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Kazakhstan: Dozens of Oil Workers Prosecuted For Joining Hunger Strike

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RFE/RL
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Fleet Memo for January 21 2017

IBU - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:08
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Colombia: Huber Ballesteros is freed from prison!

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Justice for Colombia
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Kazakhstan: Arrests and repression of Independent Trade Unions

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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Kazakhstan: Two oil workers' union leaders arrested, protest continues

Labourstart.org News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: KTR
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Russia: Chocolate Factory in Russia Owned By Ukraniain President To Close, Lay Off 700

Labourstart.org News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RFE/RL
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PRESIDENT'S REPORT - JANUARY 2017

IBU - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:34
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ILWU's Trump protest shuts down Oakland terminal-ILWU Local 10 Members Speak Out

Current News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:50

ILWU's Trump protest shuts down Oakland terminal
http://www.joc.com/maritime-news/labor/ilwus-trump-protest-shuts-down-oa...

Oakland International Container Terminal, the largest container facility at the Northern California port, was shut down Friday as longshoremen were protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Oakland’s three other container terminals maintained yard and gate operations, though they were not working the vessel operations while the matter was being handled through the arbitration process. Job actions by International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 in Oakland have occurred sporadically over the years involvinggeopolitical events as well as labor-management issues as the Northern California local has a history of militant unionism.

James McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association, confirmed Friday that only 35 longshoremen accepted positions for the Friday shift. That is about 10 percent of the labor requirements. The employer group immediately requested arbitration, and a ruling is expected later on Friday, McKenna said.

Port of Oakland spokesman Mike Zampa said the port’s other container terminals — TraPac, Everport and Matson — were open for yard and gate operations, but they were not working vessels.

A spokeswoman for the ILWU said Friday the headquarters staff was looking into the matter. Reportedly the job actions were being taken to protest the Trump inauguration, but none of the organizations could confirm that point.

The fact that the other three terminals were working the yards and gates but not the vessels could indicate that the skilled-category ship-to-shore crane operators did not accept those positions on Friday, but that could not be confirmed.

ILWU 10 Members Speak Out On Trump, Capitalism & The Need For Workers Party
https://youtu.be/X8496cw13EY
The day before the inauguration of President Trump, ILWU Local 10 members and leaders in San Francisco talk about what the election of Trump means for working people, what needs to be done to defend labor and the growing repression. They also discuss the need for a democratic labor party that will represent all working people.
Additional media:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABosvjawnj4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbemaZJIdzQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gp503j9WSk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeOl-3nbvKI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JUpBpZYwms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08gc9lRReeE
Production of Labor Video Project
www.laborvideo.org

Tags: ILWU Local 10Trumpworkers partyunion busting
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ILWU 10 Members Speak Out On Trump, Capitalism & The Need For Workers Party

Current News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 00:56

ILWU 10 Members Speak Out On Trump, Capitalism & The Need For Workers Party
https://youtu.be/X8496cw13EY
The day before the inauguration of President Trump, ILWU Local 10 members and leaders in San Francisco talk about what the election of Trump means for working people, what needs to be done to defend labor and the growing repression. They also discuss the need for a democratic labor party that will represent all working people.
Additional media:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABosvjawnj4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbemaZJIdzQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gp503j9WSk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeOl-3nbvKI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JUpBpZYwms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08gc9lRReeE
Production of Labor Video Project
www.laborvideo.org

ILWU Local 10 Longshore Workers Join Walk-out by UAW 2865 UC Graduate Students in Northern California To Protest Trump Government
January 19, 2017
By Steve Zeltzer

WorkWeek radio has learned ILWU Local 10 longshore workers will be joining the work protest by UAW 2865 UC graduate students on President elect Trump's January 20 inaugural day. Longshore workers today were interviewed about their fear and concerns about the incoming Trump government. Former ILWU Local 10 president Trent Willis sad that he was worried that his son who has autism will lose his medicaid coverage if Trump and his cabinet shutdown ACA.
Other longshore workers talked about the need to oppose the repression including at North Dakota Standing Rock Native Reservation. The local has sent a delegation and donation to the Standing Rock tribe and delegates were angry to hear today that journalists are being shot at and wounded with rubber bullets. Also the North Dakota National Guard has sent rocket launchers to supposedly guard the DAPA pipeline construction project.
UAW 2865 members have been meeting with longshore workers and discussing their struggle for free public education at UC and making it a sanctuary for undocumented students threatened by plans by the Trump administration for mass migration raids.
The closure of Bay Area ports by the work action combined with the UAW 2865 graduate students and support action by IATSE Local 16 makes these actions the most significant work actions nationally. The San Francisco Labor Council is supporting a picket of a Carl's Jr. in San Francisco and then labor delegations will be joining a march from the UN Plaza.
The AFL-CIO has urged it's affiliates to attend the January 21 march in DC and marches around the country but are not supporting any national labor march or even national labor conference on how to fight the coming attacks on labor by President Trump and his reactionary cabinet.

