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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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Spaniards in mega-strike over labor reforms

The reforms will mean the next generation of Spaniards will be completely deprived of permanent work - a throw-back to the 19th century.

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