Labour Herald – Issue No.99

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

Australia / New South Wales False hope on Electrolux cuts no ice with AWU [Central Western Daily] 2013-10-26 10 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh Minimum-Wage Hike Won’t Appease Workers [In These Times] 2013-10-26

Canada / Ontario Rollbacks: How Does It Make You Feel?  ActNOW!  [USW] 2013-10-27 21 more labour news stories from Canada today

Cyprus Some municipal workers to go on strike [The Mail] 2013-10-26

India / Kerala Port, dock workers sign new wage settlement [Business Line] 2013-10-26 5 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Government braces for nationwide labor protests [The Post] 2013-10-26

Ireland Fears of new strike as Dublin Bus drivers split over cost-cut plan [The Independent] 2013-10-26

Korea (South) Ministry of Labor has become the ‘Ministry of Employers’ [Hankyoreh] 2013-10-27 1 more labour news stories from Korea (South) today

New Zealand Auckland McDonalds blockaded in pay and homophobia dispute [libcom] 2013-10-26

Nigeria Maritime Workers Have Not Been Paid For Eight Months Now [Spy Ghana] 2013-10-261 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

Portugal Demonstrators protest crisis cuts[Channel News Asia] 2013-10-27

Qatar / Global Draconian employment laws pose even more problems for FIFA [Yahoo News] 2013-10-26

Sri Lanka Trade Union Front urges President’s intervention [The Island] 2013-10-26

Trinidad and Tobago NWU CONDEMNS MASS FIRING OF NP WORKERS [national workers union] 2013-10-26 3 more labour news stories from Trinidad and Tobago today

UK Trainees are charged hefty fees to work for Ryanair [Observer] 2013-10-27

USA McDonald’s helpline tells employee to apply for food stamps [The Globe and Mail] 2013-10-27 27 more labour news stories fromUSA today

Labour Herald – Issue No.89

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

Asia / Pacific Trade agreements and the impact on public services [PSI] 2013-10-23 2 more labour news stories from Asia today

Australia / South Australia Work stops (again) at Crusta [Murray-Pioneer] 2013-10-23 36 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh / Canada Winnipegger Brad Loewen new chief inspector of 1,600 Bangladeshi factories [The Star] 2013-10-22 2 more labour news stories from Bangladeshtoday

Brazil Clashes as oil licenses auctioned [GMA] 2013-10-22

Canada CUPE 50th anniversary convention – live! [PSI] 2013-10-23 20 more labour news stories from Canada today

Colombia / UK Colombian trade unionist Huber Ballesteros delivers defiant message from prison cell For more info Image ActNOW!  [Morning Star] 2013-10-23 1 more labour news stories from Colombia today

Fiji New workers union gets support from employers [Fiji Village] 2013-10-23

Ghana TEWU Halts Its 2-weeks Strike Action[Spy Ghana] 2013-10-22 4 more labour news stories from Ghana today

Global Risks of the Trade in Services Agreement [PSI] 2013-10-23 1 more labour news stories from Global today

Guatemala Tortured, killed and branded a ‘terrorist’ – for being a trade unionist in Guatemala [Equal Times] 2013-10-22 1 more labour news stories from Guatemala today

India AAI employees step up stir with hunger strike [The Hindu] 2013-10-23 9 more labour news stories from India today

Indonesia Freeport Strikes Grasberg Mine Wage Deal [Jakarta Globe] 2013-10-23 5 more labour news stories from Indonesia today

Iran Independent sugar union leaders call for reinstatement and back pay [IUF] 2013-10-22 3 more labour news stories from Iran today

Ireland GRA calls for European-style Garda uniform [irishexaminer.com] 2013-10-23 8 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israel Flour Mill Workers in Israel win significant wage increase [IUF] 2013-10-22 4 more labour news stories from Israel today

Italy Unions to strike over coalition budget compromise [Reuters] 2013-10-22

Kenya Migori Staff May Strike Over Pay[allAfrica] 2013-10-22

Korea (South) Int’l solidarity with KTU (#2)[CINA] 2013-10-23 5 more labour news stories from Korea (South) today

Mauritania Precarious Work: Our Concern[PSI] 2013-10-23

Namibia Game Oshakati Workers Down Tools[allAfrica] 2013-10-22 1 more labour news stories from Namibia today

New Zealand Government opens the door to massive cuts at New Zealand Post [EPMU] 2013-10-23 12 more labour news stories fromNew Zealand today

Nigeria ASUU protests hit Ile-Ife, Calabar, Osogbo, Ibadan [The Defender] 2013-10-22

Palestine Journalists rally in Ramallah to reopen Gaza media offices [Ma'an News Agency] 2013-10-22