Steve Zeltzer
KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio
workweek@kpfa.org

Tags: ILWU 10Trumpsolidaritylongshore workers
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Bangladesh: Release arrested garment union leaders now!

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Industriall
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Germany: Bus drivers in Hesse continue their strike

Current News - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:45

Germany: Bus drivers in Hesse continue their strike
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/01/18/fran-j18.html
By Marianne Arens
18 January 2016
The strike by bus drivers in the German state of Hesse, which began last week, has continued this week. More than 2,000 bus drivers in Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Gießen, Marburg, Offenbach, Hanau, Maintal, Fulda and other municipalities are conducting a struggle against the intolerable conditions in their workplace.

Striking bus drivers in front of the Am Römerhof bus depot, Frankfurt-West
The strike is part of a worldwide wave of labour struggles. In every country the attacks mounted by the ruling elites have reached fever pitch and open class conflicts are breaking out. In the last few weeks and months, workers in bus and transport companies and the public sector have commenced major strikes in France, Italy and the US. In Britain, rail transport workers are also taking action.
In Hesse, workers from a number of private bus companies are on strike. The private companies are organized in the state association of Hessian bus companies (LHO). A tariff agreement between the bus drivers union, Verdi, and the LHO expired in April 2016. Since then, the LHO has refused to raise the gross hourly wage from €12 (US$12.85) to a miserly €12.65 ($13.55) per hour. Verdi is officially calling for a graduated increase in the gross salary wage to €13.50 ($14.45), improved regulations for breaks and an extra day’s holiday.
Seven months later, the union finally called for a strike on Monday, January 9, apparently anticipating a two-day strike. On the first day, Verdi’s area manager Ronald Laubrock told the press: “We do not want to fire all our bullets in the first week.”
Since then Verdi was forced to extend the strike day by day, until on Friday bus traffic in large parts of the region came to a complete standstill. Solidarity also came from drivers not directly affected in the dispute, such as tram drivers in Darmstadt and bus drivers in Hanau and Gießen. Verdi has blocked any wider mobilization of workers in other areas of public transport.
The strike has now achieved at least one objective: It has revealed the intolerable conditions prevailing in Hessian public transport and made them known to a broad public. These are the same conditions that apply among broad layers of the working class, working for bus companies, road cleaning, parcel post, train, airport and children’s day care centres—all indispensable parts of the public infrastructure, which Verdi is desperate to maintain isolated.
The striking bus drivers spoke openly about their working conditions with the World Socialist Web Site. “With all respect, what we receive as salary is far too little,” said Rasko, a bus driver in Frankfurt for the past 15 years. “In those 15 years, my basic wage has risen by just two euros. I started with 9.97 euros per hour and now receive 12 euros.”
One of his colleagues insists that the public learn what their real wages are: “What the media is writing is simply not true: i.e., that we receive an hourly wage of 12 euros. We are being denied breaks, although we cannot even use them often! This has been the case since 2002.” According to his calculations, his hourly wage is no more than 10.67 euros gross. “This means that we have been robbed of several hundred euros,” a young colleague confirmed. “With what we get, we are practically on the level of Hartz IV social welfare payments.”
Their responsibility is very high, the bus drivers stress. One said, “We are responsible on our own for a fully loaded articulated [jointed] bus. Often we have to transport the old, the sick or school children. You have to have your eyes everywhere.” If there is any damage the driver alone has to answer for everything. “The company does not protect us.”

Bus drivers at the strike post
Another driver reports that he worries constantly because he does not know how to pay his rent and provide for his family. “My work suffers as a result and the passengers notice it too.” “Modern slavery,” his colleague said, “a shame for a world metropolis like Frankfurt, one of the richest cities in Germany and Europe.”
Mustapha said that nearly all of his colleagues depend on social support, despite full-time work, receiving either child benefit or housing allowance, or a top-up from the job centre to the level of Hartz IV payments. “It’s just degrading,” he says. Previously, the bus drivers were municipal employees in a secure job, but a wave of privatization swept away all of their benefits: “This was accompanied by wage dumping. Colleagues who drive streetcars and subways earn almost double as much as us. They will also receive holiday allowances, company pensions, bonuses, job tickets and other municipal benefits. We do not receive any such thing.”
How did this come about?
Verdi, as well as politicians from the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the Left Party, all try to shift the blame for this state of affairs onto the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Seventeen years ago the state government headed by Roland Koch (CDU) in Hesse introduced the practice of allowing contract bids Europe-wide. As a result, dozens of private companies have split the transport market among themselves. “It’s just about profit,” as one bus driver said.
However, all of the parties in the state have supported this course for many years. In addition to the CDU, the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party also pursued a policy oriented exclusively to profit. Some politicians are today calling for the so-called “re-municipalization” of the privatized enterprises and wants to concentrate them into a single municipal holding, but this does not change the conditions for the workers in the least.
Public transport in Hesse was exclusively in municipal hands 20 years ago until being fully reorganised in 1995. Today, the LHO shares the local transport market with numerous partially and fully privatized companies. In addition to the ICB, MMF, Alpina, Regiobus or DB bus services, companies belonging to the French Transdev Group and the Italian Netinera Group are also active. Behind the image of modern public transport as portrayed in glossy brochures is a massive worsening of wages and working conditions.
The European Commission has succeeded in liberalizing local public transport, giving competitors the opportunity to participate in public transport bidding throughout the continent. The contracting authorities used the competitive pressure to implement low-wage tariffs in every sphere—and every new contract was signed by the public service union Verdi. Together they smashed up the Federal Employment Agreement for Public Transport and divided nationwide around 250,000 transport workers by state and region. Layoffs, wage cuts, reduction of leave entitlement and further social cuts were the result.
In Hesse there has been a cordial agreement between the ministry, private contractors and German trade unions, since the CDU-Green government’s presidency under Volker Bouffier (CDU) and Tarik Al-Wazir (Greens) took power. Al-Wazir, the then DGB district chairman Stefan Körzell and Hessian trade union leaders—including Verdi—all took part in a roundtable at the Economics Ministry. They said at the time their aim was to solve all issues of future labour market and economic policy. They decided to establish a so-called “hot line between the ministry and trade unions.”
Al-Wazir, who is also Hessian minister of transport, told the Frankfurt Rundschau that “almost all bus drivers were paid according to contract” and that all contracts had been “negotiated on the trade union side by Verdi.” Although LHO has so far been stubborn and has not yielded an inch, Al-Wazir, on Friday, urged that a resolution be taken as soon as possible to end the strike.

