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IFWEA E-bulletin Issue 31 / Fourth Quarter 2015 "Report Back: IFWEA's 22nd General Conference in Peru and Way Forward 2016 - 2019"

21.12.2015
Higlights in this e-bulletin: ▶ IFWEA 22nd GENERAL CONFERENCE NEWS ▶ AFFILIATE NEWS: HIGHLIGHTS ▶ SOLIDARITY IN ACTION: RESEARCH, REPORTS AND CAMPAIGNS ▶ YOUTH GLOBALISATION AWARENESS PROGRAMME (YGAP): POSTCARDS FROM THE SOUTH

EGYPT: Center for Trade Union and Workers' Services " Independent unions have been formed by the will of the workers to stay!"

16.12.2015
'In a rallying meeting in the headquarters of the Center for Trade Union and Worker Services, 150 leaders of independent unions and representatives of 50 general, specialized and regional independent unions from Cairo, Alexandria, Gharbyia, Monoufiya, Sharqia, Dakahlia, Canal region cities and southern and northern Upper Egypt and workers and abroad. They met to confront the challenges facing independent unions the latest of which is the periodic leaflet issued by the secretary general of the cabinet in November 2015. It was directed to the ministers against the independent unions. Everyone in the meeting stressed the value of the role preformed by independent unions in defending their colleagues’ rights foremost among which is the inherent right in union organization.'

CAMBODIA: "International Human Rights Day" report by IDEA CAMBODIA

16.12.2015
Heng Sam Orn, Secretary General of IDEA: ' Dear all To celebrate International Human Rights Day (IHRD), about 10,000 people from rural and urban communities participated in 20 marches and events across the country from December 6 to December 10. These were organized by the informal network Friends of December 10th, which includes youth, land communities, trade union, associations, farmers, monks, and NGOs.'

IFWEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTED at 22nd GENERAL CONFERENCE in Lima, Peru

7.12.2015
'The Executive Committee was elected by members at the 22nd General Conference at Hotel Jose Antonio in Lima, Peru. Members at the Conference studied the biographies and statements of thoseadvocating for a position, before voting. The new Executive Committee displayed a strong sense of unity and enthusiasm, looking forward to serving members for the next four years.'

IFWEA Secretariat: YOUTH GLOBALISATION AWARENESS PROGRAMME (YGAP) 2015: Sweden, Finland and Norway in South Africa

14.11.2015
IFWEA​ and Community House​ hosts trade union and labour activists on the 4th annual Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP). In the first week the seminar programme was held in Imam Haron Hall. In the second week internships with various organisations and union meetings took place. Participants also produced their "Postcards from the South", a reflection on organising and solidarity between North and South.

Weekly Labour News

EQUAL TIMES: "AMENAZA DE EXPULSIÓN DE UN ASENTAMIENTO DE GITANOS EN PARÍS" por Anna Benjamin

29.1.2016
"En el pequeño cinturón ferroviario situado bajo una de las calles del distrito XVIII de París, se ha formado este verano un asentamiento de personas de etnia gitana. Bordeadas por altas vallas metálicas, estas improvisadas chabolas de madera, chapa y lona se alinean a lo largo de la antigua vía de tren que circunvalaba París, abandonada desde hace 50 años."

EQUAL TIMES: "UN CAMPEMENT DE ROMS MENACÉ D’EXPULSION À PARIS" par Anna Benjamin

29.1.2016
“Sur la Petite Ceinture, dans le 18e arrondissement de Paris, en contrebas de la rue, un campement de Roms s’est formé cet été. Bordés de hautes grilles, des logements de fortune faits de bois, de tôles et de bâches sont alignés sur cette section de rail de l’ancienne ligne de chemin de fer faisant le tour de Paris, désaffectée depuis 50 ans."

EQUAL TIMES: "ROMA FACE CAMP EVICTIONS" by Anna Benjamin

29.1.2016
"A Roma camp took root this summer, below road level, on the Petite Ceinture, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Lined with high railings, the shacks made of wood, sheet metal and tarpaulin are set along a section of the train track, abandoned some 50 years ago, that used to circle Paris."

