Worker's Rights

Australian employers ripping off backpackers and foreign students: study

Survey reveals systemic exploitation of visitors to Australia, including criminal behaviour by employers<p>A third of backpackers and a quarter of international students in Australia are being routinely ripped off by employers who are paying them $12 an hour or less, about half the minimum wage.<p>A …

Social Justice

Three public sector unions to merge to form 'super union'

A new 'super union' is to be created representing more than 80,000 public service workers.<p>It involves the merging of three established unions - the …

News (Ireland)

NACCHO 1 of 100 Organisations supporting @Change_Record #NationalAction4Kids #FreetobeKids call for PM @TurnbullMalcolm to take national action through #COAG

<i>” We are horrified by the abuses and torture of children in detention in the Northern Territory, highlighted throughout the Royal Commission into the</i> …

Indigenous Australians

Bollywood comes to Fort McMurray with homecoming for Indo-Canadian filmmaker

Fort McMurray-based filmmaker, Sanjay Patel, showcases his feature film in the oilsands capital<p>It's not often you hear northern Alberta and Bollywood …

Canada

Government shields directors after taxpayers foot $1.6bn wage dues

ACTU president says the fact that many directors are repeat offenders proves the rules are broken and inadequate<p>The employment department is refusing to reveal the identities of the directors who contributed to a total unpaid wage bill of $1.6bn over 10 years, which was left to taxpayers to pick up.<p>…

Unions

Deeside incinerator project chief accused by unions of 'betraying' the workforce

Unions have accused councils of “betraying” the workforce at an £800 million incinerator project.<p>GMB and Unite the Union said the workforce at the …

News (Wales)

Politicians Are Betting On The Outcome Of The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey

But it's all for charity.<p>The book is being run by Derryn Hinch staffer Glenn Druery, also known as the "preference whisperer" of Australian politics.<p>Druery told BuzzFeed News it's more of a guessing game than a proper punt. He's taking $5 donations with each guess and the winner has the honour of …

Same-sex Marriage

World Economic Forum asks seven women to co-chair Davos - and zero men

The World Economic Forum's annual event in Davos will be chaired exclusively by women, including International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde and IBM's chief executive Ginni Rometty.<p>The seven women will co-chair the four-day event in January under the theme "creating a shared future in a …

Gender

Unions ignore long history of excluding minorities from jobs

Missouri has taken great strides forward in restoring free-market approaches to our economy. Thanks to the efforts of a Republican Legislature and …

St. Louis

Universalizing Resistance to Attacks on Labor

A demonstrator displays a sign during a union protest in the Wisconsin capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, January 12, 2014. (Photo: Joe …

Liberal View

Trade union Mandate bid to get rid of zero hour contracts

One of the country's biggest trade unions will launch its latest bid later to get rid of zero hours contracts.<p>Mandate claims more than 100,000 …

News (Ireland)

Parliament May Be Historic But The Way We Treat Our Staff Doesn't Have To Be

All is not well in the Palace of Westminster. Stories of sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation abound. Parliament looks less like the seat of …

Brexit

NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Verdict This Week?

The jury in Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial will begin deliberations all over again this morning after failing to reach a verdict last …

Steven Mnuchin

How Colorado’s teachers unions claimed school board victories Tuesday

Building on recent successes, Colorado’s teachers unions sharpened their political operation and took advantage of an unsettled national electoral …

Education

How Unions Are Helping Fix America's Problems

One year into the Trump presidency and the sense that “the system is rigged” endures.<p>A new <i>Washington Post</i> poll finds that the share of Americans not proud of the country’s democratic system is higher than anytime in the last three decades.<p>People are dismayed by political divisions and the toxic …

Social Justice

ANC elders ready for long-awaited consultative conference

Tshidi Madia<p>Johannesburg – The ANC’s stalwarts and veterans say all is in place for their national consultative conference (NCC), which they had been …

News (South Africa)

The Living Wage: a view from across the ditch

Crikey speaks to a series of New Zealand employment law experts to gauge the impact of the living wage on their country. The post The Living Wage: a …

Unions

Teachers Union: GOP Tax Plan Puts 250,000 Education Jobs at Risk

Language in the House GOP tax plan that would partially eliminate the state and local tax deduction would “blow a hole” in revenue used to support …

Education

Trade Unions To Begin 3-Day Strike Before Parliament Tomorrow

The joint forum of 10 central trade unions will stage three-day mass strike before Parliament against the policies of the central government.<p>The …

Unions

Equity launches probe into harassment

<b>Equity is launching an investigation to "find solutions" to what it calls the entertainment industry's sexual harassment "crisis".</b><p>The trade union says it aims to empower its members and "combat a culture of fear" in the creative industries.<p>The action was decided following an Equity council meeting …

Sexual Harassment

ILO Governing Body welcomes Qatar’s commitment to bolster migrant worker rights

GENEVA (ILO News) – The ILO Governing Body session on the complaint concerning non-observance by Qatar of the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. …

Slavery

PSA wants public sector unions represented in the PIC board

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Servants Association (PSA) is planning to interdict the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Public Investment Corporation …

Malusi Gigaba

'It shouldn't come as a surprise to the government': First public sector union rejects 3.5 per cent wage rollback

The union representing almost 1,800 SaskPower workers voted overwhelmingly against a 3.5 per cent wage cut proposed by the provincial government, …

Canadian News

Sacramento teacher strike averted. Union, city district reach deal ahead of planned walkout

The Sacramento City Unified School District and the teachers union have reached an agreement on a new contract that gives teachers up to an 11 …

Education

Some sexual harassment issues not yet in public domain, says PM

Theresa May defends response to Westminster scandal and says ‘a number of issues were raised with me that didn’t appear in the press’<p>Theresa May has defended her approach to the sexual harassment scandal sweeping Westminster, saying she has been made aware of more issues that are not yet in the …

Women's News

Zuma changes tune on alliance partners, says they need to stick together

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has called on all members of the African National Congress-led alliance to respect the partnership, saying the …

Jacob Zuma

Here’s One Union That Can’t Be Touched by ‘Right to Work’ Laws

“I vividly remember being so anxious and miserable at work that I was getting drinks for a table, singing a peppy show tune, and crying,” says Meghan …

Liberal View

What every young woman should know about sexual harassment at work

It is a weird time for working women. In the wake of a series of serious sexual harassment allegations, employees and employers all over the world are starting to wake up to the fact that this is endemic - and needs to be addressed urgently.<p>Yet, in the meantime, many women are wondering whether …

Feminism

Social Justice Unionism

<i>Editor’s note: This October, graduate employees at the University of Chicago</i> <i>voted overwhelmingly</i> <i>to join the AFT as Graduate Students United. Claudio</i> …

Education

Cabinet approves minimum wage bill

Cabinet has approved the minimum wage bill, which will pave the way for workers to earn no less than R3 500 per month.<p>Communications Minister …

News (South Africa)