By Robert Stevens, 25 May 2020
Cummings was one of the chief advocates for Britain’s “herd immunity” policy, based on the mass infection of the population with coronavirus.
By Paul Bond, 25 May 2020
The government aims to use televised play to break down public support for social distancing. The PL’s concerns are more directly financial.
By Barry Mason, 23 May 2020
The three died in different sections of Cranswick Convenience Foods factory in Wombwell, Barnsley.
By Dennis Moore, 23 May 2020
Social care spending could face a shortfall of £3.5 billion, placing up to 225,000 adult social care places at risk in the coming year.
As hundreds across Europe die daily from coronavirus
By Jordan Shilton, 23 May 2020
Piling one lie on another, the EU Commission claimed its guidelines would restore “transport services across the EU while protecting the health of transport workers and passengers.”
Representatives from Germany’s parliamentary parties support far-right protests against coronavirus policies
By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2020
The far-right demonstrations in Germany are being used to drum up support for the dangerous policy of easing coronavirus pandemic restrictions and intimidate all opposition.
By Andy Niklaus and Ulrich Rippert, 23 May 2020
Social distancing has been abandoned in schools and no safety measures such as face masks are being provided.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2020
Merkel and Macron see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to strengthen their countries’ position in the world market and reorganise the European economy in the interests of the major corporations.
UK Labour council, Community union reject appeal to close ASOS warehouse after confirmed COVID-19 cases
By Tony Robson, 22 May 2020
The defence of ASOS workers’ lives requires a fight against the veto that such corporations enjoy over workplace safety.
”We want to be back, but not at the costs of people’s lives”
By our reporters, 22 May 2020
The WSWS spoke with teachers this week about their opposition to the Johnson government’s reopening of schools.
UK postal workers in Peterborough walk out; unions back reopening of French Amazon; Belgian medics protest
22 May 2020
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By Andrea Peters, 21 May 2020
In a little over two weeks, 6,000 US and Polish troops will simulate ground and airborne attacks about 35 miles from the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.
By Margot Miller, 21 May 2020
The jobs cull in the UK began in April as firms in retail and hospitality collapsed into administration after the imposition of lockdown, accelerating an already existing trend towards recession.
Education unions and Labour councils ready back-door imposition of Johnson government’s “back to school” plan
By Laura Tiernan, 21 May 2020
The decision to send nursery aged children—including babies and toddlers—and primary-aged students as young as 4, 5 and 6 back into schools was taken solely by Johnson and his cabinet of deranged Thatcherites.
By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2020
The Tories have long desired to replace cheap migrant labour with a native workforce so reduced to penury that they too will do backbreaking work for a pittance.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 May 2020
The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.
By Chris Marsden and Thomas Scripps, 20 May 2020
The reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces must be opposed until they are made safe.
20 May 2020
Sarah, who works in a primary school in south Yorkshire, wrote to the WSWS about the Johnson government’s plans to reopen UK schools from June 1.
By Simon Whelan, 20 May 2020
The pandemic has exposed how those buccaneers of the “free market” are happy to claim government welfare.
By Robert Stevens and John Stryder, 19 May 2020
Official statistics show that around 10,000 people have died in the UK’s care homes, but the real figure is at least double that.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 May 2020
Germany’s largest department store group, the merged Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt, is to close almost half of its stores.
By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2020
Belly Mujinga’s death produced a horrified reaction among rail workers and an outpouring of sympathy in the working class, but the deranged character of the attack also solicited an outpouring of crocodile tears from those who are ultimately responsible for creating the conditions that led to her death.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 May 2020
Sarkha is one of many programmes in a vast network of fake news activities carried out by the intelligence arms of the US and European powers.
By Paul Lee and Thomas Scripps, 18 May 2020
Back’s departure marks the beginning of a new offensive of which the Communication Workers Union “discussions” with the company form a crucial part.
By Alejandro López, 18 May 2020
The “left populist” Podemos party is backing plans for Civil Guards to attack working class protests and monitor social media for signs of online dissent.
By Andy Niklaus and Carola Kleinert, 18 May 2020
Resistance is growing among German teachers and pupils against this irresponsible policy, which threatens to turn schools into new hotspots of COVID-19.
By Katerina Selin, 18 May 2020
Greek soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition against refugees stranded in the no-man’s-land between Greece and Turkey.
By Gregor Link, 18 May 2020
Germany’s ruling elite is responding to the mounting tensions between the major powers triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic by intensifying its drive to war.
By Will Morrow, 18 May 2020
This is a damning indictment of capitalist governments internationally which are reopening schools and asserting that the virus does not harm children.
