Trade union

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Canada / Long term trends in unionization, a Stat Can study

From 1981 to 2012, the overall unionization rate—defined as the proportion of all employees who are union members—declined. In this brief analysis, long-term trends in unionization rates are examined by gender, age group, province and industry using data from the Labour Force Survey and a collection of earlier data sources. From 1981 to 2012, Canada’s … Continue reading

Unions in US / Majority Approves but Say They’ll Weaken

A majority of Americans, 54%, approve of labor unions, a slight increase from 52% in 2012 and six percentage points above the all-time low observed in 2009. Thirty-nine percent disapprove of labor unions. The current reading is eight points below the historical average of 62% in Gallup’s trend dating back to 1936. Americans’ approval of … Continue reading

France / New labor deal at Renault

French carmaker Renault (RENA.PA) has won support from workers for a nationwide deal on pay and conditions to boost its competitiveness as a second union gave its backing to the move on Wednesday. Force Ouvriere said in a statement that it had decided by a large majority to sign the new agreement “for a new … Continue reading

India / Millions of India’s workers walked off their jobs against “anti-labour” policies

Millions of India’s workers walked off their jobs on Wednesday in a two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions to protest at the “anti-labour” policies of the embattled government. Financial services and transport were hit by the strike called by 11 major workers’ groups to protest at a series of pro-market economic reforms announced by … Continue reading

Spain / Iberia workers on strike over layoffs

Labor unions representing most workers in Spain’s Iberia airline have called 15 days of strikes to protest the company’s plans to lay off 4,500 workers. The stoppages by Iberia’s ground staff and cabin crews will be held Feb. 18-22, March 4-8 and March 18-22. Raul Melero of the USO union said Wednesday that the strikes … Continue reading

Taiwan / Foxconn to boost worker participation in union ?

Foxconn Technology Group, the assembler of most of the world’s top-selling electronic gadgets including Apple Inc’s iPhone, is trying to raise participation in its union as part of efforts to dispel a rash of bad publicity over poor working conditions and labor disputes. Taiwan’s Foxconn, which employs more than 1 million people, mostly in China … Continue reading

US Manufacturing Recovery / Unions are left behind

American factories are hiring again, but they’re not hiring union members. U.S. manufacturers have added a half-million new workers since the end of 2009, making the sector one of the few bright spots in an otherwise weak recovery. And yet there were 4 percent fewer union factory workers in 2012 than there were in 2010, … Continue reading

Spain / Bank workers protest layoffs

Crisis-hit Spanish bank workers called for nationwide protests on Wednesday, fuming over tens of thousands layoffs in the industry and lashing out against top executives they hold responsible. The Spanish banking sector is still staggering from the blow of a 2008 property crash, which left lenders awash with bad loans. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy last … Continue reading

Detroit / Teachers’ union will sue district over layoffs

The teachers’ union in Detroit says it plans to file a lawsuit against Detroit Public Schools on Wednesday for the “improper” dismissal of more than 422 teachers at the start of the school year. Detroit Federation of Teachers’ president Keith Johnson will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at the DFT hall to announce … Continue reading

Canada – Trade Union slams ‘mass importation’ of Chinese workers for B.C. coal mine

A major B.C. labour organization denounced on Monday the “mass importation” of Chinese workers to mine coal in the northeast part of the province, saying it is “preposterous” to suggest British Columbians don’t have the skills to fill close to 2,000 full-time jobs destined for foreign workers. “We want to register our grave concerns about … Continue reading

EU – Trade Unions – Austerity and industrial policy ‘absolutely contradictory’

Trade unions say the European Commission’s new industrial policy must be followed up with concrete actions. The European Commission published a communication on industrial policy last week, attempting to re-launch manufacturing industry and calling fora “new industrial revolution” in Europe. The industry is ready to lead the revolution, but it needs the right instruments, European … Continue reading

UK – Unemployment is deliberately high says TUC

Frances O’Grady – incoming TUC general secretary – has suggested in a Guardian interview today that high unemployment is a deliberate ploy being used by the government to suppress wage claims and destroy  employment rights. As she puts it: There was certainly a strong view in the 1980s, not just among trade unions, but also among a number of intellectuals and commentators, that unemployment was being … Continue reading

UK | Capita to cut up to 400 jobs

Outsourcing firm Capita is set to cut up to 400 jobs across the UK. Unite said that as part of the company’s proposal, Capita would also offshore a significant number of staff to India. The trade union said it may consider an industrial action ballot, in response to the moves. The staff affected are understood … Continue reading

Union reports layoffs at IBM | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

IBM is going through another layoff, according to a labor union trying to represent the company’s workers. The IBM Union Alliance in New York state, where IBM is based, began receiving calls and emails from IBM workers Monday morning. The layoffs are scattered across various sites and affect numerous divisions, said Lee Conrad, the union … Continue reading

India | Trade unions strike: Banking, transport hit across India – India News – IBNLive

Life has come to a standstill in parts of India due to the 24-hour nationwide strike by trade unions and government employees on Tuesday. In all, 11 trade unions across party lines along with 8 lakh public sector employees with the exception of those in the Railways are participating. Banking, transport and government services have … Continue reading

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