what the hell is wrong with the world?? no but seriously there are riots and protests in USA, Hong Kong, Mexico, Thailand and those are just the ones I know of AND all of them are because of the same thing: INJUSTICE. and the goverment is only trying to shut us up instead of listening to us and fix the problem.

we live in a hunger games world man, and thats some fucked up shit.

Another good example to illustrate the complexity of human motivation is the practice of ‘work to rule’, where workers slow output by strictly following the rules that govern their tasks. You may wonder how workers can hurt their employers by working according to the rule. However, this semi-strike method - known also as the ‘Italian strike’ and as ‘sciopero bianco’ or ‘white strike’ by Italians) - is known to reduce output by 30-50 per cent. This is because not everything can be specified in employment contracts (rules) and therefore all production processes rely heavily on workers’ goodwill to do extra things that are not required by their contract or exercise initiatives and take shortcuts to expedite things, when the rules are too cumbersome. The rules behind such non-selfish behaviours are varied - fondness of their jobs, pride in their workmanship, self-respect, solidarity with their colleagues, trust in their managers, loyalty to the company - but the bottom line is that companies, and thus our economy, would grind to a halt if people acted in a totally selfish way, as they are assumed to do in free-market economics.
—  Ha-Joon Chang (23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, Thing 5, pg 46-47)

Cambodian garment workers are demanding a double in their monthly minimum wage to $160 US. The current government is also feeling the heat as the opposition party has supported the strikers. After yesterday’s arrests, police opened fire with live ammunition on strikers blocking a highway south of Phnom Penh.

The local human rights group LICADHO also said in a statement that at least four civilians were shot dead and 21 injured in what it described as “the worst state violence against civilians to hit Cambodia in 15 years….No efforts have been made to prevent death and serious injury.”

Photos from the South China Morning Post.
Reporting from Al-Jazeera.

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Salt of the Earth

Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.

The film is an early treatment of feminism, because the wives of the miners play a pivotal role in the strike, against their husbands wishes. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realization that prejudice and poor treatment are conditions that are not always imposed by outside forces.


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Salt of the Earth: Labor, Film, and the Cold War