World Popular Resistance Clippings 6/8/2013

Nkroful youth clash with Adamus over mining concession

Youth of Nkroful in the Western Region have clashed with officials of Adamus Resources Limited, over a mining concession in the town. There is also looming unrest in the hometown of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, as youth in the town say there are attempts by the South African mining company to prevent them from taking part in mining activities there. But Chief of Nkroful, Nana Kwasi Kutuah V, says an imminent full blown confusion in the town can only be forestalled when youth of the area are given small scale mining licenses to regulate their mining activities.

The Chief says since mining is a key occupation of the youth, they must be given license to enable them engage in the activity without further clashes with Adamus. The chief said the the youth are angry as they foresee a possible eviction from their ancestral land. He said he has complained to the District Chief Executive (DCE) about the situation, but nothing has been done. Also several attempts to acquire a license for the youth to mine legally have proved futile – he said – noting it is contributing to the tension.


A demonstrator holds up a flare during a protest to demand the ouster of the Islamist-dominated government in Tunis

Tunisian riot police disperse protesters in Sidi Bouzid

TUNIS, Aug 5 (KUNA) — The Tunisian security services used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in front of the office of the provincial ruler of central governorate of Sidi Bouzid on Monday. The demonstrators, who have been staging a sit-in protest at the site since the assassination of the opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi on July 25, barred the provincial ruler from office; they press for sacking the government and dissolving the Constituent Assembly. The tensions ran high the area after ending the sit-in as the protesters gathered downtown Sidi Bouzid and chanted the same slogans of the sit-in.

Strikes and protests disrupt orange production

FRUIT production ground to a halt last week on two citrus farms owned by Brazil’s leading orange juice industries, Citrosuco and Cutrale, following separate incidents of industrial action and an occupation by landless protestors. Four hundred Citrosuco workers are expected to return to work this week, following a strike that started on July 26 over working conditions at the company’s citrus farm in Itapetininga. Striking workers held a meeting on August 2 and reportedly agreed to a proposed agreement for ending the labour protest.

Bulgarian Miners Plan Strike over Dire Working Conditions

Bulgarian miners are set go out on strike in the coming weeks after the July 16 tragic death of four of their co-workers, announced a trade union representative. Monday was a day of national mourning for the four workers at the Oranovo coal mines, who perished after a deadly collapse believed to have been caused by poor maintenance of the facility. “There will be protests. We will be blocking highways and roads,” stated Tuesday Vladimir Topalov, head of the miners’ unit of Bulgarian national trade union Podkrepa.


Workers sit in front of a factory during a strike in protest over low wages at Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone

Burmese Garment Workers Protest Over Wages

Dozens of Burmese garment workers have been barred from returning to work after calling on their employer to pay them 70,000 kyats (US$70) monthly, as promised. The 35 garment workers at Delta Industrial Group (DIG) in Irrawaddy Division stopped showing up for work last Friday, as an act of protest against their employer’s decision to pay them only 60,000 kyats monthly. When they attempted to return to their factory in the town of Panthein on Tuesday, the company said they could not yet resume their jobs because a decision had not been made over the wages.

“They didn’t pay us according to the agreement,” said Myat Thida, one of the employees. Protesting workers said they had been trying to meet with their employers since Monday without success and worried they could lose their jobs. A manager at the factory, Ohmar, told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the company’s board committee had not yet responded to or made a decision over the workers’ demands.

She said the board members were currently busy hosting foreign guests and did not have time at the moment to meet with the protesting employees. According to the contract, the workers were supposed to receive 60,000 kyats monthly plus an additional bonus of 10,000 kyats for good attendance. The protesting workers, who say they did not miss any work prior to last Friday, were not given the bonus. The workers are also calling on DIG to pay for overtime work and to stop cutting their wages if they miss a day due to illness. Ohmar, the manager, said the workers were demanding 70,000 kyats in total per month. DIG in Pathein town was established in July this year. It currently has about 170 employees.

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