Labour Herald – Issue No. 68

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Australia / South Australia MP wants to close a dodgy loophole but vision is what’s needed[SafetyAtWorkBlog] 2013-08-30 37 more labour news stories from Australia today

Brazil / Latin America PSI CONTRAMA: a new confederation of municipal workers [PSI] 2013-08-29

Cambodia Khmer Rouge court faces new strike threat over wages [Cambodia Herald] 2013-08-30 2 more labour news stories fromCambodia today

Canada / British Columbia Vancouver airport strike averted, union says [CBC] 2013-08-29 29 more labour news stories from Canada today

Chile Postal service ends historic strike [The Times] 2013-08-29 2 more labour news stories from Chile today

China Broken promises as Apple misses reform deadline [EPI] 2013-08-29

Colombia Thousands of farmers and state workers march through Bogota [AJ] 2013-08-305 more labour news stories from Colombiatoday

Egypt Government pumps EGP 60m into spinning and weaving to tackle industry labour crises [Daily News Egypt] 2013-08-29

Fiji / India Unions in India hope to block sugar mill strike breakers going to Fiji [Radio Australia] 2013-08-29 1 more labour news stories from Fiji today

Global Unions plan to take global action on 7 October [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-08-29

Greece Teachers to sue gov’t for mobility scheme [Kathimerini] 2013-08-29

India / UK Strike hits production at Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover plants in UK[Economic Times] 2013-08-30 21 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Paying the Price for a Slack Civil Service [JG] 2013-08-29

Ireland Doctor’s strike now inevitable, IMO claims [Irish Examiner] 2013-08-30

Israel Teachers union signs new agreement[Arutz 7] 2013-08-29 2 more labour news stories from Israel today

Korea (South) Seoul rejects ILO’s call on gov’t union [K. Times] 2013-08-29 1 more labour news stories from Korea (South) today

New Zealand Unite makes gains on insecure hours in McDonald’s contract [Unite] 2013-08-30 12 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria NLC wades into ASUU strike impasse[This Day] 2013-08-30 1 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

Palestine / Israel Palestinian children – the invisible workers in Israeli settlements [The Daily Best] 2013-08-29 1 more labour news stories from Palestine today

Papua New Guinea Workers win right to organise [ITF News] 2013-08-30

Peru PSI continues to support its affiliates in PERU! Send a letter through LabourStart this week!  ActNOW!  [PSI] 2013-08-29

Russia Migrant Labor and the 2018 World Cup in Russia [IUF] 2013-08-29

Singapore Bus Strike Chapter Four: Counterpunch [The Wall Street Journal] 2013-08-29

South Africa NUM confirms gold sector strike[EWN] 2013-08-30 11 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Sri Lanka Fonterra resumes operations after suspension over workers safety [The Global Post] 2013-08-29

Swaziland Border blockade for democracy[Swazi Media Commentary] 2013-08-29 2 more labour news stories from Swaziland today

Sweden / UK Skanska dragged into builder blacklist case [The Local] 2013-08-29

Syria Global unions back calls for Syria chemical weapons probe [UNI] 2013-08-29

Trinidad and Tobago ‘Unions plan court action on Roget’s arrest’ [Trinidad Guardian] 2013-08-29

Tunisia UGTT Sec-Gen optimistic about national dialogue [TAP] 2013-08-29

UK Jersey manual workers strike called off[BBC] 2013-08-30 11 more labour news stories from UK today

USA / North Carolina Why I’m on strike today: I can’t support myself on $7.85 at Burger King[Alternet] 2013-08-29 36 more labour news stories from USA today

Zambia Tazara workers resist dismissal [IPP Media] 2013-08-29 1 more labour news stories from Zambia today

Zimbabwe Hwange Mine Workers On Strike[allAfrica.com] 2013-08-29 0 more labour news stories from Zimbabwe today

Labour Herald – Issue No.67

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Argentina Chile says will stay out of LAN dispute [The Herald] 2013-08-28

Australia Coalition to abolish pay rise for aged care workers [Fairfax Media] 2013-08-29 24 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh Transport strike called off [The Daily Star] 2013-08-28 1 more labour news stories from Bangladesh today

