Accounts of wildcats and struggles at Canada Post in 2007-2008.
The first permanent job I got at Canada Post was in the early weeks of the spring of 2007.
It was an ‘inside job’ processing and splitting up flyers between one hundred or so letter carriers. I had been working for Canada Post as a Term (read temp) for a year before getting a permanent position. Because of the labour shortages in Alberta I moved up in seniority quickly.
An article on the Alberta building trade's wildcat of 2007 and the union's attempts to get people back to work.
Alberta labour laws are not only some of the most repressive in Canada, they may be some of the most repressive in North America. For decades the labour movement tried to change the laws in Alberta, demanding the right for all workers to strike between contracts, to collectively bargain, and anti-scab legislation.
Staff at a London delivery office have taken unlawful strike action and won the reinstatement of a fellow worker.
Around 90 postal workers at the N1 sorting office took unofficial strike action yesterday in support of a longstanding worker suspended for “wilful delay of the mail”.
After three hours of strike action managers caved in and reinstated the worker. “It’s a complete victory,” said Mark Dolan, a senior CWU union rep in north London.
The strike at the Indian carmaker's Manesar plant has entered its sixth day, with threats of similar strikes at other plants being made.
The wildcat strike exploded a week ago, with around 2,000 workers demanding the recognition of a new union - Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) - formed by those working at the Manesar plant, among other things.
Around 1,000 workers from different firms in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt gathered at the gate of MSI's Manesar plant today to express solidarity with the MSEU strikers.
Shoe factory workers in Burma confront notoriously tyrannical authorities while workers at Yamaha motorcycles in strikes over pay.
More than 1,500 workers at a factory in Rangoon have braved the heavy-handed reputation of Burmese authorities to go on strike, demanding an increase to their meagre salary. The men and women of Taiyi shoe factory, who are now four days into their strike, have cried foul of the unfeasibly low wages which see them earn just $US0.70 for a 12-hour day.
In a report on the death at work of a textile factory worker and subsequent strike in Gurgaon, India.
The following report about the sad death of a garment worker at Modelama factory in Gurgaon was sent by a friend of Gurgaon workers news.
Since then the death of a worker seems to turn into a back-and-forth between different interest groups about the question of compensation. A former MP from Maharashtra, who belongs to the same village as the worker, took a middle-man role.
John E Jacobson gives a summary of the movement against Gov Walker's attack on pay, conditions and collective bargaining for state workers in Wisconsin and argues support for a general strike.
“This has been a life experience we will never forget. I feel like all of these people are family.”
Union Supporter and protester, Neporsha Hamlin, of Madison, WI.