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Thanks for adding your voice to our call for Walmart to allow independent monitors to inspect their factories and prevent human rights abuses like what happened at 2 factories in Thailand.

We need to build pressure on Walmart to win, and the best way to do that is to get more people to join you in taking action. Can you either forward the email below to your friends, or share on Facebook?

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Thank you!

- Kaytee, Taren and the rest of us

Here’s an email you can forward to friends:

Friends,

Earlier this month, in a factory in Thailand that processes shrimp for a major supplier to Walmart, there was a revolt. 2,000 guest workers from Cambodia and Myanmar angrily protested the seizure of their passports by factory owners in Thailand. Police were called. Shots were fired.

But it wasn’t just the passport seizure that incited their anger — it was management slashing wages again. Their wages already didn’t cover the most basic needs, and this action put workers deeper into the factory’s debt – it’s called debt bondage. At this moment, many of them are still legally and financially trapped at the factory, victims of human trafficking. 

Sign our petition to Walmart’s VP of Ethical Sourcing Rajan Kamalanathan to demand these factory owners end human trafficking immediately and allow independent monitors to audit all of their factories.

http://sumofus.org/campaigns/shrimp?sub=taf

This is not an isolated incident. Also in Thailand, a pineapple factory had similar protests over wage reductions. There are now reports of human trafficking and that children under 15 have been bought and sold to work there. More than 73% of this factory’s US shipments go to Walmart.

Walmart’s own internal system claims to protect against these abuses, some of which the Bangkok Post Editorial staff have described as “the equivalent of actual slavery”. But these two cases highlight a chronic problem — human trafficking, identity document seizure, child labor, forced unpaid overtime, and debt-bondage are found across Walmart’s supply chain. 

Its internal system that audits factories to prevent these kind of abuses is broken at its core. 

We only know about these worker abuses because their revolt spilled out onto the streets. The problem is almost certainly far worse — and extends beyond the borders of Thailand. But we don’t know for sure and neither does Walmart.

We know that Walmart’s internal auditors schedule visits to factories — a deeply flawed practice that allows owners to coach workers and hide the most egregious abuses as is evident today. On the other hand, independent monitors show up unannounced, don’t aim to please factory owners, and provide a real check against some of the worst abuses — that is why they are so desperately needed.

Walmart customers around the world may be buying shrimp, pineapple, and who knows what else and unwittingly supporting near-slavery, debt bondage and child labor. We as consumers shouldn’t have to worry about supporting those kinds of horrendous abuses. 

Walmart is already feeling the heat after a New York Times investigation exposed a top-level cover up of a bribery scandal in the company’s Mexican subsidiary. With mainstream media drawing attention to Walmart’s broken internal auditing, they are desperately trying to regain public trust. If we press this issue now, while Walmart and the media are listening, we can help bring an end to these practices and can protect some of the most vulnerable workers around the world.

That’s why we set up a petition to Walmart’s VP of Ethical Sourcing, calling for him to demand these factory owners end human trafficking immediately and allow independent monitors to audit all of their factories. Will you add your name?

http://sumofus.org/campaigns/shrimp?sub=taf

 Thanks!

 

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Additional Reading:

Bangkok Post Editorial, End This Abuse by Companies, 24 April 2012  
ABC Melbourne
Exploitation Claims Hit Thai Seafood Exporter, 11 April 2012

I rappresentanti dei dipartimenti Formazione dei Sindacati affiliati alla CES,
riuniti a Bologna dal 18 al 21 Aprile 2012,
esprimono il proprio sostegno e la propria solidarietà ai lavoratori torinesi in lotta contro l’iniquo disegno di legge del governo Monti sulla riforma del mercato del lavoro.

TUC Gran Bretagna

OGB Austria

LO Svezia

CITUB Bulgaria

SIPTU Irlanda

SEK Cipro

CGIL

ETUI


Roma, 15 marzo 2012

Oggetto: FILCAMS CGIL trasmette il proprio appoggio ed il sostegno alle grandi iniziative di lotta dei Sindacati Spagnoli

    Ai compagne e alle compagne di:
    FECOHT-CCOO e CHTJ-UGT

    la FILCAMS CGIL trasmette il proprio appoggio, la solidarietà ed il sostegno alle grandi iniziative di lotta che i Sindacati Spagnoli stanno svolgendo contro i tagli indiscriminati che il Partito Popolare al Governo sta imponendo ai lavoratori e alle lavoratrici, ai pensionati e all’intero popolo spagnolo.

    Una politica meramente finanziaria e senza prospettiva di sviluppo che con il taglio indiscriminato dei salari, dei servizi pubblici e dei diritti si abbatte violentemente sulla parte più debole della popolazione a partire dai disoccupati.

