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Germany: Tens of Thousands of German industrial workers to stage strikes next week

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Reuters
Categories: Labor News

Fiji: As airport lockout dispute enters Day 22 workers say they are unfazed

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Fiji Times
Categories: Labor News

Iran: University trade unionists and student activist arrested over last few days

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: CHRI
Categories: Labor News

Canadian Rail Workers Harding & Labrie Are Not Guilty! Drop The Charges NOW!

Current News - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 18:42

Canadian Rail Workers Harding & Labrie Are Not Guilty! Drop The Charges NOW!
https://youtu.be/bFawXtH2C-k
A solidarity rally was held at the San Francisco Canadian Consulate to demand that charges be dropped against MMA USW union railroad workers Tom Harding and Richard Labrie for the deaths of 47 people in the Lac-Mégantic train wreck. The 47 car train was only manned by one worker and the evidence at the trial has shown that there were not proper safety measures in place. The company and the Canadian government according to speakers is now scapegoating the workers. The Canadian government liked the US government has pushed deregulation and 1 person crews being pushed by the rail owners and the speakers charged this was the real reason for this and other disasters.
There were also support actions on January 4, 2018 in Chicago, Seattle, DC and in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Canadian consulates and embassies.
The speakers also discussed the growing rail wrecks and dangerous transportation system in the United States and this was connected to similar efforts to downsize the staffing of the trains and deregulation. Speakers included trade unionists from SMART Local 1741 SF Bus Drivers, SEIU 1021 Social And Economic Justice Committee and members of Railroad Workers United RWU and Workers Solidarity Action Network WSAN. Environmental activists also attended and spoke.
Additional media:
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww12-26-17-campaign-for-railroad-w...
For further information on the case:
Harding Defense Committee
http://hardingdefense.org
Railroad Workers United
www.railroadworkersunited.org
Workers Solidarity Action Network
www.workerssolidarityactionnetwork.org
Production of Labor Video Project
www.laborvideo.org

Tags: Canadian railway workersHarding & Labrie Are Not Guilty!
Categories: Labor News

Canadian Rail Workers Harding & Labrie Are Not Guilty! Drop The Charges NOW!

Current News - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 18:42

Canadian Rail Workers Harding & Labrie Are Not Guilty! Drop The Charges NOW!
https://youtu.be/bFawXtH2C-k
A solidarity rally was held at the San Francisco Canadian Consulate to demand that charges be dropped against MMA USW union railroad workers Tom Harding and Richard Labrie for the deaths of 47 people in the Lac-Mégantic train wreck. The 47 car train was only manned by one worker and the evidence at the trial has shown that there were not proper safety measures in place. The company and the Canadian government according to speakers is now scapegoating the workers. The Canadian government liked the US government has pushed deregulation and 1 person crews being pushed by the rail owners and the speakers charged this was the real reason for this and other disasters.
There were also support actions on January 4, 2018 in Chicago, Seattle, DC and in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Canadian consulates and embassies.
The speakers also discussed the growing rail wrecks and dangerous transportation system in the United States and this was connected to similar efforts to downsize the staffing of the trains and deregulation. Speakers included trade unionists from SMART Local 1741 SF Bus Drivers, SEIU 1021 Social And Economic Justice Committee and members of Railroad Workers United RWU and Workers Solidarity Action Network WSAN. Environmental activists also attended and spoke.
Additional media:
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww12-26-17-campaign-for-railroad-w...
For further information on the case:
Harding Defense Committee
http://hardingdefense.org
Railroad Workers United
www.railroadworkersunited.org
Workers Solidarity Action Network
www.workerssolidarityactionnetwork.org
Production of Labor Video Project
www.laborvideo.org

Tags: Canadian railway workersHarding & Labrie Are Not Guilty!
Categories: Labor News

Iran: Working-class anger in Iran shows government’s vulnerability

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Washington Post
Categories: Labor News

