Estimates of up to two million pro democracy protesters gathering in Tahrir Square in Cairo Egypt in a "Day of Departure" protest demanding Hosni Mubarak step down from office immediately. Millions more gathered in cities and towns around Egypt. In Melbourne, a smaller number, about 500 people, gathered outside the State Library where protesters heard from a number of speakers including Kevin Bracken, President of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, Greens MP Colleen Hartland, and speakers from the muslim and egyptian communities.
Maritime Union of Australia members in Patrick Stevedoring facilities at Fremantle, Albany, Melbourne's Webb Dock, and Geelong have voted overwhelmingly to take protected action after a secret ballot conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.
Wharfies in Fremantle took industrial action on the 27th December, with workers in Albany to follow on December 30. Webb Dock and Geelong have not yet provided notice when they are taking action.
From our correspondent in Paris -- http://www.internationalist.org/
Something New – High School and College Students Protest the Pension “Reform” – Why?
French Students Mobilize: “Sarkozy, You’re Screwed, The Youth Are In the Streets!”
NAFITU and YFOTU Press Release for Approaching ABAC Action on 517
People Before Profit！ Don’t Make Asia Pacific A Sweatshop Hell! --Our Strong Call to ABAC Meeting
Time: 12:30, May 17, 2010 (Monday)
Venue: Taipei International Convention Center (No.1, Sec. 5, Hsin-YiRoad, Taipei)
International Contact Persons: Weili Chu (General Secretary, NAFITU): +886-981238732, Lennon Ying-Dah Wong (International Coordinator, YFOTU): +886-933908994
Over the weekend Australian refugee supporters attended 'Human Lifesaving ring' events in cities around Australia to send a clear message to politicians: asylum seekers should not be used as political pawns. The events were organised by Amnesty International, Get Up, Refugee and asylum seeker support groups, union and church groups.
HTC has been shocked and embarrassed for twice one April 2 by the workers in Young Fast Optoelectronics (YFO), one of its touch panel suppliers who violates the labor laws, exploits the workers and attacks the union.
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) which covers many of the researchers and academics who work in science, economic modelling and related fields, has called upon the Federal Labor Government and opposition parties to abandon the proposed Emissions Trading System, the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation and instead develop a national pollution reduction strategy that does not primarily rely on market mechanisms.