    Anche i lavoratori italiani sono in lotta contro una politica europea che antepone gli interessi finanziari ai diritti dei cittadini; un’Europa nella quale i diritti sindacali e dei lavoratori sembrano oramai considerati un lusso non permesso in tempi di crisi. Anche in Italia, nonostante il cambio di governo che ha tolto la scena ad una destra impresentabile sia per gli aspetti etici, che per quelli politici ed economici; la politica di tagli adottata dal "Governo tecnico" guidato da Mario Monti sta colpendo in maniera durissima la parte più debole della popolazione e in questi giorni è in atto una difficilissima trattativa sulla riforma del lavoro con un terribile attacco ai diritti dei lavoratori.

    In questo contesto serve una politica sindacale europea più coordinata, forte e coesa che con il medesimo linguaggio e le stesse lotte risponda contemporaneamente ad Atene e a Berlino, a Parigi come a Lisbona, a Madrid, Roma e Bruxelles.

    Un grande abbraccio in solidarietà

    Giuliana Mesina Responsabile Politiche Globali Filcams Cgil

    Gabriele Guglielmi Coordinatore Politiche Internazionali Filcams Cgil

    Dear Gabriele Guglielmi

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

    Dear Hans, Anton and Norma,
    Dear clients of the cleaning companies,

    Thousands of cleaners are in their largest strike ever in the Netherlands. Their Marches for Respect have made a big impression around the globe. They don’t ask for millions or for huge bonuses. They just want ordinary things like sick pay, enough time to finish the job and a fair wage to take care of their families. With your billions of euros in turnover and hundreds of million of profit and your high-paid executives and expensive communication advisors that shouldn’t be a problem at all for you. The cleaners are putting money in your pocket, Hans, Anton and Norma! They deserve a fair wage and decent standards. They even convinced some big clients, including the railroad company, to spend more money on cleaning.

    What more do you want? The Netherlands and the world want the cleaners to be treated fairly and respectfully. Don’t let us down; take responsibility. Give the cleaners what they deserve: more respect, appreciation and fair conditions.

    Yours sincerely,

    Gabriele Guglielmi
    FILCAMS CGIL
    Italy

    “Il Governo Italiano ha annunciato la completa deregolamentazione degli orari di apertura degli esercizi commerciali in Italia, in congiunzione con un programma di austerità inaccettabile. Gli affiliati di UNI Europa Commerce, Filcams, Fisascat e Uiltucs sono stati messi da parte: siamo sconvolti nell’apprendere che chi ha scritto questa legge proviene da Federdistribuzione, la federazione dei datori del commercio.

    Esiste il rischio che negozi e supermercati restino aperti 24 ore al giorno, le Domeniche e durante le festività pubbliche quali Natale e Pasqua, senza negoziazioni con il sindacato.

    Noi condanniamo questo attacco all’occupazione. Si potrebbe verificare la chiusura di migliaia di piccoli e medi esercizi commerciali che non potranno sostenere la competizione. Verranno assunti sempre più lavoratori precari per orari di lavoro antisociali.

    Anche i consumatori saranno colpiti, perché queste chiusure si concentreranno nelle aree residenziali, nei rivenditori a livello locale, e tutto questo sarà a favore dei grandi rivenditori di periferia. E i più anziani? E le persone con problemi di mobilità? E coloro che non possiedono un’automobile?

    Questo cambiamento nella legislazione sarà un disastro per i centri storici delle città di provincia, e accentuerà la desertificazione.

    I consumi non aumenteranno con l’estensione degli orari di apertura, poiché il potere d’acquisto sarà sotto pressione a causa delle misure di austerità.

    Un domani, l’aumento del lavoro notturno, domenicale e durante le festività, creerà un divario tra i lavoratori e le loro famiglie, e aumenterà i livelli di malessere.

    UNI Europa Commerce sostiene le iniziative dei sindacati Filcams, Fisascat e Uiltucs a favore della mobilizzazione per uno sciopero il 12 dicembre, per lottare contro il pacchetto di austerità e promuovere misure per un’occupazione di qualità nel settore del commercio in Italia.

    Fabrice Warneck
    Uni Europa Commerce Policy Officer

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    ENG

    The Italian Government has announced the full deregulation of shop opening hours in Italy in conjunction with an unacceptable austerity program. The UNI Europa Commerce affiliates Filcams, Fisascat and Uiltucs have been put aside: We are shocked to learn that the writer of this legislation comes from the Federdistribuzione, the employers’ federation of commerce.

    There is a
    risk that stores and supermarkets open 24 hours a day, Sundays and public holidays such as Christmas and Easter without negotiations with the unions.

