Tuesday, July 16, 2013

UN launches joint project to protect 100,000 women in South Asia from trafficking

Of the 21 million in forced labour 70% are in forced labour exploitation and 22% are in forced sexual exploitation.
 Photo: ILO
July 2013 – A new project launched today by the United Nations labour agency and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) seeks to prevent 100,000 girls and women across South Asia from falling victims to labour trafficking.

India: Free 147 jailed workers - support the hunger strikers

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For the workers at the Maruti Suzuki plant in India, 18 July marks an unwanted anniversary filled with flagrant anti-union behavior from the police and authorities. Attempting to put end to the repression, a hunger strike is planned. After the violent incident on 18 July last year in which a manager at Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) died, 147 workers have been held in Gurgaon jail without being granted bail. An additional 66 workers have outstanding non-bailable arrest warrants. 2,300 workers have lost their jobs, and it has been a year where thousands of families have been devastated economically and emotionally. On 23 June the General Body of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) decided, following continued struggle and solidarity action, to protest against the injustice of persecution when voicing their legitimate rights. The demands related to the hunger strike are two-fold: 1. Release arrested workers and activists. 2. Reinstate all terminated workers of the three plants of Maruti Suzuki Manesar. The struggle will continue until the above mentioned demands are met.
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