Archive for April, 2010

Nicht ohne meinen Tarifvertrag

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Die Zahl der Streiks in Ägypten nimmt zu. Das Arbeitsrecht ist restriktiv, dennoch sieht sich das Regime nun gezwungen, die erste unabhängige Gewerkschaft anzuerkennen.

von Eric Lee

Das Sit-in von 90 Angestellten der Landwirtschaftsbehörde vor dem Parlament in Kairo wurde von der Polizei aufgelöst, nur zehn Protestierende durften bleiben, unter der Bedingung, dass sie keine regierungsfeindlichen Parolen mehr rufen. Im Mahalla-Krankenhaus streikten 200 Beschäftigte für höhere Löhne, während in Shar­qiya 300 Arbeiter gegen ihre Entlassung demons­trierten. (more…)

Amnesty International UK Section: Board election results announced

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Amnesty International’s UK Section has just announced the results of the elections to its Board.  I was not elected.

Of the nearly 250,000 Amnesty supporters who were eligible to vote, only 8,055 bothered to do.

In the voting for first place preferences, I polled 600 votes — placing me fifth out of the ten candidates.
However, I polled very few second and third place votes, and was the fourth candidate eliminated, having achieved a total of 710 votes.  To have avoided elimination at that stage, I’d have needed about 23 more votes.

I’d like to thank the hundreds of Amnesty supporters who voted for me, and to congratulate the four winners: Peter James Murray, Sarah O’Grady, Collette Anne Crill, and Sharmila Kar.

Amnesty: “It would not be helpful” to debate Gita Saghal’s case at the AGM

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

The following is the response I received from Amnesty International’s UK section following the submission of my emergency resolution to the annual general meeting.

Dear Eric

Thank you for submitting your resolution on Gita Saghal.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept this resolution.

There is currently an investigation under way at the International
Secretariat in relation to Gita Saghal which is being carried out in
accordance with the IS’s established human resource policies and UK
employment law.  The investigation is clearly carried out
confidentially in line with established human resource practices and
accordingly we do not believe it would be helpful, or carry any weight
in the outcome of this investigation, for the AGM to debate the specific issue of Ms Saghal’s employment

If you disagree, you may have 3 minutes time on Saturday morning in plenary to ask conference to overturn our decision.  If you get a two-thirds majority, the resolution will be debated.

I’m sorry to disappoint you.

Ruth Breddal
Standing Orders Committee