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The Australian Labor Party’s parliamentary caucus' decision to vote up the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) has created a backlash. The secretary of Hunter Workers (formerly the Newcastle Trades Hall Council) Daniel Wallace has resigned from the party, saying he 'finally realised that the shortcuts taken by the ALP usually lead to detours which lead to dead ends'.

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has sought to end a long-running dispute between Health Workers Union (HWU) members and Dorevitch Pathology, by issuing a draft determination in which workers’ wages are set to rise by up to 20% and allowances by up to 30%.

An estimated 7000 childcare workers took industrial action by walking off the job around Australia on September 5 to demand equal pay.

An indefinite strike by 1600 workers at Alcoa in Western Australia is set to enter its second month, after a company offer was voted down by 80% of the workforce. Alcoa’s proposed enterprise agreement would mean workers would lose job security and, in some cases, up to 50% of their pay.

On July 6, Haiti exploded. By the tens of thousands, Haitians poured into the streets of Port-au-Prince to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Robert Roth looks at the roots of the rising that ousted the prime minister and forced a government back down.

The protests were sparked by the government’s announcement that it would cut or remove subsidies on fuel. This led to a 38% rise in petrol prices, with the price of kerosene jumping 50% to US$4 a gallon.

Prisoners across the United States launched a prison strike for August 21-September 9, which has since spread into Canada.

“Wage theft is rife in the food delivery industry,” Transport Workers Union (TWU) spokesperson Tony Sheldon told a rally of delivery riders and unionists on August 29 organised by the union and On-Demand Workers Australia.

The action demanded that the federal government puts in place a safety net to ensure riders from all companies are guaranteed minimum wage and entitlements.

Hyde Park, Elizabeth St, Sydney
May Day is the day workers unite to celebrate our achievements and recognise the struggle of all workers around the world! We’ve achieved: Sick Leave, Annual Leave, Superannuation,  Paid Maternity Leave,  Medicare. But there’s still more work to be done! Inequality is at a 70 year high, wage growth at near record lows, rising income inequality, housing and rental affordability,  casualisation of work and underemployment is at epidemic levels,  and there is no closing the Gender Pay Gap! We need to rally! Hosted by Unions NSW.

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