Workers Issues in Australia & the Pacific

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7 March 2015

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Australian union rallies seek to divert anger over attacks on wages and services

By our reporters, 5 March 2015

The ACTU staged a “National Day of Action” yesterday to try to head off the intense hostility among workers to the mounting assault on wages, working conditions and social services.

Australian workers denounce budget cuts and austerity drive

By our correspondents, 5 March 2015

Workers from a variety of industries spoke to WSWS correspondents after yesterday’s trade union rallies in Sydney and Melbourne, explaining what issues led them to join the protests and discussing the political questions raised by the speakers’ promotion of the perspective of returning another Labor government.

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28 February 2015

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Australian prime minister’s leadership continues to unravel

By Mike Head, 26 February 2015

Underlying the destabilisation is mounting business dissatisfaction with the Abbott government’s failure to impose deep cuts to social spending and workers’ wages and conditions.

Australia: Aurizon workers confront deep assault on conditions

By Terry Cook, 25 February 2015

Amid plummeting coal prices, the rail freight company is seeking to dismantle long-standing working conditions and protections for its Queensland workforce.

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21 February 2015

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14 February 2015

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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 February 2015

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31 January 2015

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Australian Productivity Commission launches wage-cutting review

By Mike Head, 27 January 2015

The inquiry openly canvasses abolishing penalty wage rates for after-hours work and scrapping the minimum wage.

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17 January 2015

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10 January 2015

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3 January 2015

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27 December 2014

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Toyota Australia details restructuring plans after 2017 shutdown

By Will Morrow, 6 December 2014

The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry.

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29 November 2014

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Australian meat workers to face new attacks after JBS buys Primo Group

By Richard Phillips, 27 November 2014

JBS’s rapid expansion over the past nine years has been driven by an unrelenting assault on jobs, wages and conditions.

Australian mining services workers reject 25 percent pay cut

By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 22 November 2014

Hastings Deering’s ultimatum points to an intensification of the assault against jobs and conditions in the mining industry.

Australia’s housing bubble fuels a social disaster

By Mike Head, 20 November 2014

Working class households are increasingly priced out of buying a home, while thousands of properties lie vacant.

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15 November 2014

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8 November 2014

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Broken Nation: A glimpse of Australian anti-war sentiment in World War I

By Will Morrow, 6 November 2014

It is significant—and to Joan Beaumont’s credit—that her latest book lifts the lid, albeit within definite limits, on anti-war opposition in the working class.

Australia: Wages slashed to boost corporate profits

By Terry Cook, 1 November 2014

The cost-cutting drive is intensifying amid the implosion of the mining boom, with export prices falling sharply and thousands of jobs being destroyed by mine closures.

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1 November 2014

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18 October 2014

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Western Australian government announces further public sector job cuts

By Joe Lopez, 14 October 2014

With the reversal of the mining boom, both the state government and the Labor opposition agree that the working class must pay the price.

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11 October 2014

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Australia: 500 more public sector jobs to go in Tasmania

By Terry Cook, 7 October 2014

The state government withdrew its pay freeze and declared it will axe a further 500 jobs, bringing the total to 1,200 since the August budget.

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4 October 2014

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Job cuts mounting in Australia as mining slump intensifies

By Terry Cook, 26 September 2014

In the past week alone, coal mine closures in central Queensland have directly destroyed another 700 jobs.

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13 September 2014

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Caltex Australia’s restructuring cuts hundreds more jobs

By Terry Cook, 4 September 2014

The oil company’s share price jumped to a record high after slashing 350 further jobs to deliver cost savings of around $100 million a year.

Suicides highlight harsh conditions in Australia’s mining industry

By Joe Lopez, 2 September 2014

Nine Pilbara “Fly In Fly Out” workers have committed suicide in the past 12 months, despite an earlier federal parliamentary inquiry.

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30 August 2014

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23 August 2014

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Australia: Sydney university staff and students oppose job cuts

By Zac Hambides, 14 August 2014

Sydney university students and staff are being diverted into another round of bankrupt appeals to the campus administration and the Labor opposition to stop job cuts.

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9 August 2014

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2 August 2014

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Australia Post report points to massive cuts to jobs and services

By Keith Morgan, 25 July 2014

A consultants’ report reveals advanced plans to wind back postal deliveries, outsource more jobs and cut wages.

