[Marxism] Int'l TU Fed: Defend immigrants and migrant workers

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Dec 17 15:51:32 MST 2006


(This seems to be somehow linked to the ICFTU, but using their
website's search engine and entering "Cuba", "China" and then
"Vietnam", nothing came up. I take this as a good sign, though
I have no other information about this outfit than what's here.
This came from Li'l Joe, a long time revolutionary socialist and
Black activist in Los Angeles. He was in the Spartacist League
many, many years ago but isn't in a party that I know of now.
He operates an e-mail list from which this material comes.)
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From: Lil Joe <joe_radical at earthlink.net>
Sent: Dec 17, 2006 5:09 PM
To: laborpartypraxis at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [laborpartypraxis] International Trade Union 
Federation to defend immigrants and migrant workers

http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article486
INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION (ITUC)
ITUC OnLine
December 15, 2006

Trade unions endorse action plan to defend migrant
rights

Brussels

As International Migrants Day (18 December) approaches, the
International Trade Union Confederation today reiterated its
determination to prioritise the fight for the respect of migrants'
rights.

At a seminar that brought them together for four days in Brussels,
some 60 trade unionists and representatives of international
organisations defined their priorities and methods for implementing a
concrete action plan with a view to better organising migrants,
defending and promoting their rights and improving their working
conditions. Emphasis was placed on gender since female migrant
workers account for a significant proportion of migrant labour and
are particularly vulnerable to discrimination.

Focusing on four priorities - protection of rights, unionisation,
sustainable development and awareness-raising - this realistic action
plan sets out the specific steps to be taken at national, regional
and international level, both within the trade union movement and in
partnership with NGOs and other civil society players. The first
priority - promoting and protecting the rights of migrant workers -
involves: 1) enhancing legal protection, specifically by more
actively promoting the ratification and application of ILO
instruments (Conventions 97 and 143) and the UN Convention on
Migrants (1990), and 2) fighting discrimination, racism and
xenophobia at all levels, especially within trade unions.

The second priority focuses on the unionisation of migrants,
specifically by sending trade union organisers from the countries of
origin to destination countries and developing practical guides for
organising migrants.

"In the context of the overall trade union struggle for a fairer and
more humane globalisation, coordinating migration and sustainable
development is a key priority for promoting decent work for all
workers, including migrant workers", said Guy Ryder, ITUC General
Secretary. This approach includes unions' determination to fight the
brain-drain - or indeed the permanent loss of expertise - in
countries of origin.

Information and awareness-raising are key tools for pursuing these
objectives at all levels of union work, as clearly demonstrated by
the experiences presented during the seminar.

In a new ITUC video, an adviser at the Info-Point in the Estonian
capital of Tallin explains that "If Estonians wishing to emigrate
come to see us before leaving, then they know what kind of wages and
working conditions await them in Finland and which unions they should
join. Well informed people will have fewer problems once they get
there". The Info-Point was set up with the support of the Finnish
trade union federation SAK(*).

Concluded at the seminar were the partnership agreements between
trade unions in Jordan (GFJTU), Pakistan (PWF) and Sri Lanka (NWC),
between unions in Mauritius (CGTM) and Senegal (CNTS), between unions
in Costa Rica (CNTRN) and Nicaragua (CST), and between unions in
Malaysia (MTUC) and Indonesia (KSPI). These partnership agreements
are often accompanied by the creation of information and service
centres for migrants.

-(*) See also the 7-minute video entitled "Estonian migrants: longer
working hours for less money" at
http://www.icftu.org/www/video/estonia_en.wvx

Read also the interview with Sartiwen Binti Sanbardi (Hong Kong,
HKCTU) entitled "Migrant domestic workers are exploited because they
don't know the law" at http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article472

Founded on November 1 2006, the ITUC represents 168 million workers
in 153 countries and territories and has 304 national affiliates.
http://www.ituc-csi.org
================================================

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/81fa2bf8-8c5f-11db-9684-0000779e2340.html
Financial Times
December 15, 2006

US Army might break Goodyear strike

By Bernard Simon in Toronto

The US Army is considering measures to force striking workers back to
their jobs at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Kansas in the face of
a looming shortage of tyres for Humvee trucks and other military
equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A strike involving 17,000 members of the United Steelworkers union
has crippled 16 Goodyear plants in the US and Canada since October 5.

The main issues in dispute are the company's plans to close a
unionised plant in Texas, and a proposal for workers to shoulder
future increases in healthcare costs.

An army spokeswoman said on Friday that 'there's not a shortage right
now but there possibly will be one in the future'.

According to Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House of Representatives
armed services committee, the strike has cut output of Humvee tyres
by about 35 per cent.

Mr Hunter said the army was exploring a possible injunction under the
Taft-Hartley Act to force the 200 Kansas workers back to their jobs.

He proposed that they return under their current terms of employment,
on the understanding that any settlement would be extended to them.

Talks aimed at ending the strike will resume on Monday, the union
said last night.

Mr Hunter said that the army had stopped supplying tyres to units not
related to the Central Command, which is responsible for operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tyres were also not being provided to army
repair depots.

While concern has centred on the Humvees, tyres are also critical to
aircraft and other military equipment.

