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Killing Trade Union Leaders

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Global Capital’s Death Squads and Night-Riders

They Are Still Killing Trade Union Leaders
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/18/they-are-still-killing-trade-union-leaders/
by DAVID MACARAY

Make no mistake. We had some ugly anti-labor mischief of our own during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where union organizers, political radicals, suspected anarchists and Bolsheviks were blackballed, beaten, imprisoned, deported, murdered, and state-executed—all in the name of “law and order.” But while many of these men (and women, too….they deported Emma Goldman to Russia) were clearly railroaded, at least the high-profile figures were given the semblance of a jury trial.

Question: So what happens these days in developing countries when a prominent, charismatic union activist—with the courage to stand up to sinister, government-supported business groups who have, on more than one occasion, already threatened his life—attempts to get the country’s underpaid, under-benefited workers to join a labor union? Answer: They kill him.

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