UK postal worker: “Royal Mail are getting what they want and the Communication Workers Union is allowing it—the union really is useless”
5 May 2020
This letter was sent by a postal worker to the SEP (UK) in response to the CWU claiming to have forced Royal Mail Group to back down from plans to end permanently Saturday deliveries, which would cost 20,000 jobs.
Scientists set up independent committee to challenge UK government’s COVID-19 response: “there is no transparency”
By Laura Tiernan, 5 May 2020
Professor David King pointed to daily media briefings with scientists standing alongside government ministers, stating “that is very different from being free to say what your advice is.”
By Gregor Link, 4 May 2020
The German Council on Foreign Relations calls for a “comprehensive conflict strategy” in order to emerge “even stronger” from the crisis.
By Markus Salzmann, 4 May 2020
Despite the continuing spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe, the government has adopted a pioneering “easing policy,” posing a deadly risk for hundreds of thousands of people.
By Alice Summers, 4 May 2020
The new Nightingale facilities were meant to provide overflow capacity to overwhelmed hospitals, but patients have been turned away due to a lack of suitable equipment or staff.
By Steve James, 4 May 2020
Journalist Craig Murray could face up to two years in jail following his reporting of the trial of former SNP leader Alex Salmond.
By Tony Robson, 4 May 2020
The struggle by ASOS workers has demonstrated that they cannot rely on the local authority, state bodies or the unions for protection.
By Nick Beams, 2 May 2020
The European Central Bank has taken the same road as the US Fed, committing itself to pump still more money across the board into the financial markets.
By Johannes Stern, 2 May 2020
Despite the continuing spread of the COVID-19 internationally, the German government is accelerating its lifting of the limited restrictions imposed to prevent transmission of the virus.
By Marianne Arens, 2 May 2020
While almost 300 workers at a Baden-Württemberg slaughterhouse have COVID-19, the plant remains open.
By Ulrich Rippert, 2 May 2020
Daimler department heads and other managers are being trained to put pressure on individual workers to “implement the job cuts as smoothly as possible.”
By Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2020
The airline unions are appealing to Chancellor Merkel for state intervention.
By Jean Gibney, 2 May 2020
Reports claim that deaths due to the disruption of cancer services alone are likely to outnumber deaths from the coronavirus itself over the next five years.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 May 2020
Having initially warned of strike action against the ending of Saturday deliveries, the CWU organised a shameless retreat.
By Clara Weiss, 2 May 2020
Just one day after Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was hospitalized for COVID-19, the minister for construction, housing and communal services and his deputy also tested positive.
By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2020
The continuing loss of life barely registered with a national media obsessed with reporting which chain store is opening its doors, when the lockdown “exit strategy” might be announced, and the prime minister’s new baby.
By Marianne Arens, 1 May 2020
While Amazon has profited massively from the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of its workers throughout the world have become infected with COVID-19.
French teachers’ strike threat against premature end to lockdown; South African and Zimbabwean nurses protest lack of PPE
1 May 2020
Protests are continuing against attempts to restart operations in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic without proper safeguards, including French teachers, German doctors and nurses in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
By Alejandro López, 30 April 2020
On Tuesday evening, Sánchez outlined his government’s plan under the name “ Transition Plan to a New Normal.”
By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2020
Sweden did not impose a lock-down and even delayed issuing social distancing guidelines, leading to more deaths and pushing the health system to the limit.
By Alexandre Lantier and Anthony Torres, 30 April 2020
The decision puts hundreds of thousands of lives at risk that have been saved by the insistence of the working class on measures to contain the disease.
By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2020
The UK is fast becoming the centre of the pandemic in Europe and is set to surpass the 27,682 deaths already recorded in Italy.
By Thomas Scripps, 30 April 2020
The job losses will devastate tens of thousands and are a warning to workers of the economic “reconstruction” being prepared by the ruling elite in the wake of the pandemic.
Profits before human life: German parliament president Schäuble wins broad support in the establishment
By Peter Schwarz, 30 April 2020
The German ruling class is marking the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s suicide in the Führer bunker by discussing how many human lives should be sacrificed in the coronavirus crisis.
