In June 2008 almost 2000 Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane workers gathered at a general meeting to form their independent trade union. On 22 October, they held elections for members of their union's Steering Committee.
The 1400 workers of Alborz Lastic, formerly Kian Tyre, have not been paid for the past six months. On 5 October hundreds of workers from the plant protested in front of the Labour Ministry in Tehran. They demanded their backpay and full nationalisation of the company.
Yesterday saw an impressive show of solidarity for the Miami Five in front of the US embassy at London's Grosvenor Square. About five hundred people turned up to the annual candlelit vigil organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in Britain. Hands Off Venezuela joined the protest, which marked the 10th anniversary of the arrest of these five courageous men.
On September 26, HOV-Greece hosted a debate about the recent events in Venezuela and Bolivia and the future of the revolution in Latin America. The discussion took place at the Immigrant Club, with about 80 supporters of the campaign present, including workers, students and left wing party activists.
Some hundred people
gathered in front of the US
embassy in Brussels
last Friday. The immediate reason for this protest was the central role played
by the US in the recent
‘civic bosses coup’ against the left government of Bolivia.
Belgian oil worker union activists recently visited Venezuela, witnessing the situation in the Venezuelan trade union movement directly, at PDVSA but also in the wider community, getting a taste of both the advances of the revolution and the problems.
In response to coup plotting in both Bolivia and Venezuela, the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign, together with several other Latin American solidarity organisations, organised a picket outside the US Embassy in London followed by a highly successful public meeting, where all speakers and participants condemned the manoeuvres of US imperialism and pledged themselves to keep up the solidarity activity.
Nine members of the Trade Union of the Vahed Bus Company of Tehran and Suburbs have been sacked for taking part in the strikes
of December 2005 and January 2006 at the Company's depots. This was in
accordance with the ruling of the Labour Discipline Committees and was
also approved by the Workplace Justice Tribunal.
In this 2 part audio clip Sylvia
Richardson, host of Latin Waves on CJSF radio, in Vancouver, Canada, interviews Jorge
Martin, International Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign. Beginning with some of the incredible
changes happening in Venezuela, Jorge and Sylvia
carry on to discuss the challenges that face the Venezuelan
The workers of Iran
Telecommunications Industry in Shiraz, in southern Iran, have not been
paid for five months. They went on strike, including blocking the street opposite the factory, and they chanted slogans
condemning their situation, criticising their bosses and managers, and
even government leaders. The protest was broken up by the violent intervention of the riot
Since its launch on 28 April 2008, HOV Indonesia has become an active medium for
discussions on the Venezuelan Revolution, especially around the issue
of nationalization of the oil and gas industry in Indonesia. It has managed to reach out to various marginalized sectors of the
population: the youth, workers, women, urban poor, and young artists.