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* Chinese State News Agency Publicises International Trade Union Forum and...Revealing Underwear?

Peter sez:

Remember Mao posters, red flags and condemnations of imperialists as paper tigers? If so you may be impressed by the extent to which this website and the union event pictured could have taken place in Japan or Taiwan. Do not, however, despair. Because under 'Related', lower down, you can find more labour or union news - or what passes for such in Commu-Capitalist China.

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Added by peter waterman on September 1, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Now, Hosted by the Chinese Unions, the WFTU and NEHAWU Remain Silent on Marikana?

Peter sez:

Well, maybe they did consider Marikana, but it is not reported here. However one would like to know more about the Chinese state-approved International Trade Union Forum, whether the ITUC/Global Unions/ILO, also attended, and whether 'Respecting Labour and Protecting Workers Rights' addressed the frequent and gross disrespect of both in the hosting country. Or, for that matter, the ACFTU was challenged on its systematic failures to defend Chinese…

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Added by peter waterman on September 1, 2012 at 15:15 — No Comments

Book Review: Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American Union Organisers

Vietnamese workers' stories a compelling read…

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Added by peter waterman on September 1, 2012 at 14:13 — No Comments

P2P Foundation: The Organisation of United Phyles (Greek for clan, tribe, people)

Peter sez:

Interesting. But in so far as 'phyle' is Greek to me, and not as immediately suggestive as, say, 'precariat' or 'commons', and the words 'international', 'economic democracy' and 'global' do not appear in 'Organisation of United Phyles', is it going to take off and catch on?

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Added by peter waterman on September 1, 2012 at 14:08 — No Comments

Cosatu Gen Sec, Vavi, on Marikana

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Added by peter waterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:53 — No Comments

Chinese workers in revolt

Peter sez:

Not a story that suggests easy outcomes but one we surely need to reflect upon. As also, to reflect upon the strategy of the ITUC and other Western unions to enter into some kind of dialogue with the State-controlled unions, in the hope of turning them into them into some kind of Chinese equivalent of...err...the AFL-CIO? Cosatu?

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Added by peter waterman on August 30, 2012 at 20:14 — No Comments

* The SACP-Cosatu-WFTU-North Korean Idea or Practice of Socialism

Peter sez:

This item comes from the independent South African left magazine, Amandla, and appeared to be dated August 30. However, the text suggests it comes from May 2012. The Marikana Massacre only adds to the necessity of (re)defining 'socialism', or 'stages on the road to socialism' in such a way that it excludes massacres of the poorest and most-marginalised workers. Alternatively, one could leave the word to the named organisations and states. And…

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Added by peter waterman on August 30, 2012 at 14:15 — No Comments

South Africa: Journalist Says Marikana was a Planned and Detailed Mass Murder

Peter sez:

This is not an easy read. But it should be even more difficult a read for the National Union of Mineworkers, who whilst questioning police behaviour, have been blaming an opposition union for the massacre, and for all inter/national unions that have simply endorsed what the NUM and Cosatu have been reporting. I would have thought that the report reinforces my previous suggestion that any civil society enquiry should involve international labour…

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Added by peter waterman on August 30, 2012 at 8:46 — No Comments

Latin American Social Movements List

Peter sez:

If interested, do check this list out. ALAI is a long-standing, Ecuador-Based, radical Latin American information agency. Sally Burch is, as you might have guessed, a native English-speaker. I can't guarantee ALAI as an abundant source of labour news, but one could always ask for more.

Now click on...

Given the renewed interest in the world in what is happening in Latin America, we hope this…

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Added by peter waterman on August 29, 2012 at 14:37 — No Comments

South Africa: Useful Overview of Marikana Massacre and Tensions within Cosatu

South Africa: Marikana massacre – a turning point?

Marikana mineworkers on strike for higher pay.

For more coverage of South Africa, click HERE.

By Martin Legassick

August 27, 2012 – Links International Journal of Socialist…

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Added by peter waterman on August 29, 2012 at 11:27 — No Comments

South Africa: Cosatu Awakes? (a compilation of reports)

[Debate] (Fwd) Marikana - labour awakes?

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Added by peter waterman on August 29, 2012 at 11:12 — No Comments

The WFTU-Cosatu-SACP-ANC Connection

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This is from a South African website and it is three years old. But it provides some background to the connection of the (Communist) World Federation of Trade Unions and the Cosatu - not to mention the SACP and the ANC, and therefore to the neo-liberal regime in South Africa.

There are so many points in this speech that I wish to challenge that - exceptionally - I will be interspersing the text with my comments (IN BOLD…

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Added by peter waterman on August 29, 2012 at 10:45 — No Comments

(PLF)Apprecaited the COSATU Statement on the Tragic Events in Marikana South Africa

(PLF) Appreciated the COSATU statement on The Tragic Events In Marikana.

United We Rise      Divided We Fall 

on behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) we are appreciating the COSATU statement  to express their shock and dismay on the lost of  many lives. We on behalf of the (PLF)  presented  our heartfelt condolences to the AFamilies perished in the tragic events in Marikana.  On behalf…

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Added by Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian on August 28, 2012 at 2:55 — 1 Comment

Article on political terrorism against trade unionists in Colombia

Folks--

A good brother, Fred Hirsch, just published this article about a current situation in Colombia:  http://www.zcommunications.org/dark-aftermath-of-the-u-s-colombia-free-trade-agreement-by-fred-hirsch .

Please do whatever you can to lend a hand, and please spread widely!

In solidarity--

Kim Scipes

Added by Kim Scipes on August 26, 2012 at 21:21 — No Comments

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