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It’s that time of year when investors should start considering which UK shares to buy for 2021. Here are several that are on my own Stocks and Shares ISA watchlist:Riding the Indian economic explosion!I believe that getting exposure to India is a great idea for UK share investors like me. The country is set to enjoy outstanding economic growth in the short to medium term at least. The boffins at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), for example, reckon the Indian economy will rebound 7.9% in 2021. That’s much better than the 4.7% rise that they expect from the broader G20. The OECD forecasts another chunky 4.8% GDP rise for 2022 too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…UK share investors can get exposure to the world’s fifth-largest economy in a variety of ways. They can invest in Unilever, for example, whose gigantic Hindustan Unilever subsidiary makes it a major player in India’s personal care and household goods sector. They can buy shares in banking colossus Standard Chartered, pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca, or life insurance provider Prudential too. The list is huge.I reckon buying Tata Motors is another great way to get rich from India. Sure, it means having to shop a little further afield as the car manufacturer trades on the New York Stock Exchange. But I think it’s a great way to make a mountain of cash.Auto demand in India is expected to rebound strongly next year following the difficulties that Covid-19 has caused in 2020. Many forecasters are predicting a new government scrappage scheme in the months ahead. But I think Tata Motors is a great buy for the long haul, too. India is the fourth-biggest car market on the planet and is set to keep ballooning on strong population growth and rising wealth levels.Riding e-commerce growth with UK sharesGrabbing, or building, one’s exposure to the world of online shopping is another terrific idea for 2021. E-commerce growth has been on a sharp uptrend for years now. And the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns has turbocharged online traffic still further.Research from PYMNTS.com illustrates the point perfectly. It says that every three in four US consumers who shopped for Christmas during the recent Black Friday period made a purchase online. 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Press Release Service de Adrian ButcherPosted Sep 8, 2016 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Photo : ACNS[Anglican Communion News Service] Le Groupe de travail pour « le maintien du dialogue » créé à la suite de la réunion des Primats en janvier s’est réuni pour la première fois et a rappelé sa volonté de travailler ensemble. Mais il a reconnu que le processus allait prendre du temps et ne pouvait pas être précipité.Les primats avaient demandé à l’Archevêque de Cantorbéry Justin Welby d’instaurer ce groupe dans le but de renouer les relations, restaurer la confiance mutuelle, guérir le passif de souffrance et explorer les divergences profondes. L’Archevêque Welby a présenté la requête du groupe à la 16e réunion du Conseil consultatif anglican qui s’est tenue à Lusaka en avril où elle a été reçue et approuvée. Cette semaine, sept membres du groupe se sont réunis au Bureau de la Communion anglicane à Londres. Un huitième membre s’est joint au groupe par vidéoconférence.« Ce que nous essayons de faire ici est de refléter ce que nous souhaitons pour la Communion tout entière » déclare la Révérende Linda Nicholls, évêque coadjuteur pour les Hurons de l’Église anglicane du Canada. « Nous essayons de mettre en pratique ici notre engagement les uns envers les autres qui est ce que nous désirons ardemment pour la Communion dans son ensemble ».L’Archevêque Ian Ernest de la Province de l’Océan Indien confie que les échanges au sein du groupe ont été francs et ouverts.« Ce qui est apparu très clairement est le niveau de transparence que nous avons au sein du groupe. Nous avons pu être francs et parler ouvertement de nos différences » ajoute-t-il. « Nous reconnaissons également la richesse de la Communion. Et nous aimons tous notre Communion – c’est ce qui nous lie les uns aux autres ».L’Évêque Paul Sarker, modérateur de l’Église du Bangladesh est du même avis. « Nos cultures et nos contextes sont très différents et nous exprimons notre spiritualité différemment mais nous progressons ensemble » déclare-t-il.L’Évêque Primat de l’Église épiscopale Michael Curry a reconnu que trouver des solutions prendait du temps.« Les remèdes miracles n’apportent pas de solutions à long terme » dit-t-il. « Les solutions à long terme requièrent un travail de longue haleine. Lorsqu’il s’agit de relations, on ne peut construire, renouer ou réparer d’un jour à l’autre. C’est pourquoi nous allons prendre le temps qu’il faudra – mais nous allons y parvenir.« Je suis venu à Londres dans l’attente et avec l’espoir que nous allions trouver les moyens d’aller véritablement au plus profond de notre relation avec Jésus-Christ. Je suis convaincu que plus nous nous rapprochons de Dieu dans le Christ, plus nous allons nous rapprocher les uns des autres ».Lorsqu’on lui a demandé s’il estimait que des progrès avaient été réalisés, l’Évêque Curry a répondu « Et bien, nous sommes ici et nous nous en occupons ! »Reprenant un negro-spiritual américain, il ajoute : « Nous allons juste avancer pas à pas, comme une chenille. La leçon [de la chanson] c’est que la chenille continue d’avancer, lentement et régulièrement. Ne vous attendez pas à ce que les choses se produisent d’un jour à l’autre. Nous sommes engagés envers l’Église anglicane. Nous croyons à l’importance de la Communion pour l’amour de l’Évangile et du monde ».En réfléchissant à la diversité, la Chanoine Rosemary Mbogo, secrétaire provinciale de l’Église anglicane du Kenya, précise qu’il n’y a aucun groupe au sein de la Communion anglicane dont le point de vue ne sera pas pris en compte.