Workers Struggles Around the World

Unions shutdown three-week strike by Chinese technology workers

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 April 2018

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Thousands of oil tanker drivers in Odisha, India to strike next week for higher pay

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 April 2018

The Odisha tanker drivers are employed by contractors for the state-owned oil corporations and are only paid about $US115 per month.

More than 3,000 striking employees shut down Sri Lanka’s international airport

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 April 2018

The strikers seized control of all water and power supplies and blocked the entrance to Bandaranaike International Airport to demand higher wages and outstanding benefits.

Hundreds of Korean shipyard workers strike against wage and job cuts

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

31 March 2018

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Teachers’ rebellion spreads on four continents

By Eric London, 28 March 2018

Teachers in North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere are fighting for higher wages, pensions, and in defense of the right to public education.

Strike at York University in Canada begins its fourth week

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 March 2018

Some 3,000 contract teachers and research and teaching assistants are fighting for a substantial pay increase and enhanced job security under conditions where the unions are isolating their strike.

Around 1.5 million Uber and Ola drivers strike in India

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 March 2018

Striking Uber and Ola drivers said they are only making a fraction of what they were promised when they began working for the multi-million dollar tax companies.

US, Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe

Global struggles by teachers mounting against austerity and attacks on public education

By Jerry White, 21 March 2018

Ten years after the 2008 financial crash, which ushered in a decade of savage budget cutting, teachers around the world are protesting and striking.

Forty thousand Indian railway workers march on parliament

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 March 2018

The workers were protesting against the introduction of a mandatory employee-contribution pension scheme.

Anger mounts after Paris tries to crush general strike in Mayotte

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2018

Strikes erupted afresh on the French Indian Ocean department after police launched a sneak attack on pickets at the port of Longoni.

Movement for teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona

Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike

By Will Morrow, 10 March 2018

The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

Britain: 15,000 jobs in retail and leisure under threat, as jobs go throughout economy

By Richard Tyler, 10 March 2018

The high street retail and leisure sectors have been impacted by uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit and online shopping.

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10 March 2018

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Nurses threaten strike action in Solomon Islands

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3 March 2018

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Union lawyer tells US Supreme Court: “Union security is the tradeoff for no strikes”

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2018

In Supreme Court arguments, a lawyer for the public-sector union AFSCME argued that without the trade unions there would be “an untold specter of labor unrest throughout the country.”

Anger mounts over sellout of West Virginia teachers’ strike

By Jerry White, 28 February 2018

Union leaders announced Tuesday evening they were shutting down the statewide strike and ordering educators back to the classrooms Thursday.

“We need an uprising of the people to put a stop to this”

West Virginia teachers call for expansion of their struggle

By Lawrence Porter, 24 February 2018

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with teachers protesting outside the state capitol in Charleston on Friday.

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24 February 2018

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General strike in French Polynesia against undermining of pensions

By Tom Peters, 17 February 2018

Thousands of people took part in the strike and rallied in Tahiti against the government’s attack on pensions.

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17 February 2018

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British Columbia Safeway workers locked out

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6 February 2018

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The working class and the capitalist economy

By Nick Beams, 5 February 2018

Friday’s fall on world stock markets, in response to an uptick in US wages, demonstrates the significance of Marx's labor theory of value, which explains the inner workings of the capitalist economy.

Fear of working class upsurge triggers plunge in financial markets

By Barry Grey, 3 February 2018

The increasing market volatility takes place amidst signs of mounting working class resistance.

French workers support growing mass strikes in Germany

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 3 February 2018

“If we support their struggle today, they will support our struggle tomorrow,” said a day laborer working multiple jobs in Paris.

Thousands of Indian health workers strike; teachers protest in China

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

3 February 2018

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Tens of thousands of German industrial workers on strike

By our reporters, 1 February 2018

Up to 500,000 workers are participating in one-day strikes in Germany’s automotive and electrical industries, the largest strikes in the sector for 15 years.

Chinese workers protest over “black lung” disease; Indian auto-parts workers demonstrate

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

27 January 2018

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Germany: IG Metall greets far-right AfD participants at union protest

By our correspondents, 23 January 2018

The reactionary orientation of the union was most evident when an IGM functionary greeted the participation of the far-right AfD on the demonstration.

Union in India organises hunger strike to block industrial action by Volkswagen workers

By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 January 2018

The Volkswagen Employees Union (VEU) is attempting to suppress growing opposition among VW workers against the German transnational’s productivity-based wage scheme.

Striking cleaners occupy Korean university; Australian Paper plant workers strike indefinitely

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20 January 2018

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Sri Lankan nurses strike over fingerprint attendance system; Australian power workers vote for industrial action

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13 January 2018

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India: Bus strike cripples Tamil Nadu transport services

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 January 2018

While the trade unions offer to compromise, the strikers have defied court orders, media propaganda and government threats to hire outside drivers and conductors.

Striking Tamil Nadu bus workers speak out

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 January 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with several striking bus workers in Chennai who are engaged in the bitter struggle with the Tamil Nadu state government for higher wages.

Thousands of private health care doctors strike in India

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6 January 2018

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Hyundai autoworkers rejected pay deal; Taiwan workers protest industrial laws

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30 December 2017

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Romanian Ford worker speaks to WSWS about wildcat strike at Craiova plant

By Eric London, 27 December 2017

“We have a corrupt union that works for the company.”