EQUAL TIMES: “LOS JORNALEROS DEL VALLE DE SAN QUINTÍN QUIEREN DEJAR DE SER INVISIBLES” por David Bacon

22.1.2016
“El 29 de marzo de 2015, el fotógrafo y activista estadounidense David Bacon acompañó a un grupo de trabajadores y trabajadoras agrícolas del Valle de San Quintín, en el estado mexicano de Baja California, en su marcha hasta la frontera con EE.UU.”

EQUAL TIMES: "LES TRAVAILLEURS DE LA VALLÉE DE SAN QUINTÍN NE VEULENT PLUS ÊTRE INVISIBLES" par David Bacon

22.1.2016
"Le 29 mars 2015, le photographe et militant travailliste américain David Bacon a suivi un groupe d’ouvriers agricoles de la vallée de San Quintín, dans l’État mexicain de Basse-Californie, en marche vers la frontière américaine."

EQUAL TIMES: “THE WORKERS OF SAN QUINTÍN VALLEY ARE NO LONGER WILLING TO BE INVISIBLE” by David Bacon

22.1.2016
"On 29 March 2015, US photographer and labour activist David Bacon followed a group of farm workers in the San Quintín Valley in the Mexican state of Baja California as they marched to the US border. Thousands of workers – who pick strawberries and tomatoes for the US market – went on a two-week strike in protest over their poverty wages. These farm workers, who mainly come from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca and make up the bulk of the agricultural workforce in Baja, are paid about US$9 a day; they are demanding wages of about 300 pesos, or US$24."

EQUAL TIMES: "PODEMOS INSPIRA UNA NUEVA IZQUIERDA PARA EUROPA - Y EL MUNDO" por Bernardo Gutiérrez González

15.1.2016
"Histórico. Imagina un mundo en el que las elecciones son más que elegir una opción u otra. ¡Felicidades España!" El tuit de Edward Snowden felicitando a España llegó el 20 de diciembre a las 21.40 horas cuando los resultados electorales, que otorgaban a Podemos el 18% de los diputados del Congreso, eran casi definitivos. El tuit de Snowden, una auténtica estrella del nuevo milenio, incluía un enlace a un artículo de The Guardian que destacaba la emergencia de PODEMOS y el fin del bipartidismo en España.

EQUAL TIMES: "PODEMOS INSPIRE UNE NOUVELLE GAUCHE EN EUROPE ET DANS LE MONDE" par Bernardo Gutiérrez González

15.1.2016
"Historique. Imaginez un monde où les élections sont plus qu’un choix entre l’un ou l’autre. Félicitations, Espagne!" Le tweet d’Edward Snowden félicitant l’Espagne est arrivé le 20 décembre à 21h40, quand les résultats des suffrages qui attribuaient à Podemos 18% des sièges du Congrès étaient pratiquement définitifs. Le tweet de Snowden, véritable star du nouveau millénaire, renfermait un lien renvoyant à un article du Guardian qui évoquait l’émergence de PODEMOS et la fin du bipartisme en Espagne.

EQUAL TIMES: "PODEMOS INSPIRES A NEW LEFT FOR EUROPE – AND THE WORLD" by Bernardo Gutiérrez González

15.1.2016
"Historic. Imagine a world where elections are more than a choice between one or the other. Congratulations, Spain!" Edward Snowden’s congratulatory tweet on December, 20 was posted at 9.40 pm, when the election results, giving the new party 18 per cent of the seats in parliament, were almost final. Snowden, a true new millennium star, added a link to one piece from The Guardian, which highlighted the emergence of Podemos and the end of the two-party system in Spain.

EQUAL TIMES: "¿ESTÁ TAILANDIA HACIENDO LO SUFICIENTE PARA ACABAR CON LA ESCLAVITUD EN SU INDUSTRIA PESQUERA?" por David Browne

24.12.2015
'Un pescador birmano migrante, colega y amigo de Soe Min, cometió el fatídico error de permitir que se limpiara un calamar a bordo. “El capitán tailandés bajó y le golpeó con una tubería. El pescador levantó la mano para protegerse del primer golpe, y se la rompió. El segundo golpe le destrozó el omoplato.” “Luego le golpeó aquí”, prosigue Soe Min, señalando la parte posterior de la cabeza.'