By our reporters, 30 April 2020
Under the slogan “average grade 2020,” students are demanding the suspension of final exams and the closing of schools so long as the lives of students, teachers and their relatives are at risk from COVID-19.
29 April 2020
This article was submitted to the World Socialist Web Site by a UK postal worker.
By Thomas Scripps, 29 April 2020
Using documents from within the NHS supply chain, the investigation rips apart ministers’ claims to have provided 1 billion items of personal protective equipment in the last two months.
COVID-19 infection at sporting fixtures underscores criminality of Johnson government’s herd immunity policy
By Barry Mason, 29 April 2020
It was only due to growing opposition that the government was forced to impose a lockdown. But much of the damage had already been done, as evidenced by its allowing three sporting events to take place.
By Alejandro López, 28 April 2020
Serra was sentenced to a draconian 18 months in prison and a €2000 fine for attending a protest against the eviction of a disabled person in a working class area of Madrid.
By Johannes Stern, 28 April 2020
The ruling class’s back-to-work offensive, which threatens a major resurgence of COVID-19, has long been accompanied by a media-driven campaign with fascistic characteristics.
By Alex Lantier, 27 April 2020
The decision to lift confinement measures in the middle of a pandemic—23,680 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday across Europe—is politically criminal.
By Alice Summers, 27 April 2020
The vindictive suspension of the COVID-19 prisoner release programme demonstrates the criminal disregard of the British ruling class for the lives of prisoners.
By Dermot Byrne, 27 April 2020
One Irish driver explained: “There is a general feeling the union doesn’t act in the interests of the bus workers.”
By Anthony Torres, 27 April 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people in working class suburbs risk falling ill in frontline jobs, or going hungry while sheltering at home without any state support.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 April 2020
Although around 2,500 people in Germany are being infected with the coronavirus every day, Daimler and Volkswagen both restarted car production this week.
By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 27 April 2020
The death of the 57-year-old Nicolae Bahan has cast a grim light on the terrible conditions confronting harvest workers coming from Eastern Europe to toil in Germany ’ s fields.
By Thomas Scripps, 27 April 2020
The leak of the Labour Party investigation marks an appropriate endpoint to Corbyn’s five-year record of political surrender and collusion.
By Julia Callaghan, 27 April 2020
Households will suffer an overall £43 billion loss—equating to a 17 percent reduction in monthly household disposable income.
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 27 April 2020
The Dutch government’s “intelligent lockdown” strategy adopted since March 16 places capitalist profits above workers’ lives, risking countless thousands of deaths.
By Johannes Stern, 25 April 2020
A number of state governments—including the Social Democrat/Left Party/Green government in Berlin—forced thousands of students back to school earlier this week to sit their final exams.
By Alejandro López, 25 April 2020
Podemos bases its policy of forcing nonessential workers back to work in Spain on its willingness to accept millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths.
By Will Morrow, 25 April 2020
The government is downplaying the disastrous impact that an end to confinement will have on the spread of COVID-19.
By Robert Stevens, 25 April 2020
First Minister Sturgeon’s supposed “progressive” credentials, backed in Scotland, England and Wales by Labour and the trade unions, offer an avenue for big business and banks to engineer a political shift towards a return to work.
By Ben Trent, 25 April 2020
Charities set to lose up to £4 billion over a 12-week period because of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Alice Summers, 25 April 2020
A fundraising page for the NHS, set up by 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, received overwhelming public support, raising more than £28 million in two weeks.
By Andrea Peters, 25 April 2020
Hospitals and clinics in several cities have been placed under quarantine, as COVID-19 infects staff and patients alike.
Unions collude with companies to keep non-essential UK ASOS warehouse and retail businesses running during pandemic
By Joe Mount and Tony Robson, 24 April 2020
The GMB trade union has isolated the struggle of ASOS workers against unsafe conditions and told them to put their faith in the company “to do the right thing.”
By Miles Driver and Laura Tiernan, 24 April 2020
Drivers told the WSWS about the unsafe working conditions being enforced by the Johnson government, private bus operators, Transport for London and London Labour Party Mayor Sadiq Khan, in collaboration with the unions.
