Tag Archives: working class

Italy | Amazon worker bracelets never in Italy?

February 2 – Industry Minister Carlo Calenda on Friday ruled out the prospect of worker bracelets being used in Italy after reports Amazon was planning to bring them in to keep tabs on warehouse staff and optimise their performance, sparking a huge furore. “I told them that the only bracelets we made in this country are the ones our jewellers produce,” Calenda said after meeting a delegation from the online retail giant. “I explained to them, and they understood, that a thing like this, which has been patented in Italy, will never happen”. Premier Paolo Gentiloni and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani are among those to have expressed concern about the worker-bracelet hypothesis. Amazon’s Italian workers are already up in arms about conditions and struck on Black Friday.

Brazil | Brazil: 200,000 Workers and Youth Take to the Streets to Protest Lula Conviction

On January 24, despite having absolutely no proof to back their charges, the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil sentenced former President Inacio “Lula” da Silva to 12 years in prison. This court is an institution inherited from the military dictatorship. The court sentence aims, among other things, to prevent Lula from running for office in the presidential election next October.

Iran: Workers demand democracy and freedom against poverty, corruption and repression

With the demonstrations starting on 28 December 2017, Iran faces widespread protests against the rising cost of living. The protests quickly spread to many cities as people raised their voices against poverty, corruption and embezzlement by officials, and brutal political repression.

Lessons of the Miners’ Strike of the Karaganda Region

Kazakh miners’ action against ArcelorMittal Temirtau (AMT) will be an example of active protection of their labor interests for all workers of Kazakhstan.

At the same time, for a number of reasons, it was not possible to achieve a complete victory. We consider it necessary to consider these reasons in more detail. ArcelorMittal is a very serious opponent; it is a supporter of strict control over costs and has already faced strikes of its employees in Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. It will not be frightened by losses from a four-day strike by a small part of its workers. Only the threat of serious losses from a large-scale and long-term strike will force it to make concessions.

UK | 175 years on, study finds where you live still determines your life expectancy

Research led by the University of Liverpool has revisited a study carried out 175 years ago which compared the health and life expectancy of people in different parts of the country, including Liverpool, to see if its findings still held true.

They found that stark differences still exist and that people living in Liverpool still had lower life expectancy than those living in the rural area of Rutland.