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Letter to the Editor; Re, Former Goodyear Plant to Close


Feb. 1st, 2012

Letter to the Editor; Re, Former Goodyear Plant to Close



            Black Lawson Kennedy, Russell Brothers, PPG, Bell Canada Operator Services and now Veyance Technologies (former Goodyear plant) and manufacturer’s too many to name have left Owen Sound or downsized over the years since the early eighties. This does not begin to identify the list of other manufacturing sector jobs and / or well paying public service sector…


Added by Dave Trumble on February 2, 2012 at 3:42 — No Comments




Added by Dave Trumble on February 2, 2012 at 3:41 — No Comments

Worker Unrest in China (via Sid Shniad, Canada)


The Economist                     


Added by peter waterman on February 1, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

the directive on temporary agency work - implementation in Norway

During the process Lo has seen by working on the directive, the uncertainty surrounding the impact of how it will effect norwegian labour standard has increased. It has been important to ensure broad support in the unions of our position, Roar Flåthen, president of LO says.

LO Secretariat issued 07/12/2010 a response on the EU directive.

In response the Secretariat suggested a number of requirements to be able to recommend an implementation of the Directive.



Added by Dag Westhrin on January 31, 2012 at 12:03 — No Comments

IWW cleaner sacked: protest 10th Feb at Heron Tower London


We call on all workers to show support by joining the Cleaners' Emergency Demonstration against the Cleaners' Branch Secretary's unfair sacking by union busting management at Heron Towers on Friday 10 February 2012, 5PM, at Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2.…


Added by Viola Wilkins on January 31, 2012 at 3:59 — No Comments

Mike Marqusee on Occupy Achievements, Challenges, Union Connections (Red Pepper, UK, via Links, Australia)

Peter sez:

A challenging piece by a veteran UK-based socialist. I would be inclined to endorse what he says about Occupy procedures since the same set of problems arise with the World Social Forum. As for his positive presentation of union activity in relation to the Occupy and other protest movements of 2011, I would be inclined to ask whether this means unions are capable of escaping the social-liberal institutions and discourses with which they have been so long and so heavily…


Added by peter waterman on January 30, 2012 at 23:56 — No Comments

Tunisia: Left Gains (But Women Not) in Union Election (International Viewpoint via Links, Australia)

Tunisia: Left gains in trade union election

By Nizar Amami

January 12, 2012 -- International Viewpoint -- The 22nd congress of Tunisia’s UGTT trade union federation (Union Générale des Travailleurs Tunisiens, General Union of Tunisian Workers)…


Added by peter waterman on January 30, 2012 at 22:59 — No Comments

Hart-Lansberg and Jeff Ballinger: The Latest on Work and Workers in China (via Links, Australia)

Peter sez:

Wow! I thought that China was the one - fairly large - country, building up a Marx-type industrial proletariat. But according to veteran Martin H-L, it seems to building up a similar kind of precariat to the rest of the world.

On my previous assumption I had also presumed that the coming thing is China would be a movement toward ILO standards and even affiliation of the ACFTU to the ITUC! But even if this somewhat starry-eyed vision…


Added by peter waterman on January 30, 2012 at 22:53 — No Comments

Unlike ITUC, Soros Recognises a Class War - at Least when it is Coming (via Patrick Bond, Debate List, SAfrica)

George Soros on the Coming US Class War

George Soros, in an interview with Newsweek magazine titled “George Soros on the Coming US Class War”:

“I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult…


Added by peter waterman on January 30, 2012 at 18:52 — No Comments

Peter Waterman: The EGLS Have Taken Off! (Internat. Inst. of Social History, Amsterdam)

Peter sez:

I am sure I posted access to this paper as a draft:

'An Emancipatory Global Labour Studies is Necessary!

On Rethinking the Global Labour Movement in the Hour of Furnaces'

But here it is as a Working Paper of the…


Added by peter waterman on January 30, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

nice to join this community

hi, glad to join this community

like to be part of it

Added by Lisa Snid on January 29, 2012 at 17:56 — 1 Comment

Malaysia workers need union/to stick together

Unions are necessary for the preservation of workers’ rights and for worker representation, whether those workers are labeled professionals or laborers, .and whether the religious or ethnic or cultural groups or gender groups that claim those workers as members form majorities or minorities in any given area.  And the sooner they all organize under the banner of the same union, the stronger they will be.…


Added by Viola Wilkins on January 27, 2012 at 22:45 — No Comments

The Price of Apples (via Sid Shniad, Canada)

In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

   Inbox  …


Added by peter waterman on January 27, 2012 at 22:27 — No Comments

Hard work deserves more respect


Find out what it means to me


Take care, TCB---- from the song €œ"Respect"€ by Otis Redding

If you drive down I-55 or I-80 out of Chicago toward Joliet, they are hard to miss. Sprawling boxy-looking buildings, often windowless, but with constant activity as semi's pull up to disgorge their contents. These are the warehouses of Will County, where goods meant mostly for North America's big box stores are routed…


Added by Bob Simpson on January 26, 2012 at 1:51 — No Comments

Vale Lorenzo P. Torrez "salt of the earth"

Lorenzo P. Torrez

(April 18, 1927 – January 1, 2012)Salt of the Earth MinerLabor, Civil Rights, & Peace Activist Great Dies at 84


Today we mourn the passing of a Grant County working-class hero and know within our hearts that he is not gone forever from our lives.  Lorenzo P. Torrez, a born and raised Gila, N.M. native who attended Cliff High School, lives on in the…


Added by Viola Wilkins on January 26, 2012 at 0:57 — No Comments

Occupy workplaces 1930s era Detroit Woolworths

“Barbara Hutton’s got the dough, parlez vous.
We know where she got it, too, parlez vous.
We slave at Woolworth’s five and dime,
The pay we get is sure a crime.
Hinky dinky parlez vous”

Added by Viola Wilkins on January 26, 2012 at 0:49 — No Comments

Freedom of Association at Fiat, Italy: Multilingual Appeal (FIOM Italy, via LabourStart)

Gmail peter waterman <peterwaterman1936@gmail.com>

[WSF-Labor and Globalization] international campaign for freedom of association in Fiat

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Added by peter waterman on January 23, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

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