International News

News From Labour Start:

The International Union of Foodworkers (IUF)  launched an online campaign to support workers on strike at the global brewery giant SABMiller.  The company had been refusing to negotiate and was engaging in union-busting practices at its subsidiary in Panama.

The company’s reaction was to block all email messages coming in.  Thousands of campaign supporters received error messages in their inboxes.  You may have been one of them.

SABMiller has to learn that they can “blacklist” our email servers, but they can’t silence our voices.

The IUF has forwarded on all the messages to the workers on strike, and is going to present all the names to the company in the form of a petition.

Please take a moment to send your message today:

News From Global Justice Now:

Over the past few months, we have joined forces with Nigerian campaigners against the privatisation of their energy system. We paired with trade unions and sent an open letter to Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening sharing our concerns about this process. The 10,000 signature petition that we delivered to the UK government before the election was a clear message that their support for energy privatisation in Nigeria is not acceptable.

Our research shows that the UK government has poured an estimated £50m of aid money to support this failed process. This money has been spent on consultants; not a penny has been spent on infrastructure to improve access to electricity for the Nigerians. And nearly two years after privatisation the results have been disastrous: prices have risen dramatically, blackouts occur on a daily basis and thousands of workers have been laid off. With half of Nigerians lacking access to electricity it is urgent that we demand our government move away from this unjust scheme and support democratically controlled energy systems instead.

To get information first-hand we invited Ken Henshaw, an activist from Nigerian organisation Social Action, to the UK last month. Ken painted a terrible picture of how devastating the privatisation process has been for Nigerians. While he was here, Ken was interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme, where he described cases of a baby being delivered by the light of a mobile phone during one of the regular power cuts, and patients bringing their own generators to hospital in order to be treated

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