Travellers and us

Submitted by Janine on 5 September, 2004 - 9:11

The following article by Jim Gibney is taken from Sinn Fein’s An Phoblacht/Republican News from 26 August. We don’t agree with very much of Sinn Fein’s politics, but on this issue — the rights of travellers — they have a good record.

It comes as a shock when you think you know something about something and you suddenly realise you know very little.

That’s how I felt a few weeks ago sitting in a lecture theatre in St Mary’s University on Belfast’s Falls Road.

The occasion was the Royal Victoria Hospital’s annual lecture in West Belfast’s Féile an Phobal.

Chinese workers pay the price

Submitted by Janine on 5 September, 2004 - 8:59

Puma profits from the Olympics

From a new report by the US National Labor Committee and China Labour Watch

Puma sponsors Olympic teams and star athletes around the world. But it is unlikely that even these finely conditioned athletes could keep pace with Puma’s workers in China, forced to work up to 16.5 hours a day, from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, six or seven days a week, for wages of just 31 cents an hour.

International round-up

Submitted by Janine on 5 September, 2004 - 8:57

Unions at Wal-Mart!

After years of dogged attempts to organise unions in Wal-Mart, workers in Canada are starting to make some gains at this, the world’s largest retailer.

In August, the Quebec Labour Relations Board certified a union at the Wal-Mart store in Jonquière, Quebec after more than half of its 145 workers signed cards to become members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). A mandatory contract will soon have to be agreed — and that would create the first union branch at Wal-Mart anywhere in North America.

Help us raise £30,000!

Submitted by Janine on 5 September, 2004 - 8:54

Help us raise £30,000!

What a dull summer it’s been. And there’s been nothing coming into the kitty. Were it not for the money raised by comrades working at Reading Festival, it would have been a complete washout. We are looking forward to an autumn of renewed political activity and a drive on increasing public sales of Solidarity. Why not ask for a “solidarity price” for this paper — £1 — even that little extra will help us!

On the march against Bush

Submitted by Janine on 5 September, 2004 - 8:53

Jim Byagua joined the 300,000 marching through New York against Bush on the weekend before the Republican Party National Convention

New York City this week hosted the Republican National Convention — the pre-election party gathering where right-wing celebrities such as Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of the city and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the terminator, issue media sound bites amidst ecstatic placard-waving delegates and thousands of balloons.