Fiji: Nadi Airport signs up 150 scabs to take jobs of locked out workers

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RNZI
Categories: Labor News

The Biggest PORT in the World 2016 - Shanghai port Yangshan Deep Water Port

Current News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:13

The Biggest PORT in the World 2016 - Shanghai port Yangshan Deep Water Port
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1weiVgMzq0
The Biggest PORT in the World 2016 - Shanghai port Yangshan Deep Water Port
Yangshan Port (Chinese: 洋山港, p Yángshān Gǎng), formally the Yangshan Deep-Water Port (洋山深水港, p Yángshān Shēnshuǐ Gǎng), is a deep water port for container ships in Hangzhou Bay south of Shanghai. Connected to Shanghai's Pudong New Area by the Donghai Bridge and forming part of the Port of Shanghai, the islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan are administered separately as part of Zhejiang's Shengsi County.
Built to allow the Port of Shanghai to grow despite shallow waters near the shore, it allows berths with depths of up to 15 metres (49 ft) to be built, and can handle today's largest container ships. The port is built on the islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan, part of the Zhoushan archipelago, with fill from land reclamation.
It is connected to the mainland via the 32.5 km (20.2 mi) Donghai Bridge, opened on 1 December 2005 as the world's longest sea bridge. The six-lane highway bridge took 6,000 workers two and half years to construct.In mid-2011, port officials said the port was on track to move 12.3 million TEUs during the year, up from 10.1 million TEUs in 2010
The great world, The great world playlist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cliiZ...

Tags: Shanghai port Yangshan Deep Water Automated Port
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World’s Biggest Automated Box Terminal Starts Trial Operation In Port of Shanghai

Current News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 19:41

World’s Biggest Automated Box Terminal Starts Trial Operation In Port of Shanghai
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https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/237528/worlds-biggest-automated-b...

China’s Port of Shanghai has launched trial operations at its brand new automated container terminal, described as the world’s largest unmanned box terminal, Xinhua news agency reports.

The terminal at Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port, a deep water container port located in Hangzhou Bay south of Shanghai, kick started test operations on December 10.

The terminal is the fourth stage of the Yangshan port development project and occupies an area of 2,23 million square meters and a coastline area of 2,350 meters.

As informed, the core technology of the fully-automated terminal was developed in China.

The port is able to handle the biggest containerships of today and once fully operational will be able to handle 4 million TEU on annual basis.

The final objective for the port is to reach a total operational capacity of 6 million TEU per annum.

According to Chen Wuyuan, President of Shanghai International Port Group, cited by Xinhua, the automated terminal will increase the port’s handling efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

The investment in the terminal automation equipment is said to be worth approximately USD 2.1 billion.

The Yangshan Deepwater Port project is expected to be finalized by 2020.

World Maritime News Staff

Tags: Automated Port In Shanghai
Categories: Labor News

CSP-Conlutas expresses support for Canadian railways accused of accident negligence-Will Send Delegation To Canadian Consulate In São Paulo

Current News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:06

CSP-Conlutas expresses support for Canadian railways accused of accident negligence-Will Send Delegation To Canadian Consulate In São Paulo
http://cspconlutas.org.br/2018/01/csp-conlutas-expressa-apoio-a-ferrovia...
1/3/2018

Tom Harding, left, on trial in 2017 - Photo TheStar.com

An International Day of Struggle takes place this Thursday (4) in defense of Canadian railways, who are accused of being responsible for an accident that occurred in July 2013.

Tom Harding, engineer and driver of the train, Jean Demaitre, operations manager and traffic controller Richard Labrie, have been charged with negligence in this accident and are facing trial starting on Wednesday and continuing until Friday, in the Superior Court of Quebec in Sherbrooke.

Mobilization - The local trade union report warns of the risks that the precariousness of services brings to users and workers in the sector, and say that the responsibility for the explosion lies with the company, Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA), and the government, which made the regulation of the sector more flexible.

Understand - In 2013, a runaway train carrying crude from the United States derailed in the Canadian city of Lac-Mégantic, blowing up and killing 47 people, and destroying part of downtown.

The train contained 72 cars with more than 2 million gallons of crude oil, and according to company standard only featured a driver and engineer responsible, Harding.

Support - Here in Brazil, CSP-Conlutas will be tomorrow (4), at 3 pm, in front of the consulate of Canada, in São Paulo, to deliver a motion of support to the workers.

Apoio Apoio internacional
CSP-Conlutas expressa apoio a ferroviários do Canadá acusados de negligência em acidente
http://cspconlutas.org.br/2018/01/csp-conlutas-expressa-apoio-a-ferrovia...
03/01/2018

Tom Harding, à esquerda, em julgamento ocorrido em 2017 – Foto TheStar.com

Um dia Internacional de Luta acontece nesta quinta-feira (4) em defesa dos ferroviários do Canadá, que são acusados como responsáveis por um acidente ocorrido em julho de 2013.

