By Ulrich Rippert, 30 May 2020
Workers highlight the lack of safety measures in public transit and factories.
Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 30 May 2020
The “phased” return of school children is a criminal policy that places children, teachers, families, and communities open to the risk of serious illness and death.
By Joanne Laurier, 30 May 2020
The British television miniseries, The Accident, tells the story of a decayed former mining and steel town in Wales, in which a factory under construction collapses, resulting in a horrendous tragedy.
By Barry Mason, 23 May 2020
The three died in different sections of Cranswick Convenience Foods factory in Wombwell, Barnsley.
By Dennis Moore, 23 May 2020
Social care spending could face a shortfall of £3.5 billion, placing up to 225,000 adult social care places at risk in the coming year.
As hundreds across Europe die daily from coronavirus
By Jordan Shilton, 23 May 2020
Piling one lie on another, the EU Commission claimed its guidelines would restore “transport services across the EU while protecting the health of transport workers and passengers.”
Representatives from Germany’s parliamentary parties support far-right protests against coronavirus policies
By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2020
The far-right demonstrations in Germany are being used to drum up support for the dangerous policy of easing coronavirus pandemic restrictions and intimidate all opposition.
By Andy Niklaus and Ulrich Rippert, 23 May 2020
Social distancing has been abandoned in schools and no safety measures such as face masks are being provided.
By Marianne Arens, 16 May 2020
German slaughterhouses have become coronavirus hotspots, with hundreds of workers, most of them sub-contracted from Eastern Europe, infected with the virus.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2020
TfL, which runs the London Underground, bus and rail services, faced bankruptcy, threatening the Johnson government’s efforts to restore corporate profits.
By Tania Kent and Harvey Thompson, 16 May 2020
The closure of schools is a key measure recommended by medical experts internationally to reduce the infection and death rate from the coronavirus.
By Robert Stevens, 16 May 2020
There are 23,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland and 1,518 deaths—one of the highest death ratios in the world. In Northern Ireland, 4,317 people have tested positive, with 469 deaths.
By Shannon Jones, 9 May 2020
The incompetence and callous disregard for human life by the capitalist authorities in country after country is fueling an upsurge in the class struggle.
By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2020
The government’s reckless decision, in line with similar measures underway across Europe and the US, puts countless lives at risk.
By Jacques Valentin, 9 May 2020
The provisions cover the entire period since the state declared a national health emergency in March, and apply to elected representatives, ministers, civil servants and employers.
By Marianne Arens, 9 May 2020
Schools are being reopened in nearly all federal states and the risky measure is meeting with growing opposition from teachers.
By Robert Stevens, 9 May 2020
The opposition among millions of workers and throughout the population was expressed in Thursday’s top trending hashtags #KeepTheLockdown and #extendthelockdown.
By Charles Hixson, 9 May 2020
Those remaining on London’s streets face increased deprivation, as normal sources of food from distributors and food kitchens have gone.
By our reporters, 9 May 2020
The UK has registered the highest number of fatalities in Europe from the virus, including at least 200 health and social care workers.
“The Fight for Our Lives” online rally
By Thomas Scripps, 9 May 2020
What is meant by “unity” and “solidarity” is in fact an effort to subordinate workers to Labour and the unions by concealing their rotten dealings with employers and the government.
By Nick Beams, 2 May 2020
The European Central Bank has taken the same road as the US Fed, committing itself to pump still more money across the board into the financial markets.
By Johannes Stern, 2 May 2020
Despite the continuing spread of the COVID-19 internationally, the German government is accelerating its lifting of the limited restrictions imposed to prevent transmission of the virus.
By Marianne Arens, 2 May 2020
While almost 300 workers at a Baden-Württemberg slaughterhouse have COVID-19, the plant remains open.
By Ulrich Rippert, 2 May 2020
Daimler department heads and other managers are being trained to put pressure on individual workers to “implement the job cuts as smoothly as possible.”
By Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2020
The airline unions are appealing to Chancellor Merkel for state intervention.
By Jean Gibney, 2 May 2020
Reports claim that deaths due to the disruption of cancer services alone are likely to outnumber deaths from the coronavirus itself over the next five years.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 May 2020
Having initially warned of strike action against the ending of Saturday deliveries, the CWU organised a shameless retreat.
By Johannes Stern, 25 April 2020
A number of state governments—including the Social Democrat/Left Party/Green government in Berlin—forced thousands of students back to school earlier this week to sit their final exams.
By Will Morrow, 25 April 2020
The government is downplaying the disastrous impact that an end to confinement will have on the spread of COVID-19.
By Robert Stevens, 25 April 2020
First Minister Sturgeon’s supposed “progressive” credentials, backed in Scotland, England and Wales by Labour and the trade unions, offer an avenue for big business and banks to engineer a political shift towards a return to work.
