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Action in support of Cambodian garment workers' strike at Hong Kong owned factories

Background: Over 200,000 garment workers in Cambodia went on strike from 13th to 16th of September, demanding an increase in the minimum wage to US$93 per month. Yet employers and the manufacturers association opposed their demand, and accused the unions of launching an illegal strike.

Pual Krugman: British Fashion Victims

By PAUL KRUGMAN  Source: The New York TimesPublished: October 21, 2010 In the spring of 2010, fiscal austerity became fashionable. I use the term advisedly: the sudden consensus among Very Serious People that everyone must balance budgets now now now wasn’t based on any kind of careful analysis. It was more like a fad, something everyone professed to believe because that was what the in-crowd was saying.

March against the Tory cuts in Osborne's Spending Review

Source: SWP Online People around the country have been protesting against the savage Tory cuts in George Osborne's Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). LondonAround 3,000 people gathered at the entrance to Downing Street tonight to protest against George Osborne's cuts package. Some 2,500 people had marched from Lincoln's Inn Fields to join several hundred already at Downing Street for a rally. People joined the march as it went along.

Hungary’s red sludge: a product of capitalist restructuring

Source: Workers World   By Heather CottinPublished Oct 15, 2010 10:17 PM Hungary has arrested Zoltan Bakonyi, managing director of MAL Aluminium, the privately owned company responsible for the country’s worst environmental disaster. Bakonyi is son of the company’s owner, Arlep Bakonyi, “a businessman who played a central role in the privatization of the country’s aluminum industry and is the largest shareholder of the company.” (New York Times, Oct. 11)

Tens of thousands rally against Italian government

Source: AFP  Saturday, October 16 08:22 pm Tens of thousands of people marched in Rome on Saturday at a trade union rally in defence of labour contracts and against the government, as the main protest leader called for a general strike.

12 October: Highlights from the strike and protests in France

by Charlie Kimber of Socialist Worker Online Three and a half million people marched on over 200 demonstrations across France according to the CGT union federation. This is a new high for the present campaign. It shows how crucial the battle taking place in France is—one with implications for the whole continent. The strike and protests— the fourth day of mass strikes and demonstrations since June—are against attacks on pensions. The scale of the mobilisations was impressive:

Cambodia garment workers strike for minimum wage hike

Three-day stoppage sees 200,000 demand government increase basic monthly salary from $61 to $93 By Florence Beaugé from Guardian Weekly Published: Tuesday 21 September 2010 14.01 BST  Strikes by about 200,000 Cambodian textile workers – mainly women – in the capital Phnom Penh and the provinces, in protest over low wages, were suspended after three days last week. The action followed the announcement in July that the minimum wage for workers in the garment and footwear industry would rise from $50 to $61 a month. The level of the rise outraged trade unions, prompting demands for $93 a month.

A Hundred Chinese Workers are cheated into Working Illegally in Libya

According to a report on August 9 by the Chinese newspaper Global Times, one hundred and five Chinese workers were employed by the Chinese company Guosheng Construction Labor Services Ltd to work illegally in Ghat, Libya. They complained to the Global Times that the wages they have received are much lower than what was in their contract, and that they work in a deplorable situation and have not been allowed to make their cases public. At one point some of them stopped work, but then they were threatened with being sent to jail if they did not resume work.

Police use tear gas on striking Greek truckers

By Kerin Hope in Athens   Published: July 29 2010 15:54 | Last updated: July 29 2010 23:36 Greek police fired tear gas outside the transport ministry on Thursday to break up a demonstration by hundreds of striking truck drivers who had rejected an emergency civil mobilisation order. George Papandreou, the prime minister, took the unusual step of ordering a mobilisation on Wednesday after the breakdown of talks with truckers’ unions.

Garment workers rebellion in Bangladesh

by Mushtuq Husain, Dhaka, Bangladesh   For the last few weeks Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, and its outskirts have witnessed a rebellion by 100,000 garment workers. Bangladesh’s 4 million garment workers constitute 40 percent of all industrial workers in the country. In the last year the sector contributed 80 percent of the country’s total exports. The protests started in Ashulia, an industrial suburb of Dhaka, on 13 June.
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