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Colombia: Government Announces New Fines Against Striking Truckers

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 17:00
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Europe: #Nice: ETUC condolences and solidarity

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July 16 In SF-Dockworkers Union MUA Australia Queensland Leader Bob Carnegi To Speak At Conference On Fight Against Privatization & Deregulation

Current News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 16:50

July 16 In SF-Dockworkers Union MUA Australia Queensland Leader Bob Carnegi To Speak At Conference On Fight Against Privatization & Deregulation
Bob Carnegi the MUA leader from Queensland Australia Branch will be speaking on privatization and the attack on workers in Australia and around the world including the TPP through deregulation and privatization.

International Conference Against Privatization

July 16 (Saturday) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Free) ILWU 34 Hall - 801 2nd St., next to AT&T Ball Park
International Conference Against Privatization
<7-16-Mexico cnte_michoacan teahcers march_19-05-2016.jpg_1718483346.jpg>The effort to destroy unions and working conditions is directly connected to privatization and deregulation. In nearly every country of the world, public workers are under attack through outsourcing and deregulation. This educational conference will look at privatization in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Another key part of international policy that is being pushed through the US-controlled IMF and World Bank are trade agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and the TPP. This conference will look at the history of so-called “Free Trade” agreements and how this has lowered working conditions and also brought about the destruction of health and safety conditions and the privatization of healthcare, housing, education, and all public services.
Another focus of this conference will be the relationship of privatization to corruption on a global level. The crisis in Brazil and other countries are examples of how privatization has led to a growing corruption crisis.
Speakers from around the world will connect the dots and explain how unions have organized locally, nationally and internationally to defend working people.
Partial list of speakers: Humberto Montes de Oca,Electrical Workers Union leader of the Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas/Electrician's Union-Secretario del Interior; Guadalupe Ibeth Luquin Montaño, the National "CNTE" Executive Member Teachers Union; Bob Carnegie, Australia MUA Queen's Land Branch Secretary; David Welsh, NALC 214, Frank M. Adamson PhD. Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the Sanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE),
Endorsed by United Public Workers For Action (UPWA.info), Transport Workers Solidarity Committee www.transportworkers.org
Please register by calling (415)282-1908

MUA Queensland Bob Carnegi On IDC International Day of Action In Australia "Workers United Will Never Be Defeated"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_SxJAXtHaQ&feature=youtu.be
0:14 / 20:31
International Dockworkers Council (IDC) - Queensland Branch MUA
Maritime Union of Australia
Published on Jul 13, 2016
International Dockworkers Council (IDC) - Queensland Branch.
The MUA joined workers from around the world out in force to highlight the issues faced by wharfies around the world.
Every port in Australia had an action of some description with most ports taking to the streets to raise their grievances centred around job-security, safety and general worker’s rights.
Dockers in ports on six continents took part of the union action day, including the thousands of dockers belonging to the International Dockworkers' Council (IDC), the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF).
Under the slogan ‘Defend Dockers Rights’ and using the hashtag #defenddockersrights, the event was hailed as highly successful.
Dockers in the following countries were involved in activities: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Jordi Aragunde, IDC general coordinator said: "This is the first time the world will carry out a collective action which highlights the contribution of dockworkers to the world economy, and which speaks to the professional risks involved in their work. This action will display the resolve of these works to defend not only the security of their jobs, but also their working conditions, dignity, and collective bargaining power."
"In our industry, shipping lines are grouped into alliances and port operators join forces to develop uniform strategies to achieve the same goals in all ports of the world. We are now united workers who want to respond to our own needs."
ITF president Paddy Crumlin said: “This day is a reaction to the fact that attacks on dockers aren’t going away, they’re escalating all the time all over the world. The international dockers’ community isn’t going to stand for poor conditions, automation without union consultation or downgrading of the professional status of dockworkers.”
“This is longshoremen, dockers, wharfies in every corner of the world being clear about that and taking collective action to raise their profile and send a message to employers.”
The MUA’s national officials scattered around the country to lead the actions.
Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith led the South Australian contingent in Port Adelaide.
“Congratulations need to be extended to the ITF and IDC for a truly inspirational day of international solidarity, that showed the capacity and the ability to organise wharfies worldwide,” Smith said.
“The MUA got behind the day and joined in to send a strong signal to the employers that we are prepared to take them on and we are prepared to stand up to these global giants who are trying to encroach upon workers’ rights and living standards across the globe.
“Finding unity is a precious thing of which great care must be taken to build and continue to develop into a powerful fighting force.
“MUA Branches played a significant role, turning out in colourful and vibrant actions across the country to stand side-by-side with their comrades, brothers and sisters across the planet.

