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Google Californian warehouse workers file to form union

Workers at a Google Express warehouse in San Francisco have filed to form a union, citing poor conditions, low wages, and lack of benefits. The Teamsters Local Union 853 announced that 140 workers at the facility have filed for a representation election. Google Express Services, operated by Swiss HR biz Adecco, provides …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015

Union confirms two-day strike over Universal Credit's pisspoor IT

Universal Credit staff will strike for two days next week over "increasingly oppressive" working conditions and unusable IT, the Public and Commercial Services trade union has confirmed, following a vote late week. The union's members voted to down tools at the Glasgow and Bolton centres last week, where more than half (1,500 …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015

Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

Amazon is pushing its UK distribution workforce to the point of physical and mental exhaustion, the GMB trade union has claimed. Elly Baker, GMB union lead, told The Register: "It does not have a positive approach to staff in UK blue collar workers, interesting it's the same approach it seems to be taking to white collar …
Kat Hall, 18 Aug 2015
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Telstra copper at crisis point, endangers NBN, says union

The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) has called out Telstra's copper network, saying that this year's bad weather has left 20,000 lines out of service in NSW alone. The number could be higher, if you believe reports from News Ltd that the number is over 41,000. 2015 hasn't been kind to Telstra, with …
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Brussels taxi union to disrupt the disruptors over Uber service

Brussels taxi drivers have threatened to bring the city to a standstill if the authorities don’t start arresting Uber drivers. In a vote on Thursday night the GTL taxi union gave the government until September 1 to haul the ride-share app drivers into jail or face Paris-style turmoil. In June, taxi drivers in the French …
Jennifer Baker, 21 Aug 2015
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More Home Office and MoJ jobs could move abroad, union warns

Jobs at the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office could be next in line to be offshored to India, the PCS union has warned, with both departments joining a £1bn shared services venture with outsourcing giant Steria. The Shared Services Connected (SSCL) joint venture, in which Steria owns a 75 per cent stake and the Cabinet …
Kat Hall, 31 Oct 2014
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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

US President Barack Obama has mentioned net neutrality in the State of the Union address, and identified online security as a key future challenge. On net neutrality, the president had this to say: “I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015

Boris Johnson backs trade union campaign to ungag civil servants

Boris Johnson and the FDA trade union are calling for the government to lift new restrictions on civil servants' contact with the media, which was quietly implemented following an update to the Civil Service Code slipped through earlier this month. The addition to the Civil Service Code earlier this month requires that all civil …

All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

Facebook's shuttle bus drivers have voted to join the Teamsters union – as anger grows over the pay disparity between moneybags engineers and cash-strapped service workers. The unhappy drivers work for Loop Transportation, which has a contract to ferry Mark Zuckerberg's staff to and from San Francisco, the East Bay and the …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Nov 2014

Joyent and Umbongo union jilts VM at cloud altar

Canonical has partnered with Joyent to spin up Ubuntu clouds minus the virtualisation. The firms are today expected to announce a version of Ubuntu certified to run with Joyent’s Triton Elastic Container Infrastructure. Triton, released this week, lets you run software built specifically for containers like Docker where Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jun 2015
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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

A small number of Amazon warehouse workers in Delaware have voted against joining a union, which claims that the employees were under pressure from the firm to stay away from third-party representation. In a vote administered by the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB), the Amazon staff voted 21 to six against joining the …

First Dell, now IBM: 15,000 jobs face the axe at Big Blue, says union

IBM is set to spend another $1bn on job cuts this year to eliminate an estimated 15,000 jobs worldwide, according to trade union Alliance@IBM. The company has already spent the same amount of money last year on 'workforce rebalancing', its euphemism for redundancies. Big Blue's chief financial officer for finance and enterprise …

HP wants HUNDREDS of hapless staffers OUT by April - trade union

Hundreds of British HP workers are being lined up for the chop this quarter with almost a half expected to come from Enterprise Services. Ian Tonks, national officer for IT and comms with trade union Unite, met with HP last week - as did the UK Works Council - to thrash out the latest tranche of local job cuts. He told us: "784 …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2014

