||Issue No. 144||12 July 2002|
The Lotto Economy
Interview: Capital in Crisis
Industrial: No Sweat
Bad Boss: Super Spam
History: Living Treasures
International: Axis of Evil
Solidarity: Pride of Place
Technology: The Art of Cyber-Unionism
Poetry: The Masochism Tango
Satire: Foxtel-Optus Merger 'Anti-Repetitive'
Review: Bob Carr's Thoughtlines
The Locker Room
Week in Review
Bush Prepares for War on the Wharves
The Maritime Union of Australia says Bush is lending strong support to shipowners' efforts to dismantle effective international trade unionism, targeting the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union as part of an intense bid to further downgrade conditions of employment for dockworkers.
The ILWU is now facing an "enormous potential threat", according to the Maritime Union of Australia, which is urging NSW unions to show solidarity during the coming struggle.
MUA central NSW branch secretary Robert Coombs says the ILWU gave "tremendous support to Australian maritime workers during the Patrick dispute, including their action against the 'Columbus Canada' where the scab-loaded vessel was sent back to New Zealand during the dispute to be discharged and loaded again by union labour".
Unionists are invited to send emails of support to the ILWU at: [email protected]
Not Immigration Officials
Transport workers should not be expected to be immigration officers when confronted with asylum seekers attempting to cross borders, a meeting of European transport trade unionists heard this week.
At a meeting convened by the International Transport Workers' Federation
(ITF), trade union delegates from France, Belgium and the UK met to discuss
the particular problem of asylum seekers attempting to cross the English
Channel by rail link, but delegates from maritime, railway and airline
unions also contributed their experiences.
Delegates expressed concern that states, like the UK, imposed fines on
transport companies if asylum seekers managed to cross borders using their
transport. To avoid fines, companies have asked their employees to prevent
asylum seekers boarding, effectively making them immigration officers. In
road transport, sometimes fines have been passed onto workers themselves.
Delegates also said the safety and well being of transport workers was being
put at risk. Some had had to witness horrific accidents involving asylum
seekers attempting to board transport. Others had been threatened by
desperate asylum seekers fearing their attempt to cross a border would be
The meeting heard that it was a failure of governments to deal effectively
and humanely with asylum seekers that was contributing to problems for
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