The top 1 per cent has seen its real income rise by more than 60 per cent over those two decades.
“The NUM [National Union of Mineworkers] is opposed to any retrenchment irrespective of the numbers involved. The union is highly perturbed by Anglo’s decision to bypass the stakeholder meetings scheduled for next week and go ahead with such an announcement,” NUM general secretary Frans Baleni said in a statement on Saturday.
“The NUM will do everything within the framework of the law to oppose these retrenchments and is determined to even mobilise for strike to show its disapproval.”
Baleni said Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) decided to show its critical stakeholders “the middle finger” which undermined sound industrial relations and labour peace.
Welp… That explains a lot — about liberalism in the United States and how far the political climate has shifted to the right in the last 50 years.
Modern-day “liberal” Democrats = Cold War, Red-Scare-era Republicans.
April 15, 2013 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) and Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) have so far declined to join Li & Fung Ltd. and other companies in voluntarily compensating victims of a fire last year at a Bangladesh garment factory.
Wal-Mart and Sears also didn’t respond to an invitation to attend a meeting today in Geneva, where companies whose clothing was manufactured at the Tazreen Design Ltd. factory are expected to discuss compensation payments, said Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, a Washington-based international labor-monitoring group.
The Nov. 24 blaze killed 112 workers and increased pressure on Wal-Mart and other Western retailers to help improve factory conditions and take more direct responsibility for their suppliers. Clothing bound for Wal-Mart and Sears was found in the charred ruins. Both companies have said suppliers used the Tazreen factory without their permission and were fired. Sears and Wal-Mart, which don’t directly employ workers in Bangladesh and are not legally obligated to compensate them, have instituted worker-safety programs there.
“It’s so important for Western retailers to be at this meeting,” said Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, who was in the U.S. last week to ask Wal-Mart to do more to help make Bangladesh factories safe. “If they’re not there, they’re totally giving the message that they are supporting these death traps and they really don’t care how many lives go to make these clothes.”
Brian Trautman via Facebook
Ah yes, Jimmy Carter, the great liberal humanitarian who paved the way for Ronald Reagan…
Students from the University of Dhaka join protests demanding the arrest and trial of the owners of collapsed garment factory in Sava, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. Over 230 workers are confirmed dead so far.
Photos by Mehrab Azad