Australia

Trade unionists and community activists converged at the DP World container terminal on Swanson Dock, West Melbourne, on July 12 to support the 600 Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members midway through their four-day strike action.

The investigation into the death of 36-year-old Wiradjuri woman Rebecca Maher concluded that the police were at fault, but stopped short of sentencing those responsible.

Up to 2000 waterfront workers at DP World container terminals across Australia have gone on strike to oppose the multinational company’s attacks on working conditions.

Since its opening mid-last year, Melbourne’s safe injecting room in North Richmond has received significant media attention, not all of it positive.

South Korean company KEPCO is proposing to open up a mine that would have drastic impacts on local agriculture and water and the iconic natural and cultural heritage of the region, including Aboriginal sacred sites.

Friend and comrade John Ellis, who died suddenly on June 15, was a life-long social justice activist and an active unionist.

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union organised a protest on July 6 to demand that penalty rates be reinstated. Penalty rates were cut for the second time in early July. Meanwhile federal MPs gave themselves a pay rise.

Hundreds of Stop Adani activists rallied in Sydney and Brisbane on July 5.

The Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch voted to support the global student strike on September 20.

The Socialist Alliance is encouraging members and supporters to put motions to their trade unions and other community-based organisations to help build the September 20 student climate strike.

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