Brazil / Latin America PSI CONTRAMA: a new confederation of municipal workers [PSI] 2013-08-29

Canada CUPE pay equity victory [PSI] 2013-08-29 28 more labour news stories from Canadatoday

Colombia Strike causes fuel and food shortages [VOXXI] 2013-08-28

Egypt Government pumps EGP 60m into spinning and weaving to tackle industry labour crises [Daily News Egypt] 2013-08-29 1 more labour news stories from Egypt today

Fiji Sugar harvest hampered by labour shortage [RNZI] 2013-08-29 3 more labour news stories from Fiji today

Finland Privatisation of the road-builder Destia is again on the agenda [JHL] 2013-08-28

France Unions pledge to fight French Gvt pension reforms [RFI] 2013-08-28

Global Workaholism Takes Its Toll On Workers’ Physical And Mental Well-Being[Medical Daily] 2013-08-28

Guatemala A starting point for justice in Guatemala [PSI] 2013-08-28

India / Delhi Additional pension for 80 year old retired Govt officials [Business Line] 2013-08-2811 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Paying the Price for a Slack Civil Service [JG] 2013-08-29 1 more labour news stories from Indonesia today

Ireland A good year to remember Rosie Hackett, a fighter for workers’ and women’s rights [irishtimes.com] 2013-08-28 1 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israel Hadassah hospital admin and maintenance workers protest dismissals[Jerusalem Post] 2013-08-29 1 more labour news stories from Israel today

Korea (South) Seoul call center staff go on strike [K. Herald] 2013-08-28 1 more labour news stories from Korea (South) today

Latin America / Brazil PSI CONTRAMA: a new confederation of municipal workers For more info [PSI] 2013-08-28

Mexico Teachers Roil Mexico Capital [The Wall Street Journal] 2013-08-28

New Zealand Misery for thousands of sacked workers [NZLP] 2013-08-29 16 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria Health Workers Call Off Seven Days Old Strike [allAfrica] 2013-08-28 2 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

Palestine Caretaker PM wants to reach agreement with teacher union [Ma'an News Agency] 2013-08-29

Peru PSI continues to support its affiliates in PERU! Send a letter through LabourStart this week! [PSI] 2013-08-28

South Africa / Eastern Cape Calls mount for speedy resolution at Walter Sisulu University[Business Day] 2013-08-28 27 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Swaziland Border blockade for democracy[Swazi Media Commentary] 2013-08-29 3 more labour news stories from Swaziland today

Switzerland Sex drive-in gets its first customers [RTE] 2013-08-28

Togo Young workers in Togo celebrate International Youth Day [PSI] 2013-08-28

Trinidad and Tobago Employees evacuate Matco Building [Newsday] 2013-08-28

Tunisia UGTT Sec-Gen optimistic about national dialogue [TAP] 2013-08-29

Turkey Strike ends as apparel workers reach wage deal [Just Style] 2013-08-28

UK / Scotland Union wins access assurances after fatal helicopter crash [ITF Global Union] 2013-08-29 5 more labour news stories fromUK today

USA / Nebraska Interim fire chief: Labor contract adjustments will be ‘critical’ to meeting budget For more info [Omaha World Herald] 2013-08-29 21 more labour news stories from USA today

Labour Herald – Issue No. 66

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Australia Free Trade Agreement could have big impact on nurses [NSW Nurses and Midwives Association ] 2013-08-28 35 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh More than four months after the fatal collapse of a garment factory textile workers await compensation [DW] 2013-08-28

Cambodia Gvt eyes boosting minimum wages for garment and footwear workers next year[Phnom Penh Post] 2013-08-27 1 more labour news stories from Cambodia today

Canada Canada Post loses $104M in 2nd quarter [CBC] 2013-08-27 31 more labour news stories from Canada today

China / USA Western Union refuses China Labor Watch’s request to wire money to China[China Labor Watch] 2013-08-27 1 more labour news stories from China today

Egypt Egypts Mahalla textile workers on strike again [El_Ahram] 2013-08-27 3 more labour news stories from Egypt today

Fiji Workers have right to join union, go on strike [Fiji Times] 2013-08-28

Germany Lock workers to return to work for cooling off period [Platt's] 2013-08-27

