Tag Archives: COVID-19

Yemen & Covid-19: Pouring oil on a humanitarian blaze

By Haritha Olaganathan Amidst a drawn-out civil war with ongoing violence, Covid-19 has inflamed the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” taking place in Yemen. Even before the country’s first confirmed case in April, half of Yemen’s population of 28.5 million people were on the brink of famine, largely caused by the bloodthirsty Saudi Arabian regime’s indiscriminate bombing of farms and food ...

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Covid-19: Capitalism Rushes to Re-Open as Pandemic Grows

By Bill Hopwood, ISA Canada Around the world, countries are lifting the restrictions that were introduced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being allowed to leave their homes, and workplaces, cafes and stores are re-opening. The sharp closures of society and the economy were needed to reduce the level of infection and death from the virus, only because of ...

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Covid-19 & gender-based violence

Speech by Mick Barry TD in Dáil debate on ‘Covid-19 (Measures to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence)’ “I’m the oldest sister, and I was abused from the age of four upwards, so I would say to all women, never mind Traveller women, all women out there, that was abused, or anything happened to them, come forward, [do not be afraid].” ...

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China: Has the Pandemic Strengthened or Weakened Xi Jinping?

By Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info On 15 June the National Bureau of Statistics cancelled its press conference in Beijing. It was due to present May’s economic data, showing that China’s economy continues to “gain momentum” following the shocking crash of the first quarter. The cancellation was forced by the new wave of coronavirus infections in Beijing, which caused authorities to sharply reverse ...

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North: The way forward for hospitality workers

By Neil Moore, Regional Hospitality Organiser, Unite (personal capacity) January 2020 was a simpler time. Workers in the hospitality industry were infuriated at being classed as ‘unskilled’ by the Johnson government and deserving of low pay by the bosses. The trade bodies – representing the bosses – were celebrating a ‘bumper year’. Projected spending in restaurants was to reach £269m (a 10% ...

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Aer Lingus: pauperising of workers must be resisted

by Ruth Coppinger  A brutal assault on the pay and conditions of workers is taking place at Aer Lingus. Its outcome can have repercussions for workers everywhere, as employers look to use Covid-19 to drive down wages and conditions.  Aer Lingus management had already unilaterally cut pay during the pandemic. Workers had agreed a 50% cut, in recognition of the ...

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Brazil: Fight the three plagues — Bolsonaro, the pandemic and inequality!

Brazil is moving quickly towards the abyss. We are the victims of three plagues that terribly affect the lives of workers and the Brazilian people — the pandemic, the authoritarian and genocidal escalation of the Bolsonaro government, and the dramatic deepening of the economic and social crisis and the inequalities that mark the country, including structural racism. To contain the ...

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Billionaires profit from a pandemic!

By Haritha Olaganathan US billionaires saw their collective wealth increase by $282 billion in the first twenty-three days of lockdown. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest financial reaper, as shares in the social media company have surged by almost 60% over the past two months. Another profiteer includes CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos, whose wealth has increased by $25 ...

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North: Meat workers take action to defend public health

by Daniel Waldron “If the disease was in the animals, they’d have closed the place. But for workers, the factories can do what they want.” – Worker in an Irish meat factory, speaking to The Guardian Even at the best of times, working in meat processing can be tough. It is physically demanding, repetitive and, for many, unpleasant by nature. ...

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Mental health: We can’t tolerate the intolerable

by Eóin Dawson Over the course of the pandemic, there has been speculation about what impact the lockdown and other measures have had on people’s mental health. While some services have seen a reduction in referrals, with life’s ordinary pressures eased for some, certain groups have been left vulnerable by the lockdown.  Emergency services in crisis  Phone counselling service Childline ...

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