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(en) General strikes in India

From I-AFD_2@anarch.free.de (Nico MYOWNA)
Date Sun, 6 Feb 2000 06:45:23 -0500


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>Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 15:16:30 -0800
>From: LabourStart <ericlee@labourstart.org>
>Subject: Urgent: Massive strike wave in India
>
>LabourStart - http://www.labourstart.org
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>In the last week alone, LabourStart has featured nearly twenty news
>reports from India as strikes spread across the country.  Power workers
>have plunged one state (Uttar Pradesh) into darkness in their battle
>against privatization and the response of the government has been to sack
>workers, arrest union leaders and send in troops.  Meanwhile 100,000 port
>workers have effectively shut down India's shipping and government
>workers, doctors and others have joined in the strikes.  This is a huge
>setback to the government's plans for "reform" -- meaning compliance with
>the World Bank/IMF/WTO neo-liberal agenda.
>
>Our coverage comes from both mainstream news sources such as BBC and CNN
>but also from our correspondent in the field, L. V. Subramaniam, a veteran
>journalist and trade unionist.  He has been filing daily reports which
>give a feel for what is going on.
>
>Full coverage of these tremendous developments can be found on our new
>Indian labour news page -- http://www.labourstart.org/india/ .
>
>At the present time, we have received no appeals for help from the Indian
>unions, and there have been none on the websites of the International
>Confederation of Free Trade Unions nor on those of the International Trade
>Secretariats.
>
>We expect that there will soon be requests to call upon the Indian
>government to stop all repression and to release the imprisoned trade
>unionists.
>
>Eric Lee
>
>***

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