Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Exploitation for dummies

It's a perennial problem. Your economy is built on extracting the surplus value from a more-or-less indentured labour force, the human resource equivalent of opencast mining. Rape-and-run tactics, as the environmentalists call them, consist on extracting profits short term using morally questionable and environmentally damaging methods - dousing rocks in cyanide to extract tiny amounts of gold, for example, and leaving the accumulated chemicals to seep into the ecosystem; or piling tailings behind fragile dam and hoping that the dam doesn't breach, flooding the rivers and homes beneath it with water rich in heavy metals toxic to most forms of life. In human resource terms, the tools and techniques are intangible, hence harder to discern, but they largely work the same way. Build a dam - be it with guns or law - stop people from organising, take away their liberties by confining them with prison guards or by taking away their passports. Invest the bare minimum in the resource you are mining and extract from it surplus value that will make you rich and powerful. Pile up all your problems behind the dam, and hope that they won't come back to bite you.
 
Every now and again, though, the dam breaks. In the UAE, there have long been signs that the dam was under strain, but it was when workers blocked Sheikh Zayed Road that the first cracks appeared. The government stuck a thumb in the dyke, creating a meaningless 'black list' of companies that had not paid their workers and then backing down quickly on its initial promises to make the company pay immediately and in full. Then it went back to business as usual.
 
The riot at the Burj, though, has shown that the dam is in serious need of structural reinforcement. So the government has decided to co-opt the labour movement to buttress the dam.
 
"Labourers will be allowed to form unions. We're going to have one union, with separate representatives for the construction, fishing, agriculture and other industries," Labour Minister Ali Al Kaabi told The Associated Press.
 
It is a tactic with a long pedigree. The Soviet Union only allowed state-sanctioned and -controlled unions; Egypt's trades unions have long been a means for the state to force its will upon labour movements. In Mexico, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional's co-option of labour movements helped perpetuate its institutional dictatorship for 80 years. Italy's Syndical Laws of 1926 meant that only fascist trade unions would be recognised; in Nazi Germany, only fascist civil society organisations were tolerated, and collective bargaining was only mediated through the state - that is, not mediated at all. Third Reich Germans didn't have the right to move jobs without express permission from their employers, either.
 
I'm not saying the UAE is some neo-fascist dictatorship - far from it. But the government could damned well take a better inspiration for its labour policy.

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*Awareness on religion & human rights.
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*Camp programme to old people.
*Eradication on dowry camp.
*Awareness for the eradication on sexual discrimination camp.
*Training Programme on youth.
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*Camp for retained to mentally disorders.
*Child education camp.
*Camp on physical handicapped persons.
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*Awareness on ladies education camp.
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*Vocational training camp for widow.
*Self Help Camp For Ladies.
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*Awareness Camp For Women To Save Child Life.
*Ladies Awareness-Protest Against Sex Test.
*Awareness On “TB” For Ladies Camp.
*Ladies Awareness Camp On Refusing To Tobacco.
*For Good &Healthy Family Awareness Camp On “Diabetes” For Ladies.
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10/2/09 05:30  
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“Navjivan Foundation” is an NGO formed on 16th September 2003, in Delhi, having received a registration on 09th March 2004 with Registration No.-7402/04. It is operated by a group of concerned individual who are willing to undertake, promote, assist, or aid in development programmers and in setting up camps for awareness, vocational guidance, relief work, welfare work, etc. In other words, for helping the under privileged, who are victims social, physical, economic, or any other from of abuse, in any way which can directly or indirectly benefit mankind.

