Labour Movement

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.

Greek workers in fifth 24-hour strike against austerity measures

By Robert Stevens   30 June 2010 Tens of thousands of workers protested in several cities and towns in Greece on Tuesday during the latest 24-hour strike. The stoppage, the fifth since December, was in response to the austerity measures being imposed by the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) government of Prime Minister George Papandreou. PASOK is imposing drastic attacks on the working population in exchange for a €110 billion three-year loan from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank. Under its terms, the government is planning to cut its budget deficit from 13.6 percent of gross domestic product to under 3 percent of GDP by 2014.

Romania: Protests against austerity measures grow, general strike planned

Areas of the Romanian capital Bucharest were paralysed today by 50,000 demonstrators protesting against the savage austerity measures currently being pursued by the Romanian government. Meanwhile, unions have threatened a general strike on the 31st of May.

European radical left statement on the crisis

The Socialist Workers Party has helped initiate an international statement on the economic crisis and solidarity with Greek workers, students, unemployed, pensioners and young people.

Hong Kong May Day March

Migrant workers, trade unionists and students were among those who joined in with the international celebration of May Day in Hong Kong on Saturday. The march was organised by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions. Demonstrators marched from Victoria Park to the Central Government Offices chanting slogans calling for improvement to labour rights and working conditions. One of the key issues for protestors this year was the demand for a minimum wage of HK$33 per hour. Many workers in Hong Kong are forced to work for poverty wages.

Oppressed and they know it - Indonesian fishers in Taiwan are beginning to fight back

By Robert Tierney There are many Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan. In fact twice as many of the country's documented migrant workers come from Indonesia as from Vietnam or the Philippines or Thailand, each of which accounts for about 20 percent of 346,000-strong migrant workforce. The vast majority of Indonesian workers are women employed as care-givers for the elderly but there are also a significant number of men.
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