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  • Title: Global Week of Action on FTT
    Descriptive info: Published on.. (.. ).. Blogs.. Soren s blog.. Printer-friendly.. Global Week of Action on FTT.. Unions and activists in more than 30 countries are campaigning this week in support of a financial transactions tax (FTT) and quality public services.. You and your union or organization are invited to join in the events.. Links to campaign toolkits and facts about the FTT are provided below.. The Global Week of Action on the FTT recognizes that this is a critical time to push for fair taxation of the large transnational institutions whose reckless actions led to a global financial meltdown, rising unemployment, and deep cuts in services to people.. The European Parliament will be discussing and voting on a report on the FTT on May 22.. The EU ‘Growth’ Summit, where the FTT is on the agenda, meets on May 23.. Campaigning started with a bang in Berlin last week,  ...   Italy to India, Brazil to Belgium, and on the streets of Chicago where the G8 Summit is taking place this week.. The National Nurses United have led the organizing of a march and rally for the FTT to mark the G8 meetings (now moved to Camp David).. The mayor of Chicago is trying to move the march, on the grounds that crowds will be bigger because activist musician Tom Morello has been added to the bill.. The result has been greater publicity.. On May 18, in Chicago, a panel will discuss the FTT and the global fight back against austerity, with a demonstration and rally to follow.. More than.. 100 organizations.. have endorsed this action.. A campaign toolkit for the week of action is available in.. English.. Spanish.. and.. French.. Background on the benefits of the FTT, and busting the myths, is also available in.. Source URL:.. org/news/global-week-action-ftt..

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  • Title: UN experts call on world leaders to act on FTT
    Descriptive info: UN experts call on world leaders to act on FTT.. As European Union Finance Ministers meet on 15 May, coinciding with the G-8 Summit in Camp David, United Nations experts have urged the EU to take the lead in promoting a global financial transaction tax to deal with enduring economic, financial, fuel, climate and food crises, and to protect basic human rights.. “Where the world financial crisis has brought about the loss of millions of jobs, socialized private debt burdens and now risks causing significant human rights regressions through wide-ranging austerity packages, a financial transaction tax (FTT) is a pragmatic tool for providing the means for governments to protect and fulfill the human rights of their people,” said the independent group of expert.. “EU countries must take bold leadership now to pave the way towards what should eventually be a global FTT,” they urged, welcoming recent EU proposals to implement the financial transaction tax across the Eurozone.. “When the  ...   tax burden.. ”.. Estimates suggest that at its lowest rate the FTT would yield about $48 billion across the G20, with higher rates offering up to $250 billion dollars per year to offset the costs of the enduring economic, financial, fuel, climate and food crises.. Countries such as South Korea have implemented such taxes in non-discriminatory ways to raise significant resources to provide the means to achieve the right to development.. It would also help stabilize financial markets by discouraging speculation, mitigating the type of volatility which spawned the 2008 financial and food crises.. “A global FTT is not a silver bullet,” warned the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, Cephas Lumina, “but it would help relieve sovereign debt load stemming from the financial crisis, shift the burden from ordinary citizens to the private sector which caused the crisis, and significantly enlarge government fiscal space for spending on desperately needed economic and social rights programmes.. org/news/un-experts-call-world-leaders-act-ftt..

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  • Title: Making the case for tax fairness and quality public services
    Descriptive info: Making the case for tax fairness and quality public services.. When right-wing politicians claim that there is no money to pay for quality public services, including health care, they are missing the obvious.. "There is money," says RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, in an interview with the Real News Network.. "It's concentrated at the top.. We're asking for a financial transaction tax that's minimal, and to  ...   a University of Massachusetts economist who joined DeMoro in the interview, noted that ordinary people pay sales taxes on their purchases, but every purchase of stocks, bonds and derivatives goes untaxed.. He said a very modest financial transactions tax of 0.. 5% on stocks, and a much lower rate on bonds and derivatives, would generate $350 billion a year in the USA alone.. The full interview is available.. here.. org/news/making-case-tax-fairness-and-quality-public-services..

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  • Title: Working families rally to support US postal service
    Descriptive info: Working families rally to support US postal service.. The National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, will host "Save America's Postal Service" demonstrations in all 50 states April 12.. Click here to find the demonstration nearest you.. The move to defund the U.. Postal Service is yet another volley in the corporate-driven effort to balance state and federal budgets on the backs of working families without making the super-rich pay their fair share.. Union members and their allies have fought back against these attempts to deny public service workers the right to collectively bargain, unilaterally slash workers' pensions, pursue harmful right-to-work-for-less and paycheck deception legislation, privatize or shut down public services and  ...   six-day delivery in two years and phase out door-to-door mail delivery altogether.. Not only would this legislation squeeze the public workers who provide postal services, but they could actively harm the seniors who depend on timely mail delivery for their prescription medication.. The National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, will host "Save America's Postal Service" demonstrations in all 50 states April 12 to make their voices heard by their Senators, currently home on Easter recess.. Whenever lawmakers propose anti-worker, anti-public service legislation at the federal level, hard working Americans — at all levels of government, in the public and private sectors — must come together in solidarity to fight back.. org/news/working-families-rally-support-us-postal-service..

