Workers Struggles

Telecom unions lead Charter-Spectrum strike into dead end

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 17 November 2017

Charter-Spectrum workers in New York City and New Jersey have been on strike for eight months.

Ugandan doctors and medical workers continue “illegal” action

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 November 2017

Ugandan President Yoweri Museni has ordered district commissioners to take note of workers participating in the strike.

Millions of workers in the US face a life of part-time, precarious employment

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 November 2017

In spite of boasts by President Trump and former President Obama of job creation, economic growth has been dominated by the continued expansion of low-wage, part-time work.

Clerical workers union and New York University extend contract expiration date

By Alan Whyte, 16 November 2017

The union for New York University clerical workers has made an agreement with the school to postpone the contract expiration date until the end of November.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 November 2017

Thousands of workers and retirees participated in protests in dozens of cities against changes that would raise the retirement age and lessen workplace protections for workers.

Another decisive repudiation

Ohio auto glass workers vote 2-1 against the UAW

By Shannon Jones, 11 November 2017

The vote against the UAW took place in an area that was once noted for worker militancy and the scene of pitched class battles.

Ontario colleges issue ultimatum to striking faculty

By Dylan Lubao, 11 November 2017

Making use of Ontario’s reactionary labour laws, college administrators are forcing 12,000 striking faculty to vote on a “final offer” that addresses none of the workers’ demands.

Indian government bans ambulance workers’ walkout, South Korean teachers vote on strike action

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11 November 2017

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UK rail staff in limited strike

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10 November 2017

Workers at five UK rail companies struck Wednesday against the introduction of driver-only operated trains which threatens the jobs of some 6,000 train guards and conductors.

UK rail workers escalate strikes in the face of scab operation

By Michael Barnes, 8 November 2017

Ahead of the strikes, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling declared the Conservative government’s intention to coordinate a national strike-breaking operation.

24-hour strike by Argentine airline staff

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 November 2017

Pilots and ground crew are calling for a 26 percent pay increase to keep pace with inflation.

“We are treated like garbage, like we are disposable”

Detroit autoworkers condemn UAW in death of young Ford worker

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2017

All workers confront stressful conditions at the factory, where the workday is 10 hours, and the UAW has long collaborated with the FCA bosses to cut wages and increase production.

Temp work past the age of retirement

Amazon’s CamperForce program exploits elderly workers

By Evan Blake, 6 November 2017

Every year, Amazon hires thousands of temporary workers in their 50s, 60s and 70s to carry out backbreaking labor during the holiday season.

After ultimatum and threats of job loss

Union ends Palatine, Illinois support staff strike without contract

By George Marlowe, 4 November 2017

After the school district of Palatine, Illinois issued an ultimatum to striking support staff, their union sent them back to work without a contract.

Pakistan: Punjab government field health workers protest

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4 November 2017

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Strike threat by South African coal miners

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3 November 2017

The National Union of Mine workers has rejected employer pay offers and is calling for a rise of between 8 and 9 percent.

Ontario college teachers hit by vehicles as strike continues

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 October 2017

Strikers have been hit by vehicles in two separate incidents as a walkout by Ontario college teachers continues.

Seven-month Spectrum strike in New York and New Jersey highlights assault on pensions

By Mark Witkowski, 30 October 2017

The strike has been isolated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, and the much larger telecom union, the Communications Workers of America.

Memorial in Detroit for young autoworker who died in Ford plant

By Jerry White, 28 October 2017

The alleged suicide of Jacoby Hennings at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping plant has generated widespread sympathy along with anger over the cruel conditions facing young workers.

Lessons of the CAMI autoworkers’ strike in Canada

By Carl Bronski, 28 October 2017

The strike did not fail to achieve its goals due to a lack of readiness among GM workers to fight, but because it was sabotaged by Unifor with its pro-corporate and nationalist agenda.

Apple iPhone workers protest in China

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28 October 2017

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27 October 2017

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Ontario community college staff continue strike

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24 October 2017

The 12,000 professors, instructors, consultants and librarians are in the second week of a strike against the provincial college system.

South Korean media workers continue strike

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21 October 2017

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The Canadian split from the UAW—Lessons for today

By Carl Bronski, 20 October 2017

The defeat of the CAMI strike attests to the failure of the nationalist strategy that Unifor and its predecessor, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, have pursued since splitting from the United Auto Workers in 1985.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 October 2017

The airline filed for bankruptcy in August in the face of continuing heavy losses, threatening some 8,000 jobs.

