It would appear that the faux Socialist government in France are continuing with the forced eviction policy that the previous right-wing Sarkozy regime initiated.
The French police were yesterday busy evicting over 100 travellers and dismantling their homes on a site in Paris.
Many of the residents disappeared from site the previous night, to avoid the police. Over 200 of the travellers have been put ‘voluntarily’ on flights to Bucharest. A Roma rights campaigner said that they ‘voluntary’ returns are just “expulsions in disguise”.
The current ruling party in Turkey – the AKP (Justice and Development Party) are overseeing a regime of paranoia, suspicion, and the harassment of trade unionists.
Individuals or groups who dare to dissent are locked up. It is estimated that there are around 6,000 political prisoners currently languishing in Turkish jails.
This is my first blog post, so I might as well introduce myself. Rooieravotr is, in fact, Peter Storm, communist anarchist, living in Tilburg/ the Netherlands.
Long been active in an Trotskyist group (IS, sister organizationof the Britisch SWP); left 2008, turned to anarchism (turned back; I had been sympathizer with anarchism before) in the final months of 2009). Active now in several groups/ networks in the Netherlands: among others Occupy Tilburg; Vrije Bond (anarchist organization).
Over 1500 diamond miners in Zimbabwe have been sacked following a strike for higher pay. Many of the workers have reported serious sexual assaults by the bosses.
In Zimbabwe - the Chinese diamond mining firm Anjim Investments has sacked 1500 workers who participated in a strike over pay, and better working conditions. The workers were demanding a rise from $235 a month, to $650 a month.
The sacked workers have been told that they can re-apply for their jobs if they wish.
Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during July 2012 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.
This month there has been news from Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Once more I've included quite a few links in Indonesian and Chinese - if you can't read those languages, I recommend getting a browser plug-in such as Google Translate to get an idea of what they're about.
Thirty five workers have been sacked at a Turkish footwear factory for joining a trade union. Despite police intimidation and violence, they remain on protest outside the factory gates. They are demanding full reinstatement and collective bargaining rights.
In May, thirty five workers at Togo Footwear in Turkey joined a trade union - and encouraged their colleagues to do the same.
As soon as the bosses got wind of the potential unionisation of the workers – they dismissed all thirty five people – with immediate effect.
Over sixty workers at the Grand Rapids Gravel Company in Wyoming are now in the third week of a strike over proposed pay cuts and vicious attacks on conditions. The bosses have brought in scabs and private security.
Workers at Grand Rapid make up to $17.40 an hour – depending on length of service. The bosses are insisting that they take a $6 an hour pay cut.
Other changes to terms and conditions include – reducing holiday entitlement to just two weeks a year – reducing overtime pay by 75% - and the cancellation of retiree health insurance.
An unnamed worker said that,
Everything about night demo 100 in Montreal felt enormous.
There were the numbers of people -- so many that when we were on long hilly streets, all you could see were people all the way back and people all the way forward for blocks and blocks; so many that when we reached a late-night, outdoor fashion show festival and thus a busy area, and hence the riot cops appeared to disperse us, it seemed as if every which way you looked, up and down different inte
On July 31 at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted the coordinator of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Dr Moayad Ahmad Bisharat, from his home. The UAWC is, “a Palestinian grassroots organization that organizes Palestinian farmers to defend their land and develop their products.” Following the abduction of Dr.
On 30 July, the Mando Corporation - a South Korean auto-parts manufacturer - locked out all unionised workers. It is now blackmailing them into a no-strike agreement, and encouraging them to join a new trade union, that the bosses created immediately following the lock-out.
Fearing that a longstanding dispute over pay would lead to a strike, Mando brought in hundreds of privately hired security guards who prevented members of the KMWU (Korean Metal Workers Union) from entering the plant.
Since the lock-out, Mando have contacted all members of the KMWU – advising them that they can return to work, but only if they sign a pledge ‘not to go on strike’.
Sweeping public sector cutbacks in Italy are met with opposition from public employees, workers' unions, mayors, and the national association of pharmacists. The bill was nevertheless approved by the Chamber of Deputies and will now have to pass in the Senate.
The spending review imposes the downsizing of the public administration budget. This is to include wage freezes until December 31, 2014, a reduction in future hiring (including the total freeze of managerial hiring until 2015), and a -10% reduction of the staff (-20% among the managers). Early retirements and mandatory mobility are some the proposed strategies to “manage” excessive personnel.
Miners have killed a supervisor and seriously injured another during a dispute over pay at the Collum mine in Zambia.
The company that owns the mine is Chinese – as are all the supervisors. There is growing animosity towards the owners due to allegations of abuse, underpaying, health and safety, bullying, and anti-trade union activities.
A company that specialises in strike breaking and union busting is hired by a South Korean auto-parts plant to violently disperse 'locked out' workers.
At the AJM auto-parts plant in South Korea – the workers have been in an on-going dispute with management over pay and conditions.
The workers are all members of the Korean Metal Workers Union (KMWU).
Taranto workers keep striking, after judicial order stops production in the ILVA steelworks for environmental damages. As workers are asked to choose between keeping their job and protecting their health, tensions rise among the various unions involved in the struggle.
Today Ilva, the biggest steel industry in Europe, has stopped for a 24 hour strike. Its plant in Taranto, the most important steelworks in the whole continent, was stopped by a judicial measure by reason of the immense damages it has caused to the environment and the health of residents. Eight of its most important managers – including the head of the group, Emilio Riva – are under house arrest.
Citizens, political organizations, and various institutional representatives marched through the streets of Bologna to remember the massacre that struck the city on August 2nd, 1980.
On August 2nd, as every year since 1980, citizens, political organizations, and various institutional representatives marched through the streets of Bologna to remember the massacre that struck the city during the terrible years of terrorism. 32 years ago a bomb was placed in the waiting room of Bologna’s central train station, killing 85 people and injuring more than 200.
Whilst you may not share her politics, the internment without trial of the Irish Republican Marian Price, has profound implications for anyone involved in political activism.
Whilst I do not share the political beliefs of Marian Price - I believe that it is important to highlight her current circumstances – and reflect on the implications that those circumstances may have in the future for all individuals involved in radical politics, whatever particular political standpoint those individuals may have.
On October 20 2012, the TUC is hosting another national march and rally in London. Like the one on March 26 last year, it is likely to be a big event. Like then, too, it is likely to be a way for the trade unions to have their members let off steam without being too radical. But it looks like the lessons of last time are being learned, as the TUC is taking pre-emptive steps to avoid a repeat of last year's "trouble."
This should come as no surprise, of course. Last year, the TUC and "independent" legal observers Liberty were given desks in the Met's central observation room. Stewards were given training to prevent sit-down protests, and for all intents both organisations were just extra layers of the police operation.
Update and a Statement issued by the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union
Following the recent violence at a Suzuki plant in India - between the workers, the bosses, and their hired thugs - the workers union have released a statement outlining their version of events. At least one person died during the violence, and many others hospitalised.