Initial indications are that an unusual constellation of mutations makes the variant far more infectious than the Delta variant and potentially vaccine-resistant.
The strikes are taking place during negotiations over the new contract for public services workers.
Peru’s Pedro Castillo’s first 100 days: Shattering the illusions promoted by Jacobin and the pseudo-left
In his first hundred days as Peru’s president, Castillo has managed to move faster and further to the right than any of his predecessors.
The true horror of the deadly pandemic is visible “on the faces of the patients, their children and life partners. And it is reflected in the eyes of the medical staff.”
The Assembly’s Speaker, Democrat Carl Heastie, decided after Cuomo’s August 10 resignation to continue the impeachment investigation, particularly into allegations of sexual harassment.
The far-right organizers of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally knowingly engaged in a conspiracy to commit violent acts.
The deaths of 51 people at a Russian mine, at which 914 safety violations were registered this year alone, is a social crime.
Midwives along with students of midwifery and support staff up and down the country held protest vigils on November 21, drawing attention to the dire conditions and staff shortages affecting maternity services across the UK.
In Glasgow, such was the strength of feeling among low paid bin workers that GMB officials were unable to call off the COP26 strikes without consulting workers, fearing they would lose control of the situation.
India: West Bengal hospital nurses demand wage rise; Cambodian workers blockade garment factory over victimisation; New South Wales and Queensland bus drivers’ strike; Auckland supermarket distribution workers walk out over pay
The strikes show the enormous willingness of nurses, educators and other public sector workers to fight, even as the unions prepare a sellout.
Unite is already undermining a joint struggle by deciding on separate action. Bus drivers at the garages in Barnsley and Rotherham will strike from November 27 until December 3, while action in Sheffield will run from November 28 to December 4.
UK COVID cases pass 10 million: Health Secretary Javid warns of Omicron variant impact while rejecting containment measures
Information available to date about the new variant is chilling. South Africa’s surge has seen cases double in just two weeks, with fears the new variant accounts for most of them.
Justin Trudeau and his Liberals inaugurate third term in office—austerity and mass infection at home, militarism and war abroad
As a new, winter wave of infections and death gathers pace, Trudeau’s Liberal government is eliminating pandemic relief for workers and abetting the provinces in scrapping virtually all remaining anti-COVID-19 measures.
COVID-19 live updates: Biden proposes no new pandemic restrictions, urges vaccination in response to Omicron variant
Scientists have detected a new variant of COVID-19, called B.1.1.529 (or Omicron), which appears to have originated in South Africa but has already been detected in several other countries.
The “traffic light coalition” has declared war on the working population before it even takes power.
Electoral members call on workers and youth to join the SEP and fight Australia’s undemocratic election laws
“I needed to find a party that I am confident and happy to support and that is the SEP.”
With headline inflation in the US now running at more than 6 percent, and showing no signs of abating, the key question is when and by how much the Fed may start to move.
The Podemos party, which sits in the Spanish government, is attempting to achieve via trade union treachery what it could not obtain from police violence against the strike.
Health Minister Véran announced the government’s response to the skyrocketing of COVID-19 cases, with over 33,000 cases reported in 24 hours.
Federal advisers are reporting pre-pandemic levels of travelers during the Thanksgiving holidays. With COVID-19 infections rising across the US and all mitigation measures essentially lifted, health experts warn of a massive surge this winter.
The Australian government has immediately seized on the unrest, dispatching 23 members of the heavily armed and riot-trained “Specialist Response Group” of the Australian Federal Police, as well as 93 members of the military.
Opposition is growing as healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente prepare to vote December 8 on a concessions contract being promoted by the Alliance of Health Care Unions.
The central question raised by recent events at the Windsor plant is: why has there been no sustained worker resistance to management’s insistence that they toil in unsafe conditions during the pandemic, or its plans to cut a further 1,800 jobs?
