South Coast unions ban steel to Indonesia


South Coast unions ban steel to Indonesia

By Bernie Brian

WOLLONGONG — Steel industry delegates have voted to ban the shipment of 30,000 tonnes of BHP slab steel destined for Indonesia in response to the recent massacre by Indonesian troops of unarmed civilians in East Timor.

They also called on the ACTU to mount a nationwide boycott of all trade with Indonesia and called on the Australian government to suspend all trade and military aid.

On November 28, 100 people attended a candlelight vigil organised by the South Coast Labour Council to protest against the killings in East Timor. The vigil was addressed by representatives of Fretilin, Amnesty International, unions and churches.

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