By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 May 2020
Germany’s largest department store group, the merged Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt, is to close almost half of its stores.
By Jessica Goldstein, 19 May 2020
The decline of traditional “brick and mortar” retail is part of a protracted process which has spanned decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated processes which were already well underway.
By John Braddock, 19 May 2020
While handing over billions to big business through the COVID-19 crisis, Labour’s budget boosts the military and prepares a sweeping assault on the social position of the working class.
By Mike Head, 18 May 2020
Successive Australian governments have been in the forefront of imposing tariffs and other restrictions on imports from China.
By Nick Beams, 18 May 2020
A Foreign Policy article noted that with its asset holdings predicted to reach $9 trillion by the year's end, the Fed is pumping money into the financial system at the rate of $1 million every second.
By Jacob Crosse, 16 May 2020
In a near party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a fourth stimulus bill that has no chance of being approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.
By Alex Findijs, 16 May 2020
Grocery prices in the country rose 2.6 percent in April, the largest increase in a single month since 1974.
By Mike Head, 16 May 2020
Nearly half a million workers dropped out of the workforce in April, yet unemployment and underemployment still reached a record total of 19.9 percent.
By our reporters, 16 May 2020
Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers have responded to the COVID-19 crisis with a wave of wage and job cuts and the imposition of increased working hours and productivity targets.
By Tom Peters, 16 May 2020
Having handed tens of billions of dollars to big business, the Labour Party-led government is presiding over an increase in unemployment and social misery on a scale not seen in generations.
By Trévon Austin, 15 May 2020
On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reported that 40 percent of US households bringing in less than $40,000 a year lost a wage earner in March.
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 May 2020
Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk reopened his 10,000-employee factory in defiance of the orders of Alameda County health officials.
By Nick Beams, 14 May 2020
Powell’s remarks effectively poured water on the claim that once lockdowns are lifted, as being demanded by the “return to work” advocates, the American economy will immediately snap back in a so-called V-shaped recovery.
By Barry Grey, 14 May 2020
The political charade and partisan grandstanding now under way serve to mask the bipartisan unity when it comes to protecting the basic class interests of the ruling elite.
By Robert Stevens, 14 May 2020
The offensive is being prepared as the government is attempting to force millions back to work in unsafe conditions.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 May 2020
The German government’s response to the pandemic was conditioned from the outset by the interests of the major corporations and banks.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 May 2020
Egged on by big business, the BJP government is now pushing for a return to work, and cynically citing the suffering its lockdown has inflicted on India’s working people to justify making them risk infection and death.
By Katy Kinner, 14 May 2020
New layoffs and furloughs are in response to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s $775 million budget cut, with $110 million to be cut from higher education.
By Louis Girard, 14 May 2020
Quebec’s rightwing populist CAQ government is spearheading the drive of Canada’s business elite to force a precipitous return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 9 May 2020
The social desperation of millions of people in the United States is being used by the ruling class to compel a return to work amidst the expanding coronavirus pandemic.
By Shannon Jones, 8 May 2020
The official unemployment rate now stands at 14.7 percent, itself a significant underestimate of the scale of joblessness, as millions of families are confronting food insecurity.
By Isaac Finn, 8 May 2020
State and municipal governments are announcing cuts to medical programs and education and are furloughing workers to make up for the budget shortfall.
By Evan Blake, 8 May 2020
The impact of the pandemic has thoroughly undermined state budgets, which is being used by Democratic and Republican politicians to dismantle and privatize public education and other vital social services.
By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 7 May 2020
The furlough scheme is being ended with workers facing either going back into work in unsafe conditions, in the middle of a deadly pandemic, or losing their jobs.
By Julia Callaghan, 7 May 2020
In recent days, four conglomerates based in Britain and Ireland—British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Rolls-Royce and Ryanair—have announced they will be laying off a combined 26,000 workers.
By Mike Head, 7 May 2020
Despite the biggest government handouts to big business in history, almost 1 million people were made jobless in just five weeks.