« Cela est vraiment nécessaire si nous parlons de guérison, de marche et de travail en commun dans une Communion unifiée » dit-elle, ajoutant qu’elle est satisfaite des progrès accomplis. « Tout se passe bien. Nous avons abordé un grand nombre de questions concernant notre compréhension les uns des autres et de ceux que nous représentons. Nous avons appris à nous connaître les uns les autres en passant du temps ensemble. Il y a véritablement de l’espoir – j’en suis convaincue ».L’Archevêque Ernest acquiesce : « Cela a dépassé mes espérances » dit-il.L’Évêque Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Sécrétaire général de la Communion anglicane, déclare qu’il est reconnaissant aux participants pour les sacrifices qu’ils ont du faire pour assister à la réunion. Il s’est félicité des progrès accomplis au cours des entretiens.« Je trouve très encourageant le degré de confiance que l’on commence à ressentir et également l’espoir exprimé par les participants » ajoute-t-il.Le groupe a souligné l’importance de la prière dans le travail qu’ils ont accompli.« Nous nous sommes engagés à prier les uns pour les autres » rapporte l’Archevêque Philip Freier de l’Église anglicane d’Australie. « On peut penser qu’il ne s’agit que d’un festival de bonnes intentions. Mais cette [prière] est une action profonde dans la ligne du thème choisi ».Rosemary Mbogo convient que la prière était à la base des travaux du groupe et qu’il était essentiel de connaître la volonté de Dieu pour être guidé.« Le temps que nous avons passé ici a été immergé dans la prière, ajoute l’Évêque Curry, c’est toujours une formule qui donne de meilleurs résultats ».L’Archevêque de Cantorbéry a officiellement accueilli le groupe et a prié pour les participants avant que les entretiens ne commencent mardi. Il a également assisté à la première séance pendant laquelle il a insisté sur le fait qu’il n’y avait aucun ordre du jour préétabli et qu’il appartenait au groupe de nommer son président.L’Évêque Idowu-Fearon a animé le groupe et assuré les fonctions de secrétaire. Le groupe est convenu que le poste de président serait assuré à tour de rôle. Le neuvième membre du groupe, l’Archevêque Ng Moon Hing de la Province du Sud-est asiatique, était dans l’impossibilité d’y assister. Le modérateur de l’Église de l’Inde du Sud, l’Évêque Govada Dyvasirvadam, n’y participera pas en raison des allégations auxquelles il dit faire face en Inde.Il est prévu que le groupe se réunisse chaque année avec des réunions supplémentaires par voie électronique. La date de la prochaine réunion reste à confirmer. 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Photographs Area: 260 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain Spain IA_HOUSE / LANDÍNEZ+REY | equipo L2G arquitectosSave this projectSaveIA_HOUSE / LANDÍNEZ+REY | equipo L2G arquitectosSave this picture!© Raúl del Valle+ 19 Share Architects: LANDÍNEZ+REY | equipo L2G arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Raúl del ValleText description provided by the architects. The house is located in a residential area comprising detached houses. It is accessed from the streets on the east and west sides of the block on which the plot is situated. It has an irregular and slightly longitudinal shape. The compact building was designed according to a basic requirement of the property owners: not break the continuity of the free outdoor space between the two streets, a condition that determined the orientation of the house and its relationship with the exterior. Not having a horizon, IA_house traces the limits of its domestic space in the walls containing the plot, barely three metres in the north and 11 in the south, without interruption.Save this picture!© Raúl del ValleRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Raúl del ValleHowever, from east to west, the house itself forms part of the perimeter enclosure, from the street entrance in the east to the covered outdoor area in the west. In both cases, the load-bearing beam structure and concrete walls mark these limits. In-situ. Therefore, concrete beams, walls and paving serve as containing envelopes and a threshold for handmade brick structures, and also to guide and order them. These brick structures house the rooms on the lower floor. They serve as a threshold, support and foundation for the upper volume. The latter, formed by white prefabricated envelopes, houses the bedrooms and a study and games area.Save this picture!