Posts Tagged ‘strike’
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Carlsberg, the Danish brewing company, is locked in a bitter feud with union leaders after reclassifying beer-making as an “essential service” to avoid industrial action by its workers.
Staff at the beer giant’s brewery in Lithuania voted to walk out over pay and conditions but were prevented from doing so after a court ruled that the business was “vitally essential”. The strike ballot was subsequently declared invalid and the stoppage illegal, with the walk out suspended for at least 30 days.
The ruling by the Lithuanian court places Carlsberg’s beer-making services in the same category as medical supplies and drinking water, after the company successfully argued that no strike should take place during its “high season”.
Unite, Britain’s biggest workers union, was drawn into the row, with Jennie Formby, the national officer, calling the situation “ridiculous”.
“This is probably the most ridiculous decision in the world. Of course many people think beer is great but it does not save lives,” she told The Daily Mirror newspaper…
The brewer’s worker’s union has launched an appeal to a higher court in the hope of overturning the decision.
There have been some amazing lies used by corporations in efforts to prevent industrial action. This probably takes the cake.
Swami Ramdev, Anna Hazare, Swami Agnivesh
Daylife/AP Photo used by permission
Swami Ramdev, India’s most popular and powerful yoga guru, rejected an appeal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to call off a hunger strike against corruption, the second major challenge to a government losing its authority due to rampant graft.
The charismatic guru, who dons a saffron cloth thrown over his bare torso, runs a $40 million-a-year global yoga and health empire and has millions of followers: some 30 million viewers tune into his daily yoga TV show.
These followers are expected to rally behind him as he begins on Saturday a “fast-to-the-death” in Delhi until the government agrees to pass a tough anti-corruption “Jan Lokpal” bill and set up a task force for repatriating illegal funds held in foreign bank accounts by Indians…
Singh has struggled to shake off a series of corruption scandals that have embroiled senior officials, including a $39 billion telecoms spectrum scam, the biggest in India’s history.
There is widespread public anger over the graft scams, which have also hurt foreign investment and helped delay a series of reforms aimed at opening up Asia’s third-largest economy.
Ramdev’s fast would be the second by a prominent public figure to force the government to ratify the anti-graft bill that gives an independent ombudsman police-like powers to prosecute ministers, bureaucrats and judges.
In April, veteran activist Anna Hazare, who is in his 70s, went on a hunger strike over the bill, triggering anti-graft protests by thousands of people across the country.
He ended it five days later, after the government agreed to allow activists to take part in drafting it, and to then introduce it in parliament’s next session, due to start in July…
India ranked 78th on Transparency International’s latest corruption index, a worse ranking than Asian rival China. Graft has long been a part of daily life, but the recent scandals — that have seen ministers jailed and business heavyweights questioned by investigative agencies — are unprecedented.
RTFA. The West’s romantic idealization of India – almost exclusively an echo of Gandhi’s brave fight against British colonialism – doesn’t include a clear pictures of the history of India’s class-and-caste-based corruption. But, as the economy has started to grow to real post-colonial strength, Indian citizens are rapidly becoming less and less likely to accept the old status quo.
Police in Scotland had to buy emergency supplies of chocolate and water for a planeload of Ryanair passengers who were close to mutiny after spending four hours on the tarmac without any food and drink.
Strathclyde police were called to the Ryanair flight at Prestwick airport in Ayrshire yesterday after the plane was held on the runway due to delays caused by an air traffic controllers strike in France.
The flight, to Girona in Spain, had been due to leave at 2pm but by 6pm the flight’s besieged crew called the police.
The 168 passengers, many with children, became increasingly angry after the crew refused to open the refreshment trolleys, saying they were forbidden from doing so until the flight was in the air. Others wanted to get off the plane.
Officers decided to buy Mars bars, Double Deckers and water at the force’s expense and brought the supplies on board. The flight eventually left shortly before 8pm…
Sarah Toom, one of the affected passengers, told BBC Scotland: “It was quite hectic in the aircraft earlier – a lot of parents with young kids were getting quite upset and raising their voices because we weren’t allowed off the aircraft to buy food and drink.
“None was being brought on board and none was being offered by Ryanair staff, whom, I have to say, were doing their best.”
She said a loud cheer went up when the police brought supplies.
The coppers were smarted than the bureaucrats running the airport. No surprise.
A chief executive was beaten to death as he tried to pacify a group of workers sacked from his manufacturing plant. Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, bled to death inside the car parts factory yesterday after being attacked by more than 130 men.
Police have arrested 63 former employees of Graziano Transmissioni India in connection with his death. Another 73 are facing charges of disturbing the peace.
Babu Ram, the police superintendent for Greater Noida in the state of Uttar Pradesh, said the men had been called in to settle a dispute that led to the dismissal of more than 100 staff in recent months. The meeting turned sour and the unemployed men began vandalising the machinery, turning on Choudhary when he tried to reason with them.
Demonstrators blamed “outsiders” for the killing. “We were demonstrating peacefully to get our jobs back,” one of the workers, Rajpal, told the Hindustan Times newspaper. “Outsiders may have assaulted the CEO leading to his death. Firing by the guards agitated workers and they clashed with the staff,” he said.
Nothing insightful to say about this one. Unfortunately, really no informed statements, either.
The folks on strike tell a completely different story from the corporate executives – who, of course, weren’t on the scene at all.
A US air strike killed 47 civilians, including 39 women and children, as they were travelling to a wedding in Afghanistan, an official inquiry found today. The bride was among the dead…
Fighter aircraft attacked a group of militants near the village of Kacu in the eastern Nuristan province, but one missile went off course and hit the wedding party, said the provincial police chief spokesman, Ghafor Khan.
The US is facing similar charges over strikes two days earlier in another border area of Afghanistan.
The nine-member inquiry team appointed by the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, to look into the wedding party incident found only civilians had been killed in the attack.
There’s no shock and amazement here. Well, maybe, shock.
Americans live in a land, under a government, that accepts no responsibility. No one ever did anything on purpose. No one ever makes a mistake. No one ever voted foolishly. No one could ever be a coward or bigot or fool.
When, of course, we have our fair share of all of the above. But, the culture of complicity and corruption is so thoroughly a part of our everyday life and economy, we have become an nation of accepting, compliant sheep. Most of us.