By Filomena de Almeida and Jill Hickson SYDNEY — The current military crackdown by Indonesian armed forces in East Timor has resulted in scores of East Timorese being killed and hundreds more being arrested and tortured. It is a direct
By James Vassilopoulos On August 13, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) recommended to the Hunter Valley miners to continue negotiations and not resume their strike, following a recommendation by Justice Alan Boulton of
By Jim McIlroy BLACKWATER Striking Curragh coal miners remain defiant despite attempts by the company, ARCO, to break their picket line and intimidate workers. The strike has entered its 15th week, as ARCO steps up its pressure on the miners to
Debate in WA union struggle By Anthony Benbow PERTH — Unions are discussing the "workers' embassy" established next to Parliament House in late April after more than 30,000 people demonstrated against the WA government's "third wave" of
Fighting Racism Conference in Perth By Arun Pradhan PERTH — Plans are well under way for a Fighting Racism Conference here on September 20 and 21. The conference, to be held at the Fremantle Education Centre, will end with a "Reggae
Kennett's Coode Island betrayal condemned By Jeremy Smith MELBOURNE — On August 3, Footscray residents expressed their anger at the Kennett government's announcement that it would not honour its promise to move the Coode Island chemical
Nurses continue fight for pay and conditions By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE— Victorian nurses voted on August 6 to close 20% of hospital beds as part of their long-running dispute with the state government over pay and staffing. All public
WOLLONGONG — On August 7, 50 people who had gathered in the southern highlands town of Robertson to protest peacefully against the inaugural meeting of the One Nation party were assaulted by racists. Activists from Resistance, Youth Against Racism,
Rally against the youth allowance By Alison Dellit MELBOURNE — Around 100 people gathered on August 6 to protest against the federal government's common youth allowance (CYA) for all young unemployed and students. Speakers at the rally
ice MELBOURNE — More than 150 people loudly protested outside the Frankston meeting of the One Nation party on August 6. The protesters represented a cross-section of the community and outnumbered the mainly older, mainly male One Nation
James Vassilopoulos Secret Australian Workplace Agreements (individual contracts) obtained by the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations and Training (ACIRT) debunk industrial relations minister Peter Reith's claim that no worker would be
By Zanny Begg BRISBANE — On July 25, the Ipswich branch of One Nation attempted to hold its first meeting in a hall managed by the Ipswich City Council. The meeting had to be rescheduled when the council cancelled the booking. Then Lord Mayor
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