Canada postal workers strike over pay equality, health care

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Some 50,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers began a series of rotating strikes Oct. 22. One- or two-day walkouts have been organized in Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Halifax. The…

Australia: Workers march, demand end to anti-union laws

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018

SYDNEY — Hundreds of thousands of workers rallied in cities and towns across Australia Oct. 23-24 to defend union rights and back demands for higher wages. The slogan for the nationwide rallies organized by the Australian Council of Trade Unions…

Marriott strikers fight bosses over wages, hours, safety

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — UNITE HERE Local 2 President Anand Singh was the first speaker Nov. 2 when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors convened a hearing on the union’s strike of some 2,500 hotel workers at Marriott here. The strike,…

Amazon robots intensify the exploitation of labor

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018
Amazon warehouse running in Tracy, California, 2014. Bosses installed robots as they expanded hiring. In face of speedup, boss harassment, unsafe conditions workers need a union.

Amazon is the second-largest employer in the U.S. after Walmart and one of only two U.S. companies ever valued at over $1 trillion. It operates huge fulfillment warehouses where workers face relentless speedup and unsafe conditions amid miles of conveyor…

Kurdistan book fair marked by thirst for political discussion

Event in Erbil reflects Kurds’ fight for homeland and crisis of global imperialist order
Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018
Thousands attended Erbil International Book Fair Oct. 10-20.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — The 13th Erbil International Book Fair showed expanding space to discuss the broadest questions of world and regional politics here. This openness is a product of the Kurdish people’s fight for their national rights and…

Do Washington’s trade sanctions on China mean a new ‘Cold War’?

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018
Chinese ship unloads at Oakland port July 2. Leveraging their huge domestic market, strong dollar, U.S. rulers impose tariffs on Chinese imports to wrest concessions from Beijing.

Following Washington’s imposition of widespread tariffs on Chinese imports and retaliatory measures by Beijing, the liberal press that views President Donald Trump as the cause of all ills are awash with claims that a new “Cold War” has been started…

Uber, Yellow Cab drivers need unity to fight bosses

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018

NEW YORK — The cutthroat competition among Uber, Lyft, other e-hail car services, livery companies and the Yellow Cab fleet bosses has claimed a seventh suicide victim here. Fausto Luna flung himself in front of an oncoming subway train and…

UN votes 189-2 to demand end to US rulers’ Cuba embargo

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018

UNITED NATIONS — On Nov. 1, for the 27th year in a row, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution presented by the Cuban government calling for “ending the U.S. economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba.” The resolution passed…

Join SWP taking ‘Militant’, books to working class

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018

Millions of workers see in their own lives and lives of those they love how working people face the debilitating effects of the ongoing economic, political and moral crisis of capitalist rule. The bosses and their government have nothing to…