Rail bosses press for longer freight trains, less workers

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Mandatory evacuations were ordered June 22 after oil train derailment south of Doon, Iowa.

In their never-ceasing drive for profits, rail bosses are forcing workers to drive longer and longer freight trains, endangering the safety of rail workers and those living in communities near the tracks. At the same time the bosses are pressing…

Ukraine rail workers fight for job safety

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

Hundreds of rail workers turned out in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, June 14 when the Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine (VPZU) called an open-ended action outside the offices of the state-owned Ukrainian Railway. Rail workers across the…

UK hospital workers wage second strike, call further action

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Hospital workers march in Wigan, England, June 9 during 48-hour strike over jobs transfer, new two-tier pay.

WIGAN, England — “New starters would be getting less money,” striking hospital worker Sharon Pemberton told a June 9 union rally here. Hospital bosses “want to divide us into two tiers, but we are on strike together, united and determined.”…

London march marks 1 year since Grenfell Tower fire

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
London march marks 1 year since Grenfell Tower fire

LONDON — Thousands of working people joined a silent march through North Kensington June 14 marking one year since a massive fire destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, killing 72 people and leaving hundreds homeless. While the big-business media repeated police…

Auckland protest demands protection of Maori land

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Over 300 people demonstrated here May 26 protesting moves by Fletcher Building, the country’s largest construction company, to begin building 480 houses for sale on historic Maori land at Ihumatao. “They are trying to steal our…

Cuba mobilizes to care for all as tropical storm hits

Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018

Just as they were ready when Hurricane Irma hit hard last fall, Cuba’s revolutionary government and people were ready when torrential rainfalls from subtropical storm Alberto hit the western and central regions of the island at the end of May.…

Workers in Puerto Rico respond to social disaster

Hurricane catastrophe is result of capitalist rule
Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018
May 7 protest in Humacao, Puerto Rico, demanding government finally take action to restore electricity 8 months after Hurricane Maria. Protests have had an impact, “but most of Yabucoa is still without electrical service,” Lenis Rodríguez told the Militant there. “We’re still fighting.”

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico — “We were hit by two hurricanes. One was Maria. The other was the social hurricane. It’s much worse than the natural one, and it’s still with us.” This is what person after person told us during…

Truckers bring Brazil to a halt, force gov’t to cut tolls, prices

Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018

After a 10-day strike brought much of Brazil to a standstill, independent truck drivers forced the government to cut fuel prices, lower freight tolls and promise more government contracts. The work stoppage started May 21 with more than 200,000 of…

New York protest demands truth about deaths, debt in Puerto Rico

Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018
It was working people, not the government who cleared roads, fixed schools after hurricane, Rafael Feliciano, Federation of Puerto Rican Teachers, told June 2 protest in front of U.N.

NEW YORK — Nearly 200 people protested outside the United Nations here June 2 to demand a truthful accounting of the death toll in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico, deaths caused by the indifference of the…

Workers confront consequences of rulers’ wars in the Middle East

Vol. 82/No. 24 - June 18, 2018
Airstrike of Mosul, Iraq, July 11, 2017, during U.S.-led coalition offensive. Pentagon admitted its forces caused at least 500 civilian deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen that year.

Working people in the Middle East continue to suffer the deadly consequences of the combat and jockeying among Washington, Moscow, Tehran, Riyadh, Ankara and the other capitalist rulers in the region, all seeking to protect their economic and political interests.…