Nurses and midwives across New South Wales are striking on 15 February. With 73,000 members—48,000 of which work in public hospitals—the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is the largest union in the state.
UPDATE: The United Workers Union has claimed victory in this dispute.
“No force can shake the status of this great nation”, declared Chinese President Xi Jinping. Alongside thousands of People’s Liberation Army soldiers marching through Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a military parade showcased the country’s latest high-tech hardware, including intercontinental nuclear missiles and supersonic drones. It was 1 October 2019, and Xi was opening the celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The NSW so-called lockdown is a farce. Millions of people are still forced by their bosses to go to work in non-essential businesses. If you’re one of those millions, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian gave you this advice on 13 July: “Do not go to work unless you absolutely have to. Do not undertake essential work unless you absolutely have to. Those are the rules.”
The Chinese Communist Party is celebrating its centenary. From its origins among a handful of activists in an economically underdeveloped country occupied by more advanced capitalist powers, to the hegemonic bureaucracy ruling what is now one of the most powerful imperialist states in world history, the CCP has undergone several transformations.
China is a capitalist country, ruled by a Communist Party. Its leaders repress democratic movements—and Western powers use them to justify imperialist aggression. So what is the duty of socialists in the West?