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Murder of Tunisian leftist causes uproar

Tunisia was the site of the first blooming of the "Arab Spring." The assassination of Tunisian leftist politician Chokri Belaid by unknown gunmen has thrown this North African country into turmoil.

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New Egyptian president’s labor takeover plan riles unions

Egypt's independent unions and their confederation are extremely upset by present Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's labor takeover plan.

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Trumka: Mexico on path of “low wage development”

Mexico, the large U.S. trading partner and southern neighbor, is on a path of "low-wage development," including weakening its labor law and oppressing independent unions.

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Garment workers protest deadly fire at Walmart-linked factory

While actions took place in U.S. supporting Walmart workers, 112 garment workers in Bangladesh were killed in a factory fire as they reportedly worked overtime for American clothing retailers, including Walmart.

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Mexico's labor law reform sparks massive protests

A plan to gut labor protections has spurred unrest in Mexico's streets.

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Under death threats, Mexican labor leader leaves country

Blanca Velasquez left the country this month and suspended a two-year legal battle she has had with the government, according to the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center.


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New rights pact signed as Colombia hunger strike continues

The Labor Department, Colombia and the ILO signed another agreement to protect workers' rights, even as a hunger strike by Colombian workers continued.

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Iranian union leader calls for workers' solidarity

Due to my trade union activities, I was arrested and incarcerated. I was brutally attacked and beaten during my arrest, and severely afflicted, physically and psychologically.

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Who gets the big pay raises, Germany’s workers or CEOs?

The squeeze on incomes for the 99% comes as the flow of euro-millions to Germany's 1% has been getting considerably more generous over the same period.

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Pressure builds to stop execution in Iran

A last minute push by the Committee for the Defense of Iranian People's Rights to prevent the execution of Iranian teacher Abdolreza Ghanbari is in full gear today.

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