South Africa workers strike, protest for wage raise, rights

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

Tens of thousands of workers joined in a one-day strike and protests in cities and rural areas across South Africa April 25 called by the South African Federation of Trade Unions. They demanded a significant raise in the African National…

May Day Brigade does volunteer work on Cuba’s farms

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018
May Day Brigade does volunteer work on Cuba’s farms

CAIMITO, Cuba — Some 290 participants in the 13th May Day International Brigade to Cuba are meeting with workers, farmers, youth, and representatives of the country’s mass organizations, and learning firsthand about the revolution here. The April 22-May 6 brigade,…

New Zealand nurses reject contract, protest work conditions

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Hundreds of nurses and other health care workers joined protests outside hospitals and clinics across New Zealand over two weeks starting April 9. They are demanding increased staffing, higher wages and an end to onerous working…

Workers are starting to act up today. Join in!

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

The strikes and protests by teachers and other school workers from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona and now North Carolina is something new. We have not seen a working-class fight like this in decades. “It’s a class of…

Thousands march on May Day, demanding, ‘No deportations!’

Socialist Workers Party says: ‘Amnesty now!’
Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018
Farmworkers, unionists and others joined May Day action in Yakima, Washington, May 1.

“We are not criminals, we are the workforce,” said the sign Maria Cuevas carried at this year’s May 1 International Workers Day march in Yakima, Washington. Underneath she pasted nearly two dozen photos of immigrant workers picking crops, driving tractors…

Nicaraguan workers protest social security cuts, censorship

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

After five days of protests by tens of thousands of students, workers and others across the country, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega revoked his April 16 directive to raise social security payroll taxes and cut benefits. But even after the reversal…

Korea talks show prospects for nuclear-free peninsula

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the North, met South Korean President Moon Jae-in April 27, the first summit between leaders of the two countries since 2007. The meeting — and more to…

Rap artist Meek Mill freed — case exposes US criminal ‘justice’ system

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Meek Mill, an internationally known African-American rap artist, was released on bail from the state penitentiary in Chester April 24. Upon hearing the rumor he would be freed, hundreds gathered outside the prison, including nearby neighbors, some holding…

‘Hardhat Mass’ marks deaths of construction workers

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018
‘Hardhat Mass’ marks deaths of construction workers

NEW YORK — Hundreds of construction workers from across the city gathered after work outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral to attend the 10th annual “Hardhat Mass” on Workers Memorial Day April 26. They were commemorating the lives of 19 construction workers…

W.Va. workers proud of victory of teachers strike there

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. — A team of Socialist Workers Party members and supporters returned to the coal mining region in West Virginia April 27-30 to speak with miners and other workers the party had met during the recent school workers strike…