Throughout the world, workers are engaging in strikes and mass protests over austerity, unprecedented levels of social inequality and the criminal response of capitalist governments to spread of the pandemic. This page will report on the latest developments in the class struggle throughout the world and provide a voice to workers and a means of organizing their struggles. At the same time, it will help workers draw the necessary lessons from the history of the class struggle and socialist movement for their battles today.

To be effective today, even the most basic forms of working-class resistance must be coordinated on an international scale. As the global class struggle escalates, the page will assist workers in building new organizations of struggle, rank-and-file factory and workplace committees independent of the unions, to defend themselves and coordinate their struggles across national borders.

The task of the WSWS is to assist the growing mass movement by providing the Marxist theoretical guidance and political perspective required to transform the spontaneous eruptions of social opposition into a class conscious and internationally coordinated revolutionary struggle for socialism.

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Around the world, workers are rising up against the attacks by the capitalist class on their wages, standard of living and basic democratic rights. Millions are opposed to the drive to re-open schools, factories and other workplaces, sacrificing human life in the interest of private profit.

To provide these struggles with an independent organization and democratic leadership, the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party are building new organizations of struggle, rank-and-file committees, among autoworkers, teachers, warehouse workers and other section of the working class. Rank-and-file committees provide the means for workers to fight independently against both the companies, their union lackeys and their political representatives, and establish democratic control over production by workers themselves.

Rank-and-file committees reject the nationalist poison of the unions, which divides 'native' workers against 'foreign' workers and ensures the defeat of both. Instead, rank-and-file committees understand that workers all over the world have the same interests, and provides them the means for international discussion and collaboration.


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