|Issue No 11||30 April 1999|
Letters to the Editor
Unionists Return From Timor
Congratulations on "Workers On-Line".
Following up on your East Timor story, the education unions AEU and IEU, together with APHEDA, the union movement's overseas aid organisation, visited Dili at the invitation of Fretilin in mid-February.
We saw the way in which the Indonesian military, ABRI, has formed and armed the violent pro-integration militias. We also discussed projects on the needs of East Timor's education sector.
As a result we are developing aid projects in early literacy and school curriculum reform.
We met the embryonic trade union organisation and are asking unions to join with us in providing funds to help with organising and trade union training. Contributions can be made through APHEDA.
It was a privilege for me to represent the AEU and to begin the process of helping a country whose people Australian governments have betrayed.
The union movement should be in the forefront of restoring our honour as we have opposed our government's policy all along. Fretilin is very aware of the support of many Australians over the years.
Rob Durbridge, Federal Secretary, AEU
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