Australia

MELBOURNE—Thirteen workers have protested outside Tieman Industries in the northern suburb of Keon Park since they were sacked on April 30. They are members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU). Many had been working at the company for more than 10 years.
Government backbenchers have been challenged to live on $227 a week — the equivalent of the dole — by the National Welfare Rights Network.
New South Wales Teachers Federation (NSWTF)president Bob Lipscombe has announced an new position on performance pay on the federation’s website.
SYDNEY — Anti-war protesters spoke out in the city on May 8 against the 450 extra soldiers being sent to Afghanistan as part of the Australian government’s commitment to the US-NATO war alliance.
The federal Labor government’s pre-election promise to abolish anti-worker Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs) has once again been exposed as a lie.
SYDNEY — A network of trade union activists concerned about climate change has formed in Sydney.
More than 40 Australian academics have signed a statement calling for a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions.
PERTH — Demonstrators wore “nuclear warheads” while percussion band Junkadelik gave extra life to a spirited protest outside the Australian Uranium Summit on May 7. The 100-strong action was organised by the Anti-Nuclear Alliance of WA.
Since the global economic crisis began, there has been a sharp fall in global demand for steel, resulting in more competition between steel makers.
More than 50 people crowded into the Melbourne Resistance Centre to take part in a lively May Day toast hosted by the Socialist Alliance on May 3.

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