Archive for the ‘Worker’s Rights’ Category
by Jamison Maeda
Summer has arrived, and people across the globe are beginning their holidays on sunny beaches and in exotic locales. Except for one rather surprising group.
Nearly half of American workers receive no paid vacation or paid holidays whatsoever. That’s almost 60 million workers. American employers are not required by law to pay workers for time not worked. These benefits are solely provided at the employer’s discretion. Even the average amount of paid vacation and paid bank holidays that some workers do receive wouldn’t meet the minimums required by law in other developed countries. And those American workers who are offered paid time off are frequently too overworked to use it. Over 40% of workers surveyed said they were unable to take the time off they’re entitled to because of heavy workloads.
Clare raised the issue of Aer Lingus management cutting benefits to cabin crew staff as retribution for part taking in strike action. Click on the link below to watch:
At Leaders Questions 27/05/2014 Clare asked what the government as a 25% stakeholder in Aer Lingus were going to do with regard to the 1,000 Cabin crew currently in dispute over working hours. The company has refused to go to the Labour Court and negotiate and has instead spent company money on legal action and advertising to undermine its staff. Click on the link below to watch:
McDonald’s recently purchased a $35 million luxury jet for its corporate executives. But the life of a front line fast food worker is startlingly different to say the least.
McDonald’s Canada is being accused of forcing five Belizean workers to live in an apartment leased by McDonald’s then deducting rent from their pay checks leaving them barely enough to live on. “Even if we leave the apartment and go rent another apartment, that McDonald’s would still deduct the rent from our salary,” one of the workers said.