Unions and activists set Working People’s Day of Action

The day honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has passed, but unions and activists will continue to honor him in February.This week, labor and religious leaders and civil rights and women’s rights groups announced a nationwide day of action set for Feb. 24. Known as the Working People’s Day of Action, activists will mobilize and call for an end to policies that lift up the rich at the expense of the working class.

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Thailand: Burmese Workers on Trial for Reporting Abuses

The World has become more oppressive of labor in recent years. Globalism is the culprit here. Big business has taken over. And it’s no coincidence that democracy has declined with it:

The Thai government should publicly oppose in court the criminal defamation charges against 14 Burmese migrant workers for filing a complaint against their employer with Thailand’s human rights commission, Human Rights Watch said. The trial is to begin on February 7, 2018, in Don Muang Magistrates Court in Bangkok. If convicted, the workers face up to a year in prison.

“The criminal defamation case against 14 migrant workers for reporting abusive labor conditions threatens all rights enforcement bodies in Thailand,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should publicly oppose the employer’s charges and protect the ability of government agencies to act on complaints of wrongdoing.”

 

Domestic Workers Rally for Overtime Pay Protections

Despite a steady downpour of rain, a group of domestic workers and their supporters gathered at the 24th Street Bart Plaza this morning, carrying posters that called for dignity and economic justice throughout the industry. With music, dance and testimonials, the group of men and women announced the launch of a statewide campaign to make overtime pay for domestic workers a permanent protection in California.

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