Honeywell Workers Locked Out (Again) In Metropolis

Lockout Fact SheetThe giant US multi-national company Honeywell has once again locked out its workforce,members of the United Steelworkers at it plant in Metropolis, USA.

USW local 7-669 has 150 members at the plant, which processes uranium and they work around many extremely dangerous and deadly chemicals.

The company is demanding changes to working contracts and the use of contractors to replace permanent staff.

Honeywell had previously locked out its workforce in June 2010 – once again we have a multi-national attacking workers in an effort to break their union.

So how can you help?

USW Local 7-669 is a strong local (branch) but you can help them by doing the following:

Visit their website by clicking here.

Follow them on Twitter @USW7669

Visit the Facebook Page by clicking here 

Sign their petition by clicking here

Send messages of support to the local via Patrick Young at pyoung@usw.org.

Print out the flyer and circulate or repost on your sites etc.

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Banging Out : Fleet Street Remembered

This brilliant film was launched at St Brides, the printers church on the 16th July 2014 and is being shown at libraries, schools and archives across London. It tells the story of the printing industry on Fleet Street in London, the one time centre of the UK’s newspaper industry.

To visit the website and for more information on the film click here.

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United Steelworkers Convention, August 12th.

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USW Convention Las Vegas – August 12th

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Swaziland PM’s Threat Against Union Leader

Vincent Ncongonwe the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA)

Vincent Ncongonwe the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA)

What would we do if David Cameron threatened at Prime Minister’s Question Time to strangle the TUC’s Frances O’Grady? 

That’s what happened in Swaziland last week. Facing pressure from MPs about the suspension of benefits from the USA under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini threatened Vincent Ncongonwe the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), and a prominent human rights activist with ‘strangulation’ on their return from a civil society meeting in Washington DC.

Please help us protest at the outrageous threat made by Swaziland’s Prime Minister against Vincent Ncongwone, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA).

Details are set out in a blog by the TUC’s Owen Tudor at the TUC’s Stronger Unions site by clicking here. 

You can read Frances O’Grady’s letter to the Swaziland High Commissioner by clicking here.

Or you can just go straight to the LabourStart e-action and tell the Swazi regime – Africa’s last feudal dictatorship – to withdraw the threat.

Please encourage as many people in your union to raise awareness of this remarkable and appalling outburst, and take the LabourStart action. Over 2,000 people have already done so.

Read also the AFL-CIO’s response to this disgraceful threat.

Read the full report of what this feudal dictator said in the Times of Swaziland and the response from the union by clicking here.

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National Demonstration For Gaza

pv84_9augustnationaldemographic_1Where: Outside BBC HQ, Portland Place, London marching to Hyde Park via US Embassy

When: Assemble at 12 noon, August 9th

The latest figures from UN OCHA are sickening – at least 1,849 Palestinians killed, with more still be recovered from the rubble of destroyed buildings.

373,000 children needing psycho-social care due to the trauma.

And 65,000 displaced people have had their homes destroyed or damaged beyond repair.

Pressure is mounting on the UK Government over its silence over Israel’s massacre in Gaza, and the arms trade.

In the last few weeks, we’ve already marched twice through the streets of London, with 100,000 people.

All round the country, PSC branches have organised demonstations, protests and vigils.

Politicians have been deluged with complaints from voters, calling for action to stop Israel’s massacre.

Over 60,000 PSC supporters used one of our e-tools to write to their MP.

This pressure is already making a real difference. Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the government must oppose Israel’s actions in Gaza, and called Prime Minister David Cameron’s silence ‘inexplicable’.

On 5th August, Baroness Warsi, the senior Foreign Office minister, resigned from the government, saying its ‘approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible’.

Now, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has called for an arms embargo if the ceasefire doesn’t hold.

The BBC has even agreed to air the Disaster Emergency Appeal (DEC).

However, a BBC reporter admitted on the Today Programme Israel admitting that Gaza is a ‘humanitarian disaster’ was a key part of the BBC’s decision to run the appeal.

The pressure is being felt – and now is the time to turn up the heat. Let’s make this a massive show of support for Palestine.

Twitter hash tag #GazaA9

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Unite’s Message To London Hotel’s : “Pay A Living Wage!”


London’s hotel industry is vast and vastly profitable – it makes £10.5 million a day in profit, yet most of the vital staff supporting the industry are on £6.31. There are thousands of them struggling to get by in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Unite has made this short film to tell their story, to set the scene for the next two days where our members are out in the capital talking to tourists and workers about the campaign against poverty pay.

