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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.






PO Box 45 South Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia +61 3 9663 7277


Will Palestine unity help the struggle?

Last week, the two biggest Palestinian political factions, announced that they signed an initial unity agreement. This deal was announced by both sides as a ‘a declaration of the end to division and a return to national Palestinian unity’.While this is a positive steps, there are many big issues to resolve between the two organisations, including the ongoing occupation, a crackdown on independent Palestinian media and the repression and jailing of Palestinian activists by Israel.We...

Streets ice cream workers battle global giant

Around 150 workers in the Australian city of Sydney have been in a brutal struggle from last August against their employer, Streets Ice Cream, a subsidiary of the global giant Unilever, over a new enterprise agreement. The company wants to reduce workers’ wages by over 40%, as well as cuts to overtime and redundancy payments.Matt Kunkel from 3CR Radio's Stick Together program interviews Steve Murphy, the NSW Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) State Secretary, on the workers...

Duration: 00:28:16

Documenting the unfolding disaster of the Rohingya people

While the Rohingya people in Western Burma have suffered discrimination in the past, the current disaster is of unprecedented proportions.We talk to Mahi Ramakrishnan, a blogger and documentary film maker from Malaysia, who has made three documentaries about the Rohingya people about the current campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar Government.Mahi also talks about some of the possible ways forward to resolve this humanitarian and political crisis.Asia Pacific Currents provides updates...

Duration: 00:29:08

The fight against militarism in the Asia Pacific region

With tensions rising in the Asia Pacific region, there are many organisations and groups that have campaigned for a long time against the hegemony of the USA military in the region.New Zealand has been one of the leading countries that have tried to create a less militarised region.We play a recording of the speech of Murray Horton, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (New Zealand), at the recent Australian conference of The Independent and Peaceful Australia...

Duration: 00:29:19

Opposition to war in the Korean Peninsula grows

The escalating war of words between the USA President Trump and the North Korean Chairman Kim, is dangerously increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.Given the destruction that the USA military caused in North Korea during the war in the early 1950’s, and its use of nuclear weapons on Japan in 1945, there is widespread fear among working class communities that another devastating war could break out.We talk to Wolsan Liem, Director of International and Korean Peninsula Affairs of the...

Duration: 00:27:46

Pacific workers facing issues on many fronts

Workers from the Pacific Islands have been used, and exploited, by the Australian state and companies, since the late 1800's.This relationship has not changed in the 21st century with Pacific workers being exploited via new work programs that seek to take advantage of the widespread poverty present in many Pacific Islands.We talk to Nic Maclellan, a human rights activist and independent journalist, on some of the ways that Pacific workers are trying to protect themselves while working in...

Duration: 00:29:16

Philippines airline workers still fighting after six years

Philippines Airlines (PAL) tried to outsource its workforce in 2011 by terminating 2,600 workers. The workers, organised by the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) fought back and organised an indefinite picket line.We talk to Alnem Pretencio, spokeperson from PALEA, about how they had thought they had won their incredibly struggle in 2013, but PAL has used every trick at its disposal to delay the reinstatement of the workers in an attempt to break their commitment and the...

Duration: 00:27:24

Human rights still not guaranteed in Indonesia

Since the overthrow of the dictator Soeharto in the late 1990's, Indonesia has been a formal democracy with a number of elections being successfully held.Nevertheless for working class communities, both in the rural and urban areas, gaining justice and having their human rights respected is not just about the law.We talk to Herlambang Wiratraman, Director at the Centre of Human Rights Law Studies (HRLS), Faculty of Law, Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia, at the systematic and...

Duration: 00:30:30

Fresh arrests hit human right activists in Hong Kong

This week sixteen human right activists were sentenced to up to 18 months in jail for taking part in protests during the 'yellow umbrella' protest movement in 2014.Thirteen activists were jailed for protesting in the Legislative Council against a proposed multi millior dollar development in the New Territories, while in a separate case, three leaders of the umbrella movement were jailed for participating in an unlawful assembly.We talk to Shek Pui Yin, a student leader and activist in the...

Duration: 00:27:43

Death squads terrorising working class communities in the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte's 'War on Drugs' is now almost a year old. His death squads have murdered almost 10,000 people.We interview Ellecer 'Budit' Carlos, spokeperson for In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND), on the normalisation of extra judicial killings, the impunity of death squads, the vilification of human rights defenders, and the effects this has had on urban, working class communities in the Philippines.Budit also comments on the reasons why Duterte still...

