Social Movement

DECLARATION OF THE G20 COUNTER-SUMMIT St Petersburg, 4 September 2013

Social movements and civil society organizations from different parts of the world have met on 3 -4 September 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on the eve of the G20 Summit and in a context of the threat by the United States of America (USA) to attack Syria. With the participation of more than 30 international delegates of world social movements, our G20 Counter-Summit, was hosted by the Post-Globalization Initiative.

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。

Green jobs can hurt just the same

Source: Green Jobs, Safe Jobs Green jobs can be indistinguishable from their traditional counterparts, particularly if you are on the receiving end of bad management, as injured workers can attest. Unite member Stanley Gibbons, 66, a fitter working for a metals recycling firm, was left with a damaged left shoulder after being forced to carry out heavy manual work despite warning his employer he suffered from a frozen shoulder, a condition which leaves the shoulder painful and stiff.

How green was my Vestas share dividend?: a summary of issues in the campaign

Source: Save Vestas Jobs! Save the Planet Vestas claim they are ‘Number 1. in Modern Energy’, and indeed are responsible for developing and installing much of the world’s wind/renewable energy. However, they’ve shown their true colours (not so ‘green’ after all) this summer – through closing their St. Cross Business Park, Dodnor Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight factory, leading to the loss of 600 jobs. Unions were banned & working conditions deteriorating prior to closure, & 11 workers who occupied the factory to save it have been paid no redundancy. There will be a long-term campaign as a result. Will it effect Vestas’ share price? Watch This Space.

Interview with Polish Vestas occupier “We will fight on”

Source: Socialist World (UK). Below we publish a slightly edited version of an interview conducted with Sebastian Sikora, a Polish worker involved in the courageous occupation of Vestas wind Turbine factory, on the Isle of Wight in Britain, by Kacper Pluta, from GPR (CWI in Poland). These workers are continuing their fight for jobs and workers’ rights, despite the ending of their occupation.

A Just Transition: A Fair Pathway to Protect the Climate

Source: ITUC Website on Climate Change Addressing global climate change is critical to the economic, social and environmental interest of all peoples of the world. Ambitious mitigation action is fundamental if we want to leave our children a sustainable world and a chance for social and development goals to be achieved. These actions must be fairly shared and distributed between and within countries: responsibility and capacity must be the guiding principles for burden sharing. A just transition towards a low carbon economy is possible, and can make climate action a driver for sustainable economic growth and social progress.

Why we left our farms to come to Copenhagen

Source: La Via Campesina Speech of Henry Saragih, general coordinator of Via Campesina at the opening session of Klimaforum Tonight is a very special night for us to get together here for the opening of the assembly of the social movements and civil society at the Klimaforum. We, the international peasant movement La Via Campesina, are coming to Copenhagen from all five corners of the world, leaving our farmland, our animals, our forest, and also our families in the hamlets and villages to join you all.

English workers keep up fight to save ‘green’ jobs

By Martha Grevatt Source: Workers World Online. 3 September 2009. “They’d made an announcement ... that we were going to have our jobs for years to come. So people went out and got mortgages and cars and all that. ... Then they came and said it’s not happening. They turned around and said, ‘Actually, we’re sacking you all.’ It was a big shock.” ( These could be the voices of autoworkers in Detroit, St. Louis or even at this writer’s plant in Twinsburg, Ohio. They could have been working in steel or any other “dying industry”—one so-defined by those who are killing the jobs of workers considered expendable.
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