Interviews and On-the-spot reports

Lordstown GM worker speaks out against pending layoffs

“Workers all over the world need to unite together”

By Samuel Davidson, 13 June 2018

Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

“If we did this nationally, we'd have greater success”

Striking Arizona teachers speak out

By our reporters, 27 April 2018

Teachers rejected the efforts to divide them from school support staff and called for a united struggle with teachers across the country.

UK: Lecturers and students speak on struggle to fight savage pension cuts

By our reporters, 17 March 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking lecturers and students on picket lines and at rallies Thursday and Friday in London and Glasgow.

Walkout by West Virginia teachers to continue through Monday

By Shannon Jones, 24 February 2018

The unions announced the extension of the two-day strike on Friday evening, fearful that the anger of teachers could erupt outside of their control.

Lecturers and students stage united protests in Sheffield and Southampton

By our reporters, 24 February 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK.

Notes from Puerto Rico

Wave of home foreclosures expected to hit Puerto Rico

By Antonio Castro, 24 February 2018

This is the third in a series of on-the-ground updates from a Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.

Opposition grows among students and youth to Internet censorship

By our reporters, 24 February 2018

Student who spoke with the IYSSE talked about the power of the Internet to organize opposition and disseminate information outside the control of the corporate and state media.

Australian workers, youth speak out against witch-hunt over “African gangs”

By our reporters, 13 January 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters conducted interviews about the xenophobic “anti-gang” campaign being fuelled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, in tandem with the Murdoch media.

It’s the most exhausting time of the year: Amazon, UPS workers denounce grueling holiday conditions

By our reporters, 30 December 2017

Amid reports of deaths at Amazon and UPS, workers at Amazon, UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, and other logistics and delivery companies have been under immense pressure to meet increased demand during the Christmas holiday.

“The government has done nothing”

Months after hurricane, Puerto Rican workers face worsening jobs crisis

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 28 December 2017

The economic devastation of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria continues to escalate three months after the storm made landfall in late September.

“The rich people are not going to do anything for us”

University of Puerto Rico students speak on inequality and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 16 December 2017

Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a WSWS reporting team spoke to students at the island’s only public university about the ongoing crisis and the way forward for workers and youth.

On-the-spot report

Over a million in Puerto Rico living without the necessities of modern life

“The island has been turned upside down since the storm”

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 14 December 2017

Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall a WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in San Sebastian, Puerto about the discrepancy between official news reports of the island’s recovery and the actual conditions they face.

Queensland voters voice disgust and discuss socialism

By our correspondents, 27 November 2017

At voting stations in working class Inala, people spoke about the conditions they face and their distrust in the political system.

Australia: Ipswich workers denounce elimination of hundreds of jobs

By our correspondents, 4 October 2017

The Queensland Labor government and the trade union are enforcing the closures, insisting that workers can find jobs elsewhere, despite the city’s high jobless rate.

“Dad, mom, the police are here”

ICE rounds up farmworkers applying for work in Michigan

By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017

The WSWS spoke to immigrants and witnesses of an ICE raid at a migrant labor camp in Western Michigan.

World Socialist Web Site readers in Britain oppose Google’s censorship campaign

By our reporter, 18 September 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.

“It’s like we are going back to the early 1900s before workers had any rights”

Amazon job applicants speak on social crisis in US

By Isaac Finn, 4 August 2017

Workers at Amazon’s job fair described living and working conditions in Ohio and Massachusetts to the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice.

Grenfell Tower fire survivors reject local authority, police cover-up

By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2017

The Kensington and Chelsea councillors are entirely insulated from the social catastrophe that they inflicted on the working class population they want to drive out of the borough.

Grenfell fire witness Johnny Regasa: “You saw so many people at their windows burning alive”

By our reporters, 27 July 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to Johnny Regasa, who lost a friend, Hashim Kedir, in the Grenfell Tower fire and assisted several survivors.