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MUA Queensland Bob Carnegi On IDC International Day of Action In Australia "Workers United Will Never Be Defeated"

Current News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:57

MUA Queensland Bob Carnegi On IDC International Day of Action In Australia "Workers United Will Never Be Defeated"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_SxJAXtHaQ&feature=youtu.be
0:14 / 20:31
International Dockworkers Council (IDC) - Queensland Branch MUA

Maritime Union of Australia
Published on Jul 13, 2016
International Dockworkers Council (IDC) - Queensland Branch.
The MUA joined workers from around the world out in force to highlight the issues faced by wharfies around the world.
Every port in Australia had an action of some description with most ports taking to the streets to raise their grievances centred around job-security, safety and general worker’s rights.
Dockers in ports on six continents took part of the union action day, including the thousands of dockers belonging to the International Dockworkers' Council (IDC), the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF).

Under the slogan ‘Defend Dockers Rights’ and using the hashtag #defenddockersrights, the event was hailed as highly successful.
Dockers in the following countries were involved in activities: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Jordi Aragunde, IDC general coordinator said: "This is the first time the world will carry out a collective action which highlights the contribution of dockworkers to the world economy, and which speaks to the professional risks involved in their work. This action will display the resolve of these works to defend not only the security of their jobs, but also their working conditions, dignity, and collective bargaining power."

"In our industry, shipping lines are grouped into alliances and port operators join forces to develop uniform strategies to achieve the same goals in all ports of the world. We are now united workers who want to respond to our own needs."

ITF president Paddy Crumlin said: “This day is a reaction to the fact that attacks on dockers aren’t going away, they’re escalating all the time all over the world. The international dockers’ community isn’t going to stand for poor conditions, automation without union consultation or downgrading of the professional status of dockworkers.”

“This is longshoremen, dockers, wharfies in every corner of the world being clear about that and taking collective action to raise their profile and send a message to employers.”

The MUA’s national officials scattered around the country to lead the actions.

Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith led the South Australian contingent in Port Adelaide.

“Congratulations need to be extended to the ITF and IDC for a truly inspirational day of international solidarity, that showed the capacity and the ability to organise wharfies worldwide,” Smith said.

“The MUA got behind the day and joined in to send a strong signal to the employers that we are prepared to take them on and we are prepared to stand up to these global giants who are trying to encroach upon workers’ rights and living standards across the globe.

“Finding unity is a precious thing of which great care must be taken to build and continue to develop into a powerful fighting force.

“MUA Branches played a significant role, turning out in colourful and vibrant actions across the country to stand side-by-side with their comrades, brothers and sisters across the planet.

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Oman: Domestic Workers Trafficked, Trapped

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Human Rights Watch
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USA: When Donald Trump Had a Choice, He Chose Nonunion Labor for His Construction Projects

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AFL-CIO
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Europe: Brexit’s implications for the rest of Europe: relaunch social Europe now!

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: TouchStone
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Zimbabwe: Protest leader arrested on eve of strike

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Daily Mail
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Resolutions of International Meeting of Transport Workers Against Privatization In Sao Paulo International Meeting of Transport Workers Against Privatization São Paulo, July 3rd 2016

Current News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 22:44

Resolutions of International Meeting of Transport Workers Against Privatization In Sao Paulo
International Meeting of Transport Workers Against Privatization São Paulo, July 3rd 2016

