We Can. 7:24 am / 09 March 2014 by ann arky, at annarky's blog.
A Scream of Consciousness:
blogging against the statist quo in Scotland
In another seven weeks, we mark the first anniversary of the building collapse at Rana Plaza, in Bangladesh. Over 1,100 people were killed in one of the worst industrial accidents in history.
As you may know, this was followed up by a ground-breaking agreement signed by global unions, local unions in Bangladesh, employers, major clothing brands, the International Labor Organization, the Bangladeshi government and others.
In addition to trying to ensure that the tragedy doesn't repeat itself, the employers also agreed to help compensate the injured and the families of those killed.
As the Clean Clothes Campaign put it, "The survivors and victims families have suffered enough and should not have to relive that horrible day without being secure that their financial losses at least are covered. They suffered terrible injuries, lost husbands and wives, children and parents, brothers and sisters; and will bear the physical and emotional scars for life. This can never be compensated for, but they can and should be compensated for loss of income and medical costs before the anniversary."
But among those companies which have not made public donations to the fund are these:
Adler Modemrkte, Auchan, Ascena Retail, Benetton, C&A, Carrefour, Cato Fashions, Children's Place, Grabalok, Gueldenpfennig, Kids for Fashion, KiK, LPP, Manifattura Corona, Matalan, NKD, Premier Clothing, Primark, PWT, Walmart and Yes Zee.
IndustriALL, UNI Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign have launched an online campaign hosted by LabourStart to pressure those companies to pay compensation now.
Please sign up and send your message. And please spread the word about this very important campaign.
Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Peru, the government is attempting to privatize the country's water supply -- over the objections of citizens and the country's trade union movement. Those unions and their global union federation PSI have launched an online campaign demanding that Peru stop this privatization now. Please support the campaign and spread the word.
Thank you very much!
www.radicalglasgow.me.ukIn April George Osborne’s mass workfare scheme will begin. Unemployed people will be sentenced to 780 hours community work simply for being unable to find a job. Not even lone parents with young children are to be exempt from the scheme which will see so-called charities like Groundwork UK and the Salvation Army paid by the tax payer to force people to work for free. Part time workers and those currently genuinely volunteering will also face being sent on unpaid work.Collective action can halt this forced labour scheme in its tracks. A week of action against workfare has been called beginning on the 29th March. An escalation in the campaign against unpaid work is vital and there is no better chance than this. It only takes a few people to get the ball rolling, and protests against organisations using workfare have proved to be effective. Boycott Workfare can offer support with publicity, leaflets and advice.Please help spread the word about the week of action and let’s make this the strongest stand against people being forced to work for free that has been seen so far.
www.radicalglasgow.me.ukIf you have not had time to respond to this earlier, please do so now. Coca-Cola workers in Spain need your support today!
Coca-Cola Iberian Partners (CCIP), a company created from the integration of seven Coca-Cola bottling companies in Spain, announced the shutdown of four of its 11 plants on December 10, 2013 affecting nearly 1,200 workers.
Workers at four bottling plants have called an indefinite strike starting on January 21, 2014. The IUF affiliated unions FEAGRA-CC.OO and FITAG-UGT are preparing to bring legal action if the company pushes on with the plan.
Last year the turnover of the CCIP was €3,000 million and recorded profits were €900 million. The response to record profits has been to close plants and dismiss workers.
ACT NOW! SEND A MESSAGE TO COCA-COLA and CCIP and insist that they reconsider their initial plan to close four of its 11 factories and significantly reduce its workforce.
We all know that the corporate world, like the government, pick off groups one at a time. One moment it is the teachers, then the disabled, then the train drivers, then the nurses, then the unemployed, but we should realise that it is all part of the same attack on the conditions of all the ordinary people. It is all part of their grand plan for a low wage economy, one that can allow the Western corporate giants to compete with the Eastern sweatshops. So when one group of our people are attacked, it is an attack on us all. Solidarity is our most powerful weapon.This from The People’s Assembly Against Austerity.
This week in Doncaster, 150 nurses who look after adults with learning difficulties started a 7 day strike after being handed devastating pay cuts of up to 50%. Care UK was given the contract by Doncaster Council last September. Care UK’s immediate decision to attack the wages and conditions of the workforce tells us all we need to know about why the government are out to privatise the NHS.
On the 26 March, the National Union of Teachers have called a national strike in England and Wales. Already, Gove has backed down on working time and conditions. Now, the strike action has a real chance to win against an increasingly weak government. We are asking every People’s Assembly supporter to help make sure these strikes are supported in our communities, and that solidarity is shown from the whole movement.
The NUT is organising a series of street stalls across the country in the run up to the strike to mobilise public support. If you can, please get down to one and help out. Contact your local NUT or People’s Assembly group for details.
People’s Assembly National Conference.Saturday 15 March 2014, 10am – 5pmwww.radicalglasgow.me.uk
Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street,London SW1P 3DW
Register for the conference here: https://padelegateconf.eventbrite.co.uk
Click here for full details: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/recallconference
NUT secretary Christine Blower, and Kirstine Carbutt, one of the Doncaster workers on strike, will be speaking at the People’s Assembly national conference on 15 March 2014. People from across the country, and from across the anti-austerity and trade union movements will come together to debate and discuss the way forward.
This is an event you can’t miss: We need to unite all our experience of campaigning and organising to develop a national action plan that can start to turn the tide on austerity in a serious way. Make sure you have registered your place: https://padelegateconf.eventbrite.co.uk
You can come as a delegate from any supporting organisation, community group or trade union branch and individuals can come as observers.
Saturday 15 March 2014, 10am – 5pm
Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW
Full details can be found here: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/recallconference
Send Osborne a message on Budget Day
We are putting together a short film with a messages from the people to George Osborne. Send us a short message of yourself, your friends, family, colleagues, and get onto the streets and ask the public what their message to Osborne is this Budget day. Send your video to: email@example.com, and feel free to contact with any questions. People’s Assembly groups across the country are organising protests and actions on 19 March which will be publicised on our website soon.
In London, we are organising a protest and rally at at Downing Street. Click here for details: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/budget_day.
Speakers include: Owen Jones, Kate Smurthwaite (comedian), Katy Clark MP. Music from Sean Taylor. More tba. Please invite your friends on facebook and share widely.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity