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Kenya: Respect health workers' rights

In partnership with the Kenyan Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and Public Services International, a Global Union Federation of more than 700 trade unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries.

Reason Australia Closing Down

From Fiona Patten

As many of you now know, the members voted at the AGM to wind up Reason Australia and Reason Victoria. This is a bittersweet letter to write.

It doesn’t feel like fifteen years ago that the idea to form a small political party to champion civil and personal rights took shape. Many of you will know that it happened around my kitchen table one evening in 2009. (page 235 of my book!) We were elected in 2014 and in 2016 evolved into Reason.

Panama: Stop attacks on SUNTRACS

In partnership with BWI (Building and Wood Workers' International), a global union federation that brings together 361 free and democratic unions, representing a total of 12 million members in the Building, Building Materials, Wood, Forestry, and Allied sectors across 115 countries. BWI's core mission is to safeguard and promote workers' rights while enhancing working and living conditions, asserting that trade union rights are inherently human rights, rooted in principles of equality, solidarity, and democracy.

Workers’ Rights, not for Sale! Rescind FSC certification in Military Junta-ruled Myanmar

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) exists to certify that products coming from the world's forests are produced responsibly. This means, among other things, that forestry workers are treated fairly. The FSC says that it "shall uphold the principles and rights at work as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998) based on the eight ILO Core Labour Conventions."

The FSC will obviously not allow forestry products made in countries like Myanmar to be certified, right?

Québec: Support unions' call for dialogue and negotiations

In partnership with the Education International and Public Services International. Education Internationa is the voice of teachers and education workers around the world. Through its 383 member organisations, EI represents more than 32 million teachers and education support personnel in 178 countries and territories. Public Services Interational is a Global Union Federation of more than 700 trade unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries.

In Search of Kindness

Now is the season when priests proclaim, “Peace on earth, goodwill towards men” and mainstream media soothe us with stories and images of kindness.

But why do peace and goodwill remain just dreams? Why is kindness so rare in the world today? Why is it limited to the personal sphere? Why is the wider world so cruel?

Then there's only one choice

A haunting reminder of the need for peace by a man who died for it

“Then there's only one choice” By Wolfgang Borchert

Translated from the German by William T. Hathaway

Voting "Yes" and the Nay-Sayers

Between work and study this week I scooted down to the Port Melbourne town hall yesterday to cast a "Yes" vote in the Voice referendum. I recognise ATSI people as the original inhabitants of the land. My respect for this means that I think it is right that they, like other indigenous people throughout the world, should have an advisory body to the government on matters that affect them. And that's the entirety of the constitutional change.

97%+ of "No" Voters Don't Know What They Are Voting On

Abstract: The Voice Referendum seeks to provide recognition to the First People of Australia and a body known as the Voice which can make representations to the parliament and executive. The Australian Parliament will determine the powers and procedures of the Voice. According to current aggregated opinion polling, the "No" case to the Voice is currently leading.

Labor Party Conference in BrisVegas

A few days ago I landed in Brisbane to, once again, attend the ALP National Conference. As is usually the case, the results on contested issues are pretty well-known before the vote is actually taken.

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