By Stephen Alexander, 24 April 2020
The impact of this deadly policy has fallen overwhelmingly on the poor, densely populated areas in deindustrialised centres of the working class.
Workers protests continue over lack of personal protective equipment; South African unions back premature reopening of the mines
24 April 2020
Workers protests continued over lack of protective equipment as South African miners mobilized to oppose a premature return to work.
By Thomas Scripps, 23 April 2020
The government claims to have established a daily testing capacity of 40,000 but only half that number is being carried out.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 April 2020
A bitter struggle is raging between the EU member states over how the trillions should be distributed and who will pay for it.
By Will Morrow, 23 April 2020
While sparked by the latest act of wanton police violence, the riots are more fundamentally driven by popular anger over social inequality and the right-wing policies of the Macron administration.
Amazon shuts down French distribution centers after court requires protection of employees from coronavirus
By Will Morrow, 22 April 2020
The closure is a naked act of economic blackmail, using Amazon’s control over logistics infrastructure to sabotage the distribution of essential goods.
By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 22 April 2020
“We must learn to live with the pandemic,” Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed.
By Robert Stevens, 22 April 2020
In what it described as a "conservative estimate", the Financial Times concluded that its analysis of official data reveals "The coronavirus pandemic has already caused as many as 41,000 deaths in the UK".
By Johannes Stern, 22 April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has thoroughly exposed the class character and political orientation of the Left Party and its pseudo-left satellites.
By Steve James, 21 April 2020
Boris Johnson’s government would like to exit the coronavirus lockdown as quickly as possible to restart the extraction of profit from the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2020
The five major states in Europe—Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK—account for around 85,000 of the 100,000 plus deaths.
By Margot Miller, 20 April 2020
Anticipating rising unemployment and collapsing wages, the Social Market Foundation urges the Conservative government to abandon the “triple-lock” mechanism.
By Harvey Singh, 20 April 2020
As well as a food crisis exacerbated by the pandemic, deteriorating housing conditions are a major negative factor for workers, placing them at increased risk of infection.
By Alejandro López, 20 April 2020
Telepizza workers are striking as the Socialist Party-Podemos coalition government orders millions of workers back to work facing unsafe conditions.
By Will Morrow, 20 April 2020
Neither Philippe nor Health Minister Véran provided any rational scientific or medical basis, during this health crisis, for the reopening of the economy planned on May 11.
By Anthony Torres, 20 April 2020
The French Navy refused to allow the ship’s commanding officer to stop its mission while the coronavirus spread like wildfire among the crew.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2020
An article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung details how the executives of major German corporations are raking in millions from the COVID-19 crisis.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 18 April 2020
Germany’s automakers and the IG Metall trade union are demanding that production be restarted.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 April 2020
Economist Boris Augurzky claims that there are too many hospitals, and has called for the crisis to be used to further reduce the number of facilities.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 17 April 2020
By preparing to order workers back to work amid a raging pandemic, European governments are risking the lives of millions of workers and those close to them.
Bournemouth nurse’s letter to WSWS prompts widespread discussion on dangers facing NHS workers during COVID-19 pandemic
By Alice Summers, 17 April 2020
The letter describes the appalling conditions in the hospital's COVID-19 ward and the anger of healthcare workers at management’s failure to provide adequate PPE and towards Boris Johnson’s Conservative government.
By Simon Whelan, 17 April 2020
Three British universities have announced hundreds of temporary contract redundancies in order to make financial savings, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
Workers protest lack of personal protective equipment as unions support premature back to work drive
17 April 2020
Fiat Chrysler in Italy has set May for the resumption of partial production while nurses in Ireland, South Africa and Malawi stage protests against lack of personal protective equipment.
French President Macron announces a premature end to quarantine in the interests of the financial elite
By Alex Lantier, 16 April 2020
Emmanuel Macron delivered a televised address to the French public on Monday night to defend his government’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Paul Lee and Richard Tyler, 16 April 2020
Even now, as postal workers are dying and the danger of infection is massive, the Communication Workers Union refuses to pull the whole workforce out on strike until Royal Mail can guarantee their safety.
