Capitalist rulers blame workers for spread of COVID

Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022

Millions of workers worldwide bristled with anger when they heard that French President Emmanuel Macron — a multimillionaire former investment banker — told Le Parisien in a Jan. 4 interview that he intended to “piss off” all those who remain…

Years since deadly Grenfell fire, protest demands charges

Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022
Hundreds protested in west London Dec. 14 calling for charges to be brought against those responsible for massive and disastrous 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people.

LONDON — Hundreds of people took part in a protest walk through west London Dec. 14 to mark 4 1/2 years since the massive fire at Grenfell Tower killed 72 people. The 24-story tower was wrapped in highly flammable cladding…

Moscow leads military intervention to put down protests in Kazakhstan

Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022
Tengiz oil field workers in western Kazakhstan walk off the job Jan. 2 at start of what became nationwide protests against gov’t attacks on workers, doubling of fuel prices, brutal repression.

Massive anti-government protests swept across Kazakhstan in Central Asia Jan. 2 reflecting deep anger among working people toward the regime that has ruled since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Claiming he faced an “attempted coup,” President Kassym-Jomart…

Cuba’s socialist revolution built on participation of workers, farmers

Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022
Fidel Castro’s Caravan of Freedom arrives in Havana Jan. 8, 1959, after victorious procession across Cuba. “You can win power only with the support of the people, by mobilizing the masses,” he said. Cuban Revolution opened road to socialist revolution in the Americas.

Sixty-three years ago, after the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba, Fidel Castro led the “Caravan of Freedom” from Santiago, in the east, to Havana, as part of the victorious rebel forces organizing workers and farmers to take political power…

‘I think every job should have a union. It’s what we need’

Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022
“I didn’t realize what was going on with the unions until I met the Militant,” Derrick McCrary, a retired FedEx diesel mechanic, told Susan LaMont as he renewed his subscription in Atlanta.

“I didn’t realize what was going on with the unions until I met the Militant,” Derrick McCrary told Susan LaMont Jan. 8 outside his home in west Atlanta. “I was surprised to read about the strike at Kellogg’s. Always thought…

To fight effects of rising prices, fight for cost of living protection

Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022

Rising prices — especially on food, gas, rent and other necessities — are wreaking havoc with the lives of millions of working people. Strikes and other struggles by workers and their unions today for wage raises include demands for cost-of-living…

St. Vincent nurses score victory in 10-month strike

Win better conditions for workers and patients
Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022
March 6 rally by nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., on eve of strike. Workers won more hiring and control over safety and job conditions, defended strikers’ seniority, jobs.

WORCESTER, Mass. —Nurses organized by the Massachusetts Nurses Association at St. Vincent Hospital struck the Tenet-owned facility here for 10 months. On Jan. 3 they voted 487-9 to ratify a contract that provides for a limit of four patient assignments…

Minneapolis trial prosecution deals blows to workers’ rights

Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS — After a 24-day trial here, former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter was found guilty Dec. 23 on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of 20-year-old African American Daunte Wright during a traffic stop last…

25, 50, and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 86/No. 3 - January 24, 2022

January 27, 1997 January 15 was the biggest day yet as protest strikes in south Korea entered their fourth week. Union officials say 630,000 workers participated in the strike that day, and tens of thousands flooded the streets of Seoul…