• Communist governor riding high in the polls

    PCdoBA public opinion poll taken July 21–25 shows that the communist governor of the important state of Maranhão (population 6.5 million) is overwhelmingly popular among the state’s residents. The poll showed an approval rate of 67% for Governor Flávio Dino of the Communist Party of Brazil, and a disapproval rate of only 29%. The survey was carried out by Extra/TV Difusora, which polled 1,406 people.

  • Workers’ Party pushes petition to make rich pay costs of the crisis

    pvda beThe Belgian Workers’ Party, one of two communist parties in that country, has initiated a petition drive to impose a “corona tax” on the super wealthy to deal with the health and economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • UN provides assistance to thousands of Venezuelans returning from neighboring countries amid COVID-19 pandemic

    In the midst of the global expansion of COVID-19 and its tragic effect in Latin America, the UN System in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in coordination with the Venezuelan Government, has provided support to thousands of nationals crossing the border from neighboring countries who must stay in temporary shelters.

    In late May, the UN explained that it had reached 1 million humanitarian partners providing health, food and water.

  • Modi Government – Did You Not Say You Would Get Rid Of the Virus in 21 Days?

    You are now using the Virus to Get Rid of Us

    When the Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country on 24 March 2020 announcing the lockdown in order to contain the pandemic he said that everyone would have to make a 21 day sacrifice to fight the pandemic. Now into the fifth month of that statement we are still effectively under the ill-planned and ill-timed lockdown. The pandemic has today formed the basis for employers to turn on the working class and for the government to deregulate and privatise the economy, putting in place policies that advantage the ruling class at the expense of the working class.

  • Senator and Union Call on CEOs to Reinstate Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers As COVID-19 Danger Continues

    Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) called on the CEOs of the country’s largest grocery store chains to reinstate hazard pay for their workers who are still on the frontlines of the pandemic as COVID-19 cases surpass 4.8 million nationwide. 

    In a new CNN op-ed, UFCW International President Marc Perrone and Senator Harris and condemn America’s largest grocery chains for cutting hazard pay for their workers, even as the companies report record sales and the threat from COVID-19 continues to endanger employees.

  • Venezuelan Government mourns passing of consul accredited in Brazilian city of Boa Vista

    On Wednesday, Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza reported that Venezuelan Consul in Boa Vista, Brasil, Faustino Torella passed away after a long battle against COVID-19.

    “I regret to report that after a long battle against COVID-19, today our dear comrade Faustino Torrealba, consul of Venezuela in Boa Vista, where he was infected, passed away,” posted the Venezuelan foreign minister on his Twitter account @jaarreaza.

  • Uphold Secular Principle Enshrined in the Constitution: CPI

    The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement today (August 3, 2020) on the bhumi pujan ceremony at Ayodhya:

    The CPI has always maintained that amity and peace among the people are the most important. Even the Supreme Court had also in its verdict condemned the December 6, 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid describing it as a criminal act.

  • Arreaza: ‘Relations of production and international relations must be reassessed’

    Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza asserted on Monday that international relations must be reassessed in the face of the economic, communications and health damages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.

    “The pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to humankind cannot be in vain. Relations of production, human and international relations must be reassessed. The conscience and courage of the people must give birth to a comprehensive post-capitalist system of equality and peace,” he posted on his Twitter account @jaarreaza.

  • WFTU demands immediate resolution of seafarers’ problems

    The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 105 million workers in every corner of the world stands on the side of the seafarers around the world who face additional problems during the covid-19 outbreak.

    An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 seafarers are stuck on board because of government policies that prohibit regular crew changes, and even those who are still within their normal contract periods are feeling the pressure of the inability to sign off and return home, heavy workloads, virus fears and a perceived lack of Covid-19 precautions onboard vessels.

  • Jeff Bezos and Amazon Must Be Held Accountable for Failure to Disclose COVID-19 Employee Infections and Deaths

    UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

    “The time is long past to hold Jeff Bezos and Amazon accountable for their failures and irresponsibility that has consistently placed Amazon profits ahead of the safety and rights of American workers.

    “It is outrageous that in the middle of a pandemic, Amazon refused to tell the American people how many of its workers have been exposed, become sick, or died from COVID-19. Even worse, Amazon has fired and attacked its own workers who bravely spoke out against the company’s unethical and irresponsible behavior. Enough is enough.

