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    Iraqi Unions Propose New Labor Law to Parliament



    One of the lingering manifestations of the Saddam Hussein regime is Law 150, which bans workers from organizing unions in the public sector. Despite repeated efforts by the Iraqi labor movement, the US Occupation Authority, followed by every Iraqi government since the end of US military occupation, continued to enforce the Saddam-era law. The Iraqi labor movement has not given up that struggle. The unions are about to propose a new draft labor law to parliament that would rescind the old law and establish the right of all Iraqi workers to organize, bargain and strike - rights recognized in international law under the International Labour Organization Conventions. USLAW has posted the exchange of correspondence (in English and Arabic) between the Conference of Iraqi Federations and Workers Unions and the ILO. As soon as we clarify what form of support would be most helpful, USLAW will issue action alerts to enable American workers and their unions to express their solidarity with the Iraqi labor movement. [More]


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    IndustriALL slams deregistration of energy union in Algeria



    IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Minister of Labour in Algeria to condemn the de-registration of its energy union affiliate, SNATEGS, and the dismissal of its president, Raouf Mellal.

    The decision to deregister the union comes just days before a planned nationwide strike by Sonelgaz workers from 21 to 25 May.

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    Save Dave: Australian miner sacked after leading underwear protest

    CFMEU delegate Dave McLachlan was sacked after a shift of miners at Appin mine stripped down to their underwear in protest at the lack of work clothes.

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    Ukrainian miners continue to protest, demanding better pay

    The miners of the Ukranian enterprises Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine (KZRK) and Evraz Sukha Balka and workers of the ArcelorMittal-Kryvyi Rih steel plant have been protesting for more than a week, demanding significant wage increases. They have created a joint strike committee to coordinate their actions under the leadership of IndustriALL affiliate Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU).

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    DNO continues to evade responsibility as court rules in favour of Yemeni workforce

    DNO, the Norwegian company that fired its workforce by text message when war broke out in Yemen, is still trying to avoid paying its workers, despite three court rulings against it.

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    What is Just Transition?

    Sustainability is defined as the ability to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A Just Transition is, quite simply, a pathway – the only pathway – to that sustainable future.

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    Help launch our new campaign–Today


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    Chris --

    It’s time to move pulp and paper companies Beyond Paper Promises.

    After decades of work from frontline communities and supporters like you, corporations throughout the supply chain have promised to eliminate forest destruction and human rights abuses from their business. Still, not enough has changed for forests and communities.

    The goal of our new campaign, Beyond Paper Promises, is to amplify the voices of communities on the front lines of rainforest destruction, driving action to hold companies accountable to their policy promises.

    Take a moment to explore and share stories from the frontlines at BeyondPaperPromises.org

    This is Kristina br Hutabarat, from Aek Lung village, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The pulp company Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) took her ancestral land to plant a eucalyptus plantation, in order to produce the raw materials for rayon and viscose fabric:
    “This land is our life and the lives of our future grandchildren. We are campaigning so that people will stop buying Toba Pulp Lestari’s products, because TPL has stolen our rights and our traditionally-owned land.”



    This is Mohammad Jais from Lubuk Mandarsah village, Jambi Province, Indonesia. His traditionally-owned land was taken by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), and the community has faced violent intimidation in their fight to have their land returned:
    “We want our traditionally-owned land that we have reoccupied to be returned to us...If the company wants to resolve this conflict, all it has to do is simply give us back our land.”



    All communities profiled on BeyondPaperPromises.org have asked to have their stories profiled internationally, and all individuals have given their explicit permission to have their images and stories shared. RAN will be working closely to monitor the situation on the ground and will continue our long-term efforts to support these communities.

    The people profiled on BeyondPaperPromises.org need your help; when you click on a picture, you’ll find it easy to share that story and amplify these powerful voices for change. Be sure to click ‘Take Action’, and send a powerful message to pulp and paper producers that broken promises won’t be tolerated.

    Learn from these stories and demand that corporations create real change for frontline communities and for the forest.

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    Rights abuses at luxury hotel in Manila!


    Philippines: strike action looms as rights abuses continue at luxury Manila Peninsula Hotel



    The IUF-affiliated Peninsula Employees Union has filed for industrial action at the upscale hotel in response to management's aggressive attacks on working conditions and basic workplace rights.