The International Meeting of Transport Workers Against Privatization held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July 1-3 2016 with the presence of delegations from the United Kingdom, Chile, Botswana, Spain, Greece, Portugal, United States of America, Lebanon, Namibia, France, Senegal, Morocco, Mali, Tunisia, Argentina, India, Syria,Kashmir, and Brazilian states such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul , Piauí , Ceará, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and Distrito Federal, decides:
1) International Day of Action against Privatization and the for the Readmission of Unfairly Dismissed Workers to be held in September for the announcement of the privatization of Sao Paulo metro line 5. Another action against privatization will be taken in August 1 due to the opening of the Olympic Games.
2) MANIFESTO
Stop Privatization! Public Transportation is a Right!
All means of public transport, both passengers and freight – rail, road, air and sea – are under attack across the world. Privatizations, Public-Private Partnership, Concessions, Outsourcing, Restructuring and Deregulation are all carried out by governments to meet the interests of big corporations, shareholders and bankers.
Inspired by the IMF, the World Bank and other global capitalist institutions, they carry out privatizations that brings casualization of labor, less wages, less jobs, less labor and social rights, more fares and less safety for both human beings and environment. Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Xenophobia are their weapons to divide us. On top of police brutality and criminalization of all social struggles, repressive measures include “essential service” legal restrictions to prevent the right to strike. They want to give to the private sector the railways, roads, ports, airports and public transport companies that are strategic to the sovereignty of the peoples.
Labor must stand together to carry out the struggles in workplaces, companies and in each and every country to defend of the interests of the working and popular classes. Transport, as Healthcare, Education and Sanitation, are basic living conditions that should not be dealt with as commodities and source of profit.
It is necessary to increase the workforce, wages and labor rights for all transport workers, subcontracted or not, in order to have good, safe, affordable public transport free of sexual harassment.
Our weapons to fight back are: to raise workers and popular consciousness together with international solidarity to strengthen the struggle against privatization, and for a good and affordable public transport.
Down With Privatization and Subcontracting!
Labor and People’s Rights Forward!
Stop the Criminalization of Labor and Social Movements! For the Right to Strike! Longlive Workers’ Struggles!
International Solidarity Forever!
International Meeting of Transport Workers Against Privatization São Paulo, July 3rd 2016
3) The following motions passed:
The Struggle for Democratic Rights at Work is a World-Wide Struggle
One of our international delegates from the United States, Erek Slater, was illegaly fired from his 10 year job as a driver for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). He was fired for his union activity. Erek is an elected union steward and Executive Board member of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 241. This is a direct attack on the union and workers ́ movement.
The workers in attendance of the International Transit Workers Conference Against Privatization in Sao Paulo, Brazil (July 1-3, 2016) call for the immediate re-hiring of Erek and all other injustly fired workers of the Chicago Transit Authority.
We extended international solidarity to the 190,000 transit-worker families of the Amalgamated Transit Union and to all other workers in North America.
Motion of Support to the British Workers
Presented by the US delegation
We stand with the British workers who have rejected the EU. The EU and UK governments have implemented privatization, deregulation and attacks on union collective bargaining and negotiation rights.
We believe that all European workers need to unite against these capitalist governments that are implementing these attacks.
We support the workers fighting these anti-working class trade agreements on every continent and the fight for the defense of all public services.
Motion of Solidarity with Indian Railway Workers
On 11th of July, 3.5 million workers employed by the Indian Central Government will go on strike.This will be a historic moment as for the first time in nearly 40 years the workers of the Indian railwill join in an indefinite strike ! It must be remembered, that the last time the workers of the Indianrail went on strike, the whole country was brought to a standstill and the
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Central Government had to declare a state of emergency to reign in on them. Once again,
history has brought us to a situation where the workers and the capitalists are face to face.
While there are many reasons behind this strike, the most pressing issues which provoked such anaction from the workers was the way the 7th Pay Commission was handled. The 7th Pay Commission was tasked with looking into the pay of the Central Government employees in its various departments. Much was hoped from the Pay Commission, that legitimate grievances of the workers would be addressed and a substantial pay rise would be won. Nothing of the sort happened ! First off, the government delayed its approval of the report by many months, which meant no payrise materialized. Secondly, when the report was prepared it was found that the pay increase was thel owest among all the pay commissions! The computation which the government used is opposed by all the unions because it is arbitrary, and ignores the rise in cost of living. Secondly, the government delayed
implementing the pay commission recommendation by a full 6 months !
During this entire period the workers were denied the benefits from the pay commission. Thirdly, as if it wasn't enough that the government sat on the report and gave a paltry pay raise, it continued its attack onpensions. There was perhaps only one and only one positive recommendation made by the 7th CPC.That was to give some relief in the pension entitlement of the past pensioners. The Government has now proposed to reject that recommendation on very flimsy formal grounds. The General Secretary of the Southern Railway Workers Union was interviewed by the Times ofIndia recently where he explained, "Two of the most significant
issues that have triggered the strike are the inordinate delay in taking decisions on the Pay
Commission recommendations and refusal of the government to bring back the old statutory defined benefit scheme of pension to all employees in place of the contributory pension scheme...”. These two issues have aroused the greatest anger among the workers because these two issues cut directly into their daily lives. As of now 7 Central Government unions,
chiefly in post, defence and railway have declared theirintention to strike on the 11th of July.
All of these sectors form critical sectors on which the country depends. This strike, if done successfully would bring the country to a standstill, it also exposes the workers to a great danger to the workers as the government will most definitely move to crush thestrike. The only way we can challenge the government successfully, is if we get solidarity. If the workers of the world give their support the workers in India can fight boldly and bravely. The government
would be put in the back foot.
Solidarity to the Indian Railway Workers!
Workers of the world unite ! Workers United will Never be defeated !
Motion in Support with French Workers' Struggle
Workers at the International Meeting of Transport Workers Against Privatization stand with the struggle of French workers against the labor reform proposed by the government.
France is united to fight against this labor reform that removes rights conquered by the workers, imposes a flexible legislation and deteriorated working conditions.
All solidarity with this struggle! Unity against this labor reform !
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4) Other motions passed:
- Motion in support with the struggle of the National Union of Aeronauts against the "opening the sky" for international companies bill.
- Motion in solidarity with the Brazilian Black Women Writers
- Against the criminalization of social struggles! Against the eviction of SINTUFF (local union of Rio de Janeiro Federal University employees)

