• Venezuelan Government mourns passing of consul accredited in Brazilian city of Boa Vista

    On Wednesday, Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza reported that Venezuelan Consul in Boa Vista, Brasil, Faustino Torella passed away after a long battle against COVID-19.

    “I regret to report that after a long battle against COVID-19, today our dear comrade Faustino Torrealba, consul of Venezuela in Boa Vista, where he was infected, passed away,” posted the Venezuelan foreign minister on his Twitter account @jaarreaza.

  • Arreaza: ‘Relations of production and international relations must be reassessed’

    Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza asserted on Monday that international relations must be reassessed in the face of the economic, communications and health damages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.

    “The pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to humankind cannot be in vain. Relations of production, human and international relations must be reassessed. The conscience and courage of the people must give birth to a comprehensive post-capitalist system of equality and peace,” he posted on his Twitter account @jaarreaza.

  • WFTU demands immediate resolution of seafarers’ problems

    The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 105 million workers in every corner of the world stands on the side of the seafarers around the world who face additional problems during the covid-19 outbreak.

    An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 seafarers are stuck on board because of government policies that prohibit regular crew changes, and even those who are still within their normal contract periods are feeling the pressure of the inability to sign off and return home, heavy workloads, virus fears and a perceived lack of Covid-19 precautions onboard vessels.

  • Jeff Bezos and Amazon Must Be Held Accountable for Failure to Disclose COVID-19 Employee Infections and Deaths

    UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

    “The time is long past to hold Jeff Bezos and Amazon accountable for their failures and irresponsibility that has consistently placed Amazon profits ahead of the safety and rights of American workers.

    “It is outrageous that in the middle of a pandemic, Amazon refused to tell the American people how many of its workers have been exposed, become sick, or died from COVID-19. Even worse, Amazon has fired and attacked its own workers who bravely spoke out against the company’s unethical and irresponsible behavior. Enough is enough.

  • International Criminal Court case claims Brazilian government’s Covid-19 response is a crime against humanity

    UNI Global UnionBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the Covid-19 crisis is a crime against humanity, alleges a lawsuit filed 27 July at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

    The Brazilian Union Network UNISaúde, whose affiliated unions represent more than one million workers in 18 states, the Federal District, and all regions of the country, filed the case accusing the Bolsonaro administration of being criminally negligent in its management of the Covid-19 pandemic—risking the lives of healthcare professionals and of members of the Brazilian society. The unions believe it is the first suit of its kind to be filed against a government for large-scale death and illness due to public health failings.

  • Knesset Passes Dictatorial “Great Corona Law” Demanded by Gov’t

    Joint List IsraelIn the early hours of Thursday morning, July 23, Israel’s Knesset passed a draconian law that grants the far-right government extensive powers to impose wide-ranging restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic, but by potentially impinging on basic civil rights and effectively circumventing parliamentary oversight. Forty-eight MKs voted in favor of the legislation, 35 voted against it – among them Joint List lawmakers. The law will take effect on August 10, when an interim coronavirus law approved earlier this month expires. The new law will be in effect until June 30, 2021.

  • Amazon Exploitation of COVID-19 Pandemic Endangers Frontline Workers

    UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

    “Amazon represents a clear and present danger to American workers and our economy. The company has not only refused to acknowledge the full impact of COVID-19 on its workers, it has exploited this pandemic to increase its market dominance as well as its power over employees throughout its distribution centers.

  • Personalities of the world raise their voices to abolish debt in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Amid the global pandemic of COVID-19 plaguing humanity, a group of leading figures from around the world raised their voices to call for the abolition of more than $11 trillion of debt in developing countries.

    The initiative of the anti-debt personalities has the support of the former president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza; the Minister of Finance of Kerala, India, T. M. Thomas Isaac; the former Finance Minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis; the Argentine lawyer and activist Juan Grabois; the director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, Vijay Prashad; and the president of the Zambia Socialist Party, Fred M’bembe.

  • Covid-19 and the “new normal” to the miners and metalworkers

    Since the beginning of the current pandemic, many of us have spoken about the “new normal” and the future of our lives: work, studies, recreation, family, health care, etc. Many professional categories are ready to keep in a home office way. But how the miners and metalworkers should prepare themselves to the future?

    Pandemic numbers and its coverage are terrible. Rich, poor and average countries still suffer with the virus. Although we can see the perspective of a vaccine, until that moment comes thousands of people will die infected.

  • Falling economy, rising infections

    As COVID-19 cases mount across southern and western states due to premature reopening, the economic recovery is stalling. Layoffs are resuming as infections rise.