    We condemn
    the attack against employment. There may be closures of thousands of small and large businesses that can not withstand competition. There will be even more precarious workers hired for these unsocial hours.

    Consumers
    will be affected, because these closures will be concentrated in residential areas, local retailers, and this will be in favour of big retailers in the suburbs. And the elderly? And people with mobility problems? And those who do not have a car?

    This change in legislation promises to be
    a disaster for the historic centers of cities in the provinces, with an accentuation of desertification.

    Consumption
    will not increase with the extension of opening hours, as the purchasing power will be under pressure due to austerity measures.

    Tomorrow
    , the increase of night work, Sunday and holidays, will create a gap between workers and their families, will increase the malaise at all levels.

    UNI Europa Commerce supports the
    unions Filcams, Fisascat and Uiltucs initiatives for mobilizing for the strike on December 12 in order to fight against the austerity package and to promote quality employment measure in the commerce sector in Italy.

    Fabrice Warneck
    UNI Europa Commerce Policy Officer"

    UNI europa
    rue de l’Hôpital 31
    1000 Bruxelles
    Belgium
    Tel: +32 2 234 56 57
    Fax: +32 2 235 08 70

    fabrice.warneck@uniglobalunion.org
    www.uni-europa.org

    ENGLISH

    Dear Colleagues,

    FILCAMS- CGIL has informed our Secretariat that the Italian Government
    has announced the full deregulation of shop opening hours in Italy in conjunction with an unacceptable austerity program. There is a risk that stores and supermarkets open 24 hours a day, Sundays and public holidays such as Christmas and Easter.
    Filcams-CGIL request you to kindly send them letter of solidarity. You will find a model below. Please feel free to adapt it and send it tomorrow at the latest.

    In solidarity.


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    FRANCAIS

    Chers collègues, chers camarades,

    FILCAMS- CGI
    L, notre organisation affiliée a informé notre Secrétariat que le gouvernement italien a annoncé la déréglementation totale des heures d’ouverture des commerces en Italie en parallèle à un programme inacceptable d’austérité.

    C’est le risque de voir les magasins et grandes surfaces ouvrir 24 heures par jour, dimanches et jours fériés tels que Noël et Pâques.

    FILCAMS- CGI
    L demande que vous leur envoyez une lettre de solidarité. Vous trouverez un modèle ci-dessous. N’hésitez pas à l’adapter et à l’envoyer demain au plus tard.
    Salutations syndicales.

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    Fabrice Warneck
    Policy Officer

    UNI europa
    rue de l’Hôpital 31
    1000 Bruxelles
    Belgium
    Tel: +32 2 234 56 57
    Fax: +32 2 235 08 70

    fabrice.warneck@uniglobalunion.org
    www.uni-europa.org

    Estimado/ a
    Gabriele Guglielmi

    Gracias por enviar hoy el siguiente mensaje:

    A: Paul Bulcke, Presidente Ejecutivo
    cc: Jean-Marc Duvoisin, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo, Recursos Humanos
    Enrique Rueda, Gerente Corporativo de Relaciones con los Empleados

    Dear Sirs

    I am outraged to learn that management at the Kabirwala dairy factory in Pakistan is criminalizing the union’s fight for the rights of hundreds of contract workers at the plant. More than two hundred contact workers have been dismissed, workers protesting their situation have been violently attacked and 80 contact workers now face criminal charges for defending their legal right to direct, permanent employment, as does president Mohammad Hussein Bhatti.

    I call on you to act to ensure that to ensure that all charges are dropped against the Kabirwala contract workers and that all those dismissed are reinstated and made direct, permanent employees in accordance with the law. Charges must be dropped against union president Bhatti and management must cease its interference in the union.

    Yours sincerely

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    Traducción del mensaje

    Señores:

    Me siento indignado al enterarme que la gerencia de la planta láctea de Kabirwala en Pakistán está penalizando la lucha del sindicato en favor de los derechos de cientos de trabajadores y trabajadoras contratados en la fábrica. Más de doscientos trabajadores/as contratados fueron despedidos; se atacó violentamente a los trabajadores/as que protestaron por su situación y, actualmente, 80 trabajadores/as contratados son acusados de delitos criminales por defender su derecho legal al empleo directo y permanente, como lo hace el presidente del sindicato Mohammad Hussein Bhatti.

    Les exhorto a actuar para asegurar que se retiren todas las acusaciones contra los trabajadores/as contratados de Kabirwala, que se reincorpore a todos los despedidos y que se les convierta en empleados/as directos y permanentes, de conformidad con la ley. Es preciso que se retiren las acusaciones contra el presidente del sindicato Bhatti y la gerencia debe dejar de interferir en la organización sindical.

