Bosses just love the global economy. Just like
the "good 'ole days" they think they can "divide and conquer"
whenever they please. Let's show 'em they're wrong!
Find out what's happening with workers around the word...
Whenever possible, we've listed websites by
their own descriptions (indicated by the use of opening
and closing quotes). Links verified: 10/24/2003.
Workers Party (Portuguese and English)
As we struggle to put together a Labor Party in the United States, think
about what it would have been like in Brazil, where workers managed
to build a workers' party under an overt dictatorial regime. They really
did it. Check it out!
This is a valuable source of information on developments in Colombia,
the U.S. government's intervention in Colombia's civil war and solidarity
efforts in the U.S.
of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
One of the very first union sites on the Web. "The Congress of
South African Trade Unions was founded in 1985 and has since then been in
the forefront of the struggle for workers' rights and against apartheid.
... The federation is based on the following core principles: Non-racialism,
Worker control, ... One industry, one union. One country, one federation,
International worker solidarity. There are currently 19 trade
unions affiliated to COSATU, with a combined membership of over 1.77 million."
Labour Directory of Directories
A directory of the top ten labor directories from around the world,
ranked by thoroughness. If it's a union you're looking for, check here first!
Fed. of Chem., Energy, Mine and Gen. Wkrs Unions
"Some 20 million workers worldwide are now organised within the
ICEM ... a rapidly growing industry-based world labour federation dedicated
to practical international solidarity. The world's major employers
are now organised globally. Trade unions cannot lag behind. The ICEM believes
that industrial trade unionism worldwide must concentrate on its main
tasks - improving workers' pay and conditions and recruiting new members.
The ICEM calls upon all the world's workers to: Unite And Organise!"
UE is a member. Visit the ICEM's Noth American website at: http://www.icemna.org
Labour Organization (ILO)
"The ILO (a UN agency) formulates international labour standards
... setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association,
the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced
labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating
conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues."
Among this site's categories: Child Labor, Equality for Women, Social
Security (known in the US as the "Safety Net"), Workers' Activities,
Statistics and more.
Metalworkers' Federation (IMF)
"The International Metalworkers' Federation was founded in 1893
and represents the collective interests of some 19 million members in 173
unions in 92 countries worldwide." Includes history, publications
and some news.
"LaborNet: Online Communications for a Democratic Labor Movement
... LaborNet was founded in 1991 To build a democratic communication network
for the labor movement ... To that end we established the first regular
Labor News web page in the United States. We have continued to work
at building LaborNet not only the in the United States but internationally
through the Association Of Progressive Communication (APC) and with
other independent labor communicators on the Internet. LaborNets are now
established in Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, and Korea.
... LaborNet exists as a place to publicise your struggles and campaigns
for workers rights. We always make room for stories about strikes, lockouts
and workers fight to organize. We are also planning to expand LaborNet
in a number of areas with a national labor calendar, on line discussion
and debates with leading labor activists and scholars and th e ability
to search the many years of labor news and information built up over
the last 5 years ..." (Note: LaborNet was formerly one of the I.G.C.
- The International Solidarity Computer Network
News, links and information for and about labor from around the world.
"Ultimately we are working towards the widest possible international
labour network. We ... want to collaborate to the full with labour
activists developing labour communications in other media such as labour
video, films, radio, etc. Together we can create a real alternative to
the controlled media owned by capital and its state organisations and work
to counter its bias and distortions." See also: LaborNet.
"Where trade unionists start their day on the net." This exciting
website (formerly known as "Labour Movement and the Internet")
is dedicated to labor on the internet. It includes international
labor news (updated daily; currently in the form of links to content on
other labor and labor-related sites) as well the ability to submit news;
a Global Labour Calendar and sectons on Jobs Available; Books &
Videos; Webmasters' Forum; Labour Website of the Week; Labour Links and
Urgent Actions. Check it out - you may want to make this your start page!
American Network Information Center (LANIC) links
Links to labor sites and labor reources throughout Latin America, along
with workwide and regional links to organizations involved in labor
rioghts issues in Latin America.