Warning strikes continue in German public sector pay dispute in hospitals, day-care centres, schools and other public services; protests across England and Wales by midwives and student midwives organised independently of unions on social media highlight staff shortages; protests across Tunisia over axing of job creation measures; thousands of dairy industry workers across South Africa start indefinite strike over pay and jobs
Mandatory vaccinations are not an attack on democratic rights, as claimed by CMU leader Sylvester Jayakody, but a necessary tool in a range of scientific measures that must be fought for by the international working class to eliminate COVID-19.
Hundreds more lives threatened on “disintegrating” boat in Mediterranean as London and Paris cross swords over Channel migrant deaths
Indifferent to 430 lives in immediate danger in the Mediterranean, the deaths of 27 people in the English Channel Wednesday has been the occasion for a tirade of accusations and nationalist outbursts in Britain and France.
French pseudo-left groups are lining up behind Podemos, which sits in a government that is sending armored vehicles and riot police to attack strikers in Cádiz.
“If you own a £1m house in the home counties, over 90% of your assets are protected. If you’ve got a terraced house in Hartlepool (worth £70k) you can lose almost everything.”
The photo of an elderly patient lying in the entrance to the Emergency Department of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital received thousands of shares and comments.
Amazon’s Black Friday profits will not be jeopardised by the #MakeAmazonPay coalition, whose top-down protests are aimed at suppressing a worldwide rebellion by workers against social inequality and capitalist exploitation.
Warehouse workers at the B&Q distribution centre in Worksop in the east Midlands are due to begin industrial action for a pay increase from November 28. The workers are employed directly by logistics firm Wincanton Ltd.
Eugene Smith award-winning photographer Cristopher Rogel Blanquet discusses Minamata and why it must be released
“An actor’s personal life is one thing but the film is something different. Why should someone’s personal life be used to censor Minamata?”
The strike by the Maharashtra state bus transport workers is being mounted by rank-and-file workers in opposition to the wishes of the bureaucratic leadership of more than two dozen trade unions and in defiance of a Bombay High Court ruling banning the strike.
As the conclusion of the second year of the pandemic approaches and as mass death continues seemingly without end, the analogy of the pandemic to World War I is tragically and brutally substantiated.
In a paid advertisement in the New York Times Sunday, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten made a sales pitch to the publication’s well-heeled readers on the importance of unions “in these uneasy times.”
The cereal giant announced plans to permanently replace workers as their strike enters its 8th week and as the AFL-CIO federation works to shut down strikes across the US.
With immunity from vaccinations beginning to wane and all restrictions being lifted, experts have warned of the dangers of a major spike of infections.
House Select Committee issues 10 new subpoenas targeting fascist militia group leaders, Trump political operative Roger Stone and InfoWars host Alex Jones
The new subpoenas come as recent reporting in Rolling Stone and Pro Publica detail the high level coordination between the Trump White House and previously subpoenaed organizers of the Stop the Steal rallies .
Former president and January 6 coup-plotter Donald Trump reported on Tuesday evening that he met with Kyle Rittenhouse at his Mar-A-Lago resort and referred to the teenage vigilante shooter as a “really nice young man.”
Nurses and other health workers are fed up with operating at breaking point as governments, both Labor and Liberal-National Coalition, rush to lift international and state borders for the sake of corporate profit.
The Labour Party-led government’s reopening of Auckland and abandonment of an elimination strategy, will lead to endemic COVID-19 and growing numbers of hospitalisations and deaths.
In the most systematic defense of the Wuhan lab libel to date, Matt Ridley proves only the falsehood of his bad-faith attack on science.
Germany’s “traffic light” coalition government reaches agreement: Welfare cuts, state armament and militarism
Wrapped in flowery phrases about modernization, transformation, climate protection and cohesion, the coalition program is a declaration of war on the working population and a commitment to militarism.
All three men were convicted of murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal intent to commit a felony. They face a minimum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.
The Southern Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees met to discuss the guiding principles to build a mass movement to end the pandemic.
Dutton is continuing efforts to poison public opinion against China and overcome deep popular concern and opposition over the prospect of a catastrophic conflict.
German government refuses to order lockdowns despite hospitals reaching capacity under crush of COVID-19 infections
The homicidal inaction of all the parties at federal and state level has led to about 630,000 people in Germany officially being infected with the coronavirus and more than 2,700 losing their lives in the last two weeks alone.