12,000 professors and instructors strike Ontario colleges

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17 October 2017

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Unifor announces deal to end CAMI strike

Reject Unifor-GM blackmail! No vote until CAMI workers have full contract and time to study it!

Statement of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 14 October 2017

Displaying the same contempt for rank-and-file workers it has since the CAMI strike began, Unifor announced it would release no details of the settlement until Monday’s ratification meeting where it expected to pass the deal.

Public servants, teachers strike in Pakistan

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14 October 2017

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New Zealand rail union blocks struggle against attacks on conditions

By our reporters, 13 October 2017

A two-hour work stoppage was called to lay the basis for another union-employer sellout deal.

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13 October 2017

On Monday steelworkers across Italy walked out over layoffs threatened by Indian-based steel producer ArecelMittal resulting from a takeover deal.

General strike by Argentine public employees, Colombian pilots defy strikebreaking order, walkouts in Kentucky and Ohio

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 October 2017

Public sector workers in Argentina launch general strike against austerity measures by President Mauricio Macri while walkouts start at a packaging plant in Louisville, Kentucky and a specialty ceramics maker in Ohio.

US railroad union coalition agrees to contract with health givebacks

By Jeff Lusanne, 9 October 2017

Widespread workers’ opposition is not only to the increased health care costs, but to decades of concessions to the railroads while they continued to make billions.

As CAMI strike ends third week, Unifor peddles Canadian nationalism at rally

By Jerry White, 7 October 2017

Unifor is using CAMI workers as pawns in their maneuvers with the Canadian and US governments over renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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7 October 2017

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6 October 2017

Workers gave overwhelming authorisation for a walkout that would be the first in the four years since the privatisation of Royal Mail.

As CAMI strike continues, Unifor sheds crocodile tears for Mexican workers

By Carl Bronski, 5 October 2017

Dias does not explain how his supposed concern for the plight of Mexican workers squares with the union’s demand that GM lay off workers in Mexico before any workers at CAMI.

Baggage-handlers’ strike at Toronto airport enters third month

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 October 2017

Some 700 workers are striking against demands by Swissport for a three-year wage freeze, cuts to benefits and tighter control over work schedules.

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30 September 2017

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Unifor leaders plot with GM to beat back resistance of CAMI strikers

By Jerry White, 29 September 2017

The top leadership of the Canadian auto union met with GM executives in Detroit even as the strike by 2,800 CAMI workers continued.

SAG-AFTRA ends 11-month video game industry strike, making major concessions

By Glenn Mulwray, 29 September 2017

SAG-AFTRA’s strike against 11 major video game publishers has ended with agreement on a sellout contract, pending ratification. On each major point, the union capitulated to the demands of the corporations.

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29 September 2017

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Strike by Colombian pilots continues, negotiations restart

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26 September 2017

The 700 pilots employed by Avianca struck September 22 for better pay and conditions affecting some 530 flights.

Canadian union seeks to shut down CAMI strike by offering concessions to GM

By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2017

Unifor has focused on bolstering its partnership with the big-business Liberal government and promoting reactionary Canadian nationalism.

General Motors and Ford announce thousands of US layoffs

By Shannon Jones, 23 September 2017

The layoffs come amid mounting signs that the seven-year boom in auto sales is collapsing.

Legal appeals of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers expose travesty of justice

By Saman Gunadasa, 23 September 2017

“The (legal) doubt,” declares one of the appeals, “is not only overwhelming, but in fact, there is hardly any aspect on which the prosecution’s case is at all believable.”

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23 September 2017

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Birmingham refuse workers’ strike suspended; Kenyan state governors begin filling the jobs of striking nurses

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 September 2017

The Birmingham trash collectors have been battling attempts to force through 120 redundancies; meanwhile, in Kenya, state governors are advertising for strikebreakers in a long-running strike by nurses.

French unions try to strangle workers’ opposition to Macron

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 September 2017

The unions, whose strike calls are carefully prepared beforehand with the government, are terrified of being outflanked on their left by an eruption of workers’ struggles.

Sri Lankan power workers on strike

By W.A. Sunil, 19 September 2017

The ongoing stoppage is against the government’s austerity measures being imposed at the behest of the International Monetary Fund.