Global Workaholism Takes Its Toll On Workers’ Physical And Mental Well-Being[Medical Daily] 2013-08-28

Guatemala A starting point for justice in Guatemala [PSI] 2013-08-28 1 more labour news stories from Guatemala today

India / India / Delhi Indian railways to hike freight tariff in October For more info [The Indian Rxpress] 2013-08-27 11 more labour news stories from India today

Ireland Magdalene survivors plan protest at order’s HQ [Irish Examiner] 2013-08-27 4 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israel Non-medical staffers at two Hadassah hospitals to apply sanctions Tuesday[Jerusalem Post] 2013-08-27 1 more labour news stories from Israel today

Korea Temp tutors win world’s longest labor struggle [Hankyoreh] 2013-08-27

Korea (South) VICTORY!… after 6 years of street protest & 202 days of BELL TOWER (sit-in)STRUGGLE!!(#2) [CINA] 2013-08-27 2 more labour news stories from Korea (South) today

Mauritania Strike shuts mega-mine [World War 4 Report] 2013-08-27

Nepal Agitating health workers in Taplejung to return to work [Republica] 2013-08-27

New Zealand Stand Up Conference in New Zealand: Modernising Unions to Connect with Young Workers [PSI] 2013-08-28 11 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria Uniosun Workers Protest Management Threat to Implement No Work, No Pay Policy[allAfrica] 2013-08-27 2 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

Pakistan PTI protest turns violent for media persons [The Daily Times] 2013-08-27 1 more labour news stories from Pakistan today

Peru PSI continues to support its affiliates in PERU! Send a letter through LabourStart this week! [PSI] 2013-08-28

Solomon Islands Up to 500 Solomons teachers still owed relevelling dues [RNZI] 2013-08-27

South Africa A strike nation [Daily Maverick] 2013-08-28 21 more labour news stories fromSouth Africa today

Togo Young workers in Togo celebrate International Youth Day [PSI] 2013-08-28

Turkey Strike ends as apparel workers reach wage deal [Just Style] 2013-08-28 2 more labour news stories from Turkey today

UK / Scotland North Sea oil workers plan protest over Super Puma helicopters[theguardian.com] 2013-08-27 6 more labour news stories from UK today

USA / Florida Miami police union to applicants: You don’t want to work here[Florida Watchdog] 2013-08-28 38 more labour news stories from USA today

Vietnam Teamsters raise Vietnamese labor rights with US Trade Representative [CPVW] 2013-08-27 0 more labour news stories fromVietnam today

Labour Herald – Issue No.65

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Australia ASU backs United Voice equal pay claim for childcare workers [ASU ] 2013-08-2733 more labour news stories from Australiatoday

Bahrain 500 Asian guest workers strike after suicide of colleague [Gulf Daily News] 2013-08-26

Bangladesh Indefinite transport strike begins in Khulna division [The Tribune] 2013-08-26

Cambodia Gvt eyes boosting minimum wages for garment and footwear workers next year[Phnom Penh Post] 2013-08-27 1 more labour news stories from Cambodia today

Canada Countdown to Labour Day [ACTRA] 2013-08-27 12 more labour news stories fromCanada today

China / USA Western Union refuses China Labor Watch’s request to wire money to China[China Labor Watch] 2013-08-27 1 more labour news stories from China today

Egypt Egypts Mahalla textile workers on strike again [El_Ahram] 2013-08-27 5 more labour news stories from Egypt today

Fiji Inmates in demand in cane fields as strike threatens [The Times] 2013-08-26 5 more labour news stories from Fiji today

Hong Kong Tsuen Wan construction workers strike over late penalty [South China Morning Post] 2013-08-26

India / Maharashtra Auto cos like M&M, Maruti & others try to keep employees’ morale up in hard times [Economic Times] 2013-08-27 11 more labour news stories from India today

Ireland Unions battle for right to negotiate on Dublin Lockout anniversary [Registration required] [FT] 2013-08-26 1 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israel Non-medical staffers at two Hadassah hospitals to apply sanctions Tuesday[Jerusalem Post] 2013-08-27 2 more labour news stories from Israel today

