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The other side of the Anzac

Hugo ThrossellApril 25, ANZAC Day is annually drummed into the Australian psyche as the day of remembrance for the sacrifices of soldiers who fought and died for the freedoms we now exercise. Unfortunately the reality is somewhat different. Australia's involvement in wars such as: Boer War, Gallipoli, Western Front, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan were for fought reasons of empire or imperialism. Soldiers lives were sacrificed, not for democracy but for strategic advantage and valuable resources.

What is noteworthy about Australian soldiers involvement in wars is the fact that they have been sent by foreign great powers (Britain in the past followed up by the US); and been overseas military adventures where another nation is invaded and occupied, and not actually for the defense our own country. Certainly soldiers and civilians who have lost their lives in war should be commemorated, but regrettably militarism takes over and prepares public opinion for future aggressions to take place in another part of the world. Where will the next conflict be - Asia, Africa, Pacific?

The story that is presented about Anzac by authorities does not give a voice to Australian's opposition to war and especially to those soldiers who came back disillusioned and anti-war.

 

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SA Unions protest against imported products

With the recent loss of jobs at auto makers Holden, workers and their unions took a swipe at the State Government and protested against overseas products being used in taxpayer-funded building projects.

Union leaders told a workers rally, held on 12 April, at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) that the use of Australian materials in government projects would be an election issue in both the state and federal elections.

The speakers pointed out that the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, SAHMRI, Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Convention Centre use imported materials. Aaron Cartledge, state secretary of the CFMEU highlighted the fact that the "entire facade of the SAHMRI was manufactured in China".

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Employers are mis-using 457 visas

From Victorian Trades Hall Council website

 

By Brian Boyd, VTHC Secretary

Posted: 7 March 2013
Victorian unions, many from the construction and manufacturing unions held a successful rally today in Melbourne over many Victorian employers rorting the federal Sec457 Visa-Program. Speakers highlighted how many overseas workers are ripped off and how local unemployed workers are being by-passed for work.

Victoria has seen over 35,000 jobs lost in construction and manufacturing alone, over the last year.

 

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State government could spend $50m on workers, not Holden

From SA Unions website

 

SA UnionsSouth Australia's peak union body says Holden should stick to its agreement on jobs or say no to the $50m promised as part of the State Government's assistance package for the carmaker.

SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles says if Holden won't hold up their end of the bargain and guarantee jobs, they should not be rewarded with more taxpayer's money.

"The SA Unions Executive met this morning and passed a unanimous resolution condemning General Motors Holden for their decision to cut jobs."

"We are now calling on the State Government to reassess its commitment to this company and redirect that planned $50m package of assistance to workers."

Ms Giles says unions want the money to be redirected to helping Holden workers who will lose their jobs.

"It should now be spent on up-skilling and retraining Holden workers so they can find jobs in other industries, and to go towards developing a sustainable manufacturing base for South Australia."

 

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Thieves dump Labor

by Spirit of Eureka NSW

This article was originally a leaflet given to teachers from across NSW at a monthly NSW Teachers Federation Council meeting

NSWTF rallyAttacks on workers and unions are increasing. Institute managers try to lock Federation organisers out of TAFE colleges, Campbell-Newman wants to compel employers to take legal action against striking unions, and giant corporations are resurrecting feudal laws to hammer workers. BHP hit the MUA with a $16 million claim under one of the ancient Tort Laws, covering personal damages, for a four hour stoppage. Grocon is going for $6 million from the CFMEU, and the Victorian Government for $2 million, over a safety dispute where a worker has since died. Freehills tested the waters on picketers with the Tort law of “watching and besetting” in the same dispute, but didn't proceed. An anti-worker armoury is growing, both through parliament and independent from it.

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