Workers’ rights
Massmart South Africa Union vows to fight mass-layoffs by Massmart in South Africa

The layoffs are being overseen by Mitch Slape who was appointed as the CEO of Massmart in September 2019, reportedly at the behest of Walmart which acquired majority shares in the company in 2011

Cambodia hotel workers protest Cambodian luxury hotel workers begin indefinite strike seeking payment of dues

The Great Duke Phnom Penh hotel was closed at very short notice on December 31, 2019. Many of its workers are yet to be paid months of arrears on their wages and benefits

Pension reforms France French unions reject Macron’s concessions, demand complete rollback of pension reforms

The French government announced it would keep the retirement age at 62, but major unions in the country have called for massive mobilizations on 14, 15 and 16 January, to demand a complete rollback of the controversial pension reforms

UK annual railfare hike ‘New year shock’ continues for UK rail commuters and workers

British commuters and rail workers have protested the hike in rail fares as well as the government’s inaction on guaranteeing job security for railway guards

Samsung Samsung executives sentenced in South Korea for union-busting

26 senior executives and former employees of the Samsung Group have been sentenced to jail, while the company has been charged a minor fine for violating the country’s labor laws

Bangladesh factory fire Ten more workers engulfed in Bangladesh’s factory fires

With another incident of factory fire reported in Bangladesh on Monday, the total number of accidental deaths in the country registered in the month of December so far has risen to 27

Google walkout Employees involved in organizing Google Walkout fired

Four employees were fired by Google in what is being perceived as a clampdown against the workers for organizing the Google Walkout for Real Change campaign to protest the company’s handling of sexual abuse cases

Finland postal workers Postal workers’ strike ends in Finland

The workers were protesting the management’s bid to force some of their colleagues into a new collective bargaining agreement which is likely to be followed by pay cuts

Ireland Campaign to abolish Ireland’s anti-worker Industrial Relations Act

In order for the workers to defend themselves under the current neo-liberal climate, there is an urgent need to repeal the restrictive 1990 act

minimum wage Portugal Portuguese working class calls for an immediate hike in national minimum wage

The communist party and trade unions in Portugal have called for increasing the minimum wages to EUR 850

Ravi Srivastava on history of labour rights in India

Ravi Srivastava introduces labour rights in India in order to understand the current conversation on the proposed changes to the existing labour laws.

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