Our members, who come from various walks of life are very dedicated and have, in a short span of time, have held various camps in places not just in Delhi. The short list of our camps is attached along with this letter below:-

We are on same time also in the process on helping the needy in solving legal, medical, social and any other problems through the various concerned ministries in the areas where they are affected. We have been successful in this effort. This organization already appreciated by White House of USA and in country - National Human Right Commission and State Human Rights Commission, State Governors, Chief Ministers of States, Dist Collectors, State High Courts and Supreme Court Of India, States Legal Rights , and the various Embassies in India. Most of the NRI from different part of World appreciate to the workings of this Foundation. We are in same time on the process of World Wide Net Work and in this connection we are trying to communicate different international NGOs ,the person working in international law, World Banks in different countries along with Belgium, renounwed persons in the different part of World. This organization on the way of information to International Court of Justice, Netherlands, UNO and its departments and Rotary International and International Red Cross society, U.S.A. and England.

There are thousands of issues and problems relating to violations of Human Rights and dignity which people are facing and are being unable to voice out their grievances. It is here that we feel that we can and we are making a difference in trying to help resolve these issues by way of awareness, guidance and actions. We would be glad to be able to help out any organization which is interested and dedicated in working towards the common goals of uplifting of Human Rights, values and raising awareness in this region.

We have the main power and most of all the willingness and desire to work towards our common goals with interest and commitment. For your kind information we can say that please visit under google search like as-Navjivan Foundation Delhi. You are requested please give the details of correspondence with your communication.



Thanking you,

Yours faithfully.


SASHI KANTA PANDA
(President)

CAMPS ATTACHMENTS
*Widows, welfare camp (financial Aid).
*Awareness on HIV – AIDS & Sex education.
*Medicine distribution (Health Camp).
*Awareness -Legal rights.
*Adult education camp.
*Awareness-population control (family planning).
*Child welfare & development camp-Awareness-Avoid early marriage (not less than-18).
*Medical check-up camp for child & food distribution to orphan.
*Awareness on religion & human rights.
*Child welfare camp.
*Awareness on child death camp.
*Camp programme to old people.
*Eradication on dowry camp.
*Awareness for the eradication on sexual discrimination camp.
*Training Programme on youth.
*Camp on child Laboure.
*Camp on child abuse.
*Medical check-up camp.
*Camp for retained to mentally disorders.
*Child education camp.
*Camp on physical handicapped persons.
*Leprosy eradication camp.
*Awareness on ladies education camp.
*Awareness camp on women rights.
*Vocational training camp for widow.
*Self Help Camp For Ladies.
*Free Water Supply Programme By Navjivan Foundation.
*Clothes Distribution Camp To Ladies By Navjivan Foundation.
*Awareness For Ladies To Make Friend Club-Save Water-Good Behave.
*Awareness-Ladies-Spend Time-In Music-Dance-Laugh-Keep Fit.
*Camp On Ladies-To Be Self Depend-Be Cattle Man.
*Camp On-Women To-Breastfeeding.
*Awareness Camp For Women To Save Child Life.
*Ladies Awareness-Protest Against Sex Test.
*Awareness On “TB” For Ladies Camp.
*Ladies Awareness Camp On Refusing To Tobacco.
*For Good &Healthy Family Awareness Camp On “Diabetes” For Ladies.
*Special Vision-Navjivan Foundation Camera-Move To Ali Gaon/Vihar On Dengue In Delhi & Collect Some Photograph.
*Begging And Giving Alms Are Offences, Stop Begging-Help Beggers Self Depend “Camp On Stop Begging & Alms”.
*Awareness Camp-For Public On Trafic Rule.
*Awareness Camp On Follow Help Line For Ambulance & Dial-10-For It’s Service.
*Awareness To Farmer On Modern Technology “Scientifically Cultivation Get More Product”.
*Camp On Solar Energy.
*Camp On Save Energy (Electricity).
*Awareness Camp On Asthmatic (Medical Awareness Camp).
*Awareness Camp For Pregnant Women On Spines.
*Awareness Camp On Air Pollution, (Avoid Air Pollution & Save Human Life).
*Awareness Camp On Water Pollution, (Don’t Through Garbage To Water).

10/2/09 05:31  
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