    Management's refusal to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement in good faith has provoked the threat of a major industrial dispute, compounding tensions arising from ongoing harassment and disciplinary action against union leaders.

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    [email protected] #245 - IndustriALL and global brands take ACT to G20


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    IndustriALL and global brands take ACT to G20



    ACT, IndustriALL’s initiative with global brands to achieve living wages in garment supply chains, was presented as a model for sustainable global supply chains at this year’s G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting, held in Germany.

    Highlighting initiatives and policies contributing to decent work and creating sustainable global supply chains was one of the themes of the G20 meeting on 18 – 19 May.

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    Freeport fires 2,000 workers as Grasberg strike enters second month

    PT Freeport Indonesia has terminated 2,018 workers taking strike action at the massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

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    IndustriALL raises labour matters at Glencore annual shareholders’ meeting

    At Glencore’s 2017 annual general shareholders meeting in Zug, Switzerland on 24 May, IndustriALL Global Union, together with its affiliates UNIA of Switzerland and USW (Workers Uniting North America) expressed serious concerns on the growing list of violations that continue to impact workers and communities at many of the company’s operations.

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    Labour leaders lay down demands to G20

    Leaders of Global unions and trade unions in countries of the G20 nations gathered in Berlin for the Labour 20 Summit on 16 and 17 May, to demand a more inclusive, sustainable and responsible model of globalization.

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    Turkish government bans glass sector strike

    The Turkish government yesterday banned IndustriALL affiliate Kristal-İş from taking strike action against multinational glass manufacturer Şişecam.

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    Quebec construction strike rattles Canada’s ruling elite

    By Laurent Lafrance

    25 May 2017

    Quebec’s 175,000 unionized construction workers launched an “unlimited general strike” Wednesday morning, shutting down industrial, commercial, institutional, highway/bridge, and residential construction sites across the province.

    Although the strike is being led by a coalition of rightwing unions, who are no less determined than the employers and government to bring it to a quick end, the mobilization of the industrial power of an important section of the working class has rattled the establishment.

    The media, government and employer spokesmen are angrily complaining about the strike’s disruptive impact on the economy. According to them, each day the strike continues will “cost” Quebec $45 million.

    Last week Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard all but announced that his Liberal government would illegalize any construction worker strike, as the previous Parti Quebecois government did in 2013. He told a press conference if a “vital part” of Quebec’s economy were paralyzed, he wouldn’t “remain arms folded.”

    Yesterday, the premier was even more explicit. From Israel, where he is on an official tour, Couillard said his government would table back-to-work legislation in the Quebec legislature if the strike does not end soon. “I must send this signal very early,” said Couillard, “because Quebec’s economy is at stake, and because Quebec’s best interests are at stake.”

    The construction workers are resisting sweeping employer concession demands.

    These include:

    • Stripping workers of overtime pay for Saturday work, if, because of bad weather, they did not complete 40 of hours work during the regular, five-day working week;

    • Slashing the pay rate for the first four hours of other overtime work, from double-time to time-and-a-half;

    • Extending the hours during which workers can be scheduled to begin work by three hours, from between 6 and 9 am to from 5 to 11 am;

    • A five-year contract providing wage increases of just 0.7 percent per year. This would amount to a substantial cut in workers’ real wages over the life of the contract, since prices are currently rising by almost 2 percent per year.

    Yesterday Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien met jointly with representatives of the employer bargaining group and the Alliance Syndicale de la Construction (Construction Union Alliance). At the end of the meeting, Vien said the two sides had agreed to resume negotiations, but she went on to repeat Premier Couillard’s threat of an “emergency” back-to-work law. “We are not at the point of tabling an emergency law, said Vien, “but I am ready to if the premier asks me.”

    Clearly, the government’s hope is that the unions will take responsibility for shutting down the strike, thereby avoiding the government having to conspicuously side with the employers.

    In 2014, with the newly elected Liberal government publicly declaring it would not allow construction workers to strike, the unions quietly negotiated concessionary agreements.

    According to Alliance spokesman Michel Trépanier, the unions ceded ground to the employers in a bargaining blitz earlier this week, at the urging of a government-appointed mediator. “We decided to accept the recommendations of the mediator,” Trépanier told Radio-Canada, “not because they pleased us, but to avoid a conflict. We hoped for a ‘Yes’ from the employer side. It was a categorical ‘No.’

