By Walter Gilberti and Joe Kishore, December 21, 2009
Detroit teachers voted to approve a concessions contract following two weeks of threats and intimidation from the school district, the corporate media and the Detroit Federation of Teachers union.
See Also: Detroit teachers union launches intimidation campaign to push sellout deal, 15 December 2009
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party,
December 9, 2009
The mass opposition of teachers to the concessions contract signed by the Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Detroit Public Schools deserves the full support of the entire working class.
Unite Michigan teachers, students, workers to stop school cuts!
(Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 23 October 2009)
By Jerry White, December 8, 2009
Detroit public school teachers expressed overwhelming opposition to a contract negotiated between a state-appointed financial director and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) at a mass meeting Sunday afternoon.
Video: Detroit teachers speak out against DFT Contract, 8 December 2009
Teachers speak to WSWS on concessions contract, 8 December 2009
Corporate media denounces resistance by Detroit teachers, 11 December 2009
Recent Workers Struggles
By Terry Cook, January 11, 2010
Aided by the unions, employers are using their new powers under the Australian government’s “Fair Work” legislation to suppress industrial action.
By Noel Holt, January 5, 2010
While calling for a pay rise, the unions are keeping their members in the dark about how the agreement will facilitate substantial restructuring under the government’s plans for a national broadband network.
By our reporters, December 24, 2009
Australia Post workers express mounting frustration with the destruction of their conditions, and the role of the Rudd Labor government.
By our reporters, December 24, 2009
The Communications Electrical Plumbing Union staged limited stoppages and protest rallies in a bid to head off anger among postal workers about mounting provocations by Australia Post.
By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, December 24, 2009
Two hundred and fifty thousand jute workers in West Bengal have been on indefinite strike since Dec. 14 to force their employers to pay back wages and other arrears.
By Kranti Kumara, December 24, 2009
In what is perhaps the biggest strike in recent years in India’s “unorganized” sector, 20,000 to 30,000 almond workers and their families have been mounting a militant strike since Dec. 14.
By Terry Cook, December 22, 2009
By shutting down the strike and accepting the tribunal ruling, the union established the framework for closed-door horse-trading to deliver the state Labor government’s demands for cost savings.
By Terry Cook, December 18, 2009
National walkouts by postal workers over poor pay and conditions this week triggered immediate legal action under the Rudd Labor government’s new industrial laws to ban the stoppages and shut down p...
By Terry Cook, December 16, 2009
The Labor government has threatened to use the “full force” of its draconian Fair Work Australia industrial relations laws against 2,000 construction workers seeking to defend their on-site condit...
By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, December 15, 2009
Low-paid state sector workers held protests across New Zealand on November 27 against the government’s wage freeze, but the trade unions used the day of action to divert workers’ anger into support for the opposition Labour Party and the Greens.
By our reporters, December 10, 2009
NSW TAFE teachers are continuing to oppose a new teaching award handed down by the Industrial Relations Commission on October 15. But the NSW Teachers Federation is seeking a deal with newly-installed Premier Kristina Keneally that would preserve the central thrust of the IRC ruling.
Australia: Labor governments launch major assault on TAFE teachers (4 December 2009)
By Dietmar Henning, November 28, 2009
The new head of General Motors’ European division has announced the company will eliminate at least 9,000 jobs on the continent. The cuts underscore the impossibility of defending jobs based on the nationalist and divisive policies of the trade unions.
By Jeff Lassahn, November 28, 2009
On October 23, International Paper announced the closure of three plants, resulting in the loss of 1,600 jobs. Most devastating is the spring 2010 closure of an enormous mill in Franklin, Virginia, which will result in 1,100 job cuts.
By Steve James, November 25, 2009
Up to 300,000 public service workers in Ireland struck November 24 against proposals by the Irish government to impose devastating spending cuts in the 2010 budget.
By Johannes Stern, November 23, 2009
Increasing social inequality has led to a series of workers' protests in Egypt.
By Terry Cook, November 23, 2009
Aircraft engineers at Qantas began industrial action on November 13 in support of improved pay and working conditions. The 190 professional engineers, members of the Association of Professional Engineers Scientists and Managers of Australia (APESMA), have placed indefinite bans on overtime and on attending out of hours calls between 5pm and 9am daily.
Australia: Qantas aircraft engineers vote for industrial action (7 November 2009)
By Tom Mackaman and Clement Daly, November 17, 2009
Graduate student employees at the University of Illinois went on strike on Monday against the university’s demand that it be allowed the right to impose tuition on teaching and research assistants.
By a WSWS reporting team, November 11, 2009
School bus drivers in Mt. Clemens, Michigan ended their one-and-a-half day strike Tuesday amid company threats to break the strike.
By Alan Whyte, November 10, 2009
A six-day transit strike in Philadelphia ended Monday morning after Transport Workers Union Local 234, the bargaining agent for 5,100 drivers, operators and mechanics, reached an agreement with the So...
Philadelphia transit worker killed as SEPTA strike enters third day (6 November 2009)
Transit workers strike in Philadelphia (4 November 2009)
By our reporters, November 7, 2009
On Wednesday, thousands of Opel workers took part in protests throughout Germany directed against the massive job cuts to be implemented following General Motors’ decision earlier this week not to sell Opel to the auto supplier company Magna.
The Opel-Magna fraud: A betrayal of GM employees in Europe (5 November 2009)
By Simon Whelan, November 7, 2009
With just two hours to go before the next in a series of strikes by South Yorkshire firefighters, the Fire Brigade Union capitulated to management demands and called off the stoppages.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), November 3, 2009
Two public sector industrial disputes have erupted in Sri Lanka over pay and conditions fuelled by widespread discontent among workers over the government’s austerity measures.
By Jerry White, October 30, 2009
The WSWS recently spoke with two auto workers at a General Motors transmission plant in Windsor, Ontario, who have been involved in campaigning against a secret agreement between GM and Canadian Auto ...
Ford and the UAW
By Jerry White, December 22, 2009
The United Auto Workers last week selected as its new president Bob King, who was repudiated by auto workers last month when they voted down the concessions contract he negotiated with Ford.
By Jerry White, November 9, 2009
Last week’s defeat of the UAW-Ford concessions contract by the rank-and-file has not diminished the claims by various middle class organizations that all opposition should be channeled through the UAW.
The way forward for Ford workers
By Socialist Equality Party, October 29, 2009
With votes tallied at factories employing more than a third of Ford’s 41,000 US workers, the concessions contract being pushed by the UAW appears headed for defeat.
November 4, 2009
The WSWS spoke to workers at the Ford Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan on the rejection of contract revisions backed by the company and the UAW.
By our reporters, October 28, 2009
By Andre Damon, October 27, 2009
British Post Strike
By Tony Robson, November 14, 2009
Among the 17 members of the executive of the Communication Workers Union of Britain (CWU) who voted unanimously to call off the postal strikes scheduled for November 6 and 9 is union president and Socialist Workers Party (SWP) member Jane Loftus.
Britain: Post union president resigns from Socialist Workers Party (3 December 2009)
By our correspondents,
November 11, 2009
Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site have been talking to postal workers in London about the decision by the Communication Workers Union to call off the national postal strike.
By Chris Marsden, November 7, 2009
All strikes by Britain’s 120,000 postal workers were called off until at least the New Year, on the evening that two days of action were about to begin.
No compromise possible in UK post strike
A political and industrial offensive against Labour government is required
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), October 31, 2009
Striking postal workers in Britain are involved in a fundamental political struggle, against not just Royal Mail but also the Labour government.