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The Fight for the Withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan:
United States: We are publishing a letter from Cynthia McKinney to President Obama: "I ask you to bring home our troops now" and the motion passed on stopping the war in Afghanistan by the AFT union (American Federation of Teachers 1021).
We also publish a message from the LRA in Afghanistan and extracts of a call of British MPs: "The war in Afghanistan is an immoral war. "
Honduras: You will find below the full interview with Carlos Reyes, an independent candidate for president, who opposed the holding of elections without democratic rights in the country.
Germany: We are publishing an interview with Beate Siewecke, a delegate to the SPD congress held after unprecedented electoral defeat of the SPD: "We will continue to fight for the only possible renovation." You will also find a correspondence on the student strike against German LMD and the implementation of the "Bologna process" initiated by the European Union.
Ireland: We are publishing an article on the strike of teachers and workers in the public sector on November 24.
China: We are publishing the editorial of The China newsletter published in France, No. 322.
United States: Students at UC Berkeley occupy the university and strike.
Table of Contents:
p. 1: Introduction
At its party conference following an unprecedented electoral defeat September 27 where it lost six million votes, the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) confirmed both the politics and the leadership responsible for this disaster.
Seven weeks after its historical defeat in the federal elections, the SPD held its party conference November 13 through 15 in Dresden. Six million voters, representing the labor base of the party, had just expressed, in the most demonstrative way, their rejection of the politics initiated by Schröder and pursued by his successors, Steinmeier, Müntefering and Steinbrück, in the grand coalition government of Germany's two largest parties, the Christian Democrat Union/Christian Socialist Union (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Expressions of revolt against the leadership's suicidal course have increased everywhere in the SPD in the last few weeks.
We are publishing below the interview of Beate Siewecke, a conference delegate, conducted by one of our correspondents.
"We will carry on the fight for the only possible renovation."
I read in the press that you said in your intervention at the SPD party conference that you would vote neither for the political program nor for the leadership. Why such a stance?
Six million and two hundred thousand traditional voters of the SPD have denied the SPD their votes during the Bundestag elections that took place last September 27. This vote means that they completely rejected the SPD politics in the grand coalition, Schröder's politics, the so-called "Agenda 2010", the Hatz-IV law, retirement at 67 and the SPD leaders responsible for all that, Müntefering, Steinmeier and Steinbrück.
What the German population wants and expects from the SPD is a radical change in its politics. To this end it needs leading personnel that defends this new politics in a credible fashion.
In my opinion, this cannot be achieved with people who still not so long ago in Parliament approved extension of the duration of working life, financial deregulation, tax exemption on sales of enterprises and many other things like that.
The way they see their politics is expressed in the draft main motion which the "self-proclaimed" new national bureau has elaborated under the guidance of the new party chairman, Sigmar Gabriel, and with the collaboration of the outgoing chairman, Franz Müntefering. "We can look behind on eleven years during which we have successfully assumed governing responsibility," they dare to state.
Furthermore this draft resolution declares: "We have successfully reduced unemployment (!). We have made sure that pensioners would not have to worry about their pension income in the crisis period (!)." This is an insult to the many unemployed and retired who are growing increasingly poorer. After eleven years of SPD participation in the government the gap between rich and poor has deepened. More and more people are compelled to depend on aid from the state to top their working income in order to simply be able to live.
The former chancellor candidate and current chairman of the parliamentary group, Water Steinmeier, has overdone himself in his speech to the party conference: he would like the party to pursue in the opposition the politics it so successfully carried out while in government.
I have been incensed, and I haven't been the only one, many other SPF members as well have been, at the way the candidates to the leadership were nominated. On the very election evening the former chancellor candidate, Steinmeier, declared he was a candidate to the position of chairman of the parliamentary group. A number of delegates voted against. Barely a few days after the elections, before the party conference, the national bureau of the party came to an agreement on the person of Sigmar Gabriel. The rank and file was purely and simply ignored.
You have been characterized as a "rebel", member of a small group of "resistance fighters". Is that group really so small?
After the speech of the former SPD chairman, Müntefering, about the balance sheet of the elections, over sixty comrades, men and women, have taken the floor. The great majority of them have expressed anger about the electoral defeat of the party. It is no doubt a reflection on the revolt of the SPD voters.
