Self-organized Foodpanda strike re-loaded in Hong Kong | #DeliveryHeroRidersUnited

In August foodpanda riders in Hong Kong submitted an open letter directed at the management following a fatal road accident of a fellow rider. In that letter – which is being supported by at least 25 rider unions internationally – they call for safer working conditions and compensations for the colleague’s family. (globalmayday.net)
Reaction by the management: Some warm words, little action.

In September foodpanda finally introduced long awaited changes to the distance calculation system, the so called “real distance calculation scheme”. BUT, at the bottom line it resulted in pay cuts. In reaction riders went on strike for longer than 24 hours during the weekend in mid-October. (globalmayday.net)
Reaction by the management: Some warm words, little action.

Consequently riders are back in action again and self-organized a second strike in a short period of time. On November 3rd and 4th (Thursday/ Friday) hundreds of riders refused to sell their labour and rallied at different points across Hong Kong instead:

rally in CE | “We want fair pay!”
Riders rally on the streets Nov. 4th
rally in TKW

On Nov 3 & 4, Hong Kong foodpanda riders had a strike of two full days, following the last one on Oct 15 & 16. The main issue is still the pay cut disguised under the new map system. This time, more zones are on strike and the service is shut down on a larger scale and to a greater extent. Riders become more experienced; the picket lines in some zones are performed in a highly organised way.

In the press conferences, riders’ show the unity and expose the lies made by foodpanda’s public relations. A motorcycle march is held at the busiest city centre.

The company still pretends that nothing happened and doesn’t listen to riders’ voice. The struggle will not end until they invite riders to table talk and fulfill the core demand for FAIR PAY and a TRANSPARENT distance system.

labour activist S. on the ground

We have at least 9 ‘delivery zones’ (that’s more than 14 districts in an administrative or commonly-known sense) where the Pandamart and most vendors are shown as ‘temporarily closed’. TST and Central are the busiest zones with the highest order volume.
– Tsim Sha Tsui
– To Kwa Wan & Hung Hom
– Lai Chi Kok & Sham Shui Po
– Central & Peak
– Shatin
– Tai Wai
– Yuen Long
– Tung Chung
– Tsing Yi

In many other zones there are also riders on strike. The strike is everywhere.

The demands are basically the same as last time, with only slight modification, as this time it’s an escalation following FP’s refusal to talk and denial of the issues.

STRIKE DEMANDS

  1. Fair Order fee
    a. announce the distance fee formula
    b. increase the distance fee rate and base fee
    c. Stack orders: should get 100% order fee; should know the payment of each order and reject accordingly
  2. Freedom to decline and redispatch
    a. No suspension due to low AR (acceptance rate)
    b. Cancel the 3-redispatch-then-break rule
    c. The requirement for Quest should be 75% AR
  3. Insurance protection
    Increase the accident insurance compensation amount & extend the insurance coverage to 1 hour before and after the shift
  4. Vendor waiting time should be shortened
    a. Shouldn’t assign to riders long before prepared
    b. Waiting over 5 min should be paid
  5. Set 5 mins time limit for the customer to pick up orders
  6. Pandamart order weight should be limited to 5-6kg; auto-split should be done better
  7. Transparent and fair suspension & termination process: the company should bear the burden of proof
  8. Make the standard of the Proof of Delivery more reasonable
  9. CS (rider support) should be more efficient and helpful
  10. Provide extra fee for bad weather (rainy days, typhoons, very hot weather, etc)
  11. Company must ensure parking places for riders AND cover 2 tickets each month
Striking rider speaking in CE on November 4th
Kowloon Bay
Tung Chung

The comrades in Hong Kong are part of the #DeliveryHeroRidersUnited network.
Riders on the ground are being supported by the Riders’ Rights Concern Group.

