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Posts Tagged ‘Workers Autonomy’

Repressive aftermath of Student Riots, London (UK)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

London Riot: Tory HQ smashed by British students

From mainstream media (Russia Today):

UPDATE: An 18 year old student charged with ‘violent disorder’ and granted bail for throwing fire extinguisher from roof of Tory HQ at cops. This carries 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine on indictment; six months imprisonment and/or a fine summarily.

See also: November 10th Defence Campaign
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Posted in Autonomy, Social Control

Hanjin Heavy Industries Workers in Terrible Conditions (Philippines)

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Hanjin Heavy Industries, is a South Korean shipbuilding company which is a notorious abuser of workers and the environment. The company has refused to address the terrible conditions that the employees toil under. Hanjin Heavy Industries has a shipyard in the Philippines inside the Subic Bay Freeport zone, northwest of Manila. The South Korean firm is responsible for exploiting locals under dangerous working environments, but Hanjin officials have been trying to dodge the blame as they are ruthless, and rebuke the allegations, claiming that the accidents and deaths resulted from the workers’ not having taken safety precautions. (more…)

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Workers threaten to blow up factory facing closure (France)

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Staff have already set fire to pieces of plastic and rolls of carpet at the factory, sending billowing black smoke into the sky.

Workers at a factory facing closure in France have threatened to blow up the plant unless they are given better layoff compensation. About 50 workers at Sodimatex, which makes car rugs, have been occupying the site in Crepy-en-Valois since Thursday. They are pressuring the company for better compensation. The employees have placed petrol bombs near a large gas tank and are threatening to set them ablaze. The French industry minister has condemned the move and urged the workers to settle the row through talks.

France is suffering a 10 percent unemployment rate — highest in a decade. The car industry is among the hardest-hit by the economic slowdown. Plant closings have led French workers to increasingly militant behavior, with numerous cases of boss-napping over the past year and one other case of a threat to blow up a factory.

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Posted in Direct Action

Top US Court Sends Mumia Abu-Jamal Closer to Execution (USA)

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an innocent man on death row. In two recent decisions, the US Supreme Court has ignored both evidence of his innocence and it’s own precedents to deny Mumia’s appeal and bring him closer to execution. In this statement, the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal lays bare the truth behind these actions, and proposes a course of workers’ and mass action to free Mumia. (more…)

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Posted in Prison Struggle

Shipyard workers and Anarchists clash with police in Poznan (Poland)

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Clashes in Poznan over fired workers

Clashes in Poznan over fired workers

On 23rd October almost 4,000 workers from different trade unions took part in a demonstration in defence of their workplaces. About 500 people are going to be fired from the Cegielski factory due to the so-called economic crisis. Anarchists and members of anarcho-syndicalist trade union Wokers’ Initiative also took part in the protest.

The demonstrtors first gathered on the premises of the factory and then moved towards the Provincial Office. The bloc of Workers’ Initiative and Sierpien ’80 together with the anarchists was chanting slogans such as “Government out to the pavement, paving stones on the government”, “One, two, three, four, stop those damn dismissals”, “A worker dismissed, a boss hanged”, “Capitalism isn’t working! factories under the control of workers” etc. Rhythms of Resistance samba group from Poznan supported the demo with their rhythms. A banner saying “A worker dismissed, a boss hanged” was dropped from one building on the route of the demo.

When the demonstration reached the Provincial Office, the leaders of Solidarnosc trade union (which organized the demonstration) were declaring a radical fight in defence of the workplaces and even “burning the office”, at the same time they were buring car tyres. When the anarchists joined the shipyard workers in the back of the office building clashes with the police broke out, then the shipyard workers retreated as they were told to by their leaders.

After the demonstration had finished, the cops on horses surrounded a group of anarchists and WI activists, also those from Cegielski factory and took their I.D.s. At the same time one of the WI activists interrupted a live TV interview given by the boss of Solidarnosc and said “The members of our union are being nicked over there, and people from Solidarnosc are doing nothing about it, where is your solidarity??!!”. This event was trasmitted live to the public TV news. None of the demonstrators was arrested. Three cops and one unionist got injured and hospitalized.

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Posted in Autonomy, Direct Action