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Defend our unions - Support Ssangyong workers

Wednesday 2 September 09 at 6 pm - Trades Hall, Lygon Street Carlton

Public meeting all welcome - Download colour leaflet - Download b&w leaflet

stop police attacks - release arrested unionists -  defend union rights - no more sackings

11 august 09 - melbourne unionists rally in defense of ssangyong workers - korea trade centre

Ssangyong car workers went on strike on 21 May.
They occupied their factory at Pyeongtaek in protest against mass sackings.
They were repeatedly violently attacked by the police.

On 6 August agreement was reached between Ssangyong Motors management and the KMWU Ssangyong Motors Branch.
The 77-day sit-in strike has ended.
Click here for the contents of the agreement.

However the strike ended after repeated extremely violent police and company security guard attacks. Many unionists are in hospital. Many are in jail and more are facing charges. The Korean Metal Workers Union, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, the International Metalworkers Federation and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union are asking all unionists for continued solidarity.

Come to this meeting to hear about the dispute, support the campaign to free jailed unionists and help to develop our strategy for international industrial action and solidarity against capitalist attacks.

More information about the public meeting: Christine Filiamundi 0431 730 809

More information on dispute details: Korean Confederation of Trade Unions

More information on solidarity actions: International Metalworkers Federation

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Victorian paramedics win agreement

After 15 months of campaigning for decent rest breaks and a safer ambulance service, paramedics have won an eleventh hour agreement with the Victorian Government.  The government finally agreed to 10-hour rest breaks.

Ambulance Employees Australia State Secretary Steve McGhie said paramedics are delighted to have won decent rest breaks and fairer wages in the new three year agreement.

“This is not just a win for paramedic safety, this is a win for the safety of all Victorians. The Victorian public knows how important this issue is, and we thank them for their overwhelming support throughout the campaign. Their support has been vital in winning this agreement.”  

Toyota Global Campaign

In September 2006 an Anti-Toyota Global Campaign was first launched under the initiative of the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) with participation from 45 countries across the world. The campaign demanded the start of collective bargaining negotiations and the reinstatement of 233 illegally dismissed workers. Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation had been refusing to enter into collective bargaining since 2000 and had dismissed the 233 workers in 2001.

Since this initial campaign an Anti-Toyota Global Campaign calling for worldwide participation has been launched in September every year . This year the fourth anti-Toyota Global Campaign will start on for the fifteenth of September and run for ten days.

The Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA) and the Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan are calling for protest actions against Toyota all over the world and for organisations and individuals to sign a joint protest letter.

Remembering Ka Fort - Solidarity with Nestle Workers in the Philippines

"Continue our struggle until we acheive the elusive justice that rightfully belongs to the workers.
The blood shed by our departed comrades will never be wasted, not one drop."


Diosdado "Ka Fort" Fortuna 1954-2005


On 22 September 2005, the president of the Union of Filipro Employees Drug, Food & Allied Industries (UFE-DFA-KMU) in Cabuyao, Laguna, Diosdado "Ka Fort" Fortuna, was shot dead in Southern Tagalog. He was killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen on his way home.  Nestle workers had been on strike since 14 January 2002, over a deadlock in the collective bargaining agreement. The Nestle management was and continues to refuse to include the retirement benefits of the workers in the Agreement, despite rulings of the Supreme Court in favour of the workers.

Ka Fort manned the Nestle picketlines since their strike started in January 2002. He consistently advocated workers' rights and welfare by actively serving the union and progressive people's movement in Southern Tagalog, despite dangerous conditions and threats on his life.

In the Philippines, workers are commemorating the 4th anniversary of the death of Ka Fort, and continuing the struggle of Philippines Nestle Workers.

Tuesday 22 September at 7pm
Nestle Philippines Cabuyao Factory
Cabuyao, Philippines

Release KGS-Migrante Leaders!

Eighteen Migrante Saudi Arabia (KGS-Migrante) leaders were arrested in one of their safehouses in Riyadh on 14 August 2009.  

