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Sri Lanka: The War is not Over

Sri Lanka:
The War is not Over

The Sri Lankan government is reporting that the war in Sri Lanka is over because of the massacre and slaughter of the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

But the slaughter and massacres continue.
And the question of Tamil rights is unresolved.

Come to this public meeting, which will discuss the current situation in Sri Lanka, solidarity with Sri Lankan workers and what next in the struggle for Tamil rights.

Wednesday 3 June 2009

6pm Evatt Room Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street Carlton South

free solidarity event - all welcome

More Information: Jiselle Hanna 0411 054 859


Support Korean construction workers

For some years the Korean government has tried to smash KFCITU-KCTU, the main Korean Construction union.

Most of their officials were jailed, some for months or years, for supporting illegal industrial action.

Now most of the union officials are free, but there is still much repression against construction workers in Korea. As we write this 13 KFCITU members are in jail for taking part in rallies against the Korean government.

The KFCITU is now involved in an important dispute, organising contractors. This has been opposed by the Korean government.

Construction dump truck drivers and ready-mix concrete drivers have joined the KFCITU. Construction companies and the Korean government have said this is illegal because the drivers are nominally self-employed and are not allowed to join a union and bargain collectively.

But actually the drivers are contractors. They have to paint their trucks in company colours, and must work according to company rates and at company times.

We must support the right of all construction workers to join unions.
We must defend the right of the KFCITU to organise without legal penalty or harassment.

Korean workers have a long and proud history of labour movement organising and international solidarity. Today they need our help.

The Korean Federation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) are supporting this campaign and ask for your solidarity.

 The Korean drivers struggle is an important fight against the capitalist companies' attempt to de-unionise industries. All workers must have the right to join unions. The struggle of the KFCITU is important for all Korean workers and for all workers in the Asia Pacific region.

Support construction workers in Korea.
Release the jailed KFCITU members.
Defend the right to organise.

Send you solidarity messages to:

Yoo Ki Soo, Education & Policy Officer, KFCITU - cosatu@hanmail.net

Sin Seung Chul, General Secretary, KCTU - shinsc1@hanmail.net

Anita Normark, General Secretary, BWI - anita.normark@bwint.org

More information:
KFCITU - kfcitu.org
KCTU - kctu.org
BWI - bwint.org

Fight to Win - public meeting on target companies

fight to win
public meeting

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The economy is collapsing and the world is in danger. Capitalists are not going to save us. They only care about profits.

We need an economy and a society that is organised to fulfill peoples’ needs.

Only workers have the interest and the social power to make this happen.
But we need a plan of action to achieve this. If we simply react to capitalist “solutions” we face another Great Depression. And maybe another world war.

We don’t have a lot of time to organise.

Many industries are about to be closed. If they are closed millions more workers will be unemployed. But in many cases workers in these industries are organised in militant genuine unions.

Some industries are polluting, exploitative and alienating. But they don’t need to be. It depends on who makes the decisions, who has ownership and control.

For example the factories that produce petrol cars could produce buses or trains and other public transport. We need these factories. We need to decide what is produced and how it is distributed.

Some of the industries about to be closed are owned by large international companies. But the workers in these companies are organised.

We need to coordinate our solidarity. We have to make each dispute part of a global strategy to win.
We need to do this soon. Before the factories close.

wednesday 6 may 09
6pm Trades Hall, Lygon St Carlton South


Melbourne May Day Events 2009

Tuesday 28 April 2009

International Workers Memorial Day Rally
Rally 10 am, Trades Hall, Cnr. Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South
More information here

May Day Film Night
Democritus Workers League, 583 High Street Northcote
Information: Marisol 0413 569 315

Thursday 30 April 2009

Wreath Laying Ceremony
5pm at the 8 Hour Memorial opposite Trades Hall to commemorate workers' struggles.
Cnr. Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South

Multi-Cultural Evening and Entertainment
7pm at Trades Hall Cnr. Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South.
Speakers, cultural items, smorgasboard. $5 entry. Information: Andrew 0419 523 886

Friday 1 May 2009

Commemorative picnic.
12 noon at the 8-hour day monument on the coner of Victoria and Lygon Streets in Carlton
Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation Melbourne. Information: 0404 105 403

May Day Global Day of Action Solidarity Rally
5:30 State Library, Swanston Street, Melbourne. We must oppose and defeat capitalism. No sackings. No wage cuts. No unsafe work. No workplace closures. Guaranteed pensions and social security. No disconnections. No evictions. No repossessions.
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Tribute and Celebration of Immigrant Rights to work and a normal life in USA
7pm Che plaque in Trades Hall, 7:30 Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall Corner Lygon and Victoria streets, Carlton South
Stop Latin American deportations from USA. Work and dignified life for all immigrants in USA

Public meeting to discuss May Day
7pm followed by a social event at the Melbourne Anarchist Resource Centre 62 St. Georges Rd. Northcote.
Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation Melbourne. Information: 0404 105 403

Saturday 2 May 2009

Salt of the Earth - Film Screening and Celebration
6:30 pm Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
An inspirational movie classic with lessons for tough times, followed by May Day celebration

Sunday 3 May 2009

May Day March, Concert and Family Activities
12 noon Trades Hall, Cnr. Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South.
May Day Concert after the march.

