• UFCW: Kroger Mask Mandate for Grocery Customers Long Overdue, Underscores Need for Action in All 50 States

    With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in states like Arizona, Florida, and Texas, the union called the Kroger policy an important step which underscores the need for action to mandate masks in all 50 states.

    UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

    “Kroger’s action to mandate masks for customers is long overdue and an important step that UFCW has been calling for since the beginning of the pandemic. To help save lives, every retailer and grocery store across this nation must adopt a mask requirement, and enforcement must be done by trained professionals, not retail workers already stretched thin during this crisis.

  • Staying alive: The crisis in Connecticut

    Our country faces a combined economic and public health crisis of epic proportions. We stand at the edge of a cliff. Not only have measures to contain the virus been inadequate, but the Trump regime has actively sabotaged public health efforts and promoted the resurgence now under way.

  • Parliament’s delegation chair expresses concerns over human rights situation in Iran

    Amidst the global pandemic which has hit countries such as Iran particularly hard, and with Germany taking over the EU Council Presidency, the chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to Iran Cornelia Ernst (DIE LINKE, Germany) is urging dialogue and greater cooperation with the Islamic Republic during these difficult times, in particular on trade and on human rights:

  • America’s Largest Food & Retail Union, 100 Health Experts Call For Mask Mandates in All 50 States to Combat COVID-19 

    In a full-page advertisement in the New York Times set to run in this Sunday’s print edition, UFCW and a coalition of health experts call on governors, members of Congress, and the Trump Administration for immediate action to make masks mandatory in public in all 50 states. A new report shows the majority of governors have failed to enact public mask mandates. 

  • Common Position of European Tourism Workers’ Unions

    Millions of workers in the tourism and catering sector, as well as many more working in related activities, have been hit hard on their income and labor rights, after the spread of COVID-19 pandemic around the world, since the beginning of 2020.

    It is now clear that tourism, which accounts for 29% of global exports of services and 7% of total exports, remains a very expensive and highly vulnerable commodity to natural phenomena, pandemics, wars and competition.

  • Venezuela registers 239 new community, 43 new imported cases of COVID-19

    In the last 24 hours, Venezuela registered 282 COVID-19 cases, 239 out of which are due to community transmission and 43 are imported cases for a total of 7,692 cases, informed Vice-president of Communication, Culture and Tourism Jorge Rodríguez in a telephone briefing on Tuesday with state-run TV station Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

    Rodríguez explained that the 239 cases due to community transmission were detected in Sucre (121), Zulia (43), Miranda (24), Capital District (14), Yaracuy (13), Carabobo (7), Lara (5), Anzoátegui (5), Mérida (3), Portuguesa (2), La Guaira (1) and Barinas (1).

  • Venezuela registers 242 new COVID-19 cases

    Vice-president Delcy Rodríguez, on behalf of the Presidential Commission for the Prevention and Control of Coronavirus (COVID-19), reported 242 new COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

    Out of these new 242 cases, 202 are due to community transmission, 30 are imported cases and 10 are due to contact with international travelers for a total of 7,411 cases.

  • Venezuela registra 242 nuevos contagios de COVID-19

    La Comisión Presidencial para la Prevención y Control del Coronavirus (COVID-19), a través de la vicepresidenta Ejecutiva de la República, Delcy Rodríguez, informó al país que en las últimas 24 horas, se han detectado en Venezuela, 242 personas contagiadas del virus, de los cuales 202 casos son de transmisión comunitaria, 30 casos importados y 10 por contacto con viajeros internacionales, para sumar 7 mil 411, afectados en el país.

  • Venezuela registers 419 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

    In the last 24 hours, 419 new COVID-19 cases were registered in Venezuela, informed President Nicolás Maduro Moros.

    At the Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, the Venezuelan president explained that new cases due to community transmission were detected in Zulia (193), the Capital District (67), Miranda (59), Bolívar (4), Carabobo (4), Nueva Esparta (3), and Lara (2).

  • ALBA Humanitarian Fund to face economic challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic

    On July 3, 2020, the Bank of ALBA approved the creation of the ALBA Humanitarian Fund as a financial tool to strengthen and allocate resources aimed at mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the necessary financial support for economic boost.

