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Mexican Electrical Workers Union - International Solidarity

In the middle of the night Saturday 10th October, President Felipe Calderon sent six thousand soldiers and militarized Federal Police to take over state power company Luz y Fuerza installations in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Puebla, Morelos, and Hidalgo.  Immediately following the takeover, Calderon issued an executive order closing Luz y Fuerza.

The Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) has asked for international solidarity in resisting the government liquidation of their company, the termination of the workers, and thus the destruction of the union.

Report: International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions
Report: Military, Federal Police Bust Mexican Electrical Workers Union

To protest this action, you can write to President Felipe Calderón at felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx. You can copy your protest email to sinmexel@sme.org.mx. You may send the following letter, based on the Mexican Electrical Workers Union demands, making modifications as you see fit.

Resistance to invasion: protest against the NT intervention

Protest March against the NT intervention
Friday 16 October at 10 am
184 Gertrude Street Fitzroy
March to Parliament



Protest against the NT intervention
Public meeting

Friday 16 Oct at 6 pm
Melbourne Youth Sport and Recreation Centre

184 Gertrude Street Fitzroy

Speakers include:

Richard Downs - Spokesperson for the Alyawarr people, who have walked off their community at Ampilatwatja against the NT Intervention and established a protest camp outside the boundaries of the "Prescribed Area"
Click here for more information on the Ampilatwatja walk off

Harry Nelson Senior Warlpiri elder - His community of Yuendumu has also been at the forefront of resistance to the Intervention, holding off the Income Management system for many months in 2008 and now refusing to sign long-term leases demanded by the government

Robbie Thorpe - Victorian Indigenous activist

Organised by BRAG Black Rights Action Group
More information: Marisol 0413 597 315 or Joe 0434 127 661

Australian Unions demand justice for Lipton workers in Pakistan

Unions NSW (the organisation representing trade unions in the state of New South Wales) led a protest on 1 October at the Australasian headquarters of Unilever in Sydney in support of the casual Lipton workers in Pakistan.

Members from fraternal unions - the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and IUF affiliates the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and the Australian Workers Union (AWU) - joined the protest.

Read more at the IUF Asian Food Worker website.

For more on the global Lipton campaign click here.

Asian Workers Organising - September 2009

Precarious Work Affects Us All

International Metalworkers' Federation global campaign
3 October to 10 October

Globalisation is not just about how things are made, bought and sold. It's also about people. Transnational companies want cheap and flexible workers. So they have shifted from secure to insecure employment - making all jobs more "precarious".

Precarious work is bad for all workers. It creates cut-price labour that drives down wages for all. It increases the gap between the rich and poor and amplifies the unfair practices that already disadvantage women, young and migrant workers.

Good jobs are what trade unions bargain for. Around the world, unions are mobilising, organising and bargaining for better, more secure work. That means challenging the legal and political ruses that allow precarious work to flourish. It means mobilising globally and taking union action against precarious work.

Read more at the International Metalworkers' Federation ...  

Asia Floor Wage Campaign Launched

The Asia Floor Wage (AFW) Campaign, launched October 7, is calling upon companies sourcing garment production in Asia to implement an Asia Floor Wage.

Currently the poverty wages garment workers earn do not cover basic needs and fall far short of a living wage. The AFW, calculated using the World Bank’s Purchasing Power Parity, puts forth a wage that would allow workers to purchase the same set of goods and services across key garment-producing countries in Asia.

Read more on Asian Floor Wage
Read the statement of the Asian Floor Wage Alliance

Refugee Camp In Your City


3 to 15 October
Médecins Sans Frontières

Treasury Gardens, Melbourne
9 am to 5 pm

Refugee Camp In Your City is a 1000 square-metre replica camp will give people the chance to walk into a camp site modelled on refugee camps in countries such as Chad and Sudan.

Experienced field staff will be on-hand to lead the guided tours and tell their stories about camp life - discussing a range of issues affecting refugees, such as malnutrition, disease and women’s health.

The camp will also offer information about Medecins Sans Frontieres – an international medical humanitarian organisation that assists victims of armed conflict, epidemics and natural disasters.

Staff will be available to talk to people interested in working for Medecins Sans Frontieres at an information night held in Melbourne on Thursday 15 October.

Click here for more details.

End the War on Afghanistan

End the War
on Afghanistan

Rally 12 noon
Saturday 10 October

City Square
Swanston & Collins Streets




Followed by a march to the Victoria Army Barracks where photos of the real victims of the war on Afghanistan will be displayed.


Bring the troops home!

*Refugee status for asylum seekers fleeing the war
*Genuine civilian based reconstruction aid
*Fund independent women's rights groups in Afghanistan

World Day for Decent Work

World Day for Decent Work
7 October 2009

ITUC global day of action

The economic crisis threatens the jobs and futures of people everywhere.

Decades of deregulation, and the greed and excess of a tiny minority, have pushed the world into the deepest recession since the 1930s.

Decent work must be at the centre of government actions to bring back economic growth and build a new global economy that puts people first.

Read more at WDDW site ...

AAWL Public Meeting 7 October 2009

Report on target companies:
Toyota, Nestlé, Posco, Unilever

Wednesday 7 October 6 pm in the Evatt Room
Trades Hall, Lygon Street, Carlton South, Victoria, Australia

Download leaflet

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