But this state of mind was not reflected in the election to the national bureau. There were only 19 votes against Gabriel out of over 500. The main motion was adopted with four abstentions and only my own vote against.
That has to do with the make-up of the delegates.
Those are the same delegates who, admittedly influenced thanks to various manipulations, had voted unanimously in June for the program of government.
There were numerous very good draft resolutions, for example against German involvement in Afghanistan. But after the resolution committee (where sat former ministers, presidents of Länder, members of the national bureau) had voted them down, the authors of these resolutions gave up the fight. Among the rank and file, in the grassroots sections, it is a different story. I got very positive reactions to my intervention.
To your mind, what are the main points workers and SPD members want to build on and where what they expect of the SPD is that it be true to its core values and that it give clear answers?
Several demands kept coming up in the draft resolutions, like the one, for instance, concerning a change of the law governing temporary work. After that law was relaxed thanks to the SPD's collaboration, the number of temporary workers exploded, reaching about seven hundred thousand persons. They are the first ones to be thrown into the streets by the economic crisis.
Or like the one concerning retirement age at 67: in spite of the many attempts at camouflaging the question, everyone understands perfectly well that what is at stake is nothing but the reduction of pensions. At present only about 7% work until 67 as all others are either sick or unemployed or already dead.
Let's take the example of Opel. Sigmar Gabriel is very pleased about the SPD's commitment to Opel. Yet it is the grand coalition government of the CDU/CSU and of the SPD that has endorsed the elimination of over ten thousand jobs at Opel.
Against that, trade unionists, colleagues at Opel and social-democrats back then already demanded of the SPD Labor minister, Scholz, that a bill be immediately put forward so that the state can take over Opel and guarantee all the jobs and all the Opel factories. I come from Bochum where six thousand employees fear for their jobs. Their colleagues and the whole population along with them expect of the SPD that it embark on a bold struggle so that Opel, all its jobs, its production lines and its assets be put under the protection of the state. And we are going to carry a resolute fight for that, in particular above all in the SPD Association for Labor Affairs (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Arbeitnehmerfragen).
After the party conference I have already had many discussions with other comrades, outside Düsseldorf itself. We will carry on the fight and keep on organizing for the only true "renovation" possible of the SPD, a renovation that can come only from the bottom and if the SPD takes into account the demands of working people and the youth.
German students on strike
They oppose the License-Master-Doctorate (LMD) and the implementation of the "Bologna Process".
Tens of thousands of students throughout Germany demonstrated Tuesday November 17 against the devastating changes underway in higher education (college, technical) which are linked to the "European harmonization of curricula" and to demand better study conditions.
"Free education for all! Money for education, not for the banks! A mind well done rather than well full!" read some of the banners in Berlin where thousands took to the streets. Conference halls occupied, sit-ins and sleeping bagsŠtens of colleges have been hit by the mobilization since last week. Demonstrations have taken place in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Cologne and Hamburg.
In June, a first strike had mobilized 230,000 college and high schools students simultaneously in 70 German cities, which is a big show of unity in a country where education is up to the Länder (states).
Students condemn the implementation of the Bologna Process that "harmonizes" the curricula on the European level according to the License-Master-Doctorate model (LMD).
The LMD reform, designed to meet the needs of the market, that is, of the employers, undermines the right to study of thousands by reducing the time to study and by overloading timetables. Three quarters of the German courses of study now meet this LMD organization. And under it students would better finish their license in three years in order to increase their chances of joining a master program where slots are few and far between.
"I have just started my first semester at the Humboldt University and we are much stressed. There is no time left to think things over and to absorb it all. All I want is simply study courses that leave room for thinking." explains Christina Stark, linguistics and philosophy student. Like many others she considers the new license-master programs to be incompatible with a parallel activity when one third of the students must work to finance their studies. Achim, ethnology student, worries about an "education machine that makes consumption products out of students" for employers' benefit.
Students denounce as well the many chronic ills of the German education system: overcrowded lecture halls, clogged course studies, inequality of a multi-speed system, under-funding. "More money must be invested in education, otherwise in fifty years no one will any longer consider Germany as a center for research", considers Lehnert, agronomy student.