Korea (South) [8.26] ‘VICTORY!’… after 6 years of street protest & 202 days of BELL TOWER (sit-in)STRUGGLE!! [CINA] 2013-08-26 3 more labour news stories from Korea (South) today

Mexico ITUC, IndustriALL meet with Mexican President [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-08-262 more labour news stories from Mexico today

New Zealand John Minto for mayor: We need Kiwi socialism [Fightback] 2013-08-27 4 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria Health workers meet ministers Monday, may call off strike [The Guardian] 2013-08-26

Pakistan 62 house officers sacked: YDA announces three-day partial strike at LGH[Labour Watch] 2013-08-26 4 more labour news stories from Pakistan today

Palestine IFJ Condemns Closure of Gaza News Agencies [IFJ] 2013-08-26 1 more labour news stories from Palestine today

Solomon Islands Up to 500 Solomons teachers still owed relevelling dues [RNZI] 2013-08-27

South Africa Satawu rejects last minute wage offer [Eyewitness News] 2013-08-27 44 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Trinidad and Tobago Electrician, steel company disagree after injury on job [Trinidad Express] 2013-08-26

Turkey Hike on mint workers’ wage may end strike [Hurriyet] 2013-08-26

UK Unions urge bosses to keep deadly choppers grounded [Morning Star] 2013-08-26

USA / Washington Working more than 50 hours a week may harm your health [Economic Times] 2013-08-27 23 more labour news stories from USA today

Venezuela Diana Industries Workers Claim Victory in Struggle vs. Managerial “Imposition” [Venezuelanalysis] 2013-08-26 1 more labour news stories from Venezuelatoday

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Ever wondered who modelled for the Triumph Of Labour statue on the Marina Beach? Akila Kannadasan tracks them down

The four men with rippling muscles stand above all else, in a world of their own. Traffic rumbles on before them; passers-by walk by without as much as a glance. Only rarely does one stop to look at them. As statues frozen in time, the men stand there, their personal moment of intense physical effort, captured for the world to see. Who are they? Did they exist in flesh and blood before they were cast in bronze by the great sculptor Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury? I set out to find out. My first stop is the Government College of Fine Arts. The sculptor worked there from 1929 and retired as the principal in 1957. “No one knows who the models were,” says P.S. Devanath, the head of the Department of Painting. “A sculptor rarely interacts with his model. You can search the books in our library… but it’s unlikely that you will find what you are looking for.” But there must be somebody. Is there any person at all with whom the sculptor discussed his work? After numerous phone calls and a fitful sleep at night, I walk into a three-roomed flat in Kodambakkam in the morning…

Inside, a framed painting of a man with sharp eyes, long hair and a beard, hangs on a wall opposite the door. It’s the first thing that catches my eye — such is the man’s charisma. I know right away that I am at the right place. “He is my father A.P. Srinivasan, who was Chowdhury’s model for the second and fourth men from left in the Triumph Of Labour statue,” informs his son Subramanian, a technician at the Government College of Fine Arts.

Srinivasan was the son of a farmer. He grew up on a dose of healthy food and hard work in the sun. Almost six feet tall, he had a muscular body. He was in his late teens when he came to Chennai to make a living — he sold vegetables in Periyamedu. The prestigious Madras School of Arts was a stone’s throw from his shop.

One day, a regular customer stopped by to talk to him. “He asked my father if he wanted to work at the Art School!” says Subramanian. The customer was sculptor Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury. Srinivasan thus stepped into the campus as a labourer for a salary of Re.1. a day. As years rolled by, he was promoted to night watchman and unskilled labour.

During his tenure as a night watchman, Srinivasan was presented an unexpected request by Chowdhury: would he model for his latest work? Srinivasan consented, but breathed not a word about this to anyone at home. It was his first and last modelling assignment. It was much after his death, after an article came out in a Tamil magazine in 1971, did his sons find out that the famous statue had their father in it.

“I was 12 when father passed away,” says Subramanian. “The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of him is medhu pakoda,” he smiles. “He often bought a handful after work for us to eat.” Subramanian is proud that there is a statue of his father in the city, similar to leaders such as Gandhi and Anna.

