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Stories and issues from the Asia Pacific region with a labour and grassroots perspective. Regular interviews with activists from countries in the Asia Pacific region. Produced by Australia-Asia Worker Links.

Stories and issues from the Asia Pacific region with a labour and grassroots perspective. Regular interviews with activists from countries in the Asia Pacific region. Produced by Australia-Asia Worker Links.
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Stories and issues from the Asia Pacific region with a labour and grassroots perspective. Regular interviews with activists from countries in the Asia Pacific region. Produced by Australia-Asia Worker Links.

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Episodes

Holding on to working class politics

9/14/2018
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Working class struggle is hard, with many activists not only facing isolation and victimisation from management at their workplaces but also running the risk of being beaten, jailed or killed by a whole range of state or quasi state actors.The workers movement has many examples of activists who over time lose their radical politics and accommodate themselves to the confines and rules of the capitalist system.This week APC takes the example of the Malaysian politician Tian Chua, featured in...

Duration:00:28:23

Where to now for the new government in Malaysia

9/7/2018
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The elections earlier this year in May saw the Barisan Nasional lose power after 61 years. One of the more surprising facets was the comeback of the 92 year old former Prime Minister, Mohamed Mahathir, who had come out in retirement to lead the opposition.There was much excitment and expectations at what this new government could do.Tian Chua, a long time political activist and now vice-president of People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition...

Duration:00:28:15

Health and safety win for Korean workers at Samsung

8/31/2018
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The South Korean company Samsung Electronics is one of the giant global corporations in the world of electronics. Samsung since its founding in the late 1930's, the company has been ferociously anti union. Its Electronic arm of the company, Samsung Electronics, has also had a shocking health and safety record. There have been hundreds of recorded cases of assembly line workers contracting diseases and even dying because of the toxic nature of their work. After years of campaigning, actions...

Duration:00:28:08

Organising migrant workers in Australia

8/24/2018
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The working class is under attack in Australia from many sides. One of the ways that capitalists and governments try to undermine workers organisations and conditions is by bringing in temporary migrant workers.These workers are especially prone to exploitation due to the temporary status of their working visas as well as their unfamiliarity of the laws and culture in Australia. While some unions have been successful at organising these groups of workers, many migrant workers face terrible...

Duration:00:29:02

Remembering the horrors of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan

8/17/2018
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In early August 1945, the USA military dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians.The global arsenal of atomic weapons has only grown since then. The fight to outlaw these weapons of mass destruction continues.The Asia Pacific Currents program spoke to Shomi Yoon, a member of the International Socialist Organisation in Aeteoroa/New Zealand on the international campaign against nuclear weapons.Asia Pacific Currents...

Duration:00:27:40

How to counter racism dividing the working class

8/10/2018
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In every country, capitalists and their allies use racism as one of the ways to divide and weaken the working class. In Australia, the issue of the colonialism and dispossession of the Indigenous people is central when discussing and resisting racism in Australia.The show will focus on two anti racist forums that were held in Melbourne in the past week and examine how they looked at racism but also the best ways to build working class solidarity in our work as labour and anti racists...

Duration:00:29:59

Migrant workers facing repression in Malaysia

8/3/2018
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Malaysia has relied heavily on migrant workers over the last decades to power its economic growth.The complicated visa system in that country puts millions of these workers in very insecure conditions, leading to widespread exploitation. In addition, these workers face regular waves of repression from government agencies.We interviewed Adrian Pereira, Director of North South Initiative, a human rights organisation that works on labour rights issues in Malaysia, about the current situation...

Duration:00:28:46

Will New Caledonia become Kanaky Nouvelle-Caledonie on November 20?

7/27/2018
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The island of New Caledonia has been a colony for the 164 years and is one of France's last colonies in the world.The indigenous inhabitants, the Kanaks, have waged a long struggle for independence. This coming November 20 an independence referendum will be held in New Caledonia to decide its status.We caught up recently in Melbourne, Australia with Daniel Goa, spokesperson for the independence movement Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS), at a community function. We...

Duration:00:29:59

ACTU national congress report back

7/20/2018
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The Australian Confederation of Trade Unions (ACTU) is the peak body for unions in Australia. It recently held its national conference in Brisbane, Queensland.Close to 1,000 unionists came together to discuss the situation for workers in Australia and the 'Change the Rules' campaign.Piergiorgio Moro took part in the conference as a delegate for the Australian Services Union A&S VicTas Branch. Pier talks with Jiselle about the main themes of this conference.Asia Pacific Currents provides...

