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Victorian State Election Odds

I have gone through the current betting odds on Sportsbet, on the assumption that professional agencies don’t like to lose money. Sometimes, of course, they get it wrong (e.g., late swing to the governing party in the Federal election of 2019), and odds may change over the next several days.

Africa's History: Lest We Forget

Fernando M. Gonçalves

Lest We Forget: On this day in 1884, 13 European nations shamelessly gathered in Berlin to parcel out the African continent like famished school children (on a school trip) haphazardly dividing up a pizza. Great Britain was represented by Sir Edward Malet (Ambassador to the German Empire). The US, the emerging but reluctant superpower, had a delegate - the explorer Henry Morton Stanley.

Myanmar : URGENT ACTION to stop military junta

Since its 2020 coup that toppled Myanmar's democratic government, the military junta has killed more than 2,000 civilians including trade unionists and children, arrested more than 14,000, and displaced more than 1 million people.

Belarus: Biggest attack on a trade union in Europe this century

April 19 was marked a black day in the history of the independent trade union movement in Belarus. The State Security Service (KGB) arrested more than a dozen trade union activists, including almost all the Union leaders.

Among them were President of Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) Alexandr Yarashuk, vice-president Siarhei Antusevich, and the head of the Free Belarusian Trade Union Mikalaj Sharakh. One of them, the head of Free Trade Union of Metal Workers (SPM) Aliaksandr Bukhvostau, had a heart problem and was taken to the hospital.

Colombia: End the death threats against Fresenius union representatives

For many years, Colombia has been recognised as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for activists and trade unionists. The Colombian state confirms that 145 social movement leaders were murdered in 2021 alone.

When Colombian trade union leaders are threatened, they take it very seriously.

Julian Parra and Claudia López are both Quironsalud (Fresenius subsidiary) workers who received death threats. Claudia reported the details of these threats to local police. Julian has fled Colombia.

Cambodia: Casino Workers' Strike

A month ago, workers at NagaWorld casino hotel in Cambodia went on strike. They demanded that the management engage in good faith negotiations over the forced mass redundancy of over 1,300 workers. Many of those workers were left destitute.

Instead of talking to the union, police began arresting workers and union leaders.

Two weeks ago, the union president was violently arrested on the picket line by plainclothes police.

Other union leaders were also arrested.

Iran: It's time to recognise independent trade unions

In partnership with IndustriALL which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

Iran does not allow independent unions to operate, and trade union activists are frequently detained when they defend workers' rights. LabourStart has run many campaigns in defence of imprisoned trade unionists in Iran.

Myanmar: UN must reject military dictatorship

In partnership with Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), IndustriALL global union, the Education International, the International Union of Foodworkers, and Public Services International.

Puerto Rico: Support electrical workers - stop privatisation

In partnership with Public Services International, a Global Union Federation of more than 700 trade unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries and UTIER. The workers of the Union of the Electricity and Irrigation Industry of Puerto Rico unite to work for and in defense of our common interests and rights and those of the entire working class and our people. That is why we believe in energy as a right of humanity -- and not a commodity.

Anonymous Presents: Operation Epik Fail

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