• MK Odeh: Netanyahu Exploiting Coronavirus to Shut Down Knesset

    Joint List IsraelJoint List leader, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) on Tuesday, March 17, accused far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of exploiting the coronavirus epidemic as an excuse to shut down the Knesset. “The pro-Netanyahu bloc wishes to shut down the Knesset, saying that this is necessary because we have a COVID-19 situation,” he said. Odeh further accused Interior Minister Arye Deri of wanting to entirely vacate and shutter the Knesset building.

  • WHO to send experts to Venezuela to support fight against COVID-19

    The constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro informed on Wednesday, March 18, that a commission of experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) will arrive in Venezuela from Geneva in the next days.

    This assistance will be provided after the Venezuelan government formally requested the WHO humanitarian technical cooperation to fight the spread of COVID-19.

  • Trade unions around the world lead fight to protect workers from coronavirus fallout

    morning star neuTRADE unions across the world are leading the battle to protect workers and their families from economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Unions are fighting to ensure workers receive sick pay, avoid catastrophic loss of income if employers are closing businesses and that governments put measures in place to protect their homes.

    Australia’s Community & Public Sector Union reported today that it had convinced the Australian Public Service Commission to extend paid leave to casual staff who contract Covid-19 or have to self-isolate due to exposure to infected persons.

  • UK - Ambulance workers left with no hand sanitiser, wipes or masks and faulty testing gear (GMB)

    Ambulance workers across the UK turned up for shifts this morning to find no hand sanitiser, face masks or wipes and faulty testing equipment, GMB Union says. Paramedics and ambulance workers are also being forced to deal with inconsistent guidance and fatigue due to increased workloads as colleagues self-isolate.  Meanwhile 111 call numbers are up to 70% higher than this time last year.

    GMB has five key demands the Government must meet to keep emergency workers - and the British public - safe:

  • Unite the Union: We need measures equal to the economic and public health emergencies upon us

    Responding to chancellor Rishi Sunak's package of support for businesses announced this evening (Tuesday, 17 March) and the prime minister's pledge to do `whatever it takes' to support people and jobs through the corona virus crisis, the head of the UK's leading union, Unite, has said that his union stands ready to play their part throughout this time of crisis.

    Len McCluskey, Unite's general secretary said: "It is abundantly clear that we need a package of measures equal to the public health and economic emergencies now upon us.

  • USB-Italy statement on the coronavirus pandemic

    USB ItaliaTo date, Thursday, March 12 in Italy we are 15.133 infected with corona virus, 1016 dead, 583 positive among health workers.

    On the evening of March 9, 2020, the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced an immediate law by which the government establishes a “safe zone” throughout the country.

    The indication to citizens is to stay in their homes, from which it will be possible to leave for food supplies and emergency cases. Schools and universities will be closed until April 3, bars and restaurants will have to close at 6 pm as will all offices where electronic working has been activated. The measures are appropriate, necessary, probably late, for the protection of the health of citizens and certain sectors of the working world. But the entire production, distribution structure and means of transport continue to function.

  • Flag states must protect seafarers and passenger’s health during coronavirus crisis

    This week the coronavirus stricken Braemar made global news after being turned away from several Caribbean ports and spent days searching for somewhere to dock until Cuba agreed to allow the offloading of passengers and crew. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines confirmed that the Braemar is achored approximately five miles off the coast of Havana, awaiting a charter flight from the UK where they will offload the British guests and crew only – no other nationalities. The rest of the passengers and crew are reportedly still in limbo. 

  • Venezuela requests IMF financing to fight COVID-19

    Under the supreme premise of strengthening the response capacity of the Venezuelan health system to contain COVID-19, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro officially requested $5 billion in financing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    In a letter to IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, the Venezuelan president explains that these resources will significantly contribute to strengthening the detection and response systems against coronavirus in Venezuela.

  • The Privatization Of Healthcare Seen Today

    During the years of the crisis in Greece, some of the arguments of the Governments in order to privatize and cut funds to the Public Healthcare system were that Public Sector “is lazy”, “it costs more” and “goes all day on strikes”, that “public healthcare is a communist relic”.

    In 2013, took place a TV interview with the participation of the Minister of Healthcare and the President of the Union of Workers in the Hospital EVANGELISMOS of Athens, member of PAME, doctor Elias Sioras.

  • Statement of WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos on the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Dear men and women colleagues,

    We live in a period of Pandemic, where the Coronavirus is spreading to the four corners of the world.

    On behalf of the World Federation of Trade Unions, we want to congratulate the workers all over the world, because through their work they provide all goods for the survival of the Peoples. The workers are those who produce food, medicine, services, machines, transport, communication and everything. They deserve our warm “well done”.

  • Corona epidemic: There is no European solidarity!

    die linke"For years, the EU has put pressure on Serbia not to trade with China and Russia, to liberalize its market and to open it up to European goods without any restrictions. But right now, in a severe emergency due to the corona epidemic, where there is no profit to make for the EU, the Serbs are left alone. In times of crisis, you always get a quick understanding who your real partners are. My solidarity is with the people of Serbia, not the EU's greed for profit", explains Żaklin Nastić, spokeswoman for human rights policy for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group in the German Bundestag on the occasion of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's press conference from yesterday evening.

  • KCTU and HKCTU Release Joint Statement to Defend Labour Rights under COVID-19 Pandemic

    The leadership of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) held an online meeting on the morning of March 16, 2020 to share their experiences in combating COVID-19 pandemic.  KCTU president, Brother Kim Myeong-hwan, HKCTU Chairperson, Sister Carol Ng, and HKCTU General Secretary, Brother Lee Cheuk Yan, exchanged the workers situations in South Korea and Hong Kong, who are both facing repercussions of retrenchments such as lay-offs and unpaid leaves.  Meanwhile, union leaders from both sides condemned their corresponding government’s epidemic relieve financial packages as overly employers oriented, which mainly focused on tax breaks, rent reductions, and direct subsidies to business owners, rather than allocating adequate financial support to workers who are experiencing financial loss due to the epidemic.  Both unions have promised to step up their efforts and forge a stronger partnership to defend workers’ rights and livelihood during such difficult times.  After the meeting, the KCTU and HKCTU published a joint statement as the first step toward a stronger alliance between the two confederations and together, we put forward a ten-point demand to both the South Korean and Hong Kong governments for stronger safeguards in workers' rights under the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • PAME and the class Unions of Greece continue with multiform actions

    PAME and the class unions of Greece continue their activity with their presence and initiatives in the workplaces so as to support the workers and also to block the attack of the employers, who utilize the developments with the Corona Virus, so as to impose more antiworkers’ measures.

    On Friday, March 13, leaders of trade unions of Athens protested at the Ministry of Labor for the outbreak of antiworkers’ measures and the hazards for the health of the workers and their family. Greater problems are in Hotels-Tourism, where because of the situation and travel restrictions there are many cancelations. The hotel owners are attempting to transfer the cost to the workers, by imposing unpaid leaves, or laying off workers etc.

  • Collective quarantine declared in six states and in the Capital District to contain COVID-19

    Starting this Monday, March 16, the collective quarantine phase will enter into force in six states and the Capital District as a measure of prevention and containment of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Venezuela.

    The announcement was made by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, who explained that the measure will be effective from 5:00 in the morning in the states of Apure, Cojedes, La Guaira, Miranda, Zulia and Táchira, as well as in the Capital District.

  • President Maduro calls on the unity to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Venezuela

    A call for unity, solidarity and cooperation was extended by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, to the Venezuelan people to face the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the nation.

    From the Presidential Command Post, installed in the Miraflores Palace, located in Caracas, he advocated conscience and collective discipline to attend to the sanitary prevention measures dictated to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

  • 4800 beds arranged in 572 CDI to attend epidemiological contingency

    This Saturday 4,800 beds were arranged in 572 Comprehensive Diagnostic Centers (CDI) throughout the country.

    This was reported by the People’s Power Minister for Communication and Information, Jorge Rodríguez, during statements offered from the Miraflores Palace on the night of this March 14.

  • Venezuela suspends flights from Dominican Republic and Panama

    As of Saturday night, March 14, and for 30 days, flights from the Dominican Republic and Panama are suspended, informed the Sectorial Vice President of Communication, Tourism, and Culture Jorge Rodríguez during a televised statement at the Miraflores Presidential Palace.

    In representation of the Presidential Command for Control and Monitoring of COVID-19, Rodríguez explained the reason for this measure: “After the temporary suspension of flights from Europe, we have noticed that some travelers coming from some of these nations that have reported a significant peak of coronavirus cases are making stopovers to other regions, and they are travelling to Venezuela from there.”

  • The Communist Party of Spain in light of the course of the coronavirus pandemic

    pce mit stern1st - We call on the entire population to strictly follow the instructions of the health and government authorities. Serenity, responsibility and solidarity in the face of difficulties.

    We underline the irresponsibility that comes from acts of hoarding, improper use of health or social services, and spread of fake news and information without an official source.

    2nd - Regarding the economic and social consequences of the pandemic, we support all the measures adopted by the Government to protect our people at a social and economic level, especially the most underprivileged sectors that will suffer the most from the economic emergency.

    The PCE will suggest the Government of Spain all the measures it deems necessary at each stage to further protect the working class and popular sectors. We remain at the disposal of social organizations and initiatives that want to send us suggestions for that purpose.

  • Bolivarian Government coordinates actions with UN representatives to avoid spread of COVID-19

    The Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez held a meeting on Saturday with representatives of the UN system and other health multilateral organizations accredited to the South American country in order to strengthen plans and coordination of preventative measures to avoid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Rodríguez informed that “through diplomatic channels, President Nicolás Maduro sent a communication to the general director of the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting specialized technical assistance for COVID-19.”

  • Venezuela urges Colombia to coordinate joint measures to fight COVID-19

    During an interview with Colombian radio station “La W,” Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Jorge Arreaza called on the Colombian authorities to reestablish direct communication between governments and coordinate joint measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    “We share one of the continent’s liveliest borders. It’s a 2,219 km (1,378 mi) long border, and we have a responsibility towards our peoples beyond our ideological, political, circumstantial or structural differences. We’re talking about a pandemic declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and we have to address it,” he stressed.