    “The mediator,” continued Trépanier, “came back with a second settlement proposal, and we agreed to new concessions, but the employers just played with us” until just before the strike deadline.

    Quebec Federation of Labour (QFL) President Daniel Boyer and other union officials have complained that the employers are relying on the Liberal government to put an end to the strike.

    The reality is that Boyer and the rest of the union officialdom knew full well from the outset that state intervention would be central to the construction bosses’ bargaining strategy. But they chose to remain completely mum about this threat, just as they have kept workers in the dark about every other aspect of the negotiations.

    For decades, governments in Quebec and across Canada have used so-called emergency back-to-work laws to criminalize worker resistance and impose concessionary contracts, whether directly by government decree or by government-appointed arbitrators.

    The unions have effectively policed these laws. Whether it was the 2011 Canada Post, 2013 Quebec construction or 2015 Quebec public sector negotiations, to name just a few examples, the unions kept radio silence about the government’s preparations to illegalize worker job action. Then they invoked the passage or imminent threat of such legislation to torpedo the struggle, to say that workers had no choice but to return to work and/or accept sellout agreements.

    The Quebec construction strike is part of a growing wave of worker struggles in Canada and internationally. After years of austerity and contract concessions, there is growing militancy and opposition to big business and to capitalism among workers and young people.

    If this counteroffensive is going to develop, workers must politically and organizationally break from the pro-capitalist trade unions. Over the past three decades in Canada, as around the world, the unions have been transformed into appendages of big business, whose highly paid functionaries work hand in hand with the corporate bosses and their governments to suppress the class struggle.

    Five years ago this month hundreds of thousands of workers in Quebec poured into the streets to support the province’s striking students and oppose Bill 78, legislation aimed at breaking the strike and suppressing demonstrations over any issue. For weeks, the unions had been pressing the students to end their militant strike against university tuition fee hikes. Fearing the development of a mass movement against austerity, which would threaten the “competitive” position of Quebec and Canadian capitalism, they put the knife in.

    The QFL declared the student strike over, as epitomized by their motto “From the streets to the ballot box,” and redoubled their efforts to divert the opposition to the rightwing austerity policies of the Charest Liberal government behind the big-business Parti Quebecois (PQ). In addition, QFL President Michel Arsenault sent a secret letter to unions in English Canada ordering them to give no support to the striking students. Meanwhile, the trade union-backed New Democratic Party (NDP) refused even nominal support for the striking students and refused to denounce Bill 78 on the grounds that it was a provincial matter.

    The unions’ isolation and suppression of the student strike and harnessing of it to the PQ enabled the ruling elite to quickly restabilize the situation and over the past five years, first under a PQ and now the Couillard government in Quebec, and Harper and Trudeau in Ottawa, greatly intensify the assault on the working class.

    To defeat the construction bosses’ concession demands and the Couillard government’s antistrike law, construction workers must seize the leadership of their struggle from the trade union apparatuses and fight to rally the support of workers across Canada and internationally. While the unions will claim that the workers are isolated and powerless to fight the government, they could and would win mass support if they make their anti-concessions strike the spearhead of a working-class industrial and political offensive against capitalist austerity and in defense of decent-paying jobs, public services and worker rights.

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    Jailed trade unionist on hunger strike needs our support


    The name Esmail Abdi should be familiar to you. In the past, I've asked for your help in demanding that the Iranian government free this leader of the Tehran teachers' union. Abdi was sentenced to six years in jail on bogus charges and teachers' unions around the world, led by the Education International, have been demanding his release.

    Now things have suddenly gotten much worse.

    On 30 April, Esmail Abdi began a hunger strike to protest the continued, unlawful repression of teachers and human rights defenders and the lack of independence of justice in Iran.

    Abdi is kept in harsh detention conditions and denied communication with his family and lawyer.

    The hunger strike is taking a toll on his health, putting his life in serious danger.

    And the prison authorities have not reacted to any of his demands.

    Please take a moment to show your support for this brave trade unionist:

    http://www.labourstart.org/go/hungerstrike

    And please share this campaign with your friends, family and fellow trade union members.

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    Workers in the Philippines and Germany struggling for justice need our support


    I'm writing to ask for your support for two important new campaigns launched by the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF).

