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Protest of the day

Posted: 23 April 2014 in Uncategorized
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Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up and abandoned Mount Everest’s base camp Wednesday in honor of 16 of their colleagues killed in the deadliest avalanche recorded on the mountain, an incident that has exposed a great deal of resentment over their working conditions, pay, and treatment.

Tusli Gurung, a guide who was at the base camp on Wednesday, estimated that nearly half the Sherpas had already left.

The walkout is certain to disrupt a climbing season that was already marked by grief following Friday’s disaster. Sherpa guides were hauling climbing gear between camps when a chunk of ice tore loose and triggered an avalanche. Thirteen bodies were recovered and three Sherpas still missing are presumed dead.

“It is just impossible for many of us to continue climbing while there are three of our friends buried in the snow,” said Dorje Sherpa, an experienced Everest guide from the tiny Himalayan community that has become famous for its high-altitude skills and endurance.

“I can’t imagine stepping over them,” he said of the three Sherpa guides who remain buried in ice and snow. . .

The avalanche was triggered when a massive piece of glacier sheared away from the mountain along a section of constantly shifting ice and crevasses known as the Khumbu Icefall — a treacherous area where overhanging immensities of ice as large as 10-story buildings hang over the main route up the mountain.

Special teams of Sherpas, known as Icefall Doctors, fix ropes through what they hope to be the safest paths, and use aluminum ladders to bridge crevasses. But the Khumbu shifts so much that they need to go out every morning — as they were doing when disaster struck Friday — to repair sections that have broken overnight and move the climbing route if needed. . .

While most climbers have to make multiple passes through the Icefall, moving up and down the mountain as they acclimatize and prepare for their summit attempt, Sherpas make the dangerous journey two dozen times or more, carrying supplies and helping clients negotiate the hazardous maze of ice.

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Thousands of workers at a major shoe factory in China, which employs more than 40,000 workers in Dongguan and supplies brands including Nike and Adidas, are striking over social security payments.

Workers at the Yue Yuen factory, in the southern industrial hub Dongguan, are demanding better social insurance and housing fund contributions.

The dispute has been ongoing since early April, with workers reportedly rejecting an offer from the company.

China has faced growing labour strikes in recent years.

The Yue Yuen workers are said to be angered at unpaid social security payments.

Protest of the day

Posted: 6 March 2014 in Uncategorized
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More than 1,000 workers have gone on strike this week at an IBM factory in Shenzhen in southeastern China in the latest sign of labor activism as companies’ acute shortage of blue-collar workers makes employees increasingly willing to take to the streets.

According to Rick Smith,

Many people carried signs and banners while at one time they also sang the Chinese national anthem.

Slogans on the banners included:

  • “Sweat Shop”
  • “We are not merchandise; we have dignity; and we have human rights”
  • “Give me back my youth! Change the labor terms”

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Amazon warehouse workers in Germany have walked off the job and, at the same time, have taken their case directly to the e-commerce giant’s Seattle headquarters.

German warehouse workers have been conducting brief walkouts since last spring in what were the first strikes against the company anywhere. Amazon said 1,115 workers did not show up Monday but that Christmas packages would still be delivered on time. The company employs about 23,000 full-time and seasonal workers in Germany.

On the surface, the dispute is about money. The German labor union Ver.di wants Amazon workers classified as retail employees, but Amazon says they are logistics workers who should be paid less.

Underneath this is a bigger question of whether the warehouse workers should have any control over their workplace. The employees, also known as “pickers,” assemble the orders. Amazon warehouses are marvels of engineering and efficiency, but picking is still hard physical labor. There is constant monitoring and little job security.

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Protest of the day

Posted: 6 November 2013 in Uncategorized
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Greek workers have shut down the country today as a demonstration against austerity measures imposed by the government and foreign lenders, whose inspectors were in Athens to review the country’s performance under its bailout.

Protest of the day

Posted: 18 September 2013 in Uncategorized
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48-Hour Strike in Public Sector in Greece

Greek workers shut schools and forced hospitals to operate with only emergency staff today at the start of a 48-hour strike against the latest plans to fire thousands of public sector employees.