General strike in Kanaky, 30 October

The Trade Union Union of Kanak and Exploited Workers (USTKE) calls for a day of general strike in Kanaky on Friday, 30 October. This is linked to the situation at the South Vale NC plant, which is threatened with closure on 31 December by the decision of the current parent company Vale Rio (Brazil). This closure would have important consequences for employment, the environment and the economy of the country.

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COVID-19 Spotlight on Fiji

Fiji is one of the most picturesque countries with rich natural resources in the Pacific. Comprising approximately 300 islands out of which 100 are inhabited by nearly 900,000 people, with almost half of the population living on the main island of Viti. It’s economy mainly relies on sugar as the main export. While service sectors like construction, manufacturing and retail activity have grown in the past years with tourism as its main driver. 

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New Zealand COVID-19 Response Highlights Weaknesses of Neoliberalism

New Zealand’s first reaction to the coronavirus pandemic began on the 24th of January when its Ministry of Health set up a monitoring team. As the virus grew overseas, travel restrictions were placed upon affected countries, such as China and South Korea, and mandatory instructions to self-isolate were placed on overseas travellers coming into New Zealand. This response was mostly reactive: New Zealand only banned flights from Iran after having its first confirmed case from a person travelling from that location. It was not until March 19 that New Zealand…

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Australian Prime Minister urged to do the “right thing” for thousands of stranded seafarers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have called on the Australian Prime Minister to do the “right thing” for the thousands of seafarers stranded on cruise vessels drifting off the coast of Australia. On March 29, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that that it was, “important that Australia does the right thing about those who have fallen into our care to ensure that I can say with great moral authority that Australians are doing the right thing, and we would ask you to do the right thing.”

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Workers’ unions unite in Papua New Guinea

Workers’ unions affiliated to the ITF have formed a new group in Papua New Guinea to cooperate more closely together. The national coordinating committee includes working people from the Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union (PNGMTWU) and the National Airlines Employees’ Association (NAEA). Alvira Bunemiga (PNGMTWU) was elected to be the young transport workers’ representative on the committee, Rosie Koibua (NAEA) represents women transport workers and Eddie Fou (NAEA) is the chair.

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Solidarity with Papua New Guinean workers at Air Niugini

The union is currently tied to a process of mandatory dialogue with the company, but concerns remain that the airline is not engaging in good faith. The ITF civil aviation secretary, Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, has written to Air Niugini’s managing director expressing support for NAEA and demanding that he resolves the dispute swiftly and fairly.

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Australian government counts the cost of climate denial with ongoing bushfire crisis

The Insurance Council of Australia estimates the cost of insurance claims will reach US$485 million, and these are expected to increase significantly. The bushfire season has months to run before rain is expected. Moody’s Analytics has estimated the economic cost will go beyond the US$3 billion set by the Black Saturday blazes in 2009. “Australia is a developed country where the government is in climate denial, short-sightedly defending corporate interests and sheer greed. It has refused and continues to refuse to take the actions climate and fire safety experts have…

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WFTU statement on the national day of airport actions in Australia

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its more than 97 million workers in 130 countries in the 5 continents, expresses its internationalist solidarity with the national day of airport action for safe and secure jobs, which is going to take place tomorrow on August 21st, 2019. The aviation workers will organize militant actions in whole Australia, demanding same pay for same job, dignified salaries and dignified working conditions.

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