Polish Coal Miners Strike over Planned Job Cuts

From Telesur Strikes continued in Poland Wednesday as miners protested government plans to close four state-owned coal mines. The center-right coalition government led by the Citizen’s Platform, with newly-elected Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, is attempting a radical shakeup of the mining industry, which it says is losing money in an ailing market. The standoff involving miners in 12 sites undertaking underground occupations, the hunger strikes, and railway blocks extended after negotiations between the government and strikers broke down Monday. The head of the trade union confederation Solidarnosc, Piotr Duda, has said that… Read More

The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People, Not ‘Serve and Protect’

From In These Times In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the population. That is, after all, what they were created to do. If only the normal, decent relations between the police and the community could be re-established, this problem could be resolved. Poor people in general are more likely to be the victims of crime than anyone else, this reasoning goes, and in that way, they are in more… Read More

12,000 Walmart Workers In Chile Strike For Better Wages

From Making Change at Walmart The “Walmart Economy” isn’t just hurting America – the multi-billion dollar corporation’s impact extends globally. The Waltons, owners of Walmart, are the richest family in America, worth more than $150 billion. That’s equal to the wealth of 43% of American families combined. Yet many workers at Walmart stores, warehouses, and suppliers around the world face low pay or unacceptable working conditions. From California to Bangladesh, Mexico to South Africa, many workers at one of the wealthiest retailers in the world struggle to make ends meet. Chilean communities… Read More

French Workers Call for Strike against Amazon

From RFI From Monday, workers at four warehouse sites throughout France could down their tools just days before Christmas, when Amazon is at its busiest time. Amazon claims that this strike won’t affect their business. Sebastien Boisonnet, a CGT delegate who called the strike, says industrial action will have a major impact on the US company’s deliveries and will damage Amazon’s reputation that one click online will send a package to your door. Amazon strikers in Germany went on strike last week which caused the brand to send more of its orders to France… Read More

Amazon staff in Germany extend strike to Christmas Eve

From Canoe.ca Amazon staff at three German warehouses will extend their strike until Christmas Eve to increase pressure on the online retailer in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, labour union Verdi said on Friday. Verdi also filed a lawsuit against a decision by regional authorities to allow Amazon staff in two German cities to work this Sunday as the mail-order group steps up efforts to deliver orders to customers before the Christmas holiday. Industrial action this week had already been extended until Saturday in four of Amazon’s nine distribution centres… Read More