Protests against passage of anti-working class budget in Haiti

Workers Struggles: the Americas

19 September 2017

Protestors clashed with police in cites across Haiti over government plans to impose new taxes and fees on citizens.

GM CAMI workers strike in Canada

By Carl Bronski, 18 September 2017

The walkout is part of a growing wave of struggles by autoworkers around the world, including in the US, Korea, Serbia and Slovakia.

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16 September 2017

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Teachers strike in Burlington, Vermont over health care cuts, working conditions

By Jerry White, 15 September 2017

More than 400 teachers walked out on strike in Burlington Thursday, after efforts by a mediator, the city’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association failed to prevent the strike.

Canadian auto union moves to ram through concessions deal on GM CAMI workers

By Carl Bronski, 15 September 2017

With contempt for workers, Unifor officials have called a “ratification/strike” meeting for Sunday without releasing any information about what workers are supposed to vote on.

University staff strike across Nigeria as health care and state media workers consider action

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 September 2017

University staff across Nigeria are resuming a strike first called in January over a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government but since ignored.

Worker exposes deadly conditions at Detroit area US Steel mill

By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2017

A steelworker describes on Facebook the callous response of both management and the United Steelworkers to the exposure of a group of crane operators to a deadly gas.

Riverside, California county workers stage two-day strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 September 2017

Rather than mobilize the power of the working class, the Service Employees International Union used the walkout as a photo op for various Democratic Party candidates.

IAM pushes sellout deal on striking Chicago car mechanics

By Jessica Goldstein, 11 September 2017

Mechanics are not paid for the hours worked on the clock, but by the number of hours the automobile manufacturers assign to the parts they work on.

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9 September 2017

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Royal College of Nursing union holds rally in London

No answers to attacks on public health care

By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 8 September 2017

The “Summer of Action” was largely restricted to appeals to MPs and photo opportunities for RCN bureaucrats and union officials making occasional media appearances.

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Kenyan nurses in 13th week of strike

8 September 2017

Calling the strike illegal, the state governors have threatened to fire the 25,000 Kenyan nurses if they do not return to work by Friday.

“We don’t know what kind of deal they’ve struck with the breakaway dealerships”

IAM isolates striking Chicago car mechanics, seeks separate agreements

By Jessica Goldstein, 5 September 2017

Striking Chicago-area auto mechanics remain militant during their fifth week of struggle while the union tries to shut down the strike by making deals with independent dealerships.

One-day strike set by public workers in Uruguay

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 September 2017

The Uruguayan public workers federation has announced a one-day strike over job insecurity and “covert privatization.”

“Whatever happens to us is going to happen to everybody else”

Toronto airport strikers speak out

By our reporters, 4 September 2017

700 employees of Swissport at Toronto’s Pearson Airport are resisting management’s attempt to slash their real wages and gut their working conditions.

Boston area transit privatization plan goes forward amid allegations of corruption/mismanagement

By John Marion, 2 September 2017

Lack of rational planning combined with out-and-out corruption are the main contributing factors to the crisis of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority serving greater Boston.

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2 September 2017

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Portuguese Volkswagen workers rebel against Workers Commission collaboration

2 September 2017

Volkswagen workers in Portugal launched a strike against the German-based automaker the week over extended Saturday working.

“The working class has to stand together against this”

After five months on strike, Spectrum workers in New York-New Jersey must break union-imposed isolation

By Alan Whyte, A. Woodson and Steve Light, 1 September 2017

Nearly 2,000 technicians and engineers continue to battle the telecom giant Charter Communications, now known as Spectrum.

UK rail workers to continue strikes against plans for Driver Only Operated trains

By Tony Robson, 31 August 2017

The latest round of strike action takes place against the background of concerted efforts by the rail unions to end the dispute and prevent its extension to other private operators on the network.

Striking Toronto baggage handlers reject offer, continue job action

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 August 2017

The workers voted down a proposed contract offer very similar to one they had previously rejected.

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26 August 2017

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CSX worker in Tennessee seriously injured due to cutbacks

Railroads push cost-cutting and contract concessions

By Jeff Lusanne, 25 August 2017

Railroads continue to push for concessions three years after contracts for 145,000 workers expired, while implementing cost-cutting changes to please Wall Street.

