Blackout Threat Rises With Worker Protests in South Africa

Eskom has seven days to respond to the unions’ demands, National Union of Mineworkers spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu said by phone.

Blackout Threat Rises With Worker Protests in South Africa

By Odwa Mjoand & Robert Bran, Bloomberg South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. said it will start rolling blackouts for the first time since 2015 as protesting workers blockade plant entrances and disrupt distribution networks. “Acts of intimidation and sabotage have resulted in Eskom being unable to ensure uninterrupted power supply,” Khulu […]

Union wins right to challenge takeout company workers’ rights case

A UK court case could deliver improved employment rights for gig economy workers.

Union wins right to challenge takeout company workers’ rights case

By Richard Trenhom, CNET Are Deliveroo riders employed by Deliveroo, or are they self-employed? It’s a question that plagues all gig economy companies, and the latest legal attempt to resolve the issue has swung slightly in the direction of workers. The UK’s High Court has ruled the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) can […]

Plumber wins workers’ rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Gary Smith is entitled to basic workers' rights, the UK Supreme Court ruled. The Supreme Court ruling means that an employment tribunal can now proceed to examine Mr Smith's action against Pimlico Plumbers as a worker, including a claim that he was unfairly dismissed.

Plumber wins workers’ rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

By BBC A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for freelance workers. Gary Smith had worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years. Despite being VAT-registered and paying self-employed tax, he was entitled to workers’ rights, the court ruled. The ruling will […]

Report Says Minimum Wage Workers Can’t Afford Housing

National Low Income Housing Coalition released a new study titled “Out of Reach 2018.” It covers research on the affordability of housing among minimum-wage workers.

Report Says Minimum Wage Workers Can’t Afford Housing

By Douglas A. McIntyre Add housing to the list of things low-paid workers cannot afford. While there has been a great deal of research about the problem, a new one crystallizes it. Minimum wages workers don’t have enough income to pay for one bedroom housing in many cases. Financially, two bedrooms are out of the […]

Travel diaries reveal Einstein’s racist views

He uses particularly derogatory language to describe Chinese people, calling them "spiritless" and "obtuse."

Travel diaries reveal Einstein’s racist views

By Jessica Spitz, NBC News A journal kept by Albert Einstein throughout his travels in the Far East, recently published by Princeton University Press, reveals xenophobic and racist attitudes that stand in stark contrast to the physicist’s legacy as a humanitarian and outspoken proponent of civil rights. This is the first time that the diary, […]

San Francisco’s Housing Crisis and Construction Workers

"The surge in construction prices is coming at the worst possible time for booming cities like New York, Seattle and San Francisco, already dealing with an affordable-housing crunch that has increased the homeless populations and stoked acrimonious debates about growth and gentrification. City and state legislators have tried to tackle their housing problems with proposals to increase subsidized affordable housing, reduce building regulations and make it legal to build taller." - The New York Times

San Francisco’s Housing Crisis and Construction Workers

By Conor Dougherty The New York Times VALLEJO, Calif. — California is in the middle of an affordable-housing crisis that cities across the state are struggling to solve. Rick Holliday, a longtime Bay Area real estate developer, thinks one answer lies in an old shipyard in Vallejo, about 40 minutes northeast of San Francisco. Here, […]

Unlawful Workplace Violations: How Employers Violate The Laws

If you work as a home health care worker, office clerk, restaurant worker, child care worker, cook, driver, construction or as a cashier or clerk — WATCH OUT. Workers World TodayThe Workers World Today is a free publication that empowers all workers, regardless of their social or political affiliations. Distributed throughout New York City, our […]

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