    Atentamente,

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    Dear
    Gabriele Guglielmi

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

    To Paul Bulcke, CEO
    CC Jean-Marc Duvoisin, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
    Enrique Rueda, Corporate Employee Relations Managerge
    Dear Sirs

    I am outraged to learn that management at the Kabirwala dairy factory in Pakistan is criminalizing the union’s fight for the rights of hundreds of contract workers at the plant. More than two hundred contract workers have been dismissed, workers protesting their situation have been violently attacked and 80 contract workers now face criminal charges for defending their legal right to direct, permanent employment, as does president Mohammad Hussein Bhatti.

    I call on you to act to ensure that all charges are dropped against the Kabirwala contract workers and that all those dismissed are reinstated and made direct, permanent employees in accordance with the law. Charges must be dropped against union president Bhatti and management must cease its interference in the union.

    Yours sincerely

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    Dear
    Gabriele Guglielmi

    FILCAMS CGIL International Policies Coordinator

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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    To M Mohamed Naceur, Minister of Social Affairs
    cc M. Mehdi Houas, Minister of Commerce and Tourism
    M Mohamed Belajouza, President, Tunisian Hotel Federation
    M Mohamed Ali Toumi, President, Tunisian Federation of Travel Agencies

    Dear Sirs

    I write in support of the strike by the FGAT-UGTT on November 1. It is unacceptable that the UGTT has concluded 51 collective agreements for workers in the private sector, but that hotel and tourism workers are still waiting to conclude an agreement for workers in one of the country’s most vital sectors. I urge you to take all necessary action to ensure that good faith negotiations take place immediately to secure an agreement acceptable to the union.

    Yours sincerely

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    Cher/Chère
    Gabriele Guglielmi

    FILCAMS CGIL International Policies Coordinator

    Merci d’avoir envoyé le message suivant:

    Messieurs,

    Le 26 juin, les employés/es du complexe Sheraton Club des Pins ont annoncé leur intention de former un syndicat par une pétition contenant quelques 300 signatures. Au lieu de donner suite à leur demande de tenir une assemblée générale constitutive, conformément aux dispositions en vigueur, la direction a réagi en licenciant 3 délégués syndicaux, en entamant une action en justice à l’encontre des 5 délégués et en licenciant la quasi totalité du personnel à la suite de protestations nées d’une frustration profonde et compréhensible.
    La direction a ensuite convoqué les employés/es à des entretiens avec les responsables de ressources humaines et leur a présenté des avis de licenciement ou des amendes, sans préavis, et des déclarations par lesquelles ils/elles renoncent à être accompagnés/es et assistés/es par un/e collègue ou un conseiller juridique. Ces actions contreviennent à toutes les normes internationales.
    Je vous demande instamment de prendre toutes les mesures nécessaires pour la réintégration immédiate et sans conditions de tous les employés/es licenciés/es à leurs anciens postes et d’entamer un dialogue constructif avec ces employés/es et leurs représentants/es.

    Veuillez agréer, Messieurs, l’expression de ma considération

    Dear Sirs
    On June 26 workers at the Sheraton Club des Pins officially announced their intention to form a trade union with a petition containing some 300 signatures. Rather than responding to their request to hold a founding assembly, in accordance with the standard procedures, management responded by dismissing 3 union delegates, initiating legal proceedings against the 5 delegates and then proceeding to dismiss virtually the entire staff following a protest born of deep and understandable frustration.
    Management then summonsed workers to meetings with human resource managers and presented them with notices of dismissal or fines, without warning, and statements in which they renounce their right to be accompanied and assisted by another colleague or by legal counsel. These procedures contravene all international norms and standards.
    I therefore urge you to take the necessary actions to have all dismissed employees immediately and unconditionally reinstated to their former positions and to enter into a constructive dialogue with these employees and their representatives.
    Yours sincerely,

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    Dear
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

    Dear President Ouattara,

    On April 26, Basile Mahan Gahé, general secretary of the national trade union center Dignité, was arrested at his Abidjan home and taken into detention. The union office was sacked, and many union officers have gone into hiding. On June 2, he was transferred to a prison in Boundiali, where he is reportedly subjected to a harsh regime.

    We are deeply concerned for his safety and physical integrity. Basile Mahan Gahé’s detention is a violation of international law and of your own commitment to national reconciliation, and I accordingly demand his immediate and unconditional release as well as firm guarantees for his physical safety. I will closely follow your government’s actions in this regard.

