workers' rights & unions

Britain: Thousands of protesters, unions defend Corbyn as right-wing MPs attack


Rally supporting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament Square on June 27.

Ten thousand people rallied in support of Labour's left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn -- elected leader last year in a landslide vote that marked a rejection of pro-austerity politics -- outside of Westminster on June 27, as right-wing Labour Party MPs took advantage of the fallout from the Brexit vote to move against the party leader.

Vigil held for murdered Mexican teacher unionists

On June 25 a vigil was held in Melbourne for the Mexican teachers that were murdered by police during protests organised by the CNTE teachers' union in Oaxaca last week. Event organiser Lulu Garcia said: “In the cities, teachers teach classes of up to 40 students, sometimes with no power, no internet and with very limited resources, but because they raise their voices they are repressed, incarcerated, killed”.

Close slaughterhouses - respect animals and workers

The third annual March to Close all Slaughterhouses was held in Sydney on June 4. The march is part of an international event that began in Paris about 10 years ago.

This event is both a solemn reflection on the abuse and exploitation suffered by millions of animals every day and a celebration of the increasing number of people choosing a cruelty-free lifestyle around the world.

Former Triple J presenter and member of punk band Frenzal Rhomb Lindsay McDougall gave this speech at the march.

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I want to start by taking you inside the life of a living being in a slaughterhouse.

Bernie Sanders: 'The political revolution must continue'

Speaking to his supporters in a live web video address on June 17, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders insisted that despite his campaign failing to defeat Democrat establishment figure Hillary Clinton, the struggle for a political revolution must continue.

Momentum on 'Brexit' vote: Labour movement must show way forward for the working class

The statement below was published on June 24 by Momentum, a grassroots group within the Labour Party that seeks to organise in support of the left platform of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Yesterday, the British people voted to leave the European Union. Momentum, which campaigned to remain in the EU in order to transform the EU, respects the decision taken by the electorate.

Carlton and United Breweries workers sacked

On June 10, 50 Carlton and United Breweries workers were told, without prior notice, that they were terminated. The workers were then “invited” to reapply for their jobs with a company called Catalyst Recruitment, which is in the Programmed/Skilled Group.

The invitation to apply for a job came with no guarantees; would be on individual contracts; would be covered by a non-union EBA; and offered worse conditions with a 65% pay cut.

Mexico: Teachers defy repression in fight for education


CNTE protest against neoliberal education reform, Mexico City, June 24. Photo: TeleSUR.

Marathon talks between the Mexican government and teachers protesting neoliberal education reforms in the face of deadly repression ended on June 22 with no resolution, TeleSUR English said the next day.

After Brexit debacle, struggle against racism and austerity continues


Campaigners in Lambeth against LIbrary closures. The area voted overwhelmingly for 'remain'.

Socialist Resistance, an English socialist group that is part of Left Unity, released this statement on June 24 on the result of the EU referendum

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Left Unity on 'Brexit' vote: 'A disastrous outcome'

The executive committee of Left Unity, a socialist group in England, issued the following statement on the outcome of Britain's referendum on leaving the European Union.

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Left Unity deplores the Leave outcome of the EU Referendum. This referendum came from pressure from the far right — driven by anti-immigration sentiment, fuelled by racism. This has been the most reactionary national campaign in British political history, resulting in an open emergence of the extreme right.

Greens bill could save steel jobs

A Greens bill that would require all New South Wales government-funded infrastructure projects to use Australian-made steel is making its way through the NSW Upper House. The bill, which has the support of all parties except the Coalition, is expected to pass in the next session.

The Greens say their Steel Industry Protection Bill will stop the loss of thousands of jobs in the Illawarra and provide long-term security to the Port Kembla steelworks.

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