Workers Struggles Around the World

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19 August 2016

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16 August 2016

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UK: Weymouth and Bridport bus drivers escalate strike action

By Ajanta Silva, 3 August 2016

The Weymouth bus drivers’ dispute demonstrates that whenever the union bureaucracy are forced to call industrial action, they ensure that it remains isolated.

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30 July 2016

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22 July 2016

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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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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.

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8 July 2016

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5 July 2016

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1 July 2016

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28 June 2016

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Taiwanese airline cabin crews strike

By Ben McGrath, 27 June 2016

The walk-out highlights the growing anger more broadly throughout the Taiwanese working class.

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25 June 2016

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18 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.

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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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7 June 2016

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4 June 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.

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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.

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.

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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6 May 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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23 April 2016

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Ford announces new small-vehicle plant in Mexico

By Marc Wells, 22 April 2016

Ford Motor Co. unveiled its plan to invest $1.6 billion to build a new small-vehicle plant in Mexico which will employ 2,800 workers.

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22 April 2016

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Verizon workers confront strikebreaking operation

By Jerry White, 20 April 2016

While workers are determined to wage a militant battle, they have been repeatedly undermined by the telecom unions, which offered $200 million in concessions.

Verizon workers speak as strike enters new week

By our reporters, 18 April 2016

The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter spoke to workers on the picket lines in Northern Virginia and New York City.

Thirty-nine thousand Verizon workers on strike in US

By Jerry White, 13 April 2016

After working without a contract for more than eight months, tens of thousands of workers struck the telecom giant Wednesday morning to fight stagnating wages and attacks on their benefits and work conditions.

“I am certain the UAW knew about this. They sell us out all the time.”

Facing layoffs, Detroit area Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW

By Shannon Jones, 12 April 2016

A WSWS reporting team spoke to workers Monday at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) where 1,300 workers are set to be laid off July 5.

Alpha Natural Resources asks court to shred collective bargaining agreements

By Clement Daly, 12 April 2016

Alpha’s petition to get rid of its union contracts threatens the living standards of 610 coal miners and 4,800 retirees and dependents.

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12 April 2016

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8 April 2016

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2 April 2016

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French workers, youth defy state of emergency to protest austerity policies

By Anthony Torres, 1 April 2016

As many as 1.2 million people participated in demonstrations Thursday across France against the draconian anti-working class policies of the Socialist Party government.

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25 March 2016

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18 March 2016

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15 March 2016

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China: Thousands of coal miners protest over unpaid wages

By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2016

The protests are a sign of the acute social tensions building up as the economy slows and the government prepares to axe millions of jobs.

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12 March 2016

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11 March 2016

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Steel workers strike in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 10 March 2016

Striking steel workers at ArcelorMittal in the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas are demanding the rehiring of laid-off workers.

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5 March 2016

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4 March 2016

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1 March 2016

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Strike at Chinese steel plant points to impact of global slump

By John Ward, 27 February 2016

A stoppage at a Guangzhou stainless steel factory highlights the mounting resistance of Chinese workers to deepening attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

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26 February 2016

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India: Over 200,000 Tamil Nadu government workers on indefinite strike

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 20 February 2016

The state-wide walkout reflects the growing opposition of Indian workers to successive government attacks on basic democratic rights and living standards.

Pakistan steps up privatization drive after unions suppress airline strike

By Sampath Perera, 20 February 2016

Nawaz Sharif’s government has seized on the unions’ betrayal of the PIA anti-privatization strike to victimize hundreds of the most militant workers.

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20 February 2016

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16 February 2016

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13 February 2016

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9 February 2016

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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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26 January 2016

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22 January 2016

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15 January 2016

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12 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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18 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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6 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.