    In the Philippines, workers at the Manila Peninsula Hotel need our support as they struggle against management's aggressive attacks on working conditions and basic workplace rights. The hotel management refuses to reinstate sacked union leaders, is ignoring a government order to convert casual workers to permanent status, and has set up a yellow union to compete with the real one set up by the workers. It will greatly help increase these workers' chances of getting justice if several thousand of us sign up to back this campaign:

    https://www.iufcampaigns.org/campaig...ign.cgi?c=1078

    Meanwhile in Germany fast-food workers have been in a conflict with employers over fair pay and a living wage since last October. In collective bargaining with the German food workers union NGG, the companies have offered a wage which is considerably below what the German government calculates as the minimum needed to build for a decent retirement. Since the start of this year, more than 1,000 workers and supporters have participated in protest actions and warning strikes at McDonald's, Burger King, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Autogrill.

    It will take just a few seconds to show your support for these workers:

    https://www.iufcampaigns.org/campaig...ign.cgi?c=1073

    And please share these campaigns with your friends, family and fellow trade union members.

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    [LaborTech] IT Workers In India-Mass Illegal Terminations! Time to intervene and stop!


    IT Workers In India-Petitioning Government of Tamil Nadu Minister for Labour Dr Nilofer kafeel and 15 others

    Mass Illegal Terminations! Time to intervene and stop!

    https://www.change.org/p/mass-illega...rvene-and-stop

    Forum for IT Employees (F.I.T.E)



    The recent media news about Indian IT Industry is very alarming. The rising number of complaints to Forum for IT Employees (FITE) is proving that the media news is real one. Infosys Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Tech Mahindra Ltd, HCL Technologies Ltd, US-based Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and DXC Technology Co., and France-based Cap Gemini SA, the major 7 companies plan to reduce 5% of their workforce which roughly comes around 56,000 employees.

    On the other side the companies are reporting declined revenue forecast between 8-9%. NASSCOM has reported that in the next 3 years, there will be 20-25% job cut in Indian IT industry due to automation and technology advancement. There are around 40 lakhs people working in the Indian IT industry. So, at least 10 lakhs employees are going to lose their job in the next few years. Adding to this woe, countries like the US,AUSTRALIA, SINGAPORE, NEW ZEALAND, and the UK have announced restriction on temporary visa permission to Indian tech workers. Recent news report that Infosys has started recruiting local people in the US.

    This raises the question “What is the alternative plan for the Indian tech workers in US? “

    Though our constitution upholds the right of unionization, IT employees fear that joining a union will permanently throw them out of the Industry. In this context, i.e. In the absence of any strong union and the continuous disregard for proper implementation of labour laws by the IT companies, the current situation of IT Employees looks very scary and have pushed the employees to a panic state. Our employees are running from pillar to post.

    The companies are giving a general statement as usual that “As part of their annual performance evaluation process, they let go of 1-2 % of the employees to ensure that only right skilled employees are retained to meet their business objectives/needs” hiding all the above said facts. In reality it is nothing related to individuals performance but employees are made a scapegoat of the problems that the IT industry is facing now.

    Corporates use Appraisal system as a tool to do illegal mass job cut in a legal way. The illegal terminations of employment is happening in a well-planned manner. Companies decide the number of workers to be cut off every year. According to that number, companies work out the plan to make the illegal forced terminations into legal voluntary resignations.

    What is happening now?

    CTS, WIPRO, INFOSYS and other companies as part of their annual appraisal process year 2016, they have given low rating or meeting below expectation rating to employees in large numbers, moved all the employees to bench, passed instructions to higher authorities to stop allocating the employees in to other projects even if they are qualified, call the employees and threaten them to accept 2-3 months compensation and smoothly leave the organisation saying that their skills are irrelevant to the business needs all of a sudden. The resisting employees are threatened and humiliated in several ways by the companies until they resign. This scenario shows the big level of lack of social responsibility from the corporates.

    By considering the current situation, FITE fears that there is a huge human rights violation awaiting inside the glass doors. This will create mental distress among workers, create problems in their personal life, some may even resort to extreme step fearing their future life. This ongoing mass job cut is not only the issue of IT employees, it will affect entire economic activities happening around IT industrial corridor.

    Considering this alarming situation, the ASSOCHAM Secretary General Mr D S Rawat has cautioned, “the chances of layoffs are real,” while impressing upon the IT industry apex bodies and the government to work out a joint strategy to deal with the unfolding situation.
    Forum for IT Employees (FITE) demand to all concerned state governments and central government

    1. To Intervene immediately and stop the ongoing mass illegal terminations

    2. Setup a Commission of Inquiry comprising Retired Judges, Trade Unionists, Human Rights Activists, IT Industry Experts.

