Covid-19 Pandemic

Class inequality & COVID-19 

By Dean O’Donnell While responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have varied from country to country, one common thread to all is the near uniform refrain from governments, the mainstream media and the super-rich: ‘we are all in this together’. Yet as the figures for infections and deaths continue to climb, the evidence mounts as to the disproportionate and devastating impact ...

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Existential threat of climate change looms large

By Sam Belton While the world reels in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the climate change crisis ominously looms in the background as an ever-developing existential threat. Both crises are of course interconnected, as the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 – was in part driven by global biodiversity loss and the destruction of finely-tuned ...

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Trump Inaction Fuels Disaster

By Tony Wilsdon, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) The threat posed by COVID-19 was not a secret. The devastating spread of the virus in China, and the fact that it could be transmitted person-to-person was world news by the middle of January. The science of virus transmission and the steps to minimize its reach was also well ...

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Why Covid-19 is not the “great leveller”

By Robert Cosgrave The horrific Covid-19 crisis has graphically exposed the multiple inequalities and forms of oppression that lie at the heart of capitalism. Working-class people find themselves out of work and down on income. For those workers deemed essential, the same unacceptable workloads continue, with a lack of sufficient PPE provision or any increase in their wages from bosses ...

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Covid-19 lockdown & gender-based violence

By Andrea Murray As the outbreak of Covid-19 began to take hold, experts warned of the risk of increased gender based violence and abuse of children. Intimate partner violence increased significantly during the HIV / AIDS pandemic, Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks. Research from previous pandemics and disease outbreaks align with what we’re now seeing emerging from Covid-19. Economic insecurity ...

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Interview: US health workers fight back

Interview with Eljeer Hawkins, New York City surgical technician & socialist activist NYC is at the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic. What are conditions like for health workers there? EH: The conditions throughout our for-profit healthcare system and for the workers has been an utter disaster with unconscionable consequences as we try to take care of our patients and the ...

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Debenhams’ workers protest today

By Mick Barry Today, Debenhams workers at 7 stores throughout the state staged protests at the company’s decision to go into liquidation with the loss of 2,000 plus jobs. Debenhams may go into full liquidation in just nine days time and the workers therefore left with bare minimum statutory redundancy from the state’s social insurance fund. Companies such as Debenhams, ...

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EU in crisis and COVID-19

By Finghín Kelly Last week saw a major clash between eurozone finance ministers with a 16 meeting ending in a deadlock before a face-saving meeting later agreed to a package of measures worth up to €540 billion. This has been heralded with much fanfare as a breakthrough and a ‘game changer’ in terms of the EU’s response to this crisis ...

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