But it has been almost 25 years since he saw it. Even if he goes to the Beach Road for work, Subramanian ensures that he goes nowhere near the statue. “I don’t like to see it,” he says, his eyes threatening to well-up. “The statue does something to me.”

Labour Herald – Issue No. 64

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Argentina Private clinics’ workers call for strike [The Herald] 2013-08-25 1 more labour news stories from Argentina today

Australia Abbott’s Apprentice Loan scheme a ‘dog of a policy’: CFMEU [CFMEU] 2013-08-269 more labour news stories from Australiatoday

Bahrain 500 Asian guest workers strike after suicide of colleague [Gulf Daily News] 2013-08-26

Canada / British Columbia Possible B.C. school strike in mid-September [CBC] 2013-08-25 1 more labour news stories from Canadatoday

Chile Country nears one month without mail service as protests continue [The Times] 2013-08-25

Fiji Sugar Cane lorry operators refuse to support worker union, ally with Sugar Bosses[Radio Fiji] 2013-08-26 3 more labour news stories from Fiji today

Guatemala Unions Under Siege in Guatemala[In These Times] 2013-08-25

India Bank unions call for all-India strike on September 25 [Hindu Business Line] 2013-08-266 more labour news stories from India today

Israel Teacher’s Union Signs New Agreement[Israel National News] 2013-08-26

Korea (South) [8.24] Jaeneung BELL TOWER (sit-in)STRUGGLE… since 200 days!! [CINA] 2013-08-25 2 more labour news stories fromKorea (South) today

Malaysia Respect rights of workers to join trade unions [Borneo Post] 2013-08-25

Mexico / Honduras Migrant train derails; at least 5 dead [Times Union] 2013-08-26 1 more labour news stories from Mexico today

Nepal Change in the whole society begins from one’s change in the attitude: Training Concludes [GEFONT] 2013-08-25 1 more labour news stories from Nepal today

New Zealand Day of sorrow for forestry’s youngest victim [NZ Herald] 2013-08-26 2 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria Strike: JOHESU Wants Health Minister to Obey NIC Judgment [The Daily Times] 2013-08-25 2 more labour news stories from Nigeriatoday

Pakistan Drainage halted as workers go on strike [Labour Watch] 2013-08-25 8 more labour news stories from Pakistan today

Palestine IFJ Condemns Closure of Gaza News Agencies [IFJ] 2013-08-26 1 more labour news stories from Palestine today

South Africa Unions bring Department of Basic Education to court [Education International] 2013-08-25 1 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Sri Lanka Teacher-Principal TUs concerned over student’s killing [Unions Lanka] 2013-08-252 more labour news stories from Sri Lankatoday

UK The worst place to work / The best place to work [Upworthy] 2013-08-25 1 more labour news stories from UK today

USA The workers’ rights struggle behind this summer’s hottest tours [Working America] 2013-08-26 20 more labour news stories fromUSA today

Labour Herald – Issue No.63

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Antigua and Barbuda CUB workers strike[Caribarena] 2013-08-21

Australia / Queensland Queensland Council of Unions have rallied outside the now closed Moreton Bay Nursing Care Unit to oppose health cuts [Brisbane Courier Mail] 2013-08-22 35 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bahrain / Australia Solidarity with Bahraini healthworkers: thank you [NSW Nurses and Midwives] 2013-08-21

Belarus Union rights abused [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-08-21

Canada / Saskatchewan Weyburn, Sask., Wal-Mart officially decertified [CBC] 2013-08-21 29 more labour news stories from Canada today

Chile What is behind Chile’s gender pay gap?[The Times] 2013-08-21

China Systematic cover-up of workplace accidents at Foxconn [labournet.tv] 2013-08-211 more labour news stories from China today

Colombia National strike by over 200,000[Prensa Latina] 2013-08-21

Denmark Danes running out of beer [The Age] 2013-08-21

Egypt Why are union leaders, reformers supporting the military counter-revolution?[Beyond Chron] 2013-08-22 3 more labour news stories from Egypt today

Fiji Soldiers move to intercept Fiji strike[Fairfax NZ News] 2013-08-22 2 more labour news stories from Fiji today