By Saman Gunadasa, 6 May 2020
Big businesses and the government are translating this economic crisis into a massive attack on jobs, wages and all hard-won workers’ rights.
By Shannon Jones, 5 May 2020
Job cuts are sweeping the US as major manufacturers join retailers in announcing long-term layoffs.
By Nick Beams, 5 May 2020
No matter how much it seems that “value” can simply be created out of thin air, the gargantuan mass of fictitious capital and debt ultimately rests on the surplus value obtained from the exploitation of the working class.
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 Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2020
The airline unions are appealing to Chancellor Merkel for state intervention.
By Rafael Azul, 2 May 2020
More than a million workers will face hunger and poverty while businesses get massive subsidies.
Amid back-to-work drive and state reopenings
By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2020
Press inquiries have found that the federal government is ordering enough body bags for at least five times the current US death toll.
By Shannon Jones, 1 May 2020
With the official jobless rate expected to reach 20 percent, millions find they cannot get state unemployment benefits as overloaded systems crash.
By Nick Beams, 30 April 2020
Despite figures showing the deepest economic contraction since the 2008 financial crisis, the Dow closed up by over 500 points.
By Alejandro López, 30 April 2020
On Tuesday evening, Sánchez outlined his government’s plan under the name “ Transition Plan to a New Normal.”
By Thomas Scripps, 30 April 2020
The job losses will devastate tens of thousands and are a warning to workers of the economic “reconstruction” being prepared by the ruling elite in the wake of the pandemic.
Profits before human life: German parliament president Schäuble wins broad support in the establishment
By Peter Schwarz, 30 April 2020
The German ruling class is marking the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s suicide in the Führer bunker by discussing how many human lives should be sacrificed in the coronavirus crisis.
By Kevin Reed, 29 April 2020
An Economic Policy Institute survey shows that the real number of unemployed workers in the US is far higher than the official 26.5 million who have filed unemployment claims.
Round two of the “Paycheck Protection Program”: Another disaster for US small businesses and their employees
By Barry Grey, 29 April 2020
The abortive start of the second round of the “small business” program demonstrated that the vast majority of small businesses and their employees will receive little or nothing in relief from the economic collapse.
By Niles Niemuth, 29 April 2020
US President Donald Trump’s executive order invoking the Defense Production Act to force employees at meatpacking plants back to work marks a new stage in his administration’s confrontation with the working class.
By Fred Mazelis, 29 April 2020
Freelance and younger musicians are especially hard hit by cancellations and shutdowns.
By Philip Guelpa, 28 April 2020
A new study projects that the economic impact to New York state of the pandemic will reach $243 billion and it will take three years until a “full recovery.”
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 28 April 2020
2020 will go down not only as the year of the coronavirus pandemic but also as the year of the greatest act of thievery and plunder yet perpetrated by the corporate and financial oligarchy.
US billionaires increase wealth by $280 billion since March, as millions are unable to get unemployment benefits
By Gabriel Black, 27 April 2020
The wealth of the ultra-rich has surged since the March stock market slump, as the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic further concentrates the wealth of society.
By Marcus Day, 27 April 2020
From Georgia to Minnesota, US states are beginning to ease social distancing measures and reopen businesses this week, despite the growing death toll from COVID-19.
By Evan Blake, 24 April 2020
With an additional 4.4 million Americans filing for unemployment last week, a total of 26 million people have filed for unemployment over the past five weeks.
By Terry Cook, 24 April 2020
The announcement by Virgin Australia, the country’s second largest domestic carrier, threatens at least 15,000 jobs.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 April 2020
The American ruling class is attempting to rapidly resume production and send workers back to work. If this policy is carried out, countless thousands more people will get gravely sick or die.
As US governors rush to reopen businesses, “Excess death” counts begin to reveal true toll of pandemic
By Bryan Dyne, 23 April 2020
A series of reports have shown that the real death toll from the coronavirus in many parts of the United States and Europe is likely at least twice what has been officially reported.
By Nick Beams, 22 April 2020
Trump has indicated government bailout measures for the industry may be forthcoming after his failed attempt to halt the price slide by having Russia and Saudi Arabia cut production.
