Sydney: TWU activists arrested at sit-in

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13 Nov – The Transport Workers’ Union has said it is planning further rallies and store sit-ins after 10 truck drivers and union activists were arrested yesterday during a peaceful demonstration at a Coles store in Parramatta.

The protest was one of several rallies held around Australia ahead of the annual general meeting of Coles’ parent company Wesfarmers. Protesters highlighted the 330 deaths in truck-related crashes each year because of the pressure by wealthy retailers.

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Coles’ low cost contracts are forcing truck drivers to speed, drive long hours with over-loaded vehicles.

Relatives of people killed in truck-crashes and TWU activists confronted Coles’ bosses during the annual general meeting in Perth yesterday over the company’s stance on safety. When pressed on whether the company would sign up to a safety charter, Wesfarmers chairman Bob Every replied: “Short answer is no.”

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Melbourne: police association splits from Trades Hall after forum on police racism

July 5: THE police union has split from Victoria’s peak union body after a socialist group was allowed to hire a room at Trades Hall for a forum about police brutality and racism.

Police Association boss Greg Davies told The Age the 14-year relationship with the Victorian Trades Hall Council had broken down for a number of reasons, but that the Socialist Alternative forum was a significant factor.

”The Socialist Alternative – not an affiliated party with the Trades Hall Council – put posters up all over various shopping centres that screamed ‘police racism and violence’,” he said. Continue reading “Melbourne: police association splits from Trades Hall after forum on police racism”