Indian telecommunication workers strike, Australian coal terminal workers impose bans

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23 December 2017

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Indian state government sacks 500 striking health workers, South Australian cash delivery guards locked out

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16 December 2017

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Health workers strike in India, Cambodian garment workers walkout over wages

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9 December 2017

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Hyundai auto workers end strike, Sri Lankan bankworkers begin national protests

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2 December 2017

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Sri Lankan public health employees strike over pay and conditions; Cambodian garment workers walkout over unpaid wages

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25 November 2017

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Hundreds of LG employees strike for higher pay in South Korea, Bangalore garment workers protest factory closure

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18 November 2017

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Ugandan doctors and medical workers continue “illegal” action

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 November 2017

Ugandan President Yoweri Museni has ordered district commissioners to take note of workers participating in the strike.

Indian government bans ambulance workers’ walkout, South Korean teachers vote on strike action

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

11 November 2017

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24-hour strike by Argentine airline staff

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 November 2017

Pilots and ground crew are calling for a 26 percent pay increase to keep pace with inflation.

Pakistan: Punjab government field health workers protest

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4 November 2017

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Apple iPhone workers protest in China

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28 October 2017

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South Korean media workers continue strike

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21 October 2017

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Public servants, teachers strike in Pakistan

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14 October 2017

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General strike by Argentine public employees, Colombian pilots defy strikebreaking order, walkouts in Kentucky and Ohio

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 October 2017

Public sector workers in Argentina launch general strike against austerity measures by President Mauricio Macri while walkouts start at a packaging plant in Louisville, Kentucky and a specialty ceramics maker in Ohio.

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30 September 2017

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23 September 2017

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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.

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.

Sri Lankan Tamil leaders back suppression of oil workers’ strike

By S. Jayanth, 5 August 2017

The TNA’s anti-democratic and anti-working class statements demonstrate the reactionary character of Tamil nationalism.

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5 August 2017

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Aisin Automotive workers in India’s Haryana state face a new company-government witchhunt

By Jai Sharma, 28 July 2017

The workers are being subjected to a joint company-government vendetta for fighting slave labor conditions in an attack similar to that faced by Maruti Suzuki workers.

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.

Sri Lankan government deploys army to break oil workers’ strike

By Shree Haran and W. A. Sunil, 27 July 2017

The government’s turn to military repression is aimed at intimidating the entire working class.

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.

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22 July 2017

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Five years since company-provoked incident used to frame up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2017

Tuesday marked five years since a management-provoked incident that authorities used as a pretext to railroad 13 Indian autoworkers to life in prison.

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.

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8 July 2017

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1 July 2017

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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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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.

Los Angeles and Long Beach port truckers strike over misclassification

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20 June 2017

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Ex-Amazon worker: I was fired for picking too slow

By our reporters, 10 June 2017

A former “picker” was given little training and did not meet Amazon’s required time targets, so he was fired.

Amazon ordered employee to work despite heatstroke risk, sought to cover up incident

By Eric London, 30 May 2017

The young Virginia worker told the International Amazon Workers Voice that she has still not received medical attention despite suffering long-term health effects.

Talks stall on third day of Quebec construction strike

By Roger Jordan, 27 May 2017

Quebec’s Liberal government has confirmed that it intends to outlaw a strike by 175,000 construction workers, with the House leader saying a strikebreaking bill will be tabled Monday.

Sri Lanka: Jaffna picket demands release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 1 May 2017

Jaffna workers, youth, fishermen and housewives joined an SEP/IYSSE picket and public meeting to protest the witch-hunt and jailing of Indian autoworkers.

New Zealand fast food workers hold nationwide stoppage

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Workers voted to strike after Restaurant Brands refused a pay rise of 10 cents an hour above the minimum wage each year, for three years

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Brazilian general strike set for Friday

25 April 2017

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15 April 2017

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8 April 2017

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National strike in Argentina as opposition to austerity grows

By Rafael Azul, 6 April 2017

Argentina’s trade union bureaucracy has collaborated with the government, facilitating the imposition of attacks on wages, jobs and democratic rights.

“This is nothing but class war”

International support grows for petition to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 29 March 2017

Workers and youth from 33 countries on five continents have signed the petition, with many denouncing the frame-up and expressing solidarity with the imprisoned Indian workers.

Sri Lankan workers support campaign to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 28 March 2017

Socialist Equality Party campaigners distributed the ICFI statement “Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers” in Sinhalese and Tamil.

Join the fight to free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 March 2017

Workers in Sri Lanka, India and around the world must unite to defeat the imprisonment of these victimised workers

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25 March 2017

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The key facts of the Maruti Suzuki workers’ case

22 March 2017

There is not a shred of evidence against any of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life in prison.

Support grows for framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By Jerry White, 21 March 2017

Opposition to the brutal life sentences meted out to 13 Maruti Suzuki workers is growing in India and around the world.

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21 March 2017

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India: Framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life imprisonment

By Keith Jones, 18 March 2017

India’s ruling elite has imposed savage sentences on the Maruti Suzuki workers to intimidate the working class and reassure investors that it will ruthlessly enforce sweatshop conditions.

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18 March 2017

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Indian court to hear sentencing arguments against framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Shannon Jones, 17 March 2017

Thirteen autoworkers could face the death penalty in a case that has seen blatant collusion between company management, police and Indian state officials

Doctors strike highlights catastrophic health care crisis in Kenya

By Eddie Haywood, 7 March 2017

Five thousand doctors employed in public hospitals across Kenya have been on strike since December, citing low pay and dreadful working conditions.

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4 March 2017

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Bangladesh government continues repression against garment workers

By Sarath Kumara, 3 March 2017

Although some detained labour activists have been released, several workers are still in custody and the authorities are continuing to press unsubstantiated charges.

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24 February 2017

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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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4 February 2017

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3 February 2017

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31 January 2017

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17 January 2017

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