Workers Struggles Around the World

Sri Lanka: Plantation unions suppress struggle for wage rise

By M. Thevarajah and W. A. Sunil, 6 February 2016

The trade unions are promoting the illusion that the government will force the companies to grant a 2,500-rupee ($17) increase in the monthly wage.

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5 February 2016

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Two workers killed as government seeks to crush Pakistan airline strike

By Sampath Perera, 4 February 2016

Pakistan’s government is determined to break the strike so as to demonstrate mass opposition will not deter it from pushing through a sweeping IMF privatization program.

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2 February 2016

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29 January 2016

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27 January 2016

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22 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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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.

After the Big Three contracts

Auto companies cheat retirees while posting record sales

By Eric London, 21 December 2015

As auto sales hit new records, an autoworker at GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Indiana explained how workers are being cheated of their signing bonuses.

“They want this contract shoved down our throats”

UAW claims ratification of Nexteer sellout as lies exposed

By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2015

Broad sections of Nexteer workers remain opposed to the latest sellout in the face of UAW-company threats, lies and intimidation.

Montreal suspends 2,400 workers for participating in an “illegal” meeting

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 December 2015

Montreal’s mayor is accusing workers of “bullying” while his administration is attacking wages, pensions and benefits won through generations of struggle.

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19 December 2015

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Vote “No” on UAW-Nexteer sellout deal!

Build factory committees to mobilize all autoworkers in a common struggle

By Jerry White, 17 December 2015

The new deal is not a “contract” in any real sense but a slave’s charter, with the UAW imposing management’s demands for poverty wages and a dictatorship on the shop floor.

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11 December 2015

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Over 3,300 auto parts workers strike in Saginaw, Michigan

The way forward for Nexteer workers

By Jerry White, 8 December 2015

The striking Nexteer workers deserve and need the support of all autoworkers and every section of the working class in the US and internationally.

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8 December 2015

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Massive “no” vote by Nexteer workers rejects UAW sellout

By our reporting team, 7 December 2015

An overwhelming 97 percent of workers at the former GM complex in Saginaw, Michigan defeated the deal, which maintains poverty level wages.

US: Lockout of 2,200 steelworkers nears end of fourth month

By Samuel Davidson, 7 December 2015

US steelmakers are using the slump in demand and falling prices to push for massive concessions and the destruction of many thousands of jobs.

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4 December 2015

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A socialist perspective to defend Sri Lankan plantation workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 December 2015

Plantation companies, in collusion with the government and unions, are planning a far-reaching reversal of working conditions and social spending to boost profits.

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20 November 2015

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With Ford pact in jeopardy, UAW intensifies economic blackmail

By Jerry White, 19 November 2015

After Ford workers at two Louisville factories overwhelmingly voted “no,” the United Auto Workers held a hastily called press conference to threaten workers with plant closings and layoffs.

Injunction issued against Kohler strikers in Wisconsin

By James Brewer, 19 November 2015

The restraining order was issued by a Sheboygan County circuit court judge after the company filed a complaint charging that pickets were causing a traffic jam.

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13 November 2015

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UAW seeks to ram through Ford deal as results at GM show split vote

By Shannon Jones and Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2015

The announcement of a deal at Ford came the same day that the UAW reported that skilled trades workers had voted against the agreement at GM.

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7 November 2015

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UAW using economic blackmail in effort to ram through sellout deal

By Jerry White, 3 November 2015

After the defeat of its deal by Kansas City GM workers, the United Auto Workers has redoubled its efforts to push through the agreement.

Kansas City GM workers first to vote against UAW sellout deal

By Jerry White, 2 November 2015

Workers at GM’s Fairfax assembly plant voted by a two-to-one margin to reject the UAW-backed agreement with the giant automaker.

GM Components Holding workers: The “third tier” in the GM-UAW contract

By Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2015

The parts workers at GMCH, who will receive even lower wages than second-tier workers elsewhere in GM, are intended to serve as a model for workers throughout the company.

Opposition mounts as GM vote begins

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2015

The snap vote organized by the United Auto Workers is an attempt to prevent workers from mobilizing opposition to the sellout agreement.

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31 October 2015

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30 October 2015

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Opposition to UAW-GM sellout mounts as details surface

By Jerry White, 29 October 2015

The UAW-GM contract, like the Fiat Chrysler deal before it, is aimed at creating a permanently lower wage and benefit scale in the auto industry.

Indian trade unions shut down Kerala plantation workers’ strike

By Arun Kumar, 27 October 2015

There is growing anger among plantation workers across the southern Indian state of Kerala over the unions’ wage betrayal.