Tags: German : Bus Drivers in Hesse continue their strike
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UK BA cabin crew strike over poverty pay

Current News - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:27

UK BA cabin crew strike over poverty pay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtS3E7LATdg
Published on Jan 13, 2017
British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew have taken the very brave step of 2 days of strike action against a management who have deliberately created a climate of fear, who are using bullying tactics to try to break the strike - and who are making huge profits while they keep their workers in poverty. But the confidence and resolve of the crew is growing after a very successful start to a major dispute for a living wage. Next strikes on Jan 19, 21 and 22 - come and support them on the picket lines at Hatton Cross tube and near Terminal 5.

Tags: UK Cabin Crew Strike
Categories: Labor News

RMT union puts anarchist in charge of London

Current News - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:26

By anonymous - Freedom, January 15, 2017
Freedom has received the following, written by an anonymous railway worker with the RMT union

At the beginning of this year the RMT elected Andy Littlechild (pictured right), a longstanding anarchist and member of the Solidarity Federation (Solfed), to the RMT union’s National Executive Council as its London transport representative.
The role, which lasts for three years, takes responsibility for the entire battlezone of London Underground including trains, stations, engineers, all ancillary staff and contracted companies, along with Transport for London, Docklands Light Railway, Black Cabs and even Boris Bikes.
Andy, who’s worked for many years as a Tube track worker and union rep, stood unopposed for the position and was duly elected after receiving nominations from every RMT branch in the constituency. His unopposed win was generally linked to Andy’s perceived militancy and non-sectarian approach to organising, which endeared him to RMT’s London activist base and gave him a clear run.

Being elected in this way is not without its downside as it meant there was no election involving the members; and is equally controversial given a general trend of anarchist disdain for full-time union positions, not least within SolFed itself, which bars full-time union officers from membership.
Ed’s note: SolFed, and other anarchist groups, see trade union bureaucracy as taking agency out of the hands of workers and transferring it to people who are not at the site of, or affected by, the struggle taking place. The full-timer’s wages and community ties are linked to a national-level body removed from direct struggle, and their role is therefore based on what’s best for the institution, rather than the workers.
(For more on SolFed and anarcho-syndicalist thinking, try Fighting For Ourselves online|book)

Whether Andy’s decision to engage with the RMT’s executive will be productive or not is yet to be seen. The test will be in how and whether he manages to preserve his class-based anarchist politics in practice against the relentless industrial and political warfare in London, especially on the Tube where he has walked straight into the bitter, escalating dispute and strike activity around staffing stations, as well as several smaller skirmishes which are developing there as I write — and how Andy preserves his politics likewise in his dealings within the hierarchy of the RMT.
One thing we can say is only the RMT would put a known anarchist in charge of London.
Edit: There is one other union which has elected an openly anarchist member to a major position in recent times — Donnacha DeLong was president of the National Union of Journalists from 2011-12 and still sits on its NEC.

Tags: RMTLondontranspoort workers
Categories: Labor News

Kazakhstan: Hunger Strike Protests By Oil Workers Growing

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RFERL
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Bangladesh: The people who make your clothes are striking for their rights

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Vice
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Egypt: independent union at IFFCO under attack

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IUF
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Qatar: Sundance: ‘The Workers Cup’ profiles working conditions in Qatar through soccer lens

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Salt Lake Tribune
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Fleet Memo for January 14 2017

IBU - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 14:53
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Colombia: Trade union leader Ballesteros freed

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Morning Star
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