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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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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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Venezuelan Revolution Lives On

ChavezThe Spirit of Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution lives!

President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez passed away recently as a result of cancer, which he fought for almost 2 years. He was the much loved, popularly-elected leader of his nation who achieved an enormous amount for the Venezuelan people. That is why the Venezuelan masses chant, "We created Chavez, we are all Chavez!" at memorial meetings throughout the country for their deceased leader.

This people’s hero oversaw the nationalisation of the country’s oil wealth, the breaking of the US’s dominance and exploitation of the Venezuelan economy; which lead to hostility from Venezuelan business elites, US and Western multinationals and governments whose corrupt exploitation he put a stop to.

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Action alert: rally to end waterfront deaths

Action alertJoin the Maritime Union of Australia's nationwide rallies opposing the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry who are leading the charge against waterfront safety.

The MUA calls on concerned members of the community to rally at major cities and ports on Tuesday 26 March to demand a National Stevedoring Code Of Practice and oppose ACCIs profit before life view of the world.


Click on the following link to find out more about this campaign from the MUA website:


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Iraq War vet condemns a sick and violent system

Vincent EmanueleVincent Emanuele is from the Iraq Veterans Against the War, who now campaigns against United States military aggression. He recently visited Australia to promote the documentary film On The Bridge which follows seven returning service men and women.

This is an edited version of a speech that he gave to a forum hosted by the Marrickville Peace Group, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network and Stop the War Coalition in Sydney on February 26.

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