Labour Movement

Final Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly WSF 2011

 2011年世界社會論壇最終宣言 (Final Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly WSF 2011)  世界社會論壇,達喀爾 社會運動集會最終宣言 社會運動集會(Assembly of the Social Movements) 2011年2月10日 2011年世界社會論壇的社會運動集會在塞內加爾的達喀爾召開,我們在此見證了非洲人民對人類文明的重大貢獻。現在全球各大洲的人民都在從事反對資本壟斷的鬥爭,人們已經不再相信當局允諾的經濟發展和政治穩定的虛假騙局。目前世界社會運動的重要鬥爭目標就是解救非殖民化統治下的受壓迫人民。  我們聲明,堅決支持和積極團結突尼西亞、埃及以及所有阿拉伯的革命人民,共同進行建立真正的人民民主國家的鬥爭。這些鬥爭點亮了通往自由和民主的大道。

Filipino workers call on Taiwan for job process normalisation

News Desk The China Post Publication Date : 07-03-2011   Filipino workers in Taiwan Sunday (March 6) protested against the government's freeze on workers entering the nation after the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) tightened screening of job applications, as the Philippines continues to refuse to apologise for the deportation of 14 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China. The move was considered by local activists to be technically barring the influx of workers. Filipino migrant workers union KaSaPi, the Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA), Indonesian migrant workers association IPIT and other related organisations rallied on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office holding up signs that read “APOLOGIZE” and calling out slogans like “We did nothing wrong” to express their displeasure over the situation. The workers also performed the traditional Filipino “Ati-Atihan” dance to Korean pop song “Sorry Sorry”, all in hopes of the government accepting their apology on behalf of the Philippine government and calling off the retaliatory measure. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is reportedly greatly dissatisfied with the Philippines after President Benigno Aquino III denied Taiwan's request for an apology. The “A-word” (apologise) sparked further dispute when the envoy from the Philippines, sent by Aquino to Taiwan to repair bilateral relations, also offered no official apology. Wu Yong-yi, a researcher from TIWA, asked the government to listen to the Filipino workers in Taiwan, as the workers are innocent and the real victims of the diplomatic row between the two countries. Instead of letting Filipino workers become scapegoats for the Philippines, Taiwan should draft more appropriate measures against the Filipino government, said Wu. The CLA implemented a stricter screening of applications for hiring new Filipino workers on February 8, which TIWA said amounted to a “technical freeze on Filipino workers”. Currently, the screening period for new Filipino workers' applications can take up to four months, compared with the previous 12-day maximum, said CLA minister Wang Ju-hsuan. Wang also stated last month that the CLA is ready to implement a total freeze on work permits for new Filipino workers if the foreign affairs ministry decides to adopt more stringent measures against the Philippines. According to Wu, there are around 80,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan. The punitive measures will directly affect another 5,000 workers who are currently applying for jobs in Taiwan and another 3,000 who are about to change their contracts.

An Exchange with German Radical Labor Activists

 (Editor's note: This is a report on an exchange between a delegation from China and some German radical labor activists. It includes a young worker Noni from Mercedes-Benz, Bremen, a young worker from the Free Workers' Union, a small anarcho-syndicalist union, and David from a Swiss socialist group. Their common theme is the passive role played by main stream union in defending workers and the need to protect undocumented migrants from being forcefully repatriated. The report is only available in Chinese.)

Friends of Nature and Unemployed in Action

 Editor's note: This is a report on a Chinese labor activist's visit to two labor organizations in Koln, Germany.They were Friends of Nature and Unemployed in Action. The former organization has 115 years of history and its mission is to provide a place for cultural activities for workers. It also provides accommodation and free meals to workers. The latter organization is committed to helping the unemployed to get unemployment benefits without losing their self respect, by organizing collective actions. The Chinese author was particularly interested to hear the German workers say that it is the German and Chinese ruling classes which are interested in competing with each other, while the working class in both countries would not benefit from this. The report is only available in Chinese.

Wisconsin unions turn up the heat

 Lee Sustar reports from Madison on the inspiring mobilization to stop the most draconian anti-union legislation in decades from being imposed in Wisconsin.

Visiting DIDF in Cologne

 Editor's note: This is a report of a Chinese activist visiting a democratic workers’ association in Cologne. The organization, called DIDF, was founded in December 1980 as an umbrella organization for Turkish and Kurdish workers. DIDF has been committed for 28 years to the integration of non-Germans living and working with others. Migrant workers in Germany are becoming more localized and want to live in the place they work. The problems of migrant workers in Germany are similar to that in China. The report is available in Chinese only.  

Klaus der Geiger – Germany’s most famous street musician

  Editor's note: This is the story of one of Germany’s most famous street musicians, Klaus der Gerger. He is a left-wing musician who was born in 1940. He enjoys playing music on the street and creates many political songs. At the same time he also joins a lot of political activities and demonstrations. He is 70 years old now and still keeps playing his street music. The story is available in Chinese only.

Visiting Trade Union Oppositionists in Opel Bochum

 Editor notes: This is a report on a Chinese activist visiting trade union oppositionists in the Opel Bochum. The organization is called GOG, literally means Resisting without Limit. It was founded in 1972 in order to influence the election of the Work Council and to push the union to the left. It runs a monthly journal in the car plant to spread its message. In 2004 they led an important struggle to fight against plant closure and won partial victory. The report is available in Chinese only.

Visiting Bayer Workers in Leverkusen

 Editor notes: This is a report on a Chinese activist visiting Bayer workers in Leverkusen, Germany. The city is the location of the giant company Bayer, and because of this it was heavily polluted since its founding in the 19th century. After a tour to the gate of the company the reporter was taken to a small labor centre to meet with Bayer workers there. The latter waged a struggle against the employer's attempt in sacking them. The report is available in Chinese only.

Protesters Killed as Bangladeshi Garment Workers Demand Wages

Source: End Human Trafficking by Amanda Kloer December 14, 2010 01:30 PM (PT)
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