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Trade Unions

The People's Communist Party stated that it would establish trade unions in every existing industry so that the workers would have more rights and more power to take action against unfair pay.

This law was passed through Parliament on 21st July 2008. While it has been widely acknowledged that the Unions need reworked under the new implementation of V1, they will be revised. They have largely been ineffective as of now due to lack of manpower behind the project, but will be looked at in the coming months.

The Law

Information on Unions

  • Congress has approved the establishment of a trade union in every trade sector, that is, Food, Gifts, Moving tickets, Weapons, Houses and Hospitals.
  • Every trade union will have a Simulated Organization (SO), in which a newspaper will be published which can detail the news of any strike or other activity. Alongside the creation of the SO, the gold gained must be donated to the SO which can be used to support other unionists
  • Each trade union will have a forum section under economy in which union members can communicate with each other.
  • A fair vote will be held for each trade union to elect a leader, one member, one vote. These elections must be held at least every month.
  • The internal structure of every trade union is individual and can be organized as wished by its members.
  • The role of who publishes articles is purely an internal unionist decision and must be decided by its own members. The password for the SO will be given to the union leader, who is then free to change or give out the password to anybody within the union

Rights and Roles of Trade Union Leaders

Should the need arise, the leader may call an industrial strike.

  • Any strike action must be agreed upon by a 3:1 vote from all union members. Any decision made must be obeyed by all union members.
  • No strikes may be held during times of crisis such as war if decided by a majority vote in congress.
  • After strike action which results in a pay rise, the union may not hold another strike for at least 7 days.
  • If a strike is sanctioned, no member of the trade union must work in that sector of the economy or in that company, for a given period of time.
  • A sanctioned strike must give at least a 2-day warning in advance to all unionists and GMs in that sector, and must be published in the Trade Union's SO's newspaper.

Any trade union leader can also be part of Congress or Mayor, but not a General manager or Minister.

Votes of No Confidence

Should the need arise, a vote of no confidence may be put forward on a trade union leader who is felt cannot fulfill their responsibilities. This must only be done if:

a) a union member makes a substantiated complaint

or

b) a GM makes a substantiated complaint.

Each complaint must be seconded by another union member or GM. Each party leader will have one vote. An 75% majority is needed, if which gained, will ensure with immediate effect the termination of the position of trade union leader for the named person.

After a successful vote of no confidence, another election must be held within 3 days. The former trade union leader may not run for the election but may run for the one after. This election does not count as the monthly election.

If the vote of no confidence is unsuccessful, the trade union leader will stay in power for the duration of the term with no penalty.

The following are examples of substantiated claims:

  • If the trade union leader is taking money from company accounts for personal use.
  • If it is shown and proven the union leader is a multi.
  • If a trade union leader refuses to call a strike when there is a clear desire from the union.
  • If they are creating strikes not for the defense of the union but for personal gain, when there is not a clear desire from the union.
  • If they repeatedly call a strike to increase wages that are already decent.

Rights and Roles of Trade Union Members

  • If a strike is sanctioned, no member of the trade union must work in that sector of the economy or in that company, for a given period of time.
  • All trade unionists are required to state the fact they are unionists in their e-citizen description, including which union they are part of.
  • Upon joining a trade union, the unionist must add the SO as a friend to keep a comprehensive list of current union members.
  • Upon leaving a trade union, the former unionist must ensure they remove the SO from their friends list and delete the part of unionists in their description.
  • The SO will publish news about the actions of the Unions and as such each unionist should subscribe to the paper.
  • If a union member does not participate in a sanctioned strike, any benefits gained from that strike will not apply to that union member. They will also be excluded from that specific union for a period of several days at the discretion of the union leader.
  • When there is a strike, the union must pay (a part of) the wages of all its members who cannot afford Q1 food for the duration of the strike. These members would be paid the average cost of Q1 food.


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