Workers resist clampdown on protests by gov’t in Chile

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
Road blocked by some of 500 workers in 43-day strike at Promasa, a lumber company in Los Ángeles, Chile, one of number of recent strikes and protests. Mass anti-government protests that began in October “are going to explode again soon,” union leader at Holdtech strike predicted.

“The company, the supervisors, the government authorities, the police, the virus and the rain are all against us,” said Claudio Higueras Osorio, union president and one of nearly 500 workers on strike at Promasa, a lumber company in Los Ángeles,…


Yakima fruit packers fight for wages, hours, safety

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020

YAKIMA, Wash. — Fruit packing plant workers continue their weekslong strikes for higher wages and safer working conditions at Columbia Reach Pack here and at Matson Fruit in Selah, Washington. Strikers at Matson returned to work after the bosses said…


Defend jobs, wages, working conditions!

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, issued the following statement June 3. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s candidate for vice president. From strikes by thousands of autoworkers at Nissan in Spain fighting to keep their jobs, to…


Thousands of autoworkers in Spain, France strike against plant closings

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
Nissan workers protest in Barcelona May 28, chanting “If this is not fixed — war, war, war!” demanding auto bosses reverse decision to shut down factories there in move to boost profits.

Thousands of autoworkers have gone on strike in Spain and France demanding their jobs back after both Nissan and Renault bosses announced factory closings and layoffs. As auto bosses and others gear up to resume production after lengthy government-mandated closures,…


Demand freedom for Jalil Muntaqim now

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020

Former Black Panther Jalil Muntaqim, who has been imprisoned for 49 years, was rushed to the hospital from the Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York, May 25 after testing positive for COVID-19. His blood oxygen level was at a…


Build powerful, disciplined working-class movement!

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020

The following statement was released June 2 by David Rosenfeld, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Minnesota. The police killing of George Floyd has been met with outrage and protest throughout Minnesota, across the country and internationally. The…



Protesters in Hong Kong say, ‘Beijing hands off!’

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
Demanding political rights, autonomy protesters block Pedder Street in Hong Kong May 27.

Undeterred by police assaults and threats from bosses, workers and other fighters for political rights have continued to mount protests against the Chinese rulers’ deepening grip over their lives in the supposedly semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong. Thousands took to…


Worldwide protests hit cop killing of George Floyd

Demand arrest, prosecution of all cops involved in killing
Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
More than 60,000 people joined June 2 Houston action against Minneapolis cop killing of George Floyd. Protests draw broad participation, shining spotlight on racist cop violence.

As we go to press . . . Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed more charges against cop Derek Chauvin. Three other cops involved in killing George Floyd have also been charged. The scope and breadth of mass demonstrations in…


Back fights to defend wages, jobs, working conditions!

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
From left, Rahman Brooks, Darnell Harris, Jamal Taylor and Earnest Taylor in ongoing walkout by “hoppers” at contractor for New Orleans sanitation system.

Workers are increasingly taking action today to defend their wages, working conditions and dignity: from thousands of autoworkers on strike at Nissan in Spain and Renault in France over having jobs eliminated; to fruit packers out for better pay and…