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Korean court upholds deregistration of teachers union

A Seoul court has ruled in favour of the South Korean government’s decision to deregister the Korean Teachers Union (KTU). The union was deregistered, after it refused to comply with a government order not to allow dismissed and retired teachers to remain members of the union. “Allowing retired and dismissed workers as union members and leaders is internationally accepted”, said Educational International. President of the KTU, Kim Jeonghun, began a hunger strike on 9 June to help influence the court decision.

Independence struggle intensifies in Kanaky

After an independence struggle in the 1980s, the Noumea Accord was signed in 1998. But the issue of decolonisation of Kanaky is again coming to the fore in the Southern Pacific. Kanaky has been a colony of France since 1854, and while small, the islands are of great strategic importance to France’s imperialist and military ambitions. The Kanaks have never accepted colonialisation. If you’d like to learn more about the renewed push for Kanak independence, come to a public meeting in Melbourne Australia on the 10th of July to hear about the Kanaks’ renewed push for independence.

Workers will rally again in Australia

Workers will rally again in Melbourne to oppose extreme cuts to public services and social welfare. 40,000 people rallied to Bust the Budget on 12 July. More events will be organised on the Bust the Budget website.
Join the rally
1:00pm Sunday 6 July
Queen Victoria Gardens
Opposite the Arts Centre, Southbank

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Korean health workers protest against privatisation

The Korean Health and Medical Workers' Union (KHMU) are holding a series of strikes and rallies from 24 to 30 June, to protest against the Korean government's announcement to allow for deregulation and privatisation of the health services in the country. The president of the Korean Health and Medical Workers' Union also staged a 10 day hunger strike, ending of the 20 June to galvanise opposition against the privatization of health care. There are also fierce struggles going on against the privatization of Korea’s railway system, including a 22-day strike in December 2013 and January 2014.

Sectarian war is an ongoing disaster for workers in Iraq

The upsurge in fighting in Iraq following months of terrorist attacks and an inconclusive election has only worsened the situation for workers in Iraq. Workers have tried to rebuild their organisations since the toppling of Saddam Hussein but have been hampered by repression and restrictive legislation. The latest upsurge in fighting has only put more workers in danger, click here, here and here. The problem for workers stems from the intervention of various imperialist and reactionary forces to gain control of the area and its riches. Only a united fight-back by workers in the region will be able to bring lasting peace.

Indian steel workers battling hunger amid ongoing strike

It is now two weeks that thousands of steel workers of the Wazipur industrial zone near New Delhi have been on strike for better pay and conditions. After attempting to break the spirit of the workers through intimidation, the companies are now resorting to the tried and tested method of starving the workers back to work. The workers are holding strong but have launched an appeal for money and food so that they can continue their strike.

Second global day of action for dismissed NXP

With the fight entering the second month, the 24 unionists sacked by the Filipino subsidiary NXP Semiconductors, are continuing to put pressure on the company. Amid continued protests and organising in the Philippines, a second Global Day of Action has been planned for the 2nd of July in conjunction with unions around the world. Against global companies like NXP, only by organising globally will we be able to resist effectively the onslaught of these companies.

Bangladesh’s garment industry – an article by Colin Long, NTEU

In February of this year, a delegation of unionists from Australia Asia Worker Links (AAWL) and the Victorian branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), travelled to Bangladesh on a solidarity trip to meet workers and unionists. This visit was spurred by the dual disasters of Tazreen Fashions and Rana Plaza. Colin Long, the Victorian Secretary of the NTEU, in an insightful article, recounts what the delegation saw and analyses the issues facing workers and unions in Bangladesh. Both AAWL and NTEU are currently working on developing solidarity projects with unions in Bangladesh.

Military junta extends its reign of repression throughout Thailand

The repression by the Thai military junta against human rights and labour/trade union activists is not only deepening but is expanding to the regional areas of Thailand like Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen. The mass exodus of close to 200,000 Cambodian and Burmese migrant workers is another example of the nationalist and class nature of the coup. Notwithstanding this repression, resistance to the coup is continuing both inside and outside the country.
No to the military! Free all political prisoners! Organising is not a crime!

Bahrain migrant workers defy deportation threats

The working conditions for millions of migrant workers in the oil producing countries in West Asia are notoriously bad.  Bahrain itself has become even more repressive in the last few years as the government has suppressed a popular anti government movement. This week, 2,000 garment workers returned to work after a week-long strike having won some improvements to their pay and conditions. Their heroic stand is very significant considering the prevailing attitudes and laws against migrant workers.

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