Daily Archives: April 18, 2011

Support Boycott of Israel (BDS) in Marrickville

Thank you all for your previous support for Marrickville Council’s decision to endorse the international BDS movement. Unfortunately that decision is still under threat.

The Australian national government and the NSW state government have both condemned the council for this ethical decision. The State Premier, has threatened to dissolve the council if it does not reverse the decision.

BUT ALL IS NOT LOST!

The mayor of Marrickville hopes to save the policy – see her article in the Sydney Morning Herald: “Roads, rates and Gaza”:

“To this effect I will be tabling a mayoral minute tomorrow night recommending that the council maintain in-principle support for the campaign, while rescinding the part of the original motion which called for the council to implement the policy in our local area. I will also recommend we acknowledge Israel’s right to exist and condemn all acts of violence.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/rates-roads–and-justice-in-gaza-20110417-1djkc.html#ixzz1JpRvmqPJ

What you can do:

Please support us by doing what you can – writing letters, talking to councillors or coming to the meeting to show support. If you are in Sydney, come to the council meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday 19 April 2011, when Marrickville Council will vote again on its BDS policy.

Attend Marrickville Council meeting
6:30pm, Tuesday 19 April 2011
Marrickville Council, 2 Fisher Street, Petersham
(Level 3 of the Administrative Centre)

We have updated our webpage at http://www.marrickvillebds.wordpress.com

Please consider sending other councillors a personal message of support – their email addresses are here:
http://www.marrickvillebds.wordpress.com/cntcil

Workers Memorial Day in Melbourne

Thursday 28 April 2011
MOURNING THE DEAD AND FIGHTING FOR THE LIVING
At the Remembrance Rock
Corner Victoria and Lygon Streets
Carlton South

The ceremony will commence at 10.30am
Speakers include:
Brian Boyd, VTHC Secretary
Deanne May, Executive Director IDSA
Judge Jennifer Coate, State Coroner of Victoria

The ICFTU has announced the international theme for 2011 is the crucial role played by trade unions, strong regulation and effective enforcement in securing safer workplaces. This theme is particularly relevant given Australia is currently in the process of harmonising our OHS legislation. Victorian union movement will continue to fight for the best model law for all workers.

The ICFTU has announced the international theme for 2011 is the crucial role played by trade unions, strong regulation and effective enforcement in securing safer workplaces. This theme is particularly relevant given Australia is currently in the process of harmonising our OHS legislation. Victoria’s union movement will continue to fight for the best model law for all workers.

IDSA will be hosting morning tea following the event in Meeting Rm 1 (entry from Victoria St)

Workers Memorial Day is organised by the Victorian Trades Hall Council in conjunction with Industrial Deaths and Advocacy Inc (IDSA) Work to live; not to die.

Celebrate May Day in Canberra

Sunday May 1st
3 p m
Garema Place

with Civil Libertarians Greens Teachers Scientists Socialists Unionists
Peace activists in a FESTIVAL OF RESISTANCE FESTIVAL OF THE OPPRESSED (An initiative of Workers Solidarity Network 0417283719 wsncampaigns@gmail.com )

Gallery

May Day 2011

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See below for the story about the Haymarket Martyrs and a certain Chinese Chicken dish by Lachlan Hurse. Featured photo in the masthead depicts the Workers Self Management Group at 1971 May Day march (Fortitude Valley Brisbane) Photo: Graham Garner … Continue reading