    Yours sincerely

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    free Dignité general secretary Basil Mahan Gahé

    Estimado/ a
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

    Gracias por enviar hoy el siguiente mensaje:

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    To the President of Guatemala Álvaro Colom Caballeros

    Dear Mr. President,

    I am shocked and outraged to learn of the May 26 murder of Joel Hernandez Godoy, finance Secretary of the banana workers unión SITRABI. This brutal assassination follows on the April 10 murder of SITRABI officer Oscar Humberto Gonlalez Vasquez, in Nueva Chiriqui, Morales.

    I call on your government to act swiftly to ensure that a full and transparent investigation of this latest leader of a union leader is undertaken and the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice. World democratic opinion has repeatedly urged action to end judicial impunity which underpins these anti-union murders. Ending impunity is essential to securing democracy in Guatemala, which must include measures to ensure that unions can carry out their duties in a climate free of violence.

    I will closely follow your government’s actions in this regard.

    Yours sincerely

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    Mensaje (traducción al español)

    Al Presidente de Guatemala, Álvaro Colom Caballeros

    Señor Presidente:

    Siento gran horror e indignación al enterarme del asesinato de Idar Joel Hernández Godoy, secretario de finanzas del Sindicato de Trabajadores Bananeros de Izabal (SITRABI), consumado el día 26 de marzo. Este brutal crimen se agrega al homicidio del dirigente de SITRABI, Oscar Humberto Gonzáles Vázquez, ocurrido el 10 de abril en Nueva Chiriqui, Morales.

    Insto a su gobierno a actuar rápidamente para asegurar que se emprenda una indagación completa y transparente de este reciente asesinato de un dirigente sindical y que los autores del delito sean llevados ante la justicia cuanto antes. La opinión democrática mundial ha exigido reiteradamente acciones para acabar con la impunidad judicial que sustenta estos crímenes antisindicales. El fin de la impunidad es esencial para garantizar la democracia en Guatemala, la cual debe incluir medidas para asegurar que las organizaciones sindicales puedan llevar a cabo sus tareas en un clima libre de violencia.

    Estaré observando con atención las acciones de su gobierno a este respecto.

    Atentamente,

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    Dear
    Gabriele Guglielmi

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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    Mr. Milind Pant, Managing Director, Yum Restaurants International (Thailand)

    Mr. David C. Novak, Chairman and CEO

    Subject: Dismissed KFC union activists

    I was shocked to learn that management of KFC Thailand has dismissed three trade union activists Apantree Charoensak, Krit Suang-aranan and Siwaporn Somjit from their employment at KFC in Thailand after workers formed a union and submitted a proposal to negotiate for a collective agreement. In addition to this, management then harassed and intimidated workers to try and get them to turn against the union and refused to negotiate with the union.
    These actions clearly constitute a breach of both internationally acknowledged labour rights and Thai labour law.
    I call on you to immediately reinstate the three trade union activists, cease intimidation and harassment of workers exercising their right of freedom of association, recognize the union and start negotiations in good faith with union representatives.

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    Dear Mr. Francesco Martini,
     
    Thank you very much for contribution to UNI Solidarity Japan Fund.

    We send you the letter from Kiyoshi Ochiai, Chairperson, UNI-LCJapan.

     

    Kind regards,

    Akiko Sakai

    UNI Liaison Council Japan 

    Dear
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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    To Marc Roquette, Président Roquette Frères
    Guy Talbourdet CEO

    Dear sirs,

    I urge you to act to ensure that the lockout of BCTGM members at the Roquette plant in Keokuk, Iowa is immediately and unconditionally lifted and that management enters into good faith negotiations for the renewal of a collective agreement without delay.

    Yours sincerely

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    Deseo que trasmitas en nombre la Organización que represento nuestro mayor apoyo y éxito a la Huelga General convocada por CGIL.

    Desde la CHTJ-UGT coincidimos plenamente con vuestros planteamientos sindicales asi como en el diagnostico de la Crisis y el rechazo a que todas las medidas sean encaminadas a que solo los trabajadores, la sociedad en su conjunto, sean los únicos a los que se les pone en las espaldas un peso mas.

    Otras Europa es posible, otra sociedad es posible y el movimiento sindical europeo debe responder con fuerza. Sabemos que no son buenos tiempos para los trabajadores, por eso el ejemplo y la dignidad de CGIL son un buen referente para todos nosotros.

    FORZA CGIL, FORZA LA LUCHA DE LOS TRABAJADORES.

    Emilio Ferrero López
    Secretario Sec. Hosteleria y Relaciones Internacionales

    UNITE HERE invia i saluti di tutti i suoi membri e dirigenti negli Stati Uniti e in Canada, e manda un forte messaggio di sostegno e solidarietà alla CGIL in occasione del vostro sciopero generale del 6 Maggio.

