Workplace Struggle

Colombia: ‘Half a million’ in Colombia on strike, from the jungle to the capital

Labour Start - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Reports
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Kazakhstan: Union Leader Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Labour Start - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RFE/RL
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Ann Arbor canvassers file for union election with the IWW

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:55

With the election of Trump, the demand for nonprofit fundraising is on the rise. Sadly, the people who do this important work are often poorly compensated for their much-needed labor. In Ann Arbor, employees of the progressive-oriented canvassing firm, Grassroots Campaigns Incorporated, are demanding better working conditions and higher wages.

To this end, canvassers and field managers with the Boston-based company's Ann Arbor office have applied for a National Labor Relations Board election for union recognition with the Industrial Workers of the World union. GCI employees submitted paperwork for the election on May 12. An overwhelming majority of workers at the company’s Ann Arbor office have signed union cards.

"We decided to organize, because we felt that the charitable organizations that we fundraise for would be less than thrilled to hear that the people who are doing the fundraising for them are being paid minimum wage with no benefits or any possibility of advancement," says GCI employee Brett Mcfann.

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Germany: Fast-food giants refuse to pay workers a living wage

Labour Start - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IUF
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Iran: Hunger-Striking Imprisoned Prominent Union Rights Activist in Poor Health

Labour Start - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ICHRI
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Ukraine: Mass strikes and occupations by miners

Labour Start - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Ukraine Solidarity Campaign
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Finland: Record low number of labour disputes in 2016

Labour Start - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Trade Union News from Finland
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Canada: Unions applaud Canada’s commitment to ratify ILO Convention 98

Labour Start - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: CLC
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Algeria: Algerian trade union leader appeals prison sentence

Labour Start - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL
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One Class, One Struggle! Undocumented and Documented Workers Unite on May Day

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 21:30

By Patrick O’Donoghue - The Organizer, May 1, 2017

A Day of Resistance!

Today is May Day, or as we in the labor movement call it, International Worker’s Day- a day of celebration and resistance for working class people. It is a day not only of looking forward to the future, but also remembering the lessons of the past. May Day commemorates the struggle of the Haymarket Martyrs, a group of labor organizers, most of them immigrants, executed in Chicago for their work in the Eight Hour Day movement. The Eight Hour Day was the first time that workers around the world joined together in one campaign, supporting each other’s strikes and protests around a single demand- reduce the work day to eight hours, without a cut in pay. The movement faced violence and arrests from governments, but eventually won in country after country. The eight hour day became the basic work day for workers across the countries where the movement fought, with victories across Europe, North and South America, Australia, Iran, Japan, and elsewhere. Over a century ago, workers realized the power we have when we refuse to be divided by borders, industry, or race.

This May Day is also the Day Without Immigrants. It is the latest in a wave of of day strike by immigrant workers- not only to protest wages and work conditions, but also to protest the Trump’s plans to increase deportations. Under the Trump’s ramping up of the Obama administration’s already record-breaking deportations, ICE has increasingly targeted previously protected DREAMers and other undocumented people not otherwise criminalized by the state. ICE raids are becoming more regular even in “Sanctuary Cities”, and more of our neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends are being captured, torn from their homes, forced through over-crowded detention centers and courts without due process.

In the Twin Cities, many of the actions today are organized by CTUL, the workers center for low wage workers of color, especially immigrant workers. Even more of the walk outs and sick outs are “wildcat” actions organized on the shop floor between undocumented workers, without needing the go-ahead from a union or organizer.

By striking, these undocumented workers are showing how important they are to making the world run. How many restaurants are shut down today because the back end staff didn’t come in? How many landscapers and construction companies who rely on day laborerers are not making money today? How many farm fields aren’t being worked? Every day, undocumented immigrant workers do some of the toughest jobs in America, and the country starts to grind to a halt without immigrant workers. Deportations crackdowns have already left millions of dollars of produce to rot in the fields in Alabama, Georgia, and California as farmers dependent on exploiting undocumented workers can’t find Americans to work for as low as $10,000-$12,000 a year. The four industries with the most undocumented workforce- agriculture, cleaning and maintenance, construction, and food preparation and service- are all expecting labor shortages if Trump’s deportation plan is carried out. American companies and bosses need our immigrant fellow workers- but the administration and parts of the press try to tell workers who are citizens that undocumented workers are hurting American working standards. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Germany: The one thing Elon Musk can’t bend to his will: German trade unions

Labour Start - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Quartz
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Iran: Workers continue to struggle for independent trade unions

Labour Start - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Equal Times
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Palestine: ITUC stands in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

Labour Start - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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Global: Defiant rallies for worker rights mark May Day around world

Labour Start - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AP
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Global: What is International Workers Day?

Labour Start - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Al Jazeera
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South Africa: Zuma booed off stage at COSATU May Day rally

Labour Start - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: BBC
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Egypt: Relentless assault on rights of workers and trade unionists

Labour Start - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AI
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Industrial Worker—Spring 2017 #1779 Vol. 114, No. 2

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 00:25
Organize and Mobilize!

In this issue:

  • May Day mass action—'Strike from Below': Service workers in the U.S. South united in a general strike for the rights of workers, immigrants, Black Lives, Muslims, and all the other targets of the Trump Administration.
  • Look to the past to escape Trump's present: 1946 was the last year of the great general strikes. Trump plans to undo every workers' gain since the 19th century. We need to look back to the lessons from Oakland.
  • Coat-hanger direct action: The best action is direct action. Sometimes keeping things simple works best in a complicated society.
  • Momentum builds for May Day strikes: All around the U.S., workers are responding to assaults on rights—not from the bosses but from the government.

. . . and more!

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