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Global: As abuses continue, so does Rio Tinto campaign

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL Global Union
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Global: Global recession risk requires coordinated G20 action on wages and jobs

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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Japan Railway Workers Doro-Chiba: Fight back against forced exposure to radiation! Refuse work while exposed to radiation! Stop “reuse” of contaminated soil

Current News - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 12:04

Japan Railway Workers Doro-Chiba: Fight back against forced exposure to radiation! Refuse work while exposed to radiation! Stop “reuse” of contaminated soil
www.doro-chiba.org

International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba (National Railway Motive Power Union of Chiba)

Fight back against forced exposure to radiation!
Refuse work while exposed to radiation!
Stop “reuse” of contaminated soil!

June 2016
International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba

In September 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shamelessly lied to win the 2020 Olympics for Tokyo, claiming that the contaminated water leaking from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant was “under control” and there had been “no health problems,” nor would there be.

Now all the lies and cover-ups have been exposed. Over 1,000 contaminated water storage tanks already occupy almost all of the space
at the nuclear plant site. The
$300 million “ice wall” project,

once hyped as the most reliable
solution for substantial reduc-
tion of contaminated water by
preventing groundwater infil-
tration into the wrecked reactor
buildings, has become a fiasco.
Far from being a “wall,” it is
now derided as a “lace
curtain.” As many as 173 child
thyroid cancer or suspected
cancer cases have appeared in
the last five years. The
incidence rate in Fukushima ranges to around 50 times that of the general population.

The Abe government is forcing evacuees to move back to villages, towns and cities in Fukushima Prefecture that remain heavily contaminated. It is doing this by terminating all compensation payments available for evacuees by 2018. This amounts to economic coercion. The Japanese government has achieved a change to radiation exposure standards from 1mSv/y to 20mSv/y. According to the Japanese government’s post-disaster decontamination target, 20mSv/y is now acceptable. This is 20 times the maximum allowed dose for the general public! Moreover, on July 12th, the Abe government will lift an evacuation order for the bulk of Minamisoma City (designated a “zone in preparation for the lifting of the evacuation order”), which has been in place since the 2011 accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In accordance with Abe’s plan, on the same day JR East Japan will resume rail services between

Wastewater storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi NPP

Haranomachi Sta- tion and Odaka Sta- tion, which is about 16km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, on the JR Joban Line.

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has raised the level of recyclable conta- minated waste to 8,000Bq/kg, 80 times more than the current norm. It also plans to recycle the waste for use in public works, espe- cially construction for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Even more incredi- bly, Tokyo Metro- politan Government is planning to build a cross-country course, rowing and canoe-kayak water-

way and mountain bike course on a landfill called Central Breakwater Disposal Site, which is the most dangerous hot spot. The site has been a constant dumping ground for highly radioactive waste (8,000Bq/kg to 100,000Bq/kg), such as incinerator bottom ash, incinerated sewage sludge ash and clean water sediment.

The previous governor of Tokyo, Naoki Inose, cooperated with Prime Minister Abe and helped bring the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, but was then forced to resign over a loan scandal. Inose’s successor, Yoichi Masuzoe, easily won the position with the full support of Abe, but has also now resigned due to yet another financial scandal. The Olympics are intrinsically linked to the interests of only a handful of large capitals and their governments. In order to secure their own survival, they put money first, rather than valuing the lives of ordinary people.