TST vendors closed
Shatin vendors closed

#DeliveryHeroRidersUnited: Foodpanda riders on strike in Hong Kong

For more than one year riders in Hong Kong have been waiting for Foodpanda (Delivery Hero) to implement the real distance map calculation scheme. Last month this new scheme was finally announced.
Now it turns out that the long awaited new scheme results in a pay cut.
Consequently riders get organized and went on strike today.


A fellow comrade S. on the ground reports:

The new real-distance map system in Foodpanda Hong Kong brings new problem. What riders feel is, the distance calculation is actually more accurate, but the distance fee RATE has been reduced, and the range for only paying the base fee has been extended. For example, in the old map, let’s say it’s $1 for every 1km outside the 1km base, now it becomes, e.g., $0.5 for every 1km outside the 1.5km base. Overall, workers feel the distance payment has been reduced by 40-50%, and the overall order pay and income reduced by 10-20%. It’s a PAY CUT.

Thus, after a discussion by representatives from different zones, workers decided to stage a strike from this Saturday 6pm to Sunday fall day. If no good result, they will not pick up Pandamart orders for the whole week and continue a full-scale strike on the next weekend. The main demand of the strike is to ensure transparency of and increase in distance payment.

An update shared a few hours later:

The strike started at 6pm 15/10 and will continue until midnight of the next day. In different districts colleagues gathered at ‘Pandamarts’ (Foodpanda’s grocery delivery warehouses) to do picketing there, convincing more riders to join the strike. All across Hong Kong a few hundred or maybe over a thousand riders are on strike. In a few zones the Pandamart operation was fully stopped and was shown in the customer app as closed. In two zones all the restaurant orders were also fully stopped. A press conference was held in the zone where the recent pay cut is the most severe, with around 50 riders attending.

Until the company invites workers to negotiate and give acceptable response to the demands, the industrial action will be continued by boycotting all Pandamart orders in the next week and staging another full strike next weekend.

And he emphasizes the need for international solidarity:

We request all colleagues from different countries to support the Hong Kong strike by reposting news in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., with the following hashtags:
#DeliveryHeroRidersUnited
#shameonfoodpanda #boycottfoodpanda
#foodpanda #foodpandaHK #DeliveryHero

If you can do solidarity action in any form, such as banners, demonstration, etc., and post them on the social media and share with us, it will be more than helpful and will encourage local HK couriers immensely.

It is highly possible the new map and distance calculation system will be launched in other countries as well. In many countries, colleagues (even not only in Delivery Hero, but also other companies) have been asking for a real-distance map, which HK just gets through last year’s strike, but the company distorts it and makes it a pay cut in a tricky form. This again highlights that we need FULL TRANSPARENCY in the algorithm of payment calculation, which should be a universal demand shared by all platform delivery riders, otherwise the companies can always cut the pay arbitrarily.

STRIKE DEMANDS

1. Fair Order fee
a. Announce the distance formula
b. Increase the distance fee rate
c. Stack orders should get 100% order fee
d. The base fee can’t be reduced
2. Freedom to decline and redispatch
a. No suspension due to low acceptance rate (AR)
b. Give us 5 chances to redisptach
c. The requirement for Quest should be 75% AR
3. Increase the accident insurance compensation amount & extend the insurance coverage
4. Vendor waiting time should be shortened
a. Shouldn’t assign to riders long before prepared
b. Waiting over 5 min should be paid
5. Pandamart order weight should be limited to 5-6kg; auto-split should be done better
6. Company must ensure parking places for riders AND cover 2 tickets each month
7. Transparent and fair suspension & termination process: the company should bare the burden of proof
8. Proof of delivery: rider can take picture without internet and upload it later
9. Rider support (CS) should be more efficient and helpful
10. Provide extra fee for bad weather (rainly days, typoons, etc)

Updates on the struggle can also be found on the twitter channel of the Riders’ Rights Concern Group.

Media report on the strike on archive.ph. More pictures can be found on telegra.ph.

#DeliveryHeroRidersUnited: Support open letter by Hong Kong riders after deadly accident!