Students demand the abolition of tuition fees and
Teachers and workers strike on November 24
Schools have closed their doors in Ireland. Sixty-five thousand teachers and professors Irish struck on November 24 against the budget cuts.
The 2010 budget, which will be announced December 9, consists of a drastic reduction of expenditure in all sectors and means a 1.3 billion euro cut on public sector wages.
In a joint statement, the education unions say: "Teachers, professors and other public sector workers are treated as if they were responsible for the crisis in public finances. "
IMPACT, the majority union of the public sector, organized for most workers in the health, education, public services and local government to stop work for twenty-four hours on November 24. Sheila Nunan, the new general secretary of INTO, the union of elementary school workers, said that 79% of primary teachers were in favor of a strike of three days.
At the congress of the union held last November 13 in Gorey, County Wexford, Sheila Nunan, said: "This is a very clear message issued to the government. Teachers reject its economic rescue plan (s). Teachers are not willing to serve as scapegoats by being forced to accept an unfair and disproportionate contribution to the recovery plan. They are not willing to serve as targets, while the cuts do not affect those who have large fortunes (...). What teachers want is a credible plan to sustain jobs, protect schools, salaries and services. This year, primary school teachers have seen their wages cut by 14%. Any additional attack on wages, pensions and working conditions is totally unacceptable. "
WITHDRAW FRENCH TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN
The military involvement and the war continue to grow in Afghanistan. The French government has decided to send gendarmes (a first!) in addition to 3,750 French soldiers under NATO command. The U.S. government also is sending tens of thousands of additional troops and demands that other NATO countries increase their military involvement.
In Afghanistan, the NATO bombings hit entire villages. The war is spreading to Pakistan. Recognition by the "international community" of the masquerade of the "reelection" of Hamid Karzai is the official recognition of a corrupt government.
The "cleanup" operations, in which the French contingent
has the role of "second fiddle" to the main dominant power,
It finds money for war, but it wants to pay employees injured on the
job from their daily tax allowances. This is cynical and unacceptable!
The POI (Independent Workers Party of France) calls on the PS, the PCF, the left political parties, the workers movement and the NPA, to organize a demonstration towards Matignon, demanding: Immediate and unconditional withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.
The POI calls for a
At the June 18, 1940 Square (M ° Montparnasse-Bienvenüe)
STOP THE WAR AND EXPLOITATION!
A message from the LRA in Afghanistan
Informed of the statement of the POI demanding the immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the militants of the LRA, Afghan organization fighting for socialism, has sent the POI and the ILC the message transcribed below.
"Dear comrades of the ILC and the POI, receive our fraternal greetings. We have received your appeal and the strong statement of your party on the French and NATO occupation troops in Afghanistan, and the requirement for an end to this barbaric war conducted under the pretext of democracy.
You know that elections were in fact a final attempt to legitimize
their puppet regime in Kabul, but these elections were a real sham,
they were rigged to an unprecedented point in our history (...).
According to official figures, there were 17 million registered voters but only 5 million votes! These figures are completely wrong, because you know that in many provinces, especially in the south and east, people completely boycotted the elections and there was no polling because security was not assured. Thank you for your correct position on the issue of Afghanistan and solidarity with the people and the resistance of Afghanistan. "
"The Afghan war is an immoral war"
A call by British MPs
Several British MPs, including the Labor Party MPS Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, have launched an appeal which states, in part: "The Afghan war is an immoral war. It has caused tens of thousands of victims, including 221 British servicemen (s). This war has not brought democracy to Afghanistan, as the fraudulent elections that took place recently demonstrated. It has not improved the daily lives of Afghans, and especially women. The government claims that the war strengthened the security of Great Britain. In fact, it feeds the terrorist threat. We believe that this war must end and that British troops should be withdrawn. Many polls show that it is also the opinion of the majority of the people. "
Afghanistan under NATO occupation: the country has become the largest producer and supplier of opium in the world
According to the report of the UN Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published in Vienna, Afghanistan share in the global opium production is 92%. The estimated value of this global market is 65 billion dollars. Opium production in Afghanistan has soared over a decade of war, reaching 6,900 tons in 2009, exceeding world consumption. The fight against trafficking is not in the mandate of NATO forces.
