Coronavirus crisis update, worldwide

This 10 April 2020 video from the USA is called Nearly Third Of Country Didn’t Pay Rent.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, 10 April 2020:

Hundreds of students join rent strike against private accommodation providers

HUNDREDS of students joined a rent strike today in protest against private landlords who have refused to cancel fees for the summer term.

Many students have had to vacate their halls of residence and return to their family homes for their safety as universities closed down amid the coronavirus outbreak.

While some providers like the University of Portsmouth agreed to waive summer-term fees, others such as Sanctuary Students have refused to release students from their contracts.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 10 April 2020:

Editorial: Covid-19 has exposed the nature of class-divided Britain

THE coronavirus casualty rate is becoming a more accurate measure of the realities of life and work in Britain than any other metric.

We have become accustomed to the novel sight of Tory ministers, who a few months ago derided the British working class as work-shy, today extolling virtues to which hitherto they appeared blind.

The scale of the crisis has revealed more clearly the contours of Britain’s working class and made it crystal clear that every human being is best measured by the social value of the work they do or have done in a lifetime of labour.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain, 10 April 2020:

Private-hire drivers launch crowdfund for judicial review of ‘corporate negligence’ over Covid-19

A FUNDRAISING campaign was launched by private-hire drivers today who are seeking to bring companies and authorities’ lack of safeguards against the Covid-19 pandemic to a judicial review.

Representative body United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) has set up the Crowdjustice campaign, to last until next Friday, for £10,000 to pay for the High Court legal challenge.

UPHD accused private-hire companies and authorities — including Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport — of “corporate negligence.”

By Steve Sweeney:

Turkish unions urged to strike against government Covid-19 package

TURKISH trade unions have been urged to “organise the struggle” and co-ordinate strike action for the right to life in response to government plans to continue production throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yuksekdag’s Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) warned that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had been calculating to save big business “since day one”.

“Production will continue at the cost of workers lives”, a statement from the party’s executive said yesterday.

Japanese communists warn of US hindering fight against Covid-19 by hiding infection figures: here.

Australian governments prepare to push workers back into unsafe workplaces. By Mike Head, 10 April 2020. Discussions about “herd immunity” are taking place in ruling circles.

Australian government bails out private childcare industry. By Erika Zimmer and Amanda Johnstone, 10 April 2020. As with every other measure taken by the government, the sole concern is to get workers back on the job, regardless of the COVID-19 danger.

COVID-19 and tropical cyclone hit South Pacific Islands. By John Braddock, 10 April 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates across the Pacific, the powerful cyclone has devastated nations in the region and caused 28 deaths.

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