Under conditions in which the New York B.1.526 variant of COVID-19 is spreading throughout the city, the drive to reopen all schools will only lead to further infections and deaths.
Workers all over the world are opposed the continued operations of nonessential workplaces as the pandemic still rages. But workers need new organizations of struggle because the unions have sanctioned this homicidal policy.
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Parties are assisting workers everywhere in the building of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees in key industries and workplaces, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, and prepare for a political general strike.
Our demands are based not on what the corporations and the politicians claim is affordable but what is necessary to protect the lives and well-being of the entire working class.
• Shut down all nonessential production!
• Stop all in-person learning at schools and universities!
• Full compensation for all workers until conditions are safe to return to work!
• Protect all essential workers and pay them a living wage! Safety conditions for all essential work must be monitored by rank-and-file safety committees.
There are now rank-and-file committees of autoworkers, educators, Amazon and logistics workers, postal workers, and city bus drivers.
Contact us now to join a committee. If there is not already a committee in your workplace, industry or region, we will help you start one.
Form rank-and-file committees to oppose school reopening drive!
The central task which educators confront is to unite and mobilize support across the US and internationally in opposition to the drive by the world’s governments to sacrifice workers’ lives for profit.
The following solidarity message was sent by the Network of Action Committees for Safe Workplaces to the Frankfurt WISAG workers who have been on hunger strike at Rhein-Main Airport since February 24.
We call on all educators, parents and students who support this initiative to contact us to establish rank-and-file committees for safe education and to expand this struggle, which is vital for public health.
Twenty-three out of 196 workers at a Detroit Whole Foods store tested positive, temporarily shutting the store down.
Despite having the most COVID-19 infections and deaths in the United States, a growing number of counties in California are beginning to reopen businesses, schools and other public venues like theme parks and museums.
The obscene dividends for major companies are a direct result of the billions handed out by the German government to the banks and corporations, so-called Corona aid. The key role in maximising profits, however, has been played by the IG Metall trade union.
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“Rank-and-file” is originally a military term. It refers to the lower “ranks” of soldiers, who literally stand in lines or “files”. These soldiers have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than the officers or “brass” who prosecute the wars on behalf of the ruling elite.
Rank-and-file committees are of, by and for the rank-and-file workers, who have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than management, the bosses, the politicians, and the trade union apparatus, who send workers to die while defending the profits of the ruling elite.
Yes. The formation of rank-and-file committees is 100% completely legal under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The right to freedom of speech means you can say whatever you like about what you agree or disagree with. Freedom of association, also covered under the first amendment, means you have the right to associate with others who share your views, for political ends. You also have the right to petition the government for redress, to make demands on the government and tell them what you want them to do.
No. HIPAA has an exception for disclosures to prevent and control the spread of disease, but the state is deliberately not invoking this exception in order to conceal information from workers, so that they can pretend that what they are doing is safe when it’s not.
Rank-and-file educators have the right to know who’s gotten sick, where, when, and what happened. Rank-and-file committees have to demand this information, and have to share it with other workers as a matter of collective self defense.