The escalation in Afghanistan is part of the "endless war" against the peoples of the world. The U.S. government has maintained over 100,000 troops in Iraq; expanded the war to Pakistan; and funded the brutal Israeli offensive against Palestinian people. Likewise, Obama has maintained the over 730 U.S. military bases throughout the world and is currently pushing to establish seven new bases in Colombia.
Wars and occupations deny young people a future throughout the world, from the occupations in Haiti to the so-called "ethnic conflicts" promoted by imperialism in Africa.
Do these policies benefit the majority of youth and workers in the United States? No! These wars only enrich a small minority of profiteers.
We do not want to die or kill for U.S. corporations. We want good jobs, quality education, and art! We want a future!
We call on the youth and youth organizations of the world to join with us in an international youth campaign against war and propose that we organize anti-war activities on December 5, 2009 and protest together on March 20, 2010 (the 7th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq) against the occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Haiti and the presence of U.S. military bases throughout the world.
U.S. and NATO Troops Out Now!
Rico Blanc, City College of San Francisco
Whereas, polls show that a majority of the American people oppose continuation of the war in Afghanistan, 38% support immediate withdrawal, and only 25% favor any increase of troops to be sent there; and
Whereas, since 2001, US taxpayers have spent $ 230 billion on the war in Afghanistan, and
Whereas, military spending creates many fewer jobs than the same amount spent on infrastructure and other domestic needs (Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier, "The Wages of Peace," The Nation, March 31, 2008), and
Whereas, the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan has escalated each year and 830 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan so far as of 9/15/2009, and
Whereas, the $65 billion to be spent in Afghanistan this year, and the hundreds of billions of dollars required in coming years for counterinsurgency there, are desperately needed for urgent domestic social purposes, including health care for all, housing relief in the foreclosure crisis, full veterans benefits, and the creation of millions of jobs, therefore be it
Resolved, that AFT 1021 call for the U.S. government to end the war and occupation of Afghanistan and end its attacks on neighboring Pakistan; close all military bases in the region; and begin to withdraw all troops, mercenaries, contractors, and weapons immediately, and further
Resolved, that AFT 1021 call for the redirection of the military budget for Afghanistan to reparations for infrastructure and social programs for the Afghani people; and to expenditures to support returning US troops, and to meet urgent human needs domestically, such as education, healthcare, housing, jobs, and other social programs and public services, and further
Resolved, that AFT 1021 will undertake an educational campaign on these issues among its membership and seek to involve the members in the political tasks necessary to implement this resolution in public policy, and further
Resolved, that AFT 1021 endorse local, regional and national mobilizations this month and into the spring that support the goals of this resolution, and finally
Resolved, that AFT 1021 will communicate this resolution to its elected Congressional representatives and affiliates (CFT/AFT, LA County Federation of Labor, US Labor Against the War) with a request that they act accordingly.
I are writing to urge you to announce an immediate cease-fire followed by a withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan in the fastest way consistent with the safety of our forces.
I urge you to end the use of Predator drones that kill civilians.
I call upon you to cease all covert operations in Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
Too many of your military advisors are implicated in torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace. Your Justice Department operates at the zenith of injustice, defending Bush Administration criminality in U.S. Courtrooms.
I wrote to you earlier suggesting that if you did not investigate the crimes of the Bush Administration, you would be viewed as their accessory. Sadly, war crimes and torture are now committed with your name on them.
Please bring our troops home now."
A peace demonstration is being organized for December 12, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally, also known as the End US Wars Rally, is scheduled for 11am at Lafayette Park at the White House. I wholly endorse this rally and encourage all who can to participate in Washington, DC or to help a local peace organization committed to ending U.S. wars on that date.
For more information about the Washington, D.C. December 12, 2009 demonstration, please visit www.endUSwars.org, currently under construction.
P.S. President Obama's Department of Justice, unlike President Clinton's that refused to even prosecute, just took Lynne Stewart to prison and is trying to extend her sentence from 28 months to 3O years. Please take a moment and write a letter of encouragement to Lynne Stewart, the people's attorney, who is now Prisoner #53504-054 at MCC-NY. Her address is:
Interview courtesy of Radio Nederland (RNWO)
Having withdrawn from the Honduran electoral process because of the lack of democratic guarantees, ex-candidate Zelaya says the elections on November 29th will "eventually upend the country."
