Solidarity, unions, and the unemployed

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

This to me is the key section from George Lakey's piece in the Indypendent's blog: The Depression hit bottom in 1931. More people were jobless there than in any other Nordic country. Unlike in the U.S., the Norwegian union movement kept the people thrown out of work as members, even though ...

Lessons from Chile: workers’ rights, safety

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Posted on the BBC's live coverage of the miners' rescue effort in Chile: Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, a former Ghanian miner and head of a miners' rights lobby group, tells BBC Focus on Africa that African mining could learn valuable lessons from Chile's experience. "It is a wake up call for all of ...

AFL-CIO weighs in on broadcast royalties

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The AFL-CIO has come out in favour of the Performance Rights Act, which would introduce performance royalty fees for broadcasters in the United States.

Unions seek €30/week for lower paid, cost-of-living increases for everyone else

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

A follow-up to my recent posting on the break-down of national pay talks in Ireland. The unions have now developed guidelines for local bargaining platforms: Under the guidelines, unions are to seek flat-rate increases of €30 per week for low-paid workers and rises that match inflation - about 5 per cent ...

Activism compendium

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

A number of items today, from a range of sources. First, the picture to the left is of Labour TD Joe Costello, who for the last 5 years has run a weekly protest outside the Mater hospital, calling for better healthcare. Second, potentially good news for grad employees in private universities in ...