By Marianne Arens, 16 May 2020
German slaughterhouses have become coronavirus hotspots, with hundreds of workers, most of them sub-contracted from Eastern Europe, infected with the virus.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2020
TfL, which runs the London Underground, bus and rail services, faced bankruptcy, threatening the Johnson government’s efforts to restore corporate profits.
By Tania Kent and Harvey Thompson, 16 May 2020
The closure of schools is a key measure recommended by medical experts internationally to reduce the infection and death rate from the coronavirus.
By Robert Stevens, 16 May 2020
There are 23,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland and 1,518 deaths—one of the highest death ratios in the world. In Northern Ireland, 4,317 people have tested positive, with 469 deaths.
By Alice Summers, 15 May 2020
With the coronavirus pandemic leading to a drop in student numbers, up to 60,000 workers could lose their jobs as universities face a £2.5 billion funding black hole.
By Marianne Arens, 15 May 2020
With the general relaxation of the coronavirus measures, cases in schools, retirement homes, local transport, industry and the entire working population are inevitably on the rise again.
“Corona demonstrations” in Germany: Neo-Nazis join hands with Free Democrats, Christian Democrats and Left Party
By Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2020
The FDP’s leader in Thuringia, Thomas Kemmerich, participated in a demonstration against the measures put in place to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. Like other such mobilisations in Germany, it was dominated by the extreme right.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 15 May 2020
The German auto industry is using the coronavirus crisis to implement its long-planned transition to electro-mobility and digitalisation. Its main partner is the company union, the IG Metall.
Belgian bus drivers’ wildcat; South African bus drivers walk out over conditions; daily protests in Israel over government response to pandemic
15 May 2020
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By Jason Melanovski, 14 May 2020
The political return of the vociferously anti-Russian and cartoonish Saakashvilli to Ukraine is a sign of a profound crisis of the Ukrainian oligarchy.
By Christoph Vandreier, 13 May 2020
The ruling elite is now mobilising the right-wing dregs of society in the “corona” demonstrations to intimidate the population and enforce their back-to-work campaign.
By Laura Tiernan, 13 May 2020
Workers fear infections will soar following Sunday night’s “phased exit” announced by the Johnson government
By Jordan Shilton, 13 May 2020
Sweden’s high fatality rate is due to official opposition to a lockdown and mass testing, and to decades-long austerity policies that devastated health care and other key services.
By Richard Tyler, 13 May 2020
The publication of a version of the report in the Guardian makes clear that the Johnson government tried to hide evidence of its criminal lack of preparation.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 May 2020
The Socialist Campaign Group acknowledge the “class war” only in order to complain that Johnson is waging it rather than acting in the “national interest.”
By Will Morrow, 12 May 2020
The mass return to work underway across Europe is in line with the criminal policy being pursued by the Trump administration in the United States.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 12 May 2020
As the German government is effectively ending its coronavirus lockdown, reports about people dying of COVID-19 in retirement and care homes are increasing.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 May 2020
Johnson could not remain in power for a week if not for the slavish support lent to it by the Trades Union Congress and Starmer’s party
By Simon Whelan, 12 May 2020
Millions of workers employed in what the ONS terms “elementary” jobs, including cleaners and low-skilled construction workers, had the highest risk of death.
By Markus Salzmann, 12 May 2020
Although similar to Hitler’s “Enabling Act,” which consolidated the Nazi dictatorship in Germany in 1933, Orbán’s Emergency Law enjoys the support of the European Union.
By Clara Weiss, 12 May 2020
Polish media reports suggest that panic and chaos now reign in Warsaw.
By Harvey Singh, 11 May 2020
Before the lockdown, schools provided the threads of a safety net for struggling families through free school meals and breakfast clubs.
By John Stryder, 11 May 2020
A carer of an elderly family member wrote to the WSWS about the problems faced by carers during the pandemic.
By Alejandro López, 11 May 2020
The state is placing the lives of millions of workers going back to work in danger, putting corporate profits above workers’ lives.
By Marianne Arens, 11 May 2020
Immigrants from Romania, who are the main workers in the German meatpacking industry, are now being struck down by COVID-19.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 May 2020
From the outset the intention of the NSU trial in Munich was to cover up the involvement of Germany’s domestic intelligence service and other security agencies.
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II
By Christoph Vandreier, 11 May 2020
Three-quarters of a century after the end of the most brutal war in world history, the German ruling elite is returning to authoritarian and ultimately fascist policies to enforce militarism and inequality.
By Shannon Jones, 9 May 2020
The incompetence and callous disregard for human life by the capitalist authorities in country after country is fueling an upsurge in the class struggle.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 May 2020
The number of deaths has exceeded 275,000 and infections are growing. Yet, the stock markets continue to rise, despite unprecedented job losses.
