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Maritime Union of Australia Victorian branch deputy secretary David Ball speaks about the difficulties of keeping workers’ working and safe during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Refugee and asylum seeker supporters began an occupation on May 12 of the Mantra Hotel in Preston, Melbourne, where more than 65 asylum seekers are being held under guard, reports Kerry Smith.

National secretary of the United Workers Union Tim Kennedy believes the system is ‘cactus’ and that now's the time to push hard for workers' rights.

Jack Mundey, a path breaker in militant unionism and a pioneer of the Green Bans movement in Australia, leaves a lasting legacy and a set of challenges for ecologists and socialists, writes Jim McIlroy.

Despite warnings from climate scientists and economic analysts, Australia is embarking on a dangerous attempt at a fossil fuel-led economic recovery from the pandemic, write Margaret Gleeson and Pip Hinman.

Police harass activists expressing solidarity with refugees

Dozens of police officers were waiting to break up picnics planned by concerned locals outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel and Apartments on May 8, writes Kerry Smith.

The federal government is exerting a lot of pressure on states to reopen schools. But what is the reality on the ground for school teachers working in the midst of a pandemic? This episode of Green Left features a roundtable discussion with school teachers Mary Merkenich, David Linden and Vivian Messimeris.

Those with a psychosocial disability are being failed by the government’s arbitrary decision-making on who qualifies for vital health and community services under the COVID-19 lockdown, writes Marie Butler-Cole.

As millions of households have been told to negotiate with their landlords for a rent reduction, groups are getting organised to demand state governments help residential renters, writes Jacob Andrewartha.

The Bylong Valley Protection Alliance has formally been accepted as part of the court case battling to save a valley near Mudgee, New South Wales, from being destroyed by a huge open-cut coal mine, reports Jim McIlroy.

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