More Than 1000 Miners Strike in Peru over Wages and Conditions

telesur | 11 March, 2017

More than 1,000 miners at a U.S.-owned copper mine in southern Peru put down their tools on Friday morning over pay disputes, mirroring ongoing strikes in neighboring Chile.

The indefinite strike at the Cerro Verde mine, Peru’s largest copper mine, started at at 7:30 a.m. local time. Around 1,200 miners are involved in the action which has halted 95 percent of the site’s production, equivalent to about 40,000 tons per month, the union said.

Miners are demanding special benefit payments to give them protection against the potential fall in copper prices. They are also asking for better working conditions and family health benefits. Initially, the strike was planned to last five days, but the union then decided to stop work indefinitely.Read More »

Marx on Immigration

Workers, Wages, and Legal Status


Monthly Review Volume 68, Issue 09 (February 2017)

2013 Immigration Reform March

Photo credit: Values & Capitalism.

On April 9, 1870, Karl Marx wrote a long letter to Sigfrid Meyer and August Vogt, two of his collaborators in the United States.1 In it Marx touched on a number of subjects, but his main focus was the “Irish question,” including the effects of Irish immigration in England. This discussion seems to have been Marx’s most extensive treatment of immigration, and while it hardly represents a comprehensive analysis, it remains interesting as a sample of Marx’s thinking on the subject—at least on one day in 1870.Read More »

The Unsung Heroes of Cooperative Movement

by Smarajit Jana

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.13-16, Oct 2 – 29, 2016

The story goes back to nineteen nineties, when the National Government of India felt the necessity to focus and target sex workers with a view to control spreading of HIV/AIDS in the country what brings sex workers into the lime light. Initial kneejerk reaction was to find out sex workers wherever possible followed by arrest and putting them to jail or to beat them mercilessly before burning their hutments. During those days no one raised any human rights violation issues, perhaps sex workers were not worth of getting that attention. Sooner the Government department came to the sense and developed a prevention strategy with the help of Global body of experts to prevent HIV transmission in the country. National or International agencies conceived sex workers as a ‘core group transmitter of HIV’. Read More »

Argentine Transit Workers Strike, Grinding Buenos Aires to Halt

Telesur | 19 December, 2016

Public transit workers march to demand income tax reform, Dec. 19, 2016.

Public transit workers march to demand income tax reform, Dec. 19, 2016. | Photo: Twitter / @UPSA_Oficial
The income tax reform labor unions are demanding would impact more than 1.5 million workers in Argentina.

Public transit operators in Argentina launched a one-day national strike Monday morning, grinding commuting in the capital city Buenos Aires to a halt to demand changes in the income tax system in the face of what labor unions have criticized as slow progress toward reforms to benefit workers.Read More »

Unions blast latest anti-worker attack

by Conrad Landin 

Morning Star | 19 December, 2016

UNIONS slammed Britain’s media barons yesterday for starting yet another anti-union campaign at the very moment that rail workers are fighting a vital battle to protect passenger safety

Conductors on Southern Rail, which serves south London and south-east England, will down tools for 48 hours today in their latest protest against the deskilling of their jobs.

The RMT walkout follows a drivers’ strike last week over the same issue of driver-only train operation, which unions fear will lead to the second member of on-board staff being stripped out altogether.Read More »

October 1, 1949: Chinese people stood up

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Chairman Mao Tse-tung (now, Mao Zedong) solemnly proclaims the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Tiananmen rostrum, October 1, 1949. The just-concluded first session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative meeting elected a Central People’s Committee in Beijing, September 30, 1949. Chairman Mao Zedong declared to the world: the Chinese people, who account for a quarter of humanity, must stand up. Since then China’s history has opened up a new era. People’s Republic of China founding ceremony was held at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, October 1, 1949.Read More »

Iraqi Trade Unionists Call For Secular State And End To Privatisations

Morning Star | 02 September, 2016

IRAQI workers continue to oppose efforts by right-wing religious parties to impose austerity measures and privatisation, according to Akram Nadir, a North American-based international representative for the Federation of Workers Councils in Iraq (FWCUI).
Mass demonstrations against neoliberal measures, triggered last year by electrical workers in northern Iraq demanding an end to privatisation, continue to shake Iraq, says Nadir, who recently returned from a four-month tour of the country.
Workers are calling on the government to halt the privatisation of state companies and cuts in social spending and to bring in measures to tackle the country’s severe economic crisis, he says.Read More »

Three Years After Global Garment Industry’s Worst Disaster, 38 Indicted for Murder

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams | 18 July, 2016

Human rights campaigners stage a demonstration in London in 2014 to call on retailers to pay up outstanding compensation to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and to ensure better safety in their Bangladeshi factories. (Photo: Trades Union Congress/flickr/cc)

More than three years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building near Dhaka killed over 1,100 people, a Bangladesh court on Monday formally charged 38 people with murder for their role in the catastrophe.

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Protests Intensify, Spread Across France as Workers Refuse Submission

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams | 26 May, 2016

Amid ongoing blockades and intensifying clashes with police, protests against President François Hollande’s controversial set of labor reforms deepened on Thursday as workers in France’s nuclear plants joined the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in a nationwide strike.

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AFL-CIO Challenges Navient Corporation to Disclose Its Lobbying Spending

AFL-CIO Shareholder Proposal

AFL-CIO | 26 MAY, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today the AFL-CIO demanded that student loan debt servicer Navient disclose its corporate spending on lobbying activity. The labor federation delivered a proposal during Navient’s annual shareholder meeting calling on the company to disclose all of its lobbying efforts and expenditures.  Read More »