Protesters at Kensington and Chelsea council meeting: “This has been a massive crime and they all seem to be getting away with it”

By our reporters, 21 July 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those protesting outside the meeting.

Local residents speak out over toxic recycling plant

By our reporters, 17 July 2017

Coolaroo and Dallas residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters, denouncing government and environmental protection authorities over their response to the SKM Recycling plant fire last Thursday.

London’s Grenfell fire: Salford housing associations discontinue cladding removal

By our reporters, 8 July 2017

Three housing associations, Salix, City West Housing Trust and Pendlebury, together run the 29 tower blocks whose cladding failed fire safety tests.

London resident on Grenfell fire: “I’m looking at a graveyard with people’s relatives inside”

By our reporters, 7 July 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to people outside the Westway Sports Centre in North Kensington, which is being used as an “Assistance Centre” for residents affected by the Grenfell fire.

On-the-spot report from London:

Residents in Camden speak about Grenfell fire and their evacuation due to fire risk

By our reporters, 27 June 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents evacuated from tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in London by Labour Party-run Camden council over the weekend.

Australian protesters speak on war dangers and Trump immigration ban

By our reporters, 6 February 2017

Protesters were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees, the eruption of militarism and war and the growth of far-right movements around the world.

Australia: Latrobe Valley power workers, residents denounce wage and job cuts

By our reporters, 16 January 2017

The latest measures are part of a decades-long assault on energy workers in the Latrobe Valley and nationally with the collaboration of the unions.

Workers and young people in Australia and New Zealand concerned by US election result

By our reporters, 15 November 2016

Many noted that Trump’s victory was a product of the deepening social crisis and a breakdown of American democracy.

Doctors demonstrate against Australian government’s refugee policies

By Zac Hambides, 10 November 2016

Protest organisers made futile appeals to the Turnbull government and Labor, the very agencies responsible for the escalating persecution of the asylum seekers.

Australian workers and young people discuss US election crisis

By our reporters, 7 November 2016

Many spoke out against Trump and Clinton, who they correctly see as representatives of the banks and big business.

Brazilian teachers speak out on education cuts and social attacks

By our reporters, 3 October 2016

WSWS reporters spoke to teachers during a September 22 rally called by the APEOESP (Sao Paulo’s State School Teachers Union) and the CUT (the Confederation of Workers).

Australian voters speak out against drive to war

By our reporters, 5 July 2016

Despite the official conspiracy of silence over the US plans for war against China, workers and youth expressed concern about the growth of militarism.

Australian workers and students voice concerns on Brexit

By our reporters, 1 July 2016

Many of those interviewed expressed opposition to the whipping up of nationalism and xenophobia.

“This is a dog and pony show”

Retirees speak on Teamster pension cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 February 2016

Retirees denounced both political parties along with the Teamsters union for the devastating pension cuts being demanded by the Central States Pension Fund.

Workers and young people speak out against the demonization of Muslim youth in Australia

By our reporters, 12 October 2015

Young people in Sydney’s western suburbs denounced the claims that the recent shooting at New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta was an act of “Islamic terrorism.”

“Nobody can live like this”: A young refugee in Hamburg speaks out

By Ute Reissner and Benjamin Hader, 9 October 2015

Around 800 refugees have been living in a tent city since July in an outlying Hamburg suburb of Jenfeld, which is affected by poverty.

Thousands of US steelworkers rally in advance of contract expiration

By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2015

Workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal demonstrated across the US this week in opposition to concession demands.

Australian waterfront workers denounce job cuts

By our reporters, 8 August 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with wharfies and waterfront maintenance workers at a protest outside Hutchison’s Port Botany container terminal in Sydney yesterday. It followed the late-night sacking almost 100 HPH employees nationally.

Youth and workers in Australia speak about the Greek crisis

By our reporters, 28 July 2015

Workers, students and youth attending SEP meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on Sunday spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about developments in Greece, the role of Syriza and other issues.

