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Three members of staff at Londonmet’s Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) have been suspended from work in an attack on human rights, trade unions and academic freedom.
Professor Steve Jefferys, European employment relations academic, Director of Londonmet’s Faculty Advanced Institute for Research (FAIR) and head of WLRI, was suspended on Wednesday 20 February for ‘potential gross misconduct’. Five years previously, he had agreed that Jawad Botmeh should have the chance of going forward to be interviewed as a part-time casual administrative worker on a temporary three month contract in WLRI, when Jawad had a criminal record (he had served 13 years on a conspiracy charge).
Jawad Botmeh, after working for five years to the complete satisfaction of all staff and post-graduate students who worked with him, was overwhelmingly elected to the Board of Governors as one of two staff representatives. Two weeks later, on February 7 he was suspended.
Max Watson, a WLRI administrator who is also Chair of the Londonmet UNISON branch, was also suspended on February 7. Max had been recently singled out by the Vice-Chancellor in an all staff email because of UNISON’s opposition to the involvement of Capita in the university’s Business Process Review.
Steve, Jawad and Max have broken no university rules. They have all been entirely open and honest with the university. Professor Jefferys had the authority to make casual appointments. There were no procedures suggesting he should discriminate against former prisoners. Jawad had twice informed the university in writing of his earlier prison sentence and conviction and this evidence is on their files.
The WLRI was set up by Londonmet to undertake ‘academic, applied and socially-committed research and teaching emphasising equality and social justice into all aspects of working lives’. Now is the time for the university to be FAIR to the Institute and its staff.
These suspensions are an attack on the principles of staff rights and representation, on social justice and on academic freedom.
We’re writing to you to celebrate the freedom and liberties we enjoy in Canada. We as workers remember the injustices against us. It remains our resolve to hold the employer accountable for injustices committed against our rights and freedoms as workers.
John King is a representative who works so hard, with such determined dedication and high ethics to protect our rights. Through our signatures on this Petition, we send a strong signal to the employer that we support our brother John King, and we demand that he be reinstated immediately.
John King is truly a proud Canadian; upholding our Freedoms, fighting for our human rights and dignity as workers in the face of many forces. He has our regard as one of our best reps, and has and continues to assist workers in their struggles for their rights. The employer targeted this trusted rep. We stand by our brother in strength and unity! The employer is having a quite a bit of difficulty scattering us like mice! We send the message through this Petition loud and clear: one for all and all for one.
Many of you who know John can attest he has devoted his life to fighting for our rights, to be given a fair chance, to be treated with fairness, equality, and human dignity by the employer.
Today Collective bargaining is recognized as a fundamental Freedom. The employer continues its attack on this right by silencing our voice! John King has been the strong voice promoting our rights to bargain collectively. What does the employer do to this rep? They unfairly sack this rep for speaking on our behalf.
We join in solidarity, through this international petition started in Canada home of the free, as workers advocating for civil and human rights. We join in strength and resolve to demand the immediate reinstatement of our trusted brother John King. We are sticking together and we are strong as one unified voice to the employer: Give us our Union official back, respect our rights as workers. Respect our human dignity as workers.
In the struggle for workers rights - our message to our brother John King through this Petition: John, keep the faith! We your sisters, brothers, supporters and civil rights activists, will not abandon you that fell behind enemy lines! We remember what you did for all of us and how you fought for our rights and continue to fight for our rights.
Please pass the Petition to any interested person, Union member or not, that is interested in supporting this struggle for civil rights, human rights and workers rights.
Grassroots Members Coalition
Justice for John. Solidarity forever.
Nous vous écrivons afin de commémorer la liberté et les droits dont nous jouissons au Canada. En tant que travailleurs et travailleuses, nous n’avons pas oublié les injustices dont nous avons été victimes. Nous demeurons déterminés à tenir l’employeur responsable des injustices commises à l’égard de nos droits et libertés en tant que travailleurs et travailleuses.
