Tag Archives: trade unions

China | Right to communicate violated: Labour Activist has been detained and isolated for 16 months

Chinese labour activist Meng Han was sentenced to a prison term of 21 months by Panyu District Court of Guangzhou City on 3 November 2016, for “gathering crowds to disrupt public order” as he helped organize workers to defend their rights. He was then sent to serve his sentence in Shaoguan Prison of Guangdong Province and is expected to be released in September 2017. Together with the detention prior the sentence, Meng has been detained for over 16 months. Since his detention on 3 December 2015, his family has attempted to visit him over a dozen times but in vain. No matter it was the No.1 Detention Centre of Guangzhou or Shaoguan Prison, the authorities denied his family’s rights to see him. In late March 2017, Meng’s parents visited Shaoguan Prison again and were told that Meng had been going through education and therefore could not be visited. Frustrated, his family made various complaints at the Bureau of Public Security and never received any feedback. Now, they start to feel extremely worried about Meng’s conditions.

Turkish trade unions say “no” to referendum

The confederation of progressive trade unions of Turkey (DISK) continue to say “no” to constitutional amendments after recent referendum the Statement of Executive Board of DISK proclaims.

The declared but unconfirmed result of the constitutional referendum, which aims establish a presidential regime instead of the current parliamentary democracy, points to new problems, tensions and deepening divisions for Turkey.

Wave of repression against workers leaders’ in Kazakhstan

The government of Kazakhstan launched a campaign of repression against trade unionists in recent months.

At the beginning of January the government and bosses of the OCC oil company attempted to quash an oil workers’ protest.

The chair of the workers’ union Amin Yeleusinov and labour inspector Nurbek Kushakbayev were arrested on 20 January.

India | Maruti factory violence verdict: Court convicts 13 for murder, 18 for rioting

by Abhishek Behl

Thirty one workers were convicted and 117 acquitted in a case of violence and rioting at Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar, 20 kms from Gurgaon city.

Thirteen accused have been held guilty of murder whereas 18 are convicted of rioting and other crimes under various sections of the IPC. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on March 17.

Pakistan | Pakistan: trade unions against neoliberals and jihadists

All Pakistan Trade Union Federation hold a National Conference against “War, exploitation and precarious labour”, on January 12, 2017.

APTUF representative from all over Pakistan attend the conference.

Anwer Gujjar (President APTUF) chaired the conference. Large number of women workers and male workers come to the hall and raised slogans: «Long live APTUF», «Workers struggle against war», «Workers want peace & dignity», «No to IMF/World Bank», «Social security for all», «Long live working class».