COVID-19

Workers are being put in harm's way and the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union and Living Incomes for Everyone want that to change. Isaac Nellist reports.

A social housing estate in Sydney's Inner West run by Mission Australia was put into hard lockdown on September 2, without the residents being given any warning. Rachel Evans reports.

The North Parramatta Residents Action Group does not agree with relocating Willow Grove and is accusing the NSW government of using COVID-19 to desecrate the site. Susan Price reports.

Peter Boyle argues the federal government's increasingly shrill campaign to lift COVID-19 restrictions and "live with the virus" only serves the interests of big corporations.

Frontline health workers say the system is “on the brink” as a result of underfunding. Green Left interviewed Maya*, a student nurse, who has been forced to take on a critical role.

Seven thousand Transport Workers Union delivery drivers took 24-hour strike action on August 27 after talks between the union and Toll collapsed. Alex Salmon reports.

A political response is needed to win people away from those peddling conspiracies, or worse, in the growing so-called “freedom” rallies, argues Alex Bainbridge.

The NSW government's policing-first approach to a complex health emergency has led to its own “social harms” including exacerbating existing prejudices held by police, writes Paul Gregoire.

So many aspects of the debate about how best to keep the community safe from COVID-19 relies on blaming individuals. Sue Bull argues governments prefer to focus on an individual's bad behaviour because it takes the focus away from systemic failures.

Billionaires are profitting from the COVID-19 crisis while lower income countries struggle to secure vaccines. Peter Boyle argues that the global vaccine apartheid is a symptom of the billionaire-profit-first system that is capitalism.

As a health worker and a trade unionist who supports a rapid mass rollout of the vaccines, I do not agree that employers should be allowed to force workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, argues Zita Henderson.

Despite the NSW government acknowledging that workplaces are critical sites of COVID-19 transmission, many essential workers say little has been done to protect them. Fred Fuentes reports.

Corporations are putting profits above the health and safety of the workers, a union forum has been told. Jim McIlroy reports.

The Cuban government gave the green light, on August 6, for the creation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), reports Ian Ellis-Jones.

Despite the economic blockade, emergency food relief is reaching Cuba, thanks to international solidarity, reports Ian Ellis-Jones.

The Tokyo Olympics, which may become another COVID-19 super spreader, reveals the influence that corporate capitalism has over governments and politicians, argues Hans Baer.

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