A foodpanda rider died in an accident on July 26th in the streets of Hong Kong. Some colleagues and family members wrote a joint letter demanding from foodpanda to enhance work injury protection and review work safety risks.

Many unions of the #DeliveryHeroRidersUnited network already expressed their support for this initiative. The Riders’ Rights Concern Group (Hong Kong) calls on labour groups and rider unions worldwide to join this effort and sign the open letter by August 16th! The letter will be submitted to foodpanda Hong Kong.

To: foodpanda Hong Kong (Delivery Hero Hong Kong Limited)

We are heartbroken to see our colleague passed away in the accident on 26 July. As some of us work in the same zone, we know the brother was very nice and hardworking. Every day he rushed to work earlier due to recent pay cut by foodpanda, as well as a growing number of parking penalty tickets issued to him during the deliveries.

So, we share the sorrow with his family, and we hope his family can go through the difficult time. What makes us more painful is we know clearly that the same can happen to any of us.

We strive to run under the sun and in the rain just to make our ends meet. But if anything happens, the insurance, with such a low benefit level, won’t be able to support us and our family. Or maybe we won’t even be covered if it’s not during a delivery. Or foodpanda might not tell our families what happens until half a day later.

So what has foodpanda done to protect us in our work? What do we get as we risk our lives every day?

And it’s not only about insurance. We are rushing on the road faster because foodpanda cuts our wage and pushes us to complete more orders. We are working longer hours because foodpanda keeps recruiting more riders, making each of us get fewer orders. Also, foodpanda doesn’t help us with parking places and expenses. These all contribute to the risks in work safety. It’s all related.

Thus, we demand that foodpanda should:

1. account for the accident to the victim’s family, all foodpanda couriers, and the public,

2. raise the benefit level and broaden the coverage of the insurance

3. review all the factors that might lead to risks in work safety, including payment, control, app, etc.,

4. have a meeting with couriers on safety, injury, and insurance issues,

5. communicate with government departments about parking spaces, and cover some parking expenses.

A group of Hong Kong foodpanda riders (July 28th, 2022)

So far endorsed by:

  • Bangladesh Food Riders’ Union (Bangladesh)
  • CGT Riders – General Confederation of Labor (Spain)
  • Coordinadora Intersindical de Riders en Estado Español – CirRiders (Spain)
  • Corriente Sindical de Izquierdas – CsiRiders (Spain)
  • Free Workers’ Union (FAU) International Committee (Germany)
  • GWTUC – Garment Workers’ Trade Union Center (Bangladesh)
  • Horeca United (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Hsinchu Delivery Industry Union (Taiwan)
  • Hsinchu Platform Delivery Workers Union (Taiwan)
  • Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britan (IWGB) Couriers & Logistics Branch (UK)
  • International Confederation of Labour (ICL) Working Group Asia
  • IFAT – Indian Federation of App-Based Transport Workers (India)
  • Kapatiran sa Dalawang Gulong – Kagulong (Philippines)
  • Myanmar Foodpanda Riders Union (Myanmar)
  • National Delivery Union (Taiwan)
  • Pingtung Platform Delivery Workers Union (Taiwan)
  • Radical Riders (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Riders Collective/ Vida Austria (Austria)
  • Riders in Lotta Torino – Deliverance Project (Turin, Italy)
  • S.V.E.O.D. – Base Union Assembly for Bike and Motorcycle Riders (Athens, Greece)
  • Taichung Delivery Platform Service Industry Union (Taiwan)
  • Taoyuan Digital Platform Delivery Workers Union (Taiwan)
  • TEHİS – Tourism, Leisure and Service Workers’ Union (Turkey)
  • TWU – Transport Workers’ Union of Australia (Australia)
  • Vloerwerk (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

#DeliveryHeroRidersUnited: 24 hrs strike at efood in Athens

The struggle against the freelance regime and for the compensation of petrol expenses continues also in Greece. Following a four hours work stoppage last week, hundreds of efood (Delivery Hero) riders joined the strike rally in the city center of Athens on June 24th, 2022. Participation among the delivery workers was high. No business as usual for the bosses at efoods on that day.

