Labour Movement

Ban on strikes at British Airways overturned, but dangers persist

Source: World Socialist Web Site By Jordan Shilton 22 May 2010 The court of appeals ruled two to one Thursday in favour of the Unite union’s appeal overturning a high court decision banning strike action by 12,000 cabin crew at British Airways (BA). The decision means that the series of five-day strikes, originally set to commence last Tuesday, can begin on Monday―unless a deal is reached between the union and BA management.

Social Security: Crisis and Solutions

In this feature of Worlds of Labour website, we invited activists from Germany, UK and China (Hong Kong) to illustrate and comment the changes of social security systems in their own countries and region. They point out the existing problems and proposes improvements.   Previous Special Reports

Tidbits of a biography of an ordinary german worker

By Helmut Weiss With this short piece I try to explain the social system - and it's changes - within which a german worker normally lives. Outlining the life of my elder brother to explain such relations was an idea I had after discussing with him and chinese partners about how to make more understandable the dimensions of society.

Pensioners and Poverty: the British Pensions Crisis

By Rachel Page Old age poverty is a problem facing many pensioners in Britain today. Instead of living safe in the knowledge that that they will have what they need to live out a peaceful retirement, many of Britain’s 11 million pensioners face uncertainty about their futures after they retire. According to official data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Inequalities and Poverty in Retirement, 2 million pensioners were estimated to be living in poverty in Britain in 2007/8, while over 30% of households made up of single people over the age of 60 were reported to have been suffering from fuel poverty, meaning that they would have to spend more 10% of their income on fuel in order to maintain a satisfactory level of heating. Actual figures for today are likely to be higher than this due to rises in fuel prices and the impact of the economic crisis.

(This article is written in Chinese only)

(This article is written in Chinese only.)

(This article is written in Chinese only.)

(This article is written in Chinese only.)

Striking coal miners in Bangladesh return to work

DHAKA, March 27 (Reuters) - Hundreds of striking miners at a state-run Bangladeshi coal mine returned to work on Saturday after their demand for higher pay was met, the chief executive of the mining firm said. More than 1,100 miners of Bangladesh's state-run Barapukuria Coal Mine Co Ltd (BCMCL) struck work five days ago to demand higher wages and shorter hours, affecting coal production at the Barapukuria mine, 415 km (260 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka.

Workers at the Shougang Hierro Peru iron mine set to strike

* Workers at Cerro Verde copper mine to strike on March 31* Workers at Shougang iron mine to strike March 29* Miners demand larger share of profits By Teresa Cespedes and Patricia Velez LIMA, March 24 ( Reuters ) - Workers at the Shougang Hierro Peru iron mine and Cerro Verde copper mine will go on strike next week to demand better wages and a larger share of profits, union leaders said on Wednesday. Miners at Shougang Hierro Peru will put down tools on March 29, while workers at Cerro Verde will strike on March 31.

British Airways Strike - The Fact

Job2709 BA A5 Flyer the Facts Final

Calling on Samsung to Accept Responsibility for Occupational Deaths

Petition Calling on Samsung to Accept Responsibility for Occupational Deaths and to Provide Safe and Decent Working Conditions The families and friends of electronics manufacturing workers at Samsung in Korea have discovered a cancer cluster among young workers exposed to toxic chemicals.   The pattern of cancer deaths bears a striking resemblance to the pattern of cancer deaths among IBM “chip” workers in the US* and to other electronics cancer clusters around the world.   March 6th is the third anniversary of the death of Yu-mi Hwang, a Samsung semiconductor factory worker, who died from leukemia at age 22.  Her death – and similar coworker deaths - has motivated people to demand that Samsung:
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