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Free Liliany Obando - One Year in Prison

On 8 August 2009, it is one year since the Colombian police detained our comrade and friend Liliany Obando and charged her with two counts of rebellion and managing funds for a terrorist organization.

Liliany Obando was a representative of the Agricultural Workers Union Federation (FENSUAGRO).

Liliany is charged with rebellion. This is a common catch-all charge that is regularly used to imprison those who speak out against the government for long periods without trial. 'Rebellion' also allows the regime to smear those accused of it as being 'terrorists' and helps to delegitimise their work. Colombia has the highest rate of killings of union activists in the world.

We ask all unionists to demand that the Colombian government free Liliany Obando.

Send your protest messages to:

More information:

Peace & Justice for Colombia

Rally in solidarity with Ssangyong workers

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

tuesday 11 august 12:30pm
workers should not pay for the the economic crisis - protest rally:

Korea Trade Centre 468 St Kilda Road Melbourne

Ssangyong car workers had been on strike since 21 May.
They occupied their factory at Pyeongtaek in protest against mass sackings.
They have been 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 Manufactiring Workers Union are asking all unionists for continued solidarity.

Defend our unions. Stop police attacks, support union rights & meaningful negotiations.

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Solidarity with Ssangyong workers

Ssangyong workers are on strike.
They have occupied the factory at Pyeongtaek in protest against mass sackings.

The Korean Metal Workers Union is asking all unionists for solidarity messages and solidarity actions.

Solidarity actions taking place include:

Saturday 25 July - Korea: Demonstration of 10,000 workers marches to Pyeongtaek factory to deliver water to the striking KMWU and support the occupation. More...

Monday 27 July - China Hong Kong: HKCTU calls a protest action against Korean government suppression on Ssangyong Motors workers strike.
Rally starts at 2:15 at MTR Admiralty Station, going to the Consulate General of Korea.

Tuesday 28 July - San Francisco USA: Transport Workers Solidarity Committee calls a solidarity picket at Korean Consulate to defend Ssangyong auto workers, KTU public teachers & KNUM media workers. Picket starts 4pm at Korean Consulate, 3500 Clay & Laurel St, San Francisco. More...

The company and government have used serious violence against the workers, blockading the site and stopping food and water deliveries. The police even arrested doctors who are trying to provide medical assistance to injured workers.

The Korean Council of Trade Unions has called a general strike against the police attack on the striking workers.

The international labour movement demands that the Korean government call off riot police and water cannons immediately and to stop using violence to resolve industrial disputes.

March for a safer ambulance service


1pm Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts
Marching to the Premier’s Office, Spring Street.

Victorian Ambulance workers in dispute
They are fighting to improve their conditions.
They are fighting to save the ambulance service.

The problems: long delays in emergencies, dangerous paramedic fatigue and intensive care MICA service in meltdown.

Victorian ambos are campaigning for a better, safer ambulance service for you and your community.

The union has surveyed nearly 20 percent of Victorian ambos and found that 75% have made mistakes because of extreme fatigue. They’re averaging just 6 hours sleep each night and often less than that. We must fix this, or even more experienced ambos will leave the job. That will mean waiting even longer in emergencies. We want Ambulance Victoria to provide a first class service to all Victorians.

That’s why we urgently need to resolve our enterprise bargaining negotiations.

A key demand is for 10 hour rest-breaks between shifts.
That will allow us to rest properly between shifts, which are often more than 14 hours long.

Support this campaign...

Support sacked meatworkers on temporary visas

Five AMIEU members at an abattoir at Narrikup, Western Australia, were allegedly made “redundant”.

These members were very active within the Union leadership group and have been vocal about legitimate grievances about wages and conditions at Fletcher International.

Fletchers International have been sanctioned by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for breaches of their obligations as sponsors of 457 visa workers.

The Meat Workers Union and its members are being systematically targeted by Fletchers.

These workers and their families in the Philippines have no current income, can access no welfare or unemployment benefits and do not have access to Medicare health benefits. The current conditions on their visas do not permit them to work elsewhere.

The AMIEU is asking for solidarity and financial support for these workers. More...

Nestlé: Major violations of basic union rights around the world

For growing numbers of Nestlé workers around the world, it's "Good Food - Good Life - Goodbye to Union Rights in the Workplace". The IUF and its affiliates are currently fighting against major violations of basic rights at Nestlé in Indonesia, India, Korea and Hong Kong. Support our Struggle! Stop Nespressure!

For the past two years at Nestlé INDONESIA, the union has been requesting negotiations for badly needed changes to the collective agreement. Management has responded by creating a fake union and pressuring workers to join it.

Support striking Hazelwood Power workers

Rally in support of striking Hazelwood workers

Friday 31 July 12 noon
International Power, Rialto Tower
525 Collins Street Melbourne

Emergency Services Officers at Morwell's Hazelwood power station have been striking for almost 4 months, demanding better pay and conditions on par with their follow workers at Yallourn and Loy Yang power plants, increased numbers and proper safety training.

Emergency Services Officers take on responsibilities in situations of fires, leakages, equipment failures and all other safety risks in the mine and the power plant. Yet their base rate of pay is just $19.32 per hour, only slightly above minimum wage.

Information: Dave 0412 484 094

Philippines - Economy in crisis, Workers in struggle

The next AAWL public meeting will be on:

Wednesday 5 August 2009 at 6 pm - Trades Hall, Corner Lygon & Victoria St Carlton South

This is a solidarity meeting to hear reports about the situation in the Philippines, discuss proposals and build our campaigns in support of workers' rights.

Christine 0431 730 809

All welcome

Hiroshima Day Rally on Saturday 8 August

Hiroshima Day Rally on Saturday 8 August, 1pm State Library, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia.

Steven Starr, a visiting scientist from the US will be joined by Dave Sweeney of the ACF and Felicity Hill from WILPF on the speakers' platform. 

Defend our right to Health & Safety at work

All Unions' Delegates and OHS Reps Rally
10 am Wednesday 19 August
Storey Hall Auditorium RMIT University
Level 5, 342 Swanston Street Melbourne

OHS Laws - Not Good Enough!
10 am Tuesday 1 September
Trades Hall, Lygon Street Carlton

The campaign to achieve better outcomes on OHS laws continues

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

Click here to read more on the OHS Reps site

Click here to read more on VTHC website

Click here to read more on the ACTU website 

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