Friends of Foodpanda Myanmar sent a solidarity message, which was read out to the striking riders and was published on the website of the Base Union Assembly for Bike and Motorbike Riders (SVEOD) in Greek and English.

Solidarity to efood’s riders from the Foodpanda (Myanmar) colleagues on strike

Dear colleagues of efood in Greece,

It has now been 17 days since we, Foodpanda (Myanmar) riders, have begun the strike (work stoppage) against foodpanda (Myanmar) for our labour rights on June 6th, 2022. During the first week of the strike, we launched blackcross campaign (i.e. a campaign that raises awareness about the exploitation of foodpanda), the second week of the strike focused on customer campaign (i.e. we distributed pamphlets mobilizing the customers to stand in solidarity with us) and in the third week of the strike, we began “Zero Customer” campaign (i.e. organizing and mobilizing customers until no single customer uses foodpanda). However, foodpanda is still ignoring our demands and has not yet responded to our demands. Thus, we will continue our strike.

Now, there are many difficulties that riders face due to political instability in Myanmar. For instance, riders have been stopped by authorities at checkpoints on the road during the delivery. When this happens, riders have no ID to show to the authorities that proves that we are foodpanda riders, and thus in certain occasions some riders have been temporarily detained. Moreover, the political instability caused the rise in the prices of basic commodities which are essential to the survival and the needs of us riders and our families. While foodpanda riders are suffering from such a toll of difficulties, foodpanda’s action of cutting down the delivery fees to its lowest, taking profit of the opportunities that the political instability offers, is very unfair and exploitative.

In the past, we used to get paid more than 0.55 $ per delivery and now we merely get 0.22 $. There are also losses for us in the payment due to the linear measurement of the distance between the order pick-up point and the drop-off point. This measurement doesn’t actually reflect the actual distance that we travel on the ground. We also have to use our own bicycles or motorbikes to carry out the deliveries (maintenance fees of these means comes from our pocket, too). In addition to this, we have to use our own money to buy the delivery box, the foodpanda uniform and the helmet of the company. Though foodpanda made an agreement with us stating that we are independent contractors/freelancers, we actually have no choice to choose the shifts we want to work for, in reality. This is because the freedom to choose the shifts is controlled by the batch system. The low batch (rank) riders can take up the leftover shifts only after the high batch (rank) riders have choosen their preferred shifts. We can’t have neither one holiday during each week, nor break time during the shifts because we are demoted once we take a break. Foodpanda also demotes our batch if we refuse to take an order with an unfair pay according to the distance. There are other computer system controls imposed on the riders (for instance: we are put in auto-break mode while we are working, demoting to lower batches without valid reasons, and closing our riders’ accounts under various reasons). Foodpanda company continuously recruits new riders without being able to gurantee sufficient delivery orders for the existing riders and imposes tight regulations on us. For these different kinds of oppression and exploitation, we went on strike against the company making the following 8 demands:

1. To set the minimum delivery fee to 670 kyats ($ 0.36) per delivery and increase the fee depending on the distance of the delivery and the batch of riders.

2. To restrain the strict rules of the computer system of the software that is controlling the riders.

3. To take responsibility for any accident or injury that happens during work hours. (Please be informed that we, the riders, will not accept the plan by the Foodpanda (Myanmar) after the recent negotiation to buy health and motor insurance with our own money by contracting with a third-party private insurance company.)

4. To let riders take a full break day a week without taking any shifts as destined by the company if they wish to do this because of their personal matters.

5. To use the Google Map system to determine both the travel distance of the order and to calculate the distance between the rider and the customer.

6. To notify and inform the riders, concerning any changes made by Foodpanda (Myanmar), formally through the company’s official social media pages and Telegram channels at least a week in advance.

