As part of a journey through Eastern Europe a member of the Anarchist Radio Berlin had the opportunity of talking to a comrade of the Anarchist Federation in Poznan in Poland in the Rozbrat squat. In the following interview we talk about the historical development of the squat, that celebrated its 21st anniversary on the weekend of September 18 and 19, and also about current struggles of FA Poznan, especially the workers' struggle of the Amazon workers in Germany and Poland.
April 4, 2012 -- Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/Green Left Weekly -- The following interview with Dominggus Oktavanius, secretary general of the Peoples Democratic Party (PRD) of Indonesia, was conducted by Peter Boyle. It follows a month of mass unrest and demonstrations all around the country during March 2012. Indonesian Police Watch (IPW) reports there were 1063 demonstrations, 16 police stations were damaged and 750 protesters were arrested just between March 23-26 .
Below is footage of a solidarity action that occured in Melbourne at a Chemists Wharehouse which is one of the major recipients of drugs from Sigma. There is currently a picket and lockout occuring at Sigma's Factory in Roweville where management is trying to abolish penalty rates for nightshift workers in what is seen as a test case in the abolishment of penalty rates.
Reprinted from the WSWS
By Patrick O’Connor 17 March 2012 The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) in Victoria has announced a sell-out deal with the state Liberal government for a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) covering public hospital nurses and midwives. The agreement, quickly rammed through a mass meeting of nurses yesterday, involves a substantial real wage cut and a significant “flexibility” concession that erodes existing mandatory nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.
Reprinted from the WSWS
By Peter Byrne : 14 March 2012 Around 150 warehouse workers have been locked out of their workplace in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Rowville since March 5. Their employer, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, said it would lift the lockout at the end of today but is still demanding a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) involving significant concessions on night shift and other penalty rates.
Below is an article from the Socialist Party in Melbourne promoting an upcoming meeting at Trades Hall in Melbourne against the NT intervention. However it also outlines how Anthony Main and the Socialist Party have been targetted for helping to support a Melbourne Anti-Intervention action on International Women's Day which targetted Jenny Macklin speaking at Trades Hall for her support of the NT intervention.
There has been another victory in the campaign by the UNITE union to win fair working conditions for the workers at the St Helena, Diamond Creek and Laurimar stores in Melbourne.
The workers in these stores voted on a new Enterprise Agreement in late 2009. The agreement that was put forward by the employer sold off many entitlements like sick pay, holiday pay and penalty rates in exchange for a tiny bit extra in the base rate.