Protestas para Esperar la Conferencia Ministerial de la OMC en Hong Kong

La 6a Conferencia Ministerial de la OMC está programada para que se realice del 13 al 18 de diciembre en Hong Kong. Las negociaciones han continuado en torno a asuntos claves como agricultura, servicios y acceso a los mercados para bienes industriales y recursos naturales. Esta Conferencia Ministerial dará forma al acuerdo final de la Agenda de Desarrollo de Doha. Sus miembros esperan que sea terminada el año siguiente.
Se planea realizar conferencias, eventos culturales, movilizaciones masivas y acciones directas en los días del 11 al 18. Las organizaciones – que incluyen campesinos y agricultores de Filipinas, Indonesia, Taiwan, Tailandia y Corea- se están movilizando para protestar en la reunión de la OMC y la globalización corporativa y para presentar propuestas alternativas. Eventos: A inicios de diciembre se realizará una Conferencia y taller sobre nuevos medios y transformación social. Global Exchange va a llevar una delegación o un tour de realidad a Hong Kong y lugares de China en Diciembre.
El sábado 10 de diciembre, tres días antes de la 6a Conferencia Ministerial de la OMC, la policía de Hong Kong atacó las oficinas de la Unión Indonesa de Trabajadores Migrantes (IMWU). Pese a que nadie salió herido o arrestado, los activistas ven este acto como parte de una represión general construida desde el estado. En una entrevista, Revitriyoso, un artista Indonesio, organizador con el Institute for Global Justice, habla acerca de la protesta.


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Bay Area Props

blake 12.Dec.2005 21:11

appreciating the reports and media work your all doing through here. interested to see how the paramilitary killings of demonstrators in Dongzhou last week is impacting tomorrow's climate/intentions.


videos 13.Dec.2005 21:58

are daily videoupdates on the the ministerial conference 2005

Wrong Conversations, Right Conversations...

Peter 15.Dec.2005 20:39

Talking is such a great gift. Communicating with each other has never been so easy. People from all around the world are talking now. In the Ministerial(bad word) meetings delegates from around the world discuss how to strengthen their economies. Developed nations want their companies to make large profits. Developing countries want access to developed countries market so their countries can develop from sales. We are so very lucky. We have time and the ability to see that development can hurt the environment, homogenize, and take advantage. Development should be about building the best country you can by building the best entities within the countries.

Our countries are chasing dollars instead of looking at quality of life as development. Just because America is the most developed country in the world does not mean we have the best quality of life. Life here in mainstream America is not great. DO NOT get me wrong America does have a lot of things going for it but the real quality of life is not there yet. We should all have healthcare, free or inexpensive medicine, access to quality food and affordable shelter. In a buzzword or phrase The way countries ARE LOOKING AT ECONOMIES AND CREATING DEVELOPMENT WE WILL NOT MEET THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS BY 2015. We will not improve the life of the people earning less than a dollar a day. These goals are mighty importnant. I do not imagine a race or world to be judged by how sophisticated a sect of the world is but more by how people are able to support communicate and develop internally. The ability to prevent war, prevent starvation, prevent early demise.

To the rich countries I ask that you realize struggling to control the markets sets our culture back and makes likfe harder because our countries will not do business here because it is much easier to pay unfair wages due to currency inequalities. England Japan United States please open your doors to trade so we can see 10 years from now their will still be poverty, corruption and injustice because people are chasing dollars instead of creating a global community where each individual can find a way to contribute to creating their own personal life more enriching.

To the developing countries I ask you to demand 1 currency for the globe. Do not let bankers and accountants tell you your time is worth less then someones time in England. Remember we all have a voice. Developing countries trade with each other fairly. How often does someone in India, or Pakistan buy something that is Made In America. Forget About America please make deals with each other to support each others farmers, developers and and inventors. If you want wealth as a country trade fairly do not chase dollars.

Please China I am sorry but you could enslave a huge population, and your upper class could dominate and other countries leaders could turn a comfortable blind eye and you could turn out products at slave wages for 50 years. Please take a highroad. It is amazing the wind farms you are developing. You all have the ability to lead this world in such a new way. Creating goods fairly, ethically, and without damaging the environment.

And to the Commander in Chief please stop killing people. Like most of the rest of the world. We will all be better off.

What is the alternative you say? It looks like 1 currency, employee owned healthcare, rewording corporate charters to serve the needs, personal sustainability, environmental sustainability, regional trade, clean emissions, global workforce and of course inexpensive medicine. I only have 5 more free minutes. Most of the left thinkers know all of this.

To all the members who contribute to the global justice movement, you understand right from wrong good for you

Migrant Workers Strike against Poverty Wages and WTO

Simon Oosterman 17.Dec.2005 05:27

Pizza Hut Workers on Strike
Pizza Hut Workers on Strike

Press Release: SuperSizeMyPay.Com / Unite Union
Saturday, 17 December 2005

Striking Pizza Hut workers served up pieces of a giant pizza for a fair slice of the multinational brands profits and to raise awareness of the disproportionate number of migrant workers living on minimum wage in New Zealand.

The strike is the third Unite strike at a multinational brand and follows the world’s first Starbucks strike and a youth-led strike at KFC against age based pay discrimination. It forms part of the SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign for a NZ$12 minimum wage, no youth rates and secure hours.

Photos available here

Strikers and supporters held banners with “No WTO, No Poverty Wages” and “Nga kaimahi o te ao/Workers of the world - Unite”. Placards carried read “Workers of the world Unite” in 15 different languages including the languages of the main New Zealand migrant groups.

Nista Singh, 17, union delegate, held a placard in her native Nepalese tongue.

“These multinationals’ endless drive to increase profits leads them to hire vulnerable migrant workers to help maintain low labour costs. This has an overall effect of lowering the value of all workers and increasing gap between rich and poor, locally and globally,” Ms Singh said.

“New Zealand’s minimum wage is only NZ$9.50 for those 18 and over, $7.60 for 16 and 17 years old and there is no legal minimum for those under 16. One of my striking co-workers only earns $6.89 before tax,” she said.

Anti-union laws which deunionised most workers in the private sector led to wages dropping in New Zealand by 6.5% between 1980-2001 whilst they rose by 28.8% in Australia, 39.5% in Canada, 59.9% in UK and 68.2% Finland. During the same two decades corporate profits went from 34% of GDP to 46% and wages as a share of GDP fell from 57% to 42%.”

SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign co-ordinator, Simon Oosterman said that the strike was a part of international protests against the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Hong Kong and the global fight for economic justice.

“Our campaign in New Zealand serves as a lesson to all workers from around the world. Fast food workers are fighting for wages and conditions that are only a fraction of what was lost when the neo-liberal policies promoted by the WTO were introduced with vigour in New Zealand during the 1980’s,” he said.

“Those hardest hit by attempts to erode basic labour rights and to maintain poverty-level minimum wages, are those most vulnerable members of our community: migrants, indigenous peoples, women, youth and the disabled.”

“Many migrant workers leave their own countries because of poverty caused by neo-liberalism, only to get stuck in low paying jobs in their new home country, caused by those very same policies.”

“The WTO serves the interests of corporations – minimum wages equals maximum profits.”

“Whether it is South Korean farmers fighting to protect their livelihoods at the WTO, or Immokalee tomato pickers fighting for fair wages against McDonalds in the USA, or fast food workers striking in Aotearoa New Zealand – we are calling for all workers to unite internationally against corporate globalisation,” he concluded.


Simon Oosterman can be interviewed on 0274 555 789