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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Justice for Josh Protest and Commemoration in Sydney

Protestors listen to harrowing testimony from Work For the Dole clients outlining systemic human rights abuses.

The Australian Unemployed Workers Union held a protest and commemoration in Martin Place, Sydney and cities throughout Australia on the second anniversary of the death of Josh Fing who died working at a dangerous Work For the Dole site. After his death Minister of Employment Michaelia Cash promised an investigation but the results have still not been made public. The AUWU is demanding an end to the hazardous and punishing Work for the Dole scheme. During the rally victims spoke out about their harrowing WFD experiences. Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and Labour Shadow Minister for Employment Ed Husic also addressed the lunch time gathering of jobseekers, unionists and office workers.

Greens senator Lee Rhiannon addresses the rally.

Alf supports jobseeker rights at the #Justice for Josh second anniversary commemoration in Martin Place.

AUWU supporter attends the Justice for Josh Rally in Sydney

Shadow Minister for Employment Ed Husic holds up a photo of Micaella Cash the minister accused of suppressing the report into Josh Fing's death on Work for the Dole. Ed is asking questions in parliament to uncover the truth of WFD.
#JUSTICE4JOSH

Friday, January 26, 2018

Australia Day in Sydney 2018


More than 20,000 people attended an Australia Day protest rally which began at the Block in Redfern then marched to the Yabun Festival in Victoria Park, Sydney. Aboriginal leaders called for the Australian government to change the date when Australia Day is celebrated because it is a day of mourning for Indigenous people that celebrates the invasion of Australia by British colonisers. 


Aboriginal dancers performed along the route of the march. Many banners called for an end to deaths in custody such as Dhungatti Warrior David Dungay Hill and the inhumane way that prison guards shackled Indigenous prisoner Eric Whittaker while he lay dying in hospital.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

International Human Rights Day March and Rally


International Human Rights Day was celebrated in Sydney with a rally at Sydney Town Hall and a march through the CBD ending at Sydney Opera House. Aboriginal leaders calling for Sovereignty, treaty, an end to forced child removals and black deaths in custody were joined by other human rights and environmental justice campaigners. There was a smoking ceremony with Indigenous musicians and also dancers seen above who performed along the route of the march.


Organised by Fighting in Resistance Equally FB group the event promoted equality and solidarity with refugees, jobseekers, the Muslim community and environmentalists. One of the leaders, Uncle Ken Canning is seen above marching near George Street with other Indigenous activists.


The Australian Unemployed Workers Union was given a platform to speak at the rally about job service abuses, work for the dole deaths, demonisation of jobseekers, cashless welfare and the need to expand the public sector to solve underemployment. AUWU members can be seen above marching along George Street while below campaigners demanding a Royal Commission of inquiry into water allocation in the Darling Basin march to raise awareness of environmental sustainability, more on FB here.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Million Mask March at Reserve Bank, Sydney

About a dozen anonymous protestors remember the 5th of November outside Australia's Reserve Bank in Martin Place, Sydney. 

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