Australian workers and youth speak about the danger of war

By our reporters, 7 July 2015

Mass demonstrations in Greece follow vote against EU austerity

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

Thousands gathered on Athens’ Syntagma Square Sunday evening after the emphatic rejection of austerity proposals of the European Union and the IMF.

Greek workers speak out at referendum polling stations

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

On the spot report from Athens

Mass demonstration opposes austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 4 July 2015

Tens of thousands of people took part in a demonstration Friday evening in Athens in opposition to the austerity programme of the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Sri Lanka’s Punguduthivu: An island devastated by war

By Subash Somachandran and M. Kalaimaaran, 24 June 2015

Unbearable social conditions and de facto military rule continue after nearly three decades of war in Sri Lanka’s north.

Ukrainians testify to a life of poverty and violence under US-backed government

By Jason Melanovski, 22 June 2015

The WSWS recently spoke with Ukrainian workers and students on the current state of social and economic conditions under the right-wing regime of Petro Poroshenko.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt

Workers and young people speak out against growing poverty

By our reporters, 5 June 2015

The WSWS spoke with residents about the decades of job cuts and the dismantling of essential social services.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia's Mount Druitt

“A lot of our people are trapped in a poverty cycle”

By our correspondents, 4 June 2015

In Mount Druitt, Aboriginal people, one of the most oppressed layers of the working class, confront many health and social problems.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt

Funding cuts push community organisations to the brink of closure

By our correspondents, 2 June 2015

Organisations providing essential services for residents are being forced to shut their doors.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt

“Youth have been neglected”

By our correspondents, 1 June 2015

The WSWS interviewed a young homeless woman about her plight and the worsening social inequality.

Sydney’s Mount Druitt: A microcosm of Australia’s social crisis

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 May 2015

Over the past two weeks, a WSWS reporting team has spoken to community organisations, workers and youth about the worsening social conditions in western Sydney and the damaging impact of the recent federal budget.

Unions organize pro-Democratic Party protests over low wages

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2015

The demonstrations, organized mainly by the unions, were aimed at boosting Democratic Party politicians at the city, state and national levels.

Detroit Chrysler workers express support for May Day rally against war

By our reporting team, 17 April 2015

Supporters of the SEP and the IYSSE campaigned at the Fiat-Chrysler Warren Truck plant outside Detroit, urging workers to take part in the International May Day 2015 Online Rally.

Steelworkers union pushes local contracts following national deal to end US oil strike

By our reporters, 14 March 2015

Picketing by oil workers will continue until agreements are passed at each separate refinery, with workers who do not accept the terms left completely isolated.

On-the-spot coverage from Greece

Greek students describe social crisis facing youth

By our reporters, 26 January 2015

The economic crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of Greek workers and young people to leave the country in search of jobs and better prospects.

Brooklyn workers and young people condemn police violence

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 December 2014

Workers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about police violence and social conditions for the working class.

Protesters condemn exoneration of cop who killed Michael Brown

By WSWS reporting teams, 26 November 2014

At demonstrations around the country, workers and youth spoke out on the police murder in Ferguson, Missouri and the destruction of democratic rights.

Australia: Protestors denounce police raids and anti-Muslim hysteria

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2014

The corporate media response to last night’s protest was aimed at silencing any criticism or opposition to the police operations or the anti-terror laws.

“I believe they are trying to move toward martial law”

Protesters denounce police killing of Michael Brown

By our reporters, 15 August 2014

On Thursday, demonstrations and vigils were held across the United States to denounce the police killing of Brown and the military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri.

Family of murdered Indian mine worker speak out

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 21 March 2014

WSWS reporters visited the town of Neyveli in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to interview the family of 31-year-old worker Rajkumar who was murdered by a paramilitary security guard on Monday, March 17.