By Ben Trent, 25 April 2020
Charities set to lose up to £4 billion over a 12-week period because of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Alice Summers, 25 April 2020
A fundraising page for the NHS, set up by 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, received overwhelming public support, raising more than £28 million in two weeks.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020
As plans were being hatched over how to impose a return to work, over 4,000 new pandemic deaths were reported in Europe on Friday, bringing the total for the continent to over 70,000.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 April 2020
According to the Robert Koch Institute, more than 2,300 doctors and nurses have been infected with coronavirus in Germany.
By Alice Summers, 11 April 2020
With significantly reduced air traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic, Heathrow Airport told thousands of workers that they must accept a 15 percent wage reduction, or they will lose their jobs.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020
Even prior to his election, Starmer was at pains to reposition himself to be acceptable to the Zionist and Blairite right.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2020
Assange’s arrest was an historic crime, setting a precedent for escalating attacks on press freedom and the democratic rights of the working class.
By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2020
The German government has implemented a bailout program for major companies and banks, but health care and industrial workers are forced to work under catastrophic conditions.
By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 4 April 2020
Research indicates some 13 million people in Germany are living in poverty or confront hunger, malnutrition and social misery due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Paul Bond, 4 April 2020
The £350 billion bailout is an unprecedented financial handout to UK corporations, conducted without even the rubber stamp of a parliamentary vote.
By Michael Barnes, 4 April 2020
While the super-rich complain of being bored in their gated mansions, masses of workers in London have lost their jobs or are forced to work in unsafe conditions.
By Stephen Alexander, 4 April 2020
It is estimated that up to a fifth of all COVID-19 deaths in the UK have occurred in care homes, hospices, and individual households.
By Dermot Byrne, 4 April 2020
The European Centre for Disease Control warns that the intensive care system in Irish hospitals will not be able to cope with rising numbers of coronavirus patients in critical condition.
By Alice Summers, 4 April 2020
High Pressure Laminate cladding, thought to be used on thousands of buildings across the country, has been shown to be as highly flammable as the cladding used on Grenfell Tower.
By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe’s 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.
By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020
The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.
By Steve James, 28 March 2020
Exercise Cygnus has been buried for years for fear it would give rise to demands for an end to health care cuts.
UK health care assistant: “There’s a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse”
By our reporter, 28 March 2020
A senior health care assistant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences at work during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 March 2020
The 27 European Union heads of government met via video conference on Thursday evening to discuss the coronavirus crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020
Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.
By Tom Pearce, 21 March 2020
Although most pupils are being sent home, some schools, with reduced staffing, will have to remain open to ensure “key workers” are able to continue working.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 March 2020
Workers have used social media to condemn the union’s refusal to call strikes after a second national ballot recorded a huge mandate for action.
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 March 2020
The British authorities are willfully placing Assange’s life at risk, even though he has been convicted of no crime.
By our reporter, 14 March 2020
Workers have accused Royal Mail management of inaction over concerns that they are being exposed unnecessarily to the virus.
By Charles Hixson, 14 March 2020
If those personally involved in events that led to the fire cannot ultimately be prosecuted, then neither can the corporations they represented.
By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 14 March 2020
Governments around the world are making a deliberate decision to minimize their response to the pandemic, threatening the lives of millions of people.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 12 March 2020
Merkel stated that a central priority of her government is to ensure the health care system does not become “overloaded” by the task of caring for coronavirus patients.
By Alejandro López, 9 March 2020
The pseudo-left is complicit in the dispatching of police to Greece, where far right thugs are attacking refugees with the complicity of the government.
By Dennis Moore, 9 March 2020
At present more than 160 councils receive no revenue support grant from Whitehall and the government is shifting responsibility for the funding of local services from government to local council taxpayers.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 February 2020
The EU and the British government presented sharply divergent documents outlining their goals for upcoming talks on their future relationship.
By Robert Stevens and Barry Mason, 29 February 2020
The government repeats that it is spending £4 billion on flood defences over the next four years—a pittance—but has yet to announce where and when the money will be allocated.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 29 February 2020
The new owners have announced that they will not retain a single store for longer than two years if necessary.
By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2020
The French Film Academy openly defied demands from the #MeToo movement and President Emmanuel Macron’s government not to give Polanski an award.
By our reporters, 22 February 2020
People in over 50 cities have taken part in spontaneous vigils and demonstrations in memory of the victims of the fascist attack in Hanau.
SGP deputy chairman speaks on the Hanau terrorist attack
By Christoph Vandreier, 22 February 2020
Socialist Equality Party Deputy Chairman Christoph Vandreier spoke at a vigil at the Brandenburg Gate after a right-wing terrorist killed eight people in Hanau, Germany.
By Thomas Scripps, 22 February 2020
Sabisky’s resignation is meaningless and all the questions now being raised in the media about “vetting processes” are irrelevant.
By Charles Hixson, 22 February 2020
Giannino Gottardi, who lost his son in the blaze, stated, “These companies put profit ahead of everything. They want to save the name of the company and don’t care about anything else.”
