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Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
6 June 2020
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More Australian war crimes exposed in Afghanistan
6 June 2020
The exposure of Ziauddin’s killing highlights the years of coverups by successive Australian governments, both Liberal-National and Labor, of military abuses in the Middle East.

Australian government hands more cash to big business as recession deepens
6 June 2020
The slump began before the main COVID-19 pandemic restrictions commenced, and has led to the greatest loss of livelihoods since the 1930s Great Depression.

Australian governments try to block demonstrations against police violence
6 June 2020
The bans and police threats are outright attacks on the right to protest, a basic democratic right, aimed at establishing a precedent for suppressing mounting social and political opposition.

Nissan confirms job cuts as strike against Spanish plant closures continues
5 June 2020
Thousands of Nissan workers, their families and sympathisers are striking, protesting and blocking roads to protest the automaker’s decision to shut down its Barcelona plant.

NTEU helps Australian universities escalate job and wage cuts
5 June 2020
University managements are exploiting the union’s stifling of university workers’ outrage and opposition.

Hundreds of jobs axed as News Corp Australia shuts regional and suburban newspapers
5 June 2020
The Murdoch-owned company, like other media conglomerates, has seized on the COVID-19 crisis to drastically restructure operations and drive up profits.

Australia: NSW government pushes public sector wage freeze
5 June 2020
The government is now asking the Industrial Relations Commission to deny nurses, teachers, paramedics, and other essential workers a promised 2.5 percent wage increase.

Australian inquest says “grossly deficient” safety caused death of Anglo American mine worker
4 June 2020
The coronial inquest into the Grasstree Mine workers’ death in 2014 is a damning indictment of Anglo American safety standards.

Anger over US police assault on Australian journalists in Washington DC
4 June 2020
Had the attack occurred in a country such as China or Iran, the muted response from the Australian political establishment would undoubtedly have been very different.

Australian schools affected by new coronavirus clusters
3 June 2020
The cases have exposed state and federal government claims, both Labor and Liberal, that teachers, staff and children are safe to return to school.

Australian police officers assault Aboriginal boy in Sydney
3 June 2020
The widespread anger provoked by the attack has prompted nervousness from the political establishment, under conditions of mass protests internationally against police violence.

Oppose the premature lifting of COVID-19 safety restrictions!
3 June 2020
The Socialist Equality Party opposes the profit-driven “back-to-work” campaign as the global COVID-19 pandemic worsens and fresh outbreaks appear across the country.

Australian bushfire inquiry examines the terrible impact of smoke inhalation
2 June 2020
The number of deaths caused by smoke was more than ten times the number killed directly by the bushfires.

Australia’s richest “Top 20” soar further in wealth during pandemic
2 June 2020
The results illustrate the immense concentration of wealth since governments bailed out the financial elite after the 2008–09 economic breakdown.

Thousands rally in Perth, Australia against police violence
2 June 2020
The protest was a rebuke of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s declaration that “There’s no need to import things happening in other countries here to Australia.”

Australian university union pushes through pay-cutting deal at Western Sydney
1 June 2020
The NTEU prevented genuine discussion, refused to circulate opposing resolutions and backed management threats.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
30 May 2020
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Australia’s “national cabinet” declared permanent
30 May 2020
The purpose of the new body is to suppress widespread social and political opposition, and create the conditions for a further pro-business restructuring of the economy.

Financial press hails Australian government’s union-employer offensive against workers
29 May 2020
The unions have committed to a sweeping pro-business overhaul of workplace conditions and industrial relations on the pretext of the pandemic.

Australian university union’s national deal collapses in face of widespread opposition
28 May 2020
Despite its debacle, the NTEU will intensify its collaboration with university managements to try and impose deep cuts to jobs, wages and conditions.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) to hold online lectures on history of Trotskyism
27 May 2020
Amid the breakdown of capitalism triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the lectures will outline the contemporary significance of the Trotskyist movement’s decades-long fight for a socialist and in

Australian PM launches union-employer offensive against workers
27 May 2020
The unions have signalled their readiness to enforce a corporate drive to exploit the pandemic to mount a major assault on jobs, wages and conditions.

Online meeting reveals union complicity in attacks on Australia Post workers
26 May 2020
Union officials prevented workers from speaking or moving motions, in a warning that they are preparing to enforce the management’s sweeping pro-business restructure.