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27 October 2015

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Ontario government gave teachers’ unions millions for “negotiating expenses”

By Carl Bronski, 26 October 2015

The existence of the payments only came to light when contents of the late summer deals the three unions reached with the government were leaked to the Globe and Mail.

Widespread anger and opposition in wake of ratification of Fiat Chrysler sellout

By Shannon Jones, 23 October 2015

The UAW followed the landslide “no” vote three weeks ago with a campaign that combined lies, threats, the fomenting of divisions between workers and economic blackmail.

GM posts record operating profits from cost-cutting, corporate restructuring

By Jerry White, 22 October 2015

The announcement of GM’s third-quarter profits comes as auto executives, the media and the UAW insist that autoworkers lower their expectations for new four-year labor agreements.

UAW claims early returns point to ratification of Fiat Chrysler sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 22 October 2015

Voting wrapped up Wednesday on the new contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler amid widespread opposition and distrust in the integrity of the process.

John Deere workers in US demand recount, full release of contract

By George Gallanis, 22 October 2015

Three weeks since the UAW and the company announced the ratification of a new six-year labor contract agreement, John Deere workers remain angry and suspicious.

Fiat Chrysler workers vote as UAW and media push second sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2015

Despite a coordinated campaign by the company, media and the UAW, there is widespread opposition to the contract among FCA workers throughout the country.

Amidst mass coal mine layoffs, West Virginia takes blunt ax to budget

By Naomi Spencer, 21 October 2015

With coal tax revenue “in free fall,” Governor Earl Ray Tomblin abruptly enacted $100 million in budget cuts by executive order.

Letter from Ohio GM worker on UAW betrayal of Kmart struggle

21 October 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter received the following letter from a worker at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly plant about the struggle of Kmart workers.

Tennessee GM autoworker expresses solidarity with Fiat Chrysler workers

By our reporter, 21 October 2015

An autoworker at GM's Spring Hill plant expressed solidarity with Fiat-Chrysler workers, opposed the UAW’s second sellout deal and described conditions in the Tennessee plant.

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17 October 2015

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Amid moves to sell-out Hutchison workers, Maritime Union of Australia threatens WSWS

By James Cogan, 14 October 2015

The MUA’s main fear is that the alternative perspective provided by the WSWS has won an audience among waterfront workers.

UAW hires public relations firm to sell Fiat Chrysler deal

By Eric London, 13 October 2015

The UAW and its new propaganda firm, BerlinRosen Public Affairs, are pouring out one lie after another to counter opposition from FCA workers.

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13 October 2015

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UAW begins campaign to beat back opposition to second sellout at Fiat Chrysler

By Jerry White, 12 October 2015

The UAW is beginning a series of information meetings, or more accurately “misinformation” meetings, this week as it tries to sell its repackaged proposal to FCA workers.

Australian Toyota workers support US auto workers’ struggle

By our correspondents, 12 October 2015

Autoworkers in Australia face the shutdown of the country's entire auto industry.

“The UAW is using smoke and mirrors to get this contract signed”

Fiat Chrysler workers denounce second sellout, demand united fight

By our reporters, 9 October 2015

FCA workers in Detroit responded to the aborting of their strike and the announcement by the UAW that they have a new deal.

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9 October 2015

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UAW announces last-minute agreement with Fiat Chrysler, canceling strike

By Joseph Kishore, 8 October 2015

The UAW will now marshal every possible tool at its disposal to push through the pro-company agreement as rapidly as possible, including lies, threats, redbaiting and intimidation.

Germany: Works council and union agree to job cuts at Siemens Power & Gas

By Gustav Kemper, 7 October 2015

IG Metall has has sought to suppress any serious resistance by staging a few harmless protest actions.

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6 October 2015

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Voting begins as UAW seeks to push through deal with Fiat Chrysler

By Joseph Kishore, 23 September 2015

The UAW is seeking to give workers as little time as possible to study and discuss the contract before they have to vote on it.

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19 September 2015

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Fiat Chrysler, UAW tentative contract: A corporatist conspiracy against US autoworkers

By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2015

The stage-managed contract talks are a façade behind which two business entities seek to work out the terms for their mutual enrichment at the workers’ expense.

UAW used threats to stop walkout at Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant

By Jerry White, 16 September 2015

Late shift workers at the Warren Truck Plant described the strikebreaking role of the UAW as the contract expired at midnight on Monday.

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12 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.

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29 August 2015

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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.

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22 August 2015

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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.

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15 August 2015

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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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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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