aawl mini-news

A global labour movement meeting

 At the Australia Asia Worker Links Annual General Meeting held on 3 March in Melbourne it was decided that AAWL will consult with solidarity partners and affiliates on the feasibility of jointly organising a global labour movement meeting.

The purpose of such a meeting would be to:
Discuss a global labour movement charter of industrial and social demands;
Discuss strategies to coordinate international industrial action and solidarity to achieve workers' industrial and social demands.

We will publish more on this soon.

Action to support Tamil refugees in Merak, Indonesia

Rally outside the Department of Immigration offices in Melbourne to demand that Australia accept responsibility for the Merak refugees.

Wednesday 10 March, 12.30-2.00 pm,
Dept of Immigration, Casselden Place, Melbourne

On Wednesday, 10 March, it will be 150 days since the Australian government requested Indonesia to intercept and hold a small wooden boat with 255 Tamil refugees fleeing from civil war and genocide in Sri Lanka. 234 people still remain on this boat off Merak harbour, in dire conditions, desperate for a resolution to their refugee claims.

Organised by Refugee Action Collective. Supported by Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective. For more info: 0413-377-978

Samsung Accountability Campaign

A new international coalition has announced the formation of a new campaign to demand that Samsung accept responsibility for the many deaths of its young workers from occupational cancer.

The new Coalition – the “Samsung Accountability Campaign” – includes Supporters for the Health and Rights of People in the Semiconductor industry (SHARPs), Korean Metal Workers' Union (KMWU), Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational Accident Victims (ANROAV) and International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT).

The Coalition also announced a new international petition campaign calling on Samsung to accept responsibility for the health of its workers. The petition is available here. And a video of some of the Samsung victims and their families is available here.

Turkey: Union activist still in jail

Union activist Seher Tümer, Branch Secretary of PSI affiliate SES (the trade union of public employees in health and social services), will spend International Women’s Day 2010 in prison.

Ms Tümer has now been detained for almost a year, with no clear charges being brought against her. PSI is convinced that her arrest is linked to her activities in the labour and women’s movements in Turkey, including participating in International Women’s Day activities last year.

PSI urgently calls on trade unions and concerned organisations to write letters of protest. For more information please click here.

Worker sacked, ripped off while on honeymoon

Mani Saravanan came to Australia on a 457 visa to work as a fabricator for Ironbark Fabrications in Moree. Mani saved all his annual leave and used it to go to India to get married.

While on his honeymoon, Mani received a termination letter by the company via email. The company has denied his annual leave entitlements, despite being required to do so under Australian law, and he was not reimbursed his $700 that he had given his employer to pay for his permanent resident application.

The Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union is supporting Mani and demanding action from the Federal Government to put an end to this type of exploitation of vulnerable guest workers. Click here for more information from the CFMEU.

Stop the deportation of Burmese workers

Over 2 million migrants have been threatened by the Thai Government with deportation after February 28 if they fail to enter a complex "nationality verification" process. Over 80 per cent of these migrants are from Burma and face discrimination as well as continuing economic deterioration in their homeland, which is controlled by a military government.

Migrants from Burma left their country as refugees. They are being pressured by the Thai government to submit their details, return to Burma to complete verification and then supposedly return to work "legally" in Thailand with temporary Burmese passports.

This is a policy of mass deportation of Burmese refugee workers to put them at the mercy of the military government in Burma, which has a terrible record of oppression and murder. 

Last chance for the May Day survey !

Have you filled in the May Day Survey ?

We writing a joint May Day message together with comrades around the world

To help with this we have a May Day survey

It takes three minutes to complete.

Click here to fill in the survey

The proposed statement will be in the next mini news

Workers at Xstrata mine continue to fight back

It’s hot, there are flies, and we’re all sick of sausages – but morale amongst the coalminers here at Tahmoor is higher than ever.

Workers at Xstrata coal mine in New South Wales, Australia have been locked out in a bitter dispute over sackings but they are determined to keep fighting until Xstrata managers sit down with unions and negotiate a fair agreement.

Stop the Racist Intervention in the Northern Territory

Support the Ampiltawatja walk-off.

Come to hear a report from CFMEU unionists who have returned from a solidarity visit to help the Alyawarr community build a new community house.

Monday 1 March at 6:30 pm
Trades Hall, Lygon Street
Carlton South, Melbourne

CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan said that the union was more than willing to do what they can to lend a hand to communities in need.  “Our members are proud to pitch in and do what they can to help,” Dave Noonan said. “The community asked for assistance from the union to help tackle some of their housing needs, so that’s what we’re doing.”

AAWL Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the Australia Asia Worker Links
Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 3 March 2010 at 6 pm
Evatt Room, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South

Speaker on Women Workers in 2010

Elections for Executive
Elections for other positions in AAWL

All are welcome. Only AAWL members and affliates may vote

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