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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.”

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Low-wage workers at the Smithsonian Museums network went on strike today.

Good Jobs Nation, a group representing low-wage workers employed under federal concession agreements, organized protests throughout the morning in front of several Smithsonian museums.

The events started with a press conference and a street-theater sketch near the Air and Space Museum, where actors playing Ronald McDonald and Uncle Sam climbed into bed together. That performance was meant to represent the relationship between private-sector CEOs and the federal government. . .

Good Jobs Nation has said it represents  ”an invisible army of 2 million workers” who work jobs that range from greeting visitors and selling memorabilia at the Smithsonian museums to driving trucks that haul federal loads and making military uniforms.

Workers who participated in Thursday’s strike are employed by vendors licensed to do business at the Air and Space Museum and the American History Museum. They are not directly employed by the federal government.

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A national strike against austerity measures by Portuguese labor unions on Thursday shut down many public services.

Protest of the day

Posted: 13 June 2013 in Uncategorized
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Greek workers begin a nationwide strike in protest against the “sudden death” of public broadcaster ERT, which was switched off in the middle of the night by the government.

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Amazon’s German workers yesterday walked off the job in a one-day strike to demand higher wages.

The union is pushing the online retailer to adopt wage agreements similar to those governing retail and mail-order workers, which include Christmas bonuses and extra pay for working nights, Sundays and holidays. The agreements could mean as much as 9,000 euros ($11,700) more annually for Amazon workers.

Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers, and employees are already paid on the upper end of what workers in that industry earn.

Ver.di represents some 2,000 workers in Leipzig and 3,300 employees at Amazon’s Bad Hersfeld center. They staged a first strike earlier this month.

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Hundreds of fast-food employees in Detroit walked off the job today, temporarily closing down a handful of restaurants as part of a growing U.S. worker movement that—as we’ve seen in recent months, in New York City and Chicago—is demanding higher wages.

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Tens of thousands of workers from Germany’s engineering, metalworking, and electrical industries have downed their tools in a series of rolling strikes during the past week in order to press for a better pay package.