    This measure resulted from the decisions made by the leaders of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) on June 10 and the working plan for economic strengthening approved at a meeting held on June 29 by the ALBA Political Council and the ALBA Council of Economic Complementation.

  • In the last 24 hours, Venezuela registers 157 new community cases and 54 imported cases of COVID-19

    Venezuelan health authorities registered 211 new infected with COVID-19, in the last 24 hours, of which 157 are community-based and 54 are of international origin, bringing the total number to 6,273 infected people in Venezuela.

    This was announced by the Executive Vice-president of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, during the balance of COVID-19 addressed at the Venezuelan people, in which she also reported that unfortunately the deaths rise to 57, after the death of 3 people due to the infection.

  • Venezuela reports 230 new infections of COVID-19

    The Sector Vice-president of Communication, Culture and Tourism, Jorge Rodríguez, informed the country this Wednesday that in the last 24 hours a total of 230 new COVID-19 infections have been detected, of which 201 are of community transmission and 29 of international origin, for a total registry of 6,062 people infected in Venezuela.

    Through a telephone contact to Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), Vice-president Rodríguez explained that of the 201 cases of community transmission, 156 were detected in Zulia state, 22 in the Capital District, 11 in Bolívar, 7 in Miranda, 3 in Aragua, 1 in Lara and 1 in Mérida.

  • 2nd July, national strike of former public and private health heroes.

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    The Covid-19 pandemic that exterminated more than 32,000 citizens in Italy and during which 29,000 health workers were infected, has confirmed some things that USB has been saying for some time and that should form the basis for the construction of a new National Health System.

    First of all, that Health and Welfare must be public and universal, because the health and well-being of all are inalienable rights.

  • Venezuela registers 302 new COVID-19 cases

    Venezuela registered 302 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours for a total of 5,832 patients, reported Vice-president Delcy Rodríguez during a meeting of Presidential Commission for the Prevention and Control of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Miraflores Presidential Palace.

    The Venezuelan vice-president explained that 175 out of these new cases are due to community transmission and are located in Zulia (99), Capital District (25), Táchira (15), Sucre (11), Mérida (7), Miranda (6), Lara (5), Bolívar (5), La Guaira (1) and Aragua (1) states.

  • Covid-19: information on the situation in Central Africa

    The Labour Institute of Central Africa (ITAC) has just published a report on the situation of workers in this region of the world in the face of the pandemic and its management by governments and employers. The countries concerned are Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad.

  • UFCW: Congress Must Put Workers First

    UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

    “America’s 16 million retail workers have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic from day one, helping ensure that our country’s families have the food and supplies they need. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on our economy and driving many retailers out of business, we must not forget these brave workers who have kept our communities running during the crisis.

  • Venezuela registers 233 new COVID-19 cases

    In the last 24 hours Venezuela registered 233 new COVID-19 cases for a total number of 5,530 cases, informed Vice-president Delcy Rodríguez, who explained that out of these new cases, 91 are due to community transmission and 142 are imported cases, including 138 from Colombia and 2 from Brazil.

  • Venezuela registers 198 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

    In the last 24 hours, Venezuela registered 198 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 4,563 cases, reported Vice-president Delcy Rodríguez during a COVID-19 briefing at the Miraflores Presidential Palace.

  • Venezuela registers this Wednesday 179 new cases of COVID-19

    The Executive Vice-president of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, reported this Wednesday that 179 cases of COVID-19 infections were detected, of which 24 are of community origin and 155 imported, registering a total figure of 4,365, while the number of deaths was raised to 38, after confirming three deaths.

  • Venezuela detects 56 community cases and 81 imported cases of COVID-19

    A total of 56 cases of community transmission and 81 imported of COVID-19 were detected in the last 24 hours by the Venezuelan health authorities, to bring the total number of infections to 4,185 people.

    The information was released this Tuesday by the Head of State, Nicolás Maduro, during a contact with the Presidential Commission for the Prevention of COVID-19, in which he specified that, of the imported cases, 66 come from Colombia, 1 from Brazil, 8 from Peru and 6 from Ecuador.