"The Multinational Monitor tracks corporate activity, especially
in the Third World, focusing on the export of hazardous substances, worker
health and safety, labor union issues and the environment." Includes
a section on the Multilateral Agreement on Investments (MAI) as
well as information on global corporations.
- North American Congress on Latin America
"The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), an independent
non-profit organization founded in 1966, provides policy makers,
analysts, academics, organizers, journalists and religious and community
groups with information on major trends in Latin America and its relations
with the United States. The core of NACLA's work is its bimonthly magazine
NACLA Report on the Americas, the most widely read English language
publication on Latin America." Includes a solid list of country-specific
This group has been highly successful in forcing some large retailers
and manufacturers to change their sweatshop ways: the GAP, Liz Claiborne,
and Ralph Loren to name a few. Their latest target is Disney and is
worldwide empire of sweatshops. Check it out - and help!
Union of Metalworkers of South Africa
It was not easy to survive the 1980's and many thousands of workers
joined the unions. Workers became strong on the factory floor. Workers went
on strike all over the country. Sometimes they won what they wanted,
sometimes they lost the issue and their jobs, but they never lost their
dignity. By the end of the 1970s, MAW, NUMARWOSA, WPMAWU, MICA were still
small. But the government could not make them go away. In 1987 they merged
to form one giant - the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa,
NUMBS. With 130,000 members, it was the biggest metal union ever in
the history of South Africa and Africa." Interested? Find out more
Union of Miners in South Africa
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM.) was formed in 1982 and represents
approximately 357,000 members in the mining and electrical energy
industries, the vast majority of the unionized workforce. Since its inception,
the issues of wages, racial discrimination and health and safety
have been the pivots of its campaigns for improved conditions for mine
and energy workers. The NUM. is the largest recognized collective bargaining
agent representing workers in the mining industry and the electrical
Center of the Americas
"Welcome to the Resource Center of The Americas, a Minnesota-based
nonprofit organization that enables U.S. citizens to join the struggle
for peace, justice and human rights across the hemisphere." Group
publishes periodicals, has excellent labor/education workshops and resources
(pertaining to the global economy) and more. Good resource on this
of the Americas Watch
"SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the
US Army School of the Americas through vigils and fasts, demonstrations
and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work."
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly the
US Army School of the Americas), "based in Fort Benning, Georgia,
trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics.
Graduates of the SOA have been responsible for some of the
worst human rights abuses in Latin America."
Trade Union Congress.
Well, as indicated, it's the web site of the Scottish Trades Union Congress,
so it has information about trade union developments in Scotland.
In addition, it has a lot of links to the trade union movement throughout
Europe and the world, which makes it rather useful.
of Irish Labour
The web site and a recently released CD of the same name were inspired
by the April 1998 dedication of a memorial to Jim Connell, an Irishman
who more than a century ago wrote the song "The Red Flag."
Both web site and CD have been produced by Helena Sheehan, a Dublin City
University lecturer and union member and former chair of the Irish Writers'
The web site contains words, background info and sound files
of some songs from the CD -- construction is still underway.
web site is attractive, with color photos (and waving red flags), and great
links to international labor and labor song sites, including a link
to Billy Bragg's home page (worth the price of admission?).
A Lucrative Blend of Old and New
"Designer Attire from Old-Fashioned Sweatshops in El Salvador FOR
THAT LEAN AND MEAN LOOK... Was it only a decade ago that our tax dollars
built this little oasis of profit? How it's grown in just ten short
years, while real wages fell 50%! I must admit, at that moment, I felt more
than a little pride in our accomplishments." Sweatshop satire from
CISPES. Do, do, check this one out!
A progressive, democratic, labor federation in Japan, with which UE
has an ongoing relationship. From their 1989 founding convention: "The
major aim, which is the basis of all action by Zenroren, is to unite
the workers and other people to fulfill their historic role, to realize
the workers' just demands for a bright and hopeful future for all working
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