Duration: 00:29:28

Anganwadi women health workers fighting for their rights in India

There are hundreds of thousands of rural health workers in India, called Anganwadi, that monitor and support the health and welfare of mothers and their children.While they are implementing government programs, they are not employed directly by the government, but are treated as volunteers and given an honorarium instead of wages.Tens of thousands of Anganwadi women have being on strike for over 45 days, demonstrating in New Delhi, demanding that they be employed as regular workers and...

Duration: 00:28:33

Health and safety still an issue for Bangladeshi garment workers

The garment sector in Bangladesh competes in the world via a brutal 'Race to the Bottom' where wages and OHS are depressed as much as possible.In conjunction with the widespread repression of labour activists and trade unionists, many workers are killed at work in cases of industrial homicides.Saydia Gulrukh, labour rights activists and researcher from Bangladesh, talks about the latest fatal boiler explosion in a garment factory and discusses some of the improvements that have happened...

Duration: 00:25:27

Organising workers internationally - The Global Picket Line

In our globally interconnected world, companies are now structured at a global level where they integrate their production, storage, transport and retail arms over many different countries in a never ending quest for the highest profits.Workers have had difficulty in countering this strategy by companies and also organising at a global level. The Global Picket Line is a new concept that aims to overcome this weakness.We interviewed Manrico Moro, vice-president of AAWL and a campaign...

Duration: 00:28:52

Al-Aqsa Mosque violence - a symptom of the Palestinian crisis

While the latest upsurge in violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem was sparked by an armed attack by Palestinians, the level of unrest points to deeper issues.We interviewed Reem Yunis, Palestinian and socialist activist in Melbourne Australia, on how the recent events are part of the ongoing effects of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the struggle for liberation by Palestinians.Only via the ending of Israeli occupation will the status of Jerusalem ever be resolved and for...

Duration: 00:30:10

Cambodian beer workers resist global giant's offensive

In relation to labour issues, Cambodia is often seen through the context of the exploitation of workers in its garment sector. Cambodia also has an expanding tourism industry with increasing numbers of workers employed in these sector.We talk to Sar Mora, President of Cambodian Food and Service Workers' Federation (CFSWF), about the disputes workers are engaged in against Cambrew, a local beer producer that is part of the global giant Carslberg.In addition to the issues of organising...

Duration: 00:28:01

Aboriginal workers fighting against slave like exploitation

Aboriginal people in Australia have a history of being exploited as workers since the first years of colonisation. This ranged from being made to work for only food and tobacco to having their wages kept by governments - now known as the Stolen Wages.Currently over 30,000 indigenous workers, mainly from remote communities, are being forced to work in a state sponsored programme called Community Development Program (CDP) for around 60% of the minimum wage with no rights to leave, OHS or...

Duration: 00:29:20

Indonesian workers organising and international solidarity

Indonesian workers are still recovering from the mass murders and repression of the 1965-67 period which totally destroyed their organisations and wiped out a whole generation of labour activists.Bob Carnegie, Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Secretary of the Queensland Branch, recently went to Indonesia on a solidarity visit with another labour actvist, Jeff Rickertt. Bob describes how the Indonesian workers are organising their union in a very resource poor environment amid an...

Duration: 00:30:37

Workers organising in the Auto sector in northern India

Updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Shivani Kaul, labour organiser with Bigul Mazdoor Dasta and legal advisor with the Automobile Industry Contract Workers group, on the situation with workers in the auto workers in the industrial belts of northern India.Shivani talks about the the campaign to free the imprisoned Maruti Suzuki workers and the difficulties that this campaign faces.The ongoing struggle at the Aisin Automobile factory is also...

Duration: 00:28:33

Overview and special Radiothon program

Labour updates on the struggles and campaigns by workers in the Asia Pacific region.Special fundraising Radiothon program. Radiothon target AUS $1,500.00.To donate, click here.Asia Pacific Currents is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links.

Duration: 00:28:15

Organising women workers in Cambodia

Labour updates on the struggles and campaigns by workers in the Asia Pacific region.Extended interview with woman labour organiser on the issues and difficulties of organising women in the construction, entertainment and sex industries in Cambodia.She also talks about the ongoing campaign to ban asbestos in Cambodia.Asia Pacific Currents is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links.

Duration: 00:30:39

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