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TAMING THE UNIONS - The mirage of a social Europe (by C. GOBIN)
By : Le Monde Diplo - Monday May 30, 2011
France and Italy have undertaken to introduce a 35-hour working week. But this step forward has been greeted with serious reservations by most European Union governments, and with downright hostility by employers and heads of finance. The key word is now flexibility. But it remains to be seen at this month’s European Council summit what hope there really is for a "social Europe". What is sure is that European trades unions have been hopelessly slow off the mark. by Corinne Gobin (...)
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RESALE RIGHT - lasts days for fair resale right contribution
By : SNAPcgt - Wednesday March 9, 2011
Consultation on the implementation and effect of the Resale Right Directive (2001/84/EC) Period of consultation From 07.01.2011 to 11.03.2011 All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from artists, art market professionals, and collecting societies managing resale right royalties. The Commission Services are preparing a report on the implementation and effect of the Resale Right Directive (2001/84/EC), as provided (...)
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(video) Koch brothers play self-serving role in Wisconsin battle
By : Juan Lopez - Thursday March 3, 2011
Multi-billionaire corporate magnates Charles and David Koch, major behind-the-scenes players in the dispute between Wisconsin public employees and Republican Gov. Scott Walker, stand to gain more than meets the eye from this epic battle. Buried deep inside Walker’s 144-page contested budget bill are 10 lines, unrelated to employee takeaways or union rights, which would allow the state to sell to or contract with a private corporation any state-owned heating, cooling and power plant, (...)
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(video) Epic battle in Wisconsin is a taste of our power
By : Wisconsin - Thursday March 3, 2011
Siân Ruddick looks at the stuggle in Wisconsin, which is changing the US The battle in Wisconsin has seen hundreds of thousands of US workers rediscover their power. In the most powerful protests for many years, public sector workers—with the support of students, war veterans, pensioners, local campaigners and even some police—have brought the city of Madison to a standstill. They have shown the US right that they will face determined resistance to any attacks they try to push (...)
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(videos) New Jersey rallies to support Wisconsin workers
By : Norman Markowitz - Wednesday March 2, 2011
Thousands of trade unionists rallied in front of the state Capitol in Trenton last week in solidarity with the public workers of Wisconsin who are fighting back against, Scott Walker a righting governor trying to do in 2011 what he would not have dared to do in 1911, when Robert La Follette, Sr., the leading progressive reformer in the nation, was Wisconsin’s United States Senator. La Follette more than a century ago had led Wisconsin to become the most advanced state in the nation (...)
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ARTISTS for RESALE RIGHT in EUROPE
By : snapcgt - Wednesday March 2, 2011
CITIZEN CONTRIBUTIONS opened until 11th of march 2011 Resale Right has been created to allow artists or their heirs to get some profit back from the resale of their works. Very often, artists sell low prices artworks which are resaled later much more expensive value. All citizens and artists unions can contribute to the european consultation to promote resale right in all Europe. Contributions are particularly sought from artists, artists unions and collecting societies managing resale (...)
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11-hour picket slams Gannett union-busting
By : Rick Nagin - Tuesday March 1, 2011
In what may seem like a case of David and Goliath, 60 broadcast technicians and engineers at WKYC-TV Channel 3 are standing up to the Gannett Corporation’s nationwide union-busting rampage. Facing a savage attack on their union, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) Local 42, the workers got badly needed support from their brothers and sisters at other stations Wednesday, Feb. 23, in an 11-hour silent picket line in front of Channel 3 studios. (...)
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Video: Rep. Donna Edwards: “Today, We Are All From Wisconsin!”
By : William Hughes - Saturday February 26, 2011
On Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, a Union-led solidarity rally, backed by a wide coalition of progressive groups, was held in Annapolis, MD. The action was in support of the ongoing “Wisconsin Protest.” One of the featured speakers at the spirited event was Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).
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Pioneering Spanish trade union leader Marcelino Camacho dies at 92
By : MADRID - Friday October 29, 2010
Marcelino Camacho, one of Spain’s foremost union leaders and the first secretary general of a top workers’ federation, has died at 92. Camacho died in a Madrid hospital Friday after several days in serious condition, his union, Comisiones Obreras said. A committed communist, Camacho fought in the losing Republican army during Spain’s 1936-39 Civil War and then spent 10 years in prison as a staunch opponent of the 1939-75 military dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco. (...)
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SEPTEMBER 7TH 2010 INTERNATIONAL ACTION DAY
By : World Federation of Trade Unions - Tuesday August 31, 2010
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The World Federation of Trade Unions -WFTU- calls upon the trade union movement and progressive organizations of the world to act, to participate, to join us on the on September 7th 2010, International Action Day. In 2009-2010, we live in a period of global crisis of the capitalist system. This crisis is deep and embraces all areas of the system: the economy, politics, society, culture, environment, even the personal relationships of the people. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is (...)
