Monthly Archives: March 2016

The teachers march from the city Bédjaia to Algiers is continuing vigorously

We welcome the fighting march of the contractual and temporary teachers initiated by Bédjaia city on March 27, 2016 to reach Algiers. Every day more than 1,000 teachers, including pregnant women, march endlessly demanding their unconditional reinstatement.
FISE, the World Federation of Teacher Unions, member of WFTU invites the trade unions of teachers to express their solidarity and support “the dignity march”, as it’s being called by the contractual teachers’ educational committee and the CLA union in Algeria.
This teachers’ march in Algiers is taking place a few days before the beginning of the long march of the unemployed organized by the Mayor of Patras in Greece together with PAME to arrive in Athens in order to protest against unemployment.
The dignity march of the teachers in Algiers, the march of the unemployed in Greece, marks a way of struggle, useful for the world trade union movement.
With militant greetings.
The Secretary.

SADTU supports COSAS’s Learn Without Fear Campaign


SADTU supports COSAS’s Learn Without Fear Campaign

17 March 2016

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) supports the Congress of South African Student’s (COSAS) campaign – Learn Without Fear – which aims to highlight the unsafe conditions that learners are subjected to in their learning environments.

As part of the campaign, thousands of learners will on Friday, 18 March, hold a rally at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

As SADTU, we commend this gallant effort of COSAS who, like the youth of the June 1976 Uprisings who took to the streets to protest the imposition of Afrikaans, are taking the lead towards ensuring that the doors of learning are open.

Although the majority of schools have become no-fee schools in South Africa, many learners are still not accessing their right to education because of lack of safety in schools.

Some schools have become havens for drug peddlers and gangsters’ paradises thus blocking many from accessing their right to education. Poor infrastructure has led to many learners not accessing their right to education.

We are fully aware of learners who have lost their lives through lack of, among other things, proper sanitation facilities in schools. Continue reading

Aawl mini-news


Anti-racist activists right across the world took to the streets in their thousands to oppose racism and fascism and to stand in support of refugees.  The international day, declared M19, was observed right across the globe over the weekend of March 19 to 21.  In Australia, the annual Palm Sunday march for refugees was marked with thousands of protesters in the streets of Melbourne, Sydney and other cities.  Racism divides us as workers and only serves the boss’s interests.  We must oppose these divisions and stand united as workers internationally.
Open The Borders! Free the Refugees! Let them Stay!

The Malaysian police have shut down a Marxism course organised by the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM), in a new escalation of state repression.  The police cited reasons of public safety and violence as the reasons to shut down the course, and alleged that they had received complaints about it.  The PSM believes political opponents are behind the complaints, and has issued a public statement.  This attack on political organising is not new in Malaysia, and demonstrates yet another reason why we as workers must unite internationally against all forms of repression against our efforts to organise.

Ten Pakistani coal miners killed

In another sign of the savage exploitation that workers in Pakistan have to endure, 10 coal miners were recently killed in a methane gas explosion. The disaster happened in Al-Hussaini coal mine in Kyber Pakhtoonkhaw province. Subsequent bad weather and poor rescue equipment further hampered the rescue efforts. These deaths are only the latest in a series of disasters that point to the lack of health and safety conditions for Pakistani coal miners.

Iranian teachers receive five year jail sentences

Mahmoud Langroodi, Mohammad Reza Niknejad and Mehdi Bohlooli, all members of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association were sentenced this week by the Islamic Revolutionary court in Tehran to five years in jail. One of them, Mahmoud Langroodi, was already in jail serving a nine year prison sentence, which was also for trade union activities. Last year saw huge mobilisations by teachers in Iran, and these sentences are quite clearly an attempt by the Iranian government to destroy this new activism. Just last week, another labour activist, Reza Shahabi, a bus driver and labour activist, was sentenced to an additional year in prison.

Indian workers win settlement after 15 years

Almost 600 former workers of Hindustan Unilever who were employed at its thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, have finally won their fight to receive compensation for their injuries and illnesses. One of the main components of thermometers is mercury, a highly toxic substance for humans. Unilever for decades dumped unused mercury in the surrounding lands where workers and their families lived. Since 2001, the workers and their supporters have waged a continuous struggle to force the company to accept responsibility. While a settlement has been reached, Unilever still needs to decontaminate the region.

Palestinian prisoner numbers reach record high

The number of Palestinians in Israeli jails topped 6,000 people at the end of January 2016, with at least 10% of them in ‘administrative detention’. There are constant hunger strikes by prisoner fighting for better conditions or their freedom. These increasing arrests have to be seen in light of the continuing Occupation of Palestinian lands, with more land stolen in recent days. In addition, the Israeli military continues to target civilians, producing an ever increasing number of wounded and dead.

Opposition to dictatorship in Thailand continues

Activists in Thailand are using the proposed vote for a new constitution, which would cement the military’s role in Thai politics, to show opposition to the military junta. Given the level of repression in Thailand, activists like Anurak Jeantawanich, face constant surveillance and harassment from the authorities. In an unrelated incident, the death of eight workers in a chemical accident in a bank vault is a symptom of a system where sub-contracting is widespread and union organising repressed.
Free Somyot!  Free all political prisoners in Thailand!
Abolish Article 112!
End military dictatorship!
Another worker has suffered acute methanol poisoning at a Samsung factory in the last month. The young worker had to be hospitalised and later fell into a coma. This case is only the latest of a spate of serious injuries that workers have suffered at Samsung where reports indicate they are not provided with health and safety equipment. Samsung electronics is a brutal employer with a long historyof union repression. Many of its workers are in precarious employment with widespread sub-contracting, temporary and casualised jobs.
Australian unions are advocating for a new law that would automatically give workers a permanent contract after six months of casual employment with the same employer. The use of casualisation is one of the methods used by employers all over the world to undermine workers’ conditions and union organising. In a related matter, a Parliamentary committee looking at the issue of seasonal workers has heard how this system is literally creating a new class of ‘bonded’ workers in Australia. Unions are campaigning against the scheme as it renders the workers totally open to exploitation from employers.


21th March: Imperialism gives birth to refugees, racism, racial discrimination Imperialism is not invincible


Imperialism gives birth to refugees, racism, racial discrimination

Imperialism is not invincible

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On the occasion of the International Day against racism and racial discrimination, the World Federation of Teachers Union, FISE, member of the WFTU expresses solidarity and support for the refugees and the immigrants.

It condemns the imperialist aggression, interventions and wars, the US, the NATO and the EU. Millions of refugees and immigrants are seeking refuge in countries where not murderous bombs fall. Millions of refugees and immigrants and, among  them, young children are coming up against the inhuman policy of the countries that they want to cross or reach.

The EU and the bourgeois governments, follow a policy of police – military repression of refugees, who are trying to save themselves from war, misery and the slave-trade circuits. They shed crocodile tears for the refugees and the racism and at the same time they send troops to the NATO.

FISE invites teachers to strengthen the fight against the causes which uproot millions of people from their homes and at the same time to be on the side of immigrants and refugees who experience harsh inhuman conditions and to demand from the governments the necessary measures for the reception and decent shelter, to abolish all the repressive mechanisms of the EU, including the Dublin III Regulation. Continue reading