Carlos H. Reyes explains that Washington has always intervened in the affairs of Honduras and that, in the coup d'état of July 28, it intervened because the economic groups that represent U.S. interests felt that they were in danger.
It is the starting gun of an interview that takes place at the time in which Craig Kelly, sent from the United States to push the accord that puts an end to the crisis in Honduras, abandons Tegucigalpa, reiterating the support of his country for the November 29th elections as "part of the solution" to the crisis unleashed by the coup d'état of July 28th.
Reyes does not see it as possible to legitimize the electoral process, nor much less to accept the result of Sunday the 29th, "because the conditions do not exist, they have deceived us and the golpistas want to wipe their faces clean with these elections."
RNWO: Days ago you withdrew from the race in Honduras because there was no way to legitimize the process. Is there still room to change this situation?
Carlos Reyes: Definitely, we did not withdraw; we were forced to withdraw for failing to return to constitutional order. We ran as independent candidates because we will not be part of those games that keep happening; it is not going to happen, it'll happen tomorrow, then next week, next comes the OAS, the UN, Obama, then comes Michael Jackson, and here nothing ever happens. We're not clowns who are going to participate in an electoral process that takes place after a coup d'état.
We all know that after a coup, either you reestablish constitutionality by turning back the coup process, or you will move to one that is constituent, as was the case for Honduras throughout its history. We have withdrawn because there has been no return to constitutional order (...) This electoral process will serve only to legitimize the coup, and the people who claim to be authorities, to legalize and legitimize the electoral process, the continuity of coup by either of the two candidates whose parties call themselves the majority in this country. That means that we as a people have no right to talk of a constituent assembly.
It is very dangerous when the great lords who dominate the economy and politics of the country have the right to carry out coup d'états and call elections whenever they encounter a government that does not suit their interests.
It is something that for us cannot be. We withdrew, and definitively, our independent candidacy has since disappeared.
C.R.: It is that, definitively, Washington was part of those who prepared the coup d'etat. This coup was forged in Washington.
What they have been doing is drawing out a process to feed the coup and to get to this stage in the elections, mounting a huge campaign to get people out to vote, to obligate them to. And a whole range of media manipulation to persuade Hondurans. But ultimately, most of our people will not go to vote. It will be a government that is not legitimate or legal.
The United States is interested in maintaining the status quo, because it not only struck a blow against the Honduran people, but also against the progress and processes of integration in Latin America and Central America, something that does not suit them. There is no betrayal; they have always participated in coups that have occurred in Honduras.
When Thomas Shannon came, I was invited to the home of U.S. ambassador Hugo Llorens. All of the presidential candidates were there, as was former President Carlos Flores and others. I told them that the fundamental problem in Honduras and what gives rise to the coups, is who will represent the State (...) To Shannon I explained that since our independence, we have failed to secure a national state. We have always had serious governance problems because the state has always served very few economic groups (...) And when we arrive at moments where the state is ungovernable, we always turn to the United States for help in the form of civil war, guerillas or military coups. And Washington has always done it for geopolitical reasons. Thus, America has always intervened in the internal affairs of Honduras, and, what's more, in the coup of June 28th, the U.S. intervened because of the economic groups that represent their interests felt they were in danger. This was due to the minor reforms that president Mel Zelaya was carrying out, and because he was consulting the people on the possibility of a constituent assembly. So Washington said yes to the coup, which was being prepared well before June 28. I told Shannon that one participant in the plot is John Negroponte, and other advisers to Bill Clinton (...)
We see the duality of the U.S. government. That while the government of Barack Obama says one thing, the real powers that be of the U.S. say another. That is what we observed. We always knew that America had been instrumental in the coup. Especially since the U.S. always supported it, continued to support it and never did anything to interrupt U.S. financial relations with the coup government, and always supported them.
Thus, we cannot say feel betrayed, because they never have supported us. They have intervened throughout our history, and still do, now more brazenly.
RNWO: We want to emphasize one point: In your responses, you mention clearly the danger that the 29th of November constitutes. What precedent is being set with this presidential election?
CR: They want to continue the coup through a sham election that will not work. Logically, it gives continuity to this illegality, because this process is unconstitutional. The government that takes office will also be illegal and illegitimate. They're going to continue to impose because those are the methods of these people. They staged the coup in order to stay in power and they will not relinquish until at least January.
