Tag Archives: trade unions

Russia | Russia: Court rules to dissolve famous trade union

On 10 January, the local court of Saint Petersburg, Russia, ruled that Interregional Trade Union Workers’ Association (ITUWA) should be liquidated claiming the union conducted political activities and received foreign funds.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the union demanded changes in the national labour legislation, referring to ITUWA’s online collection of signatures in support of the modifications on the Labour Code. In fact, ITUWA had promoted a public petition on the indexation of salaries of employees in private companies in accordance with inflation. IndustriALL believes this is clearly one of the ways to protect its members’ interests and therefore dismisses the accusation of the prosecutor.

USA | AFL-CIO Convention Opens Discussion on Need to Break with ‘Lesser Evilism’

On October 24, the AFL-CIO national convention, held in St. Louis, adopted a political resolution titled “An Independent Political Voice” that calls for a break with “lesser of two evil politics.”

“For decades, the political system has failed working people,” reads the resolution submitted by Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. The resolution continues:

USA | Support for labor unions is at decade high, poll finds

Union approval is at its highest level among Americans in a decade — but still not as high as it once was.

A Gallup Poll released for Labor Day found 61% of adults in the U.S. approve of labor unions — the highest percentage since 2003, when approval was at 65%.

India | India: A first step toward the release of all the Maruti workers and trade unionists

Nambiath VASUDEVAN, Daniel GLUCKSTEIN, on behalf of the The International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation inform about the struggle for liberation of the Indian trade union activists.

Haryana High Court has granted bail to four imprisoned Maruti workers who had been punished by the Sessions Court with 5-year jail sentences.

India | Indian trade unionists fight for liberation of 13 Maruti workers

Trade unions join forces in a rally in Calcutta for the release of the “Maruti 13” International Workers committee reports from India.

A rally was held on the 5th of June in Calcutta (in the state of West Bengal) – a working-class rally called by nineteen trade unions, practically five years to the day after the workers at Manesar Maruti Suzuki (State of Haryana) factory formed their union and engaged a strike so their collective agreement could benefit the 80% workers who were excluded from it. During that strike, a member of the management staff accidentally died. This was used as a pretext for the firing of 2,500 workers and the imprisoning of hundreds of them for nearly four years.