The Migrante safehouses are designed to house and support overseas Filipino workers in distress in Saudi Arabia who have run away from their employers.  On the afternoon of the arrests, Migrante staff were interviewing overseas workers and documenting the human rights abuses experienced by them at the hands of their employers.

The Philippines' largest national export is workers, and since the Global Economic Crisis, the number of workers leaving the Philippines to find work abroad has increased.  The Middle East is a major destination for Filipino workers.

Migrante is the largest organisation advocating for the rights of Filipinos working abroad.

Release the KGS-Migrante Leaders!
Defend Migrant Rights!

More information: www.kilusangmayouno.org

Global day of Action for Honduran People

Rally on Saturday August 15, 1pm at Federation Square, Melbourne

Everyone welcome, bring your greetings, flags, banners, music instruments and everything needed to express our support and solidarity with the Honduran popular resistance against the recent military coup.

Call initiated by the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET)

Defend Our Right To Health & Safety At Work

The Victorian Trades Hall Council Executive has called the following two events:

All Unions Delegates and OHS Reps Rally
10am,  Wednesday 19 August 09
Storey Hall Auditorium (RMIT:  Level 5; 336-342 Swanston St,  Melbourne)

OHS National Model Laws
Not Good Enough!
All Affiliates Rally

10am, Tuesday, 1 September 09
Trades Hall, Lygon Street, Carlton

All Health & Safety representatives, job delegates and rank and file members need to mobilise and support these events.

The campaign to achieve better outcomes on OHS laws continues. 
To read more click here.

Queries:  Margot Hoyte, OHS Campaigns Officer mhoyte@vthc.org.au, 9659 3570.

Latin America Solidarity Conference 2009


The conference will feature guest speakers from Latin America, and will facilitate the sharing of
information, experiences and ideas about:

• The Bolivarian revolution and socialism of the 21st century
• Militarisation and resistance movements in Latin America
• Experiences in participatory democracy and workers’ control
• Advances for democracy in Central America
• Models of ecological sustainability and repair in Latin America
• Indigenous peoples’ struggles for justice and self-determination
• Building solidarity in Australia and internationally

Unilever Pakistan Punishes Rights Activists

Shahid Mahmood has worked 13 years as an outsourced casual worker at Khanewal. His pay was cut 30% when he joined the union Action Committee to fight for his rights.

"“I’m a fitter. I’ve worked at the Unilever Khanewal factory for 13 years. Before I joined the action committee I was paid 326 Rupees per day. After I joined the committee and filed a legal case my wage was lowered to 232 Rupees, the minimum wage for an unskilled worker. Other fitters who didn’t join the Action Committee are still getting 326 Rupees.”

Since the Lipton Khanewal workers formed their Action Committee to fight for their rights, members have been denied work, demoted and pushed into even deeper poverty in an attempt to break their resistance. At the same time, some 100 new contract workers - with no experience, skills, or seniority (over 20% of the workforce) have been taken on in the midst of what the company contends is a production downturn… but is clearly a show of force to weaken the Action Committee and the IUF.

Stop discrimination and reprisals against the Khanewal Action Committee workers - click here to send a message to Unilever!

Tell corporate management to stop retaliating and start negotiating!. The Lipton Khanewal casual workers fighting for justice through their Action Committee must be given permanent, direct employment status.


Support Triumph workers in the Philippines

On 29 June Triumph International global management declared the closure of Triumph International Philippines and Star Performance Incorporated as part of their global restructuring program. As a result, more than 1,660 workers were retrenched in these two production centers in the Philippines.

Defend Job Philippines and the workers of Triumph International Philippines organised in the Bagong Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawa sa Triumph International (New Union of Workers of Triumph International Philippines), strongly denounce and resist the injustice that was committed by Triumph International.

We appeal all unionists to support the fight of the Triumph workers in the Philippines and to our fellow Triumph workers in other parts of the globe.

The workers of Triumph International Philippines and joint appeal of Triumph workers Philippines and Thailand have published an Urgent Appeal asking for your solidarity.

Downoad the appeal           Read the joint Philippines / Thai union statement          More information

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