À titre de représentant, John King travaille très fort et avec beaucoup de dévouement et d’intégrité afin de protéger nos droits. En signant cette pétition, nous envoyons un signal clair à l’employeur que nous accordons notre appui à notre confrère John King, et que nous réclamons qu’il soit réintégré immédiatement.
Vraiment, John King est un fier Canadien; il défend nos libertés, se bat pour nos droits et notre dignité en tant que travailleurs et travailleuses, malgré les vents contraires. Il a gagné notre respect, car il est l'un de nos meilleurs représentants; il a appuyé les travailleurs et travailleuses dans leurs combats pour faire respecter leurs droits et il continue de le faire. L’employeur a ciblé ce représentant de confiance. Avec force et unité, nous défendons notre position aux côtés de notre confrère! L’employeur éprouve beaucoup de difficultés à nous faire détaler comme des lapins! Par le biais de cette pétition, nous envoyons un message clair et retentissant : tous pour un et un pour tous.
Plusieurs d’entre vous qui connaissez John peuvent attester qu’il a voué sa vie à défendre nos droits, à demander qu’on nous accorde une chance équitable, que l’employeur nous traite de façon juste, équitable et respectueuse.
De nos jours, la négociation collective est reconnue comme une liberté fondamentale. L’employeur poursuit ses attaques contre ce droit en nous faisant taire! John King a été un porte-parole inébranlable faisant valoir notre droit à la négociation collective. Que fait l’employeur à l’égard de ce représentant? Il le met à la porte injustement pour s’être exprimé en notre nom.
En tant que travailleurs et travailleuses qui militent pour les droits civils et de la personne, nous nous unissons sous le signe de la solidarité au moyen de cette pétition internationale ayant pour point de départ le Canada, terre de liberté. Avec force et détermination, nous unissons nos voix pour réclamer la réintégration immédiate de notre confrère, John King. Nous nous serrons les coudes et nous démontrons notre force en nous exprimant d’une seule voix face à l’employeur : redonnez-nous notre représentant, RESPECTEZ nos droits en tant que travailleurs et travailleuses! RESPECTEZ notre dignité en tant que travailleurs et travailleuses!
En pleine bataille pour les droits des travailleurs et travailleuses, nous avons un message à livrer à notre confrère John King par l'intermédiaire de cette pétition : John, garde espoir! Nous, tes consoeurs et confrères, les sympathisants et les défenseurs des droits de la personne, ne t’abandonnerons pas alors que tu es tombé derrière les lignes ennemies! Nous n’oublions pas ce que tu as fait pour nous tous et la lutte que tu as livrée et que tu continues de livrer pour nos droits.
Veuillez transmettre la pétition à toute personne, membre ou non d’un syndicat, qui souhaite donner son appui à ce combat pour les droits civils, les droits de la personne et les droits des travailleurs et travailleuses.
Coalition des membres de la base
Justice pour John. Solidarité pour toujours.
The Ontario Liberal Government, with the support of the PC Party of Ontario, has passed the Anti-Strike Legislation. This legislation imposes new two-year contracts on thousands of teachers that freeze the pay of senior instructors and cut benefits. The legislation also gives the government the power to ban strikes and lockouts for least two years.
I am not a teacher and do not work in the education sector but I know that there are two things that Ontarians need to fight for - One is health care and the other is EDUCATION!
We note the results of the ballot to effect constitutional change in the University and College Union as communicated by you in March. We believe this ballot was conducted in undue haste following your re-election as general secretary in pursuit of a narrow political agenda to stifle legitimate opposition within the union, including by elected national executive committee members. There was insufficient time to debate what are critical issues for members.
Subsequent to the ballot, we note that there has been a marked increase in “personal” communication between you and the membership on major issues – most recently the Universities Superannuation Scheme. As a union we would not tolerate management engaging individually and directly with our members and bypassing established collective and democratic machinery, and we are thus concerned about such an approach from our union. We are opposed to the individualistic turn that the UCU appears to be taking, since it undermines collective processes and is being falsely counterpoised to building inclusive and participatory activism in the workplace.