On June 24th, the Abe
administration and
Shikoku Electric Power
Co. trampled on the
protesting municipal
workers and local
residents, and started
loading MOX fuel into
the No. 3 reactor at
Ikata Nuclear Power
Plant in Ehime Pre-
fecture. Since April
14th and the Kuma-
moto Earthquake, tre-
mors have continued to
affect wide parts of Kyushu. This indicates that the Median Tectonic Line, the largest belt of faults running from central Honshu to Kyushu, has now finally started to move. In spite of a disaster as large as the Kumamoto Earthquake, the Abe administration and Kyushu Electric Power Co. still refuse to shut down Sendai Nuclear Power Plant, the only nuclear power plant operating in the country. And furthermore, they insist on reopening Ikata Nuclear Power Plant in July, which is located on the Median Tectonic Line.

“We care only about today, regardless of what may happen tomorrow.” This is the reality of Japanese imperialism and the Abe administration, which is desperate to survive in the worldwide economic depression.

Crush the Abe administration that is rushing to reopen Japan’s nuclear power plants!
Follow the example of Doro-Mito and refuse to work in conditions exposed to radiation!
Stop radiation-contaminated soil from being used for constructing Olympics-related facilities!

News & Documents

Nuclear refugees tell of distrust, pressure to return to Fukushima

by Yuri Kageyama

AP
The Japan Times, March 11, 2016

They feel like refugees, although they live in one of the world’s richest and most peaceful nations.

Five years ago, these people fled their homes, grabbing what they could, as a nearby nuclear plant melted down after being hit by tsunami, spewing radiation. All told, the disaster in Fukushima displaced 150,000 by the government’s count.

About 100,000 are still scattered around the nation, some in barrack-like temporary housing units and others in government-allocated apartment buildings hundreds of kilometers away.

Although authorities have started to open up areas near the damaged reactors that were previously off limits, only a fraction of residents have

returned. For example, in the town of Naraha, where evacuation orders were lifted in September, 459 people, or 6 percent of the pre-disaster population, have gone back.

Read more

Constitution does not specifically ban Japan’s use of nuclear weapons: Cabinet official

The Japan Times

March 19, 2016

Japan’s Constitution does not necessarily ban the use of nuclear weapons, Yusuke Yokobatake, director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, said Friday.

“We don’t think that the use of all kinds of nuclear weapons is prohibited under the Constitution,” the head of the constitutional watchdog told the House of

Councilors’ Budget Committee in response to a question from Shinkun Haku of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. Read more

Abe Cabinet says Article 9 does not ban possessing, using N-weapons

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
April 2, 2016
The Abe Cabinet has decided that war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution does not necessarily ban

Japan from possessing and using nuclear weapons.

Read more.

Japanese Protest Ahead of Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

By Morichika Nakamoto
Telesur
March 6, 2013
Hundreds of Japanese protested on Thursday ahead of the visit of U.S.

See also:

president Barack Obama to Hiroshima, after his remarks that the trip would

not include an official apology from his government. Read more

Doro-Chiba’s Statement opposing Obama’s visit to Hironima

You can find the archive of Doro-Chiba Quake Report here: http://dorochibanewsletter.wordpress.com/

71th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

August 6

Stop nuclear war in Korean Peninsula with the power of international workers’ solidarity!

Unite angry voices in Hiroshima, Okinawa and Fukushima! Abolish all nuclear weapons, all military bases and all nuclear power plants!

Overthrow Abe government that promotes constitutional revision, war and nuclear armament!

Morning rally: qq Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Atomic Dome

Main rally:
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Place: Small Arena of Prefectural Gymnasium

March:
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Contact: hiro-100@cronos.ocn.ne.jp http://86hiroshima.blogspot.jp/

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Mexico: Teacher protests continue despite deaths, food shortages

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Humanosphere
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Korea (North): North Korea sends 'state-sponsored slaves' to Europe - rights group

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Thomson Reuters
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WW7-5-16 The UK RMT And Brexit, India National Railway Strike and the Relevance Of the San Francisoc '34 General Strike