Goodyear brushed off concerns of looming shortages, saying that
production at the Kansas plant, where the Humvee tyres are made, 'is
near normal levels and will be back to 100 per cent in the near
future.'

It added that 'we're in daily contact with the military to ensure
delivery of the required Humvee tyres'.

The company said it was using salaried and temporary workers to keep
the Kansas plant running. It has taken similar measures at other
plants, as well as stepping up imports from overseas factories to
maintain supplies to the car and truck industry.

The union claims that the strikebound plants are running at about 20
per cent of capacity. Goodyear has said that North American output is
at about half normal levels, including non-union plants.


Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2006 
====================================================

http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article486
INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION (ITUC)
ITUC OnLine
December 15, 2006

Trade unions endorse action plan to defend migrant
rights

Brussels

As International Migrants Day (18 December) approaches, the
International Trade Union Confederation today reiterated its
determination to prioritise the fight for the respect of migrants'
rights.

At a seminar that brought them together for four days in Brussels,
some 60 trade unionists and representatives of international
organisations defined their priorities and methods for implementing a
concrete action plan with a view to better organising migrants,
defending and promoting their rights and improving their working
conditions. Emphasis was placed on gender since female migrant
workers account for a significant proportion of migrant labour and
are particularly vulnerable to discrimination.

Focusing on four priorities - protection of rights, unionisation,
sustainable development and awareness-raising - this realistic action
plan sets out the specific steps to be taken at national, regional
and international level, both within the trade union movement and in
partnership with NGOs and other civil society players. The first
priority - promoting and protecting the rights of migrant workers -
involves: 1) enhancing legal protection, specifically by more
actively promoting the ratification and application of ILO
instruments (Conventions 97 and 143) and the UN Convention on
Migrants (1990), and 2) fighting discrimination, racism and
xenophobia at all levels, especially within trade unions.

The second priority focuses on the unionisation of migrants,
specifically by sending trade union organisers from the countries of
origin to destination countries and developing practical guides for
organising migrants.

"In the context of the overall trade union struggle for a fairer and
more humane globalisation, coordinating migration and sustainable
development is a key priority for promoting decent work for all
workers, including migrant workers", said Guy Ryder, ITUC General
Secretary. This approach includes unions' determination to fight the
brain-drain - or indeed the permanent loss of expertise - in
countries of origin.

Information and awareness-raising are key tools for pursuing these
objectives at all levels of union work, as clearly demonstrated by
the experiences presented during the seminar.

In a new ITUC video, an adviser at the Info-Point in the Estonian
capital of Tallin explains that "If Estonians wishing to emigrate
come to see us before leaving, then they know what kind of wages and
working conditions await them in Finland and which unions they should
join. Well informed people will have fewer problems once they get
there". The Info-Point was set up with the support of the Finnish
trade union federation SAK(*).

Concluded at the seminar were the partnership agreements between
trade unions in Jordan (GFJTU), Pakistan (PWF) and Sri Lanka (NWC),
between unions in Mauritius (CGTM) and Senegal (CNTS), between unions
in Costa Rica (CNTRN) and Nicaragua (CST), and between unions in
Malaysia (MTUC) and Indonesia (KSPI). These partnership agreements
are often accompanied by the creation of information and service
centres for migrants.

-(*) See also the 7-minute video entitled "Estonian migrants: longer
working hours for less money" at
http://www.icftu.org/www/video/estonia_en.wvx

Read also the interview with Sartiwen Binti Sanbardi (Hong Kong,
HKCTU) entitled "Migrant domestic workers are exploited because they
don't know the law" at http://www.ituc-csi.org/spip.php?article472

Founded on November 1 2006, the ITUC represents 168 million workers
in 153 countries and territories and has 304 national affiliates.
http://www.ituc-csi.org


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The International Workingmen's Association 1864
General Rules, October 1864

Written: between October 21 and 27, 1864;
First published: in The Bee-Hive Newspaper, November 12, 1864, and in the pamphelt
Address and Provisional Rules of the Working Men's International Association
..., London, November 1864.

Considering,

That the emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes
themselves, that the struggle for the emancipation of the working classes means 
not a struggle for class privileges and monopolies, but for equal rights and duties,
and the abolition of all class rule;

That the economical subjection of the man of labor to the monopolizer of the means
of labor — that is, the source of life — lies at the bottom of servitude in all 
its forms, of all social misery, mental degradation, and political dependence;

That the economical emancipation of the working classes is therefore the great end
to which every political movement ought to be subordinate as a means;

That all efforts aiming at the great end hitherto failed from the want of solidarity
between the manifold divisions of labor in each country, and from the absence of
a fraternal bond of union between the working classes of different countries;

That the emancipation of labor is neither a local nor a national, but a social problem,
embracing all countries in which modern society exists, and depending for its solution
on the concurrence, practical and theoretical, of the most advanced countries;

That the present revival of the working classes in the most industrious countries
of Europe, while it raises a new hope, gives solemn warning against a relapse into
the old errors, and calls for the immediate combination of the still disconnected
movements;

For these reasons —

The International Working Men's Association has been founded.

It declares:

That all societies and individuals adhering to it will acknowledge truth, justice,
and morality as the basis of their conduct toward each other and toward all men,
without regard to color, creed, or nationality; 


Lil Joe








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