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Thousands of workers at a major shoe factory in China, which employs more than 40,000 workers in Dongguan and supplies brands including Nike and Adidas, are striking over social security payments.

Workers at the Yue Yuen factory, in the southern industrial hub Dongguan, are demanding better social insurance and housing fund contributions.

The dispute has been ongoing since early April, with workers reportedly rejecting an offer from the company.

China has faced growing labour strikes in recent years.

The Yue Yuen workers are said to be angered at unpaid social security payments.

Protest of the day

Posted: 6 March 2014 in Uncategorized
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More than 1,000 workers have gone on strike this week at an IBM factory in Shenzhen in southeastern China in the latest sign of labor activism as companies’ acute shortage of blue-collar workers makes employees increasingly willing to take to the streets.

According to Rick Smith,

Many people carried signs and banners while at one time they also sang the Chinese national anthem.

Slogans on the banners included:

  • “Sweat Shop”
  • “We are not merchandise; we have dignity; and we have human rights”
  • “Give me back my youth! Change the labor terms”

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Amazon warehouse workers in Germany have walked off the job and, at the same time, have taken their case directly to the e-commerce giant’s Seattle headquarters.

German warehouse workers have been conducting brief walkouts since last spring in what were the first strikes against the company anywhere. Amazon said 1,115 workers did not show up Monday but that Christmas packages would still be delivered on time. The company employs about 23,000 full-time and seasonal workers in Germany.

On the surface, the dispute is about money. The German labor union Ver.di wants Amazon workers classified as retail employees, but Amazon says they are logistics workers who should be paid less.

Underneath this is a bigger question of whether the warehouse workers should have any control over their workplace. The employees, also known as “pickers,” assemble the orders. Amazon warehouses are marvels of engineering and efficiency, but picking is still hard physical labor. There is constant monitoring and little job security.

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Protest of the day

Posted: 6 November 2013 in Uncategorized
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Greek workers have shut down the country today as a demonstration against austerity measures imposed by the government and foreign lenders, whose inspectors were in Athens to review the country’s performance under its bailout.

Protest of the day

Posted: 18 September 2013 in Uncategorized
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48-Hour Strike in Public Sector in Greece

Greek workers shut schools and forced hospitals to operate with only emergency staff today at the start of a 48-hour strike against the latest plans to fire thousands of public sector employees.

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Fast-food workers across the United States are planning to stage their largest strike to date today in a year-long campaign to raise wages and form unions n the service sector.

Employees of McDonald’s Corp, Wendy’s Restaurants LLC, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others have pledged to walk off their jobs in 50 cities from Boston, Mass, to Alameda, Calif., organizers say. They are expected to be joined by retail employees at stores owned by Macy’s Inc, Sears Holdings Corp and Dollar Tree Inc in some cities.

The strike follows a similar protest last November, when some 200 workers walked off their fast-food jobs in New York City. Groups in Chicago, Kansas City, Detroit and other cities followed their lead in April and July.

The workers want to form unions and bargain higher wages with their employers without facing retaliation from franchisees or their parent companies. They are demanding $15 an hour, up from $7.25, which is the current federal minimum wage.

The median wage for front-line fast-food workers is $8.94 per hour, according to an analysis of government data by the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group for lower-wage workers. Virtually all private-sector fast-food jobs are non-union, and organizers say retaliation against workers who try to organize is common.

Martin Rafanan, a community organizer in St. Louis, Missouri, where the minimum wage is $7.35, said local employees of McDonald’s and Wendy’s were inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement’s discussions about income inequality. But he added that the main reason for their frustration is financial.

“If you’re paying $7.35 an hour and employing someone for 20, 25 hours a week, which is the average here, they’re bringing home about $10,000 a year. You can’t survive on that.” Rafanan said.

Protest of the day

Posted: 26 August 2013 in Uncategorized
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Some 200,000 agricultural workers in Colombia [ht: sm] have been on strike for the past week, blocking dozens of roads and leaving the central province of Boyaca cut off from the rest of the country.

And the strike is spreading: coffee and potato growers, dairy farmers, and lorry drivers have been staging protests in eleven of Colombia’s 32 provinces.

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Low-wage fast-food and retail workers who have staged walkouts this year in eight American cities are calling for a national day of strikes on 29 August.

The workers — who are backed by local community groups and national unions and have held one-day walkouts in cities such as New York, St. Louis and Detroit — say they have received pledges of support from workers in dozens of cities across the country.

The workers are calling for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Organizers of the walkout say cashiers, cooks and crew members at fast-food restaurants are paid a median wage of $8.94 an hour. . .

The planned August walkout — timed for the immediate aftermath of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the lead-up to Labor Day — is expected to touch 35 or more cities and involve thousands of workers, organizers said.

Protest of the day

Posted: 15 August 2013 in Uncategorized
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Some 2,500 workers at the world’s biggest copper mine—the Escondida mine, in northern Chile—have begun an unannounced strike over pay and other demands. Workers at two other Chilean mines controlled by international company BHP Billiton—Spencer and Cerro Colorado—have also joined the stoppage.