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Contract Workers Sacked in the Philippines

For years contractual workers at the Holcim cement plant in Davao have demanded regular employment, in line with Philippine law. Last year they filed a complaint with the Department of Labor and Employment.

But in March this year 140 contract workers were laid off, while non-union workers were offered new employment contracts.

Since then the workers have been picketing the factory, but in May they found out the owner of the plant - multinational cement giant LafargeHolcim - is planning on selling the factory to notoriously anti-union Filipino conglomerate San Miguel.

Polish and Pakistani Workers Harassed by Hutchinson Ports

Transnational giant Hutchison Ports is punishing workers in Poland them for their union activity.

The National Section of Port Workers NSZZ Solidarność has asked us to build international support for justice for one of their organisers, Marek Szymczak, who was sacked for his union activism.

This company has also recently harassed workers for union activity in Pakistan. The same company, and the same union-busting activities.

Trade Union Rights in Jordan

Please support our new campaign in support of trade unionists in Jordan.

Last month, thousands of you sent a message to the Jordanian parliament urging members not to move forward with deeply flawed amendments to the labour law. Unfortunately, those amendments were adopted by the legislature and have been sent to King Abdullah II for his royal assent. We are now asking you to call on the King to reject this legislation and instead work with trade unions to adopt a labour law that fully respects international labour rights.

Myanmar Unionists Released from Prison

In Myanmar, hotel union leaders and members were released from prison on March 29 to an emotional welcome from family and union members after serving their full 30-day sentences. The six were arrested in December for attempting to lead a peaceful march to protest the brutal police destruction of their solidarity picket. Their release is great news, but the struggle for reinstatement and recognition of trade union rights in one of Myanmar's key tourism regions continues.

France Castro wins Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights 2019

France Castro, a trade union activist from the Philippines, has been awarded the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights 2019. She won the prize in recognition of her struggle throughout many years to organize teachers and to fight for basic workers' rights. According to the ITUC, the Philippines is among the ten worst countries in the world for workers and trade unionists.

Condemn Joe's Shoe Store

Every Northcote (Melbourne, AU) local has heard of the cocktail bar, Joe’s Shoe Store. But what patrons don’t know is how this bar, and its sister-venue Uncle Joe’s, treat their staff like dirt. They pay below-award wages, ripping us off by as much $11 an hour on Sundays and by more $25 an hour on public holidays.

The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions needs our support

The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions needs our support today.

Workers in China are being arrested because they want to form their own trade unions. We need your help today to tell the Chinese government that this is unacceptable.

http://www.labourstart.org/go/jasic

All power to the Soviets

by Pyotr Malatesta

Perfect Competition and Equilibrium

Pyotr Malatesta

Only under conditions of perfect competition, are prices an outcome of equilibrium between supply and demand, and therefore are a measure of efficiency, given an assumed distribution of property.

Since real markets never conform to conditions of perfect competition, there is no reason to think that economies are ever in equilibrium, nor that economies ever "tend" towards equilibrium (this "tending toward equilibrium" is a conceptual confusion, like "always tending towards pregnancy, without ever being pregnant" being the same as "never pregnant" ).

The Melbourne Car Attack

Instead of getting frustrated and arguing with a bunch of you on the internet I'm just going to say this...

There is a massive difference in intent and culpability between someone who commits domestic violence because they enjoy having power and control over others and someone who is violent due to significant mental health issues which are exacerbated by self-medication with psychosis inducing street drugs.

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