Forces of Revolution
Editor’s note: We are pleased to announce that the garment workers whose story we published in February have won their strike. This is their press release, posted here. See the end of the page for how to donate to the workers’ May Day strike fund. — MHI
After more than two weeks of striking, workers and union members of SOTA at H&H Textiles factory returned to work this morning. Read More
Bhambayi Protests – The Rule of Lies Continues to Tear Apart Our Hopes for a Better Future
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
The anger of the poor can go in many directions.
In the local government elections those who led the war against our movement, a war that claimed the lives of a number of our members, were defeated. The Nigel Gumede administration, an administration that we described as an alliance of gangsters, was removed from power. After the election the new administration approached us to acknowledge the repression that we have suffered, to offer their apologies for that repression and to promise to work with us in a respectful and dignified manner. Many promises were made. Read More
Ed. note: We received the following information about a Haitian garment workers’ struggle from Rapid Response Network (RNN). MHI has over the years supported Batay Ourviye (BO), the Haitian movement of autonomous textile unions and organizations of peasants, small vendors and neighborhoods. See articles here and here.
On Jan. 25, 2017, garment workers and SOTA-BO union members at the H&H Textiles factory warned the company they planned to go on strike on Thursday Jan. 26. H&H Textiles is in the Palmiers Free Zone, of the Carrefour subdivision in Port-au-Prince. The company had fired several workers for being known union members and leaders. Management constantly harasses union members, finding minor and arbitrary “wrong-doings” as excuses for disciplinary measures and anti-union firings. Read More