community news

Fremantle speakout: Free the political prisoners in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean human rights activists were arrested on February 19 for showing a video about the democracy struggle in Egypt.

They have been charged with treason, which is a capital offense in Zimbabwe.

International rallies calling for their freedom are being held to coincide with their court hearing.

Greedy BCA attacks people with disabilities

On February 14 the Business Council of Australia which represents Australia's biggest 100 companies called on the Federal Government to cut the disability pension as an alternative to the Queensland flood levy. How low can these grubs go? Only days later it's biggest member BHP-Billiton posted a record $10.5 billion first half profit.

While it's used to having governments bend to its will, it's unlikely the BCA really expected Gillard already struggling in the polls, to choose this as the moment to slash the incomes of people already living below the poverty line. But clearly the BCA couldn't resist a chance to bang away on one of its favourite themes; welfare should be cut to encourage people to find work.

Carinya aged care workers battle on

A big thanks to residents who responded to the call to support the workers at the Carinya aged care facilities in Bicton.

These workers have been in negotiations over a new enterprise agreement for over seven months. The management wants them to trade-off one week of annual leave in return for a 28c/hour pay rise in the third year of their agreement. Can you believe it! Because they refused they were locked-out without pay for seven days.

Fortunately FairWork Australia ordered an end to the lockout but the workers are still out of pocket for five days work. You can contribute to their hardship fund by contacting the LHMU on 1800 199 890 or wa@lhmu.org.au

Strike action heralds ‘Year of the Wharfie’

Wharfies employed by stevedoring company Patrick at four different ports across Australia took strike action in the last week of January in pursuit of a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA).

It was the most significant industrial action on the wharves since the 1998 Patrick lockout.

In recent ballots organised by Fairwork Australia, workers at the strike-affected ports voted (by margins of 94% to 100%) to take a range of different forms of industrial action to press their claim.

Samson bus service

In November the Samson precinct secretary and I met with Transperth to discuss the problems with the 511 service which affect travel to both Booragoon and the city.

When the new railway was built all the routes were reorganised to become feeder services to Murdoch station. The services from Samson and Winthrop to the city got combined into one. The problem is that Samson residents going to Murdoch now get an unwanted detour through Winthrop.

Transperth admit that it now takes you longer to get to the freeway; but in their view this is offset by the fact that your trip up the freeway by train is quicker. Under the new arrangement it takes 2-3 minutes longer to get to the city than it used to.

Reminder: Protest against the Australian Uranium Conference tomorrow at 8am

THIS WED 21st July 8-9AM. 

HELP KEEP WA NUCLEAR FREE

Rally to support Ark Tribe Tues 20 July! Tell Gillard to scrap the ABCC!

Adelaide construction worker Ark Tribe is currently on trial (facing a possible jail term) for his refusal to cooperate with the Howard-era Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and its draconian star chamber powers that breach Australia's ILO convention obligations. We must defend Ark as his trial continues next Tuesday. Gillard should drop her support for the ABCC. Come to the next protest:

10am Tuesday July 20
Perth Esplanade
then march to ABCC headquarters QV1 Tower (Cnr St Georges and Milligan)

Support the Equal Pay for Equal Work campaign


RALLY: Equal work - Equal Pay
Community Workers Make a Difference

National Day of Action
11am, Thursday 10 June 2010

Solidarity Park, opposite Parliament House

Organised by the Australian Services Union

Sausage Sizzle – Gold Coin Donation

World Refugee Day rally 20 June 2010

World Refugee Day Rally

Sunday 20 June 1pm
Outside Wesley Church

(cnr William & Hay Sts, Perth)

Socialist Ideas Conference - People's Power in the 21st Century

People-power in the 21st century: Towards sustainability & socialism

Sat 26 - Sun 27 June 2010
VENUE: State School Teachers Union Function Room
150-152 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth