Posts in: workers

Dirigente sindical costarricense Orlando Barrantes – Pena de prisión de 12 años en una emboscada política

diciembre de 2015

Orlando Barrantes Orlando Barrantes ha dedicado su vida a mejorar las condiciones de los pobres y de los trabajadores en Costa Rica. Durante muchos años fue el Secretario General del Consejo Nacional de Trabajadores Bananeros (CONATRAB) y actualmente es líder del Movimiento de los Trabajadores y Campesinos (MTC). Ahora se enfrenta a una larga pena… Read more »

Unions must join forces to defeat anti-labor lawsuit before US Supreme Court

December 2015

Public sector unions face a threat to their existence from a case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court sometime in early 2016. As the day of decision approaches, union leaders seem to be resigned to watching the wrecking ball headed their way. However, rank-and-filers don’t care for this defeatist approach, and they are… Read more »

South African students stop fee hikes, fight for their future

February 2016

Growing protests against the South African government of the African National Congress (ANC) have spread to campuses. In October 2015, thousands of college students nationwide rallied to stop planned tuition hikes of 10-12 percent. Students at nearly every major university shut down their schools. They engaged campus workers in the struggle and turned #feesmustfall into… Read more »

La criminalización de la protesta — Radicales y sindicalistas perseguidos en México y Costa Rica

febrero de 2016

El presidente Peña Nieto de México se jacta de sus políticas neoliberales de privatización de los recursos públicos, de disminuir los servicios sociales, y de introducir “reformas” educativas antisindicales por la fuerza. Su gobierno también ha sido expuesto por sus vínculos con los carteles de la droga y el asesinato y encarcelamiento de activistas políticos…. Read more »

The criminalization of protest — Radicals and unionists persecuted in Mexico and Costa Rica

February 2016

President Peña Nieto of Mexico brags about his neoliberal policies to privatize public resources, cut social services, and force anti-union education “reforms.” His government has also been exposed for its ties to drug cartels and the killing and jailing of political activists. There’s a connection. Increasingly, Peña Nieto’s economic plans hinge on crushing all opposition… Read more »

Labor Weather Report Feb 2016 — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.

February 2016

November 2015 — Korea attacks unions. On November 21, police raided the offices of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, seizing papers and computers. The government hopes to silence the KCTU as it leads protests to proposed new “labor reforms” that would gut workers’ rights and protections. Ongoing — Strikes soar in China. As the… Read more »

Mexican farmworkers take on growers and a corrupt union

February 2016

Up and down the Pacific Coast, a largely indigenous workforce does the grueling labor to grow and harvest the fruits and vegetables that land on grocery store shelves. Now their relentless struggle against poverty wages and demeaning treatment is picking up speed like a freight train. In March of 2015, tens of thousands of farmworkers… Read more »