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Honduras: A selective and low-intensity human hunt
By : Rel-UITA - Friday February 26, 2010
Another murder in broad daylight A little after noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the city of San Pedro Sula, there was a knock on the door at Claudia Larissa Brizuela’s house, where she was celebrating her 36th birthday. As soon as she opened the door she was gunned down, with three shots to the head that killed instantly. Claudia was an active member of the trade union of employees of the Mayor’s Office, where she worked. She was also the daughter of Pedro Brizuela, a (...)
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New Caledonian union leader set free from ‘inhumane’ jail
By : New Caledonia - Monday January 18, 2010
New Caledonia’s pro-independence USTKE (Union of Kanak and Exploited Workers) union leader Gérard Jodar has been granted release from a nine-month jail sentence he was serving for disrupting air traffic during violent clashes on the tarmac of the Magenta domestic airport late May 2009. The ruling was handed down by an Appeals Court in New Caledonia’s capital Nouméa, local media reported. Mid-September 2009, a former appeal ruling reduced Jodar’s initial sentence of 12 to (...)
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Venezuela: El Libertario warns of possible sentence to the 14 Sidor workers
By : Periódico El Libertario - Saturday July 25, 2009
In 05 September 2006 a group of workers and union leaders staged a protest against the carrier Camila, a contractor to SIDOR (Siderúrgic of the Orinoco), the principal steel core business located in Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar state, in Venezuela. The workers were protesting the failure to pay wages, and maintain health and safety, as well as the lack of tools to accomplish their work. The protest was endorsed by Readers of the “Sindicato Único de Trabajadores Siderúrgicos y Similares (...)
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Record numbers join anti-Sarkozy protests
By : Paris - Friday March 20, 2009
Record numbers took to the streets of France yesterday in the biggest demonstrations since Nicolas Sarkozy’s election, to protest about his handling of the economic crisis. Unions estimated that more than three million people took part in demonstrations across the country, in the second general strike over the economic crisis in two months. Police put figures at about 1.2 million. With one in three people supporting the protest, it had the highest public backing for a strike in a (...)
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PETITION - "We will not pay for your crisis !". For a European social movement
By : Sud étudiant - Tuesday December 16, 2008
PETITION - "We will not pay for your crisis !". For a European social movement « We will not pay for your crisis !! « We will not pay for your crisis » is the slogan that has been echoing in all Italy for more than a month now. The wave of protests is spreading and more than 300 000 demonstrators on November 14th have taken up the slogan that across the borders shout at our political leaders. They are thousands of students, teachers and parents, who are thinking and acting for another (...)
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The Bologna Declaration : Critical notes - Part 2
By : COBAS UK - Sunday December 7, 2008
Employability Employability is a point around which the Bologna Declaration has based its rhetoric of the positive forces of the free market. The Bologna Declaration sustains rhetoric of employability that is central to the redefinition of HE as an economic system. It promotes tools like the Diploma Supplement (a document giving more information about the contents of a qualification earned) aimed at increasing the depth and comparability of degrees across Europe. This is supposed to make (...)
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The lot of witnesses that "La Repubblica" is missing
By : COBAS UK - Thursday November 27, 2008
There are many people who have been forced out of their jobs and academic careers, from postgraduate researchers to professors, because of bullying in universities in Britain. We know that these same problems exist elsewhere around the world and seems to worsen the more neoliberal policies and ideologies are forced upon Higher Education systems. Sometime the problem of bullying and mobbing in the universities around the world is obscured and difficult to translate as behaviours and (...)
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An education system not to trust
By : COBAS UK - Sunday October 26, 2008
The THE has published a survey in which 77% of lecturers denounce that they are pressurised to award higher grades to students than deserved. There are some important perversions of interest underlying the publication of such data by the THE. If the THE, the universities, the QAA, the government, the pseudo-unions, or anyone else in the elite caste architecting the direction of British HE, wanted to really ensure meritocracy and student-centred learning in academia, they would first (...)
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Stop elite research now!
By : COBAS UK - Saturday October 11, 2008
Research in universities across the globe is becoming more and more privatised. This must be stopped because it will centre power in the hands of a few who will inevitably ask for the payment of very high university fees and will not give access to research which does not support their speculative interests. Berlusconi in Italy is trying to privatise most of the public university research. This should be stopped! Italian students and universtity professors are united in a "line of fight" (...)
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A case of disciplinary action against a university academic
By : COBAS UK - Friday September 5, 2008
A case of disciplinary action against a university academic is presented on COBAS UK. In the analysis a case for managerial discrection and union passivity is presented highlighting how disciplinary procedures are internalised within the system in order to extend managerial control. http://www.cobas.org.uk COBAS UK
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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