Pakistani mines face another year of bloodshead global trade unions warn

Trade unions have painted a bleak picture for miners in Pakistan, where astonishingly 14 miners have already lost their lives this year as a consequence of accidents and jihadist massacres.

Protests erupt in Albania over police murder of an unarmed man

Police shooting of an unarmed man in Albania has sparked huge protests across the country, with protesters being attacked with tear gas and several protest leaders being arrested for breaching Covid related lockdown rules that limit public gatherings to less than ten people.

Socialists win majority in Venezuela’s elections

After the Venezuelan right wing cried wolf claiming that Venezuela had become a socialist “dictatorship”, parliamentary elections have been held on time and without any irregularities across the country under the watch of international observers, and the people have spoken. With 82% of the votes counted, President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist coalition won 67.3% of theContinue reading “Socialists win majority in Venezuela’s elections”

Iraqi workers walk out over withheld pay

Public sector workers in the Iraqi Kurdistan region of Iraq staged a strike on Sunday the 29th of November in protest after their wages being withheld for in some cases since March of this year. Teachers, health workers and other civil servants made up the strike as Iraq’s deep economic crisis plunges people further into poverty.

Italy turns to Cuba to stop second wave

As Italy goes feet first into a second wave of Covid-19, the Italian island of Sicily has requested the return of the Cuban doctors that came to Italy in April to help fight against the first major outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe. Italian newspaper La Repubblica has reported that the request was made a week ago, pleading for 60 Cuban medics to come to the island.

Socialist Vietnam’s economy set to grow despite COVID-19

Vietnam’s astounding economic progress is set to continue into the new year despite COVID-19 and the general disruption in international economies and supply chains caused by worldwide lockdown this year. All the while having far fewer deaths than countries such as the UK even with a much larger population and sharing a massive land border with China, the outbreak’s origin.

Chileans vote to ditch Pinochet era constitution

On 18 October 2020 Chileans took part in a historic referendum, the result of a mass uprising of workers last year, to decide if a new constitution should be created to replace the anti worker Pinochet era constitution. Despite many workers not being able to take part with as many as 100,000 miners being unable to vote due to work combined with the difficulties of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Chilean workers did not disappoint as they voted overwhelmingly for change.