Stench of confiscated dope overwhelms Catalan cop shop

Cops in the Catalan town of Olot are feeling the effects of 2,000 confiscated marijuana plants dumped in their station's basement garage, which they reckon are seriously affecting their law enforcement performance. According to The Local, an official Mossos d'Esquadra union complaint (in Catalan) reports an "unbearable smell" …
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2015

IBM axes nearly THREE THOUSAND staffers in North America - union

IBM has axed nearly three thousand workers in Canada and the US, according to employee union Alliance@IBM, as its cost-cutting drive begins to bite. Big Blue has been laying off swathes of staff worldwide in the last few years as it attempts to drastically reduce its outgoings, periodically announcing "workforce rebalancing", " …
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iQuit: Apple union boss chucks grappling hook up garden wall

The founder of a union for Apple retail workers has quit his job after two years spent battling for better pay and job prospects. Cory Moll, who works in San Francisco, founded the union in 2011 and has been an outspoken critic of the fruity firm's treatment of its staff. At the time of writing, no one had stepped up to fill …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2013
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'Honker Union' sniffs 270 hacktivism targets

Infamous Chinese hacktivist group Honker Union has shortlisted a whopping 270 Japanese targets for attack today - the anniversary of the Manchurian Incident, which was the precursor to the Japanese invasion of China. The group singled out Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Office and other ministries, …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Sep 2013
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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

Trade union members have voted to strike over the deeply troubled Universal Credit IT project, citing an "increasingly oppressive working environment" and "unusable systems". Despite the project having been “re-set” and a new digital system introduced, a spokesman from the PCS trade union said that the systems are still not up …
Kat Hall, 07 Jul 2015

'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

Updated Nearly 1,350 HP Enterprise Services workers downed tools as part of multi-day industrial action in protest against the mass redundancy programme, at least according to the PCS trade union. Industrial officer Alan Brown said up to 90 per cent of the union's 1,500 HPES members went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday this week, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
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Tony Smith, 03 Feb 2011

Voda's snooping fail: Conroy, Morrow cross swords in Canberra

The Vodafone data access scandal has reached Canberra, with Labor senator Stephen Conroy taking a swipe at nbnTM Bill Morrow, formerly head of Vodafone Australia. over his knowledge of the incident. Conroy took time out from fine-tooth-combing the financials and build forecasts of the company building Australia's National …
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London Olympics shop in Union Jack outrage

We suspect that whoever is responsible for outsourcing this particular London Olympics commemorative keyring to a Chinese manufacturer may shortly be dancing the Tyburn jig, once Her Maj Liz II gets wind of just what has happened to the Union Jack*: The keyring with union flag colours reversed Mercifully, this trio of " …
Lester Haines, 29 Jun 2011
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ACLU wants to end NSA mass spying forever – good luck with that

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing James Clapper – the US Director of National Intelligence – and other government bigwigs to stop the NSA from gathering innocent citizens' phone records in bulk. In a filing [PDF] to the United States Court of Appeals (2nd circuit), the union claims that even though a section …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015
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UK public-sector union DDoS'd

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says that its website has been under sustained cyberattack for the past five days. A statement on the union's site, which is running slowly at time of writing, said on Monday that the union "has been experiencing ongoing severe technical problems that have affected some visitors' …
Team Register, 16 May 2011

ESA launches new ground-monitoring satellite

The European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched a second satellite for environmental monitoring in the early hours of Tuesday morning from French Guiana. The Sentinel satellite will add high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union's Copernicus environmental monitoring system. According to the ESA, “the …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jun 2015