7. To initiate a Hotline Phone number for riders to contact the company if they wish to resolve urgent issues or problems at any time.

8. To issue a Foodpanda rider identification card for the delivery riders.

While we (Foodpanda Myanmar riders) are on strike, we came to know that you, our colleagues, brothers and sisters riders of efood in Greece, are also fighting agaist the exploitation and violation of your labour rights by efood (Delivery Hero, the same company that owns Foodpanda). We, the Foodpanda Myanmar riders, stand in solidarity with you, efood riders. Let’s show Delivery Hero the power of the united riders!

In solidarity,

Foodpanda Myanmar riders.

source: sveod.gr

The rally also went in front of the Ministry of Labour. And the ministry reacted: It agreed that efood is acting illegally on several issues, e.g. not providing adequate means of personal protection and not properly reimbursing petrol expenses. The ministy confirmed to have a clarifying meeting with the workers and company.

Stay informed on future developments on #DeliveryHeroRidersUnited.

#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Open letter submitted to French Governmet – NO exemptions for TotalEnergies!

TotalEnergies already announced to move out of Myanmar this year. But still revenues keep flowing from TotalEnergies to the military junta. Therefore 459 civil society organisations submitted an open letter to the French government urging them to stick to EU sanctions and not provide any exemptions for TotalEnergies! For more details check out the page on the Blood Money Campaign.

Open Letter to President Macron:
Do not authorize TotalEnergies’ use of exemptions to EU sanctions!

Worldwide call: Do not authorize TotalEnergies’ use of exemptions to EU Sanctions on the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE)

We urge President Macron and the French Government to:
1. Prevent millions of dollars of gas revenues reaching the junta by refusing to authorize TotalEnergies’ use of exemptions to EU sanctions – instead enforce EU sanctions and ensure that TotalEnergies does not hand over its share and interests to MOGE, and continue making and facilitating payments to MOGE before it exits or bring in a new operator that will collude with the junta.

2. Continue to support the Myanmar people’s efforts to defeat the brutal military junta and build a federal democracy and stop TotalEnergies from funding genocidaires, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Please stand with justice and humanity!

459 Myanmar, regional & international organizations including Civil Society Organizations, Community Based Organizations, Human Rights Organizations, Humanitarian & charity organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, strike committees and labour unions from 20 countries.

#DeliveryHeroRidersUnited: efood (Greece) riders mobilize against freelance regime!

For the past few weeks riders and grassroot unions connected to brands of Delivery Hero (e.g. Foodpanda, Yemeksepeti, Talabat, efood, Glovo, PedidosYa) initiated a common network: Delivery Hero Riders United! The network is continuously expanding, delivery workers at Delivery Hero are uniting internationally to fight for their interests together!

While riders at Foodpanda Myanmar are still on strike, efood riders in Athens mobilize because the company announced to deprive workers with 4-hours contracts to choose their working schedule, with the intent of pushing them towards the freelance regime.

Today’s 4-hours work stoppage was participated by around 400 efood workers, who took the streets with a motorbike demo that ended at the central offices of #efood (#DeliveryHero). Management refused to accept our demands. Like always, we want victory and nothing less and so we’ll escalate the struggle and take the street again next Friday, 24th of June, but this time with a full strike. Until the company will not gave in to our demands, it will find us right against it.
THE STRUGGLE DOESN’T STOP. ORGANIZATION – SOLIDARITY – RESISTANCE

source: twitter.com

Demands of efood workers:

  1. The company must give back to the workers with 4-hours contracts the right to choose the working schedule they prefer. 
  2. The company must start hiring again workers with employee contracts and at the same time it must stop hiring freelancers. 
  3. The company must give to employees with 4-hours contracts the possibility to switch to a full-time contract, for those that want it. 
  4. The company must give compensation for gas expenses based on the actual kilometers travelled, as the law already requires, instead of basing the compensation on some other calculation.

Some Foodpanda riders in Myanmar used the day of protest in Athens to express their solidarity:

The Base Union Assembly for Bike and Motorbike Riders (SVEOD) provides more infomation on the struggle of efood riders: sveod.gr.

#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Days of protest to pressure French government! (June 16 – 20th)

Announcement by
Blood Money Campaign:  

Call on President Macron and the French Government to refuse to allow TotalEnergies to use exemptions to EU Sanctions!

Targets: President Macron, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, French Embassy in Myanmar, French Ambassador

16-20 June 2022

#NoExemption #FreezePaymentsToJunta
#BloodMoneyMyanmar

We urge local and international Strike Committees, Revolution Organizations, CSOs, Unions and INGOs to be involved in the Blood Money Campaign:  Preventing millions of dollars in gas revenues to reach the genocidal junta and to stop its brutality and disincentivizes it from the coup.


UPDATE (June 20th, 2022)

Joint Statement

Myanmar and International: Call on President Macron and the French Government to refuse to allow TotalEnergies to use exemptions to EU Sanctions, 459 Organizations from 20 countries.

We urge President Macron and the French Government
1. To prevent millions of dollars of gas revenues reaching the Myanmar military criminal junta by refusing to authorize TotalEnergies’ use of exemptions to EU sanctions.
2. It is imperative that the French government continues to support the Myanmar people’s efforts to end the brutal military dictatorship and build a federal democracy and stop TotalEnergies from funding genocidaires.
President Macron must listen to his own lawmakers and officials and stop capitulating to a corporation that has demonstrated a willingness to disregard the Myanmar people and fund a military junta that is actively engaging in genocide and crimes against humanity.


Online activities and ground movement

  1. Photo Campaign (to post on Facebook + Twitter)
  2. Comment Campaign
  3. Twitter Trending
  4. Ground Protest!

1. Photo Campaign

Call on President Macron and the French Government to refuse to allow TotalEnergies to use exemptions to EU Sanctions!

Write the requested text on a paper and upload the photo to your social media accounts with the bloody three-finger salute sign.
You can wear a red shirt, a blood-stained shirt, and a red armband.

Requested text on paper:

President Macron & French Government – Don’t Allow Exemptions

President Macron – Stop TotalEnergies funding genocide

French Government –  #NoExemption

Hashtags to use:

#NoExemption #FreezePaymentsToJunta #BloodMoneyMyanmar #Total_StopSponsoringJunta

Please send your photos to the BMC page: fb.com/BloodMoneyCampaignMM and email to bloodmoneycampaign21@gmail.com and asia@icl-cit.org.

2. Comment Campaign (Facebook and Twitter)

Please comment with photos that the genocidal junta commits atrocities in Myanmar!

Facebook:

French President: fb.com/EmmanuelMacron
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: fb.com/france.diplomacy 

French Embassy in Myanmar: fb.com/France.Birmanie 
French Ambassador: fb.com/christian.lechervy.3

#FreezePaymentsToJunta  #NoExemption

For the comments, you can use these sample texts (.doc).

3. Twitter mass trending

#FreezePaymentsToJunta #NoExemption

Accounts to mention:

French President: @EmmanuelMacron
French Diplomacy: @francediplo_EN
French Ambassador: @CLechervy

On the Twitter Team For Revolution Facebook page, you can see the dates and times to join Twitter mass trending. To support the mass trending, the below pictures and these sample tweets (.doc) were created!

4. Ground Protest

President Macron and French Government – Don’t Allow Exemptions
ပြင်သစ် အစိုးရအနေနဲ့ ကင်းလွတ်ခွင့်တွေ အသုံးပြုခွင့် မပေးပါနဲ့။

President Macron – Stop TotalEnergies funding genocide
ပြင်သစ် သမ္မတ – တိုတယ် က ရာဇဝတ်မှုတွေ ထောက်ပံ့နေတာကို ရပ်တန့်ပေးပါ။

French Government – #NoExemption
ပြင်သစ်အစိုးရ  #ကင်းလွတ်ခွင့်တွေကိုအသုံးပြုခွင့်မပေးနဲ့။


5. Massive Calling and Mailing

Only AFTER June 20th!

