UNION VOICES AGAINST THE N.T. INTERVENTION
JOHN LEEMANS A spokesperson for the Gurindji people of Kalkaringi and Daguragu and member of Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union
LARA WATSON Part of the ACTU’s Intervention fact finding tour of prescribed communities and an official with Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (speaking in personal capacity)
6.30pm Wednesday March 23rd,
2nd Floor, TLC Building,
16 Peel Street, South Brisbane
John will also be doing two campus meetings:
11am Tuesday 22nd March, Room B202a (B Block) at Kelvin Grove, Queensland University of Technology.
11am Wednesday 23rd March, Room 212 Goddard Building (8) University of Queensland
In October 2010 John Leemans led a strike and protest in his community against the government’s Northern Territory Intervention.
The Intervention has forced many people in “prescribed communities” to work for the BasicsCard (akin to a ration card), while the closure of the Community Development Employment Projects has cost many communities jobs and services.
In 1966 hundreds of Gurindji workers from Wave Hill cattle station led a famous strike against being paid in rations and demanded Land Rights.
For John the same fight continues today.
“Our people walked off Wave Hill station for getting paid in flour, tea and sugar. Now we are getting paid on the BasicsCard. We need to continue with this strike action.”
Come and hear first hand accounts of how the N.T. Intervention is effecting the rights of Indigenous workers.
Aboriginal Rights Coalition
UQ Students for Indigenous Rights
QUT Students for Indigenous Rights
Contact Carl on 0431 041 751 for more information.