By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2020
The government’s reckless decision, in line with similar measures underway across Europe and the US, puts countless lives at risk.
By Jacques Valentin, 9 May 2020
The provisions cover the entire period since the state declared a national health emergency in March, and apply to elected representatives, ministers, civil servants and employers.
By Marianne Arens, 9 May 2020
Schools are being reopened in nearly all federal states and the risky measure is meeting with growing opposition from teachers.
By Robert Stevens, 9 May 2020
The opposition among millions of workers and throughout the population was expressed in Thursday’s top trending hashtags #KeepTheLockdown and #extendthelockdown.
By Charles Hixson, 9 May 2020
Those remaining on London’s streets face increased deprivation, as normal sources of food from distributors and food kitchens have gone.
By our reporters, 9 May 2020
The UK has registered the highest number of fatalities in Europe from the virus, including at least 200 health and social care workers.
“The Fight for Our Lives” online rally
By Thomas Scripps, 9 May 2020
What is meant by “unity” and “solidarity” is in fact an effort to subordinate workers to Labour and the unions by concealing their rotten dealings with employers and the government.
By John Vassilopoulos, 9 May 2020
The lifting of the measures, which will undo efforts that have lowered the spread and death rate from COVID-19, is of crucial importance to the Greek ruling elite.
By Johannes Stern, 8 May 2020
Three weeks after the decision of the federal and state governments to gradually withdraw the restrictions imposed in March, the end of the lockdown in Germany has largely been completed.
By Alice Summers, 8 May 2020
Inquests into medical worker deaths from coronavirus will not address government failure to provide personal protective equipment, even as many health care workers still lack adequate equipment.
8 May 2020
South African nurses’ stayaway defies premature lockdown end; health workers in South Africa, Kenya, refuse workers in UK, demand personal protection equipment.
By Will Morrow, 7 May 2020
Even as the coronavirus pandemic’s scale is being covered up, Italian authorities have begun a full re-opening of the economy that will kills tens of thousands.
By Alex Lantier, 7 May 2020
European governments’ handling of the pandemic shows they place far more value on their strategic aims against China in Eurasia than on workers’ lives at home.
By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 7 May 2020
Germany’s government is preparing to purchase 93 Eurofighters and 45 US-made F-18 fighter jets for a total cost of almost €20 billion.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2020
Along with hunting for government stimulus packages, the auto companies are ramping up production again despite the dangers to workers' health and lives.
By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 7 May 2020
The furlough scheme is being ended with workers facing either going back into work in unsafe conditions, in the middle of a deadly pandemic, or losing their jobs.
By Stephen Alexander, 7 May 2020
Data based on death notifications directly from care homes recorded 6,391 COVID-19 fatalities between April 10 and May 1.
By Laura Tiernan, 7 May 2020
The pseudo-left are seeking to prevent workers from making a break with Labour and the unions and turning to a socialist perspective.
By Alex Lantier, 7 May 2020
The working class now faces a struggle on two fronts: the war against COVID-19, and the class war.
By Christoph Vandreier, 7 May 2020
With its criminal back-to-work campaign, the German government is accepting the deaths of millions of workers in order to secure the profits of the rich and continue the bonanza in the financial markets.
Playing Russian roulette with hundreds of thousands of lives
By Peter Schwarz, 6 May 2020
Two weeks after the initial lifting of some of the coronavirus lockdown's restrictions in Germany, demands for its total abandonment have reached fever pitch.
By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2020
Deaths reach record levels as thousands of new coronavirus cases continue to be reported daily in Britain—with another 4,406 yesterday and a total of 194,990.
By Chris Marsden, 6 May 2020
The attempt by Labour and the trade unions to feign concern for the working class is laughable, given that they have functioned in a de facto national unity government with the Tories.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 6 May 2020
The CGT is refusing to call any strike action as Macron is pushing workers back into their workplaces next Monday.
By Richard Tyler, 6 May 2020
While the FTSE 100 index plummeted in early March, losing over 2,000 points, it has already gained 1,000 points since the injection of vast sums of public money into the private sector.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 May 2020
The neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst is accused of having shot leading Christian Democratic politician Walter Lübcke in cold blood on the terrace of his home on the night of June 2, 2019.
By Jordan Shilton, 5 May 2020
Social Democrat Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen said reopening schools is necessary so parents could get back to work and “get the economy going again.”
By Thomas Scripps, 5 May 2020
The British state continues to obstruct both Assange’s ability to conduct his defence and journalists’ ability to report on the case in detail.
By our reporter, 5 May 2020
Many workers responded with hostility to the CWU’s announcement accepting the ending of Saturday letter deliveries and calling off threatened industrial action.
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.