© Raúl del ValleThe lower structures have sliding steel panels in the ventilated chambers. The handmade brick walls, arranged in the traditional fashion for half-foot brick and with lime mortar, are like canvases confined between the framework and the structural grey concrete beams. On the other hand, the shiny white glazed brick walls were also built with depth in mind and, in this case, form volumes projected according to the geometric position of the brick, with no bonding: six-inch stretchers on the north and south and, again without bonding, headers from east to west.Save this picture!Elevations and SectionsUnrestrained reinforced constructions that escape from the load-bearing structure. Two ways of building masonry structures. Always brick and mortar. Two ways of shaping them and addressing them from the structure. Thus a polarisation of the house’s interior/exterior relationship is established: transversality in its link with the surroundings and longitudinal continuity in the transit areas and internal visual relationships: we put geometry in opposition with topology, and pit construction and scale against continuity and time.Save this picture!© Raúl del ValleProject gallerySee allShow less2018 Architectural League Prize | ObjectiveIdeasReal Vinícola – Casa da Arquitectura / Guilherme Machado VazSelected Projects Share “COPY” Houses Projects Lead Architects: IA_HOUSE / LANDÍNEZ+REY | equipo L2G arquitectos Manufacturers: Daikin, La Paloma cerámicas, DANOSA, LAGUNA GARRIDO, Prefabricados EIROS ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884578/ia-house-landinez-plus-rey-equipo-l2g-arquitectos Clipboard CopyAbout this officeLANDÍNEZ+REY | equipo L2G arquitectosOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPozuelo de AlarcónSpainPublished on December 04, 2017Cite: “IA_HOUSE / LANDÍNEZ+REY | equipo L2G arquitectos” 04 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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The British Red Cross has been given one of its strangest donations in the form of a racehorse.Fortunately it doesn’t have physically to stable and look after the animal, but will be the recipient of any winnings the thoroughbred brings in over the next three years (less stabling costs).The six-year-old grey gelding named Topinambour will race in Red Cross colours and was donated to the charity by Warrington businessman Dave Watson. His father was a great believer in the Red Cross and Watson said: This is my way of remembering my Dad and giving something back to a great organisation. Advertisement The horse has already raced 15 times in France and has some winnings to his name. The Red Cross hopes he will race at Aintree in November. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 17 August 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Horsing around for the Red Cross Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy 23 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Howard Lake | 24 April 2012 | News 14 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Government seeks views on regulatory compliance on volunteer events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Law / policy The Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is inviting comments from the public and professionals about regulation concerning volunteer events.These are one of three topics currently featured as part of its Focus on Enforcement initiative. “Help us identify where enforcement can be improved, reduced or done differently and to discover and celebrate where it works really well, so others can learn from it”, states the BIS website.Specifically the consultation covers “the sort of compliance and enforcement issues that you might come into contact with when planning and running an event to raise money for good cause”.So far, only three contributions have been made on volunteer events, covering the issues of small charities’ raffles, proportionate examination of health and safety risks, and the role of local councils.http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/focusonenforcement/your-experiences-of-dealing-with-regulators/ About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Clarence ThomasPhoto: Delores Lemon ThomasOakland, Calif. — The Pacific Maritime Association announced on Feb. 4 their intent to lock out the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports if they don’t accept the PMA’s “last and final offer.” Then, on Feb. 6, they announced what amounts to a partial lockout until 8 a.m. on Feb. 9.Despite an original agreement to hold negotiations between the PMA and the ILWU negotiating committee in secrecy, which has been upheld on the union’s side since the contract expired on June 30, the PMA has chosen to go public with their offer in an attempt to negotiate the contract through the media. In taking these steps, the PMA is putting out an all or nothing proposition and challenging the union’s right to negotiate the contract under normal fair bargaining practices.The PMA is an employers association, coordinating the labor to support the estimated $1 trillion in annual international trade which moves through these ports. They represent the interests of giant multinationals, like Stevedoring Service of America, Hanjin, Maersk Lines and Evergreen Marine.The union’s official response, by ILWU President Robert McEllrath, has been guarded, stating essentially, in a Feb. 4 press release, that “we’ve dropped almost all of our remaining issues to help get this settled — and the few issues that remain can be easily resolved”.Workers World reached out to Clarence Thomas, past secretary/treasurer of ILWU Local 10 in the Bay Area, to get some perspective from a rank-and-file viewpoint on what the threat of the lockout is all about and some understanding on the issues as they concern the ILWU rank and file. Thomas is a third generation longshore worker who has been on the waterfront for 30 years. He was on the local’s executive board in a term which just expired in January 2015. Please note that he is