Newsletter: December 8, 2020

USA: “Tipped Service Workers Are More Vulnerable Amid Pandemic Harassment Spike: Study”  —-   “In the best of times, service industry workers are typically paid below the minimum wage and rely on tips to make up the difference. Now, those still working in an industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic are on the front lines, enforcing COVID-19 safety measures at the expense of both tip earnings and avoiding harassment.”

USA: Think Health Care Workers Are Tested Often For The Coronavirus? Think Again”  —-  “

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that health care personnel be tested if they are symptomatic or have a known exposure to the coronavirus. But treating COVID-19 patients while wearing personal protective equipment doesn’t count as exposure that warrants testing.

A recent survey by National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, found just 42% of RNs in hospitals said they had ever been tested for the virus.”

US/CANADA: Rail Workers United. Subscribe to their informative newsletter.—Labor-News-2020—-49.html?soid=1116509035139&aid=4AWgYei-TqQ

AUSTRALIA:  “Artificial intelligence is the latest weapon in hospitality wage-theft war”  —  “After exposing wage theft in restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs George Calombaris and Heston Blumenthal two of Australia’s unions are turning to artificial intelligence to help workers stand up for their rights.

Workers in Australia’s hospitality industry can now get easy access to information about pay, hours and help with bullying or sexual harassment claims via the AI-powered Mobilise app.”

AUSTRALIA: “Militant’ unions are a thing of the past …”…………Not wrong in general …. Although the question of what is “militant unionism” and what is class struggle unionism from below remains a continued open debate.

Kenya: Strike: Nurses demand compensation for 26 staff who died of Covid-19″   —  “The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has told the State to compensate families of the 26 nurses who have died of Covid-19.

This is their condition before they can resume duty.

KNUN Secretary-General Seth Panyako says 23,000 nurses have started an industrial action and will only resume duty when their demands are met.

“We have about 26,000 nurses, but those from Kenyatta National Hospital ad Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital will not down tools because the two institutions have had made arrangements with the nurses,” said Panyako.  ….

Speaking during an interview with KTN News on Monday, Panyako accused the national and county governments of doing nothing as nurses died of Covid-19.

He said 26 nurses had lost their lives to the disease, adding that the union could not allow more to die in their line of duty.”



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