France Beyond the politics of the hijab [Equal Times] 2013-08-21

Germany Food Workers fighting to end meat industry abuses [IUF] 2013-08-21

Ghana Meteo workers at KIA threaten strike[Citi FM] 2013-08-21 1 more labour news stories from Ghana today

Global / USA Labor Rights in Jeopardy in US and Across the World [Ring of Fire] 2013-08-21

Honduras US-Korean maquila accused of CAFTA labor violations [World War 4 Report] 2013-08-21

India / Pondicherry Postal strike ends [The Hindu] 2013-08-22 23 more labour news stories from India today

Ireland Dublin Bus union rejects Labour Court cost-cut plan [The Independent] 2013-08-21 8 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Jamaica ‘Trade unions want Kellier to intervene in sugar talks’ [Jamaica Observer] 2013-08-21

Jordan Union wins agreement and averts strike [ITF] 2013-08-21

Korea Hyundai Motor workers launch partial strike for better pay and working conditions[AFP] 2013-08-21

Korea (South) [8.21] Jaeneung BELL TOWER (sit-in)STRUGGLE… since 197 days!! [CINA] 2013-08-21 4 more labour news stories fromKorea (South) today

Libya Clashes erupt as guarts, workers strike at oil terminals in Eastern Libya [Hydrocarbon Processing] 2013-08-21

Mauritania ITUC pledges Solidarity with Workers on Strike at Tasiast Gold Mine [ITUC] 2013-08-21

Mexico Striking teachers say they’re being scapegoated [The Post] 2013-08-21 2 more labour news stories from Mexico today

New Zealand Sitel to cut around 100 jobs[Fairfax media] 2013-08-21 8 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria Health workers begin indefinite strike tomorrow [The Tribune] 2013-08-21 1 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

Russia Sugar workers fight for their factory, wages and homes [IUF] 2013-08-21

South Africa Textile union Sactwu endorses clothing strike [Mail & Guardia] 2013-08-21 28 more labour news stories from South Africatoday

Trinidad and Tobago Workers flee building[Trinidad Express] 2013-08-21 3 more labour news stories from Trinidad and Tobago today

Tunisia Trade unions resume bid to end political crisis [AFP] 2013-08-22 4 more labour news stories from Tunisia today

Turkey Police intervene with water cannons and tear gas in union march in Ankara[Hurriyet Daily News] 2013-08-21

UK Hovis bakery workers vote to strike over zero-hours contracts [The Guardian] 2013-08-2214 more labour news stories from UK today

USA Right-Wing Groups Disguise Anti-Worker Propaganda as Mainstream News [AFSCME] 2013-08-21 16 more labour news stories fromUSA today

Labour Herald – Issue No. 62

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Australia FSU calls on politicians to pledge Our Jobs Our Future campaign. [FSU] 2013-08-21 41 more labour news stories from Australiatoday

Canada / Manitoba Emterra drivers and swampers join CUPE [CUPE] 2013-08-21 16 more labour news stories from Canada today

Egypt Workers, environment bear brunt in Sinai cement trade [Egypt Independent] 2013-08-20 2 more labour news stories from Egypttoday

Fiji Fiji police investigate death at sugar mill[Radio New Zealand International] 2013-08-21 3 more labour news stories from Fiji today

Germany Food Workers fighting to end meat industry abuses [IUF] 2013-08-21 1 more labour news stories from Germany today

Global / USA Labor Rights in Jeopardy in US and Across the World [Ring of Fire] 2013-08-211 more labour news stories from Global today

India / Andhra Pradesh Invoking of ESMA on striking employees decried [The Hindu] 2013-08-21 13 more labour news stories from Indiatoday

Israel First International Bank mortgage staff threatens strike [Haaretz] 2013-08-20

Japan Union, business concerns put limits on freedom of speech [The Japan Times] 2013-08-20 2 more labour news stories from Japantoday

Korea Hyundai Motor workers launch partial strike for better pay and working conditions[AFP] 2013-08-21

Korea (South) [8.20] Jaeneung BELL TOWER (sit-in)STRUGGLE… since 196 days!! [CINA] 2013-08-20 3 more labour news stories fromKorea (South) today

Libya Clashes erupt as guarts, workers strike at oil terminals in Eastern Libya [Hydrocarbon Processing] 2013-08-21

