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Protest ASgainst 7-Eleven rip off of workers i Geelong

On Friday February 13 between 12 noon and 1pm UNITE will stage an action outside the 7-Eleven store at 115 Moorabool Street Geelong. This store is located on the corner of the mall in the Geelong city centre.

UNITE has opened a second front in our campaign against 7-Eleven’s super-exploitation. Workers in the Moorabool Street store are only paid a flat rate of $10 per hour and some have been forced to do an unpaid trial of up to 2 months! To top it off one worker was stood down for making a complaint and other workers have been threatened with violence.

The Workplace Ombudsman is now investigating the employment practices at the store and complaints have also been registered with Worksafe and the Police.

UNITE is demanding that the store start paying all of their workers at least the minimum wage plus penalty rates. We also want the worker who was stood down to be reinstated and for the franchise owner to pay back all of the wages he has stolen from the workers over recent years. The facts are that many 7-Eleven workers across Australia are being underpaid.

Guadeloupe Rocks, Iceland Rolls (gubbamint) & US Refinery workers ?

"Wherever you find injustice, the proper form of politeness is attack." - t-bone slim

GUADELOUPE United General Strike Since January 20, 2009 (Contributed by B. Ross Ashley)

A collective of 47 organizations constituted at the initiative of the UGTG trade union confederation has established a platform of 120 demands Since January 20, 2009, Guadeloupe has been paralyzed by a general strike called by a collective of 47 organizations constituted at the initiative of the UGTG (the biggest union confederation), which has brought together all the workers and peasants unions, as well as political parties. This collective has established a platform of 120 demands "against over-exploitation."

"Governments tremble" as unrest spreads, but who controls the blame pattern?

Fortress Europe-NATO must be preparing loyalist legions for confrontation http://www.theage.com.au/world/european-governments-tremble-as-anger-spreads-20090131-7ufm.html

but while the French and Iceland etc rise "as a class" ? other regions in Europe are yoked with Nationalism... the old "divide and rule the fools" via "control-the-blame-pattern" racket eg past Procols of Elders of Zion Police forgery lead to pogroms of Russian jewry to get the Tsar & crew off the hook; is nowadays the German neo-fash & blame the Romany policy in Italy & Czech or "foreigners" in Britain currently: http://libcom.org/news/unofficial-refinery-walkouts-over-foreign-workers-spread-30012009

more: "BRITISH JOBS FOR BRITISH WORKERS" - Gordon Brown PM, at 2007 Labor Party Conference http://www.bearfacts.co.uk/

Another Liberal Party facing extinction?

The Alternative Liberal Party (aka "you labour we party!") supposedly faces extinction.

see http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/

http://www.theage.com.au/national/factionhit-alp-faces-extinction-20090125-7pgl.html http://www.theage.com.au/national/labor-leaders-back-party-stability-deal-20090126-7q0f.html

But can we believe the good news? Once proud to claim to represent the interest of white Australian workers, the contemporary ALP — a largely middle class institution — now claims to represent the interests of ‘working families’; a mantra repeated endlessly during the last Federal election campaign by KRudd & Co.

Despite a declining membership, however, the ALP still retains a stranglehold over the trades union movement, and the labour movement more generally. (See : Union Control of the ALP, Presentations given on 26 March 2008 by [former] trade union leader and Senator Elect for NSW, Doug Cameron, and former union official [and Communist] Mark Aarons.) The ALP, in turn, is dominated by the right.

Casual-tea - world's most profitable beverage?/updates Russia, Zimbabwe, Nestlé, private equity

Reply-To: iuf@iuf.org

Destroying permanent jobs - could it make the most profitable beverage in the world? CASUAL-T®. DISPOSAL JOBS CAN DO THAT http://www.iuf.org/casualtea

IUF Condemns Murders of Russian Union/Social Activists, Calls for Government Action In a letter to the heads of the Russian government dated January 26, the IUF has called for swift action by the authorities in the face of growing violence against trade union and social activists. http://www.iuf.org/den5665

Nestlé USA Ordered to Pay Back Wages to 6,000 Workers Clocking Off for Work Clothes Changes http://www.iuf.org/den5649

10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods

10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods

With the cost of food recently skyrocketing – hitting not just shoppers but the poor and hungry in the developing world – genetically modified (GM) foods are once again being promoted as the way to feed the world. But this is little short of a confidence trick. Far from needing more GM foods, there are urgent reasons why we need to ban them altogether.

Dean Baker on shorter work time...

This is a brave stance for a liberal to take. Legislating shorter work hours is in the class interests of the workers. The BIG BOYS AND GIRLS who rule us don't like this kind of clear thinking from their economists. It should be remembered that Dean Baker saw the housing bubble problem which has led to the current economic slump way back in 2002. Nobody listened to him then. And now? Well, the fools who rule us will most likely ignore him again.

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Pass the stimulus - then help shorten the work week

Wednesday, January 28th 2009, 4:00 AM

As job losses hemorrhage, the American economy is in desperate need of a stimulus. It is becoming increasingly clear that Congress must work rapidly to approve some version of President Obama's plan.

General Strike in France

Contributed by Brent Bennett
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Paris - French railway workers walked off their jobs late Wednesday to kick off a one-day general strike that will disrupt transportation and shut schools throughout the country. The job action was called by most major trade unions to demand higher pay, more job security, additional state aid to small and middle-sized companies threatened by the economic crisis and a halt to parts of President Nicolas Sarkozy's economic reforms.

In addition to many of France's 5 million public sector workers, employees from a large number of private companies, such as car makers Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen and Virgin Megastores, were expected to strike on Thursday.

The head of the moderate CFDT trade union, Francois Chereque, said, "There is a real necessity for workers to say that it is unjust that they are the ones that must pay, with their salaries, their jobs, their benefits, for a crisis for which they are not responsible. This (strike) is a cry of rage."

Quote of the day....(think about the four hour day with no cut pay)

John Kenneth Galbraith remarked fifty-odd years ago:

 "If we are concerned about our great appetite for materials, it is  plausible to seek to increase the supply, to decrease the waste, to  make better use of the stocks that are available, and to develop  substitutes. But what of the appetite itself? Surely this is the  ultimate source of the problem. If it continues its geometric course,  will it not one day have to be restrained? Yet in the literature of  the resource problem this is the forbidden question. Over it hangs a  nearly total silence. It is as though, in the discussion of the chance  for avoiding automobile accidents, we agree not to make any mention of
 speed!"
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"There's more to life than increasing its speed." Gandhi 


 

10 Worst Corporations of 2008 - 2009 competition opens

The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008 What a year for corporate criminality and malfeasance! As we compiled the Multinational Monitor list of the 10 Worst Corporations of 2008, it would have been easy to restrict the awardees to Wall Street firms. http://www.multinationalmonitor.org/editorsblog/index.php?/archives/105-The-10-Worst-Corporations-of-2008.html#extended

AIG: Money for Nothing There's surely no one party responsible for the ongoing global financial crisis. But if you had to pick a single responsible corporation, there's a very strong case to make for American International Group (AIG), which has already sucked up more than $150 billion in taxpayer supports.

Cargill: Food Profiteers When food prices spiked in late 2007 and through the beginning of 2008, countries and poor consumers found themselves at the mercy of the global market and the giant trading companies that dominate it. As hunger rose and food riots broke out around the world, Cargill saw profits soar, tallying more than $1 billion in the second quarter of 2008 alone.

Chevron: "We can't let little countries screw around with big companies"

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