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International justice for janitors

Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 22:18

Everyone deserves a chance at a decent life no matter where they live. That is why on International Justice for Janitors Day, June 15th, janitors united across the world in a show of solidarity.
Janitors united to send a message to the company behind the Westfield shopping malls in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada. They are demanding that Westfield mall cleaners be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. For more information go to:


Don't trust the "roadmap"

Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 22:16

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has, since the beginning of the second intifada in September 2000, called for international intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Usually they have talked of the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops. This has reflected their understanding that the Palestinians could not hope alone to prevail against the militarily superior Israelis.
Now international intervention has been initiated by the USA. The USA has published a "roadmap" for peace, proposing a resolution of the Jewish-Palestinian conflict by way of establishing what they call


Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 22:15

By Lynn Smith

So cheating is standard practice with the big telcos?

Remember the Worldcom debacle of a few months back? It was the largest corporate crash in US history. Well… three new directors of the now resuscitated company hired William Lucas (ex director of enforcement for the US Securities and Exchange Commission) to conduct an internal investigation into why Worldcom got itself into trouble.
The way he summed up the Worldcom corporate culture was interesting. Lucas said he found "fairly significant securities fraud above and beyond what is already out there".

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An invitation to terror

Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 22:11

Five generals took the decision to assassinate Hamas leader Abd-al-Aziz al-Rantissi: the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Chief-of-Staff and the chiefs of the Mossad and the Security Service.
This military Junta is running Israel in practice - instead of the bunch of dwarfs called Government and the group of clowns and delinquents who have taken over the Knesset. The aim was to bury the Road Map right at the beginning, destroy Abu Mazen (Mahmud Abbas) and prevent the planned Hudna (truce), in order to save the settlements, continue the occupation and prevent the establishment of

Iraq war: dollar vs euro?

Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 22:01

By Colin Foster

What were the real reasons behind the USA's drive for war in Iraq? Two polar-opposite explanations have been discussed on the left.
The first theory is that the USA's power has now become so huge that the US capitalist class realistically aspires to rule the whole world more or less directly, laying down the law for every country from Washington.

The second is that the USA is frantically trying to stall a decline in its world power. Specifically, that USA went to war in Iraq essentially to stop the world oil industry moving to trade in euros rather than dollars.


International notes: Aceh

Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 21:59

By Bryan Sketchley

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has proclaimed that the Australian government fully supports the Indonesian military launching a war on the people of Aceh.
After a week of incursions into the province, reports started reaching Australia that unarmed villagers were being detained, tortured and shot, whole villages have been emptied and the general population is living in fear.

In many ways, recent events in Aceh show the Indonesian military (TNI) acting in a similar fashion to that which landed some Indonesian brass in court on human rights violations in East Timor. Indeed

International notes: China

Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 21:56

7 years prison for being a trade unionist

Seven years -- that's the prison sentence imposed upon Yao Fuxin last month by a Chinese court. His colleague Xiao Yunliang didn't fare much better; he got four years in jail.
Their crime? They led peaceful worker demonstrations in Liaoyang City, in the northeast of China.

In China today, organizing workers, leading them in protests against outrageous conditions, is obviously illegal. Today, June 4th, the anniversary of the crushing of the Tiananmen Square protests, LabourStart and the China Labour Bulletin are launching an international campaign of

International notes: Brazil

Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 21:55

The Workers' Party (PT) in Brazil has taken the first steps towards expelling socialists within the party who oppose government reforms.
The move comes as Lula da Silva's government seeks to push through changes to the tax and pension system - slashing the pensions and other benefits for civil servants.

Three representatives in Congress, Luciano Genro, Heloisa Helena and Joao Batista de Araujo, who are from different left tendencies within the PT, have been hauled up before the party's ethics committee, accused of engaging in "systematic opposition". In fact they had rightly joined with

NSW Public Service - Fight to save jobs!

Published on: Fri, 09/04/2004 - 21:53

By Janet Burstall

New South Wales Minister for Education and Training, Andrew Refshauge, announced a restructure of public education under the mendacious title of "Lifelong Learning". It is in the fine tradition of many job-cutting programs in the Australian public sector, pretending to be a restructure that will improve services - increase "frontline staff" and reduce the number of "bureaucrats".

Janet Burstall
The big change in this structure is that TAFE and Schools head offices will be amalgamated, made much smaller, and new combined regional centres for administration will be set up.

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