Current News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 15:08

WW7-5-16 The UK RMT And Brexit, India National Railway Strike and the Relevance Of the San Francisoc '34 General Strike
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww7-5-16-uk-rmt-and-brexit-india-a...
WorkWeek looks at the reason that the UK Rail Maritime And Transport Union RMT urged a yes vote to leave the EU through Brexit. We interview Paul McDonnell who is a London bus driver and also on the National Executive Committee of the RMT.
Next we hear about the first national railway strike in India in 45 years over wages and working conditions.
Last we discuss the relevance of the 1934 general strike in San Francisco. The strike was successful in building the ILWU and brought hundreds of thousands of workers into unions in Northern California. Jack Heyman a retired member of ILWU Local 10 and with the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee talks about the issues facing workers today.
Additional media information
http://www.rmt.org.uk/home/
https://www.facebook.com/RMTunion/photos/pb.199676720083396.-2207520000....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD_COY4rrQo
https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d710-EU-defence-of-workers-rights-...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cwrh2OgMWc
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ILA’s Daggett, Waterfront Commission trade insults over wildcat strike probe "Daggett said commission harasses ILA members “by holding their waterfront passes over their heads. "They’re trying to run this port like SS troops in WW2"

Current News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 09:35

ILA’s Daggett, Waterfront Commission trade insults over wildcat strike probe "Daggett said the commission harasses ILA members “by holding their waterfront passes over their heads and threatening them with the loss of their jobs. It’s got to stop. They’re trying to run this port like SS troops in World War II."
http://www.joc.com/port-news/longshoreman-labor/international-longshoremen’s-association/ila’s-daggett-waterfront-commission-trade-insults-over-wildcat-strike-probe_20160621.html
Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Jun 21, 2016 3:25PM EDT

International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett accused the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor of harassing ILA members and said the commission’s general counsel is better suited to be “running a women’s prison as a warden.”

Daggett was angered by a statement by Phoebe Sorial, the commission’s general counsel, in response to an effort by Daggett and four other ILA officials to quash subpoenas the commission issued in its investigation of a Jan. 29 wildcat strike at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Sorial said the ILA officials “made no effort to quash any of the other subpoenas that were served on their rank-and-file members with respect to the walkout. They only saw fit to do so when they, themselves, were called in for questioning.”

Daggett said that was a cheap shot. “They gave the impression that we stood by and let the members take care of themselves. That’s not true,” he told JOC.com. “Every one of the 50 members who answered the subpoenas went to the Waterfront Commission with two attorneys paid by the international. It cost money, but we did it for the members.”

He added, “I don’t know where they got their lawyers over there. Their general counsel would be better off running a women’s prison as a warden.”

Daggett said the commission harasses ILA members “by holding their waterfront passes over their heads and threatening them with the loss of their jobs. It’s got to stop. They’re trying to run this port like SS troops in World War II."

Asked for comment, Sorial said, “It is unfortunate that, when left without anything else, Mr. Daggett has resorted to ill-advised remarks and personal attacks.”

Ronald Goldstock, the Waterfront Commission’s New York commissioner, said, “If in fact that is what Harold Daggett said, then it appears that he is losing it.”

There’s no love lost between the commission and the ILA. The union and the New York Shipping Association have butted heads with the commission for years with the industry groups accusing the agency of illegal meddling in collective bargaining issues involving hiring, seniority and drug testing.

Last month, a New York judge issued a sharply worded decision overruling what he called the commission’s “mean spirited” refusal to reinstate an ILA crane operator who had rehabilitated himself after abusing drugs. The ILA and NYSA contend the commission’s drug testing is harassment and conflicts with drug-testing requirements in the union-employer contract. The commission disagrees.

“They’re doing everything in their power to destroy the ILA, just so they can justify their existence,” Daggett said. “If they want to fight, I’ll give them a fight. I’m going to stand up to them on behalf of my members. We’re not afraid, because we haven’t done anything wrong.”

The commission has subpoenaed several dozen ILA members for questioning about who called the Jan. 29 strike and why. ILA officials said they did not authorize the one-day strike but that members advised they suddenly walked out to protest heavy-handed tactics by the Waterfront Commission.

Daggett and other ILA officials contend the commission’s investigation is beyond the bistate agency’s statutory authority. The commission, unique to the New York-New Jersey port, is a law enforcement agency that conducts background checks, licenses dockworkers and conducts investigations.

The ILA and its employers are promoting legislation to remove New Jersey from commission jurisdiction and to transfer the agency’s law enforcement and licensing duties to the state police. Commission officials say the bill would be unconstitutional.

Similar legislation was approved by New Jersey lawmakers in 2015 with no dissenting votes but was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Daggett attributed the veto to Christie’s presidential ambitions and said he hopes Christie or a Democratic successor will sign the bill if it is passed again.

A recent flash point between the commission and the ILA and NYSA has been demands by Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka that more of his city’s minority residents be hired for longshore jobs at the New York-New Jersey port, much of which is in Newark.