US threatens to “disconnect” Australia if it strays from conflict with China
26 May 2020
Pompeo’s bullying intervention is part of an intensifying campaign by Washington to confront China economically and militarily.

Australian governments rush to end lockdowns in line with business demands
26 May 2020
Thousands of students and teachers are returning to schools, crowded public transport services are operating and millions of workers are being herded back onto the job.

Australian government’s JobKeeper fraud starts to unravel
25 May 2020
From the start, the government’s claims of “saving six million jobs” were always patent lies.

Australian governments fully reopen schools despite intense opposition
23 May 2020
The danger of sending up to a million children back full-time in New South Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic is compounded by the public transport crisis.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
23 May 2020
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Australian unions back pay cuts for fast food workers
22 May 2020
The attack on some of the lowest-paid workers, on the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic, is a precedent for a broader pro-business restructuring.

Australia: Twelve fast food outlets closed in Melbourne after coronavirus outbreak
21 May 2020
Around 1,000 McDonald’s workers have been stood down, and hundreds are in self-isolation.

Australian government falsely claims credit for global COVID-19 inquiry
21 May 2020
Australia’s push was obviously part of a US drive to demonise China and the World Health Organisation.

Australian universities exploit NTEU deal to slash facilities, jobs and conditions
20 May 2020
The employers are taking full advantage of the union’s role in suppressing the outrage of university workers for six weeks while it pursued backroom talks.

Australian Committee for Public Education holds online forum on COVID-19 and the universities crisis
19 May 2020
Academics, university professional staff, school teachers, TAFE employees and university students joined a critical discussion.

Australian secret interrogation powers to extend to “foreign interference”
19 May 2020
ASIO will have the power to forcibly question 14-year-olds and anyone deemed connected to a “foreign” organisation.

Australian teachers speak out about unsafe schools and excessive workloads
18 May 2020
A survey of 10,000 teachers reveals that fewer than one in four felt safe working at schools at the end of term one and 60 percent had high levels of anxiety about returning to work.

Australian government heightens trade conflict with China
18 May 2020
Successive Australian governments have been in the forefront of imposing tariffs and other restrictions on imports from China.

Australian governments exploit mass unemployment to coerce workers into unsafe workplaces
16 May 2020
Nearly half a million workers dropped out of the workforce in April, yet unemployment and underemployment still reached a record total of 19.9 percent.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
16 May 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis in the universities
16 May 2020
The CFPE invites university workers, students and teachers to attend its online forum to discuss the pandemic and the deep crisis in the universities, both in Australia and internationally.

Australian pseudo-left groups try to rescue university union from outrage over sellout deal
14 May 2020
The NTEU’s deal with the employers exposes the desperate efforts of pseudo-left groups to prevent a revolt by university workers and students against the union.

Australian Labor Party leader revives bogus “fair go” call
14 May 2020
Albanese’s post-COVID-19 “vision statement” came as workers are being ordered back into workplaces despite the Australian government saying further outbreaks are inevitable.

Australian university union agrees to unprecedented pay and job cuts
13 May 2020
The agreement shatters the NTEU’s claim that it volunteered sacrifices of wages and conditions to “protect jobs” from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian Labor Party exploits pandemic to scapegoat foreign workers
12 May 2020
Labor’s call for immigration cuts lines up directly behind the drive by governments around the globe, personified by US President Trump, to promote toxic nationalism.

Australian unions enforce continued mining production throughout pandemic
11 May 2020
Local authorities in mining regions have warned that the continued operations of the sector threaten outbreaks of COVID-19.

Australian intelligence sources alarmed by US “Wuhan lab” claim
11 May 2020
The primary fear in these ruling circles is that the assertions are so unreliable that they discredit the US confrontation with China, in which Australia is on the frontline.

Australian mine explosion leaves five workers with horrific injuries
9 May 2020
Four miners are fighting for life and another sustained serious injuries in a gas explosion at an Anglo American mine in central Queensland.

Australian governments pushing workers back on the job amid pandemic
9 May 2020
Mass unemployment is being used as a battering ram to push financially devastated workers back into workplaces, regardless of their safety fears.

Australian rail union imposes sell out agreement after 51-49 percent split vote
8 May 2020
Many outraged rail workers have quit the RTBU in protest over the bureaucracy’s imposition of far reaching concessions on behalf of Metro Trains.

