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Support Ssangyong workers



Workers have been occupying the Ssangyong Pyeongtaek factory for 60 days in protest against mass sackings.

The company and government have responded by using violent police attacks, blockading the site and stopping food 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 Korean Metal Workers Union is asking all unionists for solidarity messages and solidarity actions.

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.

Send your solidarity message to:

Korean Metal Workers’ Union – KMWU

E-mail inter@metal.nodong.org

Korea General Strike - Support Ssangyong Motors workers



The KCTU announces that all affiliate unions will go on general strike as of 22nd July. This general strike is to condemn police operation aimed at clamping down the striking workers at Ssangyong Motors ... Read more

Our jobs are our lives - Defend Ssangyong workers

Stop police attacks against
Ssangyong Motors

The KCTU firmly condemns the police clamp-down on striking workers of Ssangyong Motors, which restarted in the morning of July 20th despite repetitious warnings from the KCTU, and strongly demands the immediate withdrawal of riot police from the Ssangyong Motor Pyeongtaek plant.

The KCTU also demands that the management of Ssangyong Motors immediately cancel all lay offs, which had eventually driven the wife of a unionist and mother of newborn baby to her death.

1700 Workers of Ssangyong in Korea have been in strike to defend their Jobs beginning in the 28th of may.  The plant is occupied by workers and their families.
On 27th of June, 3000 armed strikebreakers, supported by water guns and helicopters, tried to break the resistance.
After more than 24 hours, the company withdrew their strikebreakers.

Workers in Korea fight a very important struggle against the burden of the capitalist crisis.
They need our solidarity from all over the world.


Send your solidarity message to:

Korean Metal Workers’ Union – KMWU

5th Floor, Daeyoung Bld.
139 Youngdeungpo-2-ga
Seoul 150-982

Tel: (+82) 2 2670 9515

Fax: (+82) 2 714-0662

E-mail inter@metal.nodong.org

More information:
Background document on the dispute (pdf)

International Metalworkers Federation

Korean Metal Workers Union

Korean Council of Trade Unions


Click here to send your solidarity message


Permanent Jobs for Dismissed Temps at Unilever Pakistan

Settlement Secures Permanent Jobs
for Dismissed Temps at Unilever Pakistan Rahim Yar Khan

IUF logo.A settlement between the IUF and Unilever has secured the creation of new permanent positions for all the union-supported Action Committee members at the company's factory in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan.
With the support of the National Federation of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Workers, these workers had challenged, on the streets and in the courts, their precarious employment status and the brutal mass dismissals which resulted from this challenge in October 2007.

The Action Committee was formed to fight for their appointment as directly employed permanent workers with the right to join the union.


The Khanewal workers still face a long, hard struggle
Support them now: Click here to send a message to Unilever!

Global Day of Action for Iranian workers

free osanloo [free osanloo.jpg]World-wide protest demanding union rights for Iranian workers
Global Day of Action - Friday 26 June

The ITF, IUF and EI global union federations
have called a worldwide action day on June 26 to demand justice for Iranian workers.

Demonstrations will take place outside Iranian embassies and consulates across the globe to protest the ongoing denial of rights and arrests of trade unionists within the country.

Melbourne Rally:
Parliament station,
Corner Burke & Spring Street Melbourne
7:30am to 9am Friday 26 June
More information: Victor Moore, RTBU 0475 512 494

Canberra Rally:
outside the Iranian embassy
25 Culgoa Circuit O'Malley
12 noon Friday 26 June

Click here for campaign website

Community meeting for Workers on 457 Visas

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) is committed to helping all workers, including those here on 457 visa’s to ensure you have your rights at work.

The AMWU invites all workers employed on a 457 visa to attend this Melbourne meeting to find out about your rights.

SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2009 11 AMTO 12.30PM


For more information, phone Chris Spindler on 0425 784 819 or 9230 5700


Solidarity with workers in China

Come to this public meeting, which will discuss the current situation for workers in China and the links and campaigns that we can build together with them

Wednesday 1 July

6pm Evatt Room
Trades Hall

54 Victoria Street
Carlton South

free solidarity event - all welcome

Information: Christine Filiamundi 0431 730 809

Talk with US peace activist Judith LeBlanc

The international movement for Peace, Justice and Solidarity with Latin America:
Talk with US peace activist Judith LeBlanc


Sunday 5 July at 4pm
Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church

110 Grey Street, East Melbourne



Judith Le Blanc, a member of the indigenous Caddo Tribe from Oklahoma, is the National Organising coordinator of United for Peace and Justice. She is also the vice-chair of the Communist Party of the USA. She will  participate in the actions against the US/Australian Talisman Sabre military exercises.

In this special evening we will be discussing current campaigns against US government´s policy of permanent warfare, militarisation and empire-building, and the need to build an alternative based on peace and justice for the continent. Judith will also talk about the solidarity movement in the US.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided by donation

Confirmation and bookings preferred
For bookings & further details, please contact: Andrew 0419 523 886 or Lulu 0421 957 341 

Event organised by Peace and Justice for Colombia,
the Centre for Latin America Solidarity and Studies (CLASS)
and the Communist Party of Australia.


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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