US Healthcare System
US Healthcare System
Bangladesh’s economic growth has been branded a miracle in South Asia, growing from one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the fastest developing economies comparable to the ‘Asian Tigers’. Recently the per-capita income of Bangladesh surpassed that of India. Much of this growth has been driven by export in garments. However much of the working class has been deprived off the benefits of its own labour as the recent factory fire in Narayanganj demonstrated.
The US must end the inhuman blockade of Cuba!
In June, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to condemn the US led trade embargo against Cuba, with 184 countries supporting an end to the embargo, while 2 opposed it (the US and Israel being the only two opponents). The resolution has passed for the 29th consecutive time in the meeting of the UN General Assembly demonstrating that the voices against global imperialism remain vocal as always.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has brought out its report on trends in global wages during Covid-19. The report examines the change in real wages across the globe in 2020-21, which is a pandemic hit period. The 2020-21 report also analyses impact of implementation of minimum wages on wage inequality.
Important Highlights from the Report
Steve Gillis is an elected member of the executive board of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union (United Steel Workers/USW Local 8751). He has been a school bus driver for 37 years, elected President of the union for 3 years in 2003, served as Vice President for 6 years and Financial Secretary for the last 6 years.
Hands Off the 8-Hour Day! Withdraw the anti-worker Bill!
7 June 2021
The working class and toiling masses of Greece will embark on an historic General Strike on June 10 against the anti-labour Bill proposed by the conservative New Democracy (ND) government. The Bill introduces several anti-worker measures, including increasing working hours from 8 to 10 hours per day, scrapping the five-day work-week and curtailing the right to strike. The proposed bill is a barbaric attack on the rights of workers, hard earned through long struggles.
Spain approved a pioneering law on 11 May that gives delivery platforms a mid-August deadline to hire workers currently freelancing for them and that requires transparency of artificial intelligence used to manage workforces.
The royal decree passed by the centre-left ruling coalition immediately affects some 30,000 couriers. It comes in the wake of a ruling by Spain's top court last year and at a time when other countries in Europe and elsewhere are deciding on a labour model for the so-called gig economy, which is often blamed for precarious jobs and low salaries.
After a seven-day strike, the Trade Union of Construction, Paving and Earth Movement Industries Workers of the State of Ceará (SINTEPAV-CE) inked a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with companies operating the Solar Alex Project in Ceará, Brazil.
The union won an increase in workers’ wages by 10 percent and increased monthly bonuses from R$ 450 to R$ 600 (about USD 110). Overtime pay was also increased by 60 percent during the week and 100 percent on Saturdays.
In an exemplary move of solidarity with Palestinians, after discovering that a shipment of arms destined for Israel was arriving in Italy’s ports, workers organized in one of Italy’s main unions, L'Unione Sindacale di Base, and other workers’ organizations refused to load the ship in support of the Palestinians fighting for their lives against Israeli occupation.
Colombia is witnessing massive protests and general strike since April 28 against the regressive proposals of tax reforms and privatization of healthcare by government of Ivan Duque. Hand in glove with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United States, Duque government had been spearheading neoliberal agenda in Colombia by robbing jobs, livelihood and rights of the people.