    - To conduct thorough inquiry on the ongoing mass illegal terminations and provide recommendations to safeguard employees from mass job cuts

    - To provide recommendations on policy level changes, and required amendments to labour laws to protect the IT workers’ rights.

    FORUM FOR IT EMPLOYEES (F.I.T.E)
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    E-mail: [email protected]

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    Government of Tamil Nadu Minister for Labour
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    Government of Tamil Nadu Minister for Information Technology
    Dr. M.Manikandan

    Government of Kerala , Department of Information Technology
    Shri. M. Sivasankar

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    Tell Trump: We need a better deal!


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    Replace NAFTA!


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    In a move to fulfill one of his signature campaign promises, President Trump has officially informed Congress he plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Candidate Trump promised to renegotiate the disastrous trade deal with Canada and Mexico to "get a much better deal for our workers," but like much of Trump's campaign rhetoric, the reality of the administration's actions so far does not appear to be living up to the promises.

    Sign this petition telling President Trump’s top trade negotiator to replace NAFTA with a deal that benefits working people in all three NAFTA countries, not just multinational corporations. We've teamed up with like-minded organizations to make sure our message comes through loud and clear, and hope to gather 100,000 signatures to support a transparent and fair renegotiation.

    Trump has not shared the details about his NAFTA plans with the public, but a draft plan leaked about a month ago reflects the interests of his corporate cabinet of millionaires, billionaires and corporate executives rather than working people. Here’s some of what it contained:

    • Expanded incentives for corporations to offshore jobs.
    • More shady NAFTA tribunals of corporate lawyers who can order taxpayers to fork over unlimited sums to corporations.
    • Rollbacks of food safety policies.
    • Even more power for Wall Street.

    Trump is also keeping the same corporate-dominated process that crafted the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the original NAFTA, in which hundreds of corporate advisers have privileged access to negotiators and everything is done behind closed doors.

    NAFTA certainly needs to be replaced. But we need a replacement that puts people and the planet first, not one that hands more power to giant multinational corporations. Tell Trump’s top trade negotiator: Replace NAFTA with a deal that puts working people before corporate interests!

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    Workers at Asahi Australia need permanent jobs, not casual work!


    When Japan's Asahi Group acquired Australian bottled water company MountainH20, they announced ambitious plans to grow the business and double the workforce. Three years after the company set up a bottling plant in Albury-Wodonga, 50% of the workers at the factory are still stuck in insecure casual employment.

    Casual work condemns workers to permanent insecurity and inequality of treatment. The IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers (NUW) is currently negotiating a new workplace agreement for the site. A key demand is the creation of 40 permanent jobs for casual workers at Asahi.

    You can support their fight - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to the Asahi Group CEO in support of the NUW demand for 40 permanent jobs in Albury-Wodonga.



    The NUW has also launched an on-line petition campaign to Asahi - you can sign their petition HERE - and you don't need an Australian postal code to sign on, use your own, wherever you are!


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    [email protected] #246 - Workers in Australia celebrate victory at Fletcher Insulation


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    Workers in Australia celebrate victory at Fletcher Insulation



    Workers at Fletcher Insulation have won better terms on redundancies, use of casual labour and working hours, after a 96-day strike.

    The 90 glass wool workers, who are members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU), will return to work on 1 June 2017. They managed to win key improvements in their working conditions after their employer threatened to strip benefits, force redundancies and bring in labour hire contractors.

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    Attempts to form unions met with violence in Bangladesh

    Workers at Azim Group’s Orchid and Savar factories in Chittagong have been subjected to violence, threats and coercion for wanting to form a union in the workplace.

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    Turkish glassworkers fight strike ban by remaining in factories

    Almost 6,000 workers, members of the Kristal-İş glass union, are not leaving the factories of multinational glass manufacturer Şişecam at the end of their shifts.

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    Freeport Indonesia’s abuses continue at smelting plant

    A smelting plant in East Java that is heavily reliant on copper concentrate from PT Freeport Indonesia’s controversial Grasberg mine, has provoked a labour dispute of its own.

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    South Africa - Numsa demands fair deal for GM workers

    IndustriALL affiliate in South Africa, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), is demanding a fair deal for the 1,500 strong workforce after General Motors announced its disinvestment from the country by the end of 2017.

