Tens of thousands of Turkish auto workers take industrial action

Last week, around 5,000 workers at the Renault car factory in Bursa went out on strike demanding better pay. They were soon joined in solidarity protests by thousands of Fiat car workers who also went out seeking better pay and conditions. These strikes are now affecting the whole industrial region with many others worksites also downing tools, see video of striking workers. Workers have also started electing their own union committees as the protest has developed into a fight against yellow unionism and pro-company union leaders.

Regional boat crisis part of the ongoing war on refugees

As reported last week, thousand of desperate workers from Burma and Bangladesh are stuck on the high seas as they try to flee repression, exploitation and poverty. Their situation has been made worse by increasing aggressive and repressive policies by governments around the region as they seek to control and restrict people’s ability to flee exploitation and repression. In this region, Australia has led the way, while in Europe many other governments are also militarising their responses. Nevertheless, many workers and communities are defying their government’s orders by helping these economic and political refugees, with pro refugee protests in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.

Thailand Military Coup – one year on

The 22 of May was the first anniversary of the military coup in Thailand. After one year, the military is still in power and showing no sign of going back to the barracks, with no justice forthcoming for victims. With the first year anniversary of the coup, the military was even more vigilant than usual cracking down on any dissent whether via labour organising, shows of defiance or talk about freedom. Nevertheless, activists are still resisting and campaigns to free political prisoners continue.
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The True Cost of the fashion industry exposed

As reported before, conditions and exploitation in the fashion industry are among the worst in the world (see here, here and here). While workers toil under incredible pressures and dangerous conditions, the fashion houses of the world make huge profits by selling clothes at highly inflated prices. A new documentary ‘The True Cost’ travels around the world to bring you the realities of this industry. For screenings around the world, click here.
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Far right in Australia splits while calling for new demonstrations

The far right anti Islamic group Reclaim Australia that held nationwide protests in early April, has split in the process of trying to organise another round of racist rallies in mid July. The new organisation, called United Patriots Front (UFP), is organising a new rally for the 31st of May in Melbourne, specifically targeting left wing councillors of a local Melbourne Council. The UFP rally is at the same time as a public meeting in a nearby suburb to discuss how to counter Islamophobia. An anti racist and anti fascist rally has been organised against the UFP for the 31st of May.

Japanese workers step up fight against overwork

As reported a number of times previously, Japanese workers continue to face increasing pressures at work such as long work hours and precarious work contracts. In a recent action, thousands of people rallied in Tokyo to protest against the government’s proposed new labour laws. Labour activists say these new laws will lead to an increase in ‘Karoshi’ – death from overwork – through increased casualisation rates and increased hours of work, whether paid or unpaid. The effects of such legislation can already be seen at places such as the Okubo Glass Company that wants to reintroduce 12 hours shifts via a subcontracting arrangement.

Cambodian garment industry is a health hazard for workers

The garment and textile industry has expanded greatly in Cambodia in the last decade basing itself on cheap wages and low overheads. Over the last couple of years, garment workers have fought back strongly, organising mass demonstrations and strikes against repression and starvation wages. A recent report by Human Rights Watch has catalogued many of the widespread labour rights abuses that garment factories owners are guilty of, with the collusion of the Cambodian government. On top of all these issues, garment workers also face inadequate transport options, with almost 20 workers being killed in a traffic accident earlier this week.

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Over 70 workers murdered in factory fire in The Philippines

On the 14th of May, a spark ignited an inferno at the Kentex footwear factory situated in Valenzuela City, on the outskirts of Manila. Due to the presence of large quantities of chemicals and cramped conditions, the fire spread quickly. Due to inadequate exits and non existent fire control systems, at least 72 workers died in the fire. The factory had been listed as a safety compliant. Most of the workers were employed via labour hire companies. In the Philippines, safety standards are routinely not followed or enforced, with many other workers killed in similar tragedies. This mass murder is another example of the effects of the relentless Race to the Bottom by companies world wide in their search for greater and greater profits. 

Refugee crisis in South East Asia seas affects thousands of people

This week, the full impact of the Burmese government repression of Rohingyas, one of its internal minority populations, was exposed to the world. Thousands of Burmese refugees have been stranded in boats in the Andaman Sea and Malaccan Straits as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia try to prevent them from landing on their shores. There are great fears for the well being of these people. The recent stand by Australian governments to reject asylum seekers and turn boats around has helped to create this inhumane situation by empowering other countries to do the same.

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