  • International Criminal Court case claims Brazilian government’s Covid-19 response is a crime against humanity

    UNI Global UnionBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the Covid-19 crisis is a crime against humanity, alleges a lawsuit filed 27 July at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

    The Brazilian Union Network UNISaúde, whose affiliated unions represent more than one million workers in 18 states, the Federal District, and all regions of the country, filed the case accusing the Bolsonaro administration of being criminally negligent in its management of the Covid-19 pandemic—risking the lives of healthcare professionals and of members of the Brazilian society. The unions believe it is the first suit of its kind to be filed against a government for large-scale death and illness due to public health failings.

  • Knesset Passes Dictatorial “Great Corona Law” Demanded by Gov’t

    Joint List IsraelIn the early hours of Thursday morning, July 23, Israel’s Knesset passed a draconian law that grants the far-right government extensive powers to impose wide-ranging restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic, but by potentially impinging on basic civil rights and effectively circumventing parliamentary oversight. Forty-eight MKs voted in favor of the legislation, 35 voted against it – among them Joint List lawmakers. The law will take effect on August 10, when an interim coronavirus law approved earlier this month expires. The new law will be in effect until June 30, 2021.

  • Amazon Exploitation of COVID-19 Pandemic Endangers Frontline Workers

    UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

    “Amazon represents a clear and present danger to American workers and our economy. The company has not only refused to acknowledge the full impact of COVID-19 on its workers, it has exploited this pandemic to increase its market dominance as well as its power over employees throughout its distribution centers.

  • Personalities of the world raise their voices to abolish debt in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Amid the global pandemic of COVID-19 plaguing humanity, a group of leading figures from around the world raised their voices to call for the abolition of more than $11 trillion of debt in developing countries.

    The initiative of the anti-debt personalities has the support of the former president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza; the Minister of Finance of Kerala, India, T. M. Thomas Isaac; the former Finance Minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis; the Argentine lawyer and activist Juan Grabois; the director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, Vijay Prashad; and the president of the Zambia Socialist Party, Fred M’bembe.

  • Covid-19 and the “new normal” to the miners and metalworkers

    Since the beginning of the current pandemic, many of us have spoken about the “new normal” and the future of our lives: work, studies, recreation, family, health care, etc. Many professional categories are ready to keep in a home office way. But how the miners and metalworkers should prepare themselves to the future?

    Pandemic numbers and its coverage are terrible. Rich, poor and average countries still suffer with the virus. Although we can see the perspective of a vaccine, until that moment comes thousands of people will die infected.

  • Falling economy, rising infections

    As COVID-19 cases mount across southern and western states due to premature reopening, the economic recovery is stalling. Layoffs are resuming as infections rise.

    Reports of progress toward a vaccine are encouraging, but medical experts warn that the roll-out of an effective vaccine will take a year or more. But if Trump had his way, a vaccine would never reach Democrat-governed states, Puerto Rico, or people he deems “never-Trumpers.” His racism and contempt will compromise every effort to stem the plague.

  • Nurses Return to Work after 1-day Strike following Deal to Resolve Staffing & Equipment Shortages

    Nurses throughout Israel returned to work Tuesday morning, July 21, ending a one-day strike. The Nurses Union and the Finance Ministry reached an agreement at midnight on Monday to end a general strike that began earlier in the day over labor shortages at Israel’s medical centers. The agreement will see the addition of 2,000 temporary nursing positions and 400 doctors’ positions in the public healthcare system and the hiring of additional administrative and para-medical personnel. A team will be formed to agree on permanent staffing numbers within a month.

  • Capitalism, alienation, and COVID-19

    Remember life before COVID-19? Don’t be tempted to think those were the good ol’ days. Even before social distancing, were you feeling alone, depressed, and isolated? Feeling insignificant and purposeless? Our society was sick before COVID-19.

  • USB punished by the Guarantor for striking in defence of the health of workers and citizens

    USB ItaliaThe Authority in charge of regulating the right to strike, which has taken over the hundreds of its deliberations from Parliament, has decided to punish USB with a fine of 2500 euros for the general strike proclaimed on March 25.

    A strike proclaimed in defence of the safety and life of workers and citizens, while the tug-of-war between the government and the employers’ associations was going on, pawing over everything. A strike imposed by the harsh reality of the pandemic, with hundreds of thousands of workers infected precisely because during the phase of the theoretical “all closed” more than 16 million people were at work.

  • International solidarity with the mobilizations of the US workers

    The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 105 million workers throughout the world, stands in solidarity with the American working class and its mobilizations on July 20, in protest against racism and in demand of a better healthcare system as well as safety measures against the coronavirus pandemic.