From the Sydney Morning Herald – By Chris Zappone
A wave of more than 1000 primarily unsanctioned, spontaneous strikes has rippled across the United States since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic fuelled by worker safety fears.
The wildcat strikes have been further propelled by protests against racism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
About 260 walkouts, sick call-ins and industrial actions were recorded between March 1 and May 31, according to the US-based PayDay Report, which tracks the events. The numbers accelerated by another 750 between June and the beginning of September.
Frustration with weak employee protections and low pay in the service industry has prompted staff to walk off the job in protest over safety amid the surge in coronavirus deaths. The death toll in the US has vaulted over 200,000 following a disjointed response overseen by US President Donald Trump.