By Mike Head, 22 April 2020
Low-paid workers are twice as likely to be thrown out of work as high-income people in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Grattan Institute.
By Nick Beams, 21 April 2020
The price at the close of trading was -$37.63 compared with $18.36 a barrel on Friday—the first time oil prices have gone into negative territory.
By Alex Findijs, 21 April 2020
The farm relief program will protect the profits of the ruling class, while farmers are dumping produce because the distribution chain has been disrupted.
By Nick Beams, 21 April 2020
The pandemic has made clear that the tiny minority of corporate and financial oligarchs, and the profit system over which they preside, stand as an obstacle to the rational organisation and scientific planning of the economy and society necessary to deal with the threat to human life.
Amazon workers in Italy strike over coronavirus cover-up
By Shannon Jones, 18 April 2020
The reckless drive by the Trump administration and governments in Europe to resume production despite health warnings will produce a social explosion.
By Nick Beams, 18 April 2020
The announcement of the plunge in China came just days after the IMF forecast that the world economy will experience a $9 trillion loss of output over 2020-21.
Bangladesh garment workers strike against COVID-19 job and wage cuts; Australian maritime union ends strike over COVID-19 at Hutchison Ports
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By Nick Beams, 16 April 2020
Any notion that there will be a rapid economic recovery once the immediate effects of the pandemic pass is being dispelled.
By Mike Head, 16 April 2020
A record 3.92 million workers, or 27.4 percent, were either unemployed or under-employed by the end of March.
By Nick Beams, 15 April 2020
The IMF’s “baseline scenario” is that the world economy will lose $9 trillion in 2020 and 2021, equivalent to the combined economic output of Germany and Japan.
By Jerry White, 15 April 2020
In a joint comment published by USA Today, the leaders of four major unions urge corporate America to use their services to “restore profits and economic growth.”
By Roger Jordan, 14 April 2020
The trade unions and NDP have once again rallied to the support of the Trudeau government, whose response to the pandemic has focussed on bailing out the banks and big business so as to safeguard the wealth and investments of the capitalist elite.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 April 2020
After two days of bitter disputes, the EU finance ministers agreed on a coronavirus bailout worth €500 billion.
By Nick Beams, 13 April 2020
The fear was that had an agreement not been reached the oil price would have crashed when trading opened today, after already dropping by 40 percent since the beginning of March.
By Stephan McCoy, 11 April 2020
An African Union study predicts that some 20 million jobs are at risk in Africa due to the impact of the pandemic.
By Genevieve Leigh, 11 April 2020
The mechanisms established to manage stimulus money primarily exist to bail out the major corporations, further enrich the banks, and to secure Wall Street.
By Nick Beams, 10 April 2020
According to the International Labour Organisation, the COVID-19 crisis is expected to wipe out 6.7 percent of total working hours globally in the second quarter of this year—equivalent to 195 million full-time workers.
By Barry Grey, 9 April 2020
While billions have already flowed to the corporations and banks, the limited provisions of the bailout law touted as a boon to working people have yet to kick in, and for millions they likely never will.
By Mike Head, 9 April 2020
The main thrust of the bills is to allow employers to cut wages, working hours and other working conditions.
By Tom Hall and Jessica Goldstein, 8 April 2020
Automakers are planning a return to work that would endanger workers and their families.
By Paul Bond, 8 April 2020
The Unite union claims it has secured BA’s agreement that no worker will be laid off without pay, and that there will be no redundancies, at least temporarily.
By Saman Gunadasa, 8 April 2020
No meaningful government funds have been provided for personal protection equipment for health workers, ventilators for patients or kits for mass coronavirus testing.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 7 April 2020
As the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic mounted on Monday, a mood of uncontrollable euphoria prevailed among investors on Wall Street.
By Nick Beams, 7 April 2020
A report published in the Wall Street Journal reveals that one of the main reasons for the cash shortage of major corporations, now lining up for a bailout, is the trillions of dollars they have spent on share buybacks to boost the fortunes of the ultra-wealthy.
