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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

Union tour of the Northern Territory against the intervention


Starting 15 June in Central Australia

Visiting key organisations, town camps and communities

Finishing in Darwin, visiting town camps and meeting with Yolngu leaders, community members and groups.


18-19 JUNE


Discussions and workshops on key issues.


Dr. Binayak Sen released !

A Step towards achieving the Right to Democratic Dissent

The Supreme Court granted bail to Dr. Binayak Sen on 25 May 2009.

Binayak was arrested by the government of Chhattisgarh on the 14 May 2007 and
charged under sections of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act
(CSPSA), 2005, as well as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA),
1967, and sections of the Indian Penal Code for his alleged links with Maoists.

His release has been a victory for all the human and democratic rights organizations
and other people’s movements that have been consistently struggling and
demanding for his release.

The two year long campaign for the release of Dr. Sen has shown the enormity
of the capacity required of social and political forces in order to defend human
rights of activists in areas of strife and armed conflict.

This struggle had also witnessed the much needed consolidation of a large
number of democratic and human rights organizations, people’s movements,
trade unions, social, political and cultural activists and individuals on a single
platform to not only demand Dr. Sen’s release but also to demand for the repeal
of anti-terror laws such as the CSPSA,UAPA.

Binayak’s arrest was symptomatic of larger efforts by the state to curb all forms of democratic

Nowhere is this fact clearer than in the mineral rich belt of Central India, where the process
of displacement for ‘industrialisation’ has been particularly violent and antidemocratic.

Stop State Repression of Human Rights Defenders

New Trade Union Initiative
B-137 Dayanand Colony, First Floor,
Lajpatnagar Part IV, New Delhi 110024 India
Tel: 91-11-26214538
Fax: 91-11- 26486931
E-Mail: ntui@vsnl.net

Read more on the campaign in support of Dr. Binayak Sen

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