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Exploited under the Law

August 4, 2010

by @jawazsafar: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/2u3dto

” Akkar, North Lebanon: FuturePipe Workers, fighting for their right to work

Open Sit-In

Since the 12th of July 2010, workers of the FuturePipe Factory in North Lebanon have been holding an open sit-in protesting against the closure of the factory. The management of the factory had stated that the reason behind closure is due to significant losses.

Yet the workers clearly indicate that the factory is not making any losses. It is actually generating substantial profit. Only about a month ago, the owners of the factory bought new equipment at a cost of more than a million US dollars. They also opened branches in different Arab countries.

Due to all these reasons the factory workers have decided to hold a sit-in at the gates of the factory stopping the bosses from taking out the produced materials, thus blocking the delivery of these products.

120 workers are alternating between 3 daily shifts in the Sit-In. In response, the factory management recruited 100 daily workers as security guards to protect the factory from the protesting workers. This shows that the factory management is lying about its inability to keep the factory open.

The products currently present in the factory is estimated to have the value of tens of millions of US dollars. Today, after 23 days of the sit-in, not one product has been taken out of the factory.

Conditions of the workers in the factory

The factory, located in North Lebanon, opened 20 years ago. It is owned by the Makhzoumi Family, one of the richest families in Lebanon and the founders of the National Dialogue Party. The factory workers’ union leadership says that some have worked in the factory for about 20 years, others for less. They had been working for 12 hours a day without any vacations until 2009 where vacation days were reinstated.

The factory management forced the workers to become members in the political party headed by the owner’s father. Those who choose not to become members, were not allowed bonuses, compensations, or were sacked from work. When the factory owner’s grandfather died, the workers were forced to attend the funeral.

The workers’ union leadership contacted the Lebanese Ministry of Labor and had two meetings with one of the its mediators. The Ministry sided with the bosses and no resolution was reached.

The union leadership has decided to hold a press conference on Wednesday 4th of August 2010 at the General Labor Union’s office in Beirut to explain their situation. A solidarity meeting has also been called by the leftist political parties, to take place at the same time and the same location.

The workers are still sustaining the sit-In and one of their main slogans is: “the passing through of our souls is easier that the passing through of the products” showing their resilience against the bosses and in fighting for their right to work.

Several trade-unions in lebanon have released solidarity and support statements. Solidarity visits are being organized to the sit-in. But that is not enough. In Lebanon, the economic struggle is entrenched with political struggle. The workers face a media blackout (since Makhzoumi funds several TVs and newspapers). There is also pressure from establishment political figures to end the protest.

That is why it is very important that trade-unions and political parties and groups outside Lebanon, especially in countries where the FuturePipe company has offices or factories, to send solidarity statements and letters to the company demanding the re-institution of workers and the re-opening of the factory.

The list of branches and contacts for the Future Pipe company around the world is listed below, moreover it is worth mentioning that the company has manufacturing locations in the following countries: UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Oman, KSA, USA and the Netherlands, so if anyone would know of a way to contact the trade union for any of these manufacturing locations, we would highly appreciate it, as we are trying to gather the widest circle of solidarity for the Sit-In.

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Please send your solidarity letters to: futurepipeworkers@ gmail.com

To send letters to the company offices to demand the re-institution of workers please use the following contacts, based on the country of your residence, and please cc the above email when you do so:

UNITED KINGDOM

Future Pipe Limited

11, Hobart Place

London

SW1W 0HP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7838 8660

Fax: +44 (0)20 7838 8661

Email: sales-uk@futurepipe .com

ITALY

Future Pipe Industries

Via Senigallia 18/2 Tower A

20161 – Milan, ITALY

Tel.: +39 02 6467 2546

Fax: +39 02 6467 2400

Mobile: +39 348 6060 312

Email: s.storaci@futurepip e.it

FRANCE

Future Pipe Sarl

Tour de l´Horloge

4, Place Louis Armand

75603 Paris Cedex12- France

Phone +33 (0) 1 72 76 25 15

Fax +33 (0) 1 72 76 26 25

Email: sales-france@ futurepipe. com

SPAIN

Future Pipe (S.L.)

