World Popular Resistance Clippings 18/1/2014

Attack on Barcelona police offices yesterday in solidarity with Burgos

Workers’ unrest surfaces in GM’s Halol plant

AHMEDABAD, JAN 18 : Two days after Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s claim about ‘no labour problem in Gujarat’, a workers’ unrest has surfaced at General Motor’s Halol plant near Vadodara where around 450 contractual workers began staging dharna (sit-in) outside the factory premises since Friday, opposing auto major’s move of giving fresh appointment letters to only a few selected workers.

Out of the nearly 700 contractual workers at GM’s Halol unit, around 450 workers have stopped work since Friday and are sitting outside the factory premises staging protest, a worker union leader said. GM makes Tavera SUV at its Halol plant. Unrest at L&T’s Hazira unit What’s more, a labour unrest has been brewing at L&T’s Hazira unit for several months. And finally nearly 1,000 regular workers have called strike from December 16 for wage revision.

Demanding equal pay hike as that of workers in the company’s Powai unit near Mumbai, the workers of L&T’s Hazira unit have approached the Gujarat High Court for justice. “A court order is pending. Workers are not going for work and the company too can’t take action against the workers. The strike has completely stalled key operations at the unit, where skilled job is required.” claimed Ashok Dhomse, a workers’ union member in Surat. Interestingly, Modi had, at a FICCI meet in Gandhinagar on January 15, claimed industrial peace, saying there were no labour problems in Gujarat.

French Workers Block Facility to Protest Layoffs

Paris, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Workers of the French firm La Redoute blocked today the facilities in Tourcoing, in the Nord department, to protest against a restructuring plan that foresees massive layoffs. About one hundred employees prevented the loading and unloading of goods from the truck company, specializing in distance selling of clothing and household items.


Minas Conga Opponents Hold Protests, Destroy Property

Opponents of the Minas Conga copper and gold project in northern Peru held protests Thursday, and invaded the mine project’s property and destroyed infrastructure, according to the owner of the project, Minera Yanacocha. Yanacocha said in a statement that some 750 people participated in the protest. According to Yanacocha, the protesters burned a cabin and a telephone tower owned by Claro. They also held hostage a company security guard. Police reported arresting one of the protestors on the march to the mine.

Uruguay farmers set against open-pit iron ore mine

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Uruguayan miners and environmentalists are increasingly set against President Jose Mujica going ahead with an open-pit iron ore mine’s development, which they want scrapped.

One dead in clash at Tanzania gold mine

Arusha — One person was killed in clashes between police and thousands of villagers who stormed a gold mine in Tanzania operated by a subsidiary of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, police said on Saturday. Around 2,000 people armed with machetes, stones and hammers raided the North Mara mine in northern Tanzania on Friday looking to seize its gold, said local police chief Justus Kamugisha.

Clashes broke out with police guarding the mine that left one attacker dead and a policemen wounded, he told AFP. Television images of the incident showed men and women picking up rocks inside the mine, then scattering as police fired tear gas.

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