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On Egypt.

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Labourstart has a good news feed on events in Egypt.

Now Unions have joined in it seems just a matter of time before Mubarak goes.

It is apparent that Mubarak appointed a Vice President in the hope that should he be thrown out, his successor would look after him. Mubarak’s son has fled and so he saw the writing on the wall.

I suppose it just a case of where will Mubarak go? Saudi Arabia? Or London (maybe even Paris, it seems very popular with rich dictators and their families).

Good riddance.

And when he does go it should be amusing to see how Western governments fall over themselves to explain away their decades long support for Mubarak’s dictatorship with materials, armaments and masses of money.

Update 1: In spite of a communication blackout ordinary Egyptians are managing to use old (and newer) technologies to get around the government clampdown, as IT News reports:

“Egyptian activists have relied on landlines and amateur radios to communicate since the country’s internet connections were severed on Friday.

Despite network shutdowns and nationwide curfews, demonstrators continued to rally against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Mubarak’s government appeared to have ordered the cessation of mobile and internet services last week, as online activists rallied supporters for a major demonstration on Friday.

To date, at least 125 people have been killed in violent protests across the nation. Sixty-eight were reportedly killed on Friday.

Besides the well-resourced few with direct satellite links to the internet, a majority of Egyptians remained offline.

Others were using services like Speak To Tweet, Jan25 Voices and amateur radio channels to communicate with the outside world.

Global net activist group, Telecomix, said its amateur radio efforts were aimed at “[carrying] health and welfare traffic from Egypt in the face of [a] total communications blackout”.

“Internet [not] working, police cars [burning],” the group received in Morse code on Friday.

On Saturday morning, it received the description: “dark skies, bloody [moon]”. “Everything is happening, everything we thought,” another message read.

Telecomix also compiled a list of 56kbps dial-up details that could be used to reach internet service providers in Norway, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the US. “

Written by modernityblog

30/01/2011 at 23:05

Attacks On Iraqi Trade Unions.

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LabourStart highlights a very worrying development in Iraq:

“Iraq: Minister closes all union offices in Saddam-style move

Police raided and shut down electricity unions across Iraq in mid-July, carrying out an order from the Minister of Electricity that could have been lifted from Saddam Hussein’s rule book.

The order prohibits “all trade union activities at the ministry and its departments and sites” and authorizes the police “to close all trade union offices and bases and to take control of unions’ assets properties and documents, furniture and computers.”

The leader of Britain’s Trades Union Congress has called upon the Iraqi government “to withdraw the order, and allow unions to operate freely, underpinned by a fair, just and ILO-compliant labour law.”

The Iraqi trade union movement is calling on trade union members everywhere to raise their voices in protest.”

More on Iraq at LabourStart.

Written by modernityblog

26/07/2010 at 18:06

Algeria: Union Headquarters Shut Down.

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Thanks to Eric Lee at LabourStart:

“On 12 May 2010, Algerian authorities effectively shut down La Maison des Syndicats (2 Rue El Oued, Bach Djarrah, Algiers), the headquarters of an important coalition of independent labor unions fighting for workers rights, including the Syndicat National Autonome des Personnels de l’Administration Publique (SNAPAP). Their website has also been shut down.

The closure was justified on the grounds that the space was being used as a meeting place for young men and women, meetings were held that were not authorized by the government, foreign nationals were invited to some of these meetings without government authorization, and a general disruption of public order by the occupants.”

There’s a lot going on in Algeria that we hear very little of from the mainstream media, but thanks to the search function on LabourStart you can view all posts concerning that or any other country.

LabourStart’s Global Solidarity Conference.

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Just in from Eric Lee:

LabourStart will be holding its first-ever global solidarity conference this summer in Canada and we’d like to invite all members of our Facebook group to attend the event.

The conference will be held on 9-11 July 2010 at McMaster University School of Labour Studies, in Hamilton, Ontario.

We’re starting to put together a detailed agenda of plenaries and workshops based on the input we’ve received from trade unionists around the world.

Now we need to know who is coming and we’ve begun registering participants.

If you would like to attend, please register today:

(You must do this even if you pre-registered — it will remember your details once you’ve keyed in your email address.)

Participants from developed countries are expected to pay their own way, but we are also raising some money — including from registration fees — to bring over trade unionists from developing countries as well.

This promises to be an enormously exciting and important event and I look forward to seeing you there.

Eric Lee

P.S. Please send any questions you have about this event to the organizing committee –

Labour Video Of The Year.

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Fancy yourself as another François Truffaut, Guy Richie or even Steven Spielberg (without the big budget)?

Then this is your chance, LabourStart is sponsoring a Labour Video of the Year competition, according to the site:

“open to trade unionists and film-makers from around the world.

Videos submitted must be on the web, and less than 10 minutes long. They must focus primarily on work, workers or worker’s issues.

You do not have to be the owner or producer of a video to nominate it.

Please submit your nominations before midnight GMT on 15 February 2010.

Our international panel of judges will prepare a shortlist, with voting expected to take place in March 2010.

Winners will be announced after two weeks of online voting and winning films will screened at the LabourStart conference in July 2010.

There will be prizes for the winning videos, to be announced soon.”

Written by modernityblog

03/02/2010 at 17:28

Never Noticed It Before.

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I like LabourStart, it has good coverage of international events, but it also has a bookshop, think Amazon but for trade unionists.

Well worth a visit.

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06/07/2009 at 23:44

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26th June 2009.

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Over at Communist Students they are pushing for a demonstration on June 26, read on:

“Defend Trade Unionists in Iran – Down with Sanctions and Imperialist threats
Friday 26 June, 12.30 -1.30pm, Iranian embassy,
16 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT

This demonstration has been called in support of trade unionists, such Mansoor Osanloo, and social activists who are now languishing in Iran’s jails. The demonstration is to show support for our comrades in Iran. The demonstration has been called by some important international trade union organisations (IUF, ITF, EI) and people from across Britain will be attending.”

From LabourStart:

“Friday is the Global Day of Action for Iranian Workers. Trade unionists in Iran like Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi suffer imprisonment and harassment by the state whenever and wherever they organize. (photo: Free Osanloo) Click here for more labour news from Iran and here to send a message of support and learn about events in your region.Got a photo that should be here? Post it via Flickr. “

LabourStart’s news from Iran.

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22/06/2009 at 21:15

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