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  • Title: Busting the myths about the FTT
    Descriptive info: Busting the myths about the FTT.. A new.. research paper.. says a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) would generate substantial new revenue from the sector whose greed and recklessness caused the 2008 financial meltdown – an economic crisis that continues to affect people around the world.. The costs of the crisis have been huge.. At the end of December 2009, G-20 nations had spent $1,976 billion – equivalent to 6.. 2% of world GDP – to bail out financial institutions.. (IMF, 2010).. In Europe and North America, ordinary citizens, with no responsibility for creating the crisis, have borne the costs with job losses and cuts to public services.. In developing countries,  ...   or suspended.. FTTs are one of the few available options that could generate financial resources in sufficient quantity to make a meaningful contribution to the continuing costs of the global economic crisis.. This would ensure the currently under‐taxed financial sector pay a greater and fairer share of the costs that their actions caused.. The FTT would also help to regulate markets, curbing speculative market behavior and short‐termism, and instead encourage more sustainable and equitable long‐term economic growth.. There is growing international support for the FTT, but some vocal opponents continue to peddle a series of untrue myths concerning its impact.. The aim of.. this paper.. is to dispel these myths.. org/news/busting-myths-about-ftt..

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  • Title: International delegation supports Wisconsin campaign to reclaim bargaining rights
    Descriptive info: International delegation supports Wisconsin campaign to reclaim bargaining rights.. An international delegation of Public Services International leaders and union journalists is visiting Wisconsin, USA to support the struggle by public service workers to reclaim their bargaining rights.. The visit, from 5-11 March, marks the one year anniversary of the passage of legislation stripping public service workers’ rights.. A year ago in Wisconsin, tens of thousands of union members and citizens joined in an awe-inspiring wave of protests against Governor Walker’s union-busting legislation aimed at public service workers.. It was the beginning of the We Are Wisconsin movement, which is now over one million strong.. On March 9, 2011, the State Senate passed the bill, repealing state workers' collective bargaining rights over pensions and health care, limiting pay raises of public employees  ...   of Wisconsin lawmakers could happen in June this year.. It’s no small irony that Wisconsin was the first state in America to provide collective bargaining rights to public employees in 1959.. Wisconsin affiliates have appreciated the outpouring of support from unions and workers around the world.. We Are Wisconsin is celebrating the founding of their movement with a weekend of solidarity –.. candlelight vigils.. to honor their losses under Walker's administration, a.. sneak preview screening.. of the independent documentary "We Are Wisconsin," and a.. big rally at the Capitol.. to celebrate the many ways in which the movement is reclaiming Wisconsin.. Other activities include a bus tour and town hall public forums.. For more information:.. Facebook:.. https://www.. facebook.. com/wisaflcio.. Twitter:.. https://twitter.. Blog:.. http://wisaflcio.. typepad.. com/.. Press Room:.. org/index.. cfm?action=cat categoryID=70e976fd-d7cf-4ca2-.. org/news/international-delegation-supports-wisconsin-campaign-reclaim-bargaining-rights..

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  • Title: Pressure continues to build for financial transaction tax
    Descriptive info: Pressure continues to build for financial transaction tax.. Union and community activists in the United States are planning a large rally and march to push leaders of the G8 to adopt a Wall Street speculation tax to address the global economic crisis and support quality public services.. The event, which will greet the G8 summit of world leaders in Chicago May 18, is sponsored by.. National Nurses United.. A centerpiece of the action will be a call on world leaders to adopt a financial transaction tax (FTT) on major trading by banks and other financial institutions to raise revenue critically needed for revitalizing the economic health of the U.. and other G-8 nations.. Marchers will also challenge austerity programs that have eroded health and living standards for working people world-wide.. Over the past year, NNU has sponsored a number of large actions, calling on Congress to tax Wall Street with a robust FTT on the trading of stocks, bonds, currencies, derivatives, and other financial instruments that the nurses say could raise $350 billion every year.. The funds would then be available for essential needs, such as creating jobs, and investing in healthcare, education, and housing.. International labor, environmental, anti-poverty, and other non-governmental  ...   in France to press the case for national and continent wide FTTs.. On the same day, NNU sponsored a rally of 3,000 nurses, along with labor, consumer, and Occupy Wall Street activists outside the White House and Treasury Department urging the Obama administration to support a meaningful tax on Wall Street.. The march and rally in Chicago is a continuation of the unity of those who came together in France and Washington.. Additionally, the Chicago action, will include a Friday morning forum on the fight against global austerity programs and attacks on public services featuring activists from around the world at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.. “The banks, investment corporations, and other financial institutions plunged our economy into crisis by gambling with the savings, home mortgages, pensions, and futures of American families,” says NNU Co-president Karen Higgins, RN.. “Nurses have seen enough suffering from patients whose health has been broken by losing their jobs, their homes, and their health coverage.. It’s time for action, starting with a tax on Wall Street speculation, which is currently untaxed, as a simple, but fair way to begin to raise the revenue needed to bring our nation and our economy back to health,” Higgins said.. org/news/pressure-continues-build-financial-transaction-tax..

