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The link address is: https://www.etuc.org/documents/emergency-motion-tisa#.Vg5Tw7Ttmko
The link address is: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34401412
Also see: Obama’s War of Choice: Supporting the Saudi-led Air War in Yemen | Council on Foreign Relations
And: Saudi Arabia: US 'welcomes' UN decision to put kingdom in charge of a key human rights panel | The Independent
And: UK and Saudi Arabia 'in secret deal' over human rights council place | The Guardian
The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/29/dr-jamal-barzinji-1939-2015-in-memoriam/
Jeremy Corbyn has given hope to my generation. Please don’t let the cynics take it away | New Statesman
Also see: Jeremy Corbyn says Britain 'can and must change' | BBC
"The thirst in the hall for him to do well was tangible. Some members of the party have wanted to hear a speech like this for years. And although he never really expected to be doing one of the most high-profile, hardest jobs in politics, if Jeremy Corbyn was nervous, he didn't show it. [T]he audience was pleased to see him, applauding for two minutes on their feet before he even said a word."
Volkswagen, a prized and
reputable car giant has for years been polluting the air we breathe in
what is now known to be a scandal of deception and cheating of great
proportions. 11 million vehicles world-wide have been affected. The
numbers being floated as what Volkswagen could potentially face in fines
At face value, the scandal has brought consternation to Germany's car manufacturer. Reactions from the public all over the world have been one of shock and awe: a cherished maker of cars had cheated consumers on two fronts: by installing spy software in their cars, and by skirting environmental regulations. On both accounts, Volkswagen faces a long road ahead to live them down.
Now, chances to expose big business in this way are few are far between. If anything, the Volkswagen scandal should confirm that "corporate accountability" is not backed up with adequate oversight from governments. As companies become bigger and more international, what is the proper way to avoid such deception and maintain international standards that respect basic principles of living together as a society?
In the past week, the price for the drug used to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, Cycloserine, was hiked 2,000 per cent overnight. Then a Pharma CEO and former hedge fund manager defend his 5,000 per cent price hike for an anti-parasitic drug Diaparam. And finally, Alexion Pharmaceuticals has filed a motion in Federal Court arguing that Canada's drug price watchdog has no authority to force the company to lower its price for the drug Soliris.
In New Zealand, a country not known for its left wing ideology, prices of medication has increased by only three per cent per year compared to ten per cent worldwide. And, individuals in New Zealand pay a maximum of 100$ nz a year no matter what the costs of their drugs.
In Canada, because of limited cooperation among provinces and no effort by current and previous federal governments to tackle the issue, pharmaceutical costs are amongst the highest in the world. Pharmaceutical companies seem to be under the impression that in Canada, people will pay whatever the cost. The result is that the private pharmaceutical industry has been one of the most successful parts of the corporate campaign to privatize and profit from the public health care system.
This means that current labour law on union certification starts with the premise that the neutral position for workers is as an unorganized mass who are essentially anti-democratic.
It is rather odd for a democratic state to force organizations to poll citizens whether they want democracy before they can vote. In fact, no other structures of association have ever been forced to do this.
The current union argument is that only a "card check" certification would make it easier to form a union. But this argument does not go far enough.
The neutral position for groups of people in a democracy is of course not anti-democratic, but is a process of discussion, agitation and education; the building blocks of any democracy. It should be assumed that unorganized workers are no different. In their 'natural state', groups of workers are already on-board with (and even practising) some aspects of workplace democracy.
In a democratic country, workers should not to be assumed to be ignorant of their right to democracy. As such, a single vote by signing a union card should be the only step to forming a union.