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Coolloud G8

  1. 1. Taiwan Labor Information & Education Association (TLIEA) <ul><ul><li>Coolloud Collective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and anti-G8 campaign </li></ul></ul>劉光瑩 Kwang-yin Liu, Coolloud Collective
  2. 2. <ul><li>Intro to Coolloud Collective </li></ul><ul><li>Coolloud in the anti-globalisation movement </li></ul><ul><li>Coolloud in the anti-G8 campaign </li></ul>
  3. 3. Organisation Coolloud Collective (TLIEA) Iron Horse Film Festival Coolloud Website Wholesales Watch group Chronicle of Labor movement Executive Board ( 9 members)
  4. 4. 苦勞網 Coolloud <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>“ A medium for and by social activism” </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 1997 by former employees of a university-owned newspaper, social activists and students </li></ul><ul><li>Major website renovation in mid-2007, encouraging participation and interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic: 5000 visits/day </li></ul>
  5. 5. Coolloud as alternative medium… <ul><li>Coolloud ( 苦勞 )literally means “pressed labour” (we’re often misunderstood) </li></ul><ul><li>border-crossing: aiming at bridging the gaps among different realms of movement, through our media reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Our concerns include labour, environment, aborigines and agriculture etc. </li></ul><ul><li>An point of view from social movement, much neglected by the mainstream media </li></ul>
  6. 6. and as participant in social movement <ul><li>2001: anti- Afghan war demonstration before AIT </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2001: anti- Afghan war demonstration
  8. 8. Current and future objectives <ul><li>serve as a platform for social activism information, assisting NGOs in ways necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Help establish online information platforms that facilitate collaboration among labour groups and NGO networks </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Intro to Coolloud Collective </li></ul><ul><li>Coolloud in the anti-globalisation movement </li></ul><ul><li>Coolloud in the anti-G8 campaign </li></ul>
  10. 10. Coolloud & anti-globalisation <ul><li>Our roles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observer: Report, provide comments and raise awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participant: solidarity with labours worldwide, especially those oppressed by Taiwanese corporations </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. 2001: 年興紡織 (Nien Hsing Textile) in Nicaragua <ul><li>“ Taiwan Solidarity With Nicaraguan Workers” initiated by three NGOs, including Coolloud Collective </li></ul><ul><li>Organising protests at the company </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilizing labours to stand in solidarity, because capital that flows across borders is doing harm to labours regardless of nationality </li></ul>
  12. 12. Demonstration at Nien-Hsing Photo: dxchen10
  13. 13. Demonstration at Nien-Hsing Photo: dxchen10
  14. 14. 2001: 年興紡織 (Nien Hsing Textile) in Nicaragua <ul><li>Outcome: union staff got their jobs back and their union recognised </li></ul><ul><li>Meanings for labours in Taiwan: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>first time to unite in solidarity for workers in other countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Began to realise what globalisation has done to people worldwide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reflection: struggle must also turn global! </li></ul>
  15. 15. 2003: 台南企業 (Tainan Enterprise) in El Salvador <ul><li>Closing down the factory without warning and subsidy plans </li></ul><ul><li>Earthquake brought about disputes, lay-offs </li></ul><ul><li>Along with other groups, Coolloud protested for the rights or workers in El Salvador </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to the Presbyterian church, bringing pressure to company owner </li></ul>
  16. 16. Protest at Tainan Enterprise Photo: dxchen10
  17. 17. Just Garment (2004~2007) <ul><li>Outcome: The enterprise agreed to re-open a smaller plant for the labours to run </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reassuring the necessity of cross-border struggle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishing three-side relationship (Taiwan+US+El Salvador) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Cooperation across borders US: Solidarity Center El Salvador: organisation of labours Taiwan: pressure on the enterprise
  19. 19. 2005: anti WTO in Hong Kong <ul><li>Ministerial conferences in HK </li></ul><ul><li>2004~2005: Coolloud organised discussions with NGOs about WTO. As a result, over 100 participants went to HK. </li></ul><ul><li>Four Coolloud correspondents reported from HK. 40 individuals stayed with us in the same hotel, had discussions. </li></ul><ul><li>5 participants were arrested, one of them was kept for a month and sued, but were later acquitted </li></ul>
  20. 20. 2005: anti WTO in Hong Kong
  21. 24. and meanwhile, in Taipei… <ul><li>Activity in support of Yang Ju-Men, who made fake bombs with rice to protest against WTO and was indicted </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Page, the singer and social activist, was in Taipei at that time and joined the event </li></ul>
  22. 28. 2005: anti WTO in Hong Kong <ul><li>Reflections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First time for Taiwanese NGOs to participate in a major anti-globalisation event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong impression of its magnitude, stimulating imagination for further participation </li></ul></ul>
  23. 29. <ul><li>Intro to Coolloud Collective </li></ul><ul><li>Coolloud in the anti-globalisation movement </li></ul><ul><li>Coolloud in the anti-G8 campaign </li></ul>
  24. 30. Coolloud in the anti-G8 campaign <ul><li>We all agreed that G8 is a major occasion where anti-globalisation activists should wage war against </li></ul><ul><li>Coolloud, as a medium, will grab issues relevant to Taiwan and initiate actions if there are resources available </li></ul><ul><li>Send correspondents </li></ul><ul><li>Do simultaneous reports </li></ul>