Philippines Philippines union works with municipality to improve public services and workers’ benefits [PSI] 2013-10-23 4 more labour news stories from Philippines today

Poland Solidarity eyes challenge to Poland’s leadership [The Financial Times] 2013-10-22

Qatar Migrant labour puts doubt over Qatar once again [The Palatinate] 2013-10-22

Russia Autoworkers celebrate victory at Antolin [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-10-22

South Africa NUM calls for women miner safety [The Independent] 2013-10-22 21 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Sri Lanka Estate employees rally for the 6th convention [Unions Lanka] 2013-10-22

Syria IFJ Appeals for Safe Return of Sky News Arabia Journalists Missing in Syria [IFJ] 2013-10-22

Tibet Machine guns fired on mine protesters[Truthloader] 2013-10-22

Turkey / Canada Turkish and Canadian workers together call on Crown to stop busting [IndustriALL Global Union] 2013-10-22

UK Blacklist revelation ‘dynamite’ [Oldham Evening Chronicle] 2013-10-22 3 more labour news stories from UK today

USA / California Bart contract settlement[SFGate] 2013-10-23 12 more labour news stories from USA today

Zambia Shoprite backtracks on sackings after government threat [Fresh Plaza] 2013-10-22 0 more labour news stories from Zambia today

Labour Herald – Issue No.88

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

Australia / Queensland Unionists leading WorkCover protest outside Parliament House vow to target Jarrod Bleijie electorate [Brisbane Courier Mail] 2013-10-17 40 more labour news stories from Australia today

Canada / Prince Edward Island P.E.I. to spend more, pay less to balance pensions [CBC] 2013-10-16 22 more labour news stories fromCanada today

Egypt Can the Revolutionary Path Front find a way forward for Egypt? [Equal Times] 2013-10-16

Fiji Union to hear member views on pay rise[Radio Fiji] 2013-10-17 4 more labour news stories from Fiji today

French Polynesia Tahiti hospital strike seemingly unresolved [RNZI] 2013-10-16

Global The 1968 Olympics and the spirit of resistance [Philip Fergusson/Redline] 2013-10-172 more labour news stories from Global today

Greece Private sector union calls strike on November 6 [ANSA Med] 2013-10-16

Haiti Group Says Haitian Garment Workers Are Shortchanged on Pay [NY Times] 2013-10-16 1 more labour news stories from Haiti today

India / Chandigarh Punjab: Salary, pension of PAU employees delayed [Business Line] 2013-10-17 12 more labour news stories from Indiatoday

Ireland Congress says ‘wrong choices made in Budget 2014′ [SIPTU] 2013-10-16 5 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israel Teva to refrain from making layoffs before negotiations with labor federation[Ha'aretz] 2013-10-16 9 more labour news stories from Israel today

Italy / USA Fiat union to meet U.S. counterpart to push for Chrysler merger [Automotive News Europe] 2013-10-16

Korea (North) / Korea (South) Kaesong Complex struggling to get fully up and running again [Hankyoreh] 2013-10-16

Korea (South) [10.14] Art performance against state terror… [CINA] 2013-10-16

New Zealand Sacked KFC worker defects to Maccas [Greymouth Evening Star] 2013-10-17 2 more labour news stories from New Zealandtoday

Pakistan LHWs boycott hits polio drive [Labour Watch] 2013-10-16 6 more labour news stories from Pakistan today

Palestine / Israel Controversial bill struck down || PM nixes bill applying Israeli labor laws to West Bank women [Haaretz] 2013-10-16

Papua New Guinea New technology to save time and trouble for teachers’ pay in PNG[Radio Australia] 2013-10-16

Russia / USA Sailors Unions Defend Greenpeace’s ‘Arctic 30’: Peaceful Protests and Piracy Are ‘Very Different’ [In These Times] 2013-10-16

South Africa Generations stars strike gets the backing of Creative Worker’s Union [The Times] 2013-10-16 18 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Tunisia Rappers start union linked to CGTT[Magharebia ] 2013-10-16

UK / Scotland Grangemouth oil refinery shuts as owners refuse to back down in dispute[Guardian] 2013-10-16 8 more labour news stories from UK today

USA USW, allies rally at Crown Holdings Headquarters [USW] 2013-10-16 27 more labour news stories from USA today

Uzbekistan More Sharing Services Share on email Financing Forced Labor in the Cotton Fields of Uzbekistan [AFL-CIO] 2013-10-17 0 more labour news stories from Uzbekistantoday

Labour Herald – Issue No.87

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

Australia No code of practice for workplace bullying but hope remains [SafetyAtWorkBlog] 2013-10-16 37 more labour news stories fromAustralia today

