A bill passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature on Oct. 28, a bill that is a clear danger to the labour movement's ability to win fair contracts and defend public services. Bill 83, which essentially outlaws picketing outside of group homes that are housing people with intellectual and other disabilities that require home care.
Nothing will erase from my mind's eye the picture of long lines of young women, snaking along the road, in rain or shine going to work in the many, many garment factories to be found all over Dhaka, crammed into every kind of structure, from one time apartments, to tenements to sheds.
Every now and then, colour coded plastic raincoats spoke to the small largesse of some factory management, but on the whole, if it rained they walked soaking. Quietly. Purposively.
This amazing fortitude was also demonstrated in the survival in the recent Rana Plaza tragedy -- which was particularly horrific because it was avoidable.
On Wednesday both pro-government and opposition supporters held large marches in Caracas, as well as smaller ones around the country, to mark International Workers Day. While government supporters celebrated a minimum wage increase and the new labour law, opponents of the government demanded a "fair wage."
President Nicolas Maduro marched with the pro-government march in Caracas, while opposition leader Henrique Capriles also marched with his supporters in the eastern part of the capital.
Two marches in Caracas: A city and country divided