Striking miners face off against police in 1984.
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Workers have gradually lost all powers to take industrial action when they feel conditions are unfair.
NHS workers would be subject to tough new strike laws being proposed by prime minister Rishi Sunak.
The strikes (minimum service levels) bill making its way through parliament potentially means employers can block named workers from taking industrial action.
Worker unrest has been surging around the world.
With real wages in many countries having been stagnant for years, the inflation surge has brought unions back to life.
Workers such as these Starbucks employees in St. Anthony, Minn., increasingly went on strike in 2022.
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Workers have filed the most union petitions since 2015 and the number of strikes have surged, but whether this turns into a sustained increase in membership rates is still unclear.
It’s more necessary than ever before to re-examine the fundamentals of our economic order.
Psychological and social perspectives on economy that were developed by 19th-century philosophers can help us re-imagine economics with a human face.
Rail workers have been striking for months but more industries have announced industrial action recently.
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Unions are calling on the government to negotiate on pay, here’s how it could mediate discussions between employers and unions.
The Ontario Assembly on Workplace Democracy examined how everyday people experience work and what they want done to make work better and their voices heard.
Improving the ability for worker’s voices and perspectives to be heard in the workplace could have wide ranging benefits for employers and broader society at large.
When University of Manitoba Faculty Association went on strike and hit the picket lines in 2016, the association raised issues about having a greater say over ever-increasing workloads, appropriate use of metrics in evaluation and job security.
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Education strikes by university and public school workers are political fights about diminished respect for education as a public good and workers’ rights in an economy that perpetuates inequality.
Is a food courier who owns one scooter a worker?
There are ways in which platform workers can resist the rise in job insecurity and poor working conditions brought on by digital labour platforms.
CUPE members and supporters join a demonstration outside the office of Parm Gill, Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Milton, Ont., on Nov. 4, 2022.
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Frustration about unsettled bargaining that predates the pandemic could get channelled into pronounced resistance from educational workers during the coming months.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford sits in the Ontario legislature during Question Period as members debate a bill meant to avert a planned strike by 55,000 education workers.
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The Ontario government’s latest use of the notwithstanding clause is at odds with its stated intention to keep kids in school amid a labour dispute — and at odds with the heart of labour relations norms.
It’s not always easy to raise one’s hand in the workplace.
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Research shows that workers rarely call out unethical behavior or even just operational problems, in large part because they fear serious consequences.
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Nigeria’s public university system has lost about 57 months to industrial action since 1999. This has implications for the future workforce.
The U.S. depends on trains to transport almost half of all freight.
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Workers still need to approve the deal, which was brokered by President Biden in 20 hours of last-minute negotiations.
Minor league players often endure lengthy bus trips.
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If any industry is crying out for unionization, it’s this one.
A revised movement on the backs of young workers?
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Public support for unions is at a near 60-year high. Meanwhile, self-organizers at major American chains are spearheading a new movement to mobilize.
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Australia’s economic state in 1983 was very different from today: Bob Hawke wanted to lower expectations of government; Anthony Albanese is trying to raise them, even just a little.
Economic conditions today are very different from those that informed Bob Hawke’s 1983 summit – and that will affect what unions and the government can get from each other at the 2022 summit.
Innovation in the digital space is not necessarily working for people in the global south.
British Columbian workers in the public sector, transit and transportation have voted to take job action in recent weeks to fight for their right to earn livable wages.
If the labour movement can organize and mobilize working people in B.C. and Canada, the change could be significant.