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    Barely 3 out of 10 victims qualify for Samsung’s compensation plan standards

    Kim Mi-Sun, who was in charge of soldering at the Giheung Factory’s LCD line from 1997 to 2000, was diagnosed with hemiplegia, paralysis of one side of the body, in 2000, after her legs suddenly collapsed. It turned out to be a rare disease called multiple sclerosis.
    Mi-sun, who couldn’t watch the news, only heard from others that Samsung had come up with a compensation plan.
    “We’re all people who became sick while working for the company, and so I’m not sure what is the standard for compensating some and not others. Even though my life has been shattered, nobody knows…how frustrating…”
    Full report: Against Samsung’s compensation plan
    Source: stopsamsung.wordpress.com
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    The Community Structure of the Global Corporate Network

    The two largest communities account together for about 1/5 of all the nodes and comprise companies mainly located in the US and Great Britain, respectively. Here below we provide some more details: The first biggest community includes 54065 economic entities. It is dominated by companies mainly located in North America (65%), in particular in the US (59%) and Canada (7%), while 10% of all the firms are located in three Asian countries (Japan, Taiwan and Korea). From a sector point of view, the nodes do not show a unique pattern: roughly 1/4 of the nodes belong, respectively, to the services, manufacturing and real estates, renting and business activities sectors. Finally, even if this community includes only 2283 TNCs (5% of the total), in terms of operating revenue, it represents roughly 34% of the total TNC value. The second largest community has 49475 members, of which 2004 TNCs accounting for the 17% of the total operating revenue. Geographically speaking, the nodes belong, almost completely, toEuropean countries (89%), with Great Britain (42%) leading the other countries (Germany is represented by 9.6% of nodes, France by 6%, Sweden by 5% and Italy by 4%.). The largest part of the companies are in the business activity industry (39%), while the services and

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    Resistance in Rembang, Central Java: Street and community conflict against military & police in struggle against the construction of a cement factory [Indonesia]

    There is a land grabbing occuring in Rembang, Central Java, committed by one of the biggest cement corporation in Indonesia. People of Rembang, mostly women farmers, are protesting. They heavily rely on the rivers, springs, caves, fountains. It’s been more than 300 days since the women farmers in the area began camping in tents to block the trucks and heavy equipment from entering the area of the mountain… It has been a long struggle for the women farmers to fight against the establishment of the cement factory. These women, who have been fighting against the cement factory, were beaten up by the state apparatus who forced them to leave their tents. Despite the ongoing intimidation, they have kept up their fight but this month the court will determine their fate. We will keep you updated.
    Source: 325.nostate.net
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    A Vegetable Oil that Demands Blood: The Reality of Palm Oil Industry

    In the last three-and-a-half decades Indonesia and Malaysia lost a combination of 3.5 million hectares of forest to palm oil plantations.
    Globally, more people consume palm oil than soybean oil, and Indonesia is the largest producer of the stuff, churning out 31 million tonnes of palm oil in 2014. Malaysia and Indonesia together account for 85 percent of palm oil produced globally each year. Consumption of palm oil has risen steadily at seven percent per annum over the last 20 years.
    The palm oil sector has added little real value to the Indonesian economy. The average contribution of estate crops, including oil palm and rubber, to GDP [gross domestic product] was only 2.2 percent per year. On the other hand, food production is the main source of rural employment and income, engaging two-thirds of the rural workforce, or some 61 million people. Oil palm production only occupies the eighth rank in rural employment, engaging some 1.4 million people.
    Source: www.ipsnews.net
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    Migrant worker protest in Taiwan for fairer wages

    A group of activists and migrant workers protested in Taipei on March 12 urging the government to meet Indonesian demands for better treatment of its workers in Taiwan. More than 30 protesters from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand demonstrated outside the Legislative Yuan, holding placards emblazoned with the word “anti-slavery” and shouting slogans such as “minimum wage for all.” Some of the protesters chained themselves together and wore signs that read “slaves” on their clothes to protest long working hours and unfairly low wages.
    Source: www.wantchinatimes.com
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    Urgent Action: A farmer and environmental defenders activist in Indonesia murdered by Security Force

    A farmer and environmental defenders activist in Indonesia murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of APP (Asia Pulp and Paper – Sinar Mas Group).

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    More than half of female employees in the service industry in Hong Kong have been sexually harassed

    The Women Affairs Committee of the HKCTU released a report on 8 March, the International Women’s Day, stating that nearly 60% of female employees in the service sector had been sexually harassed at work. It happened most frequently in three industries, namely property management, airlines and retailing. Nearly 70% of interviewees said that their workplaces have no (32%) or are not aware of (36%) any follow up mechanisms of sexual harassment complaints. As a result, only 15% of the victims reported their cases to the employers.
    Source: en.hkctu.org.hk
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    A Week that Shook Cambodia

    A Fact-Finding Report on the General Strike and Violent Crackdown in Cambodia (Dec 2013-Jan 2014)

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    Condemn Samsung for killing workers

    To: Korean Government and Samsung,

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