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Haiti: Battle for $11 – a day – minimum wage

By December 19, 2013

By the hundreds and thousands, Haitian workers marched and protested from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, demanding that the Supreme Council on Wages (CSS) raise the minimum wage to 500 gourdes a day, which is about $11. Big protests took place in Port-au-Prince and smaller ones in Ouanaminthe, a processing center on the border with […]


Saying no to low wages

By December 2, 2013

Activists from the People’s Power Assembly, Occu-Evolve and the Labor Outreach committee of Occupy Wall Street organized a speakout and tabling in front of a Bed, Bath and Beyond store in lower Manhattan, N.Y., on Nov. 23. The speakers and literature supported workers’ rights to a living wage of at least $15 an hour, full-time […]


Thousands in Haiti Say: ‘Martelly Must Go!’


On Nov. 18, thousands of protesters came out into the streets throughout Haiti to say, “Down with Martelly!” They were commemorating the 210th anniversary of the battle of Vertières, when Jean-Jacques Dessalines led his forces to decisive victory in Haiti’s revolutionary war against its French slave masters. Demonstrators throughout Haiti marked the day by calling […]


Could a Cuban vaccine have prevented a Princeton epidemic?

By November 30, 2013

Eight Princeton University students have contracted type B meningitis since March. Meningitis, which inflames the lining around the brain and nerves, is a deadly disease to which young people are particularly susceptible. Even with prompt treatment, 10 percent of all cases are fatal and among those who survive, impairments are common. About 500 people died […]


More austerity, more struggle in Greece

By November 14, 2013

From the night of Nov. 10 to early the next morning, protesters filled Athen’s Syntagma Square in front of the Greek parliament. Syriza, the left party with the largest number of seats and votes in parliament, had filed a censure motion against the government and called its supporters to come out in support. The protesters […]


Indonesia, Bangladesh workers battle low wages

By November 10, 2013

At the end of October, both Bangladesh and Indonesia saw strikes involving millions of low-wage workers demanding substantial increases in their minimum wages. Workers in Indonesia are demanding a 50 percent raise, which will bring the monthly wage in Jakarta up to nearly $330 a month. (Al-Jazeera, Oct. 30) Since each Indonesian province sets its […]


92 die in desert migrating in Africa


A convoy of two trucks, carrying over 100 people from the small town of Arlit in northern Niger to Algeria, broke down just over the border and the convoy ran out of water during the day it took to fix the problem. Northern Niger is in the center of the Sahara desert. Ninety-two people died […]


Large TWU protest for a decent contract


More than 4,000 people — mainly members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 — protested in front of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s office at 2 Broadway on Oct. 29. That date was the one-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy hitting New York City and seriously impacting New York’s transit system. The hard work, skills and deep […]


Haitians say: ‘Martelly must go, we want food, jobs’

By October 24, 2013

Commemorating the assassination of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in 1806, thousands of Haitians marched in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, and in Cap-Haitien on Oct. 17, demanding Michel Martelly resign as president. They were also protesting the dire hunger crisis and the lack of jobs. The political forces and the demonstrations’ demands resembled those at the Sept. 30 protests. […]


French high school students protest racist deportation

By October 22, 2013

Léonarda Dibrani was on a class trip Oct.9 in Doubs, a small community near the French-Swiss border, when French cops grabbed her off the bus and expelled her and her family to Kosovo. She is Roma, and the cops decided her family had overstayed their permitted time in France. The following Saturday, Khatchik Kachatryan, a high […]

Walmart cited for illegal firings as workers ramp up struggle Walmart cited for illegal firings as workers ramp up struggle

Walmart workers have taken on the biggest private employer in the United States. Aided by labor unions and supporters from community and progressive organizations, they have faced up to every hostile tactic employed by this ruthless transnational corporation, defending their own rights and those of all the employees. It is this strong fight against the global giant’s unfair labor practices that has led the National Labor Relations Board to consider 35 charges filed against the company by fired or disciplined Walmart workers. […]