May Day 2020 during coronavirus, reports

This 1 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

ILWU 10/34 Shutdown On 2020 May Day Rally/Caravan In Oakland. An Injury To One Is An Injury To All!

ILWU Locals 10 & 34 on 5/1/20 shutdown the docks and joined with other unionists and community members to commemorate May Day with a rally and also a labor community caravan through Oakland.

The ILWU talked about the fight to protect their health and safety with PPE and the [billionaires’] demand that workers go back to work under unsafe conditions. Striking UCSC graduate students spoke out as well as teachers and immigrant worker organizers.

This 1 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Workers Raise Middle Finger To America’s Largest Companies

An unprecedented coalition of workers from America’s largest companies strike. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report.

“AN UNPRECEDENTED COALITION of workers from some of America’s largest companies will strike on Friday. Workers from Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, and FedEx are slated to walk out on work, citing what they say is their employers’ record profits at the expense of workers’ health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

The employees will call out sick or walk off the job during their lunch break, according to a press release set to be published by organizers on Wednesday. In some locations, rank-and-file union members will join workers outside their warehouses and storefronts to support the demonstrations.

“We are acting in conjunction with workers at Amazon, Target, Instacart and other companies for International Worker’s Day to show solidarity with other essential workers in our struggle for better protections and benefits in the pandemic,” said Daniel Steinbrook, a Whole Foods employee and strike organizer.”

Read more here.

This 1 May 2020 video from the USA is Senator Bernie Sanders‘ May Day 2020 message.

This 1 May 2020 video says about itself:

May Day 2020 Special – Srećko Horvat

The coronavirus crisis is revealing that the powers that be of the European Union have learned nothing from the Eurocrisis.

They are currently betraying the interests of the majority of Europeans in the same way that they have done so in 2010 — by failing to mobilize existing money and public financial instruments in the interests of the many. With their current decisions, they are jeopardizing public health, public goods and the interests of Europeans.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 1 May 2020:

May Day 2020 around the world: in pictures

AS THE world still grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s International Workers’ Day is like no other.

Below are images from around the world of working people standing up for their rights as workers and marking the struggles of those who fought before.

People in Paris take part in a banned gathering as part of the May Day demonstrations.

Turkish police officers trampling carnations left by demonstrators during banned May Day protests in Istanbul

This photo shows Turkish police officers trampling carnations left by demonstrators during banned May Day protests in Istanbul.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 1 May 2020:

Workers across the world demand protections for key workers in scaled back May Day celebrations

WORKERS across the world pressed demands for the protection of those on the front line as May Day celebrations were scaled back as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic today.

General secretary of France’s CGT trade union federation Philippe Martinez said: “This is an opportunity to bear the social demands that we have been defending for a long time and that the crisis has highlighted.”

The country remains on lockdown and the rally traditionally held in Paris was cancelled with people urged to flood social media and join solidarity actions on their balconies.

8 thoughts on “May Day 2020 during coronavirus, reports

  1. Let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy May Day.

    The concept behind May Day is extremely profound. It is the understanding that real power lies in solidarity, and that when working people in our country and around the world come together, there is nothing that can stop us in the struggle for justice. It is also a day in which we recommit ourselves to take on the incredible greed of the corporate elite and the exploitation and misery they create.

    On this May Day 2020, I wanted to give you an overview of what working people are going through in this country and throughout the world and where we need to go from here.

    In America, even before the pandemic, we had more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth.

    While the 3 wealthiest people in America owned more wealth than the bottom 50 percent, nearly 20 percent of our children lived in poverty.

    While the top one percent owned more wealth than the bottom 92 percent, more than half of our workers were living paycheck to paycheck.

    While nearly half of all new income was going to the top one percent and CEOs were making over 300 times as much as the average worker, over half a million Americans were sleeping out on the streets or in homeless shelters on any given night.

    While 87 million Americans were uninsured or underinsured, the health care industry made $100 billion in profits.

    And let’s be clear: The issue of income and wealth inequality is not just an American issue. It is a global issue.

    Last year, Oxfam reported that the richest one percent of the world’s population owned more than twice as much wealth as the bottom half of humanity. Meanwhile, nearly half of the global population was trying to survive on less than $5.50 a day and 820 million were going hungry.

