Amongst the several valuable items below the most relevant is surely that from Khanya Journal, long linked with - though autonomous from - the union movement in South Africa. I would like to hope this piece will contribute to the growing debate on the necessity for a new kind of labour movement, not only in South Africa but internationally. It does seem to me that what is being demonstrated in, admitedly extreme form, in that country is the…Continue
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Excellent 15-page Introduction to a compilation, by Ilda Lindell:
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Note that when the first item refers to the 'official (now unpopular minority) sweetheart union on board', this is the National Union of Mineworkers (also tied up with the ANC, the SACP, and with both IndustriAll and the WFTU internationally), which itself is accusing the unrecognised union of being an instrument of management. More will no doubt follow.
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17 August 2012
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press statement
Solidarity with Mine Workers at Marikana Platinum
Abahlali baseMjondolo are deeply shocked by the murderous cruelty of the South
African police, and those that give the police their orders, at the Marikana
Platinum Mine in the North West. The killing of more than 40 mine workers
yesterday by the SAPS is immoral and brings great disgrace on our country.
There were other ways…Continue
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Join us at 15h00 at parliament today (17th of August) to protest the police and the mining bosses who have colluded in the massacre of 45 miners in broad daylight!
We call on the immediate resignation of Nathi Mthethwa and for him to be judged by the Marikana strikers and all other victims of police brutality! He should rot in jail for the rest of his life.
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Picketing South Africa 20 years on...
For the first time in 20 years New Zealanders will picket a South African government institution in Auckland tomorrow in protest at yesterday’s killing of striking mine-workers by South African police.
The appalling scenes where up to 18 workers were shot dead are reminiscent of the darkest days of apartheid – the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 and the murder of black school children in Soweto in June 1976 come…Continue
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The demand for a living wage has ended in the cold-blooded shooting down and murder of some 50 mine workers in Marikana by the South African Police force. One can safely…Continue
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This was at least a fast reaction to the massacre. We now await one from the WFTU. For more serious analyses of what led to the event, see my earlier posting.
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Story 1: This is the take of Eric Lee's Labour Zionist site, TULIP, on a Georgian TU visit to Israel. Worthy of note during a period of growing international union, church and social movement criticism of Israel and its major union centre, Histadrut. But I clicked on the Georgian link Eric provided and found...
Story 2: For which the main interest seems to be less that of meeting Histadrut than the President of…Continue
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Eleven migrant workers from Assam and Odisha died in 2 mega projects in and around Chennai. On 6 August 10 migrant workers engaged in construction of a private college of education baron Jeppiar in Kanchipuram district, died and 50 were injured when the under construction concrete beam collapsed and fell on them. The adjoining wall for supporting the concrete column was not built and further construction work was being carried out to meet a deadline without any structural safety. The tragedy…Continue
On 3rd August, at least 300 people, braving heavy downpour, marched from Subodh Mallik square to Camac street in Kolkata in solidarity with the fighting Maruti workers of Manesar plant. AICCTU, IFTU along with the worker’s union from Hindmotor, Bauria cotton mill, Kalyani spinning mill, Garden Rich Ship Builders, and Hindusthan Lever participated in the march. A 5-member team met the regional head of Maruti-Suzuki company and submitted a memorandum demanding immediate release of all arrested…Continue
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Some quick reflections after a fast read of the piece below.
Peter has long been challenging the dominant discourse of worldwide union decline. I am still not convinced by his account of, and diagram of, union growth.
But I welcome his argument that the right question is not about the size but the nature of unions.
And whilst I also question his setting up of this in terms of a…Continue
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By Fred Hirsch, Plumbers and Fitters Union, Local 393
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(PLF) Demanded to the General Motors Colombia to Resolve situation of workers dismissed for occupational injuries
on behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) we are demanding the Management of the General Motors Colombia to respect the Basic Rights of the Freedom of Association of workers and stop the victimization and dismissal of the Workers and to take solid measures to avoid the occupational injuries…
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