International, Worker's Rights

America’s largest retail chain Walmart is facing a very black Friday with strikes being reported in seven states so far today.   The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) plans strike action today in 1,000 locations across the U.S.

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day in the American retail calendar.  Black Friday marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping period; a time when retail workers are faced with long hours and large volumes of customers for no extra pay.

The Walmart Company earned profits of $16bn last year and reported a 9% increase in earnings for the third quarter of 2012.  That’s $3.6bn in profits to be shared among a small group of shareholders while the workers are paid an average wage of $8.80 per hour.  The Walmart family represent the largest shareholding block and earn more than the combined earnings of the bottom 40% of American workers.
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Health, Women's Rights

Health

Clare Daly TD has proposed the following amendment as an additional final point in the Sinn Fein motion on legislation for X.

Recognising that there must be an end to the distinction between the life and the health of a woman as grounds for legal abortion in Ireland, the Dáil calls on the government to introduce a Bill for a Constitutional referendum for the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution and the consequent deletion of Art. 40.3.3 in order to facilitate the introduction of appropriate legislation.

To be read in the Dail 19:30pm tonight.

Health, Protests

People with a disability and their families marched on the Dáil on 21st November to say in one loud voice, ‘We Demand Rights, Not Charity’