By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2020
Members of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange’s legal team, together with Assange’s father John Shipton, held a press conference on Thursday in Paris.
By Kevin Reed, 22 February 2020
Fresh evidence has emerged that the chief magistrate overseeing the extradition trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has received financial benefits from organizations connected to the UK Foreign Office.
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2020
Javid’s ignominious exit confirms the essential agenda of the Johnson government is one of escalating the class-war offensive against workers.
By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2020
Allied with the reactionary Macron government, #MeToo demands the censorship of Polanski’s brilliant account of the anti-Semitic frame-up of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, which was a seminal event in modern French history.
President of Berlin’s Humboldt University defends Professor Jörg Baberowski’s physical assault on left-wing student
By Christoph Vandreier, 15 February 2020
With her declaration of sympathy and refusal to clearly condemn the attack, Kunst has provided violent right-wing extremists with a blank cheque to intimidate and attack their political opponents at the university.
By our reporters, 15 February 2020
The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.
By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2020
The events on Monday were more reminiscent of a tin pot dictatorship than that of an elected government.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2020
Twenty-four hours after being elected with the support of the far-right AfD, CDU and FDP as minister president of the state of Thuringia, Free Democrat politician Thomas Kemmerich announced his resignation.
By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2020
Just one week after official ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, federal parliament President Wolfgang Schäuble has called for Germany to once again take up the “burden” of fighting wars abroad.
By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2020
For the first time since the end of the Third Reich, a state premier was elected on Wednesday with the votes of a far-right, fascist party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD).
By Charles Hixson and Robert Stevens, 1 February 2020
Evidence revealed as the second phase of the inquiry began demonstrates that the 72 people who were killed in the Grenfell fire inferno were victims of the heinous crime of social murder.
By Margot Miller, 1 February 2020
The response of Unite to JLR’s announcement was to pledge to ensure redundancies are implemented smoothly.
SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University
By our reporters, 1 February 2020
The meeting reviewed the growth of working class struggles throughout the world and the need for an international program and perspective.
“We hope this protest will inspire others”
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020
The protests point to the deeply-rooted opposition among workers internationally to US and European governments’ relentless campaign to destroy Assange.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020
A poll this week found 61 percent opposition to the cuts, and that 82 percent of Frenchmen believe they are worse off since Macron took office in 2017.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 January 2020
2020 began with a fiery speech by the CEO of the world’s largest auto company, Volkswagen, in which he announced a “radical restructuring of the group” and the “slaughter of sacred cows.”
Two and a half years after Grenfell fire:
By Charles Hixson, 25 January 2020
Next to nothing has been done by the Conservative government to remove dangerous cladding from hundreds of mainly residential buildings that are enveloped in deadly flammable material.
By Kate Randall, 18 January 2020
Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability free” life after age 50 than the poorest American and English adults.
By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2020
The rollout of 5G broadband wireless networks globally is becoming an arena for the eruption of geopolitical tensions.
By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020
All of the parliamentary parties agree with the government’s policy of escalating Germany military intervention in the region.
By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020
The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 January 2020
Corbyn articulates the concerns within ruling circles, including Johnson’s Tories and the armed forces, that Trump’s recklessness can endanger the UK’s world position.
By Dennis Moore, 11 January 2020
The use of stun guns has sparked controversy since their introduction, following the growing numbers of deaths they have caused when deployed.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 January 2020
The week before Christmas, German broadcaster WDR posted an online video of a children’s choir singing an updated version of a satirical song, triggering hysterical denunciations.
By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2020
The fact that a Jewish pianist cannot perform publicly without protection indicates the extent of the current turn to the right in German politics.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 January 2020
The closing of the year 2019 has confirmed that the revival of the far right in Germany is principally due to policies pursued by the country’s ruling elite.
By Alex Lantier, 4 January 2020
In his perfunctory eighteen-minute speech Tuesday night, Macron made clear he intends to impose his pension cuts in the face of mass protests and strikes by the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2020
Blood supplied from contaminated sources led to thousands of people being infected with diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people in the UK.
By Alejandro López, 23 December 2019
Madrid nevertheless kept Junqueras in jail over his role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and did not allow him to take his European parliament seat.
By Anthony Torres, 21 December 2019
The unions are now calling for an end to strike action or using negotiations scheduled for January as a pretext to weaken workers’ resolve and betray the strike.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019
A total of 38 Labour MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn’s instruction to oppose the bill.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019
The bogus character of all claims that this is a leadership contest between “left” and “right” is epitomised by the fact that the two most prominent Blairite challengers are Corbyn’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer and his Shadow Foreign Minister Emily Thornberry.
By Chris Marsden, 19 December 2019
Labour haemorrhaged support across the UK and among all sections of workers, young and old, from the north and south, those in favour of leaving the European Union and those for remaining.