Bangladesh Garment factory workers detain boss until he pays bonus  ActNOW!  [Chicago Tribune] 2013-10-15 1 more labour news stories from Bangladesh today

Bulgaria Bulgarian Trade Unions Demand Discussion on Planned Possible Layoffs[novinite.com] 2013-10-15

Cambodia Undercover cop beaten up at Teacher Union protest now identified [Phnom Penh Post] 2013-10-15 1 more labour news stories from Cambodia today

Canada / Ontario CUPE 5088 to meet Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley in mediation [CUPE] 2013-10-15 21 more labour news stories from Canada today

Cuba Workers Advocate a More Active Role of Labor Movement in Country’s Development[Cadena Agramonte] 2013-10-15

Fiji Smaller Fiji businesses expected to struggle with minimum wage [RNZI] 2013-10-16 3 more labour news stories from Fiji today

Finland Air traffic controllers threaten go-slow[YLE News] 2013-10-15

France National strike over pensions [The Connexion] 2013-10-15

French Polynesia Tahiti hospital strike seemingly unresolved [RNZI] 2013-10-16

Global Unions continue to put UN under fire for not respecting workers’ rights [Equal Times] 2013-10-15

India SEBI introduces paternity, child care leave for staff [PTI] 2013-10-15 2 more labour news stories from India today

Israel Eini to Discuss Layoffs with Worker C’tees, Teva Chief [Arutz 7] 2013-10-15 5 more labour news stories from Israel today

Korea (South) Another aerial protest by laborers [Hankyoreh] 2013-10-15

Malta MUBE accuses HSBC [Malta Independent] 2013-10-15

New Zealand Fishing industry under spotlight at major international union meeting on Asia Pacific fishing industry [Voxy] 2013-10-16 3 more labour news stories from New Zealandtoday

Nigeria ASUU strike: Lecturers vow to continue strike, rebuffs govt’s ‘no work, no pay’ rule [The Daily Post] 2013-10-15 1 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

Pakistan Attack on journalist in Pakistan’s Abbottabad City condemned [IFJ] 2013-10-15

Palestine How does Palestine’s economy work? [The Guardian] 2013-10-15 1 more labour news stories from Palestine today

Qatar Trade Union Leaders Urge FIFA To “Put Pressure On Qatar Over Labour-Abuse At Construction Sites [Inside Futbol] 2013-10-15 1 more labour news stories from Qatar today

South Africa Times Media to cut jobs[Business Report] 2013-10-15 16 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Tunisia UGTT says final political talks to happen after this week’s Eid al-Adha holiday[Tunisia Live] 2013-10-15 1 more labour news stories from Tunisia today

UK Zero-hours contracts [GLC] 2013-10-15 7 more labour news stories from UK today

USA Organizing for the long haul: salting To the rescue? [Talking Union] 2013-10-15 10 more labour news stories from USA today

Zambia Shoprite workers strike [The Times] 2013-10-15 0 more labour news stories fromZambia today

Labour herald – Issue No.86

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

Algeria Crackdown on Independent Trade Unions [Human Rights Watch] 2013-10-06

Australia Trade must not ignore the human factor [Working Life] 2013-10-07 6 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bahrain Pact hope as top ILO team planning a visit [Gulf Daily News] 2013-10-06

Canada / Ontario Unions rally for striking Bonfield workers [The Nugget] 2013-10-06 17 more labour news stories from Canada today

Cyprus Funeral of veteran fighter for workers’ rights [The Mail] 2013-10-06

Fiji Fairtrade concerned about worker’s rights in Fiji sugar mills [FairTrade International] 2013-10-06 3 more labour news stories from Fijitoday

Germany Amazon’s workers threaten strike before Christmas [Reuters] 2013-10-06

India / Kerala Bus workers to go on strike [The Hindu] 2013-10-07 4 more labour news stories from India today

Israel Haifa Port slows to crawl as workers protest reform [Haaretz] 2013-10-06

Japan Can Rengo ride favorable winds of Abenomics to achieve pay hikes? [Japan News] 2013-10-06

Philippines Dole assumes control over university’s labor dispute [The Sun-Star] 2013-10-06

Poland Unionists march to demand labor security [WJCL] 2013-10-06

South Africa Cosatu backs striking workers[Business Report] 2013-10-06 1 more labour news stories from South Africa today

USA / California Pyramid Brewery workers accuse Berkeley brewery of union busting[KTVU] 2013-10-06 5 more labour news stories from USA today

Striking is not a crime – Free jailed Chinese labour rights defenders

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Workers in China who organize in defense of their interests, go on strike or even petition to the government are fired, criminalized, arbitrarily detained in “black jails” outside the legal framework or sentenced to prison labour.

