.

Twin Cities nurses face battle over health benefits, staffing

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 21 June 2016

With the strike by 4,800 nurses entering the third day, hospital management is remaining intransigent.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

21 June 2016

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18 June 2016

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17 June 2016

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Mexico’s national teachers strike enters second month

By Don Knowland, 16 June 2016

Efforts by teachers to roll back the regressive federal education reform face increasing government repression.

“They are not accomplishing anything with these stupid maneuvers.”

CWA calls diversionary “grievance strikes” against AT&T West in California

By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2016

The walkouts are an evident attempt to allow workers to vent anger and frustration about the refusal of the CWA to call a strike over management’s concession demands.

Massachusetts: Nurses at Brigham and Women’s hospital authorize one-day strike

By John Marion and Mike Ingram, 15 June 2016

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with nurses as more than 2,300 voted in favor of a strike.

As voting on Verizon sellout winds down workers express concerns over jobs, healthcare

By our reporters, 14 June 2016

With voting ending at the end of this week, workers have yet to see the full contract, which includes some $200 million in health care cuts.

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14 June 2016

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11 June 2016

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10 June 2016

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Minnesota nurses reject health care concessions, authorize strike

By Matt Rigel, 8 June 2016

On Monday, 5,000 nurses at Allina Health in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota overwhelmingly rejected the hospital chain’s demands for health care concessions and voted to strike.

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7 June 2016

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“Why should CEOs get double and triple raises and we get health care cuts?

Verizon workers discuss CWA contract betrayal

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2016

The Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the media have unleashed a barrage of propaganda to back the sellout deal

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4 June 2016

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3 June 2016

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Anger builds against CWA conspiracy to end Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 31 May 2016

Workers are opposing the attempt by the unions to shut down the Verizon strike and ram through a sellout agreement without discussion or review.

Nearly 5,000 Macy’s workers set to go on strike

By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 31 May 2016

New York area Macy’s workers voted earlier in May to authorize strike action against the company’s demands.

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31 May 2016

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Opposition grows to CWA effort to shut down Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 30 May 2016

After announcing an “agreement in principle,” the CWA and IBEW are attempting to shut down the strike before workers review and vote on a new contract.

Verizon workers circulate petition opposing CWA end of strike order

By our reporter, 30 May 2016

The petition insists on the right of workers to study and vote on a contract with Verizon before they return to work.

French workers speak out against labor law

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 27 May 2016

WSWS reporters spoke to workers during Thursday’s demonstrations in Paris against the “El Khomri” labor reforms.

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27 May 2016

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Strike wave against austerity spreads in France, Belgium

By Kumaran Ira, 26 May 2016

Police repression of anti-austerity protests in France and Belgium is enraging workers and driving broader layers of the working class into struggle.

“The bottom line is money”

Video: AT&T workers in San Diego on strike

By our reporters, 25 May 2016

The WSWS spoke to some of the 1,700 striking AT&T workers about the political issues involved in their strike and the ongoing strike of 39,000 workers at Verizon.

Belgian prison wardens strike met with government repression

By Ross Mitchell, 25 May 2016

The government plans to shrink the public sector by 20 percent, with pay and staffing being cut by 10 percent by 2020 overall.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks with locked out Honeywell workers in Indiana

By our reporters, 25 May 2016

Workers at Honeywell International have been locked out since May 9, after rejecting the company’s demands for slashing health care and other benefits.

Telecom, airlines, retail, manufacturing workers entering battles

Growing signs of a resurgence of class conflict in the US

By Jerry White, 24 May 2016

The growth of the class struggle in the US poses the need for a unified fight by the working class against the capitalist system and the two big business parties that defend it.

“What they are fighting for, we are fighting for”

Striking AT&T West workers declare support for Verizon struggle

By our reporters, 24 May 2016

AT&T West workers in San Diego, California are now entering the fifth day of a strike over working conditions and the corporate offensive against pensions and wages.

Nurses at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s prepare strike vote

By John Marion, 24 May 2016

The May 31 vote will determine whether 3,300 nurses at one of the country’s leading hospitals go on strike.

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24 May 2016

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AT&T West strike in San Diego begins to break CWA isolation of Verizon struggle

By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2016

Despite the efforts of the CWA and other unions, telecom workers are striving to carry out national action against the attacks on their jobs and living standards.

AT&T West strike in San Diego begins to break CWA isolation of Verizon struggle

By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2016

Despite the efforts of the CWA and other unions, telecom workers are striving to carry out national action against the attacks on their jobs and living standards.

SEP presidential candidate visits locked-out Honeywell workers in Indiana

By our reporter, 23 May 2016

More than 300 workers in South Bend, Indiana have been locked out since May 9, after they overwhelmingly rejected the aerospace component giant’s “last, best and final offer.”