    Anche negli Stati Uniti abbiamo politici che sembrano incapaci di rispondere alle reali necessità del paese e dei suoi lavoratori. I Repubblicani e i politici dei Tea Party stanno usando i lavoratori immigranti come capri espiatori, il che non fa nulla per migliorare l’economia o l’immagine del paese. Sia UNITE HERE che gli Stati Uniti sono stati costruiti dai lavoratori immigranti, quindi applaudiamo ciò che sta facendo la CGIL per innalzare lo standard e il livello di dignità per tutti i lavoratori immigranti e giovani in Italia.

    Sosteniamo le politiche proposte dalla CGIL per avviare l’Italia sul percorso della crescita e della giustizia.

    in solidarietà,

    Debbie Anderson
    Director, International Affairs Department
    UNITE HERE

    On behalf of our members and officers throughout the United States and Canada, UNITE HERE send greetings and a strong message of support and solidarity to CGIL on the occasion of your 6 May General Strike.
     
    In the US we too have politicians who appear incapable of responding to the real needs of the country and its workers. Republican and Tea Party politicians here are also scape-goating immigrant workers, which does nothing to improve either the economy or the image of the country. Both UNITE HERE and the United States were built by immigrant workers, so we applaud what CGIL is doing to raise the standards and the level of dignity for all immigrants and young workers in Italy.
     
    We support CGIL’s proposed policies to set Italy on the right path of growth and fairness.
     
    In unity,
     
    Debbie Anderson
    Director, International Affairs Department
    UNITE HERE

    Dear
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali della FILCAMS CGIL

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am shocked to learn from the IUF that five women working at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin have been removed from the roster and therefore effectively locked out for refusing to accept a reduction in pay from €8.65 an hour to €7.79.

    This was done without the workers, who come from Lithuania and Poland even being given a copy of the proposed new contract, either in English or their own languages. Other workers at the hotel, also mainly migrant workers, did sign new contracts under pressure from management.

    This action flies in the face of assurances given by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan last November that under the new legislation existing employees would not be forced to sign new low pay contracts.

    I urge you to immediately reinstate these five workers to the roster with no reduction in wages.

    Sincerely

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    Dear
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali della FILCAMS CGIL

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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    To Marian LUPU, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
    Vladimir FILAT, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
    Valentina BULIGA, Minister Of Labor, Social Protection And Family
    Alexei ROIBU , Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic Of Moldova
    Alexandru Tanase, Minister of Justice
    Valeriu Zubco, General Prosecutor of the Republic of Moldova

    Dear Madam, dear Sir,

    I am shocked to learn from the IUF that five union activists from the Glodeni Sugar Plant “Glodeni-Zahar” face prison sentences of between 3 and 8 years for trying to secure wage and benefit arrears owed to the workers. Workers at the plant have not been paid their wages and benefits since June 2009. I urge your government to act to resolve this conflict by ensuring that all wages and benefits owed to the workers are paid without delay. The criminal charges against Vasilii Guleac, Valentina Semeniuc and activists Anatolie Furtuna, Fiodor Svoevolin and Victor Colibaba must be immediately and unconditionally dropped. Defending wages and benefits against theft is not a crime!

    Yours sincerely

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    All’attenzione dell’Onorevole C. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa
    Presidente degli Stati Uniti del Messico

    Egregio Presidente Calderon,

    Il 9 Aprile, Santiago Rafael Cruz, sindacalista del Comitato per la sindacalizzazione del lavoro agricolo (FLOC,AFL-CIO) è stato trovato morto, ucciso dalle percosse. È evidente che questo assassinio, che ha spinto la Commissione Inter Americana per i diritti umani a garantire protezione ai membri del FLOC, è un atto di intimidazione volto a fermare la sindacalizzazione degli agricoltori, e ben rappresenta la spirale di violenza nei confronti dei leader sindacali in America Latina. Chiediamo che le autorità messicane agiscano con decisione per sottoporre alla giustizia sia gli esecutori che i mandanti di questo delitto.

    Distinti saluti,

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    Dear
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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    To the Honorable C. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa
    President of The United States of Mexico

    Dear President Calderon

    On April 9, 2007, Santiago Rafael Cruz was bound with rope and beaten to death in the offices of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC, AFL-CIO), in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, where he worked as an organizer. There can be little doubt that this assassination was a blatant act of intimidation meant to stop the union from aiding farm laborers. The lack of progress in the investigation of this brutal crime is cause for grave concern.

    In response to this assassination, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted protective measures to other members of FLOC, asking the Mexican State to ensure their safety and to vigorously investigate this murder.