This year’s UCU congress voted to adopt motions 63, 64 and L5, which raise concerns about the misuse of membership surveys to bypass democratic structures and encourage “timidity and inertia” (in the wording of Motion 63), particularly in the absence of proper time for discussion within branches and committees. Motion L5 calls for union officials and structures to abide by congress decisions, and to use online surveys subsequent only to their debate by congress, sector conference or the NEC (and as sanctioned by the NEC).
Motions 65 and 67, in support of your proposal to reduce the NEC’s size, were defeated. However, as part of your congress speech, you promised to continue to campaign for the reforms regardless of the congress decision. This has worrying implications for union democracy.
As most of you will know, the UK government operates an e-petition website on the basis that any petition achieving 100,000 signatures or more must be passed forward for parliamentary discussion. The govt has repeatedly rejected an e-petition calling for discussion of a no-confidence motion in the current coalition government.
This government has repeatedly shown itself unfit to govern - sleaze,an all-out attack on the NHS and the public sector generally, inappropriate interactions with powerful media & corporate interests, opposing Freedom of Information requests and not least mismanagement of the UK economy, among many other issues.
If you wish to communicate to the government that it does not have the support or mandate of the UK people for its actions, please sign the petition below - and publicise it to your friends via Twitter, Facebook and any other means. The government may not listen, but the more people sign, the harder it will be for it to ignore!
The condition of cycling facilities at La Trobe University has been too low for too long. Often cyclists who arrive on campus will not be able to find adequate or secure shelter for the their bikes, and are frustrated by the general lack of other facilities and support.
Only 2% of students currently cycle to university, far fewer than those who live close enough to do so. The La Trobe Student Union believes that the University must do more to improve the quality of facilities for cyclists, and attract more students to choose to ride to university.
This is also in the interests of students for whom riding is not a viable option, as increased cycling will reduce pressure on the parking and tram systems.
This year, 2012, the La Trobe Student Union is lobbying the university to make improvements to accessibility and diversity of public transport across the board.
The LTSU believes that the provision of frequent shuttle buses to Macleod and Reservoir stations is an important and relatively low-cost measure which can be taken to improve accessibility to rail transport, and to relieve pressure upon the parking and tram systems.
Shuttle buses are already provided effectively by a number of other universities in Melbourne, and it is time that La Trobe moved decisively to improve the poor standard of public transport at the Bundoora Campus.
We draw the attention of the NMBA and the Minister for Health & Ageing to the outrage of the professions at the decision of the NMBA to increase the 2012 registration fee for nurses and midwives by $45.00 from $115.00 to $160.00, that is an increase of almost 40%.
Whilst we continue to support self-regulation (which means being self-funded) and we continue to oppose any cross subsidisation between professions, we do not believe this increase is justifiable. We believe that any increase should not exceed the growth in Consumer Price Index (CPI) or wages growth.
One of the alleged benefits of moving to National Registration was the increased efficiencies and economies of scale that could be achieved by a national model. We have seen no evidence of such economies or efficiencies being implemented by the NMBA or their secretariat, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
In addition, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) receives direct payment from training organisations who are seeking accreditation for nursing and midwifery programs of study. The cost implications of accreditation and monitoring should be factored into that payment to ANMAC.
Do you want to prevent a strike? Do you think that tutorial sizes are too large? Are more TAs needed in our labs? Do you support fair wages, working conditions, and benefits for your TA's, instructors, and invigilators?
