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PSI extends full support to nationwide strike in India

Two-day nationwide general strike to protest against “anti-labour, anti-people and anti-national policies of the government’ was hold by Indian workers and their trade unions on January 8-9, 2019. PSI extends full support and solidarity to its affiliates, other unions and the workers of India participating in the strike action. In the PSI Solidarity Message for All India General Strike was emphasized that: "We recognise the outstanding work of the energy sector unions, through the National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers who have organised across the country to oppose further privatisation of the essential public utility. As workers are seeking to increase the availability and affordability of energy through public ownership it is you, not governments, who are defending energy as an essential service. We are ready to support your ongoing actions to ensure the right to affordable energy is delivered and the rights of energy workers respected.”

Source: PSI

Nation’s First Teachers’ Strike at Charter Network Begins in Chicago

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has hailed the first large strike by teachers at Chicago charter schools. Charter schools are operated by private entities but funded by public school budgets, draining funds from other public schools. But Weingarten says the charters must be organized. “‘This activism is contagious,'' said Weingarten. After “a couple of decades of being the shiny new object,” she said, the charter school movement is experiencing an adolescence. “They are now in a different generation,” she added. “They're going through growing pains, and what you're seeing in a bunch of the different charter schools is that teachers are saying we want to make a career helping kids in this structure, but we need to have the conditions kids need and the pay we need.”

Source: www.nytimes.com

Low paid workers at Luton airport have taken industrial action

Low paid workers at Luton airport have taken industrial action against Sasse, their private employers. “The workers who are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment for staff and passengers at Luton Airport are currently struggling to make ends meet on the minimum wage of £7.83. Sasse, which was awarded the contract by Luton Airport in April this year, has offered a three year pay deal to increase workers’ pay, but by 2021 workers will still be earning below the real Living Wage of £9.00. Unite members employed by Clece Care Services have suspended their planned strike action while the workers vote on a revised offer from the company. Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Bosses at Luton Airport are behaving like Scrooge. By 2021 cleaners at Luton Airport still won’t be earning a Real Living Wage. With healthy profits and growing passenger numbers, Luton Airport and its contractors have no excuse for paying workers below the Real Living Wage.”

Source: unitetheunion.org

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