Coles warehouse workers in Australia fight lockout, closing

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020
Locked-out United Workers Union members picket Coles distribution center in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 20, in fight for pay raise, severance pay in warehouse closing, jobs at new facility.

SYDNEY — More than 350 workers at the Coles distribution center at Smeaton Grange in southwest Sydney are picketing daily, fighting a company lockout. Coles is one of the main supermarket chains in Australia, taking in almost 1 billion Australian…


Sydney hospital walkout protests inadequate hospital staffing

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020

SYDNEY — Over 100 nurses and midwives walked off the job at Blacktown Hospital in western Sydney Nov. 19 to protest longstanding understaffing. Staff shortages at the public hospital have been an issue there for years as management aims to…


Miami caravan: ‘End US economic war against Cuba!’

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020
Protesters rally in Miami Nov. 29 against U.S. embargo of Cuba.

MIAMI — A successful caravan of well over 100 participants in more than 80 cars and bikes took place here Nov. 29 demanding an end to the U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba. The march was organized by a number of…


‘Cuban Revolution is sustained in power by working people’

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020
Fidel Castro presents Second Declaration of Havana to million-strong assembly, Feb. 4, 1962. Cuban working people transformed themselves through the fight to take political power, making first socialist revolution in the Americas and defending it from U.S. aggression ever since.

Fidel Castro: Nothing Can Stop the Course of History, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for December, is a wide-ranging interview given by the central leader of the Cuban Revolution in 1985. His interviewers were Jeffrey M. Elliot, a…


Support fight to defend victory won by Ohio small-shop owners

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020
Working people, students have been visiting Gibson’s store in Oberlin, Ohio, since 1885. Oberlin College is trying to use its wealth, power to reverse unanimous jury verdict in favor of the Gibsons.

ALBANY, New York — “The Gibson family, owners of a small bakery and store in Oberlin, Ohio, fought back against a billion-dollar institution and won a $44 million award in a unanimous jury verdict after a six-week trial in 2019,”…


Brazilians protest store guards beating black man to death

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020
Rally in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 20 protests killing of Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, a 40-year-old black man beaten to death by security guards at Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre.

Street protests erupted across Brazil after two security guards — one an off-duty military cop — beat to death Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, a 40-year-old black man, outside a Carrefour supermarket in the southern city of Porto Alegre Nov. 19.…


Conflict continues as Ethiopian troops seize capital of Tigray

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020

Ethiopian soldiers seized Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, Nov. 28. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed claimed the central government had taken the entire province. That same day the ousted Tigray People’s Liberation Front fired long-range missiles…


Protests in France hit racist cop attack, repressive law

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020

ALES, France — Over 130,000 people took to the streets of Paris and cities across the country Nov. 28, protesting the cop beating of Michel Zecler, a music producer who is black, and a draft “security” law. The law would…


Moroccan gov’t attack rekindles Polisario independence struggle

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020

Moroccan government forces attacked Sahrawi civilians in Western Sahara who were peacefully protesting against the monarchical regime extending its wall dividing their country. This has rekindled the national liberation struggle there. For decades the people of Western Sahara have been…


Working people need our own party, a labor party

As economic, health crisis deepens, fight boss attacks
Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020
Workers at Owens Corning in Guelph, Ontario, on strike Nov. 20 against concession demands, an example of workers fighting boss attacks on jobs, wages, health and working conditions.

With tens of millions out of work, bosses are still laying workers off, cutting wages and benefits, and speeding up production. The employers hope the intensified competition among workers for jobs will create better conditions to deepen these attacks and…