The article below is an abridged translation of the resolution adopted by the General Union of Workers of Guadeloupe (UGTG) at its 12th Congress, April 2-5, 2008. The UGTG republished the resolution on March 8.
While Pacific Brands continues to show contempt for its workers and refuses to reverse its decision to axe 1850 jobs, trade union and community opposition to the cuts is gaining momentum.
Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside AO QC, world renowned landscaper and TV personality Jamie Durie, and three NSW Greens MLCs are just some of the prominent Australians that have added their signature to the Sri Lankan Crisis Statement (available at www.srilankancrisis.com ).
Forty workers on the Melbourne Westgate Reconstruction project have lost their jobs after construction giant John Holland’s refusal to honour a collective agreement.
University of Sydney students will vote on the position their Student Representative Council (SRC) takes on Palestine at a student general meeting on April 1.
After the Australian Jewish News decided on March 11 to pull a paid advertisement for the upcoming lecture tour by Professor Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, the Emanuel Synagogue, which had agreed to have Halper speak to a class of 12 people, suddenly withdrew its invitation.
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has suspended scheduled rolling strike action across all Victoria University (VU) campuses in Melbourne.
A protest was held outside Rio Tinto’s Melbourne offices on March 13 to launch a campaign against multinationals investing in Colombia. Rio Tinto has several exploration projects in Colombia and it plans to start mining next year.
The VicTec apprentices committee has organised a rally on Victorian parliament steps to protest the increasing number of retrenchments of apprentices, to take place on March 19.
On March 12, the maintenance crew from Fosters Brewery, sacked by the company in February, set up a protest outside their old workplace in Abbotsford, Melbourne.
The article below following is abridged from the March editorial of Eslabon, a monthly bulletin produced by the Argentinean Union of Militants for Socialism (UMS). It has been translated by Federico Fuentes. A UMS founding member and leader, Luis Bilbao, will be a feature speaker at the World at a Crossroads conference held in Sydney from April 10-12. Visit http://www.worldatacrossroads.org for more information or to register.
The Australian Financial Review doesn’t mince words, nor does it try to conceal reality from its readership.
The second Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Conference brought together 160 trade unionists and climate change activists. The purpose of the event was to allow trade unionists to develop working class solutions to the threat that big business has created for humanity.
A debate is underway in the Australian Greens about how the party should respond to the Rudd government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).
In some countries, the severe crisis of capitalism has resulted in a realignment of respective governments with the imperialist powers and the adoption of different forms of cut backs that affect the living conditions of the majority.
On the same day March 12 that PM Kevin Rudd was talking turkey (or literally: wheat) with Iraqs puppet prime minister, Nouri al Maliki, Muntadhar al Zaidi, who became famous after throwing shoes at US President George Bush, was sentenced to three years jail.