Attn Delhi – JOIN the GLOBAL DAY of ACTION on McDONALD’S @6june


JOIN the GLOBAL DAY of ACTION on McDONALD’S

on 6th June, 2013 at 6PM

at McDonald’s in the C.P. (B-24, Inner Circle, Opposite gate No. 2 of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station)

Dear friends,

As many as 47 unions, labor federations, youth, and human rights organization from over 30 countries are observing Global Day of Action on McDonald’s on 6th June, 2013.  McDonald’s agents recruit low-wage temporary workers from developing countries to come to work in McDonald’s franchises in the United States. These international subcontracted workers from Asia and Latina America reported that they paid $3,000 to $4,000 apiece to participate in the U.S. State Department’s J-1 student guestworker program, expecting decent work and a cultural exchange. Instead, McDonald’s used them as a sub-minimum wage captive workforce. Workers faced:

  • Threats of deportation by McDonald’s franchise management
  • As few as four hours of work a week at $7.25 an hour, with exorbitant housing deductions that brought their net pay far below minimum wage
  • Shifts as long as 25 hours with no overtime pay
  • Being packed into employer-owned basement housing, up to eight students to a room, for $300 each per month
  • Retaliation by the McDonald’s franchisee and labor supplier Geovisions, including surprise home visits and cuts to work hours

Despite threats of deportation by the franchise management, these young workers bravely joined the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), went on strike and launched a campaign to demand dignity and the freedom to organize for themselves, and for all McDonald’s workers. On March 6, temporary international workers on J-1 visas from around the world went on strike to expose severe exploitation and retaliation at McDonald’s restaurants in the United States. They joined U.S. workers and union leaders in demanding that the fast food giant take responsibility for labor abuse at its restaurants—and their fight reached the pages of Wall Street JournalThe Nation, and NBC News.

As workers, trade unions, students, fathers, mothers, human rights organizations and community members from countries around the world where McDonald’s agents recruit international labor we are demanding an end to the abuse.

We demand that McDonald’s:

 

1.      Agree to end exploitation and retaliation of the international guestworkers recruited to work in all U.S. stores; and

 

2.      Guarantee freedom of association and the right to organize without retaliation for all of McDonald’s workers worldwide.

The AFL-CIO, the IUF and the ITUC is supporting the Global Day of Action against exploitation and retaliation at McDonald’s, coordinated by the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) on June 6, 2013. We request you to join the protest in New Delhi in front of the McDonald’s in the C.P. (Opposite Gate No. 2 of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station) and join hands with following organizations protesting world-wide 

1.      ·American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO)  – United States

2.      ·Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) – Philippines

3.      ·Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.” (CSMM)

4.      ·Confédération Chrétienne des Syndicats Malgaches (SEKRIMA) – Madagascar

5.      ·Confédération Française des Travailleurs Chrétiens  (French Democratic Confederation of Labor) (CFDT) – Gilles Desbordes – France

6.      ·CNS “Cartel ALFA” – Romania

7.      ·Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFIT) – Bassem Halaka – Egypt

8.      ·Health Services Workers Union of Ghana (HSWU) of TUC – Franklin Ansah – Ghana

9.      ·Independent Trade union of Miners of Ukraine – Deputy Head Anatolyi Akimochkin – Ukraine

10.  ·International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) – Jeroen Beirnaert – Brazil

11.  ·International Union of Food workers (IUF) – General Secretary Ron Oswald – Switzerland

12.  ·International Union of Food workers (IUF) – Vijay Hiremath – India

13.  ·International Union of Food workers – 식품 농업 호텔 요식 캐터링서비스 관광 연초 및 유사산업 국제노동조합연 (Hotel Food and Agriculture Hospitality and Catering services) (IUF Korea) – South Korea

14.  ·IUF Thailand: Cuisine and Service Workers Union and the Cook and Servers Workers Union of Thailand – Thailand

15.  ·IUF Poultry Workers’ Rights Network – Thailand

16.  ·Federation of Hotel, Restaurant, Plaza, Apartment, Catering and Tourism Workers’ Free Union (FSPM)/IUF – Indonesia

17.  ·Federación Nacional de Trabajadores en Industrias de la Alimentación, Hoteles, Bebidas, Tabaco y Afines (FENTIAHBETA) – Dominican Republic

18.  ·Pakistan Hotel, Restaurant, Clubs, Tourism, Catering and Allied Workers (PHRCTCAWF)/IUF – Pakistan

19.  ·International Union of Food workers Hong Kong Catering & Hotels Industries Employees General Union (CHIEGU)/IUF

20.  ·Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) – Canada

21.  ·Jobs with Justice/American Rights at Work (United States)

22.  ·Kommunistinen Nuorisoliitto KomNL (The Finnish Communist Youth Alliance) – Simo Suominen – Finland

