This week's message is brief and very much to the point -- and needs your attention today.
The Howard government in Australia is one of the most anti-union in the world, breaking new ground in its efforts to smash the trade union movement in that country.
Among its first victims are 107 construction workers, who are being prosecuted for alleged "illegal" industrial action following the sacking of a union delegate.
According to Kevin Reynolds, Secretary of the West Australian Branch of the CFMEU union, "Under the Howard Government, the basic right to vote to take strike action in support of better conditions and a safe workplace has now been criminalised."
The workers made their first appearance in court yesterday (Monday).
They are asking workers around the world to mobilize and send messages of protest to government officials today:
The families of the 107 are facing fines of A$28,600, meaning massive financial hardship and destitution because of these punitive laws. Please give generously:
Spread the word - pass this message on!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Part of the Union
Eric Lee, of the excellent Labour Start site, has issued a request for help for Australian Construction workers: