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Ratttle Those Pots and Pans

Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans
Get out from that yoke and rattle those ports and jobs
We'll, roll da Boss 'cause we're hungry Wobs
[Chorus:] I said Shake, rattle and roll - I said Shake, rattle and roll
I believe you're doin' me wrong and now I know
I believe you're doin' me wrong and now I know

The more I work, the faster my money goes…


Added by Viola Wilkins on May 27, 2012 at 4:46 — No Comments

Canadian Unions to Open up to Retired and Unemployed? (via Sid Shniad, Canada)

Top Canadian unions may open membership to everyone

Postmedia News  May 24, 2012 – 11:53 PM ET | Last Updated: May 25, 2012 12:12 AM ET…


Added by peter waterman on May 25, 2012 at 18:22 — No Comments

First(?) International Mineworkers Meeting, Chile, August 2012 (WFTU Bulletin, Athens, Greece)

Peter sez:

Although I have above suggested some scepticism about whether this is, in fact, the first-ever such meeting (mineworker internationals must go back to the 19th century), it will be interesting to see what kind of appeal this meeting, promoted by the Communist WFTU, will have. I await with interest the promised charter. And I would love to see an independent report of the event itself. Anyone have an idea about how we could get such a report?

Now read…


Added by peter waterman on May 25, 2012 at 11:09 — No Comments

Trade Unions, Globalisation and Internationalism by Ronaldo Munck

Trade Unions, Globalisation and Internationalism


Added by Orsan Senalp on May 24, 2012 at 19:14 — No Comments

New Book: 'Building from the Local for Global Justice' (PM Press, USA)

Organize!: Building from the Local for Global Justice

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Organize!: Building from the Local for Global Justice
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Added by peter waterman on May 24, 2012 at 18:11 — No Comments

DA-Cosatu Conflict in South Africa (Steven Friedman, Pambazuka, South Africa)

The DA/Cosatu fracas: Appreciating the moral high ground

Steven Friedman

2012-05-24, Issue 586


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Added by peter waterman on May 24, 2012 at 18:06 — No Comments

Democratic Alliance-Cosatu Conflict in South Africa (Leonard Gentle, ILRIG, Cape Town)

Peter sez:

For those unfamiliar with the troubles confronting the Cosatu - and even for those minimally informed, such as me - it might be best to read the last few paragraphs. These draw attention to the real issue behind what  the failure of Cosatu to organise the unemployed and informalised. It is this, that underlies what Gentle considers to be a clash of hidden agendas.

Now read on...

The Youth Wage…


Added by peter waterman on May 24, 2012 at 11:22 — No Comments

Industrial Workers of the World Declare Solidarity with Quebec Student Strike

Members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) across Canada stand in solidarity with students and workers across Québec who are taking a courageous stand against rising tuition fees and the government-backed capitalist attack on the working class in the age of austerity.

By refusing to go to school and by taking to the streets in the hundreds of thousands, Quebecois, including IWW members in Montréal, Sherbrooke and the Outaouais, are showing the rest of Canada that…


Added by General Defense Committee Local6 on May 23, 2012 at 23:30 — No Comments

Dutch Union BDS Activists Propose National Conference

Peter sez:

Evidence that the trade union campaign in favour of BDS - i.e. in support of the workers and people of Palestine, the Arab minority in Israel, and the anti-militarist, anti-racist, anti-occupation activists in Israel is provided in the Google translation below.

For your information, the ABVA-KABO is the major union of public sector workers in the Netherlands, a country that historically, for decades after World War 2, was pro-Israel and the unions of which were/are…


Added by peter waterman on May 23, 2012 at 17:14 — No Comments

Another Israel is Possible! (Michel Warschawski, (Transform Europe, May 2011)

“The People Demand Social Justice!” - A Huge Social Protest in Israel

By: Michel Warschawski

Less than a year ago, the whole Arab Region, from Tunisia in the West to Yemen in the South East, was the arena of a gigantic and extraordinary popular uprising for freedom and democracy. The decades-old dictatorships of Hosni Mubarak and Zine el Abidine…


Added by peter waterman on May 23, 2012 at 16:49 — No Comments

International Union of Foodworkers Welcomes Israel's Histadrut (Eric Lee, TULIP)

Peter sez:

I am presuming this piece is by Eric since it is his subject and style. It is unsigned, presumably to conceal the extent to which this is an organ not of a campaign or movement but of Eric himself.

[Correction: I read, copied and pasted this item from the front page of the site. Eric has pointed out that on the 'articles' page, his signature does appear. My unconditional apologies for this unintentional error. If Eric prefers I remove the above paragraph, I…


Added by peter waterman on May 23, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Irish in Manchester history walk

I will be doing an Irish in Manchester radical history walk this Saturday 26 May, noon More information: http:// redflagwalks.wordpress.com

Added by Michael Herbert on May 21, 2012 at 19:29 — No Comments

Bosses kidnap workers in Angola

Over 1200 Indian workers have been left stranded, and effectively held hostage by bosses in Angola after their passports and other travel documents were…

Added by Viola Wilkins on May 21, 2012 at 0:46 — No Comments

National union congress talks Right To Strike

About 100 unionists packed the Unions NSW Atrium on May 14 to discuss the right to strike campaign, at a fringe event of the…


Added by Chris White on May 20, 2012 at 20:06 — No Comments

‘The right to strike, strikes and workers’ control’.


Speech by Chris White at ACTU (Australian Council of trade Unions) Congress fringe event May 13 2012.


Unionists need to organise for the right to strike, for the effective strike and for workers’ control.


1. Unions’ right to strike campaign is to repeal all Fair Work Act penal powers and for a ‘firewall’ protection for workers in their unions taking industrial action.


ILO principles can prevail: ‘The right to strike is one of the…


Added by Chris White on May 20, 2012 at 20:01 — No Comments

Dunkin Donuts Fair Trade?

So I just found out that Dunkin Donuts is “Fair Trade Certified™” in fact it’s been stated that D.D. is considered the first national brand to sell fair trade certified coffee. They are also now the largest coffee and baked goods company currently on the market and have been marketing their fairly traded coffee products since 2003. Its rivals in the Star Bucks Empire (who by the way has been known to use child slave labor) claim that their coffee is indeed fairly traded but by in…


Added by Kyle Klemenc on May 20, 2012 at 18:05 — No Comments

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