23.  ·La Confédération générale des travailleurs de Mauritanie (CGTM) General Confederation of Mauritanian Workers – Mauritania

24.  ·La Confederación Paraguaya de Trabajadores C.P.T – Presidente FRANCISCO BRITEZ RUIZ – Paraguay

25.  ·La Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB HORVAL) (General Federation of Labor) – Yves Demeuse       – Belgium

26.  ·La Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo (PIDHDD) – Ecuador

27.  ·Le Bureau National de l’Association Malienne des Expulsés ( AME) – President Ousmane Diarra – Mali

28.  ·Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI)  – Ireland

29.  ·New Trade Union Initiative  (NTUI) – General Secretary Ashim Roy – India

30.  ·National Union of Workers in Hotel, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN) – Philippines

31.  ·National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON) – United States

32.  ·National Guestworker Alliance – Argentina – Malaysia – Mongolia – Romania – Poland – Turkey

33.  ·Proyetco de Derechos Economicos Sociales y Culturales (Project for Economic Social and Cultural Rights) (ProDESC) – Alejandra Ancheita – Mexico

34.  ·Restaurant Opportunities Center – United States

35.  ·Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union – Ireland

36.  ·SEEB – SP – Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT) (Unified Workers’ Central) -Rita Berlofa – Brazil

37.  ·Sindicato dos Trabalhadores em Gastronomia e Hospedagem de São Paulo e Região (SINTHORESP) (Trade Union of Workers in Lodging and Dining in Presidente Prudente and Region) – Brazil

38.  ·Socialist union of Youth / SZM Slovakia – Chairman Miroslav Pomajdík – Slovakia

39.  ·Society for Labor and Development (SLD) – India

40.  ·UITA (SIREL), Uruguay (International Union of Food workers) – Patricia Iglesias Aguirre – Uruguay

41.  ·Unite the Union – Jennie Formby – Great Britain

42.  ·Unite Union – Mike Treen – New Zealand

43.  ·United Worker Congress – United States

44.  ·Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (Ver.di) (United Services Union) – Jeffrey Raffo – Germany

45.  ·Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago – United States

46.  ·Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) – Zimbabwe

47.  ·Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) – Zimbabwe

We hope you can add your country and organisation to this list or join the already planned action.

Thank you!  

In solidarity,

Parimal Maya Sudhakar

+91-8800241099

Project Coordinator – Migration

Society for Labour and Development

New delhi

 

Draconian ‘Wi-Fi police’ stalk #LondonOlympicGames


 

August 3, 2012,Asher Moses,Technology Editor

All unauthorised Wi-Fi networks including smartphone hotspots are banned from Olympic venues.All unauthorised Wi-Fi networks including smartphone hotspots are banned from Olympic venues. Photo: Sadao Turner Esq

You’ve probably heard of the overzealous Olympic Games “brand police” harassing old ladies making Olympic cakes and other shop owners getting into the Olympic spirit, but how about the “Wi-Fi police”?

The Olympics brand is the second most valuable brand in the world at $US45 billion.

Sponsors pay tens of millions of pounds to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for exclusive rights to spruik their wares around London and beyond, and the IOC will stop at nothing to protect those revenue streams.

BT is the “official communications services provider” for the Olympics and has 1500 Wi-Fi hotspots at Olympic sites, with prices starting from £5.99 for 90 minutes. It’s the largest single Wi-Fi venue installation in Britain, according to BT.

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To protect this lucrative deal – and presumably minimise any potential technical interference – LOCOG, the London Olympics organising committee, has banned “personal/private wireless access points and 3G hubs” from Olympic venues.

Want to create a wireless hotspot on your smartphone so you can get online on your laptop or tablet in between matches? That’s prohibited, as are portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices.

Sadao Turner Esq, director of new media for TV personality Ryan Seacrest’s production company, tweeted a photo of the “Olympics Wi-Fi police” that are charged with seeking out unauthorised Wi-Fi hotspots with big red detectors.

The absurdities don’t end there. According to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Fish and chip stalls have been advised they are not allowed to serve chips on their own without fish as McDonald’s is the official chip maker of the Games. The Independent reported that the ban on chips extended to 800 retailers at the 40 Olympic venues.

Hundreds of uniformed Olympics officers have been patrolling London enforcing the multimillion-dollar marketing deals signed with companies such as Visa, Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Adidas, McDonald’s and BP.

Only official sponsors who have paid a certain amount of money are permitted to use Olympic Games trademarks in their advertising.

Under laws specifically passed for the London Games, the brand army has rights to enter shops and business premises and bring courts actions and fines up to £20,000.

Words such as “Olympic”, “gold”, “silver”, “bronze”, “sponsors”, “summer” and “London” have been banned from business advertisements so as not to give the impression they are connected to the Olympics. Even pubs can’t have signs displaying brands of beer that are not official sponsors.

