zoom A complaint has been submitted by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) about the Argentine government violating ILO conventions in its interference in the affairs of the Sindicato de Obreros Maritimos Unidos (SOMU) union.According to ITF’s complaint, by placing SOMU under its control, the government of Argentina is in breach of its obligations under ILO Convention 87.“This interference by the Argentine government restricts the rights of SOMU, its officials and its members to organise their administration and activities in full freedom,” ITF said, demanding that the Argentine government immediately hands back control of SOMU to its elected leadership and its members.“No intervention that violates the principles contained in ILO Convention 87 and 98, that may attempt to disrespect a union’s self determination or constitutional provisions, that may lead to seizing workers’ assets or property or that may try to deny their legitimately elected leadership, has any legal or moral validity,” the ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton wrote to a member of congress, Gladys Gonzalez, the new leader of SOMU since the government takeover.On July 6, union leaders from Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Panama, Russia, Switzerland, UK and Uruguay passed an emergency resolution backing Sindicato de Obreros Maritimos Unidos, SOMU.In February armed police raided SOMU offices confiscating equipment and removing elected union leaders from their offices.
by News Staff Posted Jan 24, 2014 2:46 pm MDT It may be time to stock up on steaks and hamburger.Live cattle prices hit a record high of $1.43/lb on the markets this week, the highest on record since Bloomberg started tracking prices in 1964.Brenna Grant, research analyst with Canfax Research Services, said it will take about 12 months for that to trickle down to consumers.“We do have a lot of things that can happen over that year between now and when you see those things showing up at retail. Right now, consumers when they go to the retail store, they’re seeing things that happened from a year ago,” said Grant.She said a drought in 2012 in the U.S., reduced the number of cattle and is one of the major reasons prices are spiking.“That means we have fewer cattle available now. So our supplies are extremely tight. You’ve got competition and prices being run up.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beef prices soar