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Coronavirus


More die at home from other illnesses due to virus crisis

11 May 2020
More than 8,000 more people have died at home since the start of the coronavirus crisis than would have done in normal times.

Letters—We workers need more than just applause and gratitude

11 May 2020
As a support worker I have seen recently the outpouring of affection and respect lavished upon us “key workers”. 

Fury at Johnson’s plan to reopen schools means potential for real resistance

11 May 2020
Parents and school workers have reacted with fear and fury to Boris Johnson’s announcement that schools could start to reopen from next month.

Boris Johnson speech clears way for dangerous return to work

10 May 2020
Boris Johnson has opened the door to herd people back to work before it is safe. But widespread support for keeping the lockdown stopped him from going as far as he wanted in his speech on Sunday night.

‘Explosions of mass struggles are on the horizon’ as Nigeria eases virus lockdown

10 May 2020
Nigeria in west Africa is emerging from lockdown in a climate of authoritarian state rule and continuing fears about coronavirus.

Tories plan to use the whip of hardship to force people back to work

09 May 2020
Workers fear unemployment and poverty if the Tories slash the Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus, capitalism and a crisis of mental distress

09 May 2020
For many, lockdown will affect their mental wellbeing. Iain Ferguson and Sarah Bates explore why mental distress is linked to the social system that we live in.

Starvation and racism – life for Britain’s international students under lockdown

08 May 2020
Some international students are “starving” during the coronavirus lockdown, a charity has warned. And new research published this week shows that Asian students have also suffered an increase in racism.

Russia 1917 - how a revolution beat back a pandemic

08 May 2020
How would a society that has had a revolution deal with pandemics? A glimpse comes from Russia in 1917. The working class, headed by the Bolshevik party, took power in a revolution there in October. Immediately, they had to deal with waves of disease sweeping large parts of Europe.

‘Put our safety first, not money,’ say activists on day of action

07 May 2020
Trade unionists and campaigners are staging a day of action to demand “no return to unsafe workplaces”.

Medway TUC organises action to support suspended bin workers

06 May 2020
Medway trades union council organised a drive-by this week to show solidarity with eight suspended bin workers.

We have to fight to stop return to work

05 May 2020
The Tories have spent the past month telling us, “Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.” They may as well adopt a new mantra now—“Get back to work, protect the economy, save the bosses.”

Section 60 orders rise as coppers clamp down over coronavirus

05 May 2020
Are the cops preparing the ground for repression? They already have extra powers under new laws, such as to fine those deemed to be breaching the rules.

The things they say

05 May 2020
‘Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’

Tory government has lied over free school meals for poor children

05 May 2020
Many parents across England have been unable to access vouchers or meals to support children while schools are closed due to the crisis.

Mass protest returns to the streets of Lebanon

04 May 2020
Protests have exploded back onto the streets of Lebanon, as people battled cops and soldiers and set fire to banks over poverty and hardship.

‘Why did Scotland follow Johnson?’ asks new report

04 May 2020
Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish National Party Scottish government are coming under increased attention

Don’t open schools too early, teachers warn

04 May 2020
Tory plans to get parents back to work are unsafe—and totally dishonest

Day of action called for no return to unsafe workplaces

03 May 2020
On 7 May the government will have to decide its next phase of lockdown plans

VE Day—did workers win the peace?

03 May 2020
As we mark 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, Donny Gluckstein looks at the class forces behind the frontline that helped to shape the post-war world

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