AAWL: bollettino 3 marzo

AAWL moving forward in 2013

Published 3 March 2013

You are invited to the AAWL Annual General Meeting: Moving Forward

Wednesday 6 March at 6pm

Evatt room Trades Hall Lygon Street Carlton

Featured speakers on global industrial campaigns and solidarity with workers in Fiji and Kanaki

All AAWL members and affiliates are welcome. You can join or renew your membership at the door

Download leaflet here

Download AAWL Activities Report for 2012 here

Fight for women’s rights – International Women’s Day 2013

Published 3 March 2013

Violence against women has been in the international spotlight for the last year amid greater publicity of cases of women being raped and murdered. Many events and rallies have been held calling for the end of violence against women. International Women’s Day (IWD) was the original day demanding equality for women. The first IWD was held in 1909. It is marked by events all around the world, click here and here. In Melbourne, there will be a union event at Trades Hall and a rally and march.
ACTU & VTHC event: Friday 8 March at 10am
Trades Hall Lygon Street Carlton
Rally: Saturday 9 March at 1pm
State Library, Swanston Street Melbourne

For more information, click here.

Iraqi oil workers protests against corruption and low pay

Published 3 March 2013

The invasion of Iraq in 2003 led to massive destruction in that country and the destruction of the trade union movement. Workers have been rebuilding their organisations amid continuing economic crisis, repression and governmental corruption at all levels. A number of demonstrations have been held by Iraqi trade unions in the last few weeks. The workers have produced a set of demands for improving their pay and conditions as well as releasing an open letter regarding the aftermath of the war in Iraq.

Cambodian garment workers win $200,000 back pay from Walmart

Published 3 March 2013

The garment sector in Cambodia has seen a number of disputes recently, see here, here and here. In an ongoing case, a group of around 700 workers, formerly employed by Kingsland, a supplier to Walmart, have blockaded the factory to make sure that no machinery is taken out until their entitlements are paid out. They are also using ‘flying pickets’ to block roads. They are now going to start a protest hunger strike while Walmart employees in Illinois are going to stage a solidarity demonstration. On Friday 1 of March, at a meeting with workers in Phnom Penh, Walmart agreed to pay the workers’ entitlements.

New Indian union shows the way in organising precarious workers

Published 3 March 2013

As in many other parts of the world, the Indian coal mining industry has seen a massive drop in the number of permanent employees. These workers are replaced by casual/contract workers in an offensive by employers to cut costs and increase profits. The Indian National Mineworkers’ Federation has worked hard to organise about 70,000 of these precarious workers, achieving better pay and conditions for them.

Protest in Pakistan over brick kiln bonded labourers

Published 3 March 2013

It is estimated that around 3.2 million labourers work at 27, 000 kilns in Pakistan and that 1.1 million of these workers are children. The conditions at work are often highly dangerous with wages less than two thirds of the legal minimum wage. This forces many workers into debt, a debt that is passed from one generation to the next, effectively creating slavery like conditions. The Insan Dost Association (IDA) has held a series of protests, continuing into 2013, calling for better wages, social security and an end to bondage for workers in the kiln brick sector.

Japanese decontamination workers protest against their conditions

Published 3 March 2013

Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, it is becoming obvious that the Japanese government is putting workers’ lives at risk by trying to cut costs for the clean up operation.

It has emerged that the clean up is being handled by a series of sub-contracting firms, each of which try to make a profit by minimising costs.

Invitation to the International Solidarity Affairs, Philippines

Published 3 March 2013

The Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) trade union centre is inviting trade unionists from all around the world to their 29th International Solidarity Affair (ISA).

This solidarity tour will run between April 24 and May 2, 2013, and will consist of an exposure program to the mining and for-export plantation communities in Southern Mindanao, in the south of Philippines. Guests will also participate in May Day activities in Manila.

Click here for more details and registration.

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