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Fifty years on, what has 1968 taught us? | Equal Times

by Graham H. Cox — last modified May 13, 2018 11:07 AM
"In the late 1960s and early 1970s, massive change was taking place all over Europe and beyond. The French students’ revolt and general strike of 1968 remain most vivid in popular memory but were set against the backdrop of widespread social upheaval. In the early 1960s, European countries were still overshadowed by the legacy of World War II. Ageing leaders like Charles De Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer presided over old-fashioned, hierarchical and authoritarian political structures."

Faculty, students call on York to return to bargaining talks amid 'unprecedented' strike | CBC

by Graham H. Cox — last modified May 13, 2018 10:43 AM
"Wellen accused university brass of repeatedly blaming the union for the strike and refusing to acknowledge that many items wanted by the union were previously agreed to in bargaining three years ago. He said many faculty members are concerned that the administration is determined to break the union and is putting that desire ahead of university and student interests."

TUC rally demands 'new deal' for workers and public services | Guardian

by Graham H. Cox — last modified May 13, 2018 08:09 AM
"Jeremy Corbyn won huge applause from the crowds in Hyde Park when he pledged that the next Labour government would create a ministry to guarantee workers’ rights. The Labour leader accused the Conservatives of cutting public spending while protecting those who dodge taxes. “We will give workers more power, by strengthening their rights and freedoms to organise together to improve their lives,” he said."

Now hiring, for a one-day job: the gig economy hits retail | Washington Post

by Graham H. Cox — last modified May 10, 2018 04:35 PM
"The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low, but stagnant wages, chronic underemployment and growing inequality are leading more Americans to take on so-called side hustles. Some want to supplement their incomes. Others are just trying to eke out a living. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans now earn money from the digital “platform economy,” according to the Pew Research Center. Most of that work is for domestic tasks, such as housecleaning and repairs, or driving for companies such as Uber."

Haspel, Spies and Videotapes | Propublica

by Graham H. Cox — last modified May 10, 2018 04:32 PM
"Jose Rodriguez, the CIA official who ordered CIA officers to destroy a cache of videotapes that had documented the treatment of two terror suspects, says he told Gina Haspel what he intended to do. President Trump’s pick to head the CIA said she had no idea he planned to act without approval from senior officials."

Pakistan Interior Minister, Champion of Minorities, Is Shot | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 06, 2018 05:27 PM
"Pakistan’s interior minister narrowly escaped an apparent assassination attempt Sunday evening when a gunman slipped into a small crowd of supporters and colleagues surrounding the minister, firing off a shot that pierced his right shoulder. ... Mr. Iqbal is a staunch supporter of Pakistan’s religious minorities, often considered heretics by the country’s radicalized offshoots of Sunni Islam. ... Mr. Iqbal has often been a lone voice defending Pakistan’s minorities, shielding them from attacks from members of even his own party."

Just Transition: a task force and critique

by Graham H. Cox — last modified May 05, 2018 11:30 AM
Several things have happened in the previous few weeks that make it important to review what we mean about Just Transition for workers affected by major changes to employment. 1) The Liberal government has announced the Task Force: Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities. 2) Trade Unions for Energy Democracy have released "Trade Unions and Just Transition: The search for a transformative politics". The new paper examines the inadequacies of the current policy development processes on Just Transition.
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