    I believe that Santiago Cruz’s murder represents the rising tide of violence and persecution of labor leaders in Latin America. It is essential that the Mexican authorities act decisively to bring the murderers, and the masterminds behind it, to justice. Such action would reaffirm Mexico’s commitment to justice in this case, and would also prevent new attacks against people seeking to exercise their internationally recognized right to improve their lives through labor organizing and collective bargaining. Failure to act sends the intolerable message that criminals may carry out unspeakable acts in Mexico with impunity, and invites the condemnation of the world.

    Yours sincerely

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    Dear
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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    To Mihai GHIMPU, President of Moldova
    VALENTINA BULIGA, Minister Of Labor, Social Protection And Family
    Victor CATAN, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic Of Moldova
    Alexandru Tanase, Minister of Justice
    Valeriu Zubco, General Prosecutor of the Republic of Moldova

    I was shocked to learn that five workers and union activists from the Glodeni Sugar Plant have been placed under house arrest and face prison sentences for trying to get their wage arrears paid. Workers at the plant have not been paid their wages and benefits since June 2009. I urge you to intervene to resolve this conflict and deliver justice to these workers by ensuring that all wages and benefits owed to workers are paid without delay. Furthermore, Vasilii Guleac, Valentina Semeniuc and activists Anatolie Furtuna, Fiodor Svoevolin and Victor Colibaba should be immediately released from house arrest, and all charges against them dropped.

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    Sintesi dell’appello al quale ha già aderito il Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali della FILCAMS

    Lavoratori dello zuccherificio di Glodeni, Moldavia – arrestati per aver tentato di farsi pagare gli stipendi arretrati

    A: Mihai GHIMPU, Presidente della Repubblica di Moldavia
    VALENTINA BULIGA, Ministro del Lavoro, della Protezione Sociale e della Famiglia
    Victor CATAN, Ministro per gli Affari Interni della Repubblica di Moldavia
    Alexandru Tanase, Ministro di Giustizia
    Valeriu Zubco, Procuratore Generale della Repubblica di Moldavia

    Ho appreso con sorpresa che cinque lavoratori e attivisti sindacali dello zuccherificio di Glodeni sono stati posti agli arresti domiciliari e rischiano di finire in prigione per aver tentato di farsi pagare gli stipendi arretrati. Quei lavoratori non ricevono una retribuzione dal giugno 2009. Vi esorto a risolvere il conflitto e garantire che senza ulteriori ritardi siano corrisposti gli stipendi e i benefit arretrati. Chiedo inoltre che Vasilii Guleac, Valentina Semeniuc, Anatolie Furtuna, Fiodor Svoevolin e Victor Colibaba siano immediatamente rilasciati e che le accuse contro di loro siano ritirate.

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    Alla cortese attenzione di Mr. Dada Rosada

    Sindaco di Bandung

    Oggetto: l’ ILO chiede all’Indonesia di ristabilire la libertà sindacale al Grand Aquila Hotel di Bandung

    Le scriviamo in seguito a un reclamo presentato da IUF da parte di FSPM in Indonesia nell’Ottobre del 2009. Sono state evidenziate numerose violazioni da parte del Governo indonesiano ai danni delle libertà fondamentali inerenti il diritto di associazione. La struttura coinvolta è il Grand Aquila Hotel, i cui dipendenti hanno notificato alla direzione il 13 ottobre 2008 la creazione di un sindacato regolarmente registrato. In seguito a questo, 137 dipendenti sono stati licenziati.
    Vi esortiamo a reintegrare i dipendenti licenziati e a garantire loro il diritto di associazione.

    Cordialmente,

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    Dear
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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    To His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed “Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Republic
    To His Excellency Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani, Head of Judiciary
    To His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President

    Dear sirs

    Your government continues to arrest, imprison and victimize members of the Haft Tapeh Sugar workers Union for democratic trade union activity which is protected under international law. President Reza Rakhshan was sentenced to 6 months in prison for “spreading lies” on December 1 by the Court of Appeal in the city of Ahvaz. On November 18, three Haft Tapeh members – Behrouz Nikoufard, Alireza Saeed, and Behrouz Molazadeh – were convicted and sentenced to 6 months in prison by the Ahwaz Court of Appeal on charges of “showing disrespect to the Supreme Leader”. Five Haft Tapeh officers convicted last year, Ali Nejati, Gorban Alipour, Mohammad Heidari, Jali Ahmadi and Feridun Nikfar have been fired from their jobs and expelled from their homes after having served their unjust sentences.

    We call on your government to immediately and unconditionally drop all current and past charges against all Haft Tapeh officers and members and to have them reinstated to their jobs and their homes. I am closely following your government’s action in this regard.

    Yours sincerely

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    Libertà per i sindacalisti iraniani dello zucchero!

