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Workplace Struggle

East Timor: Call on Timor Leste’s PM to drop criminal defamation charges against journalists

Labour Start - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IFJ Asia-Pacific
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Iran: Urgent action needed to help free education unionist on hunger strike

Labour Start - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Education International
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Qatar: World Cup 2018: Fifa admits workers have suffered human rights abuses

Labour Start - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Guardian
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Portland May Day 2017 — Official Response

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:05

By the Portland IWW - Portland IWW, May 4, 2017

This was originally sent to KOIN 6 as a response to the events that took place on May Day in Portland.

The Industrial Workers of the World is proud that we were able to celebrate International Workers Day and march in solidarity with so many organizations which are essential and vibrant to the community of Portland and at large. International Workers Day is an important holiday that showcases the struggle of all workers against the wholesale societal systemic oppression brought about by corporations, CEOs, and the mega-rich capitalist class. The fact that there was such a strong contingent of marchers from all walks of life is representative of the American working class.

The Portland Police Bureau’s use of violence against workers and their families – as well as the children who were in the crowd celebrating the holiday with their parents – is a travesty and a violation of both human rights, as well as the right to peaceful assembly. We condemn their efforts in restricting accessibility to fellow workers with disabilities, and their blatant disregard for the health and well-being of the people they have sworn to protect. By direct contrast, they assisted visible white supremacists and white nationalists at the “March for Free Speech 82nd Ave,” specifically a non-permitted march by pro-Trump supporters on April 29th by chartering Tri-Met buses and public transportation to get these people, some of whom were making Nazi salutes during their protest, back to their vehicles.

Our goal is and has always been to support and assist the workers of the world, and we will continue to fight for the needs of all in the face of police and capitalist oppression, and stand by our watchword that an injury to one is an injury to all. As such, the Portland Police Bureau inflicted shameful injury against the workers, their families, and their children during the May Day march; we will stand against that in solidarity with our fellow workers.

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Israel: Nissenkorn easily retains leadership of Histadrut

Labour Start - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Times of Israel
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Report Back from DC: Standing in Solidarity with Fellow Worker Julia Flores

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:59

By Anonymous Contributor - It's Going Down, May 20, 2017

On April 30th, the DC Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) staged a picket in support of fellow worker Julia Flores, a member of the IWW and the Comité de Apoyo Laboral y Poder Obrero (the Comité), who was wrongfully terminated by Whole Foods in September 2016. After 15 years of service, Whole Foods retaliated against Julia for collectively organizing to win back a fellow worker’s job. Since Julia’s wrongful termination, she has made several appeals to the company’s local and regional leadership only to be dismissed without justice. In December 2016, the manager who terminated Julia, Victor Vazquez,  was fired along with eight other managers, for ‘stealing bonuses’. Our picket was not only in support of Julia’s Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) claim but to demand her reinstatement as well as restitution.  Our message to Whole Foods and the surrounding employers was clear: We, the workers of the District of Columbia, will not tolerate repression of fellow workers, retaliation for organizing our workplaces, or wage theft. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Our coalition was comprised of around sixty comrades including members of Many Languages One Voice (MLOV), the Comité, the IWW and its General Defense Committee (GDC), the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Socialist Alternative, Future is Feminist, DC Stampede, DC Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and the Socialist Snack Squad. We assembled at 10:30 am to review our overall strategy, our contingency escalation plan, and individual roles. The fulcrum of the action was a delegation of five comrades that accompanied Julia to Whole Foods to present her demands to the store manager in advance of the picket. Unsurprisingly, Whole Foods refused to negotiate and demanded the delegation leave the store. While we had no illusion that the bosses had any intention of conceding, workers organizing an effective picket should clearly articulate their demands to both the bosses as well as to the wider community.  The delegation relayed the details of their meeting to the picket and then proceeded to canvas nearby businesses to put pressure on Whole Foods. At each stop the delegation explained the circumstances of Julia’s wrongful termination, Whole Food’s history of worker repression, and the delegation’s recent treatment by the store manager.

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Israel: Court renews vote counting in Histadrut leadership election

Labour Start - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Ynet
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India: From war protestors to labour activism: India’s first IT workers union

Labour Start - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Scroll
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Colombia: Teachers' Union Denounces Bomb Attack Against its HQ, Strike Continues

Labour Start - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Prensa Latina
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Iran: Teacher Union Leader Esmail Abdi on Hunger Strike

Labour Start - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Education International
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Kazakhstan: Union Leaders Jailed, ITUC Takes Case to ILO

Labour Start - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Categories: Workplace Struggle

AT&T Workers, You Are Not Alone! Strike Flyer Handout

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 17:18

If you are reading this then over 40,000 CWA union members have walked off their jobs as part of a three day strike against AT&T. The strike at the telecommunications giant is just one of the latest in a string of strikes by workers in the industry that have all pushed back against attacks on wages, health care, job outsourcing, and corporate globalization.

Despite tough talk from both major capitalist parties and Trump in particular, since the economic meltdown of 2008, the only thing that has changed is that billions of dollars have moved out of the hands of poor and working-class people and into the hands of the billionaires – who are now running the government.

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UK: Cinema workers are leading the campaign for a living wage

Labour Start - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: al Jazeera
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Global: Global Unions Call for G20 Commitment to Fair Globalisation

Labour Start - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Greece: Athens protest turns violent as general strike brings Greece to a halt

Labour Start - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: DW
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Greece: Workers walk off job as general strike hits

Labour Start - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: CTV
Categories: Workplace Struggle
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