EQUAL TIMES: "IS THAILAND DOING ENOUGH TO STOP SLAVERY IN ITS FISHING INDUSTRY?" by David Browne

24.12.2015
'Soe Min’s friend and fellow migrant Burmese fisherman made the fateful mistake of allowing a squid to be washed overboard. “The Thai skipper came down and hit him with a pipe. He raised his hand against the first blow, and his hand broke. The second blow smashed his shoulder blade. “Then he hit this place,” continued Soe Min, pointing to the back of his head.'

"HUIDA DE ARABIA SAUDITA: UNA TRABAJADORA DEL HOGAR KENIANA VÍCTIMA DE MALOS TRATOS CUENTA SU HISTORIA" por Chris Burns

18.12.2015
'Iscah Achieng ha regresado a Kenya y se siente afortunada de estar viva. Tras ser liberada hace poco de sus empleadores abusivos en Arabia Saudita, cuenta una historia espeluznante de palizas, privación de comida, amenazas de muerte y acoso sexual. A pesar de su terrible experiencia durante 14 meses, Iscah ya está haciendo campaña a favor de otras trabajadoras del hogar de África y Asia que se encuentran en situaciones similares, o peores.'

 

 

Solidar: Call for Solidarity

Solidarity to Provide Aid to the Victims of the Earthquake that hit Nepal

A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck Nepal and caused major destruction in the whole country. According to official numbers more than at least 3,900 people and injured 7,000people have lost their lives. It is feared that the number of deaths will keep rising. The epicentre of the earthquake was located only about 80 kilometres west of the capital Kathmandu. This was the strongest earthquake in the last 80 years. The Nepalese government has declared a state of emergency.

SOLIDAR members AWO International, ASB Germany, Danish People’s Aid, SOLIDAR Suisse, Samaritan Austria, Volkshilfe Austria, Norwegian People’s Aid together with their Nepalese partners, are working to raise funds and to deploy missions to the epicentre to help those people in need with first aid, shelter, medications, food and other support.

You can help the people in Nepal by making a donation to the SOLIDAR Foundation for Humanitarian Cooperation:
IBAN: BE53 7310 0861 1753
BIC: KREDBEBB
ACCOUNT HOLDER: SOLIDAR Foundation for humanitarian, development and European cooperation ASBL
Mentioning the following sentence when doing the payment: Nepal Solidarity

The incoming funds will be channelled to our members and their partners active in Nepal. SOLIDAR Foundation will regularly update on the use of the funds.

Do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions or remarks. The Nepalese count on your solidarity!

 

 

Postcard from the South "Amandla Nga'wethu"  2015: a song and video created by Victoria Bull, Linnea Duran, Kati Saarinen and the YGAP choir
▶ watch the video on here www.abfplay.se/videos/amandla-nga-wethu

 

Postcard from the South "Ekasi Project Green" 2015:
▶ watch the video on here www.abfplay.se/ekasi-project-green

 

via IFWEA: SOUTH AFRICA "IFWEA presents 'The Power of Change Lies Within Us' - looking at the establishment of study circles in Cape Town South Africa

▶ watch here https://www.youtube.com#ThePower

 

 

via WIEGO: THAILAND, INDIA and SOUTH AFRICA "This video by WIEGO and partners, Asiye eTafuleni(AeT) in South Africa; HomeNet Thailand; and the Self-Employed Women's Association in India tells the stories of informal workers and the difficulties they face in accessing health services in their respective countries. It also presents some of the solutions that each of these organizations has developed to mitigate against these barriers to access.
If you are interested in learning more on this topic, please read the accompanying blog post on our blog at wiego.org/blogs..."

▶ watch here  https://www.youtube.com/watch/WIEGO#?

 

via Soundz of the South: SOUTH AFRICA "Performance Tribute to Marikana martyrs at the Zolani center. w/ Kusta, Mawethu Gejies and Karl Myx. Shot by Cde Anele"

▶ watch here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7MuZlEiLWA

 

 

via Equal Times:  India "Child labour and exploitation in India's cotton fields"

"Some 20 per cent of workers in Gujurat's cotton fields in India are thought to be children. They are unwilling recruits of a massive forgotten army of child labourers, who work alongside their mothers and fathers from day to hard-scrabble day, families at the very base of India’s labour pyramid."

▶ watch here https://www.youtube.com/EqualTimes#India