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Stella Artois - Wilder Streik beendet
Der "wilde Streik" der ArbeiterInnen bei Stella Artois in Leuven, belgien, wurde beendet, nachdem die Firma zu einer Übereinkunft mit den ArbeiterInnen gekommen ist.
InBev, der zweitgrößte Bierbrauer der Welt, gemessen in m3, erklärte das sie eine Vereinbarung mit den belgischen ArbeiterInnen getroffen hat, um die Aktionen und den Streik, welcher die Geschäfte des Konzernes gestört hat, zu beenden.
Der Konzern äußerte in einer Erklärung, das die Übereinkunft für beide Seiten, die Company und die ArbeiterInnen, positiv zu bewerten ist.
Der "wilde Streik", ausgeführt von den "weißen Kragen" hat die Produktion im Hauptwerk von Stella Artois am Freitag dem 25.April lahmgelegt. Die Gewerkschaft hatte die Geschäftsführung von ihrem Plan zu Streiken vorher informiert. Allerdings sah die Gewerkschaft vor erst am 30.April mit dem Streik zu beginnen.
Demonstrierende ArbeiterInnen bildeten am Hauptwerk eine Picket-Line und verhinderten so beim Schichtwechsel um 14.oo das die Produktion wieder aufgenommen werden konnte. Streikende in Jupille blockierten ebenfalls die Eingänge zur Fabrik.
Das Managment von InBec erklärte zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch, das die Produktion unter den Maßnahmen der ArbeiterInnen (noch) nicht leiden würde.
Die ArbeiterInnen und das Managment waren über den Plan zur Einführung eines Systems der flexiblen Bezahlung, orientiert an der (Verkaufs-) Leistung für die rund 180 ArbeiterInnen in der Verkaufsabteilung in diese Auseinandersetzung geraten.
Dockarbeiterstreike gegen den Krieg in Amerika und IraqCa.: 25.000 Dockarbeiter haben in 29 Häfen der USA am 1. Mai gegen den Krieg im Iraq gestreik! Zeitgleich streikten die Dockarbeiter im Irak für eine Stunde - das ist praktischer Internationalismus.
Die "International Longshore and Warehouse Union"
Dockworkers strike against war in America and Iraq
25,000 dock workers in 29 ports across the US went on strike today, to
protest the war in Iraq. Meanwhile, in Iraq, dockers stopped work for an
hour in a show of international solidarity.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union declared the day as "a day
for union business" for workers at all 29 ports on the west coast. This
may be the beginning of a record setting anti-war action, since the vast
majority of supplies and munitions for the American government's current
wars are shipped from the 29 ports on the West Coast. All 29 were closed
The decision to strike on May 1st against the war was taken democratically
by the rank and file of the ILWU. Employers had been notified of the
strike in advance, but refused to accommodate the union’s request, instead
trying to get court backing for a ban.
Truckers in Washington, DC were also on strike today, protesting both fuel
prices and continued American involvement in Iraq. They rallied today
calling for the soldiers to be bought home immediately.
This is not the first time American dockers have walked off the job for
political reasons, previously taking action in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal
and the Liverpool Dockers.
While actions were taken by American workers, workers in Iraq also stopped
work today in the ports of Umm Qasr and Khor Al Zubair as part of their
protest against both the war and attacks on union rights in Iraq. The
General Union of Port Workers in Iraq issued a statement on the 29th
Dear Brothers and Sisters of ILWU in California
The courageous decision you made to carry out a strike on May Day to
protest against the war and occupation of Iraq advances our struggle
against occupation to bring a better future for us and for the rest of
the world as well.
We are certain that a better world will only be created by the workers
and what you are doing is an example and proof of what we say. The
labor movement is the only element in the society that is able to
change the political equations for the benefit of mankind. We in Iraq
are looking up to you and support you until the victory over the US
administration's barbarism is achieved.
Over the past five years the sectarian gangs who are the product of
the occupation, have been trying to transfer their conflicts into our
ranks. Targeting workers, including their residential and shopping
areas, indiscriminately using all sorts of explosive devices, mortar
shells, and random shooting, were part of a bigger scheme that was
aiming to tear up the society but they miserably failed to achieve
their hellish goal. We are struggling today to defeat both the
occupation and sectarian militias' agenda.
The pro-occupation government has been attempting to intervene into
the workers affairs by imposing a single government-certified labor
union. Furthermore it has been promoting privatization and an oil and
gas law to use the occupation against the interests of the workers.
We the port workers view that our interests are inseparable from the
interests of workers in Iraq and the world; therefore we are
determined to continue our struggle to improve the living conditions
of the workers and overpower all plots of the occupation, its economic
and political projects.
Let us hold hands for the victory of our struggle.
Long live the port workers in California!
Long live May Day!
Long live International solidarity!
Another statement was released today from an even wider cross-section of
the Iraqi labour movement.
Jamaican electricity workers wildcat strike
Wildcat industrial action by employees of the Jamaica Public Service
Company (JPS) yesterday led to power cuts affecting some 58,000 customers
in seven parishes around the country.
The JPS reported last night that customers in sections of Clarendon,
Manchester, St Ann, St Catherine, St Elizabeth, St James and St Thomas had
lost their supply up to last night because of the action.
However, the unions agreed to instruct a resumption of work to facilitate
a continuation of the ministry's conciliatory efforts today. Minister of
Labour Pearnel Charles said he will be meeting again with unions at 10am
today at Jamaica House to attempt to resolve all the issues surrounding
the controversial reclassification issue which dates back to 2001.
The strike was triggered by the company's decision to terminate the
services of two teams of consultants working on a job evaluation and
compensation review project - Trevor Hamilton and Associates and
FocalPoint Consulting Limited. The consultants had been engaged over the
last few months in the computation of amounts due to individual JPS
employees for the period 2001 - 2007 under the reclassification exercise.
For seven years the workers have not been paid the now $2 billion owed to
Strikes by workers in the essential services, including the JPS, are
illegal under the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act.