Wildcats; over 15,000 Bangladeshi garment workers "go berserk" and attack factories over non-payment and low wages
Two major outbreaks of garment workers' fury have occurred this week.
On Sunday night (May 10) at the Rupashi Sweater factory in Narayanganj (a river port town in central Bangladesh and centre of jute and textiles industries) bosses were attacked by a group of workers demanding their unpaid wages. When they turned up for work on Monday morning, workers found themselves locked out of the factory.
Struggle continues developing across Egypt with strikes and sit-ins taking place in six different provinces around the countries.
Many provinces this week witnessed strikes and sit-ins. In Menoufia, more than 3000 workers of Andrama Textiles staged a sit-in inside their factory in protest against not paying them their annual bonuses amounting to 228 working days, and failure to pay them the Prophet Mohammad's Anniversary bonus.
More than 1,000 workers at a Taiwanese-owned garment factory in central Vietnam have gone on strike last Thursday (22nd January).
Ngo Gia Linh, a trade union official in the central Vietnamese port city of Danang, said workers at the Valley View Vietnam garment company struck Wednesday to demand the company pay them their one-month-wage year-end bonuses before the start of Tet, the Vietnamese lunar New Year.
Twenty-two employees of the Ghazl El-Mahalla spinning factory continued their occupation of their union offices on Wednesday after negotiations failed to reach a resolution to their demands.
The 22 workers initiated the sit-in at the headquarters of the company's trade union committee in Mahalla on Saturday. The workers are calling for a cancellation of the transfer orders issued against five workers following a protest held at the factory at the end of October, a return of the workers to their original posts and financial compensation for the transferred workers.
Highly informative and detailed article about a wildcat strike of shoe workers run by workers' assemblies which the state attacked, and which unions and political groups attempted to divert to their own ends.
FROM THE TIME WHEN REVOLUTIONARIES WERE CORRECT
Workers for Proletarian Autonomy and Social Revolution
REFLECTIONS ON AND LESSONS OF THE STRIKE IN THE SHOE INDUSTRY (22nd AUGUST UNTIL 3rd SEPTEMBER 1977) AND ON THE ASSEMBLY MOVEMENT IN THE PROVINCE OF ALICANTE
A fascinating set of documents from and about the workers assembly movement which swept Spain as strike spread following the death of dictator General Franco.
A MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN VITORIA
By: Los Incontrolados
HOW FRANCOISM BECAME DEMOCRATIC
'When legality is sufficient to save society then, by all means deploy legality; when it's not enough then dictatorship'
(Donoso Cortes, in a speech, 4th January 1849)
Nearly 4,000 workers at a Taiwanese footwear plant in Vietnam have gone on strike to protest alleged ill-treatment by their bosses.
Workers from the Ghazl El-Mahalla spinning factory held a demonstration Thursday against alleged plans to sell off the Ghazl El-Mahalla company to private investors.
At 3pm some 40 women workers had congregated outside the gate of the factory, located in the Delta town of Mahalla El-Kobra. At 2:45 pm hundreds of workers were filing out of the factory, ahead of the scheduled time for the end of the morning shift at 3 pm.
Textile workers from 4 factories of the Lanaras Industry marched in Athens to demand 4 months unpaid wages, delivery of funding promises by the state and recall of 1,200 layoffs. Efforts to enter the Ministry of Economics were met with police repression.
On the 24th of October 2008, textile workers from 4 factories of the Lanaras Industry which are facing immediate close-down in northern Greece marched against the Ministry of Economics in Athens, demanding a recall of 1,200 planned layoffs, immediate payment of 4 months unpaid wages and delivery of the 35m euros to help the factories function again.