International Working Class Struggles (SA, Australia, CAR, UK)

Food Processing Workers Strike in South Africa

Food processing industry workers in South Africa, under the banner of Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) and the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA), began an indefinite strike at Israeli-owned dairy giant Clover on 22 November. The striking workers are demanding an end company’s attempts to retrench workers and increasing working hours.

US Tornado Tragedy: How Corporates Push Workers to Death for Profit


On December 10, a series tornado struck across six US states, killing more than 80 people. It left a trail of death and destruction behind its path, with hundreds of homes and structure razed to ground. Amid the calamity, when everyone was looking for their safety, corporates were trying to churn profits. Among the killed were several factory workers including those working at Amazon ware house in Illinois and a candle factory in Mayfield.

Death of workers at Amazon warehouse in Illinois

The Amazon Behemoth - Small Victories, Long Road Ahead

The Amazon Empire

Amazon started in 1994 as an online bookseller and distributor. Since its founding it has become one of the largest corporations in the world with a market capitalization of 1.7 trillion dollars. It has 1.2 million part -time and full-time employees. There are 1093 global Amazon facilities (per data from June 2019), with 477 located in the U.S and, notably, 331 located in India. The exact numbers of data centers for Amazon Web Services (AWS) are not available but are estimated to be 36 in the U.S. and 3 in Ireland employing 10,000 people.

International Struggles- Spain, Swaziland & Honduras


Spanish Metal Workers Clinches Pay Rise After 9 Day Strike

Metal workers in the Spanish city of Cadiz ended their strike on November 25 after a pay rise deal was agreed. The strike on November 16 witnessed more that 20,000 workers hitting the streets demanding a pay rise in line with the surging inflation rate, which in October stood at 5.5%.

The strike witnessed heavy police repression with security forces using rubber bullets on the workers in picket lines on November 23.

Interview with Ed Childs, Harvard Dining Hall Workers Union

Its Time Workers Struggles Go Global!

Organizing Workers Who Place Food on the Table

Ed Childs started as a dish washer at the Sheraton hotel in Boston 46 years ago. He moved to Harvard University two years later as a dining hall worker. He was in a leadership position initially in the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE). In 2004, Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) merged to become UNITE HERE.

Factory Fire in Bangladesh Kills Child Labourers

Bangladesh’s economic growth has been branded a miracle in South Asia, growing from one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the fastest developing economies comparable to the ‘Asian Tigers’. Recently the per-capita income of Bangladesh surpassed that of India. Much of this growth has been driven by export in garments. However much of the working class has been deprived off the benefits of its own labour as the recent factory fire in Narayanganj demonstrated.

No to the US Imperialist Project in Cuba!

The US must end the inhuman blockade of Cuba!

In June, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to condemn the US led trade embargo against Cuba, with 184 countries supporting an end to the embargo, while 2 opposed it (the US and Israel being the only two opponents). The resolution has passed for the 29th consecutive time in the meeting of the UN General Assembly demonstrating that the voices against global imperialism remain vocal as always.

A Note on Global Wage Report: 2020-21: Wages and Minimum Wages in the Time of COVID-19

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has brought out its report on trends in global wages during Covid-19. The report examines the change in real wages across the globe in 2020-21, which is a pandemic hit period. The 2020-21 report also analyses impact of implementation of minimum wages on wage inequality.

Important Highlights from the Report