In this video testimony, Catherine Pace’s family describes the working conditions which led to her death and the deaths of countless other autoworkers during the still-raging pandemic.
The World Socialist Web Site has initiated the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic to break through the cover-up, falsifications, and misinformation that have been deployed to justify policies responsible for the avoidable deaths of millions since the initial detection of SARS-CoV-2.
Drawing upon the knowledge of scientists and public health experts and the real-world experience of working people and students, the Inquest will investigate and document the disastrous response of governments, corporations and the media to the pandemic.
The pandemic has turned workplaces and schools around the world into crime scenes, where a deadly virus has been allowed to run rampant.
Contact us to help expose the political and economic forces and interests that drove the policies that allowed the uncontrolled transmission of the virus and its development into a catastrophic pandemic that has killed millions worldwide.
“Our need for cultural interaction is being used to normalize death”
In this interview, Aaron discusses how the experience of the last two years has impacted his thinking and explains why he is taking a stand against both the pandemic and the drive to war.
“The worst is the fatigue, it feels like I have 500 pounds strapped to me”
Retired workers suffering from Long COVID in Flint, Michigan, speak to the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ed, a retired auto worker, and Tammy, a retired care worker, have been “living with” COVID-19 for two years, and they’ve had enough.
“Immunocompromised and disabled people are being held hostage”
Beyond her own personal experience, Laura comments on the broader political issues of the US government’s disastrous response to the pandemic, first under the Trump and then Biden.
The studies led by Ferrante showed that the reopening of schools in Manaus in late 2020 led to the emergence of the Gamma variant, responsible for two-thirds of the COVID-19 deaths in Brazil.
“This is a warfare of the upper classes against the lower classes”
Health care expert Gregory Travis speaks on the impacts of COVID-19 on children, misinformation and the cover-up of data
Travis exposes the lies and misinformation spread about COVID-19, in particular its impacts on children, and documents the steady erosion of data tracking over the past year and during the Omicron surge.
“This is going to be an enormous wave that’s going to create a lot of disease and death, and they’re still not doing the right thing”
In this interview, Dr. Jimenez reviews the science of airborne transmission, the present threat of the Omicron variant, and why the WHO and world governments refuse to educate the population on airborne transmission.
“We need accountability. So many people died, and all these deaths were preventable.”
In a sweeping report, Smit reviews US masking policies during the pandemic and makes clear which types of masks can prevent airborne transmission.
This testimony demonstrates how the Class I railroad has shown total disregard for the health and safety of rail workers during the pandemic, with the aid of the trade unions and state safety institutions that serve the interests of big business.
“We were asking people to come to restaurants and risk community health, just to ensure businesses stayed open”
Robin, a restaurant worker from Vancouver, recently spoke to the Global Workers Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic about dangerous working conditions in the hospitality sector and his experience with being twice infected by COVID-19.
Canadian education worker infected by COVID-19 speaks to the Global Workers Inquest: “An indifferent, sociopathic regime equal to any despotic cabal in any era”
“I was denied a medically justified request for accommodation. Then, when incapacitated by the very malaise I had asked to be spared exposure to, I was left too sick to work and without medical benefits,” the worker said.
“This is a mass disabling event that’s taking place”: Canadian mother speaks to the Global Workers’ Inquest on her struggle to protect her children from COVID-19
Jessica Bleasdale spoke to the WSWS about her experiences advocating for her son and others who are vulnerable, as well as her thoughts on the New Brunswick government’s decision to drop all protective measures.
This submission to the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic documents the attempts made by the Swedish government to export its “herd immunity” strategy of mass infection to countries throughout the world.
Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
UK nurse testifies about life on a COVID ward: “There was a general feeling that we were expendable”
The following testimony to the Global Workers Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic has been submitted by a Senior Health Care Assistant in a busy hospital in the north of England. The nurse normally works on a gerontology ward caring for the old and infirm and those suffering from dementia.
After carrying out Boris Johnson’s criminal policy to “let the bodies pile high in their thousands”, universities had the nerve to threaten us with expulsions, suspensions and fines if we broke COVID rules.
Disability patient testifies to Global Workers’ Inquest into COVID-19: “The pandemic is a mass-disabling event”
“By stressing repeatedly that only those with ‘conditions’ die, I feel as if my government has sanctioned my death as necessary.”
English language instructor in China speaks to the Global Workers Inquest about the Zero COVID program
“We were united in a common sense driven determination to keep ourselves and others safe in the face of a sudden, novel, and terrifying virus outbreak. Among friends, colleagues, and neighbors, the sense that we were working collectively for the safety of the whole community was universal,” she said.
“Health workers held protests demanding a lockdown, as well as more tests and health facilities. The government only declared a second lockdown because this opposition was developing.” – Sri Lanka doctor
Sri Lankan migrant workers explain difficulties they faced due to the criminal response of the ruling elite to the pandemic in both the Middle East and Sri Lanka.
“As frontline health workers we have been battling the pandemic in hospitals and experiencing how the government has been handling the pandemic in a criminal manner.”
One of the most striking facts about the pandemic is that China, the country from which SARS-CoV-2 first emerged, has suffered very few cases. This article is a detailed look at China’s Zero COVID policy.
A parent of two young children in South Auckland, who suffers from asthma, said she is being harassed to send them back to school, despite the dangers she would face if she caught COVID-19.
New Zealand nurse Bron Markham described her experience working as a vaccinator last year during the government’s rollout of the Pfizer vaccine, and denounced the abandonment of the COVID-19 elimination strategy.
“They have not just embraced the ‘let it rip’ policies, they have done everything within their power to encourage people to put themselves in situation in which they will get infected.”
A 22-year-old Wellington student spoke to the WSWS about her experience with Long COVID and her deep concern at the Labour government’s decision to lift public health restrictions while infections and deaths are surging.
“Working in a chronic healthcare environment, I deal with comorbidities every day. It’s not an excuse to just allow people to die early because they have an illness.”