Chris Peterson

GLW author Chris Peterson

Parmalat workers locked out in pay dispute

Dozens of Gippsland dairy workers have been locked out indefinitely by milk producer Parmalat. When workers arrived at the gates of the Parmalat-owned Longwarry Food Park, east of Melbourne, on July 5, they were met with news of the lockout and closure of the site.

The Longwarry workforce is among the lowest-paid in the dairy industry according to the National Union of Workers, and had been calling for improved conditions in their pay deal to bring them in line with other Parmalat sites.

Melbourne stands in solidarity with Palestine

About 100 people protested in Melbourne on July 3, International Al Quds Day, as part of a global weekend of action for Palestine.

The date marked 50 years since the Six Day War and half a century of Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Nasser from Palestine Advocacy Network said: “We have entered 50 years of occupation of the West Bank and it's been 68 years since Palestine's Nakba.

"It represents such a disregard for human rights it is hard to wrap your mind around.

Melbourne says "Bring them here"

On April 30, 1500 people rallied in Melbourne calling on the federal government to bring the all the asylum seekers in offshore detention to Australia. The rally was part of a national weekend of action.

The rally was called after the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ruled that the Manus Island Detention Centre was illegal.

Workers say "Disability: not for sale"

On April 14 hundreds of disability workers rallied in Melbourne against the state government's proposal to privatise disability services.

Privatisation will reduce service quality for people with a disability and make job security and wages and conditions less certain for disability workers.

Before being elected, Premier Daniel Andrews promised he would not contract out public sector disability services.

Melbourne rally against racism

Several hundred people joined a rally against racism in Melbourne on April 3. Neo-nazis had threatened the rally but in the end were too scared to show up.

The rally was organised by the Campaign Against Racism & Fascism. Speakers included Viv Malo from First Nations Liberation, Nazir Yousafi from Victorian Afghan Associations Network and anti-racism campaigner, Jafri.

Save CSIRO rally Melbourne

About 500 people rallied in Melbourne on April 2 against the proposed 1300 jobs cuts at the CSIRO.

The rally, which follows rallies in Hobart and Canberra, was organised by the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), CSIRO Staff Association and Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Refugee activist faces court

Jasmine Pilbrow faced court on April 7 after she stood up for a refugee who was being deported on her Qantas flight.

International Women's Day celebrated in Melbourne

Hundreds of people marched for International Women's Day in Melbourne on March 8.

Ezekiel Ox preparing for Full Scale Revolution

Full Scale Revolution (formerly known as Full Scale Deflection and then just Full Scale) are an Australian alternative metal band that formed in Perth in 1998, before relocating to Melbourne in 2001.

Fronted by Ezekiel Ox, a frequent performer at protests, Full Scale are an intense live experience. As Full Scale Deflection, the band released their debut album, Symptoms of Chaos in 2000. As Full Scale, they released in 2003, two EPs — Black Arrows and White Arrows — and a self-titled album in 2005.

Rally to save MV Portland

About 300 unionists rallied on January 27 outside the Melbourne Liberal Party headquarters to demand an investigation into Alcoa's actions after the American-based company forcibly replaced Australian seafarers with foreign workers. A simultaneous rally in Sydney attracted about 100 workers.

Syndicate content