Rolls-Royce jet engine workers strike to defend their jobs

Vol. 84/No. 51 - December 28, 2020

BARNOLDSWICK, England — “They have given us no choice but to fight,” Dennis Constable said Dec. 5 at the end of a rally and car caravan organized by Rolls-Royce jet engine workers and their union, Unite, in support of their…

Thai protests continue fight for political rights

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020
Thai protests continue fight for political rights

Seven young leaders of protests in Thailand were charged Nov. 30 with insulting the king which, if they are found guilty, could mean up to 15 years in prison. Tens of thousands of mostly student-led protesters have been demanding political…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

December 25, 1995 PARIS — Sixteen days into the national rail strike nothing is moving. Hundreds of thousands of phone and power workers, subway and bus workers, municipal workers, teachers, hospital and other government workers, as well as students, have…

‘Decisive battles for future of humanity will be fought in the US’

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

The Struggle for Socialism in the “American Century”: Writings and Speeches, 1945-47 by James P. Cannon is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for December. In the face of the U.S. rulers’ swaggering claim to global domination following their…

Alabama Amazon warehouse workers fight for union

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

BESSEMER, Ala. — “The managers talk to you like you’re a child,” Ray, a 31-year-old Amazon worker, told us when we met going door to door here Dec. 5. A former Walmart worker, he started working at the new Amazon…

Cuba exposes ‘San Isidro’ smear, defends record on art and culture

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020
In Cuban 1961 literacy campaign 250,000 mostly young people taught workers and peasants to read and write, including in the remotest regions. “Although the aggressiveness of the U.S. began very early ­— through pressure and threats, attacks, bombings, financing armed gangs, and a fierce media campaign ­— the revolutionary government did not neglect to advance Cuban culture,” Abel Prieto, former Minister of Culture, wrote in Granma Dec. 4.

U.S. government officials and the big-business media are once again resorting to timeworn slanders that the Cuban government is a “dictatorship” following Cuban authorities stopping a Nov. 26 protest action in Havana by opponents of the Cuban Revolution who call…

Farmworkers in Peru defeat gov’t anti-labor law

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

Thousands of farmworkers fighting for higher wages and better working conditions ended a six-day strike and blockade of highways across Peru Dec. 4, after the Peruvian Congress revoked the anti-labor “Agrarian Promotion Law.” This was a key demand of the…

COVID-19 poses deadly crisis for workers behind bars

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep its way through the U.S., those facing some of the worst conditions are working people behind bars. Inmates have been infected at a rate that is more than four times higher than that…

‘Militant’ holiday schedule

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

The ‘Militant’ will be taking a break Dec. 25-Jan 2. Issue no. 1 in 2021 will be mailed out Dec. 24. The following issue will be sent out Jan. 7.

Airport workers challenge boss demands for 25% wage cut

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

LONDON — Engineers, firefighters and security workers employed by Heathrow Airport Ltd and members of the Unite union took part in a 24-hour walkout at Heathrow Airport Dec. 1 to protest wage cuts and threatened job cuts by the bosses.…