Political Economy

Angry French workers protest TI layoffs

(Source: EE Times. 3 February 2009) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Angry employees at Texas Instrument Inc.'s French subsidiary have held demonstrations in recent days to protest recent job cuts and lackluster severance packages offered by the U.S. chip maker, according to reports and sources at the company. Workers at TI France have basically gone on ''strike,'' thereby slowing product development at the site, according to a source within the chip maker. Seeking to resolve the matter, TI (Dallas) and workers at the company's French unit are in negotiations over compensation packages and other issues, but the talks appear to be hitting the wall, according to a report from the Rivera Radio Web site.

French IT workers strengthen culture of protest

(Source: EE Times Europe. 17 June 2009) Fear of unemployment is rising in France as recession takes hold. Strikes, riots and social unrest have gone to extremes as workers feel they are running out of options and, even worse, they have nothing to lose. About 250 workers at Altis Semiconductor SA, a joint venture between Infineon and IBM, have been blocking production since June 15. Trade unions have announced "an unlimited strike" and called for "an acceptable restructuring program".

For China, a Cautionary Tale

Insularity, Unfamiliar Ways Strain Investments in South America By JOEL MILLMAN in San Juan Marcona, Peru and PETER WONACOTT in Shanghai Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Wall Street Journal. January 11, 2005; Page A18

In Carmaker’s Collapse, a Microcosm of South Korea’s Woes

By CHOE SANG-HUNSource: New York Times. February 23, 2009

Will Workers Be Left Behind in a Green Transition?

[Editor's note: "Will Workers be Left Behind in the Green Transition?" is originally published at TheNation.com. We think this piece is a must read for trade unionists, environmentalists and others struggling to address the impacts of the climate crisis on workers around the world.  Joe is the former secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO's Industrial Union Department and former

New GLS Report - Why China Matters: Labor Rights in the Age of Globalization

Source: Global Labour Strategies (GLS) Nearly three years ago GLS undertook an informal listening project to hear what was on the minds of labor leaders, labor rights advocates, and NGO staff from around the world as they grappled with the challenges of globalization. It is clear that globalization has produced a host of challenges for worker and social movements. But when we asked those we interviewed what specific issues they faced were most perplexing, at or near the top of nearly everyone’s list was what to do about China.

New book examines character of deepening crisis in capitalist globalization

By Abayomi AzikiweEditor, Pan-African News WireSource: Workers World     Colossus with Feet of Clay:    Low-Wage Capitalism    What the new globalized, high-tech imperialism means for the class struggle in the U.S.

ACFTU in a time of crisis: Back to the old ways?

Hong Kong Liaison Office (IHLO) of the international trade union movement April 2009http://www.ihlo.org/LRC/ACFTU/070509A.html Last September, the financial crisis spread to China. This had a direct impact on eastern and southern China, especially the export manufacturing areas in the southeast of China. There was a large increase in factory closures and layoffs further exacerbating a general trend of factory closures in the region.

49鎊英軍球衣工人一日2鎊

15.06.2009 【商台互動體育組】世界的貧富懸殊有幾嚴重?從英格蘭國家隊球衣的製造過程,應可略知一二。英國傳媒揭發,每名印尼工人為著名品牌Umbro,製造一件價值49鎊的英軍戰衣,每日薪酬僅低至2鎊,且工作環境相當惡劣。這可能是全球一體化帶來的負面影響。
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