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Whenever possible, we've listed websites by using
their own descriptions (indicated by the use of opening
and closing quotes). Links verified: 10/24/2003.

Brazilian 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!

Colombia Support Network
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.

Congress 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."

Global 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!

International 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:

International 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.

International 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 (USA)
"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. progressive networks).

LabourNet - 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!

Latin 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.

Multinational Monitor On-Line
"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.

NACLA - 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 links.

National Labor Committee
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!

National 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 ...

National 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 energy industry."

Resource 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 hemisphere.

School 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."

Scottish 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.

Songs 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' Union. The web site contains words, background info and sound files of some songs from the CD -- construction is still underway. The 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?).

SweatGear: 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 people."

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