Australia: 53 health, church, union, environment and aid organisations call for Labor to reject failed TPP
Fifty-three diverse organisations representing more than two million Australians have endorsed a letter calling on Labor to reject the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and ensure fairness in future trade deals, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).Read more
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the ACFTU, the All China Federation of Trade Unions, that commits both organisations to a process of dialogue and information sharing.Read more
|[Picture: Shekou port during the strike by Lloyds List reporter Jing Yang]|
Dock workers at Shenzhen’s Yantian and Shekou ports both went on strike for higher pay during September. The Yantian strike was resolved relatively quickly in just two days, while the subsequent strike at Shekou lasted ten days and only ended yesterday after a protracted stand-off.
The Shenzhen strikes followed a bitter 40-day strike by 500 dock workers in neighbouring Hong Kong. That strike ended on 6 May after the workers voted to accept an offer of a 9.8 percent pay increase and improved working conditions. The strikers had originally demanded a 20 percent pay increase to make up for more than a decade of pay stagnation.
Years of pay inertia was the primary reason for the Shenzhen strikes too. On the morning of 1 September, several hundred crane operators and loaders at Yantian International Container Terminalswent out on strike complaining of low pay and strenuous working conditions. Most crane operators earned on average just 6,000 yuan per month, although this could go up to 8,000 yuan per month in busy periods.Read more
National Secretary Paddy Crumlin engaged in an in-depth conversation with a delegation of leaders from the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), led by Madame Zhang Shiping who is a Vice President of the ACFTU's Secretariat. The trade union leaders met in Sydney on December 8th to share strategies and possible areas of cooperation.Read more
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Union warns members of lifeboat dangers after fatality in Middle East, while another crew member dies doing dockworkers crane work in ChinaRead more
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