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McDonald’s accused of firing pro-union workers

22 Jul 2014, By Guest

Once again the fast-food restaurant giant is under investigation by the USA’s National Labour Relations Board for allegedly firing workers for pro-union activity. Through a Freedom of Information Act, Bloomberg News secured documents which purport to show that McDonald’s fired nine New York area workers between November 2012 and April 2014 for joining unions and helping…

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Union busting in Mexico continues

28 Jun 2014, By Guest

Once again we have seen the ugly face of union busting and the imposition of a ‘yellow union’ on a Mexican workforce demanding change, better pay and recognition of their chosen union. CB&I Matamoros sacked 350 workers after they went on strike on 3 June demanding better working conditions and representation by the metals and…

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UAW President Bob King and Mississippi Nissan worker Morris Mock speaking about Nissan's alleged labour rights violations before a crowd of 1.3 million at Brazil's May Day event, the largest in the world. (Photo courtesy of the UAW)

Something missing at Nissan USA

08 May 2014, By Guest

The President of the USA’s giant United Auto Workers, Bob King, was in London recently to meet with Unite’s National Automotive Committee. He spoke about how the UAW, along with the global union federation IndustriALL, has asked the US State Department for help over a claim that Nissan in Canton, Mississippi is violating the rights of workers to…

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Mexican mineworkers’ leader to campaign on mine tragedy

24 Feb 2014, By Guest

The exiled President of the Mexican Mining and Metalworkers Union (Los Mineros) Napoleon Gomez has launched a campaign to bring to the attention of the public the tragic events that happened eight years ago at the Pasta de Conchos mine, taking the lives of 65 miners whose bodies remain unrecovered. Retold in his book Collapse…

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#BAD13: Workers in Qatar need human rights on the ground and in the air

16 Oct 2013, By Guest

The ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) has stepped up its campaign to secure “immediate and binding guarantees” on labour rights from the authorities in Qatar who were controversially awarded the FIFA World Cup Finals in 2022. Without these, the ETUC says, using Qatar for the finals should be reconsidered. FIFA made some noises about the…

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European unions show support for Greek workers

02 Oct 2013, By Guest

At a conference convened on Monday and Tuesday of this week by the European wing of the global union federation IndustriALL, delegates from across Europe (including Unite, and manufacturing unions from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) gathered in Athens to learn about the attacks on trade unions, the dismantling of collective bargaining by the…

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New partnerships begin for AFL-CIO

30 Sep 2013, By Guest

The US trade union body the AFL-CIO (the US equivalent of the TUC) has reached its first partnership with a ‘non-union’ body as part of its efforts to re-brand and rejuvenate the US union movement. With union membership down to an all time low of 6.6% in the private sector in a strategy agreed at…

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