Let’s call and speak to the French Government not to allow TotalEnergies to use exemptions and to stop the funding of atrocities in Myanmar. No business with complicity in crimes against humanity, other mass atrocities and genocidal junta!

French Embassy’s phone number: +95 1 212 520
Email Address: ambafrance.rangoun@diplomatie.gouv.fr 

Climate Justice and Class Struggle: Online Screening Event (May 24th)

Climate Justice and Class Struggle: Scheduled Screening to take place HERE on
Tuesday May 24, 2022 @ 6pm UTC | 2 pm EST | 8pm CET | 11:30pm IST (time converter).

This year various IWW sections chose to draw attention to the ecological crisis we all face and tilted a series of events around Climate Justice and Class Struggle.

A crisis brought about by the endless search for profit margins by capitalist interests. A crisis which will see wars raging worldwide, making the poorest of us suffer the earliest and most.

The global ecological crisis is an issue for the working class worldwide and already there are many of us engaged in fighting against its impacts in our local areas.

This coming Tuesday May 24, 2022 we will host and online screening of a number on important environmental struggles currently taking place around the world. It is vital that each of these campaigns be highlighted and supported.

To take part in this online screening event as part of the Global May Day events, please tune in online HERE on Tuesday May 24, 2022 at the following time @ 6pm UTC.

To find out more about Global May Day 2022 reports, you can click on the following link HERE

#1World1Struggle
#globalmayday2022

#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Pressure Chevron/TotalEnergies Shareholders (May 21 – 25th, 2022)

Target – TotalEnergies, Chevron’s shareholders Meeting on May 25th, 2022
#FreezePaymentsToJunta #KeepInEscrowAccount

Global Week of Action (May 21 – 25th, 2022)

[Mya version – မြန်မာ | pictures]

Please join Blood Money Campaign: Not to reach more hundreds of millions of dollars gas revenues to the genocidal junta!

Online activities and ground movement

  1. Photo Campaign (to post Facebook + Twitter)
  2. Comment Campaign
  3. Twitter Trending
  4. Massive Calling!
  5. Ground Protest!

1. Photo Campaign

(a) Write the requested text on a paper and upload the photo to your social media accounts with the three-finger salute sign.

You can wear a red shirt, a blood-stained shirt, and a red armband.

Requested text on paper:

Chevron, TotalEnergies – STOP bankrolling the junta!
Chevron, TotalEnergies – The junta kills with your money!
Chevron, TotalEnergies – Keep gas payments in escrow accounts!

*** Pls join Anti-Chevron Day on May 21st, 2022 to pressure Chevron! ***

TotalEnergies – Don’t ask for sanctions exemptions!
TotalEnergies – Don’t bankroll the junta with another $250 Million!

Hashtags to use:

#FreezePaymentsToJunta #KeepInEscrowAccount
#Chevron_StopSponsoringJunta #Total_StopSponsoringJunta #BloodMoneyMyanmar

Please send your photos to BMC page and email to bloodmoneycampaign21@gmail.com.

2. Comment Campaign (facebook and twitter)

Please comment with photos that the junta commits activity crimes in Myanmar!

Twitter

Chevron Shareholder – @TIAA
TotalEnergies – @TotalEnergies

Facebook

Chevron Shareholder // TotalEnergies

#FreezePaymentsToJunta #KeepInEscrowAccount
For the comments you can use these sample texts (.doc).

3. Twitter mass trending

#FreezePaymentsToJunta #KeepInEscrowAccount #BloodMoneyMyanmar

Accounts to mention: @Chevron @TotalEnergies @TIAA @CalPERS @PPouyanne

On the Twitter Team For Revolution facebook page, you can see the dates and times to join Twitter mass trending. To support the mass trending, the below pictures and these sample tweets (.doc) were created!