Duration:00:30:23

Workers go on the offensive in South Korea

7/13/2018
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The mass protest movement of 2015 and 2016 in South Korea against corruption and abuse of power were able to bring down the President - Park Geun-hye. The working class, headed by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions were central in organising this movement.The KCTU paid a high price for their succeess with two of their leaders, Han Sang gyun and Lee Young joo both jailed. In addition, many workers had expectations that the new government headed by President Moon Jae-in was going to be...

Duration:00:30:22

NAIDOC Week 2018 and Aboriginal struggles

7/6/2018
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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.While this week's activities are a celebration, the past and current struggles faced by the Indigenous people of Australia are not forgotten.This week we replay an interview by Lalitha Chelliah from Friday Breakfast show with Gunnai-Kurnai Gunditjmara woman and Greens MP Lidia Thorpe on the current fight to save close to 300 trees...

Duration:00:28:51

Sri Lankan family fights deportation from Australia

6/29/2018
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The situation for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia is becoming progressively worse as the Government continues its crackdown.In the last few weeks, the desperate situation of the family of Priya and Nadesalingam has become national news. The family is hanging on to its hopes to remain in Australia with support from their town of Biloela and thousands of supporter around Australia while the government sends its armed border units to arrest and detain the family.We speak to Aran...

Duration:00:30:02

Workers in the Philippines continue to fight

6/22/2018
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While the Philippines is a country that is often talked about in terms of the damage that natural disasters cause to its infrastructure and population, it is also a country where the working class movement has a very proud and militant history. Unfortunately, it has declined in strenght in the last years which has put Filipino workers in a much more vulnerable position.We talk to Steph Rabusa, a member of Migrante Melbourne, about the state of the workers movement in the Philippines...

Duration:00:28:47

Radiothon 2018 program

6/15/2018
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This week is a special Radiothon program to keep 3CR Radio on air.You can donate in person, by phone, by mail or via the internet.Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region.It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia

Duration:00:27:08

Working class protests in Iran continue

6/8/2018
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Since late last year, Iran has witnessed a wave of strikes and demonstrations on a scale unprecedented since the revolutionary days of the late 1970s. While the Iranian government likes to portray these protests as imperialist plots from the USA and Israel to overthrow the Iranian government, the reality is that the causes of these protests are to be found in workers' anger at corruption, exploitation, repression and poverty. We speak to Bahman Yusufi, an Iranian independent labour activist,...

Duration:00:30:41

The Malaysian elections - part 2 on the results

6/1/2018
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The elections two weeks ago in Malaysia saw the Barisan Nasional lose power after 61 years. One of the more surprising facets was the comeback of the 92 year old former Prime Minister, Mohamed Mahathir, who had come out in retirement to lead the opposition.During his reign as Prime Minister, between 1981 and 2004, Mahathir routinely cracked down on labour and human rights activists via the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) as well as running a government based on economic and political...

Duration:00:29:56

Special show on Aboriginal workers in Australia

5/25/2018
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The 26th of May each year in Australia is known as National Sorry Day. The day is to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations. It has been marked since 1997, the day the recommendation from the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in the Australian Federal Parliament highlighting the decades of mistreatment of Aboriginal families by the state and its institutions. To talk about what this day means, its significance to Aboriginal people, and the current struggles by...

Duration:00:28:58

What will the Malaysian elections results mean?

5/18/2018
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The recent elections in Malaysia have seen the Barisan Nasional lose power after 61 years. One of the more surprising facets was the comeback of the 92 year old former Prime Minister, Mohamed Mahathir, who had come out in retirement to lead the opposition.During his reign as Prime Minister, between 1981 and 2004, Mahathir routinely cracked down on labour and human rights activists via the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) as well as running a government based on economic and political...

Duration:00:29:28

New Trade Union Law Cambodia

4/20/2018
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The Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation has a newly elected President – a woman who was formerly herself a beer promotions worker. Listeners might recall the major campaign run back in 2016, in defence of women in teh beer promotions industry in Cambodia – this is where women are required to encourage tourists in night clubs to keep drinking, and are compelled to drink themselves, putting them in very dangerous situations.The Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation...

Duration:00:30:23

Stolenwealth Games

4/13/2018
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The British Empire is again celebrating it’s world wide colonial conquests in the form of the Commonwealth Games, currently underway on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Indigenous activists and their supporters are conducting a protest campaign against the Commonwealth Games, under the title of the “Stolenwealth Games”. They are demanding land rights and recognition that Aboriginal sovereignty has never been ceded.

Duration:00:28:44