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    For an independent workers delegation to China


    We would like to thank those among you who have sent us their messages of support for the May 1st Call for an independent workers delegation to China/
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    Agradecemos a todos ustedes que habéis aportado vuestro apoyo al Llamado del 1 de mayo por una delegación obrera independiente.

    Some of the endorsers have indicated that they wish to be able to solicit more signatures in order to broaden the appeal.Please find below the material necessary for doing so/
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    Kept as a slave. Forced to fish.


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    The images are disturbing and hard to unsee:

    • Small children being forced to peel shrimp alongside their families for hours on end.

    • Scars left on fishers who suffered physical abuse at the hands of their captors.

    • The wretched conditions of the boats in which men and women are forcibly held — sometimes for decades — with little or no pay.

    These images are what strengthen my unyielding conviction that seafood — the world’s most traded food commodity — must be produced without harm to the people who help bring it to our plates. This is easier said than done. I know from personal experience — I’m one in a team of experts fighting to change it.

    Support Conservation International’s fight against human rights abuses in the seafood industry.

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    In 2015, I thought that investigative reports that uncovered slave labor in Southeast Asia would spur major changes across the industry. But the reaction was ineffective, and human rights abuses continued.

    We can do better. Our only hope of improving human lives and the sustainability of our fisheries is to work together.

    Show your support for a seafood industry that respects human rights.

    In creating a new paradigm for the seafood industry, Conservation International is working to ensure that social responsibility is enforced at every level of the seafood chain: from the businesses buying the fish, to the NGOs guiding the sustainability of the fishing practices, to the governments regulating the marine resources the seafood industry is built on.

    I’m confident that these guidelines push us further than we’ve ever gone before.

    But I need your help to continue to shine a piercing light on seafood’s dark secret. We can do better, because we must do better.

    Thank you for all that you do.

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    $15 and Fairness Shakes Up Ontario


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    A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1428 .... June 8, 2017
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    $15 and Fairness Shakes Up Ontario

    David Bush

    The Fight for $15 and Fairness scored a big victory on May 30 when the Ontario Liberals announced they would raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 1, 2019. The Liberals also announced a slew of other legislative changes they will introduce as part of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, such as two paid personal emergency leave days (as part of the 10 PEL days workers are already entitled too), equal pay for equal work for part-time workers, requiring employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours, an additional week of paid vacation for employees who have been with a business for at least five years.

    The minimum wage will go up to $15 in three stages. The scheduled rise to the minimum wage on October first from $11.40 to $11.60, which was the result of the legislation won in 2014 tying the minimum wage to inflation. On January 1, 2018 the minimum wage will go up to $14 and on January 1, 2019 the minimum wage will hit $15. The 18-month pathway to $15 is faster than that of Alberta's NDP and does not require legislation.

    675,000 minimum wage workers will see a 32 per cent increase in their wages. 130,000 union members will see a pay bump. Overall 1.5 million jobs will see a direct pay increase, women and racialized workers who disproportionately occupy low-waged jobs will see the greatest benefit.

    In addition the Liberals have also outlined a series of reforms to the Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA) and the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) they plan to bring in through legislation: sector specific card-check certification (for temporary help agencies, building services, home care and community services), successor rights, stronger return to work protocols and just cause protections, interest on unpaid wages, stronger ESA, procedures, enforcement and penalties, longer family medical leave, making it easier to determine joint liability, and stronger language around employee misclassification.

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    [email protected] #247 IndustriALL concerned by US withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement


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    IndustriALL expresses concern at US withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement



    On 1 June 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that the USA would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

    This has global implications, and is against the interests of workers, their families and their children, and the communities that depend on them.

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    IndustriALL launches campaign as Grasberg crisis escalates

    More than 3,000 striking workers have now been fired at PT Freeport’s Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia.

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    Shipbuilding industry crisis in Brazil leaves 50,000 workers without a job

    The political and economic crisis in Brazil is having a major impact on the shipbuilding industry. 50,000 workers have lost their jobs because of the lack of orders at many shipyards.

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    Some 207 workers at TK Geo Reserve, a mining and processing company in Kyrgyzstan, are demanding to be paid for four months of unpaid wages.

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    IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the parliament of Iraq to reject a draft trade union law that has been condemned for contravening the Iraqi constitution and breaking international conventions.

