International unions

Haft Tappeh: free the three!

Submitted by AWL on 12 December, 2018 - 11:10

Since Esmail Bakhshi, one of their elected representatives, was arrested on 18 November, the main demand of the workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar cane complex in south-west Iran has been his release. They are also demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Sepideh Gholian, a journalist and social rights activist, and Ali Nejati, one of the union’s former reps.

Free Bakhshi and Ghalian

Submitted by AWL on 5 December, 2018 - 1:21 Author: Gerry Bates

Esmail Bakhshi, the jailed union rep of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers in south-west Iran, and Sepideh Ghalian, an activist who has supported the workers, have been badly beaten in prison. After visiting them, their families have reported that both have been tortured and are in serious distress.

46-day hotel strike wins

Submitted by martin on 20 November, 2018 - 8:43 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Hotel strikers marching

In Boston, USA, the 46-day Marriott Hotel workers strike has ended in victory. Organised in UNITE HERE Local 26, the workers ratified a tentative agreement between the union and Marriott International on Saturday 17 November. The full details are not yet public, but the deal appears to include a pay rise for all employees, as well as more guaranteed work hours, parental leave, an increased pension, and improved protections against sexual harassment.

Brazil: rising of the women

Submitted by AWL on 31 October, 2018 - 10:59 Author: Hector Lopez
Ele Nao

Three weeks before the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections now won by the fascistic Jair Bolsonaro, some 150,000 people, the majority women, took to the streets in Brazil to declare their opposition.

In London protests against Bolsonaro have also been mainly women. They rebel against Bolsonaro’s aggressive sexism and his disregard for democracy.

Advance estimates of the second round poll on 28 October were that although Bolsonaro would win (as he did), he would be in a clear minority among women.

Teamsters fightback over UPS deal

Submitted by AWL on 24 October, 2018 - 9:14 Author: Eduardo Tovar

In the US, Teamsters working for the package delivery giant UPS are once again fighting on two fronts: against their bosses and against the union bureaucracy.

UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have negotiated a contract that covers 243,000 workers which will introduce a new class of driver with lower pay.

Biggest ever turnout for “troublemakers”

Submitted by AWL on 10 October, 2018 - 10:35 Author: Cliff Offerdahl

On Saturday 29 September 2018, Labor Notes, an organisation of US-based trade union activists held its annual Troublemakers’ School in New York City.

Established in 1979, Labor Notes is famous for its publications and workshops on rank-and-file activism. In their own words, they are “the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement”.

How teacher walkouts can revive the US labour movement

Submitted by AWL on 15 July, 2018 - 5:06 Author: Lois Weiner
Virginia teachers on strike

Lois Weiner is a socialist and teacher trade unionist based in New York. She is the author of The Future of our Schools: Teacher Unions and Social Justice (2012, Haymarket Books) and a member of the editorial board of the socialist journal New Politics. She answered questions from Cathy Nugent of Solidarity and Daniel Randall of the Labour Days podcast about the recent wave of teacher walkouts in the US, and the struggle to revive and transform the labour movement in the age of Trump.

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