Baraka recently led a demonstration at the port to publicize his demands. Daggett said the demonstration interfered with truck traffic but that “the Waterfront Commission didn’t do anything about it. If the ILA were to do it, they’d never allow it.”

He said the demonstrators “tried to provoke our men into a fight. We told them to ignore it and keep working.”

Contact Joseph Bonney at joseph.bonney@ihs.com and follow him on Twitter: @JosephBonney.

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One of DC Metro’s new board members has potential conflicts of interest, echoing problems of previous board-Union Busting Anti-Labor Record-ATU 689 Calls For Resignation

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One of DC Metro’s new board members has potential conflicts of interest, echoing problems of previous board-Union Busting Anti-Labor Record-ATU 689 Calls For Resignation
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A Metro train arrives at the Metro Center station. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)
By Robert McCartney July 6 at 5:35 PM

ATU Local 689 calls for Immediate Resignation of Metro’s Board Member:Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 called for new federally appointed Metro Board member David Strickland’s immediate resignation on Wednesday July 6th, citing a clear conflict of interest. This complicates negotiations that began recently to renew multiyear union contracts for Metro workers. Strickland is a partner at the Venable law firm, which is Metro’s top legal adviser on labor negotiations. ATU local 689’s president Jackie L. Jeter said, “Venable is well known as an anti-union law firm with a history of going around the country instructing companies on tactics to weaken and break unions. Strickland’s association as a partner with Venable is too strong to be separated from his board duties.” Jeter warned that Strickland could prejudice the rest of the board regarding the current negotiations even if he recused himself. “Recusal from votes is not enough when you play a key role in influencing other people on the board who do have a vote,” she said. – Christian Berk

One of Metro’s new board members has potential conflicts of interests because of his day job as a Washington transportation lawyer, raising concern among some that his appointment could fuel perceptions that special interests have undue influence at the transit agency, Metro officials said.

Board member David L. Strickland’s first conflict could arise because he is a partner at the Venable law firm, which is Metro’s top legal adviser on labor negotiations, the officials said.

Strickland, a federal appointee to the board, also risks a conflict, they said, because he represents a coalition of transportation companies that includes Uber and Lyft, which are both vying for Metro’s paratransit work.

Venable, in a one-sentence statement, said Strickland will recuse himself from any board vote or discussion of any matter at Metro in which the firm is directly involved. The firm and Strickland declined further comment.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who appointed Strickland to the board for his safety expertise, was aware of Strickland’s possible conflicts of interest but DOT ethics officials concluded that the recusal process would be adequate to address them, a spokeswoman for the secretary said.

New Metro board member David Strickland is a partner at the Venable law firm and a former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Still, the case again calls attention to past worries about Metro board members’ outside business interests that create entanglements with the agency’s work.

[Foxx, saying ‘no more excuses’ for Metro, names 3 new board members]

It also revealed a new source of tension between Metro and the Transportation Department, which has been pushing the transit agency relentlessly to improve its safety performance and financial management. Some board members complained that Foxx should have found someone without Strickland’s ties.

And it created a new complication for major labor talks that began recently to renew multiyear union contracts for Metro workers.

Metro’s largest union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents about 13,000 workers, called for Strickland’s immediate resignation. It cited a “clear conflict of interest” and what it called Venable’s “infamously known” record of anti-union tactics.

Foxx named Strickland to Metro’s 16-member board in April as part of a major shake-up aimed at forcing the agency to move faster on safety. Foxx, who controls four seats on the board, ousted three longtime members and replaced them with experienced transportation safety professionals.

Strickland is a former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. His practice at Venable involves automotive safety and cyber­security, and the spokeswoman for Foxx said Strickland is not directly involved with the firm’s work for Metro.

But some of Strickland’s colleagues at Venable are important players with the transit agency. The firm, in addition to serving as Metro’s principal counsel on labor talks, has worked for the transit agency in business transactions, telecommunications and litigation, according to a July 2015 contracting document.

Metro has paid Venable a total of $508,700 for its work since the start of 2014, an agency spokesman said.

In addition, Strickland is counsel and spokesman for a coalition of five companies formed in April to push the federal government to approve driverless cars. The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets includes Uber and Lyft, both of which are interested in getting Metro contracts to provide paratransit service for the disabled and elderly.

Some advocates for people with disabilities have opposed the move, expressing concern about Uber’s lack of accessible vehicles and the level of training its drivers receive in dealing with passengers with special needs. Other concerns have been raised about the company, mostly centered on safety and the vetting of its drivers.

