Austerity

More Cuts at CUNY: Interview with a Grad Student Worker

Students, faculty, and staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) are grappling with another series of cuts by the administration. Left Voice interviewed a graduate student worker who holds multiple part time positions at CUNY to learn more about the austerity being imposed on the university.

Governor Cuomo’s “Pay Cut” Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt

All bourgeois politicians are cynical manipulators of public perception, but New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is a master of the genre. Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Cuomo has tried to sell himself as a tough, no-nonsense advocate of public health and shared sacrifice, but he is still the same run of the mill neoliberal that he has always been.

New York Postpones Raises for Public Employees; CUNY Workers Push for a Strike

As the state and city governments try to balance the budget without raising taxes on the rich, more than 100,000 public employees in New York are being denied their contractual raises and back-pay. Workers at the City University of New York are bringing a resolution for a strike authorization vote to the table, and other public unions must do the same.

What’s Next: Stimulus or Austerity?

Joe Biden will become president at a moment when the global economic downturn poses a critical question for U.S. capital: austerity or stimulus? The answer appears to be federal stimulus and austerity through state budgets. However it plays out, capital calls the shots.

Massive Protests Erupt in Indonesia Against Austerity

Thursday, October 8, the third day of protests in Indonesia against a legislative reform that slashes labor rights and threatens the environment, was marked by clashes with the police. Some 300 demonstrators were arrested in the capital, where thousands of people mobilized.

If You Kill the USPS, You Kill Us

Recent attacks on the Postal Service have weakened the infrastructure needed to get medications to working class, rural, and disabled people, which has become even more critical during the pandemic. 

Chile’s General Strike: Over a Million Reject Piñera’s Crumbs. There Is a Will to Fight for More.

The national leader of the Partido de Trabajadores Revolucionarios, a revolutionary left party in Chile, calls for a continuation of the protests until Piñera is overthrown. There are enough forces to win and to impose a free, sovereign Constituent Assembly, to discuss the urgent social problems of the day, and to do away with the legacies of Pinochet’s dictatorship.