By Robert Stevens, 16 April 2020
For the ruling elite, the elderly are viewed as a drain on resources and a burden on the further accumulation of personal wealth and corporate profit.
By our reporters, 16 April 2020
Reports from two tram drivers illustrate the irresponsible actions of the MVG management putting workers at increased risk of infection and death.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 April 2020
The call for human life to be weighed against economic value runs through the statement from start to finish.
By Alice Summers, 15 April 2020
Another 27,531 Covid-19 cases in Europe were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly one million.
By Paul Bond, 15 April 2020
The rapacious quest for pandemic hideouts by the super-rich starkly demonstrates the waste of societal resources under capitalism.
By John Vassilopoulos, 15 April 2020
Greece only had 560 intensive care unit beds as the pandemic began, 6 per 1 million inhabitants compared to 29.2 in Germany.
By Marianne Arens, 15 April 2020
Refuse workers report how they are given no protection and are expected to travel home in their dirty overalls.
By Alejandro López, 14 April 2020
Working class anger is rising against the Socialist Party-Podemos government, which forced millions of non-essential workers back to work yesterday
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 14 April 2020
Europe’s largest airline, is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to implement long-planned attacks on their workforces.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 April 2020
It will not be long before Johnson’s words of praise for the NHS will be nothing but a bitter memory, cited by angry doctors and nurses as the Tories resume their efforts to destroy it.
UK NHS workers speak to the WSWS: “Is it worth clapping the NHS without ensuring the safety of frontline workers?”
By our reporters, 14 April 2020
Several NHS workers have contacted the WSWS following the attacks by Conservative Health Minister Matt Hancock, who accused NHS staff of wasting personal protective equipment resources.
14 April 2020
The WSWS received the following letter in response to the statement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson following his discharge from hospital.
No work without protection! Berlin transport worker issues appeal for independent workers committees
By Andy Niklaus, 14 April 2020
A serious fight against the coronavirus pandemic must focus on the interests of the broad masses of the population, not the profits of the wealthy few.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2020
More than 30 National Health Service workers are reported to have died as the UK’s death toll rises above 10,000.
“If we stop working, nothing will move here anymore!”
By Ulrich Rippert, 13 April 2020
It is the workers, not the capitalists, who are essential to social life.
By Alejandro López, 13 April 2020
The order threatens to lead to hundreds of thousands of more infections and tens of thousands of deaths, while big business reaps massive profits.
“I have lost faith in the system itself”
By Alex Lantier, 13 April 2020
Distinguished scientist Mauro Ferrari was forced to resign as European Research Council president after calling for a coordinated struggle against the pandemic.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 April 2020
After two days of bitter disputes, the EU finance ministers agreed on a coronavirus bailout worth €500 billion.
By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2020
The union seeks to prevent a strike under conditions where the coronavirus pandemic is starkly exposing the devastating consequences of the restoration of capitalism.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2020
Morris’s comments are a moving refutation of the media smears directed against Assange and underscore the urgency of the fight for his immediate freedom.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020
As plans were being hatched over how to impose a return to work, over 4,000 new pandemic deaths were reported in Europe on Friday, bringing the total for the continent to over 70,000.
By Alejandro López, 11 April 2020
Podemos and the Spanish social democrats are needlessly sacrificing thousands of workers’ lives in order to boost corporate profits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 April 2020
According to the Robert Koch Institute, more than 2,300 doctors and nurses have been infected with coronavirus in Germany.
By Alice Summers, 11 April 2020
With significantly reduced air traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic, Heathrow Airport told thousands of workers that they must accept a 15 percent wage reduction, or they will lose their jobs.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020
Even prior to his election, Starmer was at pains to reposition himself to be acceptable to the Zionist and Blairite right.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2020
Assange’s arrest was an historic crime, setting a precedent for escalating attacks on press freedom and the democratic rights of the working class.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 April 2020
While over 4,100 people died of COVID-19 yesterday, stock markets finished the week with huge gains as the ruling elite’s plan to force workers back to work emerges.