Also please sign the petition to London Mayor Boris Johnson, who promised to help progress the living wage in London’s hospitality sector in 2012 and has done nothing since. It can be found by clicking here.

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Italy: ThyssenKrupp: Hands Off Terni Steel!

010814_211059_0Unions in Italy have been taking strike action and holding protest demonstrations against 550 job losses and pay cuts of 10% at the at the Terni steel mill, in southern Umbria owned by the German multi-national metals and engineering company ThyssenKrupp.

The company are closing the AST stainless steel plant, one of the most modern stainless steel plants in Europe. ThyssenKrupp blames on the poor state of the market and structural oversupply. Italy is Europe’s second largest steel producer after Germany.

The Terni site, 100 km from Rome, is a major employer in the Umbria region and a main supplier of materials for the car, construction and manufacturing industries.

The plant has been sold twice in the past four years and is likely be put up for sale again said union and industrial sources said.

Following strike action by the workforce, on July 31st after breaking through a police cordon workers from the plant blockaded Italy’s A1 motorway at Orte. The unions also ‘laid siege’ of the offices of the company.

Unions say that in the company’s industrial plan there is no mention of investment. They also say that the CEO of the company proposed the new business plan without proper social dialogue with unions and the workforce. 

The Italian Minister of Economic Development Federica Guidi was forced to step in and following a meeting with the company CEO the company suspended their plan until a meeting has taken place on September 4th.

Gianni Alioti, of the trade union confederation Fim-Cisl said the meeting is as a result of the “extraordinary mobilization implemented by workers and trade unions”.

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Saturday : International Edition of the Morning Star

timthumb.phpThe Morning Star – Britain’s daily newspaper of the Left – is publishing an international pullout this weekend to mark the centenary of World War 1 with views and analysis which breaks with the establishment consensus and offers a socialist perspective on the bloodshed, putting the record straight.

In a unique collaboration between four socialist newspapers – including Arbejderen of Denmark, junge Welt of Germany and Zeitung vum Letzebuerger Vollek of Luxembourg – the Morning Star is publishing a pullout souvenir edition with contributions from historians, activists and commentators.

The pullout will be published in all four countries during the centenary week. As a member of the management committee, you will know you can get it from your local retailer or better still and if you haven’t already, why not subscribe to the Morning Star on your phone or laptop, by clicking here.

 
The Morning Star will have eight pages of hard-hitting feature pieces and pictures on “the war that didn’t end all wars”,  led to slaughter on an industrial scale and a legacy of imperialism and conflict which continues to this day.

As Prime Minister David Cameron eyes ‘The Great War’ as a PR opportunity for the election of the Conservatives in 2015, and with the mainstream media slavishly following his lead, the Morning Star supplement tells it like it is, from the Left.

Acting Editor Ben Chacko said: “I know of no newspaper in Britain which is joining hands with others in Europe, and especially Germany, to tell the truth about the carnage of the first world war, why it happened, and who profited from it. We were then, as in many respects we are now, a nation of lions led by donkeys. We will not let David Cameron and his media cronies hijack history and portray this centenary as a patriotic exercise for the election of a Tory Government.”

The special souvenir edition offers analysis and historical insight on a range of issues related to the war, from how it affected women and their position in society, to those voices of courage from the Left who opposed it to their personal cost.

Writers from the four publications will appear in the pullout.

They include:

  • Andrew Murray, deputy president of the Stop The War coalition, applying the lessons of the war to today’s conflicts;
  • Selina Todd of Oxford University on the women who emerged from the munitions factories and elsewhere to build new lives and help elect the ’45 Labour Government in a land fit for heroes;
  • Martin Hedlund Fink from Denmark looking at war profiteering in his own country, capitalist opportunism and the so-called “goulash barons”;
  • Arnold Scholzel from Germany on how workers and their organisations across Europe reacted to the inexorable move to conflict; and
  • Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, on how his forerunner, Morgan Jones, opposed the war to his huge personal cost, with imprisonment.

Ben Chacko added:
 “This is a unique and fruitful collaboration between four major newspapers of the European Left. It is not a one-off, and we intend to come together again to offer working people of our countries a socialist perspective on the issues that matter to us all.”

The souvenir edition is free in the 32-page weekend Morning Star (Saturday and Sunday 2/3August), which sells for £1.

It is available at all key retail outlets. After that, those who want extra copies or special orders of the souvenir edition can buy it for £1 from the Morning Star online shop here or by contacting Bernadette Keaveney or calling 020 8510 0815.

For more information or interviews, please contact Morning Star Campaigns Organiser David Peel on 020 8525 6999.

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Ten Reasons We’re Against Unions!

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