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SI Cobas: APRIL 30 AND MAY 1: STRIKE AND MOBILIZATIONS THROUGHOUT ITALY!

While we are going to continue our updating, later and tomorrow, but a great participation in the April 30- May 1 st strike is already a fact: either in the form of active strikes, with workers lining up inside or outside warehouses, abstaining from work, or actions outside factories and companies, blocking the main logistics supply chains. In the meantime, we are also recording many initiatives in several cities, outside prefectures and institutions, which are going to continue in the afternoon and tomorrow. Many initiatives of the "Vogliamo Tutto [We Want Everything]" campaign, from the House of Representatives in Rome with the Movements of struggle for the Right to Housing, up to Naples with the organized unemployed. The signal given by thousands of workers today is clear: Whereas "Phase 2" of government and the bosses means: MAKING US DIE FROM COVID-19 OR STARVATION! Our "Phase 2" means: LET’S TAKE BACK TO THE STREETS AND OUR UNION FREEDOMS! LET’S STRIKE TO DEFEND OUR HEALTH AN D WAGES!

Call of the International Coordination Group of the International Automotive Workers' Coordination for 28 April, the International Day for Health and Labor Safety, and for 1 May 2020

Dear colleagues, Since the beginning of March, the situation worldwide has changed dramatically due to the spreading of the corona virus and Covid-19. The number of infected people and fatalities is increasing, and no end is in sight. The healthcare system, which is geared to maximum capitalist profits, lacks hospital capacities, tests and protective equipment. Particularly affected are the huge cities with millions of inhabitants, with their large poor areas, where the risk of infection is high and health care is minimal. Many are unable to feed their families.

Keep Fight with Physical Distancing amid the Pandemic

Report of trade union F-SEDAR Indonesia: The government used the corona pandemic as a reason to limit freedom of expression, including ban on demonstrations and strikes. At the same time, the House of Representatives keep continued deliberating RKUHP (criminal law bill) and Omnibus Bill on Job Creation. Legalisation of both bills, if it happens, will impact to narrow the field of democracy, lowering wages, erasing job security and worsening workers’ working conditions.

Report from Brazil on the current situation in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

From comrades of CSP Conlutas Brazil: As the economic crisis deepens, governments, employers and super-rich businessmen fear that they will not be able to guarantee profit above life. We, as representatives of organizations and entities in defence of the working class, must stop the attempt to make the price of this crisis fall on the backs of the workers. Here in Brazil, we remain firm in the denunciation against the Bolsonaro government, which openly maintains the criminal policy of allowing the population to die, going in the opposite direction to that advocated by health institutions and their recommendations.

Facing the coronavirus-capitalist epidemic in Italy

A report of SI Cobas Italy on the coronavirus pandemic in Italy (updated version), proposal for a common initiative worldwide, and the final motion of a teleconference with several Italian working-class and left opposition organisations held on April 2.

Reinstate UAW member Travis Watkins at once

Travis Watkins was unjustly fired at the GM-Components Holdings LLC plant in Grand Rapids Michigan on March 18 for informing his fellow workers on a private facebook page that management was escorting workers out of the plant because they were suspected of being infected with COVID-19.

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