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Celebrating CUPE-Cuba solidarity | Canadian Union of Public Employees

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Oct 09, 2017 10:47 AM
International convention guest Avigail Pérez Llanes comes from the Havana local of SNTAP, a public sector union in Cuba representing more than 250,000 workers across the small island country. Given shifting U.S. relations and the unstable Cuban economy, it’s now more important than ever to keep the bonds of solidarity strong between his organization and ours, he told CUPE Communications at convention.

Latin American Unions Convene in Buenos Aires to Discuss “Energy Mix and the Commons”

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Oct 09, 2017 10:42 AM
On 4-5 September 2017, an International Meeting on the Energy Mix and the Commons was held at the ATE National trade union’s main office, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting was framed within a broader process of exchange of knowledge and experiences on climate and energy policies in Argentina, Latin America and the world. The Argentinian State Workers’ Association (Spanish acronym ATE; acronyms will be for Spanish names where applicable) and the Autonomous Argentinean Workers’ Congress (CTA-A) are engaged in international processes towards the construction of regional and global alternatives, in particular the Development Platform of the Americas (PLADA) and the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) initiative.

Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income | The Atlantic

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 03, 2017 08:10 AM
"Rothstein’s work also comports well with some research findings out of Canada. The country has relatively high rates of intergenerational mobility—significantly higher than in the United States or Britain. That said, this past year, the University of Ottawa economist Miles Corak found that, similar to the U.S., where one grows up in Canada seems to largely determine one’s economic chances in adulthood. Marie Connolly, an economist at the University of Quebec in Montreal who collaborates with Corak, told me that after studying geographic mobility across Canada, her team has identified similar patterns as Rothstein did in the United States. “Education is just not a big part of the story,” she says. “You can see a little role for school quality, but the structure of the labor market seems to be a much bigger driver.”

Hard choices for Syrian industrialists in ruins of Aleppo | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 03, 2017 07:31 AM
"In 2010, Aleppo had about a third of Syria’s industrial companies and industry workers, Central Bureau of Statistics figures show. There were about a million people employed in its factories ... During the decade before the war Assad’s economic reforms helped Aleppo’s businesses to grow more quickly. ... Before the war there were 65,000, he said. When the rebels left in December there were 4,000. There are now 6,000, he said, attributing the rise to returning industrialists who are restarting their businesses. ... Before the war there were 65,000 [factories]. When the rebels left in December there were 4,000. There are now 6,000"

Jeremy Corbyn’s keynote speech to the Labour Party Conference, delivered in Brighton on September 27

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 02, 2017 09:04 AM
"Conference, there were two stars of our election campaign. The first was our Manifesto that drew on the ideas of our members and trade unionists and the hopes and aspirations of their communities and workplaces. And we were clear about how we would pay for it by asking the richest and the largest corporations to start paying their fair share. ... And Conference, the other star of that campaign was YOU. Our members, our supporters in the trade unions, our doorstep and social media campaigners. Young people sharing messages and stories on social media, hundreds of thousands organising online and on the ground to outplay the Tories’ big money machine. Is it any wonder that here today in Brighton you represent the largest political party in western Europe, with nearly 600,000 members, alongside three million affiliated trade unionists, brimming with enthusiasm and confidence in the potential of our people. You are the future."
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