Workers demand safety at 7-Eleven

first_img7-Eleven workers in Buffalo, N.Y., led a march and speakout on Aug. 30 demanding an end to unsafe working conditions.For many hours each day, workers are required to work a store alone, keeping the owners’ costs down, while the threats that the workers face rise. Every day, the workers are confronted with harassment and threats of violence. Last winter, a 7-Eleven clerk was raped, beaten and robbed while working alone in the store at 5 a.m.7-Eleven’s regional management has refused to accept the workers’ petition for safety measures, or the community’s concern. These demands include putting guards on the overnight shifts and hiring more overnight staff. Management reacted to the initial protests and petition by either firing or cutting the hours of workers who spoke up.Chanting “When workers’ lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up! Fight back!” and “Workplace violence has got to go!” the protesters marched through the busy Buffalo Art Festival, ending outside a 7-Eleven store to hold a rally.The rally connected the demand for an end to workplace violence and the national struggle of low-wage workers with talks addressing a livable wage and placards that read “Black Lives Matter at Work!” and “7-Eleven: Value Workers Over Property! Protect People Not ­Products!”— Ellie Dorritie and WW Buffalo StaffFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Saudi Arabia put in charge of human rights panel

first_img Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS The Saudi ambassador to the HRC, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, was quietly appointed to the position in June but the appointment only came to light today. It has enraged human rights defenders and international human rights organizations worldwide.“This appointment is grotesque,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk. “It is outrageous that the UN is allowing Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest human rights violators, to chair this panel.“Saudi Arabia is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. How could anyone image Riyadh making a significant contribution to the fight against human rights violations throughout the world?”The Saudi kingdom’s human rights record is disastrous. There are no independent media. Journalists and bloggers who dare to stray from the official line are tried and given long jail terms, especially under the many draconian cyber-crime and anti-terrorism laws. Listed as an ‘Enemy of the Internet’, Saudi Arabia has been cracking down harder and harder on online activity since the Arab spring of 2011.Two professional journalists and seven citizen-journalists are currently detained arbitrarily. Reporters Without Borders and eight other international NGOs sent a joint letter to the Saudi authorities in July calling for the release of Saudi human rights defenders and other prisoners of conscience, including Raif Badawi, Waleed Abu Al-Khair and Fawzan Al-Harbi, one of the founders of the Arabian Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA).There has been no reply to the letter, the text of which was released on 1 September. News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Saudi Arabia has been appointed to head a five-member panel that advises the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is currently holding its 30th session. to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more March 9, 2021 Find out more September 21, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi Arabia put in charge of human rights panel News Receive email alerts RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 28, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more