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Kenyan nurses continue their national strike beyond 11 weeks

25 August 2017

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Chilean educators hold 24-hour strike over new education law, unpaid bonuses

24 August 2017

An August 17 nationwide strike by educators in Chile a law of “New Public Education” and to demand payment of overdue salaries and bonuses.

Peruvian teachers strike as Kuczynski’s government plunges into crisis

By Armando Cruz, 23 August 2017

Reportedly, more than 200,000 teachers in 18 regions of the country are participating in the strike, making it one of the largest in the last decade.

“If you don’t stand up, nothing happens”

Union isolates Chicago-area auto mechanics strike in its fourth week

By Jessica Goldstein and George Marlowe, 22 August 2017

Rank-and-file mechanics of in the Chicago area spoke out against poverty wages and unfair labor practices, as the union attempts to shut down the strike.

More charges in Fiat Chrysler corruption scandal

UAW executives accepted bribes “to take company-friendly positions”

By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017

The multimillion-dollar bribery scheme exposes the UAW as a corrupt agent of corporate management, which has worked to impose massive concessions contracts at FCA, General Motors and Ford.

Company faces allegations of abuse by both management and UAW officials

Ford settles claims over sexual and racial harassment at Chicago auto plants for $10 million

By George Marlowe, 19 August 2017

For the second time in nearly 20 years, Ford Motor Company faces sexual harassment claims by female workers against supervisors and union officials.

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19 August 2017

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18 August 2017

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Farmworkers fighting deadly working conditions in Washington state

By our reporter, 16 August 2017

Some 70 contract workers stopped work on August 4 over the death of a 28-year-old co-worker, winning broad support in the local community.

Ontario, Canada aerospace workers occupy factory

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 August 2017

The occupation began August 10 and shut down production for two days at Northstar Aerospace.

The road forward for Sri Lankan workers after the betrayal of the CPC strike

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 August 2017

The struggle against privatisation and to defend jobs can be waged only through a political fight against the profit system, on the basis of socialist policies.

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12 August 2017

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British Airways cabin crew extend strike

11 August 2017

The dispute is one of the longest running in the history of the European airline industry.

Spectrum strike in New York-New Jersey enters fifth month

By Mark Witkowski, 9 August 2017

The unions have left Spectrum workers to battle the giant telecom company on their own.

Death of Hollywood stuntman highlights dangerous working conditions

By Glenn Mulwray, 8 August 2017

Dangerous working conditions have long been the norm on film sets, and the actors union’s recently negotiated contract with Hollywood producers will do nothing to change the status quo.

Nationwide strike by educators set in Chile

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 August 2017

Chile’s College of Professors is set to strike against right wing, pro market, changes to the country’s educational system.

“We work harder for pennies”

Striking Chicago-area mechanics denounce auto dealerships’ contract offer

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 August 2017

Striking mechanics told the WSWS that after years of concessions they are determined to obtain a real wage increase and better contract terms.

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5 August 2017

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CSX railroad workers denounce Wall Street plundering

By Jeff Lusanne, 4 August 2017

As the CEO blames employees for the failure of his policies, CSX workers have denounced years of eroding working conditions.

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Bank of England staff strike, Israeli workers protest chemical plant closing

4 August 2017

Strikes and protests have hit the region as governments press their programmes of austerity and privatisation.

Tens of thousands line up at Amazon job fairs as Dow tops 22,000

By Eric London, 3 August 2017

The long lines of job-hungry workers encircling buildings and stretching across parking lots recall scenes from the Great Depression.

“I’ve read about revolutions. If you ignore the lower class long enough they’ll rise up”

Amazon Jobs Day applicants speak out

By our reporters, 3 August 2017

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to applicants in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.

Railroad workers at CSX face the dictates of Wall Street

By Jeff Lusanne, 1 August 2017

Since CSX has installed a new Wall Street-approved CEO, workers at the railroad have faced a grueling regime of radically changed working rules and conditions.

Sri Lankan free trade workers express solidarity with framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Workers responded enthusiastically to the international defense campaign and related their own experiences of sweatshop conditions and fighting state repression.

Ground workers strike Toronto’s Pearson International Airport

Workers Struggles: the Americas

1 August 2017

A strike by 700 ground workers has hit Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest, causing flight delays.

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29 July 2017

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Police disperse big protest in Morocco

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28 July 2017

Protests are rare in the kingdom, which is a key ally of the United States in the Middle East.