Western Australia's Dampier Peninsula is one of the most ecologically fragile, and culturally significant areas of Australia. Yet despite local Indigenous groups having strong cultural ties to the area, WA Premier Colin Barnett announced this week his intention to compulsorily acquire the land at James Price Point in order to build a multibillion dollar gas processing plant. By doing this, Barnett is bypassing vital processes of negotiation and consultation with Traditional Owners. "Join SIGTUR and Australia" in sending a message to Colin Barnett that this is an unacceptable violation of Indigenous rights?
Indigenous Australians have the right to make their own decisions about their land and how it is used. To circumnavigate the negotiations that were being undertaken through the announcement of this acquisition, is a huge setback for the Indigenous Rights movement. Will you help support the traditional owners, by signing the petition?
AMWU Supports Our Indigenous Brothers & Sisters
On the 18th – 23rd April 2010 union activists from twenty five countries across four continents in the global South, representing democratic unions from the following countries – Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, South Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, Kenya, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Zambia, Angola, Eritrea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines, South Korea and Australia gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the 18-23 April 2010.
In the global south workers in many countries are under attack as we meet both industrially and through civil war. SIGTUR and the meeting recognised their predicament and extended solidarity. One hundred and ten delegates debated and engaged in the deepening global economic crisis manifested in failure of the financial systems, the capitalist restructuring of the global economy and their effects on the global working class, particularly from developing and poor countries and the catastrophic ecological crisis.