not a member of the ILWU’s negotiating team.WW: What do you think of the PMA’s lockout and statements on the contract?Clarence Thomas: The threat of a lockout will not intimidate or weaken our resolve to achieve a fair and nonconcessionary contract. Neither will the actions of the employer in calling what some rank and filers have termed a “mini lockout” undermine our rank-and-file solidarity.It’s very interesting that the employer has only been making the threat of a lockout since they announced what was said to be their last and final offer to the ILWU a few days ago. The Port of Long Beach’s cargo saw a 2.1 percent growth in November compared to the same month last year. It’s kind of difficult to make the argument on locking out the workers when the ports are productive. However, there are certain infrastructure challenges because the ships are bigger, they carry more containers, and the shipping companies have gotten out of the chassis [trailer to transport shipping containers] business, so consequently there is an insufficient number of chassis available to handle the explosive growth in containers on larger vessels coming to the West Coast.WW: On its face, the PMA offer sounds okay, but it comes with assertions claiming over-inflated wages, “Cadillac” health benefits and accusations of slowdowns by the ILWU. What rank-and-file concerns aren’t being addressed by this publicly stated offer?CT: Mr. James McKenna, who is the president and CEO of the PMA, which represents a consortium of 72 shipping/stevedoring companies and terminal operators, has made assertions and false claims about the ILWU: facts about how much money we make, blaming the ILWU for congestion at the ports, blaming the ILWU for problems attributable to lack of capacity to accommodate the increased volume of containers.ILWU members have fought, shed blood and died for the health care benefits we have today and for the future. We have won these benefits through struggle. In 2002, the ILWU Pension and Welfare Committee reported that our health care and wages cost the employers only 1.5 to 3 percent of their gross earnings.In today’s “crises of the capitalism economy,” where the bosses disdain paying living wages and steer workers to a global race to the bottom, James McKenna inflates basic longshore wages to build public resentment towards the ILWU and erode solidarity support from other unions and the community.In my opinion, the PMA will fail because labor and the community know the ILWU has not only fought for good wages and benefits for its own members, but it has also fought for and advanced the interests of the working class. That is why we organized the Million Worker March in 2004 demanding national health care, living wages and pensions for all workers locally, nationally and around the world; the Justice for Oscar Grant movement to end police violence and repression in communities of color; support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movements for both South Africa during the anti-apartheid struggle and more recently for Palestine; support for the Wisconsin workers’ occupation of the state Capitol in 2011; and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Our record on matters of economic and social justice for the working class and the oppressed speaks for itself.The ILWU dockers deserve a living wage for the work that they do and the dangers we face on the job.WW: Knowing that the PMA has surely shared details of the negotiations with its board of member corporations, how has the one-sided secrecy between the ILWU leadership and its rank-and-file members affected the strength of this negotiating process?CT: In my 30 years on the waterfront, these contract negotiations are unprecedented in terms of their duration. When my father was active on the waterfront in 1971, there was a strike that lasted a little over 100 days, but the negotiations weren’t nearly as long as these. The contract negotiations have gone on for nine months. Very early on in the negotiations, a decision was made by the leadership not to provide much information to the rank and file about the negotiations, which is a departure from previous years. The reasons that were given had to do with information being placed on the Internet that would somehow compromise them at the bargaining table. I disagree with that. Suffice it to say the rank and file are the backbone of the union. That’s where the strength comes for the leadership. No matter how well versed and articulate the leadership may be, it’s the rank and file that provides the muscle.The employer and the union have been pretty closemouthed as to the issues that they have been grappling with. As a result the rank and file has been in many ways alienated from the discussion. That’s different from previous negotiations, where there have been talking points on the issues of the contract, rank-and-file committees to deal with issues concerning publicity, research, organizing and mobilizing. My contention is that anything that the employer knows, and that the contract negotiating committee knows, the rank and file should know as well.I can’t say that the negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA wouldn’t have gone on for nine months had the ILWU rank and file been more involved, but one thing that I do know is that the employer is very well acquainted with the power of the rank and file. That’s one of the major reasons why they have been trying to lay the blame for the congestion on