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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.

Fast Food Strike

Fast food workers in seven cities (New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Flint) went on strike yesterday, saying to all those who will listen they simply can’t survive on $7.25 an hour.

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Tens of thousands of Greek workers walked off the job today and rallied in front of parliament to protest government plans to fire public sector employees in an attempt to satisfy foreign lenders.

The reforms that have most angered the unions are plans to put 25,000 civil servants, including teachers and municipal police officers, into a so-called mobility plan by the end of the year, docking their wages ahead of forced transfers or dismissals. Another 15,000 workers are to be laid off by the end of 2014.

Local government employees have been occupying city buildings this week to protest the changes which, the unions say, will aggravate a deepening recession and add to the ranks of the unemployed who already account for more than 27 percent of the population.

“We will resist all those whose wrongheaded and dead-end choices have led the Greek people into poverty and wretchedness,” said the main private sector labor union, Gsee, which called the action with the civil servants’ union, Adedy.

Protest of the day

Posted: 12 July 2013 in Uncategorized
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Thousands of Brazilian workers participated in a one-day national strike yesterday.

Some of the complaints and demands made at the union marches echoed those of last month’s broader-based demonstrations. “Brazil can no longer be labeled the country of soccer and samba,” read a banner carried by Eni Jacuru, 58, a vendor. “We need to be the country of education, health and policies for the people, without corruption.”

But the main focus of Thursday’s strike seemed to be traditional issues like wages, working hours, pensions and benefits — of obvious interest to the teachers, nurses, bank tellers, bus drivers and factory workers who turned out in large numbers. “A first-class country can’t have third-class jobs,” read posters plastered on buildings downtown.

“I marched last month as a citizen, and now I’m marching as a worker,” said Regina Lorosa, 54, a nurse’s aide. “To me, the two things are complementary. The important thing is to keep this movement going and the pressure on, like wave after wave crashing on the shore, pounding away at the government until Brazil gets the changes it needs.”