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Amazon’s victory against unionization in the United States: the reasons of an announced defeat

It is useless to procrastinate, the process of organizing Amazon workers at the Bessmer plant in Alabama was clearly defeated by the objective strength of the relations between capital and workers, which corporate Amazon was able to capitalize on.

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Italy: House arrest of SI Cobas coordinators for Piacenza lifted

Italy.On March 26, 2021, the SI Cobas coordinators for Piacenza, Carlo and Arafat, were released from their 14 days long house arrests.

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Militant inquiry into the ‘white factory’ (hospital) – Part one – Wildcat April 1988

The Angry Workers of the World translated this article as a general framework for discussion. In 1988 comrades in Germany were inspired, in part by the nurses strikes in the USA and the UK during the same year. The age of the text sets limits for its current applicability, but it can help with discussing long-term changes in the sector. It also allows us to share the serious debate of that time. We can think about if the hospital can indeed be classified as a ‘white factory’ or what kind of fundamental differences there are between manufacturing and modern health care. We can also see how many work tasks were pushed down the pay hierarchy towards the lower paid ranks since this article was written. The text mentions that ‘only doctors are supposed to take blood samples’ and that nurses went on a ‘syringe strike’ – today it’s increasingly the job of health care assistants to perform these tasks. Anotherseemingly dated aspect is the horror with which the comrade saw ‘nursing paperwork’ at the time. They would probably not have dreamt of the fact that today nurses spend their day documenting the ins (medication) and outs (physical measurements) of patients.

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Against the repression of the State – With the struggle of the men and women workers of Piacenza, Prato and SI COBAS [Italy]

Italy. March 10. 2021. At 06:00 dawn this morning, more than 25 workers of TNT / Fedex of Piacenza were subjected to a police search at their homes, and the 2 Piacenza SI COBAS representatives have been subjected to precautionary house arrest for “aggravated resistance”.

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Chicago Teachers Take Wildcat Action in the Face of Unsafe COVID Conditions

Report from Chicago IWW about recent wildcat strike actions by Chicago area teachers in the face of unsafe working conditions.

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The Political Party System: No Friend of the Working Class

The question of state government elections and running a workers or socialist political party continues to be raised in the working-class movement and the Left globally. As we may know, there was excitement about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party in Britain, about the successes of left political parties in certain parts of Europe and Latin America and, more recently, certain shifts to more centrist positions in the United States amongst a section of the Democratic Party calling themselves “Democratic Socialists.” In South Africa, many workers and some activists seem cautiously optimistic about NUMSA’s formation of the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party that participated in the 2019 general elections, but did not manage to get a seat in Parliament.

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UK: Heathrow Strike Report – Day 1

“Did you see the HAL lot out Monday? It’s out of order what the company is doing to them. Totally support them. I was called off another job to go over to central and cover in case of emergencies.”

Heathrow contractor

“I’ve seen communities torn apart when their industries are destroyed overnight. I don’t think people around here realise what’s coming down the tracks, unless we start getting our act together.”

Heathrow worker from South Wales

UK. On the 1st December, Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) staff took part in the first of four strikes against the company’s attacks on their pay and conditions. It was great to see workers, in these tough times, in the middle of a pandemic that has hit their industry so severely, willing to stand up to their bosses, take a further hit to their pay packet, and muster the bravery required to go on strike.

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#Vermont AFL-CLO Votes to Authorize General Strike

At the 2020 Vermont AFL-CIO Convention, held via zoom on November 21, delegates of this 10,000 member labor federation voted to authorize their Executive Board to call for a Vermont General Strike in the event that Donald Trump were to refuse to engage in a peaceful transfer of power or otherwise carries out a coup. Trump lost the election to Democrat Joe Biden by any measure. By the U.S. Constitution a transfer of power is to occur on January 20, 2021.

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Supporting suffering textile workers in #Bangladesh

Bangladesh. As has been reported, in March 2020 the Dragon Sweater factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh closed down and laid off 6,000 workers, using the CoViD-19 pandemic as a pretext.

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