    And, I might add, all of that was taking place before the horrific coronavirus pandemic swept America and the world and created an economic meltdown.

    In other words, since the pandemic, a bad situation for the working class has turned into a nightmare. Meanwhile, the wealthiest people in this country and throughout the world keep getting richer and richer.

    Over the past six weeks, while over 30 million Americans lost their jobs and many small businesses have gone bankrupt, Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon and the wealthiest person in the world, increased his wealth by over $40 billion.

    While workers at Walmart continue to make poverty wages and are putting their lives at risk, the Walton family, the wealthiest family in America, has seen their wealth go up by more than $30 billion — just since March 12th.

    Workers all over this country are losing their jobs, they are losing their health care, they are going hungry and cannot pay the rent. Globally, the economic disaster resulting from this pandemic could push more than half a billion people into poverty.

    Neither the United States or the international community can sustain itself when so few have so much, while so many have so little. If this crisis has taught us anything, it is that we are all in this together and must create a world that reflects that reality.

    The need to create an economy and a government that works for all of us has never been clearer. Now, more than ever, we need an economic bill of rights similar to what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt outlined in his State of the Union Address in 1944.

    What does that mean?

    It means that everyone in America who wants to work should be entitled to a good-paying job with decent benefits. How much better shape would Americans be in today if we had a federal jobs guarantee program that provided a living wage job to everyone who needed one?

    It means that everyone in America should be entitled to health care as a human right through a Medicare for All, single-payer health care system. This crisis has highlighted the absurdity and cruelty of our dysfunctional health care system that ties health insurance to employment. Losing your job should never mean losing your health care.

    It means guaranteeing decent and affordable housing for all, and eliminating homelessness. Before the pandemic, 18 million families in America were paying over half of their limited incomes on rent. Today, it has gotten worse. No American should be evicted from their home because they can’t afford to pay for housing. Nobody in the richest country in the world should be sleeping out on the streets.

    It means the right to a secure retirement by expanding Social Security and protecting pensions. Before the pandemic, half of Americans aged 55 and older had no retirement savings. We have got to make sure that every senior citizen can retire with dignity and every person with a disability can live with the security they need.

    It means that everyone in America should be entitled to a complete education — from child care through college. Essential workers should not have to worry about leaving their kids at home alone because they can’t afford child care. Young adults should not have to go deeply into debt for the “crime” of getting a college degree.

    On this May Day 2020, let us keep our eyes on the prize. Yes. If we stand together in solidarity — Black, white, Latino, Native American and Asian American — we can create a nation of economic, social, racial and environmental justice. Yes. If we stand together in solidarity, we can stop spending trillions on weapons of mass destruction, and create a world in which all people live in peace and dignity.

    The struggle continues.

    In solidarity,

    Bernie Sanders


  2. Op 1 mei lieten we via talloze kleine acties zien: we zijn er nog!

    Het begon zo’n twee weken terug met de oproepen van #Laatderijkendecrisisbetalen, #Leidenvoor14 en enige tijd later ook de landelijke campagne Voor14. Of nee, het begon met de eerste #voor14-krijtactie op 1 april in Leiden bij de Albert Heijn, die landelijke bekendheid kreeg nadat een manager daar de leuze voor een minimumloon van 14 euro wegshopte. Maar eigenlijk begon het bij de allereerste lieve krijtactie, ergens in Nederland, voor bewoners en personeel van een verzorgingstehuis. En natuurlijk bij het klappen, internationaal, voor werkers in de cruciale beroepen, waar #voor14 naadloos bij aansluit. Hoe het ook zij, die ene actie ergens onder een lockdown (of beter: shutdown, we doen het immers zelf!) leidde vrijdag in Nederland tot een hausse aan kleine acties die toonden dat er nog steeds beweging is in dit land. Niet alleen voor een fiks hoger minimumloon, maar ook tegen uitbuiting en onderdrukking op elk terrein en overal ter wereld. Corona heeft de strijdbare 1 mei-viering niet tegen kunnen houden! Sterker nog, de reacties tijdens de coronapandemie laten zien dat de eis voor respect, betere omstandigheden en een hoger loon voor de cruciale beroepen breed gedragen wordt. Zoals het tot nu ging, kan het niet langer. Er moet een andere economie komen, een andere samenleving. Eerlijker, democratischer, minder racistisch en seksistisch. Lees meer:


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