Category: News

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

#GlobalMayDay2022 – What next? (meeting May 15th)

#GlobalMayDay2022 – What next?

#GlobalMayDay2022 is over! And pretty successfully so, with reports from Belfast, Derry, Dhaka, Dublin, Hamburg, Kolkata, Myanmar and Stockholm so far.

Therefore this next meeting is scheduled to reflect on the coordinations for May Day this year and discuss how to move on.

Everyone sympathizing with Global May Day self-conception is invited to participate!

Continue reading

#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Global Week of Action to #SanctionMOGE! (May 7 – 15th)

#US_SanctionMOGE – Global Action Week
May 7 – 15th, 2022

photo campaigntwitter mass trendingcomment campaignprofile framepublic lettergallery

Online activities and ground movement

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:

  1. Biden – the more you delay, the more we suffer. Sanction Gas Revenues!
  2. Save lives by cutting off the genocidal Junta’s financial pillars, gas revenues.
  3. Mr. President – Stop atrocities in Myanmar, Sanction MOGE right now!
  4. USA – please sanction MOGE
  5. No gas? No lights? We don’t care as long as we stay alive!
  6. No oil? No jobs? It’s OK, if the killing stops!

Hashtags to use:
#US_SanctionMOGE #TakeAction_NoMoreWords #BloodMoneyMyanmar

2. Twitter mass trending

#US_SanctionMOGE
#TakeAction_NoMoreWord
#BloodMoneyMyanmar

Accounts to mention:

@POTUS (President Joe Biden)
@USTreasury (Department of Treasury)

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!

3. Comment Campaign (Facebook and Twitter)

#US_SanctionMOGE #SanctionGasRevenues

Twitter:
• President Joe Biden
• US Department of Treasury

Facebook:
• President Joe Biden
• US Department of Treasury

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

4. Profile Frame Campaign

  1. To change the profile frame, access this link.
  2. Click on choose photo
  3. Pick the photo you want to choose as a profile picture.
  4. If a check mark appears on the image, click done in the upper right corner.
  5. Then click next and download the image.
  6. Now you can see the picture in your phone gallery.
  7. You can create a profile on your social accounts.

5. Public Letter Campaign to President Biden

Send the following text to the white house:

On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military seized power in a coup d’etat, imprisoning civilian leaders as well as pro-democracy and human rights advocates.
In response to this coup, young people in Myanmar have taken to the streets in a new #CivilDisobedienceMovement (CDM) demanding an end to military rule. They are calling on the international community to impose tough and targeted sanctions, including stopping oil and gas companies from bankrolling the military through their partnerships with Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).
The military is now brutally cracking down, imprisoning, injuring, and killing thousands of peaceful pro-democracy protesters. The United States has already imposed sanctions on top military leaders and some military-owned companies. But it is vital that the United States honor CDM’s call for tougher targeted sanctions that stop the flow of money from foreign corporations to the Myanmar military.
It is long past time for the United States to impose sanctions on Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE)​ as part of stopping oil and gas companies – such as Chevron, Total, Petronas, and Posco – from continuing to bankroll the Burmese military.
Please take all appropriate actions to end the flow of money from foreign corporations to Myanmar’s military.

#BloodMoneyMyanmar: Sanction MOGE (petitions)

The military junta stays in power also with the help of the money generated by Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise. Therefore the Blood Money Campaign is calling to sanction MOGE!
More background info on this topic can be found on the page dedicated to reports on #SanctionMOGE.

An easy way to support the movement against the fascist military junta is to sign and share the petitions below!

#GlobalMayDay2022: Fruits of Labor (film screening)

As part of Global May Day 2022 the IWW Ireland together with the film makers organize the screening of Fruits of Labor.

‘Fruits of Labor’ explores the life of Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager living in an agricultural town on the central coast of California, who dreams of graduating from high school and going to college. But when ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) raids threaten her family, Ashley is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in the strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company.

