manufacturing and materials

Strikes and sit-ins at Chinese Nokia factory

Around 3,000 workers at a Nokia factory in Southern Guangdong have started a rolling programme of strikes and sit-ins to protest against the management who are bullying people into leaving their jobs.

Striking Nestle worker murdered by right wing paramilitaries

Striking Nestle worker and trade union organiser, Oscar lopez, was shot four times by multiple gunmen in a local bar. ‘Sinaltrainal’, his trade union had been locked in a bitter dispute with Nestle over union recognition and report receiving several death threats via text message from a right-wing paramilitary group, ‘Urabenos’- the day before Lopez was murdered. The messages read, “We are going to chop you up” and “Death to all Communists”.

Decent wages and decent capitalism?

Decent wages and decent capitalism?

Ha-Joon Chang argues that higher wages are good for workers and businesses alike. He's wrong.

Chinese workers: A new history - Jackie Sheehan

some of those Chinese workers the book is about

This 1998 book traces the development of workers' struggles in China from the 1950s to the Tianenmen movement of 1989 and beyond. It looks at the role played by worker discontent in the direction taken by state campaigns such as the 1956-7 Hundred Flowers movement, the Cultural Revolution and the April Fifth Movement of 1976, as well as in the Democracy Wall movement and the 1989 Democracy Movement. The author is keen to demolish the myth of Chinese workers as politically conformist supporters of the Communist Party and makes a convincing case for a basic continuity in forms of workers' self-organisation and "economic" and "political" demands, right from the 1950s through to the 1990s.

Three million Indonesian workers strike for a 50% pay rise

Three million workers across all sectors (mainly textiles) have begun a week-long strike to demand a nationwide pay rise of 50%, stricter rules on outsourcing, and universal health cover. Indonesia’s economy grew by 6% last year and the workers want a bigger piece of the pie. A group of 37 huge companies – mainly in the textile industry – have submitted a statement to the government demanding no wage increases in 2014, or they will close their factories and leave the country.

Midnight flits. Chronicling summer activity in Milan, Modena and Forlì

Until this year, late summer newspapers were always filled with articles about burglaries. “Family returns from holiday and finds home emptied by thieves” was a typical headline. This year, though, it has been factories emptied, and those sneaking in during the night to take away machinery have been the managers themselves.

Italian boss sends workers on vacation, Closes factory and sets up business in Poland - with the help of the Polish state

Firem factory

Workers of the Firem Factory near Modena should take issue with the government of Poland. This is because their jobs have been moved here – to Oława where their ex-boss, Fabrizio Pedroni, will receive tax exemptions and other aid for creating jobs in Poland.

Bendix: how the workers took over - Big Flame

Two page broadsheet containing workers' accounts of the 1972 occupation of the Fisher-Bendix plant in Kirkby near Liverpool.

"Solidarity" careerists denounce fired unionist and ZSP, defending the bosses

The so-called “Solidarity” union from a furniture factory in Bartoszyce has issued a scandalous statement in what seems to be a campaign organized by the bosses of Black Red White company to protect its image after the events of recent weeks.

Workers in China kidnap their boss

Workers at a medical supplies factory in Beijing, China, have taken the owner of the factory hostage. He has been locked in his office for several days, and subject to sleep deprivation techniques. The action was taken following a dispute over unpaid wages and severance pay.