Pete Seeger birthday celebration
5pm Unitarian Church, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne

Burmese military regime arrests trade union members

FTUB unlawfully detained, likely tortured

On April 1, 2009, five members of the Federation Trade Unions Burma (FTUB) were arrested in their homes in Rangoon after returning from border areas where they had participated as delegates in the 1st National Congress of FTUB.  The five members are likely being held in interrogation centers in the Rangoon area where it is believed they are being tortured.  These FTUB members have served as non-violent advocates and campaigners for workers’ rights and the improvement of wages and working conditions for workers inside Burma.  While the charges on which they were arrested have not been announced, the FTUB strongly condemns these unlawful arrests.

Paying the Price for the Economic Crisis

New research by Oxfam International uncovers a hidden aspect of the global economic crisis – its impact on women workers in developing countries. Preliminary findings from Oxfam’s research with women in global supply chains shows that the crisis is having a devastating impact on their livelihoods, their rights, and their families. Women are often first to be laid off, with employers leaving pay outstanding and evading legal obligations to give notice and pay compensation, and governments turning a blind eye, with devastating knock-on effects. Last year, women’s wages were putting food on the table and children through school in millions of families. Now, the lives of women who were already suffering from poor labour conditions have become even more precarious.

Read the discussion paper here.

May Day Film Screening and Celebration

Salt of the Earth: An inspirational movie classic with lessons for tough times
Saturday 2 May, 6:30 pm Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick

This film tells the story of the Empire Zinc mine strike — one of the most dramatic international union struggles of the McCarthy years. The strike, by Mexican-American miners, started over wages and conditions that were clearly discriminatory compared to Anglo miners in New Mexico.  Radical leadership, multi-racial solidarity and the power of women who broke with traditional sex roles were key to the victory of the strike. Two years after the hard fought 17-month battle ended, the story was brought to life in Salt of the Earth, an extraordinary feature film that unforgettably portrays the racism against the miners, the picket line battles and the dynamic leadership of the women. It was made by an independent company of blacklisted Hollywood filmmakers and actors who worked in conjunction with the mineworkers’ union. Denounced as subversive, its makers were harassed and the lead actor — Rosaura Revueltas — was deported to Mexico. Cinemas across the country banned Salt of the Earth. Despite this, the film became an underground classic embraced by the Women’s Liberation movement and chosen by The Library of Congress as one of the 100 American films to be preserved for posterity.

Greetings to Yao Fuxin, a workers' delegate, free at last!

The “International commission of inquiry of the democratic and labour movement against repression in China” greets Yao Fuxin, workers' delegate who was discharged from Lingyuan Prison N° 2 (Liaoning province) on March 16th, 2009, after staying the full duration of the prison term he had been disgracefully sentenced to: a 7 year prison sentence! Medias report that when he walked out of the prison building, Yao Fuxin  declared: “I did not do anything wrong. I merely acted in line with my rights just as they are enshrined in the Constitution. What did I do wrong as a citizen? It was worth it and I have no regrets. I simply protected the interests of the country and those of the people, the legal rights and interests of workers. That was my responsibility, otherwise who would have done it?”

Thai Red U.K. Condemns the arrest of Redshirt Leaders

No to the State of Emergency! No to the Military Crack-down!
Return Thailand to Democracy Now !

Giles Ji Ungpakorn and Watana Ebbage, on behalf of Thai Red U.K.

Thai Red U.K., the association of Redshirts in Britain, condemns the declaration of a State of Emergency by the illegitimate government of Abhisit Vejjajiva. We condemn the Military’s use of tanks and live ammunition against protestors. We say no to another coup. We also condemn the arrest of Redshirt leaders and demand that all of them be released. We are concerned by the creation, by pro-government politicians, such as Newin Chitchorp, of armed Blueshirted thugs, who have attacked pro-democracy demonstrators. The government should resign immediately to allow genuine democratic elections to be held as a matter of urgency. This would be a first step in allowing for a peaceful resolution of the long-running crisis.

International Workers Memorial Day 2009

International Workers Memorial Day Rally
Rally 10 am, Trades Hall, Lygon St Carlton South

Eleven Victorian workers have already died at work in 2009.   It is expected that many more workers will be injured or made ill from their work before this year is through.  

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic "accidents". They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those workers.

Worker’s Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day. The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight like hell for the living”.

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