Sunday, 5 October 2008

7 October: World Day for Decent Work

World Day for Decent Work and other notices from this week's LabourStart email mailing list:


7 OCTOBER: WORLD DAY FOR DECENT WORK

On October 7 2008 the trade union movement is organising a World Day for Decent
Work. This is an unparalleled opportunity for trade unions and organisations
interested in Decent Work all around the world to join a broad global
mobilisation involving a large number of people and a wide range of activities.
Full details are here:

http://wddw.org/

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COLOMBIA: S.O.S. FROM UNIONS UNDER ATTACK

The ITUC has reported death threats made against Eberto Díaz, the general
secretary of the agricultural workers union -- full details are here:

http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article2412

The UK-based Justice for Colombia has more details and suggestions for action:

http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/index.php?link=newsPage&story=438

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REMEMBER TWITTER

Free web services like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and Second Life are tempting
some unions to "outsource" some online activities. Is this a good idea? Check
out my recent column "Remember Twitter" -- and feel free to add your comments:

http://www.ericlee.info/2008/09/remember_twitter.html

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UNION BLOGS MOVE UP A LEVEL

Britain's Trades Union Congress has launched an informal blog by staff "about
policy issues that are in the news, or ought to be". It's well worth a look:

http://www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/

Meanwhile, South Africa's COSATU has begun publishing a blog aimed at users of
cellphones. This is particularly important in a region of the world where the
number of cellphone users is far greater than those who own or use computers.
You can see the COSATU miniblog here:

http://ctminiblog.blogspot.com/

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KIDS ON STRIKE!

As we focus on the world-wide struggle for decent work next week, the
publication of a new book reminding us that child labour is nothing new -- and
can be resisted -- is timely. "Kids on Strike!" tells the story of children
who stood up for their rights and organized in the garment industries of New
York, Chicago, and Philadelphia and the cotton mills of New England. The books
tells the stories of the messenger, bootblack and newsies strikes in New York
City and includes more than 100 photos. This is LabourStart's book of the week
-- by purchasing copies from our unionized bookseller you are supporting our
campaigning activities:

http://www.labourstart.org/bookoftheweek/

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