Thursday, 12 December 2013

Two important trade union appeals

Frito-Lay's rights-busters on duty in India!

Earlier this year 162 workers out of 170 employed in three warehouses exclusively contracted by PepsiCo in West Bengal organized a union and submitted their demands. They were harassed, assaulted by company goons and then brutally fired.

In May 2013, they were allowed to return to work, but under conditions that strip them of their human rights.

They were told they can return to work if they declare they will never again join a union, made to sign false statements which they were told were legally binding, and told to cut up their union cards and step on them as they walked into the warehouses. Those who refused were told they will never work again and that they will be blacklisted by all local employers.

Despite threats, harassment, home visits by management and economic hardship, 28 of these unfairly dismissed workers have refused to surrender their rights. In August they formed the PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee and escalated the campaign.

CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PEPSICO demanding unconditional reinstatement of the 28 workers with full back pay and full recognition of their trade union rights.

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Free Roza and the other jailed oil workers in Kazakhstan

Two years after the shocking massacre of striking oil workers in Kazakhstan, seven activists remain in jail.

One of them, Roza Tuletaeva, today celebrates her birthday in prison.

Today is Human Rights Day, and the day the world celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela who was once a political prisoner himself.

And today trade unions in Kazakhstan and elsewhere have called for a major global campaign demanding the release of Roza and the others.

Please take a moment to read more and add your name to the global appeal to the Kazakh president:

After you've signed, please spread the word to your friends, family and fellow union members.

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