Moscow threatens sovereignty of Ukraine, sends troops to border

Vol. 85/No. 48 - December 27, 2021
Map shows Crimean Peninsula, which Putin regime annexed in 2014, and part of eastern Ukraine in Donbas region that Moscow-backed separatists seized, imposing brutal regime.

The recent buildup of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine threatens that country’s sovereignty. Moscow seeks to reverse the Ukrainian rulers’ moves toward closer relations with imperialist governments in Europe and the U.S. and to advance its long-term goal…

Warehouse workers in Australia win contract fights

Vol. 85/No. 48 - December 27, 2021

SYDNEY — Some 1,000 warehouse workers organized by the United Workers Union at seven Toll distribution centers across Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales won a new contract Nov. 17, two days after going out on an indefinite strike.…

Ukraine coal miners sit in over gov’t refusal to pay back wages

Vol. 85/No. 48 - December 27, 2021

Members of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine stopped work at the Chervonogradska mine in the Lviv region Dec. 7 to protest the government’s refusal to pay their back wages. The 42 miners on the first shift sat…

Concrete truckers strike has impact on Seattle construction

Vol. 85/No. 48 - December 27, 2021

SEATTLE — Thirty-four concrete truck drivers organized by Teamster Local 174 at Gary Merlino Construction got the ball rolling Nov. 19 when they said “No” to the company’s “last, best and final” offer of wages below prevailing construction levels. Truckers…

Montreal day care workers end strike, gain wage increase

Vol. 85/No. 48 - December 27, 2021
Nov. 23 rally in Montreal by public sector day care workers, part of 12-day strike that won new contract. T-shirt reads: “Enough is enough! I will no longer work for peanuts!”

MONTREAL — Over 11,000 public sector day care teachers and support workers, members of the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN), ended a 12-day strike Dec. 12, voting up a new contract by 93%. Some 14,000 more workers from the…

Quebec forum discusses Burkina Faso Revolution, Thomas Sankara

Vol. 85/No. 48 - December 27, 2021
Volunteers at Pathfinder stall at Montreal Book Fair helped build Nov. 27 forum on Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution, 1983-87. Inset, Michel Prairie, editor of book, speaking on Burkinabé revolution.

MONTREAL — Thomas Sankara was the central leader of the 1983-87 revolution in the West African country of Burkina Faso, Michel Prairie, the editor of Thomas Sankara Speaks and a leader of the Communist League, told 25 people at a…

Clarks strike strengthens union, pushes back wage cuts

Vol. 85/No. 47 - December 20, 2021

LONDON — After eight weeks on strike, workers at Clarks Shoes distribution warehouse returned to work Nov. 30, having succeeded in pushing back the company’s demand to cut their basic wage by 15%. “It shows what can be done if…

Working people need our own party to fight for political power

Vol. 85/No. 47 - December 20, 2021

Working people confront a choice. Either organize to take power into our own hands by making a socialist revolution, or face a future of calamity — economic crises, with ruinous inflation and mass unemployment, along with social upheavals and devastating…

End US sanctions on North Korea! US troops out of Korean Peninsula!

Vol. 85/No. 47 - December 20, 2021

Washington is committed to “utilizing the full range of U.S. defense capabilities, including nuclear” to “deter” North Korea, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated after his Dec. 2 meeting in Seoul with South Korean military officials to discuss “updating” military options…