Coles warehouse workers in Australia fight 3-month lockout

Vol. 85/No. 8 - March 1, 2021
Rally in Sydney Dec. 12 protests lockout by Coles warehouse bosses of 350 members of United Workers Union. They’re fighting for better severance pay and end to bosses’ threats.

SYDNEY — Some 350 warehouse workers at Coles distribution center in Smeaton Grange in southwest Sydney have been picketing since the bosses locked them out Nov. 19. Coles announced they decided to extend the three-month lockout indefinitely Feb. 9 after…

Thousands defy Australia gov’t, protest brutality

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Thousands defy Australia gov’t, protest brutality

SYDNEY — Tens of thousands protested across Australia June 5-6, including more than 20,000 here, in solidarity with U.S. demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd as well as against Aboriginal deaths in police custody. The cops in New…

Australia election ‘shocker’ reflects working-class anger

Vol. 83/No. 23 - June 10, 2019

SYDNEY — The conservative Liberal-National coalition government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, widely predicted by liberal pundits to lose the election, defied the polls and won May 18. Most had expected a comfortable win for the opposition Labor Party led…

Australia: Workers march, demand end to anti-union laws

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018

SYDNEY — Hundreds of thousands of workers rallied in cities and towns across Australia Oct. 23-24 to defend union rights and back demands for higher wages. The slogan for the nationwide rallies organized by the Australian Council of Trade Unions…

15,000 Uber drivers strike over pay cuts in Australia

Vol. 82/No. 32 - August 27, 2018

SYDNEY — Uber drivers across Australia stopped work Aug. 6 to protest the decline in their take-home pay caused by two new programs the company has imposed on them. The action was called by Ride Share Drivers United, which reported…

Australia dockworkers strike four days over working conditions

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018
Dockworkers, members of Maritime Union of Australia, rally outside gates of Qube Ports’ Webb Dock terminal in Melbourne April 8 at end of four-day strike over working conditions.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Some 90 dockworkers, members of the Maritime Union of Australia, and their supporters rallied outside the gates of Qube Ports’ Webb Dock car terminal here April 8. The 145 workers at Qube, who unload imported vehicles, struck…