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Rappresentanze Sindacali Unitarie in
IBM Italia

Da: Comitato Aziendale Europeo, IWIS, Relazioni Internazionali

[We let you know this call for action we have received 27 Jan 1998 - G.T.]

 > Date:          Mon, 19 Jan 1998 21:49:25 +0100
 > From:          Play Fair Europe! playfair@asta.rwth-aachen.de
 > Subject:       1000 multinationals will soon meet - action
 >   **Please help us to distribute this message**
 > Dear friends,
 > The 1.000 most important multinacionals of the world will meet in Davos,
 > Switzerland, from the 29th of this month to the 3rd of February, to take
 > major political decisions that will influence everyone's lives. If you do
 > not like this way of setting the "Priorities for the 21st century" (as they
 > call their meeting) please do one or more of these proposed actions:
 > 1. Sign the declaration attached to this letter and propose other
 > organisations (trade unions, farmers' organisations, environmental, women's
 > and solidarity organisations, church-related groups, etc.) and individuals
 > to sign it and collect more endorsements. Every person is welcomed to sign -
 > the more signatures, the better. However, in order to have more impact in
 > mass media, we especially encourage you to contact well known persons, like
 > intellectuals, writers, professors, singers, football players, actors... The
 > declaration will be used all over the world as press release.
 > 2. If you collect some signatures, please type the reply forms and email
 > them to playfair@asta.rwth-aachen.de by the 28th of January. We will compile
 > all the signatures and email the complete list to thousands of people and
 > organisations all over the world. Please take into account that we cannot
 > type ourselves thousands of names in one day; this is the reason why we ask
 > you to send the names by email. If you do not have access to email, please
 > fax your list before the 27th of January.
 > 3. Once you receive from us the whole list of signatories, please send it
 > along with the declaration to the local and national media (press,
 > television, radio).
 > 4. Please organise a local action between the 29th of January and the 3rd of
 > February and send your own press release along with the declaration,
 > announcing your action and inviting the press. If you do this, you will
 > multiply the chances of the media publishing something, since journalists
 > tend to report about photogenic stories much more than about declarations.
 > Any kind of action that is visual and can be photographed is good, the range
 > is very broad and you do not need many people to catch media attention. Just
 > to give some examples in increasing order of difficulty, you can stand in
 > front of a symbolic building with some banners (the office of any
 > multinational of your choice, the parliament, the chamber of commerce, the
 > city hall, etc.), or perform street theater (like a symbolic bury of the
 > parliament by the multinationals, or two dinner tables, one full of luxuries
 > and with nicely dressed people around it, and the other with some rubbish
 > and very poor people), or organise an event (a public lecture, a panel
 > discussion, etc) or do a direct action (block the entrance of the stock
 > exchange or squat it, occupy the office of a multinational, etc). Please
 > inform us if you are going to do something (unless you do not want to make
 > it publicly known beforehand), since we want to send the list of planned
 > actions along with the list of signatures on the 29th, so that you can use
 > it too for the media work.
 > Thank you for your attention. The Play Fair Europe! Team
 > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 > --------------------------------------
 > (Place), (Date)
 > Press Release
 > Declaration against the Globalisers of Misery
 > Worldwide opposition to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos
 > Throughout this week (29th January-3rd February) the World Economic Forum,
 > the club of the foremost 1000 Transnational Corporations, is holding its
 > Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. During this period, hundreds of
 > actions are taking place in many different parts of the world to denounce
 > this event (1).
 > This meeting is, in the World Economic Forum's own words, "the world's
 > global business summit" (2), where "each year, major initiatives are
 > launched...which go far beyond the pure business realm". At the Annual
 > Meeting, "1000 top business leaders , 250 political leaders, 250 foremost
 > academic experts in every domain, and some 250 media leaders come together
 > to shape the global agenda." As they boast, "the World Economic Forum has
 > played a leading role in the economic globalisation process... at the
 > beginning of the eighties it played a major role in launching the Uruguay
 > trade negotiations. The foundation has made a contribution to the process
 > and negotiation of financial services liberalisation."
 > We oppose the accelerating centralisation of political and economic power
 > caused by globalisation, and its gradual shift to unaccountable and
 > undemocratic institutions, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO). We
 > denounce the role of "informal" business groups (such as the World Economic
 > Forum) in this process, which only benefits multinational business elites,
 > while increasing numbers of people are going hungry, unable to afford basic
 > health care and education, and forced to cope with environmental destruction.
 > This denunciation of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum is the
 > first coordinated activity of the PEOPLES' GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST "FREE"
 > This declaration has been signed by
 > *****************************
 > (1) For information about the actions, please get in touch with ......
 > (local contact) or with Play Fair Europe!, e-mail
 > playfair@asta.rwth-aachen.de fax +34-8-524.11.21
 > (2) All direct quotations and factual information regarding the World
 > Economic Forum have been taken from the Forum's web page
 > (3) For more information about Peoples' Global Action Against "Free" Trade
 > and the World Trade Organisation (PGA) and its first worldwide conference
 > please contact:
 > local contact: .........
 > Secretariat: kmp@info.com.ph;
 > web page: http://www.agp.org
 > (ENDS)
 > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 > --------------------------------------
 > Endorsement to the Declaration against the Globalisers of Misery
 > Please email to playfair@asta.rwth-aachen.de or fax to +34-8-524.11.21
 > Name of person or organisation:
 > Country:
 > Contact email or fax:
 > Field of action of the organisation / Profession:
 > For organisations: number of members:
 > Do you want more information about the World Economic Forum and similar
 > Are you going to organise an action? If yes, please describe it in a few
 > ************************************************************
 > Play Fair Europe! Oviedo        Tel/fax +34-8-524.11.21
 > Pedro Masaveu 1 10 E            playfair@asta.rwth-aachen.de
 > 33007 Oviedo, Spain             check http://www.agp.org