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Today in Labour History

1853 Germany The legal minimum age to work in a factory is fixed at 10 years, and the work day limited to six hours for children.

1928 United States of America "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow.

1931 France Start of a general strike in the textile industry after the announcement of a drop in wages. 112,000 strikers in Roubaix and 43,000 in Tourcoing. The CGTU does not call for a return to work until July 29.

1941 Belgium The anti-Nazi 'Strike of the 100,000' ended. The Nazis were forced to grant an 8% pay increase, before arresting hundreds of strikers and sending many to the concentration camps.

1942 Germany The Baum group, Jewish factory workers, broke into a Nazi anti-Soviet exhibition and set fire to it. In retaliation, the Gestapo rounded up all 30 members +500 others and executed them all.

1952 Canada The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for more than 25,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he was prevented from crossing the border.[more]

1968 Senegal The Senegalese May 68 began when students began a "general strike" against a cut to student grants. Despite repression the movement grew and eventually culminated in a workers' general strike and won many concessions.

1979 France In Longwy in Lorraine, clashes with the police took place to protest against the jamming of the pirate radio organized by the CGT, "Lorraine heart of steel".

1980 Korea The workers of Gwangju, after robbing local armories and police stations, rose up against their brutal US-backed dictator, Chun Doo-hwan. Though bloodily crushed it helped ignite a chain of similar rebellions across Asia.

1995 Ukraine Workers at a factory in Dnepropetrovsk walked out against non-payment of wages in March. By the end of the day they won, then continued the strike with new demands.

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The rise of a new generation of ‘green collar workers’ in South-East Asia [Equal Times] 17-05-2021

Deliveroo loses unfair dismissal case in decision with 'huge implications' for Australia's gig workers [SBS] 18-05-2021 8 more labour news stories from Australia today

Another journalist jailed under Digital Security Act [IFJ] 17-05-2021

Repression intensifies: 16 journalists behind bars [EFJ] 17-05-2021

Ambev and Heineken, charged with having Venezuelan immigrants in a situation of slavery in Brazil [Bismilla News] 18-05-2021

Defenders, critic of Bill C-10 clash over limits for shared social media content [Yahoo] 18-05-2021 15 more labour news stories from Canada today

Talks Between Colombia's Government, Strike Committee Fail To Bring Results - CNP Member [Urdu Point] 18-05-2021 1 more labour news stories from Colombia today

Egyptian doctors volunteer to treat Palestinians wounded by Israeli aggression on Gaza [The Palestine Chronicle] 18-05-2021

Chaos as public transport workers clash with cops [Times of Swaziland] 17-05-2021 1 more labour news stories from Eswatini today

Why trade unions have problem with Uber etc & How trade unions propose to fix the problem [ETUC] 17-05-2021

Glovo suspends access to app to about 50 couriers on strike [] 17-05-2021

109th International Labour Conference to be held virtually, opening in May [ILO] 17-05-2021 4 more labour news stories from Global today

Hong Kong
Jimmy Lai’s Next Digital shares and properties seized [IFJ] 17-05-2021

/ Uttar Pradesh Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Over 1,600 BSA teachers, workers died in UP since April due to COVID-19, says teachers' body [CNBC] 18-05-2021 11 more labour news stories from India today

Aer Lingus to lay off 130 workers without pay next autumn [Irish Times] 18-05-2021 1 more labour news stories from Ireland today

Israeli Arabs launch general strike against ‘violence and Gaza operation’ [i24] 18-05-2021 2 more labour news stories from Israel today

/ Palestine Italian port workers refuse to load shipment of arms headed for Israel [The Independent] 18-05-2021

Wajir Health Workers Stay Put As Strike Enters Week Two [The Nation] 18-05-2021 1 more labour news stories from Kenya today

Latin America
Latin American banana unions coordinating body celebrates 28 years of fighting for workers rights Image [Banana Link] 17-05-2021

Union fights sexual harassment at Hippo Knitting garment factory, Lesotho [IndustriALL] 17-05-2021

Malaysian union wins collective agreement after nine years [IndustriALL] 18-05-2021

Strike paralyses banks and government offices [Yahoo] 18-05-2021 1 more labour news stories from Mali today

Union was set to lose disputed GM workers' vote -report [The Financial Post] 18-05-2021

Global unions to challenge legitimacy of Myanmar junta at ILC [IndustriALL] 18-05-2021

NBC workers fear nobody [Informante] 18-05-2021 2 more labour news stories from Namibia today

New Zealand
Counting and choosing when it comes to health [ASMS-Toi Mata Hauora] 17-05-2021 5 more labour news stories from New Zealand today

Workers’ strike: Kaduna declares NLC chairman, others wanted [Punch] 18-05-2021 2 more labour news stories from Nigeria today

North America
The Daily Dash: Union workers at Volvo Trucks reject contract [Freightwaves] 18-05-2021 1 more labour news stories from North America today

/ Israel Palestinians to walk out in general strike in Israel and the occupied territories [Morning star] 17-05-2021 3 more labour news stories from Palestine today

/ Kenya Qatar: Kenyan worker & human rights activist detained; rights groups call on govt. to reveal whereabouts [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] 18-05-2021 3 more labour news stories from Qatar today

South Africa
Collective bargaining is between worker and employer – Nehawu [Mail & Guardian] 18-05-2021 18 more labour news stories from South Africa today

Gig-economy riders in Spain must become staff within 90 days under new rule [Reuters] 18-05-2021

First labour movement didn’t fear technological change – they embraced it to demand higher wages [The Conversation] 18-05-2021

/ Ireland / Northern Ireland Bread supplies hit as Hovis Belfast strike continues [British Baker] 18-05-2021 13 more labour news stories from UK today

Ukraine Mine Workers Successfully Fight Wage Theft For more info [Solidarity Center] 17-05-2021

Think your workers are coming back to the office? Not if they can't find childcare [WGRZ] 18-05-2021 6 more labour news stories from USA today