Tom Harding, engenheiro e condutor do trem, Jean Demaitre, gerente de operações e Richard Labrie, controlador de tráfico, foram acusados de negligência por este acidente e enfrentam julgamento que tem início nesta quarta-feira (3) e segue até sexta-feira, no Tribunal Superior de Quebec, em Sherbrooke.

Mobilização – A denúncia dos sindicatos locais alerta para os riscos que a precarização dos serviços trazem aos usuários e trabalhadores do setor, e afirmam que a responsabilidade da explosão é da empresa, a Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA), e do governo, que flexibilizou a regulamentação do setor.

Entenda – Em 2013, um trem desgovernado que transportava petróleo bruto vindo dos Estados Unidos descarrilou na cidade canadense de Lac-Mégantic, explodindo e matando 47 pessoas, além de destruir parte do centro da cidade.

O trem continha 72 carros com mais de 2 milhões de galões de petróleo cru, e de acordo com a norma da empresa só apresentava um condutor e engenheiro responsável, Harding.

Apoio – Aqui no Brasil, a CSP-Conlutas estará amanhã (4), às 15h, em frente ao consulado do Canadá, em São Paulo, para entregar moção de apoio aos trabalhadores.

*com informações da Fenametro

Tags: ConlutasBrazilian support for railway workers
Categories: Labor News

CWA: American Airlines Bonus No Substitute for Fair Wages

Current News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:04

CWA: American Airlines Bonus No Substitute for Fair Wages
https://www.cwa-union.org/news/releases/american-airlines-bonus-no-subst...

For Immediate Release: January 3, 2018
Contact: Beth Allen or Candice Johnson, CWA Communications, 202-434-1168, ballen@cwa-union.org and cjohnson@cwa-union.org

American Airlines Bonus No Substitute for Fair Wages

In late November, CWA President Chris Shelton contacted the CEOs of some of the largest corporations where CWA members work, including American Airlines, to ask them to guarantee the $4,000 wage increase and new jobs promised by the Republican corporate tax cut.

While we are pleased that our request has prompted American to pay employees a one-time $1,000 bonus, it falls short of the permanent wage increase that working families were promised.

American continues to insist on paying poverty-level wages to passenger service agents at its Envoy and Piedmont subsidiaries. Passenger service agents play a critical role in ensuring the safety of thousands of passengers each day, yet many agents at these airlines earn less than $11 an hour and qualify for food stamps and other public assistance.

These agents, represented by CWA, are currently in contract negotiations. Despite American's continued profitability and the massive windfall from the tax bill, Envoy and Piedmont are refusing to offer fair wages as part of these negotiations.

"Passenger service agents at Envoy and Piedmont serve passengers in communities across this country, from big airports like Dallas-Fort Worth to smaller locations like Knoxville, TN," said Richard Honeycutt, CWA District 3 Vice President and Chair of CWA's Passenger Service Airline Council. "It's time for American to invest in these communities by increasing wages so that working people at Envoy and Piedmont can have family-supporting and community-building careers, instead of living paycheck to paycheck."

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CWA represents more than 25,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines, including its Envoy and Piedmont subsidiaries. Overall, CWA represents 700,000 working people in telecommunications, customer service, media, airlines, public service and manufacturing.

Tags: American Airlinespoverty wages
Categories: Labor News

CWA: American Airlines Bonus No Substitute for Fair Wages

Current News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:04

CWA: American Airlines Bonus No Substitute for Fair Wages
https://www.cwa-union.org/news/releases/american-airlines-bonus-no-subst...

For Immediate Release: January 3, 2018
Contact: Beth Allen or Candice Johnson, CWA Communications, 202-434-1168, ballen@cwa-union.org and cjohnson@cwa-union.org

American Airlines Bonus No Substitute for Fair Wages

In late November, CWA President Chris Shelton contacted the CEOs of some of the largest corporations where CWA members work, including American Airlines, to ask them to guarantee the $4,000 wage increase and new jobs promised by the Republican corporate tax cut.

While we are pleased that our request has prompted American to pay employees a one-time $1,000 bonus, it falls short of the permanent wage increase that working families were promised.

