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UK midwives hold vigils protesting acute staff shortages

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.

Sascha Woodson

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

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

Stagecoach Yorkshire UK bus drivers launch a week of strike action

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.

Tony Robson

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

Ambulances called nearly 1,000 times to Amazon’s UK warehouses

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.

Laura Tiernan

AFT president to Wall Street: Be thankful for the unions

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.”

Jerry White

A “parade of storms” threatens more flooding in British Columbia

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.

Dylan Lubao

27 migrants confirmed dead as dinghy capsizes in English Channel

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.

Chris Marsden, Robert Stevens

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”.

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK)

Child infections fuel COVID-19 surge across the US

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.

Evan Blake

Labor Notes, DSA cover up UAW betrayal of Deere strike

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.

Marcus Day

Colonia Dignidad: Nazi criminality exported to Chile

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 .

Joanne Laurier

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Uruguayan secondary school teachers struck November 18 against cuts in education and in support of colleagues unjustly fired for opposing right-wing “reforms.”

An early winter storm of COVID-19 hits Michigan

Michigan’s COVID-19 surge reaches pandemic highs. Admission to state hospitals for COVID-19 are rapidly stressing health care systems once more.

Benjamin Mateus, Patrick Martin

Presidential election lays bare sharp class divisions in Chile

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.

Mauricio Saavedra

Donald Trump and fascist right celebrate acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

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.

Kevin Reed
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