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4 September 2015

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Australia: Melbourne tram drivers strike over wages and conditions

By our correspondents, 29 August 2015

Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.

Lockout of 2,200 workers at Pittsburgh-based steel manufacturer enters second week

By Evan Winters, 24 August 2015

The United Steelworkers union is isolating locked-out workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc., which is demanding steep cuts and the conversion of the workforce into low-wage casual labor.

Thousands of US steelworkers rally in advance of contract expiration

By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2015

Workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal demonstrated across the US this week in opposition to concession demands.

Pittsburgh-based steel manufacturer locks out 2,200 workers

By Evan Winters, 17 August 2015

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is demanding increased out-of-pocket health care costs, more flexible work rules and the elimination of defined-benefit pensions for new hires.

Fiat-Chrysler workers overwhelmingly support strike action

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2015

Autoworkers told the WSWS that strike authorization votes this week passed by a landslide at Chrysler’s Jefferson North and Belvidere Assembly plants.

Melbourne transport workers vote for industrial action

By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015

After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.

Australian waterfront union betrays Hutchison strike

By Mike Head, 14 August 2015

While claiming a “victory,” as it did in 1998, the MUA is sending the Hutchison Ports workers back to work today, with many to lose their jobs.

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14 August 2015

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Hutchison Ports’ sackings in Australia and the global restructuring of the docks

By Mike Head, 12 August 2015

Hutchison is rolling out remotely-controlled automated terminals around the world, ruthlessly destroying jobs and conditions.

US, Mexican and Canadian autoworkers face common fight

By David Brown and Jerry White, 12 August 2015

As talks for a new labor contract continue, the US-based automakers are threatening to shift more production to Mexico and other lower wage countries.

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8 August 2015

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Glasgow homeless caseworkers’ strike ended

By Katie Rhodes, 1 August 2015

Caseworkers will be returning to an even more chaotic and failing service compared with 17 weeks ago.

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24 July 2015

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21 July 2015

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French riot police attack striking ferry seamen and migrants in Calais

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2015

The social eruption in Calais has also fed growing tensions between the UK and France over the refugee crisis in the city.

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16 June 2015

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29 May 2015

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23 May 2015

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German train drivers’ union calls off strike and agrees to arbitration

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2015

The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry.

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22 May 2015

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15 May 2015

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17 April 2015

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7 April 2015

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Mass strike by Vietnamese shoe workers

By Ben McGrath, 6 April 2015

As many as 90,000 workers conducted a week-long strike against a government attack on their social insurance benefits.

Federal judge bans pilot strike at Las Vegas-based airline

By Jerry White, 6 April 2015

The US government has all but abolished the right of airline workers to strike.

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5 April 2015

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31 March 2015

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27 March 2015

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13 March 2015

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As strike passes one-month mark

The way forward for oil workers

By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 March 2015

As the strike by oil workers in the US enters its second month, it is necessary to draw a balance sheet of the key strategic and political issues at stake.

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3 March 2015

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As US oil strike reaches one month, companies sit on billions in profits

By Kevin Martinez, 28 February 2015

The companies are among the most profitable multinational corporations in the world, with deep ties to the Obama administration and the federal government.

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27 February 2015

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UK retail giant Tesco announces thousands of job losses

By John Farmer, 25 February 2015

The UK’s largest retailer is cutting jobs in the face of growing competition from low-cost supermarket chains.

Obama administration intervenes against West Coast dock workers

By Jerry White, 16 February 2015

The White House is intervening entirely on behalf of the shipping and terminal owners and, more generally, the corporate and financial elite in the US.

Oil strike shows growing combativeness of US workers

By Jerry White, 9 February 2015

After decades of declining living standards—even as corporate profits and share prices have soared—the oil refinery strike heralds an emerging “wages push” by American workers.

“If we all took a stand together we would be stronger”

Striking US oil refinery workers speak out

By our reporters, 9 February 2015

WSWS reporting teams spoke to refinery workers on strike throughout the United States.

As walkout spreads to Indiana, Ohio BP refineries

White House urges USW to strangle oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White and E.P. Bannon, 7 February 2015

The Obama administration is concerned that the USW could lose control and the struggle could inspire other sections of workers into action against deteriorating wages and working conditions.

