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Marikana Platinum Mine MASSACRE

18 August 2012
The Marikana Mine Worker's Massacre – a Massive Escalation in the War on the Poor
It’s now two days after the brutal, heartless and merciless cold blood bath of 45 Marikana mine workers by the South African Police Services. This was a massacre!
South Africa is the most unequal country in…
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Added by Viola Wilkins on August 19, 2012 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

* South Africa: Khanya Journal on Marikana Massacre: End of the Old Labour Movement?

Peter sez:

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…

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Added by peter waterman on August 19, 2012 at 7:35 — 5 Comments

* South Africa: Another Compilation of Marikana Massacre Analyses

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Added by peter waterman on August 18, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

* Organising across the formal/informal divide

Peter sez:

Excellent 15-page Introduction to a compilation, by Ilda Lindell:

Now click on...

http://www.lcs-tcs.com/PDFs/44_1/1%20Lindell.pdf

Added by peter waterman on August 18, 2012 at 8:57 — No Comments

* South Africa: World Bank Fingerprints at Marikana Mines

Peter sez:

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.

Now read on...…

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Added by peter waterman on August 18, 2012 at 6:00 — No Comments

South Africa: Poor People's Alliance in Solidarity with Mineworkers

[Debate] Fwd: [Abahlali] Solidarity with Mine Workers at Marikana Platinum

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Added by peter waterman on August 18, 2012 at 5:58 — No Comments

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,…

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…

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Added by Viola Wilkins on August 17, 2012 at 20:25 — No Comments

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 resignati…

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.

See facebook event:…

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Added by Viola Wilkins on August 17, 2012 at 20:22 — No Comments

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 strik…

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…

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Added by Viola Wilkins on August 17, 2012 at 20:20 — No Comments

SOPA on the Marikana massacre

SO reprints SOPA's statement on the massacre at Marikana

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…

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Added by Brian Ross Ashley on August 17, 2012 at 18:35 — No Comments

ITUC Condemns SA Mines Massacre

Peter sez:

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.

Now read on...

 

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South Africa: ITUC Condemns Lonmin Killings…

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Added by peter waterman on August 17, 2012 at 16:07 — No Comments

South Africa: From Apartheid (Sharpeville Massacre) to ANC (Marikana Massacre)? A Compilation of Reports

[Debate] (Fwd) Marikana massacre: SA Minerals Energy Complex out of control, Pretoria regime/Lonmin/NUM v 'more radical union', 25 dead, return of 'deadly force' against protests, solidarity (at Parliament today, 3pm)

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Added by peter waterman on August 17, 2012 at 10:06 — No Comments

Georgian Union Leaders Meet Israeli Union Leaders and...er...President?

Peter sez:

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…

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Added by peter waterman on August 16, 2012 at 20:58 — No Comments

Demonstration against Death of Migrant Workers

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…

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Added by Hyundai Rajavelu on August 16, 2012 at 19:04 — 1 Comment

Protests in Solidarity with Maruti workers

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…

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Peter Hall-Jones: New Unionism v. Business Unionism

Peter sez:

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…

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Added by peter waterman on August 16, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Solidarity Appeal: Colombian Unionists in Serious Danger

By Fred Hirsch, Plumbers and Fitters Union, Local 393

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Added by peter waterman on August 16, 2012 at 7:41 — No Comments

Say No to the TPP!

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
 
The joint statement below by the AFL-CIO, CLC (Canada) and UNT (Mexico) calls for including pro-worker and pro-environment provisions in the new Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement, so that the TPP "does not become another NAFTA." But the TPP, by its very nature, is an agreement aimed at lowering labor costs, promoting…
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Added by Brian Ross Ashley on August 14, 2012 at 19:42 — No Comments

(PLF) Solidarty Support to the Workers of General Motor Colombia

(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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Added by Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian on August 14, 2012 at 17:37 — No Comments

Colombia: GM Workers Sew Lips in Hunger Strike

» Former GM Workers' Hunger Strike Grows in Colombia

Former GM Workers' Hunger Strike Grows in Colombia

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Added by peter waterman on August 14, 2012 at 8:34 — No Comments

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