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PHILIPPINES — The following is abridged from an account of the situation in Mindanao distributed on May 3 by the Revolutionary Workers Party of the Philippines (RPMP). The situation in our country, especially in Mindanao, is becoming worse. Trends
BY MELANIE SJOBERG A May 1 decision by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission has granted a $15 per week safety-net increase to those awards applying to workers forced to rely on the basic rate. The decision caused a collective whine from
Kow-tows Indonesia's interception of Australian aircraft and its contemptuous response to protest raises the question of why we continue to have Australian forces protecting such democrats as Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir. It also
May 1 'carnival against capitalism' BY CHRIS WILLIAMS Aiming to take May Day, the annual workers' day, back to its militant roots, hundreds of mainly young radicals around the country demonstrated, marched, waved flags and chanted on May 1. In
BY JULIA PERKINS JAKARTA — After marching with thousands of other workers on Parliament House here on May 1, 1500 workers from the Indian-owned textile company Texmaco camped outside overnight to protest against their treatment by their employer
Incat workers denies pay rise despite huge profit BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — Shipbuilding company Incat made a $53 million after-tax profit in 1998-99 — $17 million more than the previous year — yet Incat boss Craig Clifford is denying a
Largest strike in Norway for 14 years BY MARGARET ALLUM The largest strike in Norway for 14 years began on May 3, when almost 85,000 private sector workers rejected a new contract. Two-thirds of the union's rank-and-file membership voted against
Threat of action forces progress at Uni of Canberra BY PAT BREWER CANBERRA — After 18 months of stalling and evasion by management at the University of Canberra, enterprise agreement talks have progressed further in four weeks than they had in
Welfare rights need political defence COMMENT BY JONATHAN SINGER In its forthcoming budget, the federal Coalition government plans to announce more programs trialing extended "mutual obligation" provisions for all unemployed people, sole parents
INDONESIA: Budiman Sujatmiko: democracy is yet to be won BUDIMAN SUJATMIKO, chairperson of Indonesia's People's Democratic Party (PRD), has been active in the movement for democracy in his country since 1988, when he was a student at

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