Spain/Almeria: the SOC in service of those without rights
If one sees the affirmation and the respect of human rights as a sign for civilised cultures, we have to record, that paradoxically, since the end of the 19th century, industrial development and urbanisation – phenomena that have brought social progress and comfort to societies – have also very often led to a situation in which those same rights are systematically violated. In Almeria, in the South-East of Spain, since the violent pogroms that took place in February 2000, fear, exclusion, greed, harsh working conditions as well as inhuman living conditions have become everyday facts of life.
Italy: Rosarno - Another pretext for new xenophobic measures
A revolt by non-EU immigrants has broken out in Rosarno (Reggio Calabria). The immigrants are exasperated and tired of being exploited by the 'Ndrangheta (the Calabrian Mafia) which is well-rooted in the local territory and closely connected to politics; and the ill-treatment and violence they are constantly being subjected to. The latest episode took place on Thursday January 7th, when two immigrants were fired at with air guns by two Italians, probably members of the local 'Ndrangheta.
10 thesis on migrant labour
by Coordinamento per lo sciopero del lavoro migrante in Italia
1. In Italy and in Europe migrants are not only a growingly important part of labour force, both numerically and considering production. Migrants shared, with all the workers, the struggles and the strikes in defense of labour rights. Today, no labour struggle can avoid to take into account the centrality of migrant labour.