CR: For us it would be an illegitimate government and one not supported by the people. We are in a savage economic crisis. The next government will have great instability. It will be overthrown by the people or be obliged to go to a constituent assembly to return to constitutional order. It is the path of peaceful resistance. The international community must recognize that we should be given belligerent status in the face of the golpistas, because elections will not solve this problem.
Excerpts from "The Newsletter" published in China in France
The "harmonious society" and the rights of the workers
There can be no "harmonious society," a goal set by President Hu Jintao, when workers' rights are violated, when those who produce the wealth of the country, those whose work, who fill the coffers of the central bank of mountains of dollars (which then served and still serve to finance U.S. Treasury debt), do not have the right to organize as they see fit to defend their own interests.
Conversely, there will be hundreds of petitions, strikes and demonstrations every day across the country. Through restructuring, liquidating or privatizing state enterprises, leaders of the PC and the state at all levels have caused social collapse. They offered a helpless workforce without rights to multinational and private companies that have flourished like mushrooms after rain. But this policy has resulted in the resistance of workers to combat the consequences.
This resistance of workers to the "reform" of state enterprises or overuse in private firms, foreign or joint ventures has never wavered. In recent years there has been a veritable explosion of strikes, petitions, demonstrations by delegates, often young workers who have obtained the confidence of their colleagues.
Representatives of the union official ACFTU have been excluded from these movements and are powerless, because they have sided with the authorities.
We have seen recently more and more strikes affecting the same occupational sector rather than just a company - teachers and taxi drivers in 2008, miners and steelworkers in 2009. More recently, in the Spring and Summer of 2009, strikes and mass demonstrations were held against the restructuring and privatization of state enterprises in mining and steel, leading to a victory in the form of freezing government projects. That is new.
This resistance that frustrates the policy of the central authorities led to tensions and new positions, particularly within the sole recognized trade union federation, the ACFTU. A recent note (see our Documents) reported on the outright disappearance of the union in the process of restructuring state enterprises; it was absorbed by the working committees, the Communist Party or other organizations. However, these committees are set up to implement the agreed-upon restructuring, which usually leads to layoffs, drastic revision of labor contracts, etc. To who can the worker can look to defend his or her interests if the union has "disappeared" and if its leaders are represented in the institutions alongside those who restructure?
This vacuum was noted by a steelworker in Tonghua, after the violent events of late July: "I do not recall a single meeting of workers with union representatives. "
Will the ACFTU union decide to find a life where it has disappeared? If it pleads for its "legal independence" will this mean the workers' interests will be defended? Nothing can be less certain.
Independent trade union?
It is undeniable that there are forces within the ACFTU that seem to want to make the official union defender at least some legal rights workers (see in this regard the claims of workers on strike in our documents).
At the launch of a campaign of three months on payment of wages, Li Shouzhen, a spokesman for the ACFTU, for example spoke about a workers' beating by her boss for demanding wages. Shouzhen argued they should discuss with the authorities a system that would guarantee the payment of salaries and discuss with legislators provisions in the penal code that would condemn heavily employers who fail to pay wages. Earlier this year the ACFTU had publicly opposed the abolition of minimum wages advanced by some on the pretext of economic crisis.
It explained that he was to defend the living standards of workers and that it was necessary to stop the reduction of labor costs by reducing wages and bonuses. Other union officials come out openly for the right to strike, which is legally recognized and registered in the Constitution; others have come out for an independent union from the Communist Party and the state.
The migrants are abused the courts!
How could there be "harmonious society" if migrant workers do not have the same rights as resident workers, if they cannot have organizations to defend their interests?
Just look at this information, "China Labor Bulletin (October 29th):" We must regulate the market of legal advice - this is the conclusion of a conference held early September in Dongguan (Guangdong Province) in which operate around 8 million migrant workers. The courts have treated 23,044 labor disputes in 2008, i.e. 160% more than in 2007!
Although the ACFTU union of the city has established a Center for free assistance with the help of a law firm, workers can visit only once a month. This is a measure that gives wings to all the bosses who dream of a labor force at its beck and call. This will bring conflicts can only be solved by protests, strike and demonstrations.