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The Liege YCW Against Police Violence PDF Print E-mail

A Campaign by the Walloon YCW to "Stop Repression"

 

altThe Liege (Walloon) YCW is holding an annual event called "Stop Repression" to promote peace and demand social change in Belgium on 22-23 February 2013.

 

"Repression has been ubiquitous in our lives, our organization, and our society for quite a few years. In short, it has become part of young people’s reality everywhere," said Slim Essaker, a YCW activist in Liege.

 

Slim explained that there are actually various forms of repression such as abusive stop and check in neighborhoods, administrative arrest for anyone who might disturb public order, municipal administrative sanctions, installation of surveillance cameras everywhere, expulsion of undocumented migrants, etc.

 

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Stop the Train of Temporary Work Abuses PDF Print E-mail

A Temporary Work Action in Flanders, Belgium

 

“Terminus Interim. Stop the train of interim-abuses." This was the title of the publicalt activity organized by KAJ (Flanders YCW) in Ostende with the presence of leaders from different regions. The aim of the event was to denounce the reality and violence suffered by young people who are seeking for jobs in temporary work agencies and see their dreams and expectations vanish into thin air.

 

Most of those young people have just graduated from secondary school or university, they are drop-outs, or have low skills, and they turn to temporary work agencies to help them find a job. In many cases, they face difficulties when they have to deal with the agencies, and KAJ wants to draw the attention of the society, the political authorities, the trade unions and the temporary work agencies themselves. They have reached the local and national press to explain their objectives and present the reality of young workers. KAJ carried out a survey, asking several young people about their reality, and it started to organize actions, including the June 2 event.

 

The IYCW International Secretariat participated in the action in Ostende. Arlindo de Oliveira (the international treasurer) was there and collected some testimonies from young people explaining their main problems.

 

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Positive response for the Indonesia garment factory workers PDF Print E-mail

 

  • The Trade Union of the Indonesian garment factory workers obtains a positive answer in their court battle

The situation faced by a group of Indonesian workers from the Bandung region started more than two years ago, when their employer, a company that produces clothing items for famous European and North-American brands, applied more and more difficult working conditions and low wages, while the demand for garment articles was increasing.

 

With the help of the Indonesia YCW, the employees gathered in small groups where they analysed their situation and searched for ways to improve their conditions (decent salary, a stable contract and social security).

Following various negotiations with the company's Managing Board and although a few of the workers’ demands were fulfilled, the young workers decided to take a step forward and formed a Trade Union called Workers’ Solidarity Struggle (WSS). They began to contact the local authorities in order to ensure the implementation of the labour laws and regulations.

While the Union started to organize more actions together with the YCW members to grow awareness amongst the concerned parties, the manufacturing company began to make pressure by firing various workers. By March 2011 almost 500 workers had been laid off without severance pay or any legal reason.

 

After many days of protests in front of the factory, and facing the violent methods which the police were using to dissolve the mass protest, the WSS introduced an official complaint to the Bandung Court of Law, which ruled in favour of the workers on 7th Dec 2011.

 

After a trial that lasted for nearly 2 hours, the Industrial Court Judges declared the layoffs null and void, and that the workers who were dismissed should be hired back with their salaries paid from May 2011 to November 2011. In addition, the trial court fees shall be borne by the factory.

"We are warmly welcoming the decision of the Bandung District Court judges, it's a clear proof that this legal action was justified and it forces the company to ensure that the law is upheld for the benefit of the young workers”, said Andy Predicala, YCW coordinator for the Asia- Pacific region. “But the fight is not over! The mechanism of the employer is still strong and we are not sure about the turn of this incidence. That is why we remain vigilant following up this case.”

Although this decision was received with excitement by hundreds of protesting workers and labour activists, we need to continue our actions with and for the young workers so that everyone can have a decent life and work.

 
International Solidarity with the Workers' Trade Union in Indonesia PDF Print E-mail

 

altThe Indonesia YCW is reporting that workers who are members of the Workers' Solidarity Struggle Trade Union are continuing their action at a textile factory in Bandung despite intimidation and violence that caused one pregnant worker to lose her baby.

 

The situation faced by workers in a factory in the Bandung region in Indonesia started in 2009 when a group of workers gathered together to discuss the growing problems with their employer. The factory produces clothing articles for renowned European labels, but for its nearly one thousand employees, no decent working conditions and minimum wage are applied.

 

Their main difficulties at the working place include the extremely long working days, large production schemes that must be accomplished, and the lack of job contracts or social security.

 

Following the first meetings and with the help and advice of Indonesia YCW members, the workers decided to form a Trade Union called Workers’ Solidarity Struggle and to start organizing actions in order to improve their working conditions. These actions consisted in negotiating with the employer and the local legal authorities.

 

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The accident of Fukushima nuclear plant and YCW Japan PDF Print E-mail

Hello! I am Ayako KUBOKI (Ms.), the president of the Japan YCW.

 

I am involved in the YCW movement while I am working as a nurse.

 

We received your kind emails about our devastating earthquake. We would like to extend our hearty gratitude to all of you and also let you know that none of our members of the Japan YCW has been affected by this disaster.

 

As we received your encouragement, we felt stronger and saw once again that we are all internationally united under the name of YCW. The accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant occurred in Japan, but your messages have highlighted once again that the issue is not only domestic but more than common all over the world.

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