» 07/02/2011, 00.00
Kazakh workers’ protests widen
Beatings and arrests fail to stop protesters, who continue the strikes. Protests erupt in other parts of the country and opposition politicians support protesters. Now government reaction expected.
Tense calm and strikes in Kazakhstan, after 3 days of clashes and deaths
Protest mounts of oil workers on strike for months in the indifference of the government. The police fire on demonstrators, heavy toll of dead and wounded. The army controls the area, mobile phones and the Internet blocked, dozens of arrests. The authorities speak of common criminals, but the strike continues.
Kazakh Communist Party suspended for supporting strike
Kazakhstan’s government is bent on crushing the months-long oil workers strike with prison and fines for those who dare support strikers. Amid world indifference, the conditions for workers have gone from bad to worse with many families are running out of food. So far, one person committed suicide and more are killed by “persons unknown”.
Oil worker strike could lead to intense confrontation with authorities
Hundreds of workers at Kazakh-Chinese oil company are on strike for better pay and more labour rights. Leading trade union activist Sokolova is arrested as hundreds are threatened with firing. Government authorities appear unwilling to negotiate.
Work-related suicides due to indifference, Hong Kong trade union leader says
According to Lee Cheuk Yan, a trade union leader and a member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, the wave of suicides at Foxconn is due to “the repression and oppression the Chinese government imposes on its workers”, but also to “the indifference of the world community that wants cheap products”.
Dozens of policemen injured in clashes with 1,000 workers in Shaanxi
The clashes broke out in the county of Jingbian because the police wanted to take 3 workers away, for reasons that are not very clear. Scuffles continue to increase between the police and exasperated workers. Meanwhile, independent labor union leader Yao Fuxin has left prison after 7 years.
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