Future Shop stores closing, some converting to Best Buys, 1,500 jobs lost

From Canadian Labour Reporter Future Shop stores across Canada are closing effective immediately, resulting in hundreds of full and part-time jobs being lost. Best Buy Canada, a subsidiary of Best Buy Co. Inc. that owns and operates both Best Buy and Future Shop stores, said in a statement Saturday that it will be closing 66 Future Shops for good, while 65 others will be converted into Best Buys. The move will result in the loss of 500 full-time and 1,000 part-times jobs. The affected employees will receive severance, employee assistance and outplacement… Read More

Victory for Workers’ Rights in Finland

From Building and Wood Worker’s International Finnish wage regulations and collective agreements should apply equally to everyone who works in Finland. That is the outcome of a new ruling by the European Court of Justice. ”The decision has great importance for both Finland the European Union as a whole”, said Martti Alakoski, chair of the Finnish Electrical Workers Union after the announcement on the 12th of February. In short, the ruling finds that all employees must be payed basic wages, holiday bonuses and all other benefits in the general collective agreement –… Read More

A Nepalese World Cup Worker Dies Every Other Day in Qatar

From Time The Guardian reports that Nepalese migrants building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar died at a rate of one in every two days during 2014. The death toll excludes deaths among Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi workers. TheGuardian believes that if these figures were included, the death toll would “almost certainly” be more than one a day. Human rights organizations have accused Qatar on falling behind on the investigations and labor reforms they vowed to implement following a report by international law firm DLA Piper published in… Read More