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Missing Mexico Teachers: Police Violently Suppresses Teachers Protest

A series of images have emerged that bear witness to a brutal crackdown by police on teachers protesting in Acapulco, Mexico.

Teachers from the CETEG union marched on the Juan Alvarez de Acapulco airport on Tuesday in a protest over pay.

It has been reported that an estimated 94,000 CETEG workers and other public servants have not received their salaries in Mexico, and around 2,000 teachers turned out to demand the authorities resolve the pay issue.

The demonstration was violently broken, however, in scenes that have prompted outrage on social media. Greying teachers were photographed with their faces bloodied, many requiring hospital treatment.

According to local media reports, police arrested several members of the union for attempting to block access to the international airport, with activists on social media putting the number detained at around 100.

Relations between the country’s educators and the government lie in tatters following the abduction and suspected massacre of 43 student teachers who disappeared in September.

As well as the ongoing disputes over pay, the protesters also repeated calls for justice over the missing 43 students, agency photographers reported.

Last month the focus of those leading the campaign for answers on the massacre turned to the Mexican army, which has been forced to repeatedly deny allegations its soldiers were involved.

Omar Garcia,  a 24-year-old student who was threatened by soldiers after escaping from police gunmen that fateful night, has been a leading figure in the campaign.

We have reason to believe that the army was involved in the disappearance of our companions,” Mr Garcia said then. “They were there that night. They probably covered up, facilitated, or played a leading role in the disappearances.

Today in labor history, March 12, 1912: The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)-led “Bread and Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children ends after ten weeks when the American Woolen Company accedes to the workers’ demands. Soon, the rest of the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile companies followed suit and wages were raised for textile workers throughout New England.

Today in labor history, March 18, 1937: New York City police evict and arrest striking Woolworth clerks occupying stores and demanding a 40-hour workweek. Police were met with huge protests at the stores and the precincts where the workers had been taken. Once freed, the clerks returned to the stores and re-occupied them and, in the end, they won a one-year union contract, an eight-hour day, six-day workweek, and a 32.5 cent per hour minimum wage.

As Japan’s annual wage talks climax this month, one of the obstacles to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign for outsized pay raises has its roots in the 1940s: a stunted union movement.

The nation’s top union boss, Nobuaki Koga, doesn’t personally know what it’s like to go on strike. Koga, the president of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, says he has mixed feelings about what became a cozy relationship between employers and their company-based unions.

Cooperation — encouraged during the U.S. occupation, when General Douglas MacArthur cracked down on aggressive unions — helped fuel the nation’s rapid postwar revival. Now, weakened by economic stagnation and the legacy of a fractured labor movement, unions are struggling to pressure Japan’s biggest companies, even as they post record profits amid low unemployment.

Any failure to secure higher pay during the annual spring campaign risks accelerating a decline in the number of union members, which peaked in 1994. Public support for Abe’s government is also on the line, along with his effort to reflate the world’s third-largest economy.

Without wage increases that induce consumers to spend rather than save, Japan may struggle to sustain price gains to keep its tentative emergence from deflation on track, according to Daiju Aoki, an economist at UBS Group AG in Tokyo.

Early signs indicate that unions will have a tough time.

Toyota Motor Corp., which has forecast a bigger annual profit than all other Japanese automakers combined, last month rebuffed a proposal from its in-house union for the largest pay bump since 1998.

Japan’s system today owes much to a decision by MacArthur during the 1945-52 occupation to abandon an initial move to encourage U.S.-style unions. As the Cold War began taking hold, he acted against left-wing groups, and banned a general strike in 1947.

The so-called red purge that ensued also hobbled opposition parties. Thousands of union members were fired from both public sector and private jobs.

if you look at the url, the headline originally highlighted the role of america and macarthur in demolishing japan’s unions and creating a civil society subordinate to capital, but i guess they had to change it for some reason

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10,000 miners go on strike in western Ukraine

KIEV, March 24 (TASS) - Some 10,000 miners are taking part in a protest rally in the city of Chervonohrad in western Ukraine’s Lviv Region, all seven mines of the Lvovugol enterprise have been shut down, the Confederation of Free Trade Unions (CFTU) of Ukraine reported Tuesday.

"Ten thousand miners have stopped work and entered a new phase of an early strike. They are demanding that closure of mines be stopped, and are insisting on the resignation of Energy and Coal Industry Minister [Vladimir] Demchishin," chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Ukraine’s Miners Mikhail Volynets said.

Miners are holding posters where their key demands are written: resignation of [Energy and Coal Industry Minister] Demchishin and full repayment of wage arrears for January and February [as of March 24, only 10 million hryvnias out of 95 million have been paid].

Otherwise, miners said they would block an international highway.