||Issue No. 124||15 February 2002|
Chickens Come Home
Unions: Winning the Heartland
Interview: Swan's Song
Corporate: Lessons from Enron
Politics: What We Did Last Summer
History: Solidarity in Song
International: A Tale of Two Cities
Poetry: Nobody Told Me
Review: Labor and the Rings
Satire: Rafter Named Bermudan Of The Year For Tax Purposes
The Locker Room
Week in Review
'International Labour's Year in Review' - A Re-View
Collins Gets Cryptic
Shangri La Protests Hit Melbourne
Union members in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne plan protests to back Shangri-La Jakarta hotel workers who have been involved in a 14-month dispute, after being locked out on Boxing Day. 2000.
The Jakarta dispute has been very ugly with incidents of violence.
Shangri-La, which now boasts 38 hotels across Asia, is owned by one of world's richest men, Malaysian-born billionaire Robert Kuok, regarded as one of Beijing's favourite capitalists.
The LHMU Hotel Union has organised a protest for midday, next Thursday, February 21, in front of the Shangri-La hotel's Sydney marketing office at 213 Clarence Street Sydney.
Union members will hand a protest letter to the Indonesian Consulate calling on that Government to ensure the hotel chain recognises the local union and re-instates sacked workers.
In November, 2001, the ILO Freedom of Association Committee ruled that the Indonesian Government had not met its international treaty obligations and called for Shangri-La workers to be re-instated.
International pressure caused US Congressional representatives to cancel Shangri-La Jakarta Hotel bookings.
The Melbourne Age last week tipped the Kuok Group to win Docklands Authority go-ahead to build office buildings with Collins St frontage, a Shangri-La Hotel, four residential towers, and refurbishment of the southern part of the Heritage Victoria-listed Goods Shed No.2 as a fresh-food market.
For more information about the Sydney protest rally call Jagath Bandara on 8204 7204 at the LHMU Hotel Union office, mobile 0425 214 618.
For information about rallies in other Australian cities call Jasper Goss or Sarah Gardener from the hotels union international, IUF, on 02 9264 6409.
Visit the Shangri-La Jakarta Solidarity page at LabourStart
To get more background about this on-going dispute in Indonesia clicking here.
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