By Nick Beams, 4 April 2020
The official March data, showing job losses of 701,000, are a significant underestimation since they are based on surveys conducted before widespread lockdowns were in place.
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 Roger Jordan, 4 April 2020
Canada’s Liberal government is funnelling hundreds of billions of dollars to the banks and major corporations to guarantee the wealth of the capitalist elite.
By Nick Beams, 3 April 2020
Banks, lobby groups, major legal firms and hedge funds are all striving to get their slice of the largest corporate and financial bailout in history.
For emergency action against the destruction of jobs! Full financial and social support for all working people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic!
Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 3 April 2020
All sections of the working class must be fully compensated for the economic consequences of the pandemic.
By Nick Beams, 2 April 2020
The renewed market downturn followed statements by President Trump that US deaths from the coronavirus could be 240,000 while hinting that the toll could be even higher.
By Shannon Jones, 1 April 2020
While prepared to pocket tens of billions of dollars in federal bailout money, US airlines and automakers are imposing pay cuts and furloughs on employees.
As Wall Street finishes worst quarter since 2008
By Nick Beams, 1 April 2020
While COVID-19 was the trigger it was not the underlying cause, as the financial system was set to crash due to the dizzy rise of the markets divorced from the real economy.
By Roger Jordan, 1 April 2020
Placing profits before workers’ lives, Ontario and Quebec have declared businesses “essential” that have nothing to do with providing healthcare, food, power or other life necessities.
By Laurent Lafrance, 1 April 2020
By offering their “full cooperation” to the CAQ government during the coronavirus pandemic, the unions have opened the door for an intensified state attack on public sector workers.
By Martin Scott, 1 April 2020
Unemployment is likely to rise above 15 percent as hundreds of thousands of workers lose their jobs.
As US cases of COVID-19 surpass all other countries
By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2020
Amidst an expanding pandemic, which is still in its early stages, the Trump administration is intensifying its efforts to force a return to work, which would endanger the lives of millions of workers.
By Shannon Jones, 27 March 2020
The number of new weekly claims for state unemployment benefits reached the staggering total of 3.28 million, an increase of 1,000 percent over the previous week, and the largest such total in history.
By Nick Beams, 27 March 2020
The extreme volatility of the markets is such that the Dow, having entered a bear market—defined as a fall of 20 percent—has now returned to bull market status, all in the space of just six weeks.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 March 2020
The top executives who oversaw the cost-cutting, layoffs and cover-ups that resulted in two crashes and the deaths of 346 people are being rewarded with billions in taxpayer money.
By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2020
The $2 trillion bill allocates the bulk of its funds to loans and grants to corporations and businesses, with some emergency aid to workers.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 March 2020
It will only be a matter of days before Dibelius and his ilk will demand that workers who refuse to risk their health by going back to work should be forced to do so.
By Nick Beams, 25 March 2020
Markets were also boosted by Trump’s push to have major lockdowns lifted regardless of the health consequences for the mass of the population.
By Andre Damon, 24 March 2020
As the death toll from the coronavirus soars and hospitals fill up, the White House and the US media are insisting that the profits of the corporate-financial elite must take precedence over the lives of millions.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 March 2020
It is still virtually impossible to be tested for the life-threatening virus and there is a lack of protective marks and other urgently needed equipment for health care workers.
By Nick Beams, 24 March 2020
The central bank’s program of quantitative easing, involving the purchases of government bonds, is now virtually unlimited.
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2020
The wrangling between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is political theater to disguise the highway robbery being carried out by corporate America.
By Tom Hall, 24 March 2020
The order exempts “critical manufacturing” as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security, setting the stage for a return to work in the plants weeks before the lockdown order expires.
By Hector Cordon, 24 March 2020
Two weeks after the first emergence of a coronavirus infection in its Everett, Washington, plant, Boeing has shut down production in the region.
By Nick Barrickman, 24 March 2020
After strikes by US and European Amazon workers over the danger to their health, the company’s billionaire CEO feigned concern while insisting that workers keep pumping out profits.