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3903 -- representing teaching assistants, contract professors, graduate assistants, lab assistants, exam invigilators, and writing ...instructors -- are currently in collective bargaining with the University administration. Their demands include:
• smaller tutorial and lab sizes to improve the quality of undergraduate education
• maintaining financial support for underfunded graduate students
• job security for academic workers
• affordable education
As undergraduate students, we understand that the quality of education we receive in our classrooms depends on the working conditions of those instructing us. Our tutorials are too large, our labs are understaffed, and poverty-line wages keep our instructors from being able to fully commit to our education. We also understand that these conditions are the same ones that will be experienced by many current undergraduate students who, in the near future, will be applying to graduate school. As fellow students, we need to support members of CUPE 3903 in their efforts to make the York University a better place for all of us to study and work at.
Our TAs, instructors, lab assistants, exam invigilators, and writing instructors continue to ask for a reasonable and equitable contract. They continue to bargain in good faith, with every effort being made to prevent a strike. Unfortunately, the University administration has been unwilling to agree to a fair contract, and its disregard has led members of the union to vote 66% in favour of a strike mandate.
The employer is forcing a strike to occur by refusing to bargain with academic workers, and offer semi-decent wages and job security. This move has placed the entire University community in a precarious position.
Clearly, the University administration can no longer claim to have the best interests of students in mind.
Join this group and help towards preventing a strike by forcing the York University administration to give a fair contract for our teaching assistants, instructors, contract professors and other academic workers. The admin is forcing the current strike.
This Facebook group, built by the "Students in Support of CUPE 3903" campaign, will serve two purposes in the coming weeks:
- We will be giving immediate bargaining and strike updates on the state of negotiations. These updates will additionally serve to update members of the University community about class cancellations, about how to deal with specific issues pertaining to a potential strike (such as procedures for assignments), and about potential avenues for acquiring tuition rebates from the University in the case that a strike should occur.
- We will be organizing student support campaigns for members of CUPE 3903 who continue to strive to reach a fair deal with the York University administration, despite the latter's decision to walk away from negotiations and refuse to give workers a fair deal.
Support the undergraduate campaign to stop the York admin from causing another strike!
Organizations/Student Groups that have signed on:
New Democrats of York University
Afghan-Iranian Youth Network
Health as a Bridge to Peace at YorkU
Sociology Undergraduate Students Association
York University Free Press (YUFP)
Sexuality Studies Association at YorkU
EU leaders are now suggesting far reaching changes to the European Union to take much greater CONTROL of all Member States.
Let the People decide. No EU Treaty changes without a referendum.
On October 24, 2011, transit workers from York Region Transit and GO Transit will go on strike, leaving over 100,000 people in the GTA scrambling to find alternative and inconvenient means of transportation.
All parties involved (Metrolinx, ATU Local 1587, and the Federal Government), share responsibility for allowing the dispute to reach this point.
-Failed to negotiate an agreement with ATU Local 1587 in a timely manner
-Failed to provide an alternate means of transportation for the affected passengers.
ATU Local 1587:
-Failed to negotiate an agreement with Metrolinx in a timely manner.
-Proposing demands that, in the current economic climate, are insulting to the general public, and in particular, non-unionized and unemployed workers.
-Lack of regard for passengers who are affected by the strike. Students and workers will be left to make alternate travel plans, simply to get to school or work.
-Failed to give any attention to this dispute, allowing it to reach the point of an impending strike.
-Failing to provide an alternate means of transportation in the event of a strike.
On the 8th September 2011, it was revealed that the English government wanted to force all UK Christian churches to accept gay unions.
After reading these call to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in regards of the idea to make Christian Churches comply with "same sex unions" or face a ban on marriages.
This idea seriously resembles one of a Communist or Fascist. This idea is a huge attack on religious liberty. It's like they're saying that churches are not allowed to disagree with homosexuality or have a stance against it, or otherwise face legal consequences. All in the name of "equality". It's like they're removing their right to disagree. In politics, if a government forcefully removes the right of an institution or an individual to disagree with the state, then that automatically meets the definition of Authoritarianism.
