The latest from #Greece2012 which #USi has been following closely is that Alexis Tsipras, whose Left Syriza party emerged as the runner-up – winning 26.9% of the vote compared with the 29.7% garnered by the conservative New Democracy. Worryingly Golden …
The latest from #Greece2012 which #USi has been following closely is that Alexis Tsipras, whose Left Syriza party emerged as the runner-up – winning 26.9% of the vote compared with the 29.7% garnered by the conservative New Democracy. Worryingly Golden Dawn – Neo-Nazis – was projected at winning between 6 and 7.5 percent, maintaining the level of the nearly 7 percent it won in May.
Golden Dawn was a fringe party that had polled at just 0.3 percent several years ago. Syriza have announced they will not take place in a Coalition Government and will continue to be in opposition fighting against the austerity measures.
Read the article by @yanisvaroufakis who participated in our first web conference last week for his unique insight here. In addition, a really good article by Alex Andreou in the New Statesman on the rise of Syriza is well worth a read here.
The Presidential run-off election is taking place in Egypt with results still coming in. The ruling military council (SCAF) has vowed to hand over power to an elected president by the end of June, however, the council had earlier issued a declaration granting itself sweeping powers over legislation and the introduction of a new constitution. This has resulted in Opposition groups condemning the declaration as a “coup“.
Mr Shafiq (PM during February 2011 protests under Mubarak) came second to Mr Mursi (Head of Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)) in last month’s first round, in which turnout among the 52 million eligible voters was only 46%.
In France, the Socialist Party of President Hollande secured an absolute majority in the Parliamentary run-off which many view as strengthening the hand of those against austerity.
IndustriALL inaugural conference is taking place in Copenhagen. Over 1,400 trade union delegates have flown in from around the world, including representatives from the General Workers’ Union (GWU).
IndustriALL will represent workers from the manufacturing, energy and mining sectors on an international level. Under the banner “Building Power”, all delegates agreed on the importance of strengthening the voice of these workers by consolidating their rights.
Prior to the launch of this global federation, these groups of workers were separately represented by the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM), the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) and the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF).
International Domestic Workers Day was on June 16. Domestic Workers have declared June 16 as International Domestic Workers Day. On the anniversary of the adoption of the C189, it will be a great opportunity for domestic workers to celebrate this historic victory, and remind our governments to ratify C189 as soon as possible so that they can deliver real gains to domestic workers. Please check out our campaign here to pressure the UK Government to ratify here.
An article to check out is in The Guardian where the Coalition Government are planning to cut the entitlements of workers who strike. Under changes to be introduced with the new universal credit from next year, workers claiming benefit will lose any top-up if they are responsible for a reduction in their pay as a result of joining a strike
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