Labor/ Work

USA: VW workers vote to reject UAW organizing drive

LabourStart - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Automotive News
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Cyprus: Workers From Power to Ports Strike Over Sale Plans

LabourStart - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Bloomberg
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On union scabbing

Libcom - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:19
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Some quick thoughts on the need to respect picket lines and the challenge of the anti-strike laws and multi-union workplaces.

As I detailed all the way back in October, a civil service senior management union has taken a stronger stance over key issues in HM Revenue & Customs than the 'left wing' union PCS.

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Global: The cost of a Valentine's rose - poor Kenyan workers on £30 a month

LabourStart - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Mirror
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Global: If you don't know where Minegolia is now you will soon

LabourStart - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: This Working Life
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The Voice of the People

Libcom - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 20:48
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Voice of the People was the new name of the Lumberjack the Wobbly Weekly covering New Orleans and the surrounding area.

In July 1913, timber industry leaders persuaded the Lumberjack’s printer in Alexandria to stop printing the paper. Publication resumed in New Orleans under a new title, the Voice of the People. The Lumberjack’s motto, “An Injury To One Is An Injury To All,” was retained, as was its four-page, three-column format.

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The Lumberjack newspaper

Libcom - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 20:22
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An archive of a Wobbly Weekly Newspaper covering New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana and focussing (at first) on the Lumberjacks of which it was named. It ran for the first half of 1913 before being revived as The Voice of the People.

The Lumberjack was founded in January 1913 in the midst of a protracted labor strike by the Brotherhood of Timber Workers (B.T.W.) in Merryville, Louisiana. Published by the Southern District of the National Industrial Union of Forest and Lumber Workers, the weekly paper was edited by Covington Hall (1871-1952), a member of the radical wing of the Socialist Party in New Orleans.

Organization is power. The Papers byline

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An account of winning reinstatement for a suspended worker

Libcom - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:01
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A short account from a friend of ours of how he and his colleagues managed to get a member of staff who had been suspended on disciplinary grounds reinstated.

A couple of years ago I was working in a local council in a children's social services of 60 people. The team was overwhelmingly female and ethnically very diverse. Half of the workers were Unison members, and I was one of two shop stewards.

With this victory, we showed that we could defend individual workers in the team. After this the whole team had much more confidence that we could defy the bosses and win

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Workers’ Inquiry in Socialisme ou Barbarie

Libcom - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 04:30
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Henri Simon's account of Socialisme ou Barbarie and its 'worker's papers'.

Before tak­ing up the sub­ject, it is nec­es­sary to point out that Social­isme ou Bar­barie, pri­mar­ily at the impe­tus of Cas­to­ri­adis (alias Chaulieu), went through dif­fer­ent peri­ods, largely cor­re­spond­ing to polit­i­cal analy­ses of the prospects of strug­gle which con­di­tioned the devel­op­ment of the group.

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Cambodia: Bail Denied to Imprisoned Unionists

LabourStart - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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Qatar: New World Cup Workers’ Standards: no legal enforcement, no worker rights

LabourStart - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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USA: Volkswagen Workers Vote on Union, Works Council Scheme

LabourStart - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Labor Notes
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Russia: IOC acts on non-payment of wages to Olympics workers

LabourStart - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Human Rights Watch
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Cambodia: Update on the situation of Cambodian garment workers

LabourStart - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Maquila Solidarity Network
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Out of the Woods - a new blog on climate change

Libcom - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 21:17
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Announcing a new collaborative blog project to investigate capitalism and climate change.

This blog has been set up to investigate one of the most pressing issues of our time: anthropogenic climate change (a.k.a. global warming). Climate change poses serious questions about the viability of both the capitalist mode of production and the global states system, and forces us to confront questions of technology and humanity’s relation to (the rest of) nature. These are huge questions.

Climate change poses serious questions about the viability of both the capitalist mode of production and the global states system, and forces us to confront questions of technology and humanity’s relation to (the rest of) nature. These are huge questions. Out of the Woods

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Scabs! part II: the St. Albert wildcat

Libcom - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 03:28
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This entry is the second part in a two-part story from contributor Phinneas Gage about a wildcat strike by contractors at the Canadian postal service, and continues our coverage of struggles within Canada Post.

Part I

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Cambodia: Unions Threaten Nationwide Strike if 21 Prisoners Not Released Today

LabourStart - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Cambodia Daily
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Turkey: Turkish Unionists: 'We Are Not Terrorists'

LabourStart - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Labor Notes
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Bangladesh: 16 garment factories sack union leaders

LabourStart - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 00:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Daily Star
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