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    [LaborTech] COMPLICIT: Demand Apple and Samsung Protect Workers from being Poisoned


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    The documentary follows the intimate journey of migrant worker Yi Yeting, a benzene-poisoned victim-turned-activist who takes on the global electronic manufacturing industry. While struggling to survive his own work induced leukemia, he brings his fight against benzene from his hospital room where he helps other workers, to Silicon Valley and the international stage. Against huge odds Yi directly confronts corporate and government interests, while empowering and inspiring the people around him. "Who Pays the Price" explores global brands’ social responsibly and consumers’ role in influencing working standards worldwide, while offering an in-depth look into love, family, Chinese culture, and the people sacrificing everything to make a difference.

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    Benzene and other chemicals dangerous to human health remain a toxic and unwelcome component of the smart phone manufacturing process.


    Complicit, a new documentary, tells the stories of workers who have been poisoned making the devices we can't live without.

    It is heart-breaking to hear the first-hand accounts of workers dying of cancer just so Apple, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers can save a few pennies, and so consumers can have the latest upgrade.

    Watch the Complicit trailer and sign the petition demanding Apple and Samsung and other producers of consumer electronics protect workers by removing all known toxins and cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene and n-hexane from all stages of the device


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    New York City law gives fast-food workers scheduling rights

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    The mayor of New York has signed a package of bills benefitting some 65,000 fast food workers, the key component of which is a requirement that fast food restaurants schedule their workers at least two weeks in advance or pay extra for shift changes.


    New Zealand McDonald's workers gain new collective agreement

    Posted: 08 Jun 2017 07:20 AM PDT

    Members of the IUF-affiliated Unite Union in New Zealand have overwhelmingly endorsed the agreement reached by the bargaining group and McDonald's. The agreement covers all McDonald's restaurants in New Zealand, including those franchised, and the improvements apply only to Unite members.

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    3,000 workers sacked for going on strike


    Thousands of Indonesian workers have been fired for going on strike -- and they need our support today.

    US company Freeport-McMoRan fired 3,000 workers over the last month at the massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in West Papua.

    The firing violates the workers fundamental rights, the collective bargaining agreement and Indonesian law.

    The workers had gone on strike in protest against the company's unilateral decision to put them on long-term leave of absence.

    The conflict has spread to Java, where over 300 workers have been fired at a joint venture between Freeport and Mitsubishi known as PT Smelting, which processes copper from Grasberg.

    The Indonesian government cannot allow Freeport and Mitsubishi to abuse workers in this way.

    Mining and metals unions around the globe have demanded Indonesia enforce its own law and defend the right to strike, so far to no avail. IndustriALL global union have called for a massive online campaign in solidarity with the workers.

    Please take a moment to show your support:

    http://www.labourstart.org/go/freeport

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    Real solutions to end exploitative child labor


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    Dear Chris,

    Tobacco is not harmful only to the people who smoke it. It is a toxic crop for those who harvest it, who are susceptible to nicotine poisoning simply from handling the crop. In far too many countries – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malawi and the United States to name a few – those at risk include children.

    Today is the 15th annual World Day Against Child Labor. The same year this international day of action was founded, a non-profit organization funded by the tobacco industry called the End Child Labor in Tobacco Foundation began programmatic work on the ground. All these years later, child labor in tobacco has not decreased, and is likely on the rise, as the industry expands a supply chain model that marginalize those at the bottom. In Malawi alone, the industry benefits to the tune of $10 million per year from unpaid child labor. Meanwhile, Malawian farmers would need a 78% increase in their income to meet the minimum cost of a decent living, while they grow a toxic crop for an industry that earns $700 billion a year!

    Small corporate investments in social programs are a solution to a PR problem, not to the fundamental drivers of child labor in tobacco supply chains. Real solutions would shift the economic injustice baked into the global tobacco trade as it is currently structured and allow growers and farmworkers to negotiate for higher prices and better working conditions. We believe an important first step in ending child labor in tobacco is a call from global tobacco unions to demand good faith negotiations and transparent supply chains that make it possible for those growing tobacco to realize their rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

    Help us insert this discussion into social media around World Day Against Child Labor today. Take a moment to share with your networks via Facebook and Twitter to press for worker-driven solutions to pull families out of poverty and children out of abusive labor.

    In Solidarity,

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