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Day: November 27, 2017

Japanese workers under constant attack

Two separate labour issues highlight the pressures that workers in Japan face from their employers. A number of labour activists have been targeted by the global logistics company, Toll LTD., for their organising drive against unpaid overtime that forces drives…

New study reveals toxic environment of physical and sexual violence against staff in Ontario hospitals

Sexual assaults, a life-altering concussion, shattered faces, fractured bones, lost teeth, bites and brain injury. These are just some of the injuries sustained at the hands of patients by Ontario health care staff who participated in a major new study…

Democratic space further restricted in Myanmar

Earlier this month, the Yangon Region Security and Border Affairs Minister issued a directive banning public assemblies in most of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Also in November, a human rights activist in the northern state of Kachin was charged with…

Far right speaker to tour Australia

Well known USA far right propagandist Milo Yiannopoulos, is about to start a speaking tour of Australia. Milo is a mouthpiece for the far right in the USA, targeting minorities, the labour movement and the left in general. Milo is…

Iraq approves ratification of ILO Convention 87 on Freedom of Association

A parliamentary source said the House of Representatives voted on 20 November in favour of a draft law that allows the Republic of Iraq to join the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention No. 87…

Iranian labour activist freed | Australia Asia Worker Links

On Thursday 23 November, the long-time labour activist Mahmoud Salehi was released from the main jail of Saqez city in north western Iran. Mahmoud was recently re-arrested in late October and given an additional 1 year sentence. Mahmoud had a…

Great wins for workers in Australia

During this last week, workers employed by a Unilever subsidiary and by the giant Woolworths supermarket chain both registered significant wins. After staying on a picket line for three months, workers at Streets ice cream, a subsidiary of the global…

Worker gets crushed to death

This week, Ravi, a 22 year old factory worker at JK Tyre factory in the city of Mysuru, southern India, was crushed to death. Ravi was at the end of his shift when, while loading raw materials, his hand got…

Lay-offs lead to workers’ deaths

The workers employed by the giant Freeport McGregor mine in West Papua work and live in harsh conditions at around 4,000 metres altitude. Following the initial dispute in May of this year, the company's response of firing thousands of workers…

PNG police attack refugee camp

Late last week, the Papua New Guinea government carried out its threat to attack protesting refugees who had been left stranded on the closed down Australian concentration camp on Manus Island. The refugees are protesting against the inhumane and repressive…

teacher unions united in call to save the national education system

Faced with the chronic shortage of teachers in the country, the use of contract teachers and an increasing privatisation in education, the trade unions have called on public authorities to urgently remedy the situation and parents to mobilise to save…

Mexican workers’ deaths sharpen labour debate in NAFTA

The fifth round of negotiations between the United States, Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Mexico City ended on 21 November without an agreement on the most controversial issues. Unresolved issues include calls for…

One story at a time, violence against women is thrust into the spotlight

The wave of revelations of sexual harassment and abuse of women from all walks of life marks a tipping point in tackling gender-based violence, and that effort begins in classrooms around the world. This year’s International Day for the Elimination…

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2017

This year’s campaign turns its focus toward ending gender-based violence in education by continuing the momentum and achievements built up over a year that saw more than 700 organisations in 92 countries voice their support. Not only does November 25th…