In the United States, even where same-sex marriage is legal, religious institutions have legal protection against having to recognize or perform it. However what they are proposing is that the government should basically trample on the rights of Christian churches and force them to accept civil unions or face legal penalties for refusing to do so. That is not "liberalism" or there so called idea of "equality", it's merely using legal force to keep people in line to your ideas (authoritarianism).
In the USSR there was plenty of "equality", likewise there is in China, North Korea, Vietnam, etc. All of these states had policies which persecuted and suppressed Christians for the sake of "equality", again identical to what you are doing.
We believe that Christians should have liberty too; especially liberty to reject civil unions and gay marriage even if the state itself prohibits it. Why? Because Christians have beliefs and values just like Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs and just because they are often from this country or "white" does not make it any less of a religion than to face persecution by the state itself.
The two lads setting up this petition are both from a Christian and our church and our beliefs are no business of the state whatsoever, the governments ideas are infringing upon our individual rights and millions of other devout Christians in the United Kingdom. They wouldn't force Muslims or Jews to accept civil unions now would they?
Our Church does not accept civil unions or gay marriage and won't if the state tries to force it upon them. If homosexuals have a problem with our beliefs in this modern society, then they have the liberty not to be involved with us or worship with us, but likewise we also should have the respective liberty to disagree with today's modern obsession with homosexuality.
Please sign this petition and stop this government trying to crush and trample on Christianity
During the last financial year, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council funded the work of trade unions with £336,718 of taxpayers' money. This was a 48% increase on the amount paid in the previous year. The people in receipt of this money are all employees of the council, paid by us to work for us, but instead work for their union.
There is a failure to systematically address issues confronting South Australian Metropolitan Public Hospitals and Health Services, namely:
- extreme patient waiting times
- over crowding in Emergency Departments
- inadequate resourcing
- enormous safety risks to both patients and nursing staff
Sign this petition which calls on SA Health to immediately address these issues and also develop medium and long term strategies.
Walmart will kill businesses in Staten Island, will make no competition and will fight every person trying to start a union to help working conditions they are used to abusing. When all it's competition is killed, everything will be made outside the US and people will be forced to buy what they sell.
So a few jobs created with horrible wages will actually kill thousands of job. Please read the link above and watch the documentary, Wal-Mart The High Cost of Low Price.
Rugby league and rugby union are currently battling it out in a downward spiral of falling popularity, relentless tales of off field barbarism and vulgarity, scarcity of financial resources and a shrinking base of on-field talent.
The two codes are also beleaguered by inherent flaws, which detract from them as spectacles in an ever increasingly competitive sporting market.
Ironically, many of these flaws, such as scrums in Rugby League and constant kicking in Rugby Union, are unique to each code. However, attempting to rectify these flaws would require the game’s administrators to make rule changes which would bring the codes closer together.
The separation of Rugby League and Rugby Union represent a 110 year old pay dispute.
The source of this dispute is long gone. Both codes are now fully professional at their elite levels and are paid large sums from the same source in Foxtel.
Of course, it would be difficult to come upon an agreed set of rules for the game, as well as the acceptance by other countries. But change is difficult to accept.
Sometimes it just has to occur.
A combining of the codes would assist the following problems for Rugby League;
* lack of international appeal and meaningful international fixtures
* risk in expansion within Australia
* it’s lack of professional media presentation
* need for a more revitalised and more entertaining style of play
Benefits for Rugby Union in its present form would be;
* domestic club rugby would be re-born using a revamped NRL structure as the base
* large expansion of junior territory and resources
* improved pool of players at international level
* a more revitalised and entertaining style of play
Whereas APUS (the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students), has been told to vacate their NEW office at the Margaret Fletcher building (100 Devonshire Place) by December 1, 2011 for plans to build a “Centre for High Performance Sport,” of which 75% of the operating costs are expected to be paid for by students;
Whereas APUS is lobbying to preserve the Margaret Fletcher building which was built in 1909, by getting the University of Toronto administration to acknowledge it as a heritage site and withdraw its plans to demolish the building and promote conservation;
Whereas we consider the Margaret Fletcher building, attached to Woodsworth College, our permanent home! It is child-friendly, has an open meeting area, a huge front lot, a kitchen and office/programming space;
Whereas the University of Toronto administration has not offered a suitable alternative permanent space and therefore continues to undermine part-time students.
We the rank & file members of the Maritime Union and conscientious members of the broader community demand that the Federal Government release documents pertaining to the 1998 Waterfront dispute that incorporated Patrick and the Howard Government in conspiracy to illegally terminate its Unionised workforce.
Cleaners working for the Royal Household in London are paid £6.45 per hour even though the London Living Wage is set at £7.85. Cleaners in the House of Commons and House of Lords are paid at the rate of the London Living wage.
Please sign the petition to ensure that all cleaners working within the Royal Households are paid the London living wage of £7.85 per hour, a rate that is supported by the Mayor of London.
Walker has introduced a bill that would strip public employees across the board — from teachers to snowplow drivers — of their right to collectively bargain for sick leave, vacation, even the hours they work.
But nothing would change for local police, fire departments and the State Patrol.
The current APN agreement has a nominal expiry date of the 31st of December 2010. The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has sent APN a letter to initiate bargaining.
This petition calls on APN management to enter into meaningful negotiations for a new collective agreement.
ATL believes modestly-paid education staff deserve good pensions as part of a fair remuneration package with enough income to live independently and with dignity in retirement.
The coalition government plans huge reforms to public sector pensions, potentially telling education professionals:
You must pay more for your pension;
You must work longer before getting it;
You will get less money in retirement;
Say no to paying more, working longer, getting less!
Sign this petition to join ATL in speaking out for pensions; rejecting attempts to force reform on recently reviewed schemes; and telling the coalition government that this triple whammy of change is unacceptable.
We are urgently calling on the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, who could face death by hanging any of these following days for a murder he allegedly committed when he was 15 years old.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi was sentenced to death in 2004 for the murder of Mohammad Bagher. He confessed the killing initially but during the trial he retracted it and said he’d made it because his two co-accused would have given his family money if he had done so. Mohammad then denied having taken part in the murder, and there are reports of his co-defendants supporting his claims of innocence and withdrawing their testimony implicating him in murder.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi’s family was told by judicial officials (04-07-2010) that they should arrange a last visit to their son before his execution already organized for the day after at Adelabad prison in the city of Shiraz.
Despite this, his death sentence was confirmed by Iran's Supreme Court in July 2005. Since then, his execution has been scheduled several times.
This repeated threat of imminent execution hanging over Mohammad Reza Haddadi, is no less than a form of torture. The threat of execution must be lifted now, once and for all.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi must not be executed for a murder that he is alleged to have committed when only 15 years old.
The execution of juvenile offenders is prohibited under international law, including Article 6(5) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Iran is a state party.
The MSA, along with all Monash campus student associations, is currently in the process of negotiating a funding agreement with the University.
We need this funding to continue running important services like student rights and welfare, and to continue enhancing the student experience on campus through departments like Clubs & Societies, Activities, Wholefoods, and Sir Johns’ Bar. Unfortunately the University are proposing unreasonable changes including moving to annual negotiations which is untenable for many different reasons:
• it means they can continue to cut our funding for vital student services every single year,
• we have no opportunity for responsible forward planning of the organisation, and
• it will result in fewer clubs, fewer events, no new services (such as the renovation of Sir John’s), and will seriously hinder student advocacy on campus.
During the month of March a survey was conducted at the University of Lethbridge.
What Does the University of Lethbridge Community Think of Sodexo Food?
The objective of this survey was to receive an empirical answer to the question of what the University of Lethbridge (UofL) community think of Sodexo food services on campus. This survey was commissioned by the Service Employee’s International Union (S.E.I.U) after consultation with the University of Lethbridge Students Union (ULSU) and the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group (LPIRG). If the answer was found to be a negative one then a second action-research projected would attempt to get better food service on campus.