4. Massive calling

Let’s call and speak to TotalEnergies and Chevron company to stop funding to atrocity crimes and not doing business with complicit in crimes against humanity, other mass atrocites and genocidal junta.

Total Energies Phone: +33 (0)1 47 44 45 46
Chevron Phone: +1-925-842-1000

Myanmar Time: 1:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Central European Time: 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
USA, Washington DC: 3:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
USA, Los Angeles: 12:00 A.M. – 7:00 A.M.

Time check with for your region: globaltimeconverter.com

Sample Text for phone calling:

Hello, I am from Myanmar. I want to ask to your company CEO and shareholders. Why is your company still bankrolling gas payments to the genocidal junta to kill the Myanmar people every day?
Your governement does not recognize the genocidal junta so why are you funding the criminal junta?
Your company announced to all apply business and human rights principles so why are you funding the killing fields in Myanmar?
Do you know that the junta uses your company’s gas payments to purchase arms and ammunition to kill civilians? Every day the junta finances airstikes and jet aviation fuel with your bankrolls.
So please stop bankrolling to the junta and keep all gas revenues in an escrow account to save many lives. Please behave humanely and stand on the side of human rights and justice.
Our children, youth, women and elder people are being killed and burnt alive every day with your money. Please stop being accessory to murder.
We urge your shareholders to adopt a policy of not doing business which is complicit in crimes against humanity, other mass atrocites and genocidal junta.

For Total company:

We urge your shareholders please don’t ask for exemptions! And Keep decommission fees in escrow accounts for the Myanmar People!

Please don’t bankroll 250 million USD, shares and interest to MOGE!

We urge Chevron/ Total to divert into escrow any upcoming payments intended for the Myanmar government instead of giving the money to the genocidal military junta.

5. Ground protest

Slogans:

TotalEnergies, Chevron– The junta kills with your money!
Chevron, TotalEnergies – STOP bankrolling the junta! 
Chevron, TotalEnergies – Keep gas payments in escrow accounts!
TotalEnergies –  Don’t ask for sanctions exemptions!
TotalEnergies – Don’t bankroll the junta with another $250 Million!


Mya version – မြန်မာ


Pictures during action days

The days of action (May 21 – 24th, 2022) saw activities to pressure TotalEnergies and Chevron in several cities across Myanmar as well as other countries and online:

California: Support farm workers at Somona County

In context of #GlobalMayDay2022, IWW Ireland organised the film screening ‘Fruits of Labor’ as part of the theme environmental destruction and class struggle.
Fruits of Labor is a documentary film with a multi-year campaign for mixed-status families and farm workers. At present they are hosting a tour of outdoor screenings in partnership with immigrant, indigenous and worker’s rights organisations through the #BloominJustice campaign in California, USA.
As an action point coming from the discussion that took place after the film screening, we agreed to help to support and share information on ongoing struggles by farm workers there.

At present, farm workers organised with North Bay Jobs With Justice, a grassroots labour coalition building power among farm worker communities in the North Bay of Santa Rosa, California, are organising to demand better pay and work conditions due to the risk that wildfires have for their health and safety.
Fire season overlaps with the grape harvest season; many vineyards require workers to pick the grapes on days with excessive smoke to have all the grapes picked before the fires destroy their vineyards.

Despite multiple years of devastating climate change fueled wildfires, Sonoma County still does not have a formal policy addressing farmworker safety in wildfire evacuation zones.
Now they are calling on the Sonoma Board of Supervisors to implement a set of priorities based on 5 basic demands for language justice, hazard pay and disaster insurance, by June 1st 2022.

For these reasons, we put out this call of solidarity and support for the workers organising in North Bay Jobs With Justice, which – for now – consists of signing the petition (below) as well as this letter  and sharing them with your networks and social media.

Júlia (IWW Ireland)

An injury to One Is an Injury to All.
#1world1struggle