MAP: The worst places in the world to be a worker

  MAP: The worst places in the world to be a worker. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), an alliance of regional trade confederations that advocates for labor rights around the world, debuted its Global Rights Index this week, ranking countries on a 1 (best) through 5 (worst) scale on the basis of how well … More MAP: The worst places in the world to be a worker

Maternity protection: The best Mother’s Day gift of all

From the International Labour Organization, in light of the publication of its report on maternity protection. Breakfast in bed, a bouquet of roses or a kid’s drawing in bright crayon colours are all welcome tokens of gratitude on Mother’s Day. But for many women around the world, maternity protection at work would be the best … More Maternity protection: The best Mother’s Day gift of all

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) – Benchmarking Working Europe 2014 / Books / Publications / Home

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) – Benchmarking Working Europe 2014 / Books / Publications / Home. The report Benchmarking Working Europe 2014 reviews the crisis and EU austerity policies in the last five years from the point of view of Europe’s social agenda.

NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Worker

Twenty years since its passage, NAFTA has displaced workers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, depressed wages, weakened unions, and set the terms of the neoliberal global economy. By Jeff Faux, December 13, 2013. Foreign Policy In Focus is partnering with Mexico’s La Jornada del campo magazine, where an earlier version of this commentary appeared, … More NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Worker

How the Defeat of Trade Unionism Gave Rise to Low-Wage Jobs

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11136 Fast food workers are preparing to strike across the country Thursday, demanding an increase of pay to $15 an hour. Thursday’s major day of action–organizers say 100 cities will take part–comes just six days after more than 100 people were arrested nationwide at Black Friday protests against major retail outlets.

Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you

Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you Life for the medieval peasant was certainly no picnic. His life was shadowed by fear of famine, disease and bursts of warfare. His diet and personal hygiene left much to be desired. But despite his reputation as a miserable wretch, you might envy him one … More Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you

UK Workers suffer longest wage squeeze since 1870

A TUC report argues that, according to data collected from the Bank of England, workers’ wages have been declining for 40 straight months, the longest since 1870. And yet, the narrative of ‘recovery’ is still the baseline for the article as the central bank cites the data as an example of the ‘fragile recovery’. Check … More UK Workers suffer longest wage squeeze since 1870