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Healthcare workers, a global social resistance

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The onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic saw much social resistance to the conditions faced by so-called frontline workers during the period of containment. Among the various sectors of the workforce mobilised to defend their physical integrity in the face of the failure of their employers (private or state) to provide them with sufficient personal protective equipment, nurses (and orderlies) showed a high level of combativeness whether in New York, Johannesburg or Seoul. Everywhere, the same demands were put forward on their working and transport conditions, as well as the issue of wages and staff shortages. The modes of action have often been the same : rallies, demonstrations, right of withdrawal and even strikes. Sometimes trade union organisations have filed legal complaints against the authorities for endangering the lives of others. These movements were often violently repressed : threats, dismissals, lay-offs, brutal police interventions. In public or private hospitals, trade union organisations have been at the forefront of these struggles. In order to offer a panorama of these mobilisations we have extracted from the Social Ephemeris of a pandemic published in Covid-19, a very political virus , these social chronicles affecting the health sector, outside France, which we have updated to 8 June.

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8 June 2020
Patrick Le Tréhondat

Covid-19, a very political virus, Syllepse, 2020, published in electronic form as a free download on the publisher’s website www.syllepse.net consisting of eight booklets or offered in paper form of a selection of texts of 314 pages, 20 euros. L’Ephéméride sociale d’une pandémie (The Social Ephemeris of a Pandemic) recounted on a day-to- day basis between 3 March and 18 May 2020, on an international scale and in all sectors of activity, the social mobilisations and resistance of workers faced with the consequences of the global health crisis.