As the reshuffling of leaders continues, Egyptian workers are still trying to push forward their own agenda.
Last week (7th April) workers of Shebin El-Kom Textile Company in Menoufiya, north of Cairo, resumed their strike after suspending it for two days following an agreement between the workers and company management.
Shoe factory workers in Burma confront notoriously tyrannical authorities while workers at Yamaha motorcycles in strikes over pay.
More than 1,500 workers at a factory in Rangoon have braved the heavy-handed reputation of Burmese authorities to go on strike, demanding an increase to their meagre salary. The men and women of Taiyi shoe factory, who are now four days into their strike, have cried foul of the unfeasibly low wages which see them earn just $US0.70 for a 12-hour day.
Reports from Indian garment workers on their conditions, February 2011.
In a report on the death at work of a textile factory worker and subsequent strike in Gurgaon, India.
The following report about the sad death of a garment worker at Modelama factory in Gurgaon was sent by a friend of Gurgaon workers news.
Since then the death of a worker seems to turn into a back-and-forth between different interest groups about the question of compensation. A former MP from Maharashtra, who belongs to the same village as the worker, took a middle-man role.
Reports from textile workers in India in February 2011.
While automobile workers fight mainly within/against the ‘flow’ of a vast production system, garment workers fight with the ‘rushes’ of the market in a more mobile and less ‘mutually integrated’ industry – the form of struggle reflect these conditions.
Despite threats from Egypt's new military government that the wave of strikes which has swept the country will no longer be tolerated, 15,000 workers at Misr Spinning and Weaving in Al-Mahalla al-Kubra are continuing a strike and sit in.
The strike, which began in support of the protests which ousted former president Hosni Mubarak stopped temporarily after he stood down. However, it started again three days later laying out demands for wage increases and the resignation of Fuad Abdel Alim, the company head who is accused of corruption and mismanaging the company, along with three other executives.
This article traces the Paterson Italian anarchist groups and the repression they faced, as well as looking into their views on race in America.
In the large and sophisticated literature on ethnic consciousness and Americanization among European immigrants, very little is known about how Italians thought about race or about how they came to see themselves and their interests as white. What we know about the period between 1880 and 1920 is largely anecdotal.
Recent worker deaths in the Bangladeshi garment industry from police repression and from a factory fire.
After lengthy negotiations since 2006 a minimum wage pay scale for garment workers was finally implemented from November 2010(1). But on receiving their wage packets workers in many factories found less pay than expected. Some factories simply ignored the new minimum wage, elsewhere previously agreed arrears payments were missing.
A general overview and analysis of developments in the garment worker struggles we have been covering for the past few years.
The class struggle in Bangladesh is fought at a consistently high level and concentrated in the ready made garment (RMG) sector, the country's dominant industry(1). Mainly unmediated by trade unions, struggles frequently assume an explosive character. In Part 1 we give some idea of the content and extent of these struggles - followed in Part 2 by some historical background.