As both a health and economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic is the largest global challenge of our lifetimes. Over 30 percent of the world’s population is now under some form of restricted movement, while workers in many industries face loss of income and threats to their employment due to the severe contraction of the economy.

Brave workers are on the frontline of this crisis, risking their own personal welfare, including health and social service, supply chain and public transport workers.

The current crisis has brought into sharp focus the critical role public transport services play in the economic and social life of cities. Essential workers in health systems and other emergency services depend on these networks to get to and...

comunistaSeventy-three Communist and Workers Parties from around the world have issued a joint statement on the global situation created in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Initiated by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the signatory CPs express their support for both medical personnel and those suffering from the disease and denounce the huge shortages of equipment and staff in the public health...

As part of the class-oriented trade union movement led by WFTU, we have always propagated the Marxist argument that it is only the labour of the workers that drives and keeps society running. The capitalist class and its hangers-on of politicians and ideologues have for many years dismissed and ridiculed this truth, as they managed to manufacture the lie that it is the bosses as investors, on...

Global trade union leaders Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Stephen Cotton, general secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), write about the importance of protecting supply chain workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, we have seen images on news reports across the globe...

In order to ensure a full and efficient response to the threat posed by the COVID-19 crisis on humankind, the governments of Venezuela, China, Russia, Iran, Syria, Nicaragua, Cuba and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea addressed a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asking the multilateral organization to call for the immediate lifting of the illegal, coercive and arbitrary...

The World Federation of Trade Unions, its 100 million members and friends of militant workers around the world, we express our internationalist solidarity and support to workers and the peoples of all countries affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

What is once more reaffirmed is that in difficult times, such as during extreme natural phenomena, wars, disasters, pandemics, it is the workers and...

Message from ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton

Dear friends,

I am proud to be the general secretary of an organisation that represents transport workers at this time of need. The outbreak and spread of Covid-19 has once again served to highlight just how reliant humanity and global supply chains are on transport workers keeping the world moving.

Transport workers are often the...

The World Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the imposed sanctions against various countries that hampers the worldwide effort of containment and effective address of the coronavirus.

The sanctions that were imposed and are still implemented, as one means for the promotion of the geostrategic goals of the dominant states and ensuring the maximum possible monopolies’ profits, cause...

Unions are fighting to ensure workers receive sick pay, avoid catastrophic loss of income if employers are closing businesses, and that governments put measures in place to protect their homes.

Australia’s Community and Public Sector Union reported Tuesday that it had convinced the Australian Public Service Commission to extend paid leave to casual staff who contract COVID-19 or have to...

The explosive spread of coronavirus has led to more and more countries introducing and imposing travel restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19. Global shipping has been hit hard by the coronavirus with disruption to the industry reverberating through global supply chains and throughout the global economy.

“The shipping industry plays a pivotal role in the global logistics chain...

morning star neuTRADE unions across the world are leading the battle to protect workers and their families from economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Unions are fighting to ensure workers receive sick pay, avoid catastrophic loss of income if employers are closing businesses and that governments put measures in place to protect their homes.

Australia’s Community & Public Sector Union...

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