American continues to insist on paying poverty-level wages to passenger service agents at its Envoy and Piedmont subsidiaries. Passenger service agents play a critical role in ensuring the safety of thousands of passengers each day, yet many agents at these airlines earn less than $11 an hour and qualify for food stamps and other public assistance.

These agents, represented by CWA, are currently in contract negotiations. Despite American's continued profitability and the massive windfall from the tax bill, Envoy and Piedmont are refusing to offer fair wages as part of these negotiations.

"Passenger service agents at Envoy and Piedmont serve passengers in communities across this country, from big airports like Dallas-Fort Worth to smaller locations like Knoxville, TN," said Richard Honeycutt, CWA District 3 Vice President and Chair of CWA's Passenger Service Airline Council. "It's time for American to invest in these communities by increasing wages so that working people at Envoy and Piedmont can have family-supporting and community-building careers, instead of living paycheck to paycheck."

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CWA represents more than 25,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines, including its Envoy and Piedmont subsidiaries. Overall, CWA represents 700,000 working people in telecommunications, customer service, media, airlines, public service and manufacturing.

Tags: American Airlinespoverty wages
Categories: Labor News

UK: Modern capitalism has opened a major new front for strike action – logistics

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Conversation
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China: Provincial trade union takes aim at Wang Jianlin over Wanda layoffs

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: China Labour Bulletin
Categories: Labor News

Iran: Let Down by Reformists, Working-Class Iranians Join Widespread Protests

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Real News Network
Categories: Labor News

Fleet Memo for December 15 2017

IBU - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 14:18
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Categories: Unions

Fleet Memo for December 15 2017

IBU - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:47
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Categories: Unions

Fleet Memo for December 9 2017

IBU - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:46
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Categories: Unions

Rallies Across The Nation Supporting The Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers

Current News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:46

Rallies Across The Nation Supporting The Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers
Contact: Fritz Edler
Harding and Labrie Defense Ctte Phone 202 494-3848 justice@hardingdefense.org

Press Release

DropTheCharges!SafeRailsNow! NoMoreLac-Mégantics!

Rallies Across The Nation Supporting The Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers

Washington DC, January 2, 2018:

Protest events will take place across North America and around the world this week calling for real rail safety and accountability regarding rail disasters like the 2013 Lac-Mégantic oil train wreck. Railroad workers, rail safety and environmental activists will be calling upon the Canadian government to drop the charges against framed up rail workers as the prosecution case against them unravels. Canadian rail workers Tom Harding and Richard Labrie are currently on trial for the deaths in that disaster. The criminal trial has highlighted the connection between dangerous railroad policies and the need to hold the right people accountable for the danger created.

On January 4th and 5th, 2018, rail safety activists will be calling on the Canadian government to stop it's diversionary prosecution of rail workers who have no control over the majority of the causes identified by government reports and independent investigations. In many cases, the causes identified are also at issue in other railroad wrecks in the last years, yet no policy makers are held accountable.

The trial testimony has been clear. The actions of rail workers Harding and Labrie did not cause the Lac-Mégantic tragedy. But risky decisions and policies by railroad managers and their government regulatory enablers must be addressed and those responsible held accountable if we are to have rail safety across North America.

Safe Trains Now!
No More Lac-Mégantics!
Harding and Labrie Did Not Cause The Wreck, Drop the Charges!

San Francisco Rally-Press Conference

Thursday January 4, 2018 12:00 PM San Francisco Canadian Consulate 580 California St. San Francisco, CA

Harding and Labrie Defense Committee

For Release 10 AM, EST, January 2, 2018

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Safe Trains Now! Chicago Rally In Support of the Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers

Thursday January 4, 2018 1:00 PM Chicago Canadian Consulate
180 N. Stetson St.
Chicago, Il

Seattle Rally In Support of the Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers Thursday January 4, 2018 Noon
1501 4th Ave
Seattle WA

Washington DC Rally In Support of the Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers

Thursday January 4, 2018 12:30 PM to 1 PM Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC

Minneapolis Rally In Support of the Scapegoated Lac-Mégantic Rail Workers

Friday January 5, 2018 2:30 PM Minneapolis Canadian Consulate 701 S. 4th Ave.
Minneapolis MN

Actions in other cities are in the process of being organized.

Moreinformation: www.hardingdefense.org

Tags: Harding and Labrie Defense CommitteeLac-Mégantic Rail Workers
Categories: Labor News

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