Wu Guijun, a migrant worker employed for 9 years making furniture at the Diweixin Product Factory in Shenzhen (southern China), has been detained since May 23 and faces criminal prosecution for defending the rights of his co-workers. Since his arrest Wu has been denied contact with his family.

Workers at the Hong Kong-owned factory sought negotiations earlier this year in response to concerns about production cutbacks and apparent preparations for relocation to another site in the Chinese interior. Seven workers were elected to represent them, including Wu, but the employer refused to disclose any information and rejected negotiations. In response, the workers downed tools on May 7 and petitioned the local government to intervene. On May 23, 300 workers were besieged by the police while marching to the City Government; more than 20 workers were arrested and detained, including Wu Guijun. All were eventually released except for Wu. According to his lawyer, Wu now faces criminal prosecution for “assembling a crowd to disturb social order”.

Labour herald – Issue No.85

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

American Samoa / USA Civil Servants in American Samoa still at work despite federal shutdown [RNZI] 2013-10-04

Australia / Western Australia Record fines for illegal strike at Woodsides’ LNG project [The Australian] 2013-10-03 1 more labour news stories from Australia today

Bangladesh Workers press for higher pay [The Times] 2013-10-03

Botswana Nurses strike looming? [The Gazette] 2013-10-03

Canada / Yukon Yukon temporary worker happy Ottawa strike is over [CBC] 2013-10-0331 more labour news stories from Canadatoday

Colombia Trade unionist murdered on 27 September [ITUC] 2013-10-04

Cyprus Hasikos says Kofinou slaughterhouse must close [The Mail] 2013-10-03

Egypt Is Egypt heading for an anti-labour constitution? [Al-Ahram] 2013-10-03

Europe 10th October is the date set aside for a Europe-wide Air Traffic Control Strike [The Leader] 2013-10-03

Fiji Public service unions make claim as test of constitution [Radio New Zealand International] 2013-10-03 5 more labour news stories fromFiji today

Finland Thai berry pickers remain outside agreements and unprotected [Trade Union News from Finland] 2013-10-03

French Polynesia Health fears for workers to be sent to French Polynesia nuke test site[Radio New Zealand International] 2013-10-03

Ghana Local gov’t workers warming up for strike action [Spy Ghana] 2013-10-03

Global PSI delegates bring solidarity message to UN Staff unions  ActNOW!  [PSI] 2013-10-032 more labour news stories from Global today

Hong Kong Workers at Swire Beverages strike over increased workload [The South China Morning Post] 2013-10-03

India / Tamil Nadu 108 Ambulance staff threaten to go on indefinite strike [The Hindu] 2013-10-03 3 more labour news stories fromIndia today

Ireland Realignment of unions must defeat ‘silo mentality’ [Registration required] [IRN] 2013-10-04 7 more labour news stories fromIreland today

Israel Kamada workers walk off production lines [Haaretz] 2013-10-03 5 more labour news stories from Israel today

Korea 진주의료원 강제퇴원환자 ‘고통 극심’ [보건의료노조] 2013-10-03

Mexico Labor Shorts: Tri-National Solidarity Alliance Plans Actions for the Coming Year[mexican labor news and analysis vol 18 no 7] 2013-10-03 6 more labour news stories fromMexico today

Namibia RA employees down tools [The New Era] 2013-10-03 1 more labour news stories from Namibia today

New Zealand CTU president stands by call for ACC minister to resign [Radio New Zealand] 2013-10-03 10 more labour news stories fromNew Zealand today

Nigeria Postal Workers Protest Non-payment of Special Allowances [This Day] 2013-10-03 2 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

Norway Norvège: les syndicats font «de la surveillance» [La Presse] 2013-10-03

Panama Strike continues , health workers deny political agenda [Newsroom Panama] 2013-10-03

Qatar Will FIFA blow the whistle on Qatar?[Equal Times] 2013-10-03 1 more labour news stories from Qatar today

South Africa End in sight to motor industry strike [SABC] 2013-10-03 2 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Spain Jobless rate rises again after six months of falls [Times Union] 2013-10-03

UK NUJ welcomes committee recommendations on copyright [NUJ] 2013-10-04 9 more labour news stories from UK today

USA The Lost Decades[www.thenewcrossroads.com] 2013-10-04 28 more labour news stories from USA today

Venezuela Strikes Continue at Sidor[Venezuelanalysis] 2013-10-03

Zambia ZULAWU vows to continue with strike over salary arrears [The Post] 2013-10-03 0 more labour news stories from Zambia today