On Wednesday 8th July, environmental activists joined the picket line at the Hazelwood coal fired power station as part of the annual Students of Sustainability conference. Defying all dietary stereotypes, the Mining & Energy division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) cooked a vegetarian BBQ for the students.
In Melbourne outside Parliament train station approximately 1,000 leaflets were distributed in solidarity with jailed unionists in Iran from 7:30am to 9am on Friday 26 June
More information: Victor Moore, Rail, Tram & Bus Union 0475 512 494
source AAWL on 3CR's 9am Saturday's Asia Pacific Currents radio show interview Saturday June 27th
MUA members and officials joined around 300 unionists, workers and members of the Australian Iranian community outside the Iranian Embassy
Union membership has increased by 56,000 according to Bureau of Statistics data released 17 April, with more than 1,750,000 workers being union members and unions now covering 24% of employees (excluding casuals). While union membership is up, unemployment is also up with an official unemployment rate of 5.7%. But according to the Australia Institute the real rate of unemployment may be 11.7 per cent, when 'hidden unemployed' are taken into account.