Australian governments pushing tracing app despite unanswered privacy-functionality questions
8 May 2020
The intrusive mobile phone application is being used to legitimise the dangerous back to work campaign of the ruling elite.

More than sixty COVID-19 cases linked to Australian abattoir outbreak
7 May 2020
Workers were not tested until more than three weeks after the first confirmed case at the Melbourne facility.

Australia’s national cabinet pushes return to work despite ongoing COVID-19 dangers
6 May 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison bluntly admitted that the reversal of lockdown measures would lead to increased infections.

The coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism in Australia
5 May 2020
The experience of the past months has presented the real face of capitalism—a system that constitutes the greatest threat to mankind.

Millions of Australian workers blocked from “JobKeeper” scheme
5 May 2020
The wage subsidy is benefiting banks and big business, while resulting in cuts to workers’ pay and conditions.

Australian governments reopen schools despite studies warning of COVID-19 danger
5 May 2020
The federal government’s attack on the Victorian state premier was aimed at suppressing opposition by teachers and parents.

Australia: Biloela residents continue fight to free Tamil refugee family
4 May 2020
Angela Fredericks, a campaign leader, spoke to the WSWS after a recent partial legal victory.

West Australian principal stood down for warning of coronavirus dangers in schools
4 May 2020
The victimisation of Bronwyn White is a warning that the reopening of schools is being accompanied by the suppression of opposition.

Australian government fast-tracks review of lockdown measures
2 May 2020
New clusters have emerged, including among meat workers in Melbourne, as governments seek to prematurely end social-distancing measures.

Australian government places country on frontline of anti-China witch hunt
2 May 2020
Australia unilaterally called for an international inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the Trump administration’s unsubstantiated accusations against China.

Australian governments rushing to reverse lockdown measures
1 May 2020
Official modelling openly acknowledges that the policies being pursued by governments will result in a “higher number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths.”

Family members protest amid six more deaths at Australian aged care home
30 April 2020
The outbreak underscores the danger of a new wave of COVID-19 infections as governments and business chiefs step up their drive for a premature return to work.

Ruby Princess cruise ship forced out of Australian waters with coronavirus stricken staff on board
30 April 2020
Around 500 workers are on the ship as it heads for the Philippines.

Australian health workers infected with COVID-19 but governments cover up full picture
29 April 2020
Even according to the officially-reported cases, Melbourne’s health system is one of the worst-affected in Australia.

Australian schools reopening as spearhead of “back to work” campaign
29 April 2020
State and federal governments are invoking dubious research to insist it is safe for teachers and students to return to schools.

Despite anticipating more deaths, Australian governments demand return to work
28 April 2020
The New South Wales state premier said she expected an increase in virus cases as her government lifted restrictions.

Australian university union continues sellout talks despite members’ anger
27 April 2020
SEP members develop discussion on a socialist perspective while the NTEU agrees to pay and conditions cuts and employers inflict massive job losses.

Australian government introduces spying app as part of back-to-work push
27 April 2020
There is no evidence that the application will do anything to trace or halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
25 April 2020
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Australia: Fifth resident dies at Sydney aged care home
25 April 2020
Unable to visit, families fear their elderly relatives are suffering neglect.

Australia’s national cabinet targets teachers to ramp up back-to-work drive
25 April 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison took direct aim at school teachers, falsely alleging they were not “going to work.”

Thousands of jobs on the line after Virgin Australia goes into administration
24 April 2020
The announcement by Virgin Australia, the country’s second largest domestic carrier, threatens at least 15,000 jobs.

Australian court ruling means continued imprisonment for Tamil refugees from Biloela
23 April 2020
The people of Biloela are continuing a national campaign, entitled “Home to Bilo,” demanding the release of the family and return home to Biloela.

Australia Post announces major restructure threatening thousands of jobs
23 April 2020
The government and management are utilising the coronavirus pandemic to implement longstanding plans for mass sackings and privatisation.

Hostility to workers’ questions at online Australian union event
23 April 2020
In the ACTU “webinar,” no workers could speak, let alone oppose the unions’ role in assisting employers slash pay and conditions in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia’s national cabinet continues back-to-work push
22 April 2020
State governments are moving ahead with an easing of restrictions, including through the reopening of schools, creating the conditions for major coronavirus outbreaks.

