GENEVA – Trade union organizations worldwide used this year’s Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, to remind the international community that workers’ rights are human rights, but these rights are still denied to millions of workers.
In Miami last month, trade ministers from around the Americas gathered for talks on the Free Trade Area of the Americas. FTAA negotiations, which have been going on for several years without substantive input from “civil society,” are weighted entirely towards corporate and private profit interests.
News Analysis Pressure is mounting for a negotiated end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, despite continued obstruction by the right-wing Sharon government.
The Bush administration and big business interests are colluding in the sale of “tools of torture,” according to an Amnesty International report titled “The Pain Merchants” released on Dec. 2.
Once again Venezuela draws all the attention in Latin America’s evolving scene with the development of a new political crisis.
MILWAUKEE – A progressive Christian organizing institute, the Gamaliel Foundation, held its National Leadership Assembly here Dec. 4-6, kicking off campaigns for voter registration and education, immigrant rights, metro-suburban equity, and drug treatment as an alternative to prison.
CLEVELAND – Over 725 city government employees here, including 430 safety force workers, were given layoff notices Dec. 5 as the city faces a $61 million deficit in its general fund.
On Human Rights Day, 2003 WASHINGTON – Chanting “Workers’ rights are human rights,” more than 1,000 union workers rallied in front of the U.S. Labor Department Dec. 10.