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How long will labour unions survive? As long as there are persons who have a labour relation with an employer, one might think. I don't think that these labour relations will completely disappear in the (near) future. But numerically, these will become less significant. There is a process of expulsion and exclusion going on in the world of labour.
'We want to be seen!' That was the message shouted by about 70 cleaners who walked into a meeting in Doorn, The Netherlands, where Dutch employer's organisation VNO-NCW, and the labour union CNV held their spring seminar about the social dialogue. The cleaners have been on strike for 10 weeks now. For better working conditions, yes, but not directly more money. Above all, they want dignity, recognition.
I have published an internet book called "Naar de Stad." Unfortunately for people who do not speak Dutch it is in Dutch. It contains reflections and ideas on city life, city building, city decay, encounter and public life, gardens and promises. Enough interesting stuff for you to check if there is a Dutch course available near you. The lucky people who do speak Dutch are invited to walk around through the pages. As I say in Dutch: "Ga wat grasduinen over het asfalt en tussen het beton."
"so you don't have to ..." (yes, I know, but it sounds so funny being wrong).
I think he is older than Sesame street, the Mouse of the WDR, the Westdeutsche Rundfunk, the public broadcaster of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. I discovered this funny, sometimes slightly pedantic creature when we were able to receive German tv in Amsterdam, somewhere in the '70-ties. The mouse has always simple and sweet solutions for all kinds of problems, with a wink to conventions. And, as with all really successful programs for children, it is not childish, but has a humour that also speaks to adults. When visiting Köln recently, I saw the WDR-Arkade with the "Laden mit der Maus" (the Shop with the Mouse), so I got my Maus-relics.
If you think the image is a bit bubbled: it is a scan from the paper bag I got, which traveled back home in my backpack.