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Friday, September 8, 2017

AUWU Rally Against Channel Seven Vilification of Jobseekers



Calling for an end to the demonisation of jobseekers the Australian Unemployed Workers Union held a rally outside Channel Seven's Sunrise studio in Martin Place, Sydney today. They opposed the vilification of Australia's economically disadvantaged in Sunrise programs such as "Australia's Worst Dole Bludging Areas Named and Shamed" in which commentators called for punitive welfare penalties.



Speakers at the rally pointed out that with an average of 18 jobseekers for every job vacancy Channel Seven’s claim that Newstart recipients are shirkers were unfounded. Individual jobseekers were not to blame for failures of the free market according to the AUWU whose members called for an expansion of the public sector to employ everyone needing work and the introduction of a universal basic income.



Demonstrators asked early morning train commuters arriving for work in the CBD to support the ethical treatment of jobseekers. Speakers at the rally mentioned the high suicide rate among the unemployed which is estimated at more than 5 times the national average. [1] They accused Channel Seven of driving jobseekers into homelessness and despair by promoting unfair welfare crackdowns. Protestors began chanting SHAME, SHAME, SHAME disrupting Seven's normal live broadcast when Sunrise hosts had to move their seating away from windows facing Martin Place so television viewers wouldn't see the protest. 



“More and more people are living far below the poverty line under circumstances of hardship and humiliation through no fault of their own and Seven’s televised hate speech against jobseekers only makes life harder.” said AUWU Inner West branch member, Ms Josie Evans. The AUWU is demanding an end to the vilification of jobseekers and the opportunity to reply to Sunrise’s misleading program.



[1] https://www.thecalmzone.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AIMHS-suicide-prevention-guidelines.pdf

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Martin Place Homeless Camp Dismantled


The chalk messages from homeless advocates now painted over and the homeless tents removed - Martin Place looks as sterile as ever.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Homeless Camp in Martin Place


Homeless peoples' camp set up in Sydney CBD opposite the Reserve Bank and state parliament. There are over 100,000 homeless Australians with Sydney being the second most expensive city in the world and attacks on welfare causing widespread poverty. Homeless advocate Lance Priestley and volunteers have set up a 24/7 safe kitchen to feed the scores of people like Paul below sheltering in Martin Place. If anyone can donate chairs and clean blankets they are in acute need.  More info #247streetkitchensafespace

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stop Westconnex Lantern Procession

Community opposition to Westconnex motorway was expressed with a lantern procession along the route of Stage 3 from St Peters to Haberfield. Participants are seen passing alongside Parramatta Road July 22nd.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sydney University protest against education cuts and tuition hikes

Outside Fisher Library students rally against tuition fees at the University of Sydney 

Students march against campus closures and fee hikes at the University of Sydney

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May Day in Sydney


Communist optimism at the May Day rally in Hyde Park.

Marching along Elizabeth Street


     After the march in Prince Alfred Park

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Justice for Josh rally against Work for the Dole


A rally held today at 1 pm outside Darlinghurst Centrelink at 139 crown street called by the Australian Unemployed Workers Union to remember Josh Fing who died one year ago on a work for the dole worksite. They demand the government abolish the exploitative and dangerous work for the dole scheme and release the report on Josh's death. AUWU want a jobs guarantee for all at fair wages.