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Critical Note on Trade Union Declaration, Rio +20: What About the Arms Economy?

Peter sez:

Hopefully this is the beginning of a debate, discussion or dialogue, on what I recently thought was a radical step forward by the union internationals. Like the author of that piece, Mikael Book has been active for many years in the World Social Forum. I think he provides here one of many necessary extensions to that union document. Yesterday, by chance, I happened to see a union official from Rolls Royce in the UK welcoming the British…

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Added by peter waterman on June 18, 2012 at 9:39 — No Comments

Important New International TU Assembly Statement from RIO (Asbjorn Wahl, via LabourAndGlobalisation)

[ESF-L&G] Trade Union Assembly statement from Rio

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Added by peter waterman on June 17, 2012 at 15:47 — No Comments

How the Left Really Lost (only?) in Wisconsin

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Added by peter waterman on June 17, 2012 at 10:57 — No Comments

Is the New Global IndustriALL union Amazing?

Peter sez:

I am not sure what is 'amazing' about this new merger, sent out by Eric Lee, creator of both UBook and LabourStart.

It follows the merger of the ITUC and WCL into the ITUC, 2006, as well as various other national and international mergers over the last decade or more. It may be a welcome adjustment to the reality of de-industrialisation and falling union numbers in the Northern homeland. But, surely, the problem with the ITUC, Global Unions and their…

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Added by peter waterman on June 16, 2012 at 18:59 — No Comments

china worker

我做为中国工人,感谢!所有关注中国劳工问题的人士。中国工运的发展,需要中国工人的推动,也需要国际工会组织,国际劳工组织现实与创新的工作。符合中国国情,符合国际惯例。

我做为一个(再就业)工会工作者,更希望!中国工人参与的有效性。中国工会的改革与变革!

 

As the Chinese workers, thanks! All the concern persons of Chinese labor issues. The development of the Chinese labor movement, the promotion of the Chinese workers, but also the international trade union organizations, the ILO realistic and innovative work. In line with China's national conditions, in line with international…

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Added by 郁闷快乐 on June 14, 2012 at 0:46 — 2 Comments

PLF) National Seminar on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour and ILO Convention No 182 on 12th June,2012 at Lahore Pakistan

(PLF) National Seminar on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour and ILO Convention No 182 on 12th June,2012 at Lahore Pakistan

On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour A National Seminar on the Forced Child Labour and the Role of Trade Unions organized by the P:akistan Labour Federation (PLF) with the collaboration of World Asian Workers Organization (WAWO) at Hotel Ambassador Lahore Pakistan on 12th June,2012 at…

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Added by Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian on June 13, 2012 at 4:57 — No Comments

ITUC's First Global Opinion Poll: Welcome Signs of Massive Popular Discontent?

Peter sez:

Thanks, Andy, for pointing us toward this item, if in French. A limited but nonetheless absolutely fascinating exercise, leading to the question of whether Another ITUC Survey is Necessary (Yes!) and if so Possible (Hmm!)

I would appreciate an opinion on it by some critically-minded political-economist or statistician. My probably…

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Added by peter waterman on June 12, 2012 at 13:54 — No Comments

Big Banks Slam the Brakes on Public Transit

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Dale Burnett stood in the lobby of a Chase bank in downtown Chicago the morning of June 7 and explained why Chase and other big banks need to stop gouging millions from the city’s public transit system. A home care worker who cannot afford a car, Burnett’s job pays her poverty wages and she cannot afford fare increases or service cuts. In contrast, Jamie Dimon, CEO of Chase, has a $23 million compensation package this year. Nationally, 43% of transit…

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Added by Bob Simpson on June 11, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Indignados-Union Relationship in the Spanish Protests

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Added by peter waterman on June 11, 2012 at 10:21 — No Comments

(PLF) Strongly Condemn the Threat to Madam Asma Jhangir

(PLF) Strongly Condemn the Threat to Madam Asma Jhangir

 

On behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) We strongly condemn  the threat to life of Madam Asma Jehangir  Human Rights Activist  not in Pakistan but also on the World.

 

we therefore appeal to the  security agencies who are responsible for the security of citizen's life to protect the life of Madam Asma…

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Added by Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian on June 10, 2012 at 15:54 — No Comments

Global Education Strike: Labour Movement Please Follow?

Peter sez:

Is this the very model of a 21st century internationalism? I am impressed by the extent to which it fits with the kind of ideas some of us have been promoting for a new kind of labour internationalism, surpassing that entrapped within the logics of capital, state, political parties or traditional union institutions. I will be watching this process. So should all of us concerned with what the labour movement generally can learn from the students and…

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Added by peter waterman on June 10, 2012 at 9:14 — No Comments

Is Steve Mayne a Champ - Melbourne buy election.

Melbourne Buy Election in song - Is Steve Mayne A Champ. 
(Apologies to Lorenz Hart)
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Added by Viola Wilkins on June 9, 2012 at 4:15 — No Comments

Cosatu Challenged to to Quit Capitalist ITUC and Join Revolutionary WFTU

Peter sez:

Following the affiliation of a number of Cosatu unions to the World Federation of Trade Unions, and the failure of a Cosatu conference on international issues to follow these members, comes this speech to one of its South African members by the WFTU GS, George Mavrikos.

Whether this is a sign of WFTU's renewed energy or of a certain desperation will be determined by readers. It is, in any case, a challenge, and one which the Cosatu leadership can…

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Added by peter waterman on June 8, 2012 at 20:53 — No Comments

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