    Reports of progress toward a vaccine are encouraging, but medical experts warn that the roll-out of an effective vaccine will take a year or more. But if Trump had his way, a vaccine would never reach Democrat-governed states, Puerto Rico, or people he deems “never-Trumpers.” His racism and contempt will compromise every effort to stem the plague.

  • Nurses Return to Work after 1-day Strike following Deal to Resolve Staffing & Equipment Shortages

    Nurses throughout Israel returned to work Tuesday morning, July 21, ending a one-day strike. The Nurses Union and the Finance Ministry reached an agreement at midnight on Monday to end a general strike that began earlier in the day over labor shortages at Israel’s medical centers. The agreement will see the addition of 2,000 temporary nursing positions and 400 doctors’ positions in the public healthcare system and the hiring of additional administrative and para-medical personnel. A team will be formed to agree on permanent staffing numbers within a month.

  • Capitalism, alienation, and COVID-19

    Remember life before COVID-19? Don’t be tempted to think those were the good ol’ days. Even before social distancing, were you feeling alone, depressed, and isolated? Feeling insignificant and purposeless? Our society was sick before COVID-19.

  • USB punished by the Guarantor for striking in defence of the health of workers and citizens

    USB ItaliaThe Authority in charge of regulating the right to strike, which has taken over the hundreds of its deliberations from Parliament, has decided to punish USB with a fine of 2500 euros for the general strike proclaimed on March 25.

    A strike proclaimed in defence of the safety and life of workers and citizens, while the tug-of-war between the government and the employers’ associations was going on, pawing over everything. A strike imposed by the harsh reality of the pandemic, with hundreds of thousands of workers infected precisely because during the phase of the theoretical “all closed” more than 16 million people were at work.

  • International solidarity with the mobilizations of the US workers

    The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 105 million workers throughout the world, stands in solidarity with the American working class and its mobilizations on July 20, in protest against racism and in demand of a better healthcare system as well as safety measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

  • UFCW: Kroger Mask Mandate for Grocery Customers Long Overdue, Underscores Need for Action in All 50 States

    With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in states like Arizona, Florida, and Texas, the union called the Kroger policy an important step which underscores the need for action to mandate masks in all 50 states.

    UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

    “Kroger’s action to mandate masks for customers is long overdue and an important step that UFCW has been calling for since the beginning of the pandemic. To help save lives, every retailer and grocery store across this nation must adopt a mask requirement, and enforcement must be done by trained professionals, not retail workers already stretched thin during this crisis.

  • Staying alive: The crisis in Connecticut

    Our country faces a combined economic and public health crisis of epic proportions. We stand at the edge of a cliff. Not only have measures to contain the virus been inadequate, but the Trump regime has actively sabotaged public health efforts and promoted the resurgence now under way.

  • Parliament’s delegation chair expresses concerns over human rights situation in Iran

    Amidst the global pandemic which has hit countries such as Iran particularly hard, and with Germany taking over the EU Council Presidency, the chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to Iran Cornelia Ernst (DIE LINKE, Germany) is urging dialogue and greater cooperation with the Islamic Republic during these difficult times, in particular on trade and on human rights:

  • America’s Largest Food & Retail Union, 100 Health Experts Call For Mask Mandates in All 50 States to Combat COVID-19 

    In a full-page advertisement in the New York Times set to run in this Sunday’s print edition, UFCW and a coalition of health experts call on governors, members of Congress, and the Trump Administration for immediate action to make masks mandatory in public in all 50 states. A new report shows the majority of governors have failed to enact public mask mandates. 

  • Common Position of European Tourism Workers’ Unions

    Millions of workers in the tourism and catering sector, as well as many more working in related activities, have been hit hard on their income and labor rights, after the spread of COVID-19 pandemic around the world, since the beginning of 2020.

    It is now clear that tourism, which accounts for 29% of global exports of services and 7% of total exports, remains a very expensive and highly vulnerable commodity to natural phenomena, pandemics, wars and competition.

  • Venezuela registers 239 new community, 43 new imported cases of COVID-19

    In the last 24 hours, Venezuela registered 282 COVID-19 cases, 239 out of which are due to community transmission and 43 are imported cases for a total of 7,692 cases, informed Vice-president of Communication, Culture and Tourism Jorge Rodríguez in a telephone briefing on Tuesday with state-run TV station Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

    Rodríguez explained that the 239 cases due to community transmission were detected in Sucre (121), Zulia (43), Miranda (24), Capital District (14), Yaracuy (13), Carabobo (7), Lara (5), Anzoátegui (5), Mérida (3), Portuguesa (2), La Guaira (1) and Barinas (1).