Edificio Lexington

c/ Orense, 85 28020,

Madrid, Spain

Tel: +34 (91) 567 8463

Fax: +34 (91) 567 8464

Email: sales-spain@ futurepipe. com

Thailand

Future Pipe Trading Limited

Office No. 4406-44th Floor,

CRC Tower,

All Seasons Place,

87 Wireless Road

Phatumwan,

Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Tel: +66 (2) 685 3288

Fax: +66 (2) 685 3244

Email: sales-thailand@ futurepipe. com

Singapore

Future Pipe Industries

No.30 Woodlands Loop # 02-01

Nobel Design Building

Singapore 738319

Tel: +65 (67) 57 5312

Fax: +65 (67) 57 5317

Email: sales-singapore@ futurepipe. com

Pakistan

Future Pipe Industries

Building 72-F/1, 3rd Floor

9th Jami Commercial Street

Phase VII, DHA. Karachi

Pakistan.

Tel: + 9221 35394772

Fax: + 9221 35394771

Email: sales-pakistan@ futurepipe. com

China

Future Plastrex

Middle Ren Min Road

MoreSky Suite 804/123 Wuxi

China

Email: sales-china@ futurepipe. com

Korea

Future Pipe Industries

C/O You-Jin Commercial Co. Ltd.

3rd Floor, Room No. 304, Wonhyo Bldg.

1365-22, Seocho-Dong, Seocho-Ku

Seoul, Korea

Tel: +82 (2) 34869300

Fax: +82 (2) 34864700

Email: sales-korea@ futurepipe. com

Turkey

Goztepe Mah. Goksu Evleri Sakayik

CAD No. 6-B70A

Beykoz – Istanbul

Turkey

Zip Code: 34829

Tel: +90 (216) 6680870

Fax: +90 (216) 6680873

Email: sales-turkey@ futurepipe. com

Greece

Future Pipe Industries (FPI)

C/O TCB Avgidis Automation S.A

108 Kasomouli Str.

11744 Neos Kosmos

Athens, Greece

Tel: +30 (210) 9480260

Fax: +30 (210) 9406200

Email: sales-greece@ futurepipe. com

The Netherlands

Future Pipe Industries b.v.

J.C. Kellerlaan 3,

P.O. Box 255

7770 AG Hardenberg,

The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (523) 280 500

Fax: +31 (523) 280 700

Email: netherlands@ futurepipe. com

Egypt

Future Pipe Industries (S.A.E.)

Othman Towers,

Othman Ahmad Othman Street,

Corniche al-Ma’adi (behind Nile Mall)

Cairo, Egypt

Tel: +20 (2) 2528 5880

Fax: +20 (2) 2528 5890

Email : sales-egypt@ futurepipe. com

Oman

Future Pipe Industries (L.L.C.)

P.O. Box 213PC,

124 Rusayl

Sultanate of Oman

Tel: +968 (24) 449 164

Fax: +968 (24) 446 217

Email: sales-oman@futurepi pe.com

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Future Pipe Industries (L.L.C.)

P.O. Box 8513

Al-Khobar 31492

Dammam

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966 (3) 812 3454

Fax: +966 (3) 812 3453

Email: sales-saudiarabia@ futurepipe. com

Future Pipe Industries (L.L.C.)

Fahda Commercial Center

P.O. Box 3820

Riyadh 11481

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966 (1) 293 0004

Fax: +966 (1) 293 5230

Email: sales-saudiarabia@ futurepipe. com

Kuwait

Future Pipe Industries

Al Abrar Commercial centre, 4th floor

Fahed Al Salem Street, Kuwait City.

Tel.: + 965 22419229 Ext.(16)

Fax: + 965 22437306

Email: sales-kuwait@ futurepipe. com

USA

Future Pipe Industries, Inc.

11905 Proctor Road, Houston,

Texas 77038

United States of America

Tel: +1 (281) 847 2987

Fax: +1 (281) 847 4216

Email: sales-spoolable@ futurepipe. com

sales-houston@ futurepipe. com

Future Pipe Industries, Inc.

Connecticut Ave, NW

Suite 600

Washington DC 20006

United States of America

Tel: +1 (202) 429 3744

Fax: +1 (202) 429 3745

Web: http://www.futurepipe. com/usa/ “

such business stunts have been quite common since the economic crisis started and workers are protected by law against such fraud … lets hope the Lebanese Government does something about this for a change..

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2010 3:18 pm

    You’ve wrote a very good blog post.
    If it’s ok with you, I would like to ask permission to use your article as it relates to my topic. I will be glad to negotiate to pay you or hire you for this.

    With Regards from
    Republic Polytechnic

  2. December 1, 2010 5:02 pm

    thank you. this entry in particular is copied from @Jawazsafar … i think it would be better to take permission from him for this.
    but as far as the above is concerned your more than welcome to use whatever you need as long as you reference. .. thanks

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