LOCOG has previously said that the sponsor rights were acquired by companies for millions of pounds and this helped support the staging of the games. It said people who sought the same benefits for free by “engaging in ambush marketing or producing counterfeit goods” were effectively depriving the games of revenue.

From a public relations perspective, this hasn’t played well with Londoners, who could breach the legislation simply by getting into the spirit of the games. Residents have also missed out on tickets only to see rows of empty seats in sections reserved for sponsors.

Today they are reading rumours that just 15 Games organisers spent $70,000 on lunch.

To see why Olympics organisers go to such lengths to protect sponsors you only have to follow the money. The Olympics brand is the second most valuable brand in the world at $US45 billion, according to a study by consultants Brand Finance.

Apple is the only brand ahead of it, worth $US70 billion. Both maintain this value by going after anyone they perceive to be using their trademarks.

The Olympics brand has increased in value by 87 per cent since the Beijing Games, largely off the back of a rise in broadcast rights – deals which punters complain are also preventing them from fully enjoying the Games. Ticketholders have also been told not to post photos or videos of matches to social networking sites.

Matthew Gain, digital director of public relations agency Edelman, said there was a “fine line that needs to be tread” between the commercial realities and the ability of consumers to enjoy the Games.

The Olympics are expensive to run and sponsors provide a chunk of the cash, so they expect that competitors won’t be able to get the same or similar benefits for free.

“However at the same time you don’t want to protect that investment so much that you piss off everyone,” he said.

“You’ve got to keep sensible about it and you’ve got to remember that the moment that you as a brand by protecting your own brand start inhibiting consumer choice and consumer behaviour … then that’s when you start risking impacting and affecting your brand.”

So have organisers gone too far in this instance? “Some of the protection of the stuff in the UK where you’ve seen the local cake shop being told that they need to stop displaying the Olympic rings cake that they’ve made and put in the window is perhaps a little bit too far,” said Gain.

“I think if it’s a mum and dad business that’s not really benefiting from the Olympics but getting into the Olympic spirit … that’s probably where you’ve gone a little bit too far.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/draconian-wifi-police-stalk-olympic-games-20120803-23jdc.html#ixzz22erBpcpB

 

PepsiCo, KFC, McDonald’s, Nestle’s Maggi get junk rating for misleading consumers


NEW DELHI, ET Bureau : Food items such as potato chips, burgers and noodles almost wipe out one’s daily permissible limits of bad fat, salt and sugar in just one serving, says a study that seeks stronger regulations and labeling rules for food products.
The Centre for Science & Environment (CSE), which tested 16 popular brands including Nestle’s Maggi noodles, McDonald’s, KFC, Haldiram’s aloo bhujia and PepsiCo‘s Lay’s potato chips, on Friday accused most of these companies of misleading the public through wrong claims and insufficient labeling.

PepsiCo, Nestle, McDonald’s and KFC denied the allegation and said their products were free of trans fats, the worst kind of fats. “Most junk foods contain very high levels of trans fats, salt and sugar, leading to diseases such as obesity and diabetes,” said CSE Director Sunita Narain.

“We need stronger regulations that will reduce fats, sugar and salt in junk foods, and force companies to provide information to the public mandatorily,” she said, opening a new front against multinational and Indian packaged foods companies almost a decade after the pesticides-in-cola controversy.

The CSE’s findings of pesticides in Coca-Cola and PepsiCo drinks in 2003, and again in 2006, had led to a drastic fall in sales growth of the two cola majors between 2004 and 2007.

According to the new CSE study, munching a 65-75 gm pack of Lay’s American style cream and onion chips will exceed one’s daily trans fat quota, while a two-piece KFC chicken meal will exceed both trans fats and total fat quota. Trans fats clog arteries and make them narrower. Combined with large amounts of salt, they increase blood pressure in the body.

The World Health Organisation recommends an adult male should ideally consume not more than 2.6 gram of trans fats per day. An adult female’s limit is 2.1 gram and that of a child of 10-12 years is 2.3 gram. A child who eats one McDonald’s Happy Meal finishes 90% of all his/her daily requirement of trans fats, the CSE study said, adding the company makes no mention of this dosage of trans fats.

Rajesh Maini, corporate communications GM of McDonald’s India (North & East), said the CSE study results are “most unusual” because the restaurant chain uses refined, bleached and deodorised palm oil in which trans fats are so low that they are virtually undetectable.

“We will certainly be examining them closely to see how these unexpected results have been arrived at, what testing methods were used, and comparing them with our own in-house testing,” he added. Spokesmen of PepsiCo and Yum! Restaurants India, which runs KFC and Pizza Hut chains, flatly denied the CSE report.

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