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Join the chain for Bangladesh

Going To Work - 1 hour 57 min ago
24 April 2014 will be the anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, when almost 1,200 workers lost their lives, 2,000 were seriously injured and 800 children were...

London Film Festival 2014: Seven genres of labor film

Stronger Unions - 2 hours 22 min ago
The labor movement has a remarkable but often ignored position in film history. Labor films like The Grapes of Wrath and On the Waterfront are considered cinematic classics for good reason, as the...

Hoping for a Cultural Feast in a year of challenges

Grumping with the Captain - 3 hours 57 min ago
Rows over Creative Scotland and accusations of political bias aren’t the whole story, says CHRIS BARTTER This is my Voices of Scotland feature for Tuesday's Morning Star. AS WE begin to hit the...

Unions and smartphones: Time to get it right

Eric Lee - 4 hours 15 min ago
In recent weeks, I’ve gotten a few requests for information about a survey LabourStart did a couple of years ago. It’s odd because we’ve not done anything to publicize this. So I...

NUT draws on experience of Chicago teachers

Unison Active - 5 hours 1 min ago
The rapid growth in Academy schools has led the NUT from having to deal with 153 employers in England (local authorities) to something approaching 4,000, where, on average, each NUT division (branch)...

TUC backs Nepalese Sherpas after Everest deaths

Stronger Unions - 6 hours 15 min ago
Last night, Newsnight covered union militancy at the NUT conference in Brighton and at Everest base camp in the Himalayas. No surprises for guessing which received the more sympathetic hearing,...

Mexican Teksid workers ambushed and beaten up for organizing by CTM thugs

Roger McKenzie Blog - 6 hours 28 min ago
 22.04.2014 IndustriALL Global Union denounces the brutal aggression against eleven workers who were attacked by CTM thugs‎ on 21 April. Join the international calls on Teksid Italian management to stop union busting in Mexico.10Workers at Teksid Hierro in Monclova, Ciudad Frontera,...

Defiant Egypt Workers Pose Challenge to Next President

Roger McKenzie Blog - 6 hours 32 min ago
 by Naharnet Newsdesk 34 minutes agoComment0 Egypt's next president will have to contend with frustrated workers who have threatened a new wave of nationwide strikes if their demands are not met by an already cash-strapped government.Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the ex-army chief who...

Harsh Restrictions Imposed on Union Leader

Roger McKenzie Blog - 6 hours 35 min ago
BY MECH DARA AND ZSOMBOR PETER | APRIL 23, 2014The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday ordered embattled union leader Ath Thorn to stay away from the SL garment factory and its workers and to avoid any public gatherings that could “damage public order,” drawing a tight circle...

Qatar: horrific abuse of migrant domestic workers

ToUChstone blog - 12 hours 52 min ago
Our friends at Amnesty International have issued a new report demonstrating the horrific conditions affecting migrant domestic workers in the Gulf state of Qatar. It follows their research into the working conditions affecting migrant construction workers involved in building the facilities for the...

NUT Annual Conference 2014 Report: Tuesday 22nd April

Dave Brinson: Executive Report - 13 hours 29 min ago
The last day of Conference, and my last day as Executive Member for Kent, East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and Medway, after six great years proudly serving our members. The day opened with the...

NUT Annual Conference 2014 Report: Monday 21st April

Dave Brinson: Executive Report - 22 April 2014 - 11:54pm
Back to a full day at Conference, with a range of policy debates, and also the presentation of two important annual awards from the Union. The Fred and Anne Jarvis Award is presented annually to a...

Fast-Food CEOs Make 1,000 Times the Pay of the Average Fast-Food Worker

Roger McKenzie Blog - 22 April 2014 - 10:13pm
By Susan Berfield   April 22, 2014      Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Getty ImagesFast-food workers protesting outside a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, Calif.Economic inequality in the U.S. can be quantified in all sorts of ways. The...

Are Pension Investment consultants worth it? - Rethinking Pensions 2014

John's Labour blog - 22 April 2014 - 10:08pm
Finally got around to posting on the fascinating presentation by Professor Tim Jenkinson (picture right) on the value of investment consultants at last months "Rethinking Pensions" conference.  It was called "Picking winners? Investment consultants' recommendations of fund managers" Tim and...

Cambodia: an agenda for social justice and radical change

Stronger Unions - 22 April 2014 - 10:06pm
Cambodia has dropped off the media radar recently, but the unions there are still struggling for a living wage and the free trade unionism that would be needed to achieve it. None of the issues...

Rio Tinto heavily blamed by protesters over 41 mine worker deaths

Roger McKenzie Blog - 22 April 2014 - 10:02pm
Global trade union IndustriAll accuses Anglo-Australian firm of 'very wide breaches of fundamental rights' in failure over safetyShareTweet thisinShare4EmailRupert Neatetheguardian.com, Tuesday 15 April 2014 18.29 BSTJump to comments (…)IndustriAll global union protesters llobby Rio Tinto...

COLOMBIA: WHERE DOCKERS SELL THEIR PAYCHEQUES FOR LOANS

Roger McKenzie Blog - 22 April 2014 - 9:59pm
22 April 2014  By David Bacon Labour contractors on the docks in Buenaventura, the largest port in Colombia, pay US$200 for two weeks work loading and unloading ships.  But they don’t pay cash.Jhon Jairo Castro, president of the Dockworkers’ Union in Buenaventura, Colombia says...

Union members and riot police clash in Istanbul

Roger McKenzie Blog - 22 April 2014 - 9:56pm
CCTV.com04-22-2014 07:09 BJTShare this:Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on sinaweiboShare on emailMore Sharing ServicesFont size: In Turkey, union members have clashed with riot police in Istanbul, as they tried to enter a park to hold a press conference. Around 100 union members tried...

Thousands of bus company workers strike in Shenzhen

Roger McKenzie Blog - 22 April 2014 - 9:55pm
NewsThousands of bus company workers strike in ShenzhenSearch formSearch 22 April, 2014Thousands of workers at Shenzhen East Public Transport Co. staged a mass protest outside the district government on 20 April, demanding a more transparent wage calculation system, overtime payments in...

Laid-off Adidas workers demand severance

Roger McKenzie Blog - 22 April 2014 - 9:50pm
The Jakarta Post, Tangerang | April 19 2014 | 8:26 AMShare  Hundreds of workers of PT Panarub Dwikarya who were dismissed by the company staged a protest outside the company’s compound in Tangerang on Thursday.The workers, all women, demanded the company rehire them or give them severance...

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