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Philip Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union will take part in the Labour20 (L20) where labour leaders will meet with President Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace, Paris on Wednesday 2 November ahead of the G20

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Rise of the Machines: Robots and the New World of Work

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 5:47 AM

In 1913 a man named Ford rigged up the first automotive assembly line so he could mass produce his innovative Model T car. A little over a century later, another man named Ford is warning of how automation could lead to an unemployment crisis the likes of which the world...

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Why the Fight for $15 Matters to All of Us

(6) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:16 PM

Something is stirring in the Land of the Free. Across the United States, tens of thousands of workers are waking up to find more money in their pockets and a little more job satisfaction after two of the nation's largest employers announced surprise pay rises for their lowest paid workers.

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Davos Man Sitting on a Volcano Fuelled by Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:15 PM

On the eve of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, an avalanche of reports from the likes of Oxfam to the ILO point to the fault lines in our global economy - fault lines opening up from jobs to inequality to falling...

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Inequality: The Scourge of Our Times

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 1:50 PM

When the historians of the future reflect on the world of today, what will the history books say? How will they describe this period in the long life of our planet?

Will they speak of the millions of impoverished workers stuck at the bottom of the global supply chain --...

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Fifty Years On: Martin Luther King's Dream Still Reverberates Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Doctor Martin Luther King's immortal "I have a dream" speech, delivered 50 years ago today, in front of more than a quarter of million black and white Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington for the March for Jobs and Justice, resonates in our age of inequality. His speech...

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"Ban the Bomb" Resonates Anew

(7) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 2:38 PM

When the 12-year-old son of a friend saw a badge with the slogan "Ban the Bomb", he asked "what bomb?" The slogan may belong to an earlier generation but the threat of nuclear arms remains a deadly reality. This is the largely forgotten elephant in the room which the world...

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Démodé Deutsche Post-DHL Workers: Fashion Victims

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 8:29 AM

Deutsche Post-DHL, an official sponsor of London Fashion Week and similar events around the world, has questions to answer about how it treats its global workforce. Recently, the Turkish Courts ordered DHL's operation in Turkey to reinstate two workers which it found had been effectively dismissed for being involved in...

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Breaking Down the Walls of Inequality

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 2:31 PM

The wall of inequality must be taken down if we are to make the world a decent place to live, with an economy built on values of fairness and humanity, rather than injustice and greed. That is a message the global unions are delivering to Davos. Because inequality is destroying...

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Latin America Staying the Course

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 12:53 PM

Latin America is a region on the rise. It's a region gaining momentum despite being buffered by the headwind of the financial crisis. What is essential is that the region is not knocked off course by the troubled global economy and the austerity culture blowing in from both the United...

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The Fight Against Inequality Takes a Giant Stride Forward

(5) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 2:53 PM

Walmart workers in the United States staging walkouts across the country are the embodiment of the fight-back against growing income inequality and exclusion. For labor rights, it is a significant and historic moment: the first strike in Walmart's 50-year history in the US.

These non-unionized workers are taking their...

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Financial Regulation: How to Find the Right Balance

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 6:37 PM

The scales of financial justice are tilted by avarice and the power the investment bankers continue to assert. JP Morgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon pleads mea culpa for his part in the US$ 2 billion (and counting) derivative trading loss. Dimon and his staff were not hedging, they were...

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Gullible Muppets and Goldman Sachs: What Does It Say to the 99%

(33) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Banker Greg Smith quit Goldman Sachs in spectacular style, making a splash in the press as big as the fortune he and his colleagues made off the backs of clients worth trillions of dollars. Unfortunately, unlike Mr Smith the 99% are simply not in a position to walk...

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From the Edge of Dystopia to Enlightenment

(14) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 9:13 AM

For the world to recover from the financial crisis there must be a revolution on job creation equal to the environmental revolution that has percolated into the collective consciousness over the last twenty years. It has taken that long for the world to be convinced global warming is a real...

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The G20 Summit and Occupy Wall Street

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 12:24 PM

The G20 meets in Cannes this week with a second chance to get it right and produce the leadership to move the world away from the economic and social abyss. After the financial crisis broke in 2008, there was a flurry of coordinated activity but since then the G20 has...

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