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Build rank-and-file committees!

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 to organize a united counter-offensive against inequality, exploitation and the homicidal response of the ruling class to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Workers at FCA Warren Truck plant in Warren, Michigan (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Join a rank-and-file committee!

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.

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)

Shut down Michigan schools to in-person learning! Stop the winter of death!

COVID-19 cases are now at an all-time high in Michigan, and schools are the top source of spread. The youth and the working class must unite to end this madness.

Statement of the Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE)

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

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Frequently asked questions
What does the term “rank-and-file” mean and where does it come from?

“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.

Is it legal to build committees of rank-and-file workers to stop the spread of COVID-19?

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.

Does HIPAA law prevent schools or workplaces from disclosing information about the spread of COVID-19?

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.