us slowing down, because they understand that our leverage is at the point of production.WW: What about the PMA’s accusations about ILWU slowdowns?CT: One of the continuing assertions of the employer is that the ILWU has been engaged in slowdowns. The employer is interested in speed/production. The union is interested in safety, first and foremost, because we don’t want people to be injured or killed in an effort to meet employer’s speed and production quotas. Production is certainly important, and the ports on the West Coast have been very productive over the years. But the issue concerning safety over speed is an ongoing struggle. The Port of Oakland in 2014 broke all of its cargo handling records, with a 5.3 percent increase in imports with a 20 percent surge in December. This proves we can work safe and be productive.WW: Talk about the nature of the jobs which longshore workers do.CT: The first thing we need to understand is that longshore workers are responsible for the loading and unloading of cargo at the 29 West Coast ports. It’s the longshore ILWU members that are responsible for making the ports safe, efficient and productive. Longshore workers are some of the most important workers in the global economy because it is the longshore workers who actually move international commerce.We are highly skilled, very dedicated and quite diligent at our work sites out of necessity, because the waterfront is a very perilous work environment. We handle various sizes of containers that carry massive tonnage. If you should be nudged by any piece of equipment or cargo it could kill or maim you. During the years of 2002-2008, longshore workers suffered a mortality rate of 17.3 deaths per 100,000 employees. Compared to the death rates of police officers or firefighters, the ILWU has higher mortality rates.On the waterfront there are a number of environmental challenges that the workers face. For example, at many of the terminals there are warning signs alerting workers that the premises they are about to enter contain known carcinogens. Ships, cargo handling equipment, trucks and locomotives emit soot from diesel fuel which causes respiratory illnesses, lung disease, asthma, cancer and even premature births. Mr. McKenna greatly exaggerates the wages longshore workers make, but longshore workers pay the real cost with their health for handling the maritime cargo.Workers World will continue to monitor the developments of the contract negotiations, together with Clarence Thomas, in future issues of the paper.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Custodians pleased with outcome of strike.Durham, N.C. — Custodians in Durham Public Schools won $1.1 million in wages and benefit increases on March 8 after fighting for a few months. Workers had been complaining about going years without any pay increase. Many have only part-time jobs with no benefits.After powerful testimony directly from workers, the DPS Board of Education voted to “in-source” the custodians back to direct DPS control and move away from a private contractor to clean the schools.The deal covers all the district’s 294 full-time and part-time custodians who work for either Service Solutions or their subcontractor, Premiere.The new decision will bring full-time workers up to potentially $16 per hour; move from a 401K retirement plan to a Defined Benefit Pension plan; and decrease monthly health care costs from $121 to $25 per month for individuals.Part-time workers will see the largest wage increases. They will gain at least $3.22 per hour and paid sick days.DPS contracted out the custodial services to Service Solutions 13 years ago in an effort to save the district money on the backs of the workers. This type of privatization is rampant across the U.S. in this period of dead-end capitalism and never-ending budget cuts.An important aspect of this struggle was that it was rank-and-file Black workers, like Deborrah Bailey and many others, who led this fight and carried it forward to the finish. They had been organizing for months, including participating in direct meetings with DPS decision makers.Bailey said of their organizing strategy: “We won because we had the gumption to go to the decision makers. We knew what we wanted – to be in-house. We can’t send in lawyers to represent us. It was the workers that were the worker bees that made this change possible. The beauty of it was that we had over 80 workers involved and speaking up, and we corroborated each other.”The workers organized a meeting where over 65 custodians showed up to speak to senior DPS administrators about the need to in-source the jobs. These same workers also showed up at the Durham Workers Assembly on March 1 to speak about their conditions and appeal for help. The DWA helped mobilize community and labor support at the March 8 school board meeting.The Durham Association of Educators, an affiliate of the National Education Association, played a very helpful role in communicating the workers’ demands directly to school board members and ensuring workers were on an official committee to resolve the concerns.Defeating ‘divide-and-conquer’ tacticsJust two years ago in late 2016, Service Solutions was contracting out the cleaning work to a subcontractor, Integrity Facilities Management, which declared bankruptcy and didn’t pay its employees for a couple weeks of work during the year-end holiday season. Undocumented Latinx workers who were not paid were impacted the most. Those workers organized