Today immigrant farm workers make up an estimated 73% of agriculture workers in the United States, of which about between 50 and 70 percent are undocumented.

While precise data on youth farm workers does not exist, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs estimates that there are approximately 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers under the age of 18.

‘Fruits of Labor’ offers a new narrative about women workers that shows the nuances of how the global food system intersects with gender and family life.

There will also be a Q&A opportunity with the film director Emily Cohen Ibañez.

The public hosting of this film is a great opportunity for grassroots, fighting unions to come together to hear first hand the challenges that agricultural workers face in front of climate change, institutionalised racism and capitalist exploitation; and explore ways of building class solidarity links and opportunities for workers organising within the chain of production.

Myanmar: FoodPanda and GrabFood Riders on Strike

We received news of riders who went on strike in Myanmar following cuts in pay (fees) on March 16th.

UPDATES

March 23rd

The foodpanda company announced that it had reached an agreement with striking riders as the company settled to increase the delivery rate. At the same time half of the riders are still on strike. They keep fighting for the original rate. It seems that half of the riders resumed back their work with the basic rate of 580 MMK whereas their demand was to get 650 MMK which was paid to them before. (source: riders on the ground + myanmarlabournotes.com)

March 20th

Foodpanda Myanmar stated that the cuts were a technical error. Riders met with the company management, but negotiations were unsuccessful. Therefore the strike continues. (source: myanmarlabournews.com)

GrabFood riders said that they will continue the strike as well – until they get paid the previous rates! (source: myanmarlabournews.com)


The following information is based on reports by Myanmar Labour News (1, 2, 3, 4).

Foodpanda Myanmar

In the morning of March 16th foodpanda Myanmar began to cut rider fees without prior notification, though the contract between the riders and the company states that riders should be informed in advance. In reaction foodpanda riders logged out of their accounts and started a wildcat strike in the capital Yangon and rallied in front of the company headquarter in the city.

According to an involved rider they are now only paid 500-600 MMK (0,25 – 0,30€) for a distance for which they used to get 1000 MMK (0,50€).

Confronted with the protest the foodpanda office pointed the finger at other departments in the company saying it is not responsible.

There are many other problems. Each rider has to pay 85,000 MMK for a rider account. The company cuts off the orders or suspends the accounts, if riders make complaints. Foodpanda also recruits new riders without being able to provide already existing riders with orders. The primary aim of the company is to collect more money with the registration fees from new riders.
The company is accused of customer manipulation. Promoting itself with “free delivery” services, but then charging fees because of a “system error”.

Only a day before also riders in Mandalay went on strike in reaction to the cuts.

Foodpanda is the lead brand of Delivery Hero in Asia.

The Berlin-based company forecast full-year revenue in a range of 9.5 billion to 10.5 billion euros ($10.85 billion to $12 billion), and a negative margin on core profit of 1% to 1.2% for 2022.

source: nasdaq.com

GrabFood Myanmar

GrabFood riders in Yangon are on strike due to the sudden changes in payments. Now riders get 10 orders at most. As a result they don’t even bring home 10,000 MMK (5,07€) after a full day of work. Late night of March 14th the office suddenly informed the riders that rates will be changed the following day on.

A GrabFood rider stated that he gave up after two days of strike. According to him some riders are getting back to work since many of them struggle to survive. Nonetheless others manage to uphold the strike.

The new payment rates set by GrabFood Myanmar are the following:

DistanceRate
0-1 km600 MMK (0,30€)
1-2 km900 MMK (0,45€)
3-4 km1200-1700 MMK (0,61 – 0,86€)
20 km7600 MMK (3,86€)

About 300 riders in more than four zones are currently on strike. Their main demand is to get the rate they were paid before.

Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading superapp based on GMV in 2020 in each of food deliveries, mobility and the e-wallets segment of financial services, according to Euromonitor. Grab operates across the deliveries, mobility and digital financial services sectors in over 400 cities in eight countries in the Southeast Asia region – Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. […]
GMV for deliveries grew 63% YoY to hit an all-time high of $2.3 billion.

source: grab.com

Currently riders are asked how they can be supported. Once we have an answer, you will find any call for solidarity on globalmayday.net.

