May

Stunning win for Visteon workers

Visteon workers have won a resounding victory in their fight for justice after bosses backed down and offered huge redundancy payouts. The former Ford workers had resisted Visteon executives' attempts to make them pay for the recession with their jobs by taking over the factories and mounting mass pickets after they were sacked with just six minutes' notice on March 31.

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May Day in Baghdad

Iraqi Communists, waving red banners, joined thousands of workers and trade unionists in celebrating International Workers' Day in central Baghdad on May 1, 2009.

Egypt to welcome Israel PM in May

Cairo, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Egypt expects a visit by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold talks on bilateral affairs and the peace process with Palestinians. The local media, quoting official sources, say President Hosni Mubarak invited Netanyahu through Intelligence Chief, General Omar Suleiman.

World Bank in about face on worker rights

WASHINGTON, Apr 30 (IPS) - The World Bank is dropping an index scored for undermining worker rights from its flagship effort to promote business-led economic growth in emerging, developing, and former Soviet countries.

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Cuba: The unalienable decision to build socialism

Text of the speech given by Salvador Valdés Mesa, CTC general secretary at the central event for May Day in the Plaza de la Revolución.

The day for the poor of the world

Karl Marx called to unity: 'Workers of the world unite,' although many of the poor were not workers. Lenin, who was even more far-reaching, made a call to the peasants and the colonized peoples for them to struggle together under the leadership of the proletariat.

Health care workers at risk as swine flu spreads

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the threat of widespread human infection from the outbreak of swine flu to its second-highest level. The outbreak of swine flu originated in Mexico and is now spreading throughout the United States and around the globe.

WORLDNOTES

UN: Morales ushers in Mother Earth Day Spain: Unemployment rises sharply Dominican Republic: Women’s campaign loses battle Israel: Growing defense ties with India China: Economy gains, workers exert pressure. Mozambique: Labor rights go unprotected Cuba: Blockade affects Internet access

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Raul Castro to NAM: 'Our movements greatest strength lies in its unity'

The following is the April 29 keynote address by Cuban President Raul Castro to the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Havana.

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Start at home: promoting local economic development to stem the global economic crisis

Much policy advice has been given to facilitate global finance, trade and investments to connect with the global economy. But much less to reinforce local communities and local markets where people live and want to stay if given the opportunity. Strengthening local communities in developing countries is also a means to help those who will suffer most from the global economic and jobs crisis. ILO Online spoke with Local Economic Development Specialists Kees van der Ree and Matthieu Cognac.

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