aawl mini-news

Thai Labour Activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk Released

Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was released on Sunday night, 13 June, from a prison at a Thai army base. He had been imprisoned since 24 May, together with academic Suthachai Yimprasert from Chulalongkom University, after the two presented themselves to police after they heard arrest warrants had been issued for them.

The release of Somyot follows a criminal court’s decision rejecting the government’s Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation arrest order. Even after that decision, the government held him for another seven days.

Unions and NGOs around the world sent protests to the Thai government over the arrest.  An online appeal by the Clean Clothes Campaign also generated pressure on the government.

AAWL July Public Meeting

wednesday 7 july 2010

Reports from Iranian Workers and Activists

6:30 pm - all welcome
trades hall, lygon street, carlton

China: Honda Workers Win Pay Rise

Workers at a Honda auto parts factory in China have returned to work with a 24 per cent wage increase, after taking strike action that shut down Honda assembly plants to protest against low wages. Around 1,900 workers at the plant in Foshan began industrial action on May 17 demanding an increase in wages. More details of the workers demands can be seen on the Globalization Monitor website here and a brief report on the successful outcome of the strike from the International Metalworkers Federation can be read here.

End the blockade of Gaza

Rally: Saturday 5 June at 2 pm
State Library, Swanston Street Melbourne

On 31 May the Freedom Flotilla was attacked by the Israel Navy: At least 10 and maybe as many as 19 solidarity activists were killed, dozens injured.
The Freedom Flotilla is an international solidarity project
delivering aid to break the blockade of Gaza.

End the blockade of Gaza
Support the Freedom Flotilla
Free Palestine

Information: Omar Hassan on 0421 185 037
Arabic language media: Asem Judeh 0415 802 780

English language media: Mick Armstrong 0413 932 435

Union statements:

Australian Council of Trade Unions

International Trade Union Confederation

World Federation of Trade Unions

International Transport Workers' Federation

International Federation of Journalists

Public Services International

Education International

Thai Labour Advocate Arrested

The well-known Thai labour and human-rights advocate, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, has been arrested following the recent political upheaval in Thailand. He has been held in military barracks without being charged since May 24th.

Somyot is a former project coordinator for ICEM (International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions) in Thailand and the founder of the Center for Labour and International Solidarity Thailand.

Somyot was arrested together with Associate Professor Suthachai Yimprasert, after they presented themselves to the police when they heard of their arrest warrants. Suthachai was released yesterday following petitions by students and the faculty, however Somyot is still being held. More information and letter-writing campaign here.

3CR Radiothon

Its that time of the year again for you to show support for 3CR Radio for the 2010 Radiothon. You can also donate online

Asia Pacific Currents (APC)
is Australia Asia Worker Links' program, and can be heard live every Saturday morning at 9.00am, 855AM, or at your leisure as a podcast

APC is one of the long time programs of 3CR Radio. APC is a unique program that brings you news from the labour and grassroot movements in the Asia Pacific region.

Asia Pacific Currents podcasts for May 2010

Programme 01.05.2010
Special one-hour May Day program.
Solidarity messages from Australia Asia Worker Links members.
Interview with Doris Lee, co-ordinator of the Asian Transnational Corporation Monitoring Network (ATNC).
Report from Pier Moro about the labour movement and May Day events in South Korea
Interview with Ammar Ali Jan, Youth Secretary of the Pakistani Labour Party.
File Download (57:15 min / 26 MB)

Programme 08.05.2010
May Day demonstration report backs from the region.
Interview with Kamal Tewary, President GRSE union, Kolkata India on organising new independent union
File Download (29:42 min / 14 MB)

Programme 15.05.2010
Labour news from the region including latest events in Thailand and execution of Iranian trade unionist.
Interview with Piergiorgio Moro, AAWL and ASU member, on the south Korean labour movement.
File Download (25:31 min / 12 MB)

Programme 22.05.2010
Labor news from Asia Pacific Region.
Interview with Margot Hoyte of the ACTU, about the International Observers Mission to oversee national elections in the Philippines.
File Download (29:27 min / 27 MB)

Programme 29.05.2010
Interview with Jenny Chan, from Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) in Hong Kong, about the spate of worker suicides at Chinese IT factory Foxconn. We’re sorry, we can’t podcast the live news report this week, because of technical problems.
File Download (18:02 min / 8 MB)



Refugees Are Welcome

World Refugee Day Rally & March
Sunday June 20, 12 Noon
A broad coalition of individuals and groups, under the unbrella of the "Refugee  Advocates Network", are organising a rally on World  Refugee Day, Sunday June 20 at the State Library, Swanston Street, City.

They will call on the government to reverse recent decisions to freeze processing of all claims by asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, and to re-open the notorious Curtin detention centre. More information here.

Protest March for Civil and Human Rights in Iran

Saturday, June 12, 2010, 4:00 pm
Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne (Marching to the State Library)

Workers Rights are Human Rights

Free Mansour Osanloo - Latest news here

AAWL public meeting

wednesday 7 july
Report from Iran
Iran Solidarity
6:30 pm - all welcome
trades hall, lygon street, carlton

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