Meteorologists and climate scientists have expressed urgent concern that the already waterlogged region, which saw devastating mudslides in addition to the flooding of low-lying agricultural land last week, is ill prepared to handle another downpour.
Having previously disregarded historiography, Silverstein now falsifies it—and admits to privileging “narrative” over “actual fact.”
Brazilian authorities, media hide rise in respiratory illnesses in children to promote end of COVID-19 pandemic
Rising SARS cases show how easily airborne viruses can spread in schools and expose the need for their immediate closure to prevent them from becoming centers of pandemic transmission again.
Deere is projecting that it will set yet another record for profits next year, exploding the claim by company and union executives that there was no more money available to meet workers’ demands.
The scale of death can be seen in the fact that the previous highest number of migrants killed in a single incident in the Channel was five Kurdish-Iranians who drowned in October last year. The 27 deaths are almost double the total of 14 people who have perished this year trying to cross the Channel from France.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee denounces court ruling upholding designation of Germany's Socialist Equality Party as “left wing extremists”
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK) passed a resolution Monday condemning the ruling of the Berlin Administrative Court, which on November 18, 2021, upheld the designation of the German security service of the German section of the ICFI as “left wing extremists”.
The MoD said it had received so many complaints from Iraqis unlawfully detained and mistreated by British troops that it was unable to say exactly how much it had paid out to settle claims. Figures released thus far suggest a total of around £25 million to avoid criminal prosecution.
Workers are determined to take on the largest logistics company in the world. But they face a determined opponent in the Unite union which is working to throttle this movement.
Greece is rapidly heading towards a million cases of COVID, with yesterday’s 7,108 cases bringing the total to 901,661.
The latest data from the American Academy of Pediatrics on child COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the US presents further damning evidence of the impacts of the full reopening of schools this fall.
On Monday, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency compared the current tensions in the Black Sea to the build-up to the 2008 war between Russia and Washington-backed Georgia in the Caucasus.
The Spanish government, presented as “progressive” in capitalist media, unleashed armoured vehicles and squads of riot police on striking metalworkers in Cádiz.
The conflict between rank-and-file workers and the UAW is being swept under the rug and deliberately concealed by organizations which have long functioned as apologists for the pro-corporate union bureaucracies.
Not a shred of evidence was provided that China aims to build a military base in the small Pacific island state. Rather it was simply assumed that Beijing’s aims in New Zealand’s “own backyard” were nefarious.
Government MPs are threatening to block legislation unless Prime Minister Scott Morrison overrides state vaccination mandates.
Four young black men—Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas—were falsely charged with the rape of a young white woman in a case that was all too typical of the Jim Crow era.
“Oppression is an inexorable process under capitalism—there is no escape from it unless socialist governments of the people, by the people and for the people take over.”
After workers voted to reject the local contract at both the Dana Fort Wayne, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky plants, the United Steelworkers is keeping them in the dark on the status of a possible renegotiation of the agreement.
The demands of Sparrow workers include safe staffing levels, cost-of-living adjustments to wages, curtailing of ballooning health care costs, and sick time without fear of punishment.
An inferno on the scale of Grenfell is a constant threat with so many residential buildings still enveloped in deadly flammable cladding.
Labour leader Keir Starmer grovels to Confederation of British Industry, while Corbyn’s allies beg for party unity
Starmer only took over as party leader in April 2020, but from the moment he did it was like Corbyn had never been its leader, let alone one elected on a massive popular mandate in 2015 to kick out the Blairites and take the fight to the Tories.
Judge James Robert, Jr. has renewed a strikebreaking injunction barring all picketing within 300 feet of company property.
The Netflix documentary addresses the evangelical cult, run by the German psychopath and pro-fascist Paul Schäfer, that participated in the torture of political prisoners and used slave labor to produce weapons for Chile’s Pinochet dictatorship in the 1970s .
The NSW government refused to implement an adequate lockdown at the height of a Delta outbreak, while imposing draconian measures in working-class areas.
Enthusiastic support for SEP’s forthcoming public meeting on Sri Lankan government’s austerity budget
Teachers, health employees, port workers, export processing zone employees and farmers, denounce Rajapakse government’s brutal austerity budget.
Educators in San Francisco and across the state of California are facing potential layoffs while the school board is mired in lawsuits and a right-wing recall election.
The planned closures, which amount to about 9 percent of all US CVS stores, will affect thousands of CVS workers and impact access to health services across the country.
Cobb County prosecutor Linda Dunikoski demolished the claims of the three defendants that they killed Arbery in self-defense during a citizen’s arrest.
On Saturday, over 350 janitors representing the airport custodian service Flagship Facility Services went on a day-long strike at the Denver International Airport after months of negotiations between Service Employees International Union Local 105 and management.
Weeks after sellout of Seattle carpenters strike, union officials ousted over corruption allegations
The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters was put under trusteeship shortly after ending a three-week strike by Washington state construction workers, who rejected four consecutive sellout agreements.
Having boosted the stock market to record highs by pouring trillions of dollars into the financial system, Powell received strong support from Wall Street with gushing praise for his management of the pandemic crisis.
Europe’s fascistic policy of mass infection: People will be “vaccinated, recovered or dead,” German health minister says
As the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close, it is clear that governments across Europe and the world have no policy to halt mass deaths.
Uruguayan secondary school teachers struck November 18 against cuts in education and in support of colleagues unjustly fired for opposing right-wing “reforms.”
“The 200 richest people in Australia increased their wealth by 40 percent, from $341.8 billion in May 2019 to $479.6 billion in May this year.”
The unscrupulous policies of Austria’s ruling parties in recent months have led to mass coronavirus infections and high death rates.
Michigan’s COVID-19 surge reaches pandemic highs. Admission to state hospitals for COVID-19 are rapidly stressing health care systems once more.
According to police, Darrell Brooks was fleeing from a domestic dispute when he accelerated through a crowd of performers in Waukesha, Wisconsin late Sunday afternoon.
The return to campus push will endanger the health and lives of students and staff alike, and add to risk of wider community transmission.
This affair has become a toxic combination of the methods of the #MeToo movement and the escalating aggression by the United States toward China.
Since 2010, the Health and Safety Executive saw its budget cut by 50 percent and lost 500 frontline inspectors.
Several hundred staff at UPMC hospitals in Pittsburgh staged a one-day strike Thursday called by the Service employees International Union, which is seeking union recognition at the giant hospital chain.
Under the UK's Terrorism Act 2000, such a ban means Hamas’ assets can be seized and its members jailed.
Educators and a scientist react to Canadian government’s belated admission COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through aerosols
Prior to the November 12 statement from Canada’s chief public health officer, the federal government had spent close to two years insisting that respiratory droplets are the main source of COVID-19 infections.
The two main victors in Sunday’s presidential election in Chile are the fascistic José Antonio Kast of the Christian Social Front and Gabriel Boric of the pseudo-left-Stalinist electoral front Apruebo Dignidad.
“Everything is being prepared to accept death. This is terrible. Why did I study medicine only then to accept death? Why would I do that?”
The SFT has announced a deal with the Scranton School District that will pit teachers against their community and solve none of the immense problems facing educators, students and parents in Scranton.
The jury verdict of not guilty on all charges in the trial of teenage fascist shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has been hailed by Donald Trump and other extreme right-wing political figures as a vindication of their assault on anti-police violence protesters.
The far-right Modi government is withdrawing the farm bills only so as to better prepare and prosecute its class war offensive against India’s workers and toilers.
Xi’s calls for “common prosperity,” philanthropy from the super-rich and the need to reduce social inequality are aimed at deflecting mounting discontent among workers and young people.
“The electoral laws are to stop and silence opposition to the reopening” – SEP electoral members oppose Australia’s anti-democratic measures
“My sister’s daughter, who is a nurse, got COVID-19. She can’t walk more than 50 metres and it’s been six months!” – Tony
Huntington Ingalls Industries, the parent company of Newport News and Ingalls, is the largest military shipbuilding firm in the US.
Workers need to build independent rank-and-file committees, independent of IATSE, that actually represent their interests.
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