Residents speak on continued water problems in West Virginia

By Clement Daly, 3 March 2014

Following the disastrous release of toxic chemicals into the water supply, residents of Charleston, West Virginia spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at one of many water distribution sites that has run out of clean water.

Video: Attendees speak on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

By Jeff Lusanne, 27 February 2014

In this video, workers and youth reflect on the content of the Inquiry, its significance and the way forward in the fight to defend the rights of working people.

London Underground workers outraged at unions’ suspension of strike

By our reporters, 13 February 2014

Workers on the London Underground were angry and concerned upon hearing that Tuesday’s scheduled 48 hour strike was called off by the trade unions.

Detroit firefighters speak on Workers Inquiry

By Thomas Gaist, 11 February 2014

With less than a week before the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, the World Socialist Web Site spoke with Detroit firefighters about the Inquiry.

Liverpool residents condemn Australia’s growing social divide

By our reporters, 25 January 2014

The WSWS interviewed people in Liverpool’s shopping mall about the increasingly obvious inequality in Sydney.

Detroit retirees denounce attack on pensions, health care

By our reporting team, 24 January 2014

Over 23,000 retired City of Detroit workers face a devastating cut in pensions and health care benefits under the bankruptcy restructuring plan being prepared by the city’s emergency manager.

“Detroit is being used as a milestone for every city”

Detroit workers, retirees oppose pension cuts

By our reporters, 28 September 2013

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to firefighters and retirees about the impact of planned pension cuts announced by Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Australian voters oppose US-led war against Syria

By our reporters, 10 September 2013

Voters who spoke to WSWS reporters outside election polling stations last Saturday opposed the impending US-led attack on Syria and Australia’s support for it.

Chrysler Warren Truck workers oppose war with Syria

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 September 2013

A WSWS campaign team speaking to auto workers encountered strong opposition to the prospect of US involvement in another war.

Workers at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington speak about Obama, war and inequality

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 August 2013

Workers attending the demonstration expressed disgust with the current political establishment.

Residents, visitors denounce plan to sell treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Tim Rivers, 26 August 2013

Many people the WSWS spoke to Saturday in downtown Detroit expressed outrage over the threat to sell precious works from one of the world’s great museum collections.

Detroit workers speak out against NSA spying

By David Brown, 15 June 2013

Workers in Detroit spoke to the WSWS about Edward Snowden and the leaks that have revealed massive government surveillance.

SEP campaigners oppose Detroit home evictions

By a campaign team, 24 May 2013

Supporters of Socialist Equality Party Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke this week to residents facing eviction at the Henry Street apartments.

University of California medical workers strike

By Norisa Diaz, 24 May 2013

Workers at UC Medical Centers across California went on a two-day strike this week

Pontiac, Michigan school crisis provokes outcry from parents, teachers

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2013

The district has agreed to massive budget cuts as a condition for receiving state aid.

California hospital workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

By a reporting team, 14 May 2013

13,000 workers are set to strike against University of California austerity measures.

Germany: Opel Bochum workers denounce union sellout

By our correspondents, 11 May 2013

GM Opel workers are incensed over the betrayal carried out by the IG Metall trade union.

Unions, ministers organize protest in Detroit over fast-food worker pay

By Shannon Jones, 11 May 2013

The Detroit protests held Friday at locations across the city shut down several fast-food restaurants.

Free health screening in Detroit draws thousands

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 May 2013

Both the uninsured and underinsured turned out at the event held this week at Cobo Convention Center.

American GM worker supports German Opel workers

By Jerry White, 2 May 2013

In August 2010, workers at General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, Indiana rebelled against the efforts of the United Auto Workers to push through a 50 percent wage cut to entice a new owner to buy the plant, which was being shuttered by GM. With the support of the World Socialist Web Site , workers organized a rank-and-file committee independent of the UAW to oppose the wage cut and threatened factory closure.

