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Solidarity appeal from Lebanese sit-in

Workers at the FuturePipe factory in Akkar, North Lebanon are fighting for the right to work. They have issue the following request:

Issue No. 2213

Open Sit-In

Since 12 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.

Please send your solidarity letters to: [email protected]

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:

    Future Pipe Limited
    11, Hobart Place
    SW1W 0HP
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7838 8660
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7838 8661
    Email: [email protected]
    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: [email protected]
    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: [email protected]
    Future Pipe (S.L.)
    Edificio Lexington
    c/ Orense, 85 28020,
    Madrid, Spain
    Tel: +34 (91) 567 8463
    Fax: +34 (91) 567 8464
    Email: [email protected]
  • Thailand
    Future Pipe Trading Limited
    Office No. 4406-44th Floor,
    CRC Tower,
    All Seasons Place,
    87 Wireless Road
    Bangkok 10330, Thailand
    Tel: +66 (2) 685 3288
    Fax: +66 (2) 685 3244
    Email: [email protected]
  • 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: [email protected]
  • Pakistan
    Future Pipe Industries
    Building 72-F/1, 3rd Floor
    9th Jami Commercial Street
    Phase VII, DHA. Karachi
    Tel: + 9221 35394772
    Fax: + 9221 35394771
    Email: [email protected]
  • China
    Future Plastrex
    Middle Ren Min Road
    MoreSky Suite 804/123 Wuxi
    Email: [email protected]
  • 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: [email protected]
  • Turkey
    Goztepe Mah. Goksu Evleri Sakayik
    CAD No. 6-B70A
    Beykoz – Istanbul
    Zip Code: 34829
    Tel: +90 (216) 6680870
    Fax: +90 (216) 6680873
    Email: [email protected]
  • 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: [email protected]
  • 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: netherla[email protected]
  • 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 : [email protected]
  • 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: [email protected]
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Future Pipe Industries (L.L.C.)
    P.O. Box 8513
    Al-Khobar 31492
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Tel: +966 (3) 812 3454
    Fax: +966 (3) 812 3453
    Email: [email protected]

    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: [email protected]
  • 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: [email protected]
  • 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: [email protected]
    [email protected]

    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

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Wed 4 Aug 2010, 15:27 BST
Issue No. 2213
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