Congressional Democrats call for end to Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 21 May 2016

President Obama, Congressional Democrats and the unions are intent on wrapping up the Verizon strike before it becomes the catalyst for a broader movement of the working class.

Verizon strikers denounce federal mediation, CWA news blackout

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 21 May 2016

Workers said they were determined to defeat any attempt by the unions to repeat the sellout of 2011, when the CWA and IBEW ended a strike without a contract.

A resurgence of class struggle

By Barry Grey, 21 May 2016

The revival of the class struggle is finding political expression in the turn by workers against all of the parties of the official “left” that are backed by the trade unions.

Race and class in American history: A reply to a false explanation of the Trump phenomenon

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 21 May 2016

An op-ed published this week in the New York Times provides an opportunity to consider the history of class struggle in America and the role of identity politics in dividing the working class.

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21 May 2016

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Growing anger among Verizon strikers as CWA and IBEW prepare sellout

By Nick Barrickman, 20 May 2016

After telling workers they would not accede to Verizon’s demands for a federal mediator, the CWA and the IBEW agreed to mediation as talks restarted Tuesday.

As CWA prepares sellout, Verizon strikers discuss way forward on WSWS online call

By our reporter, 20 May 2016

Verizon strikers from throughout the East Coast of the United States discussed and debated the way forward during a two-hour call hosted by the WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter.

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20 May 2016

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17 May 2016

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One month on strike: The way forward for Verizon workers

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate, 16 May 2016

The strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers is at a crossroads. Jerry White, the SEP’s candidate for US president, will host a call to discuss the way forward for striking workers.

“It will come to us next”

Auto and transit workers support Verizon strikers

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2016

There is widespread support for the striking Verizon workers, even as the unions are isolating their struggle as they work with the corporation to impose concessions.

Air France announces pay cuts for pilots

By Anthony Torres, 14 May 2016

The cuts at the airline are the product of the betrayal of the 2014 pilots strike by the National Union of Airline Pilots.

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14 May 2016

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New picket line assault on Verizon strikers in Massachusetts

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2016

The silence of the CWA on the recent attack on a Verizon picket in Queens, New York is encouraging more violent assaults on strikers

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13 May 2016

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Obama’s labor board intervenes on behalf of Verizon strikebreakers

By Samuel Davidson, 12 May 2016

A federal district court judge acting at the behest of the National Labor Relations Board has barred Verizon workers from picketing New York City hotels housing strikebreakers.

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10 May 2016

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UK unions collude in the passing of anti-strike legislation

By Robert Stevens and Harvey Thompson, 9 May 2016

The only concern of the union leaders has been to protect their dues income.

“Workers in the Philippines and Mexico are not our enemies”

New York Verizon striker explains need for international strategy

9 May 2016

A veteran Verizon worker discusses why telecom workers around the world need to unify against the globally organized monopolies.

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7 May 2016

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New York Verizon strikers seek to break isolation of struggle

By our reporters, 6 May 2016

There is a growing mood of frustration among striking workers with the toothless protests and publicity stunts organized by the CWA and other unions.

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6 May 2016

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Verizon strike enters fourth week

By Samuel Davidson, 5 May 2016

Verizon is demanding deep cuts to health care for both active and retired workers along with rule changes.

Two New Jersey Transit unions reject contract agreement

By Alan Whyte, 5 May 2016

A spokesperson for NJ Transit reported that while a slim majority voted down the deal in the two unions, the majority of workers in the other 14 unions ratified it.

Forty thousand public sector workers strike against Costa Rican government

By Andrea Lobo, 3 May 2016

Workers spoke to the WSWS in opposition to a set of government reforms attacking their incomes and democratic rights.

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3 May 2016

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“This is the turning point for all of us”

Verizon strikers react to company ultimatum

By our reporters, 30 April 2016

Verizon workers are determined to continue their fight for jobs, wages and working conditions, while the unions are isolating the strike and seeking a way to impose management demands.

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30 April 2016

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German public sector union holds “warning strikes”

By Marianne Arens, 29 April 2016

Selective strikes are taking place in the public sector across Germany this week, but the Verdi union is determined to impose attacks on wages and work conditions.

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29 April 2016

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How the IBEW betrayed the 2014-2015 FairPoint Communications strike

By John Marion, 28 April 2016

The IBEW entered contract negotiations during the longest strike of 2014 with the expectation of giving up at least $200 million in concessions.

Vast increase in “zero-hours” labor contracts in the UK

By Edwin Wills, 28 April 2016

Under zero-hours contracts, workers must be ready to work whenever required.

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26 April 2016

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