Torino: Per un sindacato libero ed una società democratica in Cina e in Tibet

La Confederazione sindacale CISL, con il patrocinio della Regione Piemonte, in collaborazione con la Provincia di Torino e il Comune di Torino, ha tenuto una tavola rotonda lo scorso 12 giugno al centro Congressi Torino Incontra, in Torino, per discutere sulla situazione del Tibet dopo i tragici eventi della scorsa primavera. La situazione del Tibet, sembra essere molto peggiorata.

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CISL (Italian Confederation of Workers’ Trade Unions) with the sponsorship of the Piedmont Region, of the Province of Turin and of the town of Turin, held a roundtable conference on 12th June 2009 at the Centro Congressi Torino Incontra, in Turin, Italy.

After the tragic events of last spring, the situation in Tibet has worsened. The only way the Chinese Communist regime could object to the protests was by the repression of every form of dissent. Besides, the economic crisis has made thousands of enterprises in China shut down, causing mass dismissal of migrant workers. Therefore the People’s Republic of China is going through a period of great instability, heralding very important changes.

The purpose of the roundtable was to investigate the real economic and social conditions of Tibet and China and to determine the role that the trade unions and the European society could play in the building of a free Trade Union and a democratic society there.

The people attending the meeting included Wei Jingsheng, winner of the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition, who delivered the theme speech: “The fact that the Chinese workers are exploited is the most important reason for Italian workers lost their jobs. Now the Western countries are all taking measures to reduce their trade deficit with China. If they could make trade conditional on the observance of Chinese workers’ basic rights and environmental protection, it would have the positive effect of improving Chinese workers living conditions, as well as reviving the Western economy.”

Cai Chongguo, activist of China Labour Bulletin ( an organization supported by CISL, committed to defend and to promote the rights of the workers in the People’s Republic of China) said that “CLB support the development of democratic Trade Unions, the respect for and the enforcement of the country’s labour laws, and the full participation of the workers in the creation of a civil society. We seek the official recognition of the international standards and conventions providing for workers’ freedom of association and the right to free collective bargaining in China.”

Lukar Sham, Tibetan worker activist, introduced the workers’ movement and the situation of workers in China and Tibet :“Today, between the tibetan youths living in the towns, the percentage of unemployment reach 80%. Beside,s when they find a work, their salary is on an average of 40% less than that one of the sons of Chinese settlers. Now, for the first time in Tibetan history, the farmers organized a strike, becoming the leaders of the rising movement.
So they started to build the foundations of a new social opposition, that will win if we will manage to create a big free Trade Union of all the Tibetan workers.”

Chime Yungdrung, President of the National Democratic Party of Tibet spoke about the democratic process in the Tibetan in exile society, as well as the opposition activities by the Tibetans inside Tibet: “As Tibet is reeling under the worst period in its history and it is experiencing the worst violations of human rights, including social and economic rights. NDPT believes that violation of collective socio-economic rights in Tibet is silently taking a gigantic and lethal toll than the visible violations of individual political rights, which are of course grave too. The violations of socio-economic rights are bringing demographic change in Tibet and it is changing the face of Tibet itself, bringing a early demise to the Tibet issue. In the last National Convention of NDPT, resolutions were passed to raise the socio-economic issues in Tibet in global forums. “

The General Secretary of CISL, Raffaele Bonanni, said that “The roundtable conference was a way for CISL to show the Italian workers’ solidarity with Tibetan and Chinese workers, including supporting them in the efforts to organize free Trade Unions “.

The General Secretary of Piedmont ‘s Trade Union Giovanna Ventura also added that“in the last months billions of migrant workers had to come back to their villages, after have been expelled from the factories in crisis. The State Trade Union couldn’t or didn’t want to make anything for them and now, without the money of the migrants, the rural communities could not sustain themselves.”

Claudio Tecchio, International Department, wanted to stress that“with the support and the solidarity of the Trade Unions of the free countries Tibetans can build a United Front of all the social opposition, from the East Turkestan to Tibet, from Southern Mongolia to Manchuria.”

The anchorman of the roundtable conference was Mrs. Christiana Ruggeri of the Italian Channel RAI2.


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