Initially the goal was to collect 400 responses but with the survey approaching 250 a very clear trend had emerged and we decided we had enough data. With 244 surveys returned there was a very high (95.1%) completion rate.
The University of Lethbridge has a population of over 10000 including 8200 undergraduates and the survey has a 95% confidence rating that the results are accurate within 6points.
The clearest message from both the quantitative and qualitative data is that the price of food is too high for the quality received. 70% picked the worst category on the price of food in the quantitative section and in the qualitative section over 150 wrote that the food was too expensive.
Another significant statistical response was overall satisfaction with 48.5% rating it as “poor”. The comments section revealed a significant number are unhappy with the exclusivity contract, the mandatory residence meal plan, greasy food, the lack of healthy food and vegetarian options and choices for those on restricted diets.
Perhaps most significant though was that eight students reported getting food poisoning after eating at Sodexo establishments at the UofL. The results of this survey provide a very clear mandate for changes to food services at the University of Lethbridge.
The Iranian people’s uprising for democracy and human rights heralded a new phase on December 27 when millions of Iranians expressed their aspiration to change the regime in its entirety. A number of protesters were killed on that day, hundreds were injured and thousands were arrested.
In a bid to prevent the expansion of the uprising, the regime has put some of the detainees on trial as “mohareb,” literally meaning “those who wage war against God,” a charge that is punishable by death sentence. The First Deputy of the regime’s Judiciary has announced that supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are all deemed as “mohareb” and must be executed, while Salavati, a judge in charge of the clerical regime’s kangaroo court formed to try the “moharebs,” has said that since “the core of the PMOI has not been eradicated, the organization remains subject to Article 186 of the Islamic Punishment Act,” and that, in accordance with this Act, “as long as the core of the PMOI remains in place, all its members and supporters … are considered mohareb, even if they are not involved in the armed wing.”
The persistence of brutal physical and psychological torture practiced on political prisoners, which in many cases has led to their deaths, has provoked serious concerns on the part of the international community.
In such circumstances, it is imperative that:
• The dossier of human rights violations and suppression of the Iranian people’s uprising be referred to the United Nations Security Council for the adoption of urgent measures.
• All diplomatic, political and economic leverages to be used to impose pressure on the Iranian regime for the immediate release of political prisoners and those detained during the uprisings.
• The European Union and member states suspend their economic and political relations with Tehran until such time that hanging, torture and the suppression of protests in Iran have ceased completely.
In 2004, the University & College Union signed a national agreement that produced a new improved pay scale for lecturers. Initially, only around one third of the colleges implemented this new pay deal, leading the union to take widespread industrial action in 2005 to improve this.
As a result, the great majority of colleges have implemented, or are in talks to implement, the improved pay scale. But around 60 colleges continue to refuse to do this. Leeds College of Art is one of them.
Our college has refused to put in place better pay for its staff. The college continues to secure LSC funding, but it has made a decision to pay staff less than colleagues at other colleges.
28. Bring Dot Back!
Dorothy "Dot" Holmes, a long-term loyal Safeway employee, was caught up in a Washington State alcohol sale enforcement sting and lost her job.
Safeway is consistent in terminating employees who fail these stings. Dot's circumstances were different, however, in that she was busy running the self-service checkout. There were 5 people demanding her attention at the same time.
While none of us believes that selling alcohol to minors is ok, nobody should be fired for making a human mistake, especially when being required to do what is humanly impossible!
You can nominate to be recorded as "anonymous" so that your name does not show in the online version of the petition, but it will show on the version presented to Parliament.
Your street address and email address will not be displayed publicly on this website, but your city/state/country details will be shown.
On July 1, 2007, 12 of 84 Classified Employees of Green Dot Public Schools signed a contract creating ACEA the Animo Classified Employees Association, to date this union contract has not represented the needs of classified staff of Green Dot Public Schools, instead it goes against every thing a union represents.