Australian youth and workers denounce cuts to Sunday pay rates

By our reporters, 16 July 2014

The decision will have devastating consequences for tens of thousands of poorly-paid workers.

Low attendance at Australian anti-budget rallies exposes unions’ role

By James Cogan, 7 July 2014

Workers stayed away from the protests because they do not view the unions as organisations that fight for their interests.

Workers and youth denounce Australian budget

By our reporters, 7 July 2014

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with workers and youth attending protests yesterday [insert link] in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle against the Abbott government’s budget measures. None were aware that the main budget appropriation bills had already been passed by Labor and the Greens in the Senate.

Australian government report outlines dismantling of welfare system

By Richard Phillips, 1 July 2014

The proposed measures would see thousands of people forced into deeper poverty and low-wage employment.

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28 June 2014

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21 June 2014

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Australia Post slashes 900 jobs in preparation for privatisation

By Keith Morgan, 18 June 2014

Up to 10,000 jobs are expected to be eliminated over the next three years to make the postal service an attractive proposition for a corporate buyer.

Ford announces 250 forced redundancies in Australia

By our correspondent, 18 June 2014

The move points to an accelerating shut down of the automotive industry in the country, orchestrated by governments, corporations and the unions.

Fight budget austerity! A socialist perspective for Australian workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 June 2014

This leaflet was distributed at trade union “Bust the Budget” rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.

Australian industrial watchdog goes after West Australian construction workers’ homes

By Zac Hambides, 7 June 2014

The prosecution, which began under the previous Labor governments, is part of an escalating assault on democratic rights.

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7 June 2014

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17 May 2014

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Australia: Fairfax journalists strike over job cuts

By Richard Phillips, 9 May 2014

Journalists, photographers and other staff are being axed in a new round of job destruction at one of Australia’s largest media corporations.

Australia: Plunging coal prices herald new mine closures and job cuts

By Terry Cook, 5 May 2014

Over the past two years, coal producers have already slashed 12,000 jobs, including 8,000 in Queensland alone.

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19 April 2014

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Australia: Socialist Alliance holds bogus “defend Geelong jobs” rally

By Will Marshall, 12 April 2014

Far from being a fight to defend jobs, the rally was aimed at promoting the Labor Party and unions, which bear full responsibility for the devastation of cities like Geelong.

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12 April 2014

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Young workers super-exploited in Australian meat industry

By Keith Morgan, 10 April 2014

Young Asian workers on temporary visas are being systematically underpaid and mistreated.

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29 March 2014

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22 March 2014

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Australia: Ex-Labor minister urges sweeping attack on workers’ conditions

By Terry Cook, 19 March 2014

Martin Ferguson accused the Abbott government of being too “timid” on industrial relations “reform.”

Australian government signals breakup of Qantas airline

By Mike Head, 5 March 2014

Prime Minister Abbott made clear that Qantas must continue to axe workers’ jobs and conditions.

Australia: Aurizon coal train drivers locked out

By Terry Cook, 3 March 2014

Big business regards the dispute as an important test case for a wider corporate drive to slash wages and conditions throughout the mining and energy sectors.

Australian trade unions move to enforce Qantas layoffs, wage cuts

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 March 2014

The unions have no problem with making workers bear the cost of the Qantas crisis, but want to maintain their privileged position within the airline industry.

Australian regional brewery closure announced

By Joshua Newsham, 1 March 2014

In one shutdown after another, the unions have functioned on behalf of management to suppress any struggle to defend jobs.

Australia: Qantas Airways to cut 5,000 jobs and impose wage freeze

By James Cogan, 27 February 2014

The job destruction flows directly from the cut-throat competition for market share and profits among rival transnational airline alliances since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Australian “union corruption” inquiry targets workers

By Terry Cook, 25 February 2014

The Royal Commission witchhunt is part of a sweeping drive to dismantle working conditions.

Job losses sweep through Australian economy

By Zac Hambides, 22 February 2014

The official unemployment rate in Australia has hit a ten-year high.

Socialist Equality Party campaigns against Toyota Australia shutdown

By our reporters, 22 February 2014

SEP campaigners met with a warm response from Toyota workers, many of whom bitterly denounced the union for its partnership with the company.