#RidersUnited

Feminists united – Report by FAU Hamburg on IWD 2022

Below is a report by the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Hamburg on their activities on March 8th – a day to commemorate feminist struggles worldwide. The original in German is online here.

With the activities around the day of feminist struggles, we set our own substantive accents and focused on the resistance movement against the military junta in Myanmar (or Burma).

The highlight was our rally in front of the Adidas store on Mönckebergstraße. Over 20 comrades, consisting of activists from the FAU, IWW and people who originally came from Myanmar and now live in Hamburg, gathered in front of the store. There was good music, a speech by a feminist in Myanmar, conversations with passers-by and some pyro-light.

To listen to the input recorded by a comrade of the Women League of Burma:

Why Adidas? Because the company says it continues to source clothes from six factories in the country. Many unions – including our friends at the Federation of General Workers Myanmar – are calling for comprehensive economic sanctions and the withdrawal of all international companies in the hope of weakening the military junta. After all, all taxes and duties flow into their pockets and also finance their repressive apparatus.

More background information can be found in this leaflet, several hundred copies of which were distributed (unfortunately only available in German):

Before the rally, we also participated in the demo of the 8M Strike Alliance, which started on the Reeperbahn. Many thousands of people were with us on the streets of Hamburg that day to make a statement against patriarchy.

We highly recommend the following video. It is an appeal by feminists from various groups in Myanmar, which was coordinated together with us. It also explains why we had a sarong at the rally:


We are also happy to announce that the fundraising campaign in solidarity with the comrades of the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) ended successfully on March 8th. A total of 14,285 € was collected! 🥳
Thank you to everyone who helped to bring this to a successful conclusion!
The money will be handed over in full to FGWM soon.

#BloodMoneyMyanmar: EU sanctions MOGE – international community must follow!

On February 21st the EU announced to impose further sanctions on the military junta, this time including the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). This is an important step forward in the struggle against the military dictatorship and also the result of efforts of the Blood Money Campaign.

Now it’s time for the rest of the international community to follow suit! This way the flow of revenues for the junta will be cut off.

EXPLAINER published by Global Myanmar Spring Revolution (GMSR) and Blood Money Campaign (BMC) on March 17th, 2022:

PRESS RELEASE by Global Myanmar Spring Revolution (GMSR) and Blood Money Campaign (BMC) as part of Global Actions Against The Myanmar Junta (GAAMJ):


Support the movement – Join the twitter storm!

#sanctionMOGE #US_SanctionMOGE #2022Feb23Coup #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
@RepGregoryMeeks @BenCardinforMD @marcorubio @SenMarkey @SecBlinken @POTUS

Sample tweets:

@POTUS @SecBlinken US government must sanction MOGE, the state-owned entity firmly under the general’s control for the last two decades and its revenues clearly used in slaughtering innocent civilians.

@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks We calls on the international community to apply immediate sanction against genocidal Junta and its entity Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise.

@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks The Myanmar military are using income from Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise to genocide religious and ethnic minorities. The more you dealy, The more we suffer!

@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks Stop yourself from becoming an accomplice in war crimes and genocide in Myanmar. Sanction Gas Revenues!

@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks Urgent action needed to sanction MOGE which is bankrolling the Myanmar military regime for decades and still slaughtering Myanmar civilians.

@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks Please Sanction Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise to end American complicity in violations of international law in Burma.

@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks Foreign income from oil and gas sector is also one of the main reasons why military dictatorship sustains in Myanmar according to the ‘88 uprising’. Must #SanctionMOGE Now!

@SecBlinken @POTUS @marcorubio @BenCardinforMD @SenMarkey @RepGregoryMeeks If Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterpise is allowed to access oil and gas revenues, they can sustain and entrench their regime. We call for immediate sanction on MOGE.