Mexico Mexican miners’ union victory in dispute with Minera Frisco [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-08-21

New Zealand I spy cause for serious concern[Unite Union] 2013-08-20 4 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Nigeria Teaching hospitals workers begin indefinite industrial action today [The Defender] 2013-08-20

Russia Sugar workers fight for their factory, wages and homes [IUF] 2013-08-21

South Africa Probe corruption, says union[The New Age] 2013-08-20 23 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Trinidad and Tobago ‘NP suspends more workers – Probe of work stoppage continues’[Trinidad Guardian] 2013-08-20

Tunisia UGTT plays key role in resolving political crisis splitting Islamists and secular Opposition [Tunisia Live] 2013-08-21 2 more labour news stories from Tunisia today

UK Blacklisting: Call for full-scale public inquiry after whistleblower cop reveals he spied on workers [Daily Mirror] 2013-08-20 2 more labour news stories from UK today

USA / Florida Gov. Rick Scott to Begin New Voter Purge [Ring of Fire] 2013-08-21 31 more labour news stories from USA today

Labour Herald – Issue No.61

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Central America /Europe / Middle East / South America
 

Australia / Queensland Queensland Rural and Remote Health Service Framework [QNU] 2013-08-19 21 more labour news stories fromAustralia today

Bangladesh Millions of brick workers face harsh conditions [Daily Mail] 2013-08-19 4 more labour news stories from Bangladesh today

Canada / Ontario ETFO not pushing for ban on cell phones in classrooms: Hamilton rep[CBC] 2013-08-18 6 more labour news stories from Canada today

Egypt ANHRI Condemn Assaulting ‘Suez Steel’ Sit-in By Force [ANHRI] 2013-08-18 1 more labour news stories from Egypt today

Fiji Probe into sugar mill workplace death begins [FIji Times] 2013-08-18

French Polynesia Deal signed to end French Polynesia port strike [RNZI] 2013-08-19

India / Maharashtra Mathadi workers withdraw strike [TNN] 2013-08-19 15 more labour news stories from India today

Ireland Siptu warns over further Dublin Bus strike [The Times] 2013-08-18 1 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Korea (South) [8.18] ‘Migrant Workers’ Day of Struggle’ [CINA] 2013-08-19

Nepal GEFONT Dolakha District committee meeting concludes [GEFONT] 2013-08-18 2 more labour news stories from Nepal today

Nigeria No going back on strike, say UNIJOS teachers [The Guardian] 2013-08-18

Pakistan Trade unions iterate pledge for an ‘egalitarian’ Pakistan [Labour Watch] 2013-08-18

South Africa Vavi reveals secret report used to ‘assassinate’ him [The Mail and Guardian] 2013-08-18 2 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Sri Lanka / New Zealand Fonterra rejects Sri Lanka union chemical claim [AAP] 2013-08-19

Trinidad and Tobago 40 suspended at NP but stations still getting fuel [Trinidad Express] 2013-08-18

Tunisia UGTT Driven Dialogue Initiative Fails Between Staunch Secularists And Stubborn Islamists [Tunis Times] 2013-08-19

UK Rain on the parade – threat to Durham Miners’ Gala [Big Issue in the North magazine ] 2013-08-18 6 more labour news stories fromUK today

USA / New York City contractor that cheated workers out of $600,000 agrees to pay back wages [NYDaily News] 2013-08-19 17 more labour news stories from USA today

Vietnam 2,000 workers on strike, asking for explanation of food maggot [Tuoi Tre News] 2013-08-18 0 more labour news stories fromVietnam today

Global Labour Movement Charter

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The right to organise unions and take collective action including industrial action and solidarity actions
 
The right of all workers to organise collectively without being subjected to violence, intimidation or legal harassment
 
Secure employment
 
Health & Safety at work, compensation, rehabilitation
 
A living wage for all workers in all industries
 
Decent work, with appropriate hours of work proposed by workers, paid leave and paid holidays
 
Full rights for women workers
 
Indigenous workers’ rights & Land Rights
 
Permanent residence with full employment rights for all refugees and all migrant workers in all countries
 
No child labour
 
Education, housing, health and childcare provisions
 
Social security and adequate welfare benefits