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Nissan reject mediation over harassment of US trade unionists

04 Feb 2015, By Guest

Nissan, the global automotive company, has refused an offer by the US government to mediate in the long standing union recognition dispute in Canton, Mississippi, issuing blanket denials of wrongdoing and invoking bizarre interpretations of US labour law to justify its stubbornness. Unions are seeking international support to push the company – which elsewhere in…

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Fast-food workers scent justice in fight with franchises

30 Dec 2014, By Guest

In a ruling that has given US unions a significant boost, the US National Labor Relations Board has ruled that McDonald’s (and other fast food outlets) are a “joint employer” of workers at its franchise restaurants. An investigation found that McDonald’s, through its franchise arrangements “engages in sufficient control over its franchisees operations, beyond protection…

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Glencore: unions protest at mining multinational’s misdemeanours

10 Dec 2014, By Guest

This week Unite will be joined by representatives of the United Steelworkers from the USA who have been locked out by their company Sherwin Alumina, in Gregory, Texas. Their company is owned by global mining and commodities corporation Glencore. As part of Workers Uniting (the global union formed by Unite and the USW), we will…

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iPhone chip supplier busting unions in Philippines

12 Sep 2014, By Guest

With all the hoopla surrounding Apple’s launch of the new iPhone 6 this week, one story I doubt you’ll read about in the media is that one of Apple’s suppliers is involved in a major union busting campaign in the Philippines. Apple supplier NXP, based in a special economic zone at Cabuyao near Manila, on 5th…

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First fast food union conference in USA supersizes

28 Jul 2014, By Guest

The first ever convention of fast food strikers who have formed “alt.unions” in the USA took place this weekend in the Elmhurst suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The phenonomen of alt.unions – where groups of workers form their own unions in fast food restaurants and other low wage jobs and launch demonstrations and strike action –…

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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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