The working class in Pakistan is on the move after decades of
inactivity. The Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC) organized
for May Day on a national level. There was widespread participation of
workers, trade union leaders, political activists and youth in the May
Day events in 26 different cities. We present here a detailed report of
The Musharraf regime wants to privatise Pakistan Steel Mills, the
largest industrial complex in the country. The workers at the plant
have started a struggle against the privatisation attempt. Discontent
among the workers is increasing day by day, and there is now a mood and
desire to unite all the trade unions on a single point agenda: “unite
to fight and fight to win”. Read the article on the PTUDC website.
In the middle of August the well-know Indian journalist and publisher Satish Kumar was framed and arrested in Faridabad, just outside Delhi. For more than 20 years he has published a paper called 'Mazdoor Morcha', which is renowned for exposing corruption and cases of abuse of power by the state authorities. Now he has been arrested
and the authorities have set the date for his bail hearing in December!
Left parties and unions in India, together with the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign, are appealing for an International Day of Action on September 18th 2001 for the release of the popular Indian left wing editor Satish Kumar.
The first reports have started to arrive about the actions taken all over the world during the Free Satish Kumar International Day of Action. The campaign for the release of Satish Kumar, however must be stepped up. Check out the details of what you can do to help.
On the eve of Condoleeza Rice's tour of Latin America, an extremely provocative article appeared yesterday in The New York Times. It is clear that Washington's campaign of lies and slanders is preparing the terrain for more direct action against the Venezuelan Revolution. Now is the time to stop them! Read the article on the Hands Off Venezuela website.
Convencaucho workers under attack for defending their rights! On Thursday February 13th at 5.30 am, some 30 Covencaucho workers were attacked while they were going to their workplaces in the company coaches in Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela. Two workers were injured, one with a bullet wound in his arm and another one with glass fragments in his eye.
The first signatures of trade unionists in support of the Open letter to US trade unionists have started coming in. Signatures were also collected in many countries on May Day in the workers' rallies and will be coming in shortly. This is only the beginning of the campaign, so keep up the solidarity work. See the signatures on the Hands Off Venezuela website.