COVID-19

Three union activists were elected to positions in a delayed election at Geelong Trades Hall Council. Sue Bull reports.

Nurses and Midwives strike outside NSW Parliament on February 15, 2022.

The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association went on strike on February 15, defying the Industrial Relations Commission’s order to cancel its action, write Pip Hinman and Viv Miley.

Paula Sanchez, who is running for the Socialist Alliance in the NSW Senate, has called on the public to back the nurses’ strike on February 15. Pip Hinman reports.

Adele Welsh argues that no matter how it is dressed up, the 'let it rip' approach to the pandemic has caused untold harm to families, workplaces and communities.

Prisons in New South Wales are rife with COVID-19. Michael Hatrick reports activists demand the government follow its own laws and release prisoners to keep them safe.

The far-right Freedom Convoy has been calling for PM Justin Trudeau to resign. Instead, Conservatives leader and convoy supporter Erin O’Toole has fallen, writes Jeff Shantz.

Despite promises to respect the right to seek asylum, Washington has been denying migrants that right by invoking a provision allowing it to limit travel under the pretext of mitigating COVID-19, writes José Luis Granados Ceja.

Aged residents in care are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19, while the Prime Minister wastes precious time trying to convince us that the system is not in crisis. Jackie Kriz argues for a complete overhaul.

Canada far right Freedom Convoy 2022

A mass mobilisation of far-right forces across Canada took place at the end of January and early February, reports Jeff Shantz, as thousands descended on Ottawa to culminate the “Freedom Convoy 2022”.

Nurses and midwives across Western Sydney are protesting the lack of staff which leads to extreme strain and unsafe work conditions. Viv Miley reports.

Socialist Alliance candidate Sue Bull says the federal government hand-out to aged care workers won’t solve the mounting pandemic death toll among the aged. Sarah Hathway reports.

Girl wearing a mask

Time of Pandemics didn’t start out as a film about COVID-19, but only months into the project, the global pandemic began, writes Susan Price.

There was no altruism in the speed in which pharmaceutical companies developed successful vaccines. The very future of capitalism relied on science’s ability to keep the wheels turning, argues William Briggs.

The lack of meat on supermarket shelves under the latest wave of the pandemic is a story of poor working conditions in the meat processing plants. Ema Moolchand and Shelley Marshall report.

Labour shortages give unions a stronger bargaining position. Sue Bull argues they need to argue against racist and nationalistic tropes that migrant workers steal Australians’ jobs, while defending workplace safety, wages and conditions.

Not enough focus has been put on doctors and nurses’ warnings about the deterioration of WA's healthcare system that, as Polly Watkins writes, has been run down for years. 

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