Our world is in trouble: exploding social inequality, a broken economy, climate catastrophe, and the rise of right-wing authoritarianism pose existential threats to civilization as we know it. And that was before the coronavirus struck.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into bold relief what many of us already knew: capitalism, whether of the protectionist or the globalized variety, has failed. It cannot produce the medical supplies we need at prices we can afford, it cannot allocate them fairly or effectively, and it cannot coordinate a humane, global response to a global problem. Now more than ever, it is abundantly clear that real answers to the burning questions of the future must be democratic and socialist.
To combat the pandemic, solve the climate crisis, restructure the economy, and build a better future, the Left in all of its diversity must rediscover and reinvent internationalism—as both a political framework for understanding capitalism and a strategy to transform it. In this spirit, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is launching "Global Crisis, Global Solidarity", a bi-weekly livestream on the first and third Wednesday of every month with guests from around the world discussing the current health crisis, but also its economic and political implications and the way forward for the international Left. Tune in and join the discussion!
Wednesday, 3 June, 14:00 GMT/15:00 CET
Global Crisis – Global Solidarity #3
Who Are We Clapping For? Cleaners, Carers, and Frontline Workers against COVID-19
- with Mark Bergfeld, Director of Property Services & UNICARE at UNI Global Union - Europa.
While the coronavirus pandemic has meant a lot of home office for millions around the world, for so-called “frontline workers”—cleaners, carers, and others whose work cannot be performed from home—it has meant putting their lives on the line every day in order to keep our economy running. We’ll be speaking with Mark Bergfeld of the UNI global union federation to learn about the challenges facing these workers and what this moment tells us about who is really “essential” in the global capitalist economy.