Journalist med livet som indsats

Pressefriheden er under stigende pres i hele verden. Ny dansk dokumentar sætter fokus på tre prominente journalister, hvis artikler fik dem smidt i fængsel.

I dag er det FN’s internationale pressefrihedsdag. Men for mange journalister rundt omkring i verden, er overskriften på deres arbejdsbetingelser overvågning, chikane, fængsling og tortur.

Alene i år er 12 journalister blevet dræbt og 181 sidder i fængsel, Read more of this post

Systembolaget demands improved standards at Leeuwenkuil

According to a former employee, Swedish liquor retailer Systembolaget says it will consider terminating its contract with South African wine producer Leeuwenkuil unless standards at its vineyards are improved.

In February Emil Boss, a former employee at Swedish retailer Systembolaget, visited South African vineyard Leeuwenkuil and Middelburg, one of the farms that supply the grapes to Leeuwenkuil, who in turn sell wine to Systembolaget. Read more of this post

Norwegian rapport uncovers harassment and illegal wages on South African wine farms

A confidential audit report from Norwegian government-owned alcoholic beverage retailer Vinmonopolet has uncovered harassment, unionization prohibitions and salaries below the minimum wage at several of its wine producers in South Africa.

The report is based on inspections of 22 South African wine facilities in March and April. Is was prepared for Vinmonopolet by American safety consulting and certification company UL, and conducted “to investigate and identify social compliance gaps within the wine supply chain in the Western Cape Province.” Read more of this post

Bitre druer tilbage på danske supermarkedshylder

Vin fra Robertson Winery, der beskyldes for apartheid-lignende forhold, er igen at finde på hylderne i Dagrofa-butikkerne Meny, Spar og Min Købmand. Dagrofa har undersøgt forholdene på Robertson, men vil ikke ud med undersøgelsens konklusioner.

Når man skal købe en god hvidvin, til at køle sig på i sommervarmen, eller en god rødvin til den indiske linseret eller til pastaen, kan man vælge vin fra et utal af lande og vingårde, mange af dem fra vinlandet Sydafrika. Read more of this post

South African farmworkers get Norwegian award

The Commercial Stevedoring and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) have won the Norwegian Artur Svenssons 2017 international award, for fighting poor conditions in South African wineries.

The award, that includes a 740.000 rand prize, is awarded by Norwegian trade union confederation Industri Energi, who organizes workers in the Norwegian oil-, gas- and land-based industries. The confederation has 60.000 members. Read more of this post

Sydafrikanske vinarbejdere får norsk pris med dansk islæt

Den sydafrikanske fagforening for vin- og landarbejdere, CSAAWU, har vundet en norsk fagforeningspris, som en direkte konsekvens af en dansk dokumentarfilms afsløring af slavelignende tilstande i dele af den sydafrikanske vinindustri.

Commercial Stevedoring and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) har vundet Artur Svenssons internationale pris for faglige rettigheder for 2017, som tildeles af det norske fagforbund Industri Energi. Valget faldt på CSAAWU, efter at juryen havde set danske Tom Heinemanns dokumentar om forholdene i den Sydafrikanske vinindustri, ”Bitre Druer.” Read more of this post

Acting is best way to show solidarity with suffering people

bheki-dlamini2Introduce sanctions and boycotts against the repressive Swazi regime and help the democratic movement with everything from  legal assistance to torture counselling, organizational skills and information dissemination, says young Swazi activist.

Stories of incredible hardship, suffering and lack of democratic rights often overflow our social media feeds and are ever-present in our newspapers and on radio and TV. Read more of this post