Delhi: PUDR report on ongoing Wazirpur struggle

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Wazirpur struggle continues, as factory owners refuse to honour written agreement A month ago, on 6 June 2014, more than a thousand workers of 23 hot roller plants in Wazirpur Industrial area in Delhi had struck work. Their demands included only what has been laid down in the law. The demands were enforcement of minimum […]

Jacobabad Sepco workers in tool down strike

SUKKUR, July 10: Employees of the Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO) observed tool down strike and held a sit-in outside the SEPCO office in Jacobabad on July 9 in protest against suspension of services of a colleague.

The call for the protest was given by the Jacobabad chapter of the All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Labour Union.

As the protest went on, power supply to the town was shut completely and remained suspended for five hours, severely affecting business activities in bazaars and trade areas and hampering service of civic amenities.

An office bearer of the union, however, clarified the union had no hand in shutting power but it had to be suspended after a fault developed in the main trolley of grid station.

Published by Daily Dawn on July 10, 2014

Israel prepares criminal invasion of Gaza

July 9 — The Israeli apartheid state has called up as many as 40,000 reserve troops to prepare for an all-out invasion of the Gaza territory, where 1.5 million Palestinians live. Because of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the territory has been described as “the largest open-air prison in the world.” Beginning July 7, Israeli planes […]

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Longshore Workers Ordered Back To Work After Joining Striking Truckers

By JoAnne Pow!ers

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in Los Angeles and Long Beach were ordered to return to work Tuesday morning after walking off the job in solidarity with striking port truck drivers. After the longshore workers refused to cross the picket lines, a federal arbiter ruled that the action was a violation of their current contract. The 120 truckers are holding the Unfair Labor Practice strike over misclassification of the workers by three transportation companies as “independent contractors”, resulting in lower pay and fewer benefits than if they were properly classified as employees. The misclassification has been ruled a violation of U.S. labor law, and would prevent the workers from being able to form a union. The open-ended strike, supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, is the third, following two shorter walkouts earlier this year. While ongoing contract negotiations prevented comment from the ILWU, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President and Ports Division Director Fred Potter feels that the rank-and-file longshore workers and other union members are deeply committed to helping the striking drivers:

UK Public Sector Workers Strike Over Cuts

As of Workers Independent News air-time, trade unions in the United Kingdom are expecting over a million public sector workers to walk off their jobs Thursday in a coordinated strike against “poverty pay”, as well as concerns about pensions and workplace safety. Britain’s Trade Union Congress estimates that most public sector workers’ incomes have lost more than 4000 dollars annually following years of wage freezes. The massive strike is expected to include workers from all corners of the public sector, ranging from teachers to firefighters to civil servants.

Hazardous conditions: ‘There were no safety measures at factory where four workers died’

MULTAN, July 9th: Vehari District Coordination Officer (DCO) Jawad Akram on July 8 submitted his report of on the death of four labourers to the chief minister.

The investigation was supervised by the home secretary and MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif. The report said the four men, who died on July 6, had been hired late in June by a relative, who was a contractor for Viga Plastic Pipes, as daily wage workers in Lahore. Police said the men, of Mitro in sub-district Mailsi, fell sick last week and were referred to Nishtar Medical Hospital in Multan. They said three of them passed away on Sunday and the fourth died on Monday.

Raigad: Protest against forced land acquisition for Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, Jul 9

Corridor Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti & Jagitikikaran Virodhi Sanghrash Samiti Join the protest for saving the agricultural Land and livelihoods against forced Acquisition for Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, at Mangoan, Raigad Date: 9th July 2014 Place: Sub Divisional Office , Mangoan, dist, Raigad Hundreds of farmers from 78 villages of Mangoan, Roha and Tala Tehsil of […]

Argentina: Lear Roadblocks Face Violent Eviction by Gendarmerie

June 8 2014 Buenos Aires: Today was a national day of solidarity with the struggle of Lear workers with roadblocks in roads and highways in various parts of the country. Actions were held in Cordoba, Mendoza, Neuquen, Tucuman, Rosario and Jujuy. The most important roadblocks were in Puente Pueyrredon connecting the southern outskirts of Buenos

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Wage Victory for Johns Hopkins Workers Following Four Month Struggle

By JoAnne Pow!ers

[Carrietta Hiers]: “I’m excited about the agreement. We gave the boss the proposals; they told us that our proposals took their breath away, and that we would never see fifteen dollars an hour.”

That was Service Employees International Union organizer Carrietta Hiers celebrating a fair wage victory for hospital workers at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After a four-month struggle workers won a major victory in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The hospital and SEIU 1199 reached a tentative agreement on a new four-and-a-half year contract which guarantees substantial wage increases to workers, with raises as high as 38% for low-paid workers over the life of the contract, and a minimum wage of up to 15 dollars an hour for long-time workers. The Union membership will vote on ratification at the end of this week.

Three victims of factory gas leakage buried

VEHARI, July 8: The three labourers who had fallen sick while working at a pipe factory in Lahore about a week ago, allegedly because of leakage of some poisonous gas there and later died were buried at their native villages in the district late on July 6.

According to Mitro police, Imran and Abid of Chak 125-WB and Ramzan of Muza Mohammad Shah had been working at Vega Pipe Factory, Lahore, for the last one month.

Last Monday, they fell unconscious while working at the factory. The factory owner got them admitted to a private clinic in Lahore on July 4. Later, as their condition deteriorated, he shifted them to their native places and promised their families he would bear all the treatment cost.

On July 5, Ramzan and Abid died while Imran expired on July 6 at Nishter Hospital, Multan.

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