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Dockworkers strike at the Port of Mobile after federal mediation collapses

Workers were originally set to strike on October 21 until the union agreed to federal mediation less than 24 hours before the October 20 deadline. But those talks were later canceled, and the membership voted to strike at a “special meeting” held on November 18.

J. L’Heureau

UK strike wave escalates as over 200,000 walk out this week

The strike wave in the UK is part of an upsurge of struggle throughout Europe and internationally including a one-day national walkout by public sector workers in Portugal last week and stoppages by oil refineries workers in France and the Netherlands.

Robert Stevens

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

India: Power utility workers protest against privatisation; Swiggy food delivery still on strike in Kerala; Australia: Qantas short-haul cabin crew vote to strike for pay increase; Auckland University staff work-to-rule

25 years since the death of Jean Brust

November 24 is the 25th anniversary of the death of Jean Brust (1921-1997), a founding member of the Workers League, the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States, and a leading figure in the world Trotskyist movement.

Top Quebec union leader opposes reinstatement of mask mandate in schools

Even as school absences are at record levels due to a tsunami of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, the president of the CSQ, Quebec’s third largest labor federation and biggest teachers’ union, is vehemently opposing any reintroduction of mask mandates in the province’s schools.

Hugo Maltais

Indonesia suffers devastating earthquake

It is the deadliest earthquake since 2018 in the disaster-prone country. The death toll is more than 270 with 40 still missing and over 2,000 people injured.

Robert Campion

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Around 365,000 public sector workers in Portugal hold one-day national pay strike; UK rail dispute continues with more strike days announced, as postal and university lecturers walk out over pay, jobs and conditions; South Africa’s public sector holds one-day pay strike in all provinces but Western Cape where unions cancel strike and oppose unity with striking taxi drivers

Republicans escalate anti-immigrant agitation following midterm elections

In his first trip outside of Washington D.C. following the midterm elections, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy led a delegation of Republican lawmakers to the US-Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and threaten to impeach him for the supposed “collapse” of border security.

Trévon Austin

Scottish teachers to strike over derisory pay offer

Educational Institute of Scotland members could be joined later by members of the Association of Headteachers and Deputies in Scotland and the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association in taking strike action.

Tom Pearce

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Transport workers held a protest in front of Peru’s transport ministry last week while employees of Argentina’s agricultural technology institute employees staged a walkout November 17 to demand salary increases.

US continues to inflame tensions on Korean Peninsula

Washington is attempting to place blame on Beijing and Moscow for North Korea’s recent missile launches accusing the two of failing to uphold the so-called “rule of law” around the world.

Ben McGrath

Many UK excess deaths likely caused by COVID reinfections

COVID cases and deaths are being allowed to pile up even as real-world data confirms fears that every COVID reinfection causes cumulative damage and significantly increases the risk of hospitalization, long-term complications and death.

Robert Stevens

COP27 summit does nothing to address climate change

One can only imagine what next year’s COP28 will yield, being held in the United Arab Emirates, where oil exports make up 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Bryan Dyne

Spanish Morenoites cover for Podemos war budget

The Morenoite CRT promotes illusions that the pro-war Podemos party will suddenly turn to the left and oppose war, even as it aggressively pursues NATO’s war on Russia in Ukraine.

Alejandro López

Brazil faces new COVID-19 wave amid sabotage of child vaccinations

The deliberate delay of child vaccinations is one of the cruelest expressions of the Bolsonaro government’s “herd immunity” policy. Since the beginning of the pandemic, some 2,000 children aged five and under have died from COVID-19 in Brazil.

Guilherme Ferreira
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