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