Labor
South African Union calls for resignation of CEO of Comair

The airline withheld workers’ salaries for May and the union has argued that the company is using the pandemic as “a cover for the restructuring which is taking place”

Strike action looming in South Africa as government downgrades lockdown

Business associations claim that health and safety protocols will be followed, but unions point to previous violations which resulted in a further spread of the epidemic

Migrant workers in Lebanon reach agreement with waste management company

Approximately 400 migrant workers were on strike for weeks after management of the Lebanese waste management company, RAMCO, started cutting their wages and paying them in Lebanese pounds instead of the contractually obligated US dollar

No return to normality of exploitation: Migrant workers strike in Italy

Maurizio Coppola talks about the strike organized by migrant workers in Italy in response to a government proposal to temporarily regularize the statuses of some migrant workers. Migrant workers demand dignified conditions and access to rights

South African gold mining company abandons workers after asking them to return to work

60 workers were turned away by the company as the permitted capacity was exceeded. They are now stuck in overcrowded, unsanitary hostels with no way to get home

Two-weeks off after every week of work for nurses in Zimbabwe

An agreement over this work shift was reached between the government and the nurses’ unions on May 13, averting a strike action against the government’s call for nurses to return to full-time work

New Orleans sanitation workers demand “basic rights that every worker deserves”

Sanitation workers have been on strike since May 5 to demand better conditions and protections amid the coronavirus pandemic

Unions claim victory against South African Airways’ management in labor court

A judge the Labor Court in Johannesburg ordered the withdrawal of retrenchment notices affecting around 4,700 employees of South African Airways

Sanitation workers in New Orleans on strike to demand better conditions and pay

Sanitation workers, who are hired by the city through a subcontractor, have condemned the lack of safety measures and support from city officials despite being considered essential workers

Students across Europe fight COVID-19 and the neoliberal state

Progressive student and youth organizations across Europe have initiated several campaigns to raise the concerns of students during lockdown.

South African government allows mining activity despite lockdown extension

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in South Africa questions the government exemption provided to gold, platinum and even diamond mines as essential services and has accused the mining department of succumbing to pressure from companies

Colombians protest over lack of aid during quarantine

Most protesters are day laborers, who have become unemployed because of the national quarantine, and do not have enough money to feed their families and pay for essential services

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