aawl mini-news


Sunday 5 – Sunday 12 July
This year’s theme is 'Honouring Our Elders, Nurturing Our Youth'. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee. It is held every year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.




Friday 10 July at 11 am
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson Street Fitzroy
March to Federation Square

Information Sarah Bamblett, Aborigines Advancement League 03 9480 7777 or NAIDOC website

Australia and the Pacific Islands Forum

Australia and the Pacific Islands Forum
Wednesday 8 July at 6:30 pm

For the first time in 15 years, Australia will host the Pacific Islands Forum in 2009, with regional leaders meeting in Cairns in the first week of August.

Journalist Nic Maclellan will discuss how Pacific workers and indigenous communities are responding to the Rudd government’s policies on climate change, regional free trade, labour mobility and the political crisis in Fiji. 


New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, corner Victoria and Lygon Streets, Carlton

(enter from Victoria Street and go downstairs to bookshop)


Entry: $5 / $2 concession.

Information: Seb 0410 829 178



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Urgent Action Nestlé Indonesia

Two Years and Nescafé Workers Still Waiting for the Right to Negotiate Wages!


Since 2007, the union at Nestlé's Nescafé factory in Panjang, Indonesia has been struggling to negotiate two basic improvements to their contract.
Rather than negotiate, Nestlé has attempted to undermine the union's legitimacy by intimidating members and leaders, attempting to establish a rival organization and pressuring workers to join it.

You can support them by sending a message to Nestlé, the world's largest food company,
telling it to stop pressuring and start

The situation at Nestlé Panjang is not unique. For growing numbers of Nestlé workers around the world, it's "Good Food - Good Life - Goodbye to Union Rights in the Workplace". To learn more about Nestlé, Nespressure and the fight back, click here


AAWL Planning Day

A meeting and workshop for AAWL members and affiliates
to discuss our strategies for ...

Building international solidarity

Developing campaigns

Campaigns inside the unions

International information & communication

International labour movement structures

Saturday 20 June 11 am to 3 pm
Fitzroy Library128 Moor Street, Fitzroy

Information: Christine Filiamundi 0431 730 809

Indonesia: Money politics vs people's democracy

ZELY ARIANE is the national spokesperson of Political Committee of the Poor, a revolutionary socialist group that organises workers, women, farmers, urban poor and students.

Zely, who is visiting Australia this month from Jakata, will speak on what the Indonesian April parliamentary and July presidential elections reveal about her country's "march to democracy". She will also discuss the challenges facing Indonesia's fractured left in fighting for a "people's democracy" -- one that can meet the needs of its workers and peasants.

Zely is active in the Jakarta based trade union SOLIDARITY ALLIANCE FOR LABOUR STRUGGLE.
She is a leader of the Women's Liberation group Perempuan Mahardika.

Thursday 18 June, 6:30 pm
New International Bookshop
Trades Hall, Corner of Victoria and Lygon Streets Carlton

Celebrate 50 years of the Cuban Revolution

The  Centre for Latin America Solidarity and Studies (CLASS) invites you to
celebrate 50 years of Revolutionary Cuba and its achievements in social
justice, education, health and environment.

Saturday June 20th from 6:30pm

A night of celebration and entertainment

Featuring report-back from workers solidarity May Day brigade to Cuba

Hall of the Maritime Union of Victoria
46 Ireland St., West Melbourne
near North Melbourne Train station)
(Melway 2A F12)

Entry $5.00 donation


Supporters of Aboriginal rights in Melbourne will be marking the two-year anniversary of the Northern Territory intervention with a solidarity rally in the CBD, followed by a public meeting at Trades Hall.

The events will feature live music and a range of speakers, including a woman from the Alice Springs town camps. Nathan Lovett-Murray, founder of Payback Records, has organized local Indigenous hip hop artists to perform at the rally.

The Solidarity Rally: Saturday 20th June at 12pm
State Library
Swanston & LaTrobe Streets Melbourne

The public meeting: Saturday 20th June at 3pm
Meeting Room 1 at Trades Hall
Victoria & Lygon Streets Carlton


Adding Insecurity to Life

Dutch Unions Challenge Unilever Shareholders
on Repressive Employment Practices Behind Corporate Social Responsibility Spin

Posted to the IUF website 18-May-2009

The Dutch national center FNV and the IUF-affiliated FNV Bondgenoten turned out in force for Unilever's May 14 annual shareholder meeting in Rotterdam, highlighting the squalid social practices behind the company's well-polished "corporate social responsibility" public relations spin.

Unilever workers and support groups were massed at the two meeting entrances, handing out campaign material in support of the IUF's Unilever Pakistan campaign and the newly published "Erratum - Adding Insecurity to Life", an 'alternative annual report' contrasting Unilever practices with the empty claims of the slick company report and massive advertising. Published with the support of the FNV/ Bondgenoten, the UK TUC and Unite and the India Committee of the Netherlands, "Erratum" (click here) makes extensive use of published IUF materials on the systemic abuse of casual labour and union busting in Pakistan but also reports on social conditions on Indian tea plantations supplying to Unilever as well as the company's environmental devastation and mercury poisoning at the site of its former thermometer factory in Kodiakanal, India, among other issues.

Public Meeting On Human Rights and Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

People for Human Rights and Equality (PHRE) and Darebin Ethnic Communities Council (DECC)
invite you to a Public Meeting On Human Rights and Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

And in remembrance of Lasantha Wickrematunge
Editor, Sunday Leader & Winner, UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2009,
brutally assassinated in January 2009

Saturday 06 June 2009 at 3.30 pm for 4.00 pm start

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