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More than 100 protesters marched through Hudson’s Bay in downtown Vancouver on Monday. The delegates at a BC Federation of Labour conference were demanding the company do more to address safety issues and workers’ rights, months after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh. – CBC We discuss this with Joey Hartman of the Vancouver and District Labour Council
Child poverty in British Columbia has increased 4.3 per cent since last year’s numbers. But the Tyee’s Katie Hyslop reports that the increase is much larger for single mothers. Their poverty rates increased almost 30 per cent in one year to 49.8 per cent. That’s the highest poverty rate for any persons or family type in B.C. The 2013 Child Poverty Report Card, produced by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, found that our province has the highest child poverty numbers in the country. The report makes 16 recommendations including a $12 minimum wage, higher welfare rates, a $10 per day childcare program, and increasing low-income housing stock. We interview First Call’s Adrienne Montani..Check out http://worstincanda.org for the report, recommendations and actions of support.
There was a rally in support of locked out Richmond Ikea workers, Saturday November 23rd, outside the Coqutilam Ikea store. We have a segment from the rally produced by dg solidarity – Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour.
Talks between the company that publishes the Vancouver Sun and Province and the union that represents their workers have broken down. This comes after two days of negotiations over contracting out the printing of both newspapers. The Tyee’s Mark Edge says this increases the likelihood of a labour dispute over Pacific Newspaper Group’s plan to have outside companies handle the printing.
Retail chain Sears Canada has announced it is laying off nearly 800 employees, as it fights to compete with rivals like Nordstrom. The layoffs announced yesterday will affect 712 staff in repair services and 79 at head office. The company also expects to close another seven stores by 2015. – BBC
Pacific islander Ioane Teitiota – whose homeland is threatened by rising seas – has failed in an attempt to become the world’s first climate change refugee. A New Zealand judge dismissed his case against deportation as “novel but unconvincing,” according to the Morning Star.
A public vote on the new Egyptian constitution will take place before the end of the year, reports RT News.
The US has flown two B-52 bombers over disputed islands in the East China Sea in defiance of new Chinese air defence rules. – BBC
The protesters took over the second floor of The Bay, urging the store to sign on to an international agreement known as the Bangladesh Safety Accord.
We’ll be talking about this rally and the issues raised with Vancouver and District Labour Council President Joey Hartman later in the show.
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