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Labor Movement

No Place for Cops in Our Unions

Last week, Local 2865 of the United Auto Workers passed a resolution calling on the AFL-CIO to end its affiliation with the International Union of Police Associations. This call offers a way in which workers can take up the fight against police brutality at their jobs, and put pressure on their unions to sign on to this demand.

Julia Wallace

August 7, 2015

Victory in the fight for $15 in New York

An advisory board has recommended that New York State raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast-food workers. The national movement for $15 has recently won important fights in some cities and gained nationwide momentum. However there remain some important unresolved questions about the potential of this movement.

Juan Cruz Ferre

July 28, 2015

Maritime Union of Australia elections: continuity and change

The Quadrennial Elections of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have just been finalised, with newly elected officials taking office on July 1. The election results in the union which covers the economically strategic areas of shipping, stevedoring and the offshore oil and gas industry were a real mixed bag. The Maritime Union and its predecessor unions have had a long association with Communism, an association which has left behind a contradictory legacy.

Sean Robertson

July 22, 2015

Biggest attack on trade unions’ rights for 30 years

Yesterday the British government unveiled its Trade Union Bill – a draconian set of proposals that will affect working conditions and trade union’s rights and shift the balance of power in favour of the bosses. The new bill represents the biggest crackdown on trade union rights in 30 years since Margaret Thatcher introduced her anti-union laws in the 80s.

Alejandra Ríos

July 17, 2015

‘The key is the organization of the supply-chains for fast food and the new retail stores’

Charlie Post is a Professor at City University of New York and a socialist activist. He is the author of the book American Road to Capitalism. In this interview originally published in Esquerda Diario, he talks about the concept of Precariat, the novel ways of workplace organizing and the challenges for the Left.

Left Voice

July 16, 2015

Day of strikes and demonstrations in Greece, clashes with police in Syntagma Square

On Wednesday, the Greek civil servants union confederation ADEDY held a 24-hour strike against the agreement between the government and the creditors, at the same time Parliament took up a vote on the agreement. Police repressed demonstrators in Athens's Syntagma Square.

Jacobo García

July 16, 2015

Tsipras’ capitulation and the general strike against the agreement

Despite the resounding NO at the referendum last July 5, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted the demands made by the Troika. A new austerity package is on the way. Syriza has ignored the people's mandate. The call for a general strike by the public workers federation will pose the first challenge to the government.

Celeste Murillo

July 14, 2015

National Strike in Argentina: voices from the Left

Photo: Enfoque Rojo Rubén Matu (Lear), member of the comision interna (shop floor commission): “We have been meeting up with comrades from different companies and groups, and coordinating our actions. We have our own demands -> http://www.laizquierdadiario.com/ARGENTINA-Why-we-strike]…” “The Kirchnerist administration says this is a “National and popular” government, but workers had already organized five national […]

ARGENTINA: Why we strike?

10 demands for the general strike in Argentina