Solidarity 030, 14 May 2003

Defend the International Solidarity Movement!

Three women were taken into custody by Israeli state forces after a raid on the offices of the international peace group, the ISM, on Friday 9 May.
Twenty military vehicles, army jeeps and a large armoured personnel carrier surrounded the ISM media office. Two Americans and a Palestinian woman were arrested and computers were confiscated at the office in Beit Sahour.

Support the independent workers' voice

Every single part of Murdoch's vast empire of papers and media supported Bush and Blair's drive for war. On one man's say so, irrespective of what "public opinion" really was, they pumped out war propaganda. That is why it is so important that the labour movement and socialist groups have their own papers to get their message across.

Help Iraqi workers find their voice

The slum area of Baghdad populated mainly by Shi'a Muslims, and known under the dictatorship as Saddam City, technically has reverted to its old name, Thawra (Revolution) City; in fact, its people call it Sadr City, after the Shi'a leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, who is emerging as one of the contenders for power in post-Ba'athist Iraq.

Writing on the Wall

Quick victory, slow recovery
The pro-war camp crows about the speed and relatively low casualty rate of the war on Iraq. Estimates of huge casualties and an unquenchable tide of refugees were grossly exaggerated, the implication being that the anti-war movement was mobilised under false pretences. What this leaves out is that the effects of war last long after the fighting has stopped.

Workers of the World

By Pablo Velasco

Korean truck drivers' strike

A strike by 1,000 South Korean truck drivers has escalated into a national dispute after thousands of other drivers walked out in solidarity. The dispute began on 2 May in Pohang, with workers from the Korea Cargo Transportation Workers' Union demanding better wages and trade union rights. The strikes paralysed steel shipments from the city, the hub of Korea's steel industry.
Drivers in the capital Seoul and other cities such as Inchon came out in solidarity. The strike has held up car manufacturing, shipbuilding and other export industries. The strike shows the power a small number of strategically placed workers have in disrupting the economy.

The International Fight Against Sweatshops

Catalina from CAT, Mexican workers' support group, Puebla, speaking about the recent dispute with Puma and the wage negotiations at the Mexmode plant,
Monina Wong - Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee,
+ Anton Marcus, a union organiser of free trade areas in Sri Lanka
Wednesday 21 May at 7.00, upstairs at
the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton (corner of Brixton High Street and Coldharbour Lane)

No Sweat steering group…

Meets in central London,
2.00-5.00 Saturday 17 May
Venue details: 07904 431959
All welcome.

G8 protests in Evian

By Dan Katz
Evian, a small French town on the border with Switzerland, will be the heavily guarded venue for the G8 summit, to be held at the start of June.
Protesters will assemble around an exclusion zone, converging on the French side around Annemasse and, over the Swiss border, in Geneva. Anti-capitalist camps and "villages" will settle on both sides of the border. Activists from dozens of campaigns and political organisations will attempt to blockade roads leading to Evian, and prevent delegates, many of whom will be staying in Geneva, from attending.
Four-counter summits - on debt, the WTO, pensions and privatisation, and on Iraq - will convene on Saturday 31 May. And on Sunday 1 June mass demonstrations will take place on both sides of the border. The protests will continue until 3 June when the summit is scheduled to end.