Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Transatlantic super union to support poor countries

“If we don't raise the standard of living of workers in the developing world, they will be used as cannon fodder against us”, President Leo Gerard of the United Steelworkers (USW), told Joan Hamilton, who wrote an article on unions going global for Mother Jones.
Since April, American union USW has been discussing plans to merge with British union Unite, itself a merger of T&G and Amicus. If the merger goes ahead, this would result in a transatlantic union with over 3 million members.
“Whether the more formal Steelworkers-Unite merger goes ahead (they've given themselves until next spring to work out the details), the two unions have agreed to pool resources to help workers in developing countries, mentioning possible projects in Africa, Columbia, India, and China”, Hamilton wrote.

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