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1908 United States of America AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis.

1928 Australia An industrial court decides that timber workers must increase their weekly working hours from 44 to 48, a decision that sparks a 6 month long strike.[more]

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China Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations [Guardian] 22-12-2014

Hong Kong / China Police charge HKCTU leader for organising #OccupyHK illegal assembly [HKCTU] 22-12-2014

France Unions call for strike at Amazon from Monday [RFI] 21-12-2014

Germany Amazon workers extend strike until Christmas Eve [Reuters] 21-12-2014

Global ITUC call for fundamental changes in national and international migration policies as world marked International Migrants Day [ITUC] 20-12-2014

China / Hong Kong Violence Against Striking Workers in Artigas Textile Factory [HKCTU] For more info 19-12-2014

China Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers' [BBC] 19-12-2014

Nigeria Oil workers suspend nationwide strike [Daily Post Nigeria] 19-12-2014

Turkey / Global 'Kobanê will be liberated, we'll hold speeches in Kobanê the next time' [ Besta Nûçe] 18-12-2014

Germany Amazon workers strike in Germany as Christmas nears [BBC] 16-12-2014

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Journalist severely injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing dies [IFJ] 23-12-2014

Dock Workers End Strike at Major Grain Port [telesur] 22-12-2014

TURC hasn't packed the punch Abbott might have hoped for [Guardian Australia] 23-12-2014 12 more labour news stories from Australia today

Attacks on Union Leaders at Azim Factories in Bangladesh Are Documented [New York Times] 23-12-2014 1 more labour news stories from Bangladesh today

Olympics 2016: Unions take the field for good working conditions [BWI] 23-12-2014

One Man's Fight to Free Up Canada's Beer and Liquor Laws [Huffington Post] 23-12-2014 7 more labour news stories from Canada today

Reversal of fortune in Dongguan factory closure as suppliers get frozen out instead of workers [China Labour Bulletin] 22-12-2014 1 more labour news stories from China today

/ USA France's Amazon strike puts pressure on Santa [The Local] 22-12-2014

ITF watchful over Georgia rail agreement [ITF Global Union] 23-12-2014

Hong Kong
Lean Christmas likely for unpaid ATV staff [HK Standard] 23-12-2014 6 more labour news stories from Hong Kong today

Human Rights Commissioner’s Report Critical of Hungary’s Media Freedom [IFJ] 23-12-2014

/ Chhattisgarh Journalist killed for reporting in Odisha [IFJ] 23-12-2014 3 more labour news stories from India today

/ Malaysia Unions in Malaysia and Indonesia continue their fight to stop precarious work [IndustriALL Global Union] 23-12-2014

IFJ Holds Three Days Safety Training for Journalists in Kurdistan Region of Iraq [IFJ] 23-12-2014

Fears over 'unsafe' hospital plan [Clare Champion] 22-12-2014 5 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Wage politics [Jerusalem Post] 23-12-2014 4 more labour news stories from Israel today

New Zealand
SFWU welcomes supreme court decision [SFWU] 22-12-2014 6 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Who profits from gold mining in Niger? [Equal Times] 22-12-2014

/ Israel Worker dies after falling at construction site in Israel [Ma'an News Agency] 23-12-2014 3 more labour news stories from Palestine today

/ Cote Divoire Abidjan dockers‘ solidarity helps seafarers win back pay and first CBA [ITF Global Union] 23-12-2014

South Africa
Repositioning Social Dialogue: The South African Case [GLC] 22-12-2014

A quarter of a million jobseekers will spend their second Christmas on the dole [TUC] 23-12-2014 7 more labour news stories from UK today

McDonald's charged with illegally threatening worker activists [Daily Kos] 23-12-2014 18 more labour news stories from USA today