Privatization
Puerto Rico between neoliberalism and ‘natural’ disasters

January saw a wave of protests in Puerto Rico after a series of earthquakes hit the south of the island and a video circulated showing a warehouse full of unused emergency supplies from 2017 Hurricane Maria

Oil workers go on indefinite strike against mass layoffs and dismantling of Petrobras

The state-run company is selling 8 refineries, thousands of miles of pipelines, and fuel distributors

The crisis of South Africa’s energy company and unions’ plan to save it

Union’s solution to the crisis in Eskom is a reversal of the government’s policy of decommissioning Eskom’s power production units and outsourcing the energy requirement to private companies

NUMSA SA NUMSA meet will decide further course of action for South Africa’s labor disputes

The leadership of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa met to discuss the various labor disputes in the country, the demands for wage hike, and the state of government-owned enterprises

West Bengal workers Indian state of West Bengal gears up for workers’ long march

The 283-km long march has been called by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) with the slogan “Save Public Sector”, against the government’s ongoing spree of selling and privatizing public sector undertakings

Telangana transport workers Telangana transport workers Telangana government attempts to repress transport workers’ protest

On November 9, protesting workers were denied permission to assemble in Telangana state capital Hyderabad. Heavy police force and tear gas canisters were used to curb the protest, injuring several workers

Around the World Ep 63: Chicago teachers’ victory, refugees evicted in South Africa, and more…

We look at the victory of Chicago’s teachers, the violence faced by refugees in South Africa, and the ambulance workers striking in Meghalaya, India.

Eskom South Africa South African unions warn against government’s “rescue plan” for state company Eskom

The “rescue plan” for Eskom unveiled by the South African minister for public enterprises proposes the unbundling of the state-owned company and increases reliance on private Independent Power Producers, which the unions claim, is the root cause of Eskom’s financial troubles.

Pakistan WAPDA Privatization of state water and power authority triggers protests in Pakistan

Unions are opposing the federal government’s decision to privatize the Water and Power Development Authority of Pakistan, claiming that it will result in an increase in power tariffs

Peruvians protest against water privatization

Protesters are demanding the abolition of a decree that seeks to privatize water services in Lima and Callao

HEPCO Iran 28 arrested, 16 injured at HEPCO workers’ protest in Iran

Workers of the Heavy Equipment Production Company were protesting in Arak, Iran, when security forces unleashed brutal force on them. The main demand of workers was the release of their pending wages, along with ending the privatization of state-owned companies.

Coal workers strike in India Half a million coal workers in India ready for total strike on Sept 24

They are opposing Indian government’s decision to allow foreign companies’ entry into the sector

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