Real jobless rate could reach 30 percent in Australia
22 April 2020
Low-paid workers are twice as likely to be thrown out of work as high-income people in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Grattan Institute.

Australian journalist still faces prosecution despite illegal police raid
21 April 2020
The High Court ruled the raid’s search warrant “invalid” but allowed the federal police to keep the seized material for use to lay criminal charges.

Australian government joins Washington’s anti-China campaign over pandemic
21 April 2020
The Australian government, backed by the Labor opposition, is positioning itself as the Trump administration’s attack dog, repeating its unsubstantiated claims against China and the World Health Org

Australia: Workers call out unsafe conditions at Tasmanian hospitals
21 April 2020
Two more patients have died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in the northwest of the state.

SEP (US) Presidential candidate Joseph Kishore to participate in IYSSE (Australia) online meeting tonight
20 April 2020
Nick Beams and Socialist Equality Party (Australia) assistant national-secretary Cheryl Crisp will conduct a conversation with Kishore, the SEP candidate for president of the United States.

Outrage among Australian university workers over secret NTEU pay cut talks
20 April 2020
Fearing a revolt by its members, the union national executive said the concessions it is offering employers must be kept for “confidential, limited sharing.”

International students in Australia speak out: “Governments have done nothing to help us”
20 April 2020
“Governments are providing billions and even trillions of dollars to the banks and corporations. Why nothing for us?”

Australian governments refuse to assist international students amid pandemic
20 April 2020
Thousands of international students are on the precipice of homelessness and abject poverty after state and federal governments refused to provide them with any assistance.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
18 April 2020
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Intensive CIA spying on Assange targeted his infant child
18 April 2020
As the US government finalised its bogus charges against Assange, it oversaw dirty tricks operations targeting his partner and their infant child.

Authorities seeking to force coronavirus-stricken ship out of Australian waters
18 April 2020
More than 160 Ruby Princess crew members have tested positive for COVID-19, but most of the 1,056 workers are being refused the right to leave the ship.

Australian ruling elite seizes on pandemic to demand harsh economic restructuring
18 April 2020
Governments and big business are using the COVID-19 crisis to accelerate the decades-long assault on social spending and workers’ jobs, wages and conditions.

Australian teachers speak out against unsafe conditions
17 April 2020
One teacher said: “We are seeing that the allocation of resources is not to support social safety but to enrich a few super-wealthy oligarchs.”

COVID-19 and the role of Labor and the unions in Australia
16 April 2020
In fighting against mass unemployment, financial ruin and the danger to their very health and lives in many workplaces, the chief political obstacle confronting the working class is the Labor and unio

Australian police use COVID-19 emergency powers to ban refugee detention protest
16 April 2020
The police action, which state Premier Daniel Andrews’ Labor government must have authorised, constitutes a direct attack on the right to protest.

Unemployment already at Great Depression levels in Australia
16 April 2020
A record 3.92 million workers, or 27.4 percent, were either unemployed or under-employed by the end of March.

Massive increase in toxic emissions at Australian coal power plant
15 April 2020
The Vales Point power station was sold by the government to a multi-millionaire for just $1 million.

Australia: Two hospitals close in Tasmania after COVID-19 outbreak
15 April 2020
Six patients have died and more than 40 health workers have tested positive.

Australian university union in backroom talks to slash jobs and conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic
14 April 2020
NTEU members received an email from the union saying it is in discussions with the employers about measures “we would never normally consider.”

Australian construction workers denounce union enforcement of unsafe conditions
14 April 2020
The union has responded to the outpouring of anger by mass deleting Facebook comments and declaring that work must continue, despite the dangers posed by the pandemic.

Australian government demands staged reopening of the school system
14 April 2020
The Australian government is pressing for schools across the country to reopen, as part of a wider move to lift social distancing and other restrictions put in place for the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
11 April 2020
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Australian hospitals lack ventilators and staff to deal with pandemic
11 April 2020
A ventilator manufacturing deal this week highlighted the shortage of urgently-needed intensive care medical equipment.

Australian governments prepare to push workers back into unsafe workplaces
10 April 2020
Discussions about “herd immunity” are taking place in ruling circles.

Australian government bails out private childcare industry
10 April 2020
As with every other measure taken by the government, the sole concern is to get workers back on the job, regardless of the COVID-19 danger.