[Could Metro and Uber be teaming up?]

Because of Strickland’s potential conflicts, a Metro board member said he was unhappy about “the perception, as it relates to the public and others,” that board members could obtain “monetary gains as a result of their association” with the agency.

The board member noted that a previous federal appointee to the panel, Mortimer L. Downey, had to recuse himself from some actions because he had a contract to advise a major Metro contractor, Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Strickland’s appointment is “just another example . . . that the feds don’t do their background work properly,” said the board member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid publicly antagonizing Foxx or Strickland.

Downey’s alleged conflict of interest resulted in an ethics investigation in which he was cleared. But to eliminate any perception of wrongdoing, Downey gave up his work for Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Asked about Strickland’s case, Downey, a former board chairman, said it was natural for people appointed to the panel to have potential conflicts of interest. He said the recusal process in the board’s code of ethics was the appropriate remedy.

“You have people on the board who have other jobs and other interests, and sometimes they overlap,” Downey said. “If they were totally uninvolved with matters having to do with Metro, I’m wondering what good they’d be on the board.”

In an earlier case, former Metro board member Tom Downs drew criticism from the union and others for serving on an advisory board of a company that won a Metro contract for paratransit service.

Downs said he made a statement at a public board meeting recusing himself from any involvement in the decision and physically left Metro headquarters when discussions of the contract arose. He recommended that Strickland take similar action.

[Metro board chairman cleared of alleged ethics violation]

The transit workers union warned that Strickland could prejudice the rest of the board regarding the current labor talks even if he recused himself.

“Strickland’s role is especially troubling because Local 689 is in contract negotiations and he is in close communication with key players that are a part of our negotiations,” said the local’s president, Jackie L. Jeter. “Recusal from votes is not enough when you play a key role in influencing other people on the board who do have a vote.”

She added: “Venable is well known as an anti-union law firm with a history of going around the country instructing companies on tactics to weaken and break unions. Strickland’s association as a partner with Venable is too strong to be separated from his board duties.”

A Metro spokesman said that board members recuse themselves on a case-by-case basis for individual board actions and that“such an occasion has not yet arisen for Mr. Strickland.”

Foxx’s spokeswoman said that the department officials “looked closely at Mr. Strickland’s background prior to the nomination, vetting him for potential conflicts that may arise.”

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She said his work at Venable “does not in any way involve legal representation to [Metro] on labor matters.” The department also found that his work for the coalition involving Uber and Lyft “is the development of policies for self-driving vehicles; he is not an advocate for any particular Coalition members’ business interests.”

As a result, the spokeswoman said, DOT concluded “that the recusal practices in the Code of Ethics for WMATA’S Board of Directors would effectively address any possible conflict of interest. ”

Strickland’s potential conflicts were also discussed at length within Venable before the appointment was made, according to a Metro official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The official, who was familiar with Strickland’s thinking, said Strickland planned to establish “a very clear firewall” between Metro board matters and issues where Venable is directly involved.

Mary Pat Flaherty contributed to this report.

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ILWU West Coast dockworkers will honor “Hour of silence” on Thursday, July 7

Current News - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:05

ILWU West Coast dockworkers will honor “Hour of silence” on Thursday, July 7
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JULY 6, 2016 2:25 PM

West Coast dockworkers will honor an international “day of action” on Thursday, July 7th , by observing an “hour of silence” from 11am to 12 noon, in honor of workers who have died on the docks here and abroad.

The International Day of Action is being organized by the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). The groups represent thousands of dockworkers at ports throughout the world.

The union provided the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) employer group with advanced notice of the observance. The PMA has acknowledged and recognized the union’s request.

“We stand in solidarity with dockworkers in America and around the world who are calling attention to dangerous working conditions and the need to respect the rights of all workers,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath.

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West Coast dockworkers will honor “Hour of silence” on Thursday, July 7th

West Coast dockworkers will honor an international “day of action” on Thursday, July 7th, by observing an “hour of silence” from 11am to 12 noon, in honor of workers who have died on the docks here and abroad.

The International Day of Action is being organized by the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). The groups represent thousands of dockworkers at ports throughout the world.

The union provided the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) employer group with advanced notice of the observance. The PMA has acknowledged and recognized the union’s request.

“We stand in solidarity with dockworkers in America and around the world who are calling attention to dangerous working conditions and the need to respect the rights of all workers,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath.

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