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  • Title: Wisconsin workers fight back
    Descriptive info: Wisconsin workers fight back.. A Reclaim Wisconsin Tour is criss-crossing the state to give citizens a chance to speak out on the local impact of Gov.. Scott Walker’s disastrous attack on public services, free collective bargaining and jobs.. The statewide tour began Feb.. 15, the one-year anniversary of a Republican-backed bill that curbed collective bargaining for public workers.. At each stop, Wisconsinites are signing a pledge to vote  ...   investing in people.. The eight-city tour will culminate with a March 10 rally in Madison.. A petition to recall the extreme-right governor gathered more than one million signatures, almost double the 540,208 signatures required to force an election.. The governor is now engaging in stall tactics, asking the courts for yet more time to validate the signatures.. To support the Wisconsin workers, please visit the.. Reclaim Wisconsin website.. org/news/wisconsin-workers-fight-back..

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  • Title: Local action gets results
    Descriptive info: Local action gets results.. Dozens of community and labour activists showed that local actions can have significant results when they shamed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange into giving back $15 million in “tax increment financing.. Stand Up! Chicago.. delivered a golden toilet to the CME Group – owner of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange – to protest the millions in corporate welfare handed to the global options-trading giant.. Fair taxes, an end to corporate tax shelters and loopholes, and a financial transactions tax are key elements of the fight for  ...   and working Chicago families to reclaim even more of our money from the CME and other corporate welfare kings – so that it can be used to create and retain jobs and save our schools and communities.. “We’re committed to defending Chicago families against the wealthy banks and corporations that have taken our tax dollars through tax breaks, bailouts, and corporate welfare payments.. By reclaiming these funds for meaningful job creation and investment in strong schools and communities, we can secure a brighter future for Chicago’s working families.. org/news/local-action-gets-results..

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  • Title: UN report calls on governments to act on jobs and quality public services
    Descriptive info: UN report calls on governments to act on jobs and quality public services.. Amid growing evidence that government austerity measures will deepen the world-wide economic recession, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments to act on job creation and the universal social protection provided through quality public services.. The call comes in a report to the UN Commission on Social Development, which is meeting in New York from 1 – 10 February.. The report notes that, “for economic growth to contribute to poverty reduction, macroeconomic and social policies should focus on job creation, reducing inequalities and providing social protection.. “The trends towards austerity in response to the debt crisis, if not reversed, will worsen inequality and exclusion and ultimately dampen prospects for  ...   UN’s call to deliver decent incomes and security, and the protection of international labour standards,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC.. The report acknowledges that the economic policies advocated by international financial institutions over the last three decades – deregulation, liberalization and privatization – have failed to address the root causes of poverty.. It also reinforces the trade union view that increasing workers’ bargaining power has a positive impact on reducing poverty and inequality, and that “the provision of minimum wages and employment protection can be important tools for an equitable distribution of productive opportunities and inclusive growth.. Importantly, the report recommends that governments consider the implementation of national social protection floors as a means to provide systemic insurance against poverty for all.. org/news/un-report-calls-governments-act-jobs-and-quality-public-services..

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  • Title: An economy that works for people
    Descriptive info: An economy that works for people.. Labour leaders from around the world are in Davos this week, urging delegates to the World Economic Forum to put the needs of people back into the global economic system.. And they are stepping up the pressure for a tax on financial transactions so banks and shadow-banks would help pay for quality public services and other solutions to the continuing economic crisis they created in 2008.. "It's never been clearer that unrestrained market forces do not produce the kind of societies we aspire to -- economically stable and socially inclusive, where citizens have access to secure jobs with the dignity of a fair wage and a welfare safety net," writes Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation in the.. Huffington Post.. She notes that the global economy is now characterized by rising inequality, social unrest, growing unemployment and stagnating wages.. In meetings with political and business leaders in Davos, international trade uions are promoting five principles for dealing with the continuing economic challenges: jobs; social protection, sustainable demand and decent work; regulation of the financial enterprises that drove the world to  ...   of Denmark) who want the Danish government to support a special tax on financial transactions – the so-called Tobin tax.. The international trade union movement is also placing increasing pressure on Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.. “It is very difficult to understand why a social democratic-led government will not help pave the way for the tax,” says Peter Waldorff, General Secretary of Public Services International, which represents more than 500 unions with approximately 20 million members in 140 countries.. Waldorff encourages Thorning-Schmidt to join forces with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angele Merkel when they introduce the new tax.. According to the two leaders, the financial sector must help pay for the budget deficits that have arisen since the 2008 financial crisis, reported Berlingske.. Waldorff says the Tobin tax should be introduced now.. “There is a need for the banks to contribute.. It is vital to protect (the economy) from the speculative culture that has evolved in many financial institutions.. ” At the same time, he says the financial transactions tax can provide substantial investment in education, innovation and growth that can lead Europe out of economic crisis.. org/news/economy-works-people..

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