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”.
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 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.