email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 11 June 2010 05:46
With acknowledgements to Phelim Mac Cafferty
Subject: A moral outrage: 30% increase in trade unionists killed world-wide
The annual survey of trade union rights was released today -- and I'm sorry to say that the news is not good.
According to the International Trade Union Confederation, 101 trade unionists were killed last year. And that represents a 30% increase on the year before.
That even a single human being dies because they are members of a trade union is a tragedy. That 101 are killed in a single year is a moral outrage.
Appeal for support from striking Dis-Chem workers
We've launched a new urgent action campaign at the request of the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU). SACCAWU members have been on strike for two weeks and the employer is refusing to negotiate. The union is claiming that among other things, Dis-Chem is guilty of wage disparities based on race and this in the new South Africa , nearly twenty years after the collapse of apartheid.