    A Sua Eccellenza Ayatollah Sayed “Ali Khamenei, Leader della Repubblica Islamica
    A Sua Eccellenza Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani, Capo del Dipartimento Giudiziario
    A Sua Eccellenza Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Presidente

    Gentili signori,

    Il Vostro governo continua ad arrestare, imprigionare e vittimizzare i membri di Haft Tapeh Sugar Workers Union per le loro attività sindacali democratiche, protette dalle leggi internazionali. Il Presidente Reza Rakhshan è stato condannato a sei mesi di prigione per aver “diffuso menzogne” il primo dicembre da una corte d’appello della città di Ahvaz. Il 18 novembre, tre membri di Haft Tapeh – Behrouz Nikoufard, Alireza Saeed e behrouz Molazadeh – sono stati arrestati e condannati a sei mesi di prigione dalla corte d’appello di Ahwaz con l’accusa di “aver mostrato una mancanza di rispetto verso il Leader Supremo”. Cinque dirigenti di Haft Tapeh sono stati arrestati lo scorso anno, Ali Nejati, Gorban Alipour, Mohammad Heidari, Jali Ahmadi e Feridun Nikfar, che sono stati licenziati ed espulsi dalle loro case dopo aver scontato una condanna ingiusta.

    Esortiamo il Vostro governo a lasciar cadere immediatamente e incodizionatamente le accuse attuali e passate contro qualunque dirigente o membro di Haft Tapeh, e di fargli riavere i loro posti di lavoro e abitazioni. Seguirò con attenzione le azioni del vostro governo a questo riguardo.

    Cordialmente,

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    Fermate la serrata alla Roquette!

    A Marc Roquette, Presidente Roquette Frères
    Guy Talbourdet CEO

    Gentili signori,

    Roquette Frères afferma di essere impegnata a difendere gli standard di lavoro internazionali e a integrarli nelle operazioni aziendali, nella strategia e nella cultura dell’impresa. La serrata punitiva della struttura BCTGM 48G nel vostro impianto di Keokuk, Iowa, che continua dal 28 settembre, è in violazione degli standard ILO, delle linee guida OECD per le aziende multinazionali e dei principi di UN Global Compact, che voi avete firmato. Vi esorto ad agire per garantire che la serrata sia immediatamente e incodizionatamente cessata, e che vengano iniziate immediatamente e in buona fede le negoziazioni per il rinnovo dell’accordo collettivo.

    Cordialmente,

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    Dear
    Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

    Thank you for sending on the following message today:

    To His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey
    To His Excellency Ömer Dincer, Labour and Social Security Minister of Turkey

    Dear Sirs,

    I am shocked to learn that your government has filed criminal indictments against 111 trade union presidents and union members for taking part in a public demonstration in support of the former TEKEL workers in Ankara on April 1, 2010. I also remind you that the demonstrators at that time were assaulted by the police for attempting to exercise their democratic rights. The use of the courts to criminalize trade union action in this manner is a clear violation of international norms and standards, including Convention 87 of the ILO which clearly guarantees workers the right to freely conduct such actions.

    I therefore call on your government to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against all the trade union officers and assure them the right to conduct their activities free of violence and harassment. It is the duty of the state to protect worker rights, not to criminalize trade union activity. I am closely following your government’s action in this regard.

    Yours sincerely,

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    Al Segretario Generale UITA
    Ron Oswald

    Care/i Compagne/i,
    voglio esprimere tutta la gratitudine e la riconoscenza, a nome mio e della Filcams Cgil, per la solidarietà e il calore manifestato dal Segretario Generale Ron Oswald e da tutte le Compagne e i Compagni dell’UITA, a tutte le vittime, le famiglie e all’intera popolazione abruzzese, colpite così duramente da questa immane tragedia.
    Sarà mia premura inviare la lettera ricevuta a tutte le sedi della Filcams Abruzzese, con l’intento di trasmettere le Vostre sentite condoglianze e la partecipazione al profondo dolore.
    Fraterni saluti
    Il Segretario Generale
    Francesco Martini

    Roma, 26 Settembre 2002

    Oggetto: Solidarietà


    FNV Horecabond

    Filcams CGIL, Fisascat CISL, Uiltucs UIL che da 9 mesi sono impegnate in una difficile lotta per il rinnovo del Contratto Collettivo Nazionale dei lavoratori del turismo sono solidali con la lotta dei lavoratori e delle lavoratrici olandesi e augurano a FNV Horecabond la piena riuscita della manifestazione del 30 settembre ed il rapido rinnovo di Contratto Collettivo che possa tutelare integralmente il potere d’acquisto dei salari.

    p. La Filcams-Cgil p. La Fisascat-Cisl p. La Uiltucs-Uil
    Ivano Corraini Gianni Baratta Brunetto Boco