What’s happening in the Philippines? [updated]

UPDATE: Read the joint statement released by the Global Council of Unions here The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called an international day of action in solidarity with unionists in the Philippines.   

The latest police crackdown targeting unions and human rights defenders occurs amid a broader climate of government repression in the Philippines.  Unionists are arrested, offices are raided, and trade unionists have been murdered.

The 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index names the Philippines as among the ten worst countries in the world for workers’ rights. 

To support the global day of action, WA unions and their members are asked to:

  1. Print and sign the attached model letter to President Duterte, which has been drafted by the ITUC.  Please then send the letter to communications@ieuwa.org.au as an attachment. The letter will be submitted to the Consulate by UnionsWA President Steve McCartney on Tuesday.

    Please DO NOT send them straight to the Philippines government. 

  2. Support the Solidarity Action which has been arranged for Perth as follows:
    1. Date: Tuesday, 10 December, 2019
    2. Time: 9am
    3. Place: 21 Biscayne Way, Jandakot

  3. There is also a webinar with international speakers scheduled for early Sunday morning (5am Perth time). For more details on how to access the webinar via Zoom, please click here.

Welcomed action on Wage Theft

Following the completion of the State Inquiry into Wage Theft in July, the Report based on that inquiry has been released  which includes 28 recommendations for both Commonwealth and State governments, proposed by the author of the report, former WA Industrial Relations Commissioner Tony Beech, based on submissions to the Inquiry.

The IEUA WA Branch welcomes the initiative which supports the need for a closer collaboration between unions and employers on educating workers about wage theft and the tools available to them to report it.

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Catholic Lockout? Please sign this petition

Further to the media release below, the IEUA-QNT is requesting member support from all state branch members by clicking here and signing this petition. The petition will be forwarded to the Queensland IEU branch for presentation to the employer.

 


The following gives some background about this urgent action.

 

MEDIA RELEASE from our Queensland and Northern Territory Branch:

QLD Catholic school employers become first in Australia to threaten lockout of staff

7000 teachers and support staff would be locked out creating chaos for Catholic schools across Queensland

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Breaking News: Federal Court finding on AWU raids

The Federal Court has held that the investigation commenced by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) into Australian Manufacturing Union (AWU) donations from over a decade ago was improper and should not have commenced.

These donations were never a secret. They were declared to the Australian Electoral Commission as required.

From the beginning, the AWU has said the AFP raids were unnecessary and were an egregious abuse of state power for political purposes. This has been an exhausting, resource-draining, and distracting process for the union and the broader union movement, but the Court’s ruling is very satisfying. 

It is important part of democracy that the actions of public agencies can and should be scrutinised and held to account. The AWU offices in Sydney and Melbourne should never have been raided by over 30 police in search of a few pieces of paper.

Read the full ACTU media release here

Read the breaking story in The Guardian here

Congratulations to the QIEU! 100 Years Union Strong!

To commemorate the Queensland Independent Education Union’s 100th anniversary, the IEU Queensland and Northern Territory Branch has produced a Centenary Special Edition of their publication Independent Voice.

Congratulations to our comrades in Queensland on this wonderful achievement! 100 more years!

Download this special edition of Independent Voice here