Australia’s trade union movement has swung behind 55 skilled brewery workers whose jobs were sacrificed in a cost-cutting bid by the nation’s largest beer producer, a subsidiary of global alcohol conglomerate SABMiller.
 Unionists have protested loudly outside the Melbourne brewery of Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) for over three months after the company changed contractors employing its maintenance workforce, resulting in them being replaced by non-union labour on inferior wages and conditions.
We call for the release of all trade unionists arrested and all the charges to be dropped.
Southern Initiative Global Unions Rights (SIGTUR) joined unionists from Australia,  Argentina, Phillipines, South Africia and the local South Korean community this week at Korean consulates and embassies to send a deafening blast in protest at unjust prison sentences and arrests inflicted on innocent trade union officials.