Almost 2,000 West Papuans were arrested by Indonesian authorities in early May, after demonstrations were held to commemorate the 1963 annexation of the territory and to demand independence.
It has been six months since trolley collector Duncan Hart and unionist Josh Cullinan launched a legal challenge against Coles supermarkets, one of the largest corporations in Australia. Hart and Cullinan, with the assistance of pro-bono barrister Siobhan Kelly, are seeking to overturn the 2015 national workplace agreement struck by Coles and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association, the union that covers Coles employees.
Often, the industrial scene in Australia can seem like a series of David and Goliath battles. Hart v Coles Supermarkets is one such fight. Supermarket worker Duncan Hart is taking on the combined might of Coles, one of the largest employers in the country, and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA), the massive union which covers Coles workers.
An estimated 150 million workers struck in India on 2 September in what was possibly the largest general strike in history.
“Hey Melbourne, listen up! The cleaners are standing up!” About 100 cleaners and unionists rallied to defend penalty rates on 15 June, International Justice Day for Cleaners. After gathering at Victorian Trades Hall in Carlton, they marched on the offices of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in East Melbourne. ACCI has been one of the loudest industry voices arguing for cuts to night, weekend and public holiday penalty rates. One worker carried a hand written placard reading: “We clean this city while you sleep. Don’t cut our pay.”
Its noise belied its modest size. The crowd was an angry group of around 60 unionists gathered at the entrance to the national SDA (Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association) office in Melbourne’s CBD on 13 March. They were there to oppose a sell-out deal struck between the SDA, which covers retail workers, and Coles. The agreement will slash the conditions of Coles meatworkers. Protesters, members of SDA and the meatworkers’ union, say that supermarket workers should stick together to improve wages and conditions across the board.