University of California medical workers hold strike vote

By Norisa Diaz, 1 May 2013

Medical workers at a UC Medical Center spoke to the WSWS about the alarming conditions facing both workers and patients.

SEP mayoral campaign in Detroit wins strong support in first week

By Lawrence Porter, 24 April 2013

The campaign to place D’Artagnan Collier, a city worker and member of the Socialist Equality Party, on the ballot for mayor of Detroit has gotten off to a strong start.

Homeless in San Diego, California

Life on the street in “America’s Finest City”

By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 18 April 2013

San Diego, California ranks third in the nation for the number of homeless, with estimates of 10,000.

Newark, New Jersey students protest education cuts

By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013

Hundreds of high school students in Newark, New Jersey walked out of class Tuesday to protest millions of dollars in education cuts.

Common Core: A California kindergarten teacher’s experience

By our reporter, 11 April 2013

A kindergarten teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the Common Core curriculum.

Tensions high at Chrysler Warren Stamping in wake of victimization

By Shannon Jones, 28 March 2013

Skilled trades worker Alex Wassell was fired for opposing the Alternative Work Schedule, recently implemented at the plant.

On eve of emergency manager take-over

Unions move to ram through concessions against Detroit workers

By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2013

The sweeping concessions demanded from teachers and the city’s municipal employees give a picture of the draconian measures planned for the entire working class.

Parents, teachers and students oppose New York City school closings

By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013

More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.

“I see this as an attack on public education.”

New York City workers and students express support for school bus strikers

By Bryan Dyne, 14 February 2013

The strike by 9,000 school bus workers has generated popular support among workers and youth in New York City.

Bloomberg presses attack on striking New York City school bus drivers

By Jerry White, 7 February 2013

The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus workers entered its fourth week today with the Bloomberg administration preparing to accept bids from private school bus contractors without long-standing job and wage protections.

Union officials offer to end NY school bus strike and negotiate concessions

By a reporting team, 31 January 2013

The union representing school bus drivers and matrons made an offer to end the strike and negotiate concessions, but the Bloomberg administration rejected it out of hand.

Philadelphia parents and teachers reject school closures

By a reporting team, 22 January 2013

Community members expressed outrage at a public forum on the plan of the Philadelphia school board to consolidate schools.

New York school bus drivers walk picket lines for second day

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013

New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.

New York: Continuing misery in Rockaways in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2012

Conditions in the Rockaways section of New York in the wake of the storm reveal the underlying social reality that is otherwise ignored.

Detroit bankruptcy threats escalate as bonds are downgraded

By Shannon Jones, 30 November 2012

A major credit rating agency further downgraded Detroit’s debt as city officials advance new proposals for cuts.

Washington, D.C. parents and teachers oppose school closings, charter schools

By Ed Hightower and Nikolai Barrickman, 30 November 2012

Parents, students and teachers have reacted in anger to a plan to close 20 public schools in Washington, D.C.

Belgium: 20,000 protest against closure of Ford plant in Genk

By our reporters, 13 November 2012

The closure will throw 4,600 workers at the factory and more than 5,000 employees in related industries out of work.

SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer campaigns among Brooklyn College students

By our reporting team, 6 November 2012

Socialist Equality Party vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to students at Brooklyn College Monday about the need for socialist policy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“The two parties are both beholden to Wall Street”

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2012

Workers and young people discuss with the World Socialist Web Site the issues raised by the conference “Socialism and the 2012 Elections” in Detroit.

Food shortages in Brooklyn public housing in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2012

Residents of Red Hook Brooklyn lined up for food and water Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York City neighborhood

SEP campaigns for November 3 regional conference in New York City

By Sandy English, 30 October 2012

SEP supporters campaigned over the weekend in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, the second-largest private housing development in the US.

Workers and students discuss upcoming SEP conference in Los Angeles

By our reporters, 24 October 2012

The WSWS spoke to workers and students in Los Angeles about the regional conference of the Socialist Equality Party on October 27.