11 | 12 | 2018

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has sent a message of support and solidarity to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) after the historic workers protest in Melbourne’s CBD which shut down roads and tram routes for three hours on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

100,000 workers marched in the city’s streets in support of ACTU’s nationwide “Change of Rules” campaign to demand better pay and work conditions, including an increase in the minimum wage of $50 (R450) a week on the current $695 (R6255) a week.

October 5 marks a dark day in the history of Australia with the Coalition government signing an agreement for the recolonisation of Australia. Not by Britain but by monopoly capital, by the largest, global corporations. It will enable giant monopoly corporations and international tribunals to over-ride Australia’s sovereignty and democratic processes, including judicial and parliamentary processes once it comes into force.

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations were concluded after five years of secret negotiations and it now depends on each country to follow through with their domestic requirements for ratification to become a binding treaty.

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