Algeria rulers use pretext of virus outbreak to bar protests

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Demonstrators at Feb. 28 anti-government protest in Algiers. Placard reads: “The authority and its supporters are deadlier than the coronavirus.” After year of massive protests, military-dominated regime used justification of virus crisis to ban demonstrations March 17.

The Algerian government has faced weekly street protests for political rights across the country for more than a year. It has unleashed repression, offered cosmetic concessions and tried to sow divisions among demonstrators. Nothing it has done has prevented working…


Bosses track your ‘happiness’ by spying on your life

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

Claiming they’re determined to bring “happiness” to their workers, bosses are increasingly intruding into their personal lives, supposedly to monitor how pleased they are with the company. The fact is, this is part of the bosses’ drive to speed up…



Working people in Cuba set the example for int’l solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

“We have a revolutionary duty to fulfill, so we take our fear and put it to one side,” Leonardo Fernández, 68, an intensive care specialist, told Reuters in Havana March 21. He was meeting up with the brigade of 52…


Asarco strikers fight continues against bosses’ union busting

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

“The strike lines are still up,” Alex Terrazas, United Steelworkers Local 937 union president, told the Militant by phone March 23. Terrazas, a worker at Asarco’s Mission Mine near Tucson, Arizona, was referring to the strike by 1,700 copper miners…


Workers need road forward to battle economic and social crises

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Workers, suddenly without jobs, line up for unemployment benefits in Las Vegas March 17. The virus outbreak triggered the coming depression, which has been looming for some time.

The coronavirus pandemic has precipitated the fastest fall ever on the capitalists’ stock markets the world over, posing the need for workers to organize and chart a road forward out of the unfolding economic and social crises. In the U.S.…



UK: Workers strike over low wages, multitier conditions

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Sanitation workers, members of Unite union on strike in south-east London, stop refuse truck March 18. Two-day walkout won sick pay. Workers are also demanding end to multitier wages.

LONDON — Seventy refuse workers picketed the Thames Road Serco waste disposal depot in Bexley, in south-east London, March 18. Unite union members were taking strike action against low wages, lack of sick pay and multitier wages and conditions. Truck…


Teachers in Minnesota strike 3 days, demand more hiring

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Teachers ended a three-day strike March 13 that shut down public schools here, the first such walkout since 1946. The St. Paul Federation of Educators, with 3,600 members, picketed schools each morning and held spirited rallies…


British gov’t debates impact of Huawei deal on US trade bloc

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Technician installs 5G network in South Korea. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has clashed with party members and Washington over decision to allow Huawei to put 5G in U.K.

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced down a revolt by some Conservative Members of Parliament. They had opposed his January decision to approve involvement of the Chinese company Huawei in building the next generation of the U.K.’s 5G…