some protests and finally got back pay.Now, the same company is pitting these undocumented Latinx workers against the Black workers. The bosses have convinced the undocumented Latinx workers that the county won’t hire them directly. So the bosses coerced these workers to speak out in favor of the private company at the school board meeting, while a list of entirely Black workers challenged the company in favor of in-sourcing.This struggle highlighted how the bosses use racism to attempt to divide and conquer the workers. But in the end, the workers overcame these racist attacks!Building Durham Workers AssemblyWorkers across Durham are continuing to organize through the Durham Workers Assembly to help build worker organizations to challenge employers. The assembly was launched by a core group of workers’ organizations dedicated to organizing workers across Durham into unions and to “make Durham a union town.”There have been three public assemblies since the municipal elections last fall where workers from many different industries, including fast food, construction, domestic service, city and university employees, and many others, have raised demands on their bosses. They have crafted a program of action, called a “Workers Bill of Rights,” to help establish standards for workplace safety, wages, benefits and union rights.The assembly is also demanding that the city create a workers’ commission, which will be composed of workers from major industries and employers across Durham, and give it resources to enforce fair working conditions and wages.The assemblies have been important launching places to gather community and labor support behind labor struggles and to mobilize actions to shame employers.The Durham Workers Assembly is hosting public worker speakouts and organizing meetings the first Thursday of every month, and will be joining with the Southern Workers Assembly to host a workers’ school in the summer.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea has rebuffed threats made by the U.S. against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In a recent statement, the party reinforces the spirit of defiance and self-reliance in the face of cruel imperialist pressure that has guided the DPRK since the division of Korea nearly three-quarters of a century ago.U.S. bases in south Korea.For a long time the war makers in Washington have intensified economic sanctions against this heroic socialist country during the winter months, when the northern part of the Korean peninsula is especially affected by frigid weather. This year was no exception.After having shown a willingness to sit down with Trump himself in order to reduce tensions, Korean leader Kim Jong Un told the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee that the tense relationship with the U.S. now boils down to a clear standoff between Korean self-reliance and imperialist-imposed sanctions.As the Workers’ Party statement explains: “The summit meeting and talks between the DPRK and the U.S. were held on three occasions and a June 12 Joint Statement was adopted at the Singapore Summit, aimed at establishing a new relationship between the two countries.“However, the present DPRK-U.S. relations are still in deadlock. The U.S. is intensifying comprehensive sanctions and military threat upon its dialogue partner while wasting time away under the signboard of peaceful dialogue and negotiations.“The U.S. double-dealing behavior reveals the true nature of the ‘peace strategy’ of the U.S. style. In a nutshell, the U.S. real intention is to capitalize on the DPRK-U.S. talks — which reflect the aspiration of the DPRK and the world for peace — for achieving its ulterior political and diplomatic purposes for the upcoming presidential election and the stability of state affairs, and completely stifle and crush the country through harsher sanctions.”Rather than being crushed, the leaders of the DPRK say that the sanctions — the harshest of any out of 39 countries under the U.S. sanction regime — have only strengthened the determination of the Korean people to “defend the sovereignty, right to existence and security of the country and open a pivotal phase.”The statement enumerates many accomplishments in new construction that have taken place despite the sanctions:“In the end of last year, the country completed the construction projects of the city of Samjiyon, Yangdok Hot Spring Resort, Jungphyong Vegetable Greenhouse Farm and Tree Nursery and Phalhyang Dam of the Orangchon Power Station. The agricultural sector exceeded the peak-year level even under unfavorable weather conditions.“Construction of the Wonsan Kalma coast resort, Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory, Tanchon Power Station and other major projects were pushed ahead, and multiple successes were achieved in all the sectors of the national economy, including the metal, coal-mining, building materials and light industries. All these are a deadly blow to the sanctions-almighty theory.”People in the United States are subjected to a constant media attack on the DPRK, all to justify the horrendous treatment the ruling class here and its military have meted out to this heroic country, which refuses to bow down to the U.S. corporate elite.It is important to keep Korea’s right to determine its own destiny explicitly on the agenda as we build the movement to end U.S. imperialism’s wars, invasions and sanctions around the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this