While promising to meet the unions, the Nigerchin management
is trying to use scan labour to break the strike. On recognising the workers’
right to join any union thy wish they have raised the excuse that they must
first consult with the owners back in China! These workers are fighting
for basic trade union rights. Please support the solidarity campaign and raise
this in your union.
Chemical workers at the
Nigerian company, NIGERCHIN, have come out on an indefinite strike simply to
defend their right to join the trade union of their choice. Trade union
activists and members are being victimised because of this. They need your
support! Raise this issue among your workmates and friends and get letters of
protest sent off.
On February 24, 2004 a large earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter
scale rocked the Rif region in northern Morocco. More than one year
later, hundreds of families continue to live in utter misery. Now other
tremors are hitting the region.
The brutal air strikes on Sudan and Afghanistan constitute a further
sample of the bullying tactics of US imperialism and will be condemned
by activists in the labour movement everywhere. By such means
Washington uses its powerful airforce in order to throw its weight
around and intimidate and blackmail all the peoples of the third world.
This latest escapade is clearly intended for US public opinion, to show
that "something has been done" in relation to the terrorist bombings in
"It's a great pity that Botswana always either receives no coverage or receives
coverage which paints a false rosy picture of the so-called 'success story' by World Bank
standards" This letter from a Botswanan comrade tries to give a different
We have received the following solidarity appeal from the Swaziland Solidarity Network.
Swaziland has been under state of emergency since 1973. In the last few days a number of leading activists of the Swaziland Youth
Congress have been arrested and tortured. In protest a group of trade unionists and left
activists have now occupied the US embassy in the capital. We appeal to all labour
movement, youth and left-wing activists to express their solidarity with the Swazi
comrades and protest against the repressive actions of the regime.
Sierra Leone is a very rich country in diamonds and bloodshed. The reason for the protracted civil war tearing Sierra Leone apart is the legacy of British colonialism and the struggle by the ruling cliques to rob the country's wealth.
Capitalism can't be blamed for the weather, but the disaster which hit this
impoverished country has been made a thousand times worse by their inability to do
anything that isn't profit motivated. The price of lives is weighed up against what they
can buy and how they can be used.
All the world media have turned their attention to Zimbabwe in recent months since
landless peasants started occupying white-owned big commercial farms. The press has
unleashed a hysterical campaign against those land occupations which they depict as
illegal and violent. They completely ignore the responsibility of capitalism and
imperialism for robbing the land of the black peasants and pushing them into utter
poverty. How do the white settlers dare to say those lands are theirs! When they robbed
the lands of the blacks peasants they used all the violent means of repression possible.