August 19, 2005

Union Network International

The Guardian notes potential international unionization efforts:

The fight to unionise Wal-Mart workers will shift to a new front next week when union leaders meet to discuss plans for organising employees in countries including Britain, Brazil, Argentina and Germany.

Forming a strategy will take centre stage at the annual congress of the Union Network International (UNI) in Chicago, a federation based in Europe that represents 15 million workers around the world.

Wal-Mart is the world's largest employer with 1.6 million workers and has become a focus for trade unions. In Britain it owns the Asda chain, which has recently had a skirmish with workers at a distribution centre in the north-east.

For the gazillionth time, Wal-Mart is NOT "the world's largest employer", regardless of your feelings on the matter.

UPDATE: Here's more from Reuters.

Posted by Kevin on August, 19 2005 at 07:25 AM