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News :: Labor & Class

Compensate Chinese Jewellery Workers Suffering from Silicosis

Compensate Chinese Jewellery Workers Suffering from Silicosis!

Millions of migrant workers from poverty-stricken provinces in China travel to prosperous coastal cities in the hope of getting a better life for their family by finding a job in the factories. Many of them have never heard anything about occupational health and safety, and many of their employers see this issue as being of little or no importance.

As a result of this general lack of concern for workplace safety, about 100 workers from Hong Kong-invested jewellery factories in Guangdong Province have been identified by various labour rights groups as having contracted silicosis in recent years, and many of them are dying of this incurable occupational disease. The available evidence, moreover, indicates that the problem goes far beyond this particular group of workers, and that there is currently a silicosis epidemic among workers in the Guangdong jewellery processing industry. In most cases, they work in poorly ventilated workshops and are not even given face-masks to provide a minimal degree of health protection while they work.

Together with the Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee (HKCIC), the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese and other labour rights groups and non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong, China Labour Bulletin has been helping some of the jewellery workers fight for compensation from their employers. In addition, HKCIC has recently launched an online campaign on this issue at: www.jewelrycampaign.net.

Many of the jewellery factory owners concerned deny that they are responsible for these workers contracting this severe occupational illness. Moreover, even medical officials in Guangdong appear to be colluding with company owners to deny the affected workers their right to proper compensation. Many of those already certified by occupational diseases hospitals in their hometowns as suffering from occupational silicosis have later been informed by the Guangdong Hospital for Treatment and Prevention of Occupational Diseases that they are suffering from some other, non-workplace-related illness. This withholding of the proper diagnosis leaves the affected workers unable to pursue their compensation claims  whether through labour arbitration procedures or through court lawsuits  against the factories and companies responsible.

To address this situation, China Labour Bulletin is launching a letter-writing appeal campaign to urge the relevant government departments and agencies in Guangdong to thoroughly investigate, and take firm measures to halt, the fast-growing epidemic of workplace-related silicosis among the province's jewellery processing workforce. Ketang Town in Guangdong, China's most prosperous province, reportedly produces more than 70 percent of the global output of artificial jewellery items. The campaign is also addressed to the various professional associations of jewellery manufacturers, both in China and overseas, urging them to take firm action to discipline any of their member companies and jewellery production facilities in China found to have placed their workers' health and lives at risk by ignoring national laws and regulations on occupational health and safety.

If you would like to support this campaign, please click here [http://iso.china-labour.org.hk/public/contents/campaign?revision_id=17960&item_id=17906] and sign the appeal letter. It will then be sent to the relevant Chinese government bodies and the jewellery makers' associations.

20 October 2005

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Education : International Relations : Peace & War

William & Mary math professor indicted for alleged war crimes, murder

A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant Wednesday for three U.S. soldiers, including Lieutenant Colonel Philip deCamp, an adjunct professor of mathematics at the College. The soldiers are being charged with "murder" and "a crime against the international community" relating to their roles in the death of a Spanish cameraman during a 2003 assault on a hotel housing journalists, the Oct. 19 online edition of CNN reported.

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News :: Peace & War

Financial Times: Cheney 'cabal' hijacked US foreign policy (at UK Indymedia)

“What I saw was a cabal between the vice-president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld on critical issues, that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made."

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Review :: Protest Activity

Moving from talk to action: Richmond participants reflect on Millions More march

People in the overwhelmingly black crowd were drawn by both nostalgia for the Million Man March and a sense of urgency at the direction of their community and their country.

The sluggish government response to Hurricane Katrina was a galvanizing force for the assembled, and a resounding theme of organizers seeking to unite and rally the indignant masses to create a lasting movement dedicated toward changing the nation.

"If people don't realize after Katrina where we stand in this country, it's a problem," said Fox, an accounting clerk at Philip Morris USA.

Tony Cosby, a Richmond-area substitute teacher and actor, was drawn to the Mall in part because he wanted to experience what he missed 10 years ago.

"I'm scared about what could happen with the war, Katrina, Rita and gas prices," he said.

That smorgasbord of concerns typified yesterday's event, which served as a forum for issues as diverse as disaster response, poverty, the war in Iraq, gay and lesbian rights and self-destructive behavior. But virtually everyone appeared to find common cause in their antipathy toward President Bush.

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News :: Peace & War

Did Washington 'test' bioweapons on D.C. war protesters?

It is the most perplexing "non story" of the American terror era: For the first time ever, a half-dozen of the bioweapons air sensors installed around Washington, D.C., all set off alarms. Over a single 24-hour period, each had collected evidence of airborne quantities of the deadly bacteria francisella tularensis.

The bacteria is "one of six biological weapons most likely to be used against the United States," according to the federal government. It causes a deadly disease known as tularemia, which responds to treatment with antibiotics but otherwise kills half of its victims ... many of whom would assume they had common flu until it was too late.

And on the day those six sensors detected the deadly bacteria over a miles-long area of Washington concentrated on the National Mall, the largest anti-war demonstration since the Vietnam era was in progress. The news was dumped on a Friday night a whole week later, and promptly vanished ...

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News :: Children : Education : Indymedia : Media

Announcing: Indy Kids

Indy Kids is a new free newspaper that aims to educate children on current news and world events from a progressive perspective and to inspire in children a passion for social justice and learning. It is geared toward kids in grades 4 to 6 in New York City. Indy Kids is produced with the support of Indymedia New York City and individual donations.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Historical Reclamation : International Relations : Peace & War : Protest Activity : Right Wing : The Enemy : Theory and Information

The Troops Don't Support the Constitution

Every U.S. soldier takes an express and solemn oath to "support and defend the Constitution." That oath, however, is a sham because the troops do not support or defend the Constitution. Instead, when it comes to war the troops follow another oath they take - to obey the orders of the president, and they do this without regard to whether such orders violate the Constitution.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Crime & Police : International Relations : Peace & War : Protest Activity

Issues of War and Free Speech Roil GMU Campus

More than 100 George Mason University students and faculty members gathered on campus yesterday for a teach-in, six days after an undergraduate was arrested in a confrontation with military recruiters there.

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