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Workplace Issues Today

Daily News for Friday, October 24, 2014

Selected by the Catherwood Library Reference Staff each Monday through Friday, excluding University holidays, WIT is a free alert service, providing abstracts and links to workplace-related news stories covered in the major media. Subscribe to WIT »

Established in 1999, this service also includes a searchable archive.

Striking Workers at African Mine Hit with Rubber Bullets

On Friday, police fired rubber bullets at protesting workers at a mine operated by Diamondcorp. The police claim they fired the bullets because the workers were blocking the entrance to the mine. Sixteen workers were arrested and four were injured as a result of the incident.

See “African Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Diamondcorp Strikers,” Reuters, Oct 24 2014 (SEB)

Facebook Bus Drivers Demand a Living Wage

An activist group called CREDO recently issued an online petition demanding that bus drivers who transport Facebook employees be paid a living wage. The teamsters union has also joined the fight and sent a letter to the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to raise wages. Drivers currently earn between $18 and $20 an hour.

See “Online Petition Calls for Living Wage for Facebook Drivers,” by Jessica Guynn, USA Today, Oct 24 2014 (SEB)