This post from LabourStart should be acted on by as many as people as possible across the world. If India as one of the worlds largest industrial areas can lock up strikers without a murmer from the rest of the world it will become the pattern. Workers conditions in the developing countries are poor to say the least, to be imprisoned for struggling to improve them must be seen as a crime. Of course history tells us, that is the way capitalism works, in partnership with the state.
The arrest of one worker whose only crime was to go on strike -- that's reason enough to get angry, and to protest and campaign. But what do you do when 500 workers are arrested?
That's the situation today in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where some 500 workers have been jailed following their strike against electronics manufacturer Foxconn.
That name should ring a bell -- Foxconn's Chinese factories were the scene of a series of worker suicides earlier this year.
In the next few hours and days, we need to flood the offices of state officials with the demand that all the jailed workers be released.
Please do two things right now:
Send off your message HERE
Spread the word in your union -- let's mobilize thousands in support of this campaign!
Thanks - and have a great weekend. Eric Lee LabourStart.
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