Category Archives: Solidarity

All Out Turkish Metal Workers Strike Begins On January 29th

By Eyup Ozer, Birleşik Metal-İş Negotiations between Birleşik Metal-İş union and Metal Employers’ Association (MESS) during the “group collective bargaining agreement” (*) for 2014 – 2016 term broke down because of impositions of the employers organization. This will result with … Continue reading

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Striking Barbour workers accept significantly improved offer

Unite members who have been on strike at the famous jacket and clothing manufacturer J. Barbour & Sons in Gateshead will be returning to work after accepting a significantly improved offer following talks at Acas. The dispute attracted media attention after … Continue reading

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Bargaining Power To The People

By Leo Gerard USW International President During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave workers a New Deal, raising wages and employment. Earlier this month, in the sparsely populated Kentucky county that’s home to Bowling Green, officials voted to … Continue reading

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No More Pinochets In Latin America – No To Coup Plotters in Venezuela! A VSC Emergency Appeal

The recent decisions of the U.S Senate, Congress and elements of the Obama Administration to indicate support for fresh sanctions against Venezuela, have shown why the VSC urgently need your support to step up campaigning. Earlier this year your support in an emergency financial appeal raised over … Continue reading

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Tell Sherwin Alumina To End The Lock Out

On October 11th, Sherwin Alumina part of the multi-national Glencore company locked out 450 hard-working USW Local 235A members at their plant in Gregory, Texas. The lockout came after 235A members overwhelmingly rejected the company’s demands for major cuts in … Continue reading

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Workers At US VW Plant Say Yes To UAW Representation

Its not quite there yet – but the decision by workers at Volkswagen’s car production plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee has opened the door for unionisation of other auto plants in the southern right to work states of the USA. Workers in … Continue reading

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Glencore: Sherwin Alumina Lockout

On October 11th, Sherwin Alumina locked out 450 hard-working United Steelworkers Local 235A members at their plant in Gregory, Texas. The lockout came after 235A members overwhelmingly rejected the company’s demands for major cuts in pension and health care benefits for … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Korean union member sacked for fast food activism

Gahyun Lee was dismissed from her job at a McDonald’s outlet in Yeokgok, Gyeonggi Province on September 15th following her visit to Los Angeles earlier that month to support the national action by US fast food workers.  Management had previously … Continue reading

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UAW and VW One Step Closer To Recognition

After several years of campaigning to organise the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on 12th November Volkswagen announced a new policy which includes that with more than 45 percent support, a union can meet once every two weeks with VW … Continue reading

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Canadian Telecoms Union To Merge With Steelworkers

Members of the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) in Canada have voted 73.7% in favour of joining the United Steelworkers (USW). The TWU represents 12,000 members across Canada who work for telecommunications companies including TELUS and Shaw Communications, as well as … Continue reading

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