Bulletin: 4 May 2012
E-News Bulletin Friday, 4 May 2012
Samsung apparently fudging facts of worker illnesses
By Park Hyun-jung and Kim So-youn
Belatedly, it has been revealed that Samsung Electronics misrepresented working condition at its semiconductor factories, saying, “The working environment at Samsung Semiconductor has been internationally verified,” based on research results presented by US industrial safety consulting firm Environ at an international symposium.
Read report on: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_business/530075.html
Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey
By Dan Bilefsky and Sebnam Arsu
Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived on the run for 15 years, ever since her abusive husband tracked her down, broke down her door and shot her in the leg six times after she refused to return to him. Stoic and prematurely graying, she said her husband had since kidnapped her mother and stabbed her brother, trying to force them to reveal her whereabouts.
Read report on: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/world/europe/women-see-worrisome-shift-in-turkey.html?ref=world
Communication, Solidarity, the Internet: How the internet, information technology and new media is shaping the world working class
By Steve Zeltzer
From textile factory workers at the Egyptian Mahalla textile plants, to Chinese workers in Honda factories, to Wisconsin public workers, social networks, the internet and new communications technologies are playing a critical role in linking up workers locally, nationally and internationally.
Read report on: http://www.giswatch.org/en/social-mobilisation/workers-rights-and-internet
Nothing has changed in Israel since 1948
By Gideon Levy
The attitude of the state and its institutions to this act of theft in Samaria sends a single, clear message to Israelis and the world: We will never stop this crushing, ultranationalist melody - then as now, in 1948 and in 2012.
Read report on: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/nothing-has-changed-in-israel-since-1948-1.427042
Deir Yassin Remembered
By Felicity Arbuthnot
This year marks the 67th anniversary of the massacre at Deir Yassin, one of the most appalling crimes carried out by the Jewish Irgun and Stern gangs in Palestine.
Read report on: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2012/1095/op16.htm
SACTWU: Clothing Industry Labour Productivity Outstrips Growth in Earnings
South African clothing workers have become significantly more productive over the last few years. Yet each year, they earn comparatively less per garment they produce. Recent data compiled by Productivity SA, shows that between 2005 and 2010, labour productivity for the sector has increased by 73%, far outstripping the 54% growth in real earnings over the same period.
Read report on: http://www.sactwu.org.za/news/3-newsflash/233-clothing-industry-labour-productivity-outstrips-growth-in-earnings-
Inflation Monitor March 2012
The headline inflation rate at MARCH 2012 was 6.0% year on year. The rate was 0.1% point lower than the corresponding annual inflation rate of 6.1% in FEBRUARY 2012. On average, prices increased by 1.1% between February 2012 and March 2012.
Read report on: http://www.lrs.org.za/docs/LRS%20Inflation%20Monitor%20March%202012%20at%20190412.pdf
On NYC May Day, a Precarious Union of Interests
By John Farley
On May Day, the traditional workers holiday that falls on May 1, the Occupy movement will join hundreds of unions, immigrants rights and grassroots organizations and untold number of participants in New York City’s streets under the banner, “legalize, unionize and organize.” As the momentous date approaches, there is still some confusion and friction both inside and outside the May Day 2012 movement.
Read report on: http://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/news/2012/04/on-may-day-a-precarious-union-of-interests/
A Time for Honest Self-Reflection: The US Labor Movement and China
By Alberto C. Ruiz
The statistics are chilling. In a country where workers have no real right to organize a union, they face an ever falling standard of living.
Read report on: http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/27/the-us-labor-movement-and-china/
China "picking up the pieces" in Africa
By Andrew Moody and Zhong Nan
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi insists China is now coming to the rescue of Africa after a failed Western ideology of the past three decades has let the continent down.
He said the so-called Washington Consensus that aimed to liberalize the economies of developing countries had demonstrably failed and the Chinese were now picking up the pieces.
“The official doctrine among the international financial institutions which in the past determined policy in Africa was that infrastructure would be taken care of by the private sector. Well, we have waited 30 years and nothing much has happened,” he said.
Read report on: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-04/27/content_15155495.htm
Philippines: An alliance between CPP and the Philippine government?
by Joyce Pangco Panares
Under the banner of "defending national interests" against China, the first steps toward an alliance between the US' comprador/puppet Philippine regime of President Aquino, and the Communist Party of the Philippines are being given public expression.
Read report on: http://revolutionaryfrontlines.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/philippines-an-alliance-between-cpp-and-the-philippine-government/