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22 February 2014

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Alcoa Australia announces smelter closure, sacking 1,000 workers

By Patrick O’Connor, 19 February 2014

The Point Henry closure forms part of a ruthless global restructuring of the aluminium industry.

Jobs disaster looms in Australian car components industry

By James Cogan, 18 February 2014

At least 44,000 car component jobs are under threat.

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15 February 2014

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Australian car industry closure: A warning to workers internationally

By James Cogan, 13 February 2014

The situation facing car workers in Australia is a devastating historical verdict on all national programs and the profit system itself.

Australian Labor Party and unions posture over Toyota closure

By Patrick O’Connor, 12 February 2014

The previous Labor government presided over the axing of more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs between 2007 and 2013, including in the car industry.

Following Ford and GM, Toyota Australia announces end of car production

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 February 2014

Unless the working class takes up a fight in defence of jobs against the closures, the entire auto industry in Australia will be wiped out.

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8 February 2014

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Australian union leader backs government drive to lower wages

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 February 2014

Howes appealed for a new “Grand Compact” between unions, business and government.

Australia Post workers face further restructuring and privatisation

By Keith Morgan, 5 February 2014

Whatever the Abbott government’s final plans, there will be another wholesale attack on jobs, wages and conditions, as well as the slashing of mail services.

Australian government seizes on union corruption claims to prepare assault on workers

By Terry Cook, 1 February 2014

The media witch hunt emerges amid incessant demands by the corporate elite for further draconian industrial relations measures.

Australian government refuses assistance to SPC fruit cannery

By Will Morrow, 1 February 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott made clear that the decision was part of a strategy to enforce restructuring throughout manufacturing.

Australian government intervenes against Toyota workers

By Will Morrow, 30 January 2014

The government is presenting its insistence that workers vote on Toyota’s cost-cutting demands under the fraudulent guise of giving them the “right” to choose.

Falling Australian jobs growth points to deepening slump

By Terry Cook, 27 January 2014

Full-time jobs fell in 2013 for the first time since the 2008 crash, and jobs growth was the weakest since the 1991-92 recession.

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25 January 2014

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Australia: Car components workers speak on auto industry shutdown

By our reporters, 21 January 2014

Workers in the car components sector have been under relentless assault since the 2008 financial crash and global restructuring of the auto industry.

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18 January 2014

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Australia: Broadmeadows workers speak on car industry crisis

By our reporters, 15 January 2014

Ford’s planned shutdown in 2016 will see nearly 1,000 jobs destroyed in Broadmeadows.

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11 January 2014

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Australian airline Qantas reduced to “junk” status

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 January 2014

Moody’s announcement comes as even more job cuts at the airline are threatened.

Australian fruit cannery sacks workers, threatens closure

By Will Marshall, 9 January 2014

SPC’s closure would devastate Shepparton, which has a population of just over 60,000 and an already high official unemployment rate of 8.6 percent.

Australian union calls for auto funding switch to military spending

By Terry Cook, 8 January 2014

Under the AMWU’s plan, the very future of thousands of workers is to be tied directly to the war aims of Australian and US imperialism.

Australia: Report foreshadows collapse of mining construction jobs

By Dragan Slavkov, 6 January 2014

Even though the mining industry employs just 2 percent of the workforce, almost another 8 percent of workers are in associated industries.

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4 January 2014

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28 December 2013

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Elizabeth, South Australia: A city devastated by General Motors Holden

By Zac Hambides, 27 December 2013

The plant closure will destroy the last 1,600 car manufacturing jobs and hit a working-class community already suffering from decades of job shedding.

Australia’s auto closures pose need for a global workers’ strategy

By Mike Head, 20 December 2013

The ending of production in an entire country is a concentrated expression of the ongoing, ruthless restructuring of the global auto industry.

Australian auto workers condemn Holden plant closure

By a WSWS reporting team, 19 December 2013

WSWS reporters spoke to workers at the General Motors Holden assembly plant in Elizabeth in South Australia, slated for closure in 2017.

Australian government rescinds childcare and aged care pay rises

By Will Morrow, 14 December 2013

The decision will ensure that these workers remain among the worst-paid and most exploited sections of the working class.

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14 December 2013

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Australia: Toyota exploits GM shutdown to bolster wage-cutting drive

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 December 2013

The company is threatening to end production in Australia unless costs are slashed by $3,800 per vehicle.