Indian Mars probe beams back 3D canyon snaps

India's Mars Orbiter Mission Spacecraft, aka Mangalyaan, has beamed back 3D images of the Ophir Chasma, which forms part of the Red Planet's massive Valles Marineris. One of the images of the Ophir Chasma. Pic: ISRO The Ophir Chasma poses for Mangalyaan. Pic: ISRO The snaps were captured by the spacecraft's Mars Colour …
Lester Haines, 18 Aug 2015

White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

The US government is "deeply disappointed" by the European Court of Justice's decision to effectively kill the long-standing "safe harbor" agreement covering the flow of people's personal data across the Atlantic. Under European law, personal information on EU citizens must stay within the Continent for privacy reasons. To …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Oct 2015
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Take redundancy if you want, Capita IS for turning now, after all

Crapita is to shutter both the Bury and Glasgow call centres that provide phone support for O2 customers after hundreds of staff – all of those in scope – accepted voluntary redundancy, a union said. This is a complete about-turn by the integrator-cum-outsourcing monster which even until a few weeks ago was telling us that no …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015
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Health Services Union boss accused of IT tender badness

The national president of the Health Services Union (HSU), Michael Williamson, is at the centre of a New South Wales police investigation over allegations of secret commissions and serious conflicts of interest. Williamson, who is also the vice-president of the NSW Australian Labor Party, appears to have kept his position as …

Eurovision tellybods: Yes, you heard right – net neutrality

The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the annual Eurovision musical telly glitterfest, has rounded up a group of “civil society” pressure groups to send a letter to EU leaders demanding net neutrality. The letter, published on Tuesday, urges the EU Council of Ministers “to support strong and clear net neutrality rules …
Jennifer Baker, 21 Jan 2015
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Hey, get the ZUCK up – let's unionize Facebook buses, cry Teamsters

The Teamsters Union is lobbying Facebook to recognize a unionization of the company's bus drivers – the ones shuttling FB'ers to and from work in Menlo Park every day. The union said in an open letter [PDF] to CEO Mark Zuckerberg that it was looking to include the private coach drivers in its Local 853 group in hopes of …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Oct 2014
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

A new report says the companies whose complaints have been included in the European Union's formal antitrust charges against Google have been revealed, even though the European Commission is still keeping the official list of complainants under wraps. According to the report by Reuters, at least 30 companies filed complaints …
Neil McAllister, 27 Apr 2015
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Great news for fossil followers this week, as it has emerged that a positive bone bonanza - including mammoth and bison remains - has been discovered at a development site outside San Diego. The Ice Age fossils, understood to date back from 50,000 to 200,000 years ago, were discovered at the Quarry Creek housing development …
Team Register, 06 Sep 2015
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Euro telly bods say 'non' to spectrum sharing with mobiles

With WRC–15 only a few months away, the battle to protect terrestrial television isn't over yet. Last week the European Broadcasting Union released a fact sheet (PDF) that summarises the key issue – can LTE share spectrum with digital terrestrial television? The brief answer is “No, it can't.” The fact sheet explains some of …
Nigel Whitfield, 02 Sep 2015
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Sorry Samsung, Philips, LG, Technicolor: EU upholds €1.4bn cartel fine

The European Union's General Court has upheld a €1.4bn (£1bn) fine against Samsung, Philips, LG Electronics and Technicolor for cartel-like behaviour, while reducing fines imposed on Toshiba and Panasonic. In 2012, the European Commission fined the companies €1.47bn for participating in either one or both of two distinct …
Kat Hall, 10 Sep 2015
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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

Update British broadcaster Sky UK has won round two in its trademark infringement battle with Skype. The European Union General Court found on Tuesday that the two names are too similar and could cause confusion. In 2012 and 2013 the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) upheld Sky’s complaint, but Skype then appealed …
Jennifer Baker, 05 May 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Commish grants Google two more weeks to work on EU antitrust defence

Google has been given another deadline extension as it prepares to mount a defence against antitrust charges in Europe. The search monster will now have until the end of the month to get its affairs in order, EU Competition Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso confirmed on Friday. Google had already been given an extra six …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Aug 2015

