Sunday, July 31, 2005

About the CPA...

Workers of the World Unite
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The members of the CPA work to eliminate unemployment, poverty, injustice, homelessness, racism and war. These problems arise from the domination of our society by huge profit-hungry private corporations. The work of Party members and the Party's policies are guided by a set of ideas which are called Marxism-Leninism. Click here to find out more.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Slave ship protest

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Seafarers and their supporters in the community held a protest outside the Port Road offices of Destiny Abalone in Adelaide recently. They were voicing their anger that the company still has a virtual prison ship anchored 12 kilometres ship off the coast near Tumby Bay, using Ukrainian and Chinese crew in conditions and at rates of pay way below those of the sacked Australian crew they replaced.

A number of the sacked workers were present at the gathering. For the time being, it appears the company has successfully exploited a gap in federal and state legislation to keep the workers on board the floating abalone farm on 12-month contracts.

The incredible saga began late last year when Hong Kong-based Destiny Shipping took over the ship in question from another Hong Kong firm, SAOE. An extensive refit of the ship was carried out. Destiny Abalone Group took over management of the ship and sacked all but four of the 20-plus Australian crew from the Destiny Queen and hired Ukrainian and Chinese seafarers instead. The company applied for and got approval from the Primary Industries and Resources authorities in South Australia to carry on its operation; a spokesman for the department later saying the welfare of the crew "was none of our business". Read more

Monday, July 11, 2005

Wave of protests to defend trade union rights

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Close to a quarter of a million people took part in rallies and marches across Australia on June 30 and July1 against the Howard Government’s industrial relations agenda.

Seven hundred people braved rising flood waters in Lismore, southern NSW, to join more than 100,000 across the state. Although their city had been declared a disaster zone, people battled to several venues to hear about the campaign on a Sky Channel broadcast that linked 220 venues on Friday July 1.

Local organiser Michael Flinn said although people were subdued because of their circumstances, they were determined to play a role in the campaign.

The 200 who gathered at Lismore Workers’ Club made an impromptu march to the local National Party member’s office after the meeting, although the official rally had been abandoned because of the flood. Another rally is planned for July 19.

In Sydney, 20,000 people gathered at Town Hall to hear rank and file workers speak out in defence of rights to collective bargaining and access to unjustified dismissal. They filled the upper and lower halls and the overflow filled the square.

After the speeches they marched the historic "Hungry Mile" to Circular Quay. Read more reports