Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France

It is Saturday afternoon and the Christmas market in Hénin-Beaumont is deserted. A light rain is falling on the town, adding a layer of sadness to the place. In front of the town hall, on Place Jean-Jaurès, the PCF (French Communist Party) office has closed its shutters. A small notice pasted to the door urges … More Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France

Union membership figures plunge. And the future looks worse | Greg Jericho | Comment is free | The Guardian

Penetration of union membership is now down to 13.8% and is even lower among young workers. The unions have a big job on their hands to stay relevant Source: Union membership figures plunge. And the future looks worse | Greg Jericho | Comment is free | The Guardian

Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it. (ANSA) – Rome, October 27 – The leaders of Italy’s four main labor union federations were incensed Monday after a meeting with government ministers, ostensibly to discuss the government’s proposed 2015 budget, turned out to be what they said was a one-sided exercise. The government sent … More Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it

CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it. (ANSA) – Rome, October 24 – As many as one million people, one thousand police officers, and a small number of dissident members of the governing Democratic Party (PD) are expected  at a major rally called for Saturday by Italy’s largest … More CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it

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.

Belgium: Class Trade Unionism Seeks Political Expression | The Bullet No. 893

Belgium: Class Trade Unionism Seeks Political Expression | The Bullet No. 893. In the social and political history of Belgium, May 1, 2012, could mark a milestone. On that day the leaders of the Charleroi regional branch of the socialist trade union General Federation of Belgian Labour (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique/Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, … More Belgium: Class Trade Unionism Seeks Political Expression | The Bullet No. 893