|Issue No 11||30 April 1999|
ACTU Endorses East Timor Action
Unions have resolved to take industrial action on behalf of East Timorese people if violence there escalates.
A meeting of ACTU affiliates this week endorsed action by individual unions against Indonesian interests, in the lead-up to a promised ballot on self-determination.
The AMWU has already boycotted maintenance of Garuda Airlines in response to the unrest, while several other unions have members who deal with Indonesian interests.
The ACTU also called on affiliates to be active in raising funds for food and medical supplies.
"The meeting believes that the promise of a peaceful transition to an independent East Timor made by President Habibe offered the potential to restore the rights of the East Timorese people free of further bloodshed," a statement issued after the meeting said.
"However the actions of pro-integrationist paramilitary militia supported by the military threaten to undermine the process and if left to continue could lead to the deaths of thousands of innocent people.
"The trade union movement and other organisations in Australia must take a stand to support a peaceful transition to independence for East Timor."
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