100 IT workers face the axe at CSIRO

The Staff Association at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) reckons that among the nearly 900 jobs being cut from the science agency, IT and comms is to lose at least 119. The group has put together an analysis of documents provided to it by management under the agency's enterprise …

Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

Amazon workers are striking yet again in Germany, hoping to put pressure on the etailer over the Christmas shopping period. Trade union Verdi called on employees last week to start a three-day strike at warehouses in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben, Rheinberg and Werne, starting yesterday. Yet the union has now added a sixth …
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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

Facebook's Brussels lobbyist Richard Allan took to the pages of the Pink 'Un on Wednesday morning to have a good old moan about "multiple" EU nations digging around the free content ad network's data-slurping biz practices. He complained that the actions of national privacy watchdogs within the 28-member-state bloc posed a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Apr 2015

Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface Dublin Rape Crisis Centre site

The FBI has begun investigating the hack of a number of websites – including the site of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre – by pro-ISIS script kiddies. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in Ireland was defaced so that its home page featured the black ISIS flag and the message "Hacked by ISIS, we are everywhere." A Flash audio plug-in …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2015

Wir streiken! German Amazon workers down tools

German warehouse workers haven’t given up on the idea that striking will help them to win their pay dispute with Amazon. Labour union Verdi has called for another in a long line of strikes this week, with employees of distribution centres in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben, Werne and Rheinberg all set to down tools. The first …
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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

New York City authorities have thumped Verizon for apparently reneging on its promises to wire up the Big Apple with super-fast fiber internet. In 2008, the city signed a deal with Verizon in which the telco promised to give every resident access to a fiber-optic broadband connection by July 2014. In return, the city reduced the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2015

KREMLIN: Google is ABUSING ITSELF, misusing its mighty market position

The Russian state is to take action against gigantic advertising company Google for abuse of its dominant position across internet services, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal cited sources in the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service as saying that the agency's probe into a complaint from rival Yandex had found …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015

Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

Black Hat Barack has issued a Memorandum – an executive order in all but name, and an instrument the president has used more than any of his predecessors – to all Federal website sysadmins, informing them to deprecate HTTP and roll on with HTTPS. The HTTPS-Only Standard was proposed by the US' Chief Information Officer Tony …
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Zuck, Gates and Bono in ludicrous internet access for world+dog by 2020 bid

Two of the world's richest men and Bono* have pledged to help bring internet access to everyone across the planet by 2020. It comes just days after a UN report warned that broadband growth had sharply slumped, noting that hitting a target of four billion internet users five years from now was "unlikely" to be achieved. …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2015
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Capita: O2 call centre staff exodus is premature evacuation

Capita has “invited” O2 call centre staff with one eye on the exit to stick around for a little longer, and the resulting excitement at such a prospect is palpable. Some 700 workers opted for voluntary redundancy last month, helping the outsourcing monster wring more profits from the £1.2bn, ten-year contract signed with O2 in …
Paul Kunert, 29 Sep 2015
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Watch out Wizard, Bezos wants the Emerald City for himself

Amazon has agreed to lease two more buildings in the South Lake Union neighbourhood of Seattle, in a deal leaving the company occupying a quarter of the city's best office space. The Seattle Times spoke to real estate expert, Kip Spencer, who acknowledged the situation has placed many local eggs in the one big Amazon basket. …
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Civil-service union hit by invisible DDoS is back up

Update The Public and Commercial and Services union's website was back up and running in time for its annual conference on Wednesday, following a week-long denial of service assault. The attack started on Wednesday 11 May and left the website "struggling to cope with average hourly traffic 1,000 times greater than normal," according to …
John Leyden, 18 May 2011

You call THAT safe? Top EU legal bod says data sent to US is anything but

The top advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said the current agreement between the EU and US is not worth the paper it’s written on . Advocate General Yves Bot’s opinion on the so-called Facebook vs Europe case is not legally binding, but the court’s final ruling almost always follows his advice. The case was …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Sep 2015