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Guess which MP?

On a not entirely unrelated note, guess which MP in 2018:

Spent $20,000 to travel via a private jet from central Queensland to an ice hockey game in Melbourne, a month after spending $14,000 on a chartered flight to meet Prince Charles at a basketball game in Cairns?

Topped the list of MPs’ travel expenses spending $652,697 on herself and her staff, and spent at least three out of five nights in 2018 staying at hotels, billing taxpayers for more than $1,400 a week?

Aliaga Municipality in Turkey is dismissing trade union members

The Aliaga Municipality of Izmir, Turkey, is dismissing trade union members without any legal basis.

In addition to dismissals, the newly elected mayor is also forcing workers to resign from their union and to join another one.

Those workers have been affiliated to the DISK/Genel-Is Union for more than twenty years.

The number of dismissals recently reached 187 workers.

The workers have been picketing for more than two months.

They demand reinstatement -- and respect for trade union rights and freedoms.

Updated rankings for the 2020 Democratic candidates

Biggest takeaway from the second round of debates was Kamela Harris delivering a weak performance. She benefited first time around from being a low-profile candidate whose campaign thus far hadn't made much of an impact and who wasn't a well-known figure outside of California. However this time she fumbled under criticism from all sides and is, ironically considering her attacks on Biden in the first debate, having to defend her "problematic" record and not doing a very good job of it.

Mass protests demand freedom for imprisoned union leader at BMI seafood Indonesia

IUF affiliates continue their daily protests demanding the release from prison of Reni Desmiria, secretary of the SPBMI union of workers at seafood processor Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI) in Lampung, Indonesia. After Reni returned from maternity

Impeachment scenarios

One interesting thing about the current political situation is that I have literally no idea what's going to happen. Here are a few possibilities:

A) The House votes to impeach, but Mitch McConnell refuses to allow a vote in the Senate. Trump carries out the rest of his term under a cloud. During the debates, Biden calls him a coward and struts around him while clucking like a chicken. The Biden-Buttigieg ticket ekes out a narrow 291-247 victory in 2020. America reaches net zero emissions in 2049.

NET Power Zero Emissions

If the numbers in this article are even remotely accurate, this is a game changer for the fight against climate change, and sets the stage for a major fight within the environmental movement.

Kazakhstan: Erlan Baltabay sentenced to 7 years in prison for union activity

The government of Kazakhstan is cracking down on independent trade unions.

This has gone on now for several years, and this is not the first time we have written to ask you to join us in protesting this repression.

Erlan Baltabay (pictured) is the leader of the Industrial Trade Union of the Fuel and Energy workers, known as "Decent Work".

His trade union was dissolved by a decision of the court.

Criminal proceedings against Erlan began ten months ago.

On 17 July this year, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Wizard of of Oz

With the governments of the US, Australia and now the UK in the hands of erratically dangerous leaders, much anger has been directed at Rupert Murdoch. I think we give the man too much credit.

It’s tempting to portray Murdoch as a modern day William Randolph Hearst, pulling the strings of government and influencing the minds of the masses with yellow journalism. Murdoch is more than happy to be seen in that light, but I suspect the reality is more pathetic.

Yang is what America Needs

I don't understand why folks on Social Security and Medicare support Trump, who has systematically conspired with other Republicans to destroy Social Security and Medicare. Congress borrowed against Social Security to bail out the uber-wealthy during the recession. Trump cut taxes for the uber-wealthy so that the wealthy don't have to pay back Social Security for the bailout. Trump's policy is designed to destroy Social Security.

Workplace "negotiations" in Nestlé's Russia

Nestlé sales force workers across Russia confined to rooms and compelled to resign employment.

On May 14 all Nestlé Russia sales force employees were invited to the company's regional centers in 10 cities across Russia under the pretext of "discussing business results". The workers were confined in locked rooms under security guard, denied access to all communication to the outside world and instructed to sign a notice of staff reduction or resign immediately "by agreement of the parties".

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