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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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Massive India Strike Poses Fresh Challenge to Government

Source: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/massive-india-strike-poses-fresh-challenge-to-government/501143
February 28, 2012

Trade unionists participating in a rally to show support for the All India General Strike, in Siliguri, India on Monday. The strike has been called by 11 unions to protest against rising prices and fixed minimum wages for contract laborers. (AFP Photo)
Trade unionists participating in a rally to show support for the All India General Strike, in Siliguri, India on Monday. The strike has been called by 11 unions to protest against rising prices and fixed minimum wages for contract laborers. (AFP Photo)

 

New Delhi. A nationwide strike called by trade unions including those affiliated with the government hit Indian cities Tuesday, with millions expected to join the call for tighter labor laws and a minimum wage.

Eleven central trade unions have backed the strike call, posing a fresh challenge to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his leftist administration, which had called on the unions to call off the show of force.

“This is an historic occasion. For the first time all the big trade unions have come together to protest the anti-labour polices of the government,” All India Trade Union Congress general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said.

Among the unions’ demands are a national minimum wage, permanent jobs for 50 million contract labourers and greater government efforts to rein in the rising cost of living.

“We gave the government ample opportunity to discuss these issues. Now striking is the only option before us,” Dasgupta said.

“We are fighting for our rights against a government that is anti-people,” he added.

Singh’s government, already tainted by a series of high-profile corruption scandals, has struggled to keep inflation in single digits at a time when the economy is growing at its slowest rate for three years.

Transport, banking and postal services were all expected to be hit by the 24-hour strike that began midnight Monday.

In Kolkata, a traditional trade union stronghold, most bank branches, shops and other businesses were closed, with taxis and rickshaws staying off the streets.

But the city’s metro was working normally, and West Bengal’s firebrand Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had denounced the strike call, brought 1,000 state-owned buses into the city to ease the transport problem.

Kolkata police chief R.K. Pachnanda said 10,000 police officers had been deployed across the city, including special units in government offices, bus depots and metro stations to prevent intimidatory picketing by union activists.

In New Delhi, traffic was lighter than usual and people arriving at the capital’s main railway station struggled to find transport to other areas of the city.

“Our most important demand is the abolition of contract labour and a check on the uncontrolled increase in prices,” said G. Sanjeeva Reddy, president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, affiliated to Singh’s Congress party.

“We will study the reaction of the government to this strike before deciding on our future course of action,” Reddy told AFP.

Agence France-Presse


ATNC Monitoring Network Appeal to Cambodian Government and Buyers, 16 September 2010

ATNC Monitoring Network Appeal to Cambodian Government and Buyers

16 September 2010

We express our strong support for the thousands of garment, textile and footwear workers in Cambodia who have begun a strike after exhaustive attempts in the last several months to negotiate with the government and Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) for a living wage.

We join CCAWDU and NIFTU in their contention that the new minimum wage

of US$61 and $56 (for regular and probationary workers respectively) is insufficient, and should be revised to US$93, which is the level that would bring the minimum wage to be living wage, one which complies with Article 104 of the Cambodian Labour law. Article 104 states that the wage must ensure every worker a decent standard of living compatible with human dignity.

Furthermore, the minimum wage should be adjusted from time to time in accordance

with changes in economic conditions and the cost of living, the revised level should not be fixed for four years as currently decided by the Labour Advisory Committee.

Wages below the minimum needed for decent living introduces whole families to vulnerability to child labour, illegal labour, malnutrition and health problems.

Garment workers’ wages have not risen to keep pace with inflation, much less the workers’ basic needs.

We urge the government as well as the company owners who are profiting from workers to fulfill the minimum demands of the Cambodian workers:

1. To increase the minimum wage to $ 93 per month

2. To increase other benefits such as:

– $2 work seniority annual allowance every year

– 1 hour over time food allowance of R1000 for every hour of OT worked

(US$1 = approx. R4,000)

– $10 attendance bonus per month

3. Wage increases should be provided to every worker

4. Request to negotiate or renegotiate on this wage issue once every year based on economic situation and the indispensable need of the workers.

In the 8 July meeting of the Labour Advisory Committee, attempts to adequately discuss and reach a consensus between the GMAC and the trade unions had not been exhausted which was the direct reason for the strong frustration and actions of the workers in protest to the new minimum wage much lower than what they demanded.

We strongly demand the Cambodian government to act strictly in accordance with the Cambodian Constitution Article 37 and the Cambodian Labour Law to protect the right of the trade union to use strike and demonstration to exert the legal rights of its members for collective bargaining and in wage negotiation. It is the duty of the Cambodian government, as a signatory country to the ILO Convention C98 to ensure that the collective bargaining on the minimum wage is undertaken without threats and retaliation against the trade union and workers’ representatives.

We note that there have been calls throughout the whole Asian region exposing the inadequacy of many countries’ and regions’ minimum wages, and the need and strong demand of workers for a living wage – a wage that can assure a decent living for workers and their families. The failures of governments to respond have led to mass actions in

Bangladesh, in Hong Kong, in South Korea, in China and other countries. In many places including China, significant wage increases have been granted by employers, showing that increases are indeed feasible without causing company closures.

As a group of labour unions and organizations in Asia which support and promote workers’ rights and justice for all, we intend to continue monitoring the Cambodian situation and joining our partner organizations CLC and CCAWDU in their calls for the solidarity of workers throughout Asia.

On behalf of

 

ATNC Monitoring Network, including:

Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Hong Kong

Committee for Asian Women, Thailand

Globalization Monitor, Hong Kong

Korea House of International Solidarity, South Korea

Labor Education Advocacy Development Response Services (LEADER), Philippines

Labour Action China, Hong Kong

National Coalition on the Protection of Workers’ Rights, Philippines

National Free Trade Union, Sri Lanka

Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor, Malaysia

Solidarity of Cavite Workers, Philippines

Workers Assistance Center, Philippines

Yokohama Action Research, Japan