Today in Sydney and Melbourne Australia, hundreds of unionists joined the ITCU International day of action and rallied in support of jailed Korean trade union leader Han Sang-gyun.
Han is the former president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU and is still serving a three-year sentence in Hwasung Correction Centre. Mr Han lead the trade union against the regressive labour reforms under the former Park Geun-hye government.
The rallies in Australia were organised by SIGTUR, APHEDA and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), and supported by a range of unions.
Unionists in Australia are calling for their immediate release and calling for the rights of unionists around the world to be respected.
A storm has erupted in Gippsland Australia Esso a company owned by Exxon a muilt national American company. Workers have been picketing for 224 days. At the centre of the storm reside two multinational corporations, Exxon Mobil and contractor UGL, who have signaled their intent to employ some of the most heavily criticised tactics used by bruised beer company Carlton United Brewery (CUB) in its six-month self-declared war on maintenance workers.
The plan of these giant corporations is to cut the wages and conditions of offshore and onshore oil and gas maintenance workers in the Bass Strait by shifting them onto a dodgy agreement with a recently created shelf company of contractor UGL.