Limited strike called at US oil refineries as national contract expires

By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2015

The United Steelworkers union called a selective strike at nine oil refineries after the labor agreement covering 30,000 oil industry workers expired Sunday morning.

Fate of GM production in Canada uncertain

By Carl Bronski, 24 January 2015

The automaker has remained silent on its plans for continued production in Canada beyond 2017.

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23 January 2015

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20 January 2015

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16 January 2015

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Unions scuttle half-million strong Coal India strike

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 9 January 2015

The unions shut the strike down just as it was beginning to have a major impact on the country’s coal supply.

Brazilian auto workers strike over job cuts

By Jerry White, 9 January 2015

Workers at Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz factories in São Paulo’s industrial belt walked out to protest downsizing in the Brazilian auto industry.

Maryland sanitation workers’ strike enters fifth day

By Nick Barrickman and Todd Mason, 31 December 2014

Truck operators and helpers in suburban Washington, DC declared their intention to remain on strike until Unity Disposal and Recycling agrees to demands for better wages and benefits.

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20 December 2014

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13 December 2014

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6 December 2014

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2 December 2014

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29 November 2014

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28 November 2014

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15 November 2014

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Local government unions push acceptance of poverty pay in the UK

By Tony Robson, 12 November 2014

Britain’s public sector unions are attempting to push through a deal that is little more than a repackaging of the government’s pay restraint.

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11 November 2014

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German train drivers continue strike

By our correspondents, 8 November 2014

Along with freight service, passenger service has been affected by the strike since Thursday.

Germany: Left Party attacks striking train drivers

By Johannes Stern, 8 November 2014

The statements by the party chairman and its daily newspaper make clear where the Left Party stands in the escalating conflict—not on the side of the workers, but in solidarity with the German government.

Portsmouth, Virginia school bus drivers stage sick out

By Ed Hightower, 6 November 2014

Drivers are angry over low wages and difficult working conditions, poorly maintained and dirty vehicles, and broken security and communications equipment.

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28 October 2014

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25 October 2014

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Striking Bosch workers in India defy state government ban

By Sathish Simon, 22 October 2014

Bosch auto workers have been on strike in Bangalore since September 16, fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.

Defend striking German train drivers and airline pilots!

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 October 2014

The German ruling elite regards the strikes by train drivers and pilots as an expression of growing opposition to the government’s program of austerity and war.

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18 October 2014

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11 October 2014

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10 October 2014

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4 October 2014

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19 September 2014

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16 September 2014

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India: NLC contract workers launch indefinite strike

By Arun Kumar, 6 September 2014

Workers are demanding permanency of jobs, wage hikes and higher bonuses.

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30 August 2014

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29 August 2014

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India: Four workers killed in Tamil Nadu plastic depot blaze

By our correspondents, 28 August 2014

Rajakani Traders has been operating for about eight years despite repeated local complaints about the depot’s location.

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23 August 2014

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22 August 2014

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16 August 2014

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15 August 2014

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Bangladesh’s government mobilises police to attack striking garment workers

By Wimal Perera, 14 August 2014

The government’s response revealed concerns in ruling circles that the Tuba workers’ struggle could become a rallying point for all garment workers.

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8 August 2014

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2 August 2014

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26 July 2014

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Dock workers at Piraeus Port, Greece end strike

By John Vassilopoulos, 23 July 2014

Conditions at the China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco) Pireaus facilities are notorious, with accidents being a common occurrence.

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19 July 2014

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12 July 2014

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11 July 2014

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Greek government outlaws power workers strike

By John Vasssilopoulos, 8 July 2014


The Greek government has again used dictatorial measures to end a strike.

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5 July 2014

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20 June 2014

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14 June 2014

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13 June 2014

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31 May 2014

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28 May 2014

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24 May 2014

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20 May 2014

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10 May 2014

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RMT union sabotages London Underground strike

By Paul Bond, 8 May 2014

Just hours before the second 72-hour walkout was due to begin, the RMT union announced it had “suspended” the action against job losses on the London Underground.

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3 May 2014

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26 April 2014

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18 April 2014

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