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Japanese workers fight Sony "downsizing room"

In Japan, large corporations are using "downsizing rooms" as a humiliating pressure tactic to force their employees to quit their jobs.

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After a long winter, tropical rain forest sounded lovely

I learned that the political left was influential in Costa Rica. But they were divided. A united left could form a winning coalition. The people of Costa Rica deserve nothing less.

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Colombian senator: U.S.-backed labor rights plan a flop

The labor action plan for workers' rights added to the controversial U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is failing, say a Colombian senator and union leaders.

Tunisian unions call off general strike

 Tunisia's union confederation called off the first planned nationwide general strike in 35 years at the last minute after the government yielded in talks with union leaders.

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Campaign to free Colombia's David Ravelo draws global support

Responding to the imprisonment of Colombian human rights activist David Ravelo, members of the North American Committee for the Defense of David Ravelo were in Colombia on Ravelo's behalf.

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Support urged for trade unionist on hunger strike in Iran

A trade unionist imprisoned by the Iranian authorities is now into his second week of hunger strike to protest against mistreatment by prison officials.

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Today in labor history: Workers take power in Kiev

On December 11, 1905, in support of the worker uprising and general strike in Moscow, the Council of Workers' Deputies of Kiev decided to stage a mass uprising against oppressive czarist rule.

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New Egyptian president’s labor takeover plan riles unions

Egypt's independent unions and their confederation are extremely upset by present Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's labor takeover plan.

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Trumka: Mexico on path of “low wage development”

Mexico, the large U.S. trading partner and southern neighbor, is on a path of "low-wage development," including weakening its labor law and oppressing independent unions.

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Garment workers protest deadly fire at Walmart-linked factory

While actions took place in U.S. supporting Walmart workers, 112 garment workers in Bangladesh were killed in a factory fire as they reportedly worked overtime for American clothing retailers, including Walmart.

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