Our trade union video of the day shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker lying about his plans to attack working people by destroying collective bargaining. Unions in the United States are gearing up for an important recall election in the state of Wisco …

Walton Pantland

Our trade union video of the day shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker lying about his plans to attack working people by destroying collective bargaining.

Unions in the United States are gearing up for an important recall election in the state of Wisconsin on Tuesday. Conservative Governor Scott Walker – featured lying to the electorate in the video above – last year eliminated collective bargaining rights for 380,000 public employees in an major attack on the labour movement. You can follow the issue on the AFL-CIO blog here.

Yesterday we wrote about the 13,000 paper mill workers in Indonesia, and asked you to write a message to their managers expressing your concern at the breakdown of communications. Today we have heard that the company has come back to the negotiating table and reached an agreement, and requested that the petition stop. The Central Board of the National Union Confederation (DPP KSN) extended gratitude and thanks to all parties for their support for Indonesian workers’ struggles.

In the UK, Unite won recognition at the aviation firm GE Caledonian in Ayrshire, Scotland, after a long and difficult struggle. The union now has the right to bargain collectively on behalf of the 750 workers there. Also in the UK, tax office workers in HM Revenue & Customs today voted to take industrial action over job cuts and privatisation. The PCS union argues that the UK’s high rate of tax avoidance is exacerbated by job cuts in the tax office.

In South Africa, unions representing workers in the state-owned South African Broadcasting Corporation have secured an impressive 9.5% pay increase after two weeks of negotiation. South African unions have substantially raised the living standards of their members since the formation of the federation Cosatu in 1985.

In Slovenia, the union organising defence workers is challenging the government’s austerity measures in the constitutional court.

In the Bahamas, unions are marching together today to celebrate Labour Day. The theme for this year will be “a united force to move mountains.”

Despite a recent change to a left wing government in El Salvador, trade unionists are still being persecuted. While state employees are well protected, workers in the private sector still suffer persecution for union activism, particularly in low-regulation, duty free export processing zones.

Enjoy your weekend, and remember to thank your union for it – it’s probably one of our most popular and enduring successes!


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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