Tag Archives: working class

Ukraine | Ukrainian miners work for nothing on pain of state security

Since the summer of 2018 in Ukraine, the situation with the financing of state coal mines has worsened. Trade unions of miners claimed that the government owed workers more than a billion hryvnias (33 millions euro). The miners staged mass protests in Kiev.

South Korea | South Korea’s Labor Fight against Moon’s “Flexible Work Hour” Policy

160,000 South Korean workers walked off the job last month to protest President Moon Jae-in’s labor policy.

The following is an interview with Wolsan Liem of the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers’ Union (KPTU) about the strike, the current government’s labor policy, and the state of South Korea’s economy.

Germany | Germany tries to lure foreign workers

Worker-starved Germany plans to ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers and replenish its fast aging workforce, despite mounting public resistance against new arrivals.

Germany’s first immigration law, expected to be agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday, is eagerly anticipated by industries.

France | ‘Yellow vest’ protests against Macron snarl traffic across France

Thousands of people blocked roads across France Saturday in a “yellow vest” movement against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into widespread protest against stagnant spending power under President Emmanuel Macron.

Tempers flared as some drivers tried to force their way through demonstrators, and one protester was killed when a woman panicked and accidently rammed into a crowd.

USA | A New Kind of Labor Movement in Silicon Valley

In August, not long after The Intercept revealed that Google has been working with the Chinese government to launch a censored search engine, workers at Google drafted a letter demanding that their bosses stop their plans and put in place a “concrete transparency and oversight process” to avoid being blindsided in the future by projects that conflict ethically with the employees working on them. To date, according to Buzzfeed, more than 1,400 people have signed the letter.