International Campaigns & Issues: 2020

ACTU statement on resumption of conflict in Western Sahara

Media Release - December 11, 2020

The ACTU deplores the flagrant violation by the Moroccan army of the ceasefire in Western Sahara by moving its army into the Guerguerat area and Buffer Strip which is monitored by the United Nations’ mission in Western Sahara, MINURSO.

The Australian trade union movement expresses our solidarity with the people of Western Sahara and the Saharawi Trade Union UGTSARIO, and reaffirms our support for the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence in accordance with UN resolutions and relevant UN decolonisation doctrines.

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Solidarity with 250 million Indian workers on strike

Media Release - November 26, 2020

The ACTU stands in solidarity with the 250 million Indian workers on strike protesting anti-worker labour laws.

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ACTU calls on the Indonesian Government to repeal the Omnibus Law on Job Creation

Media Release - October 8, 2020

The Indonesian Government passed the Omnibus Law on Job Creation on 5 October, despite the strong opposition of Indonesian workers and communities. The Omnibus Law puts the interests of foreign investors ahead of workers, and significantly undermines labour rights, human rights, and environmental protections.

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Solidarity with workers in Zimbabwe

Media Release - September 18, 2020

The ACTU stands in solidarity with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), and condemns the labelling of the ZCTU as a terrorist organisation by the government.

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ACTU urges the Australian Government to take a stand against rights violations in the Philippines

Media Release - September 8, 2020

In June 2020, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a comprehensive and alarming report on the human rights situation in the Philippines. The ACTU urges the Australian Government to sponsor a resolution at the upcoming 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council to follow up on the progress of the recommendations in the UN High Commissioner’s report, and call on the Philippines Government to implement the recommendations as a matter of urgency.

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L20 statement to the G20 labour and employment ministers’ meeting

Media Release - September 1, 2020

The global trade union movement stands with all workers, and especially those on the front lines for treating and containing COVID-19 and those whose work ensures the provision of essential goods and services.

Government action to increase testing and fund vaccine and treatment research and production is urgently needed. Multilateral coordination in sharing research findings and the rapid production and dissemination of freely available vaccines and treatments is vital to address both the current health and socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to build resilience for all.

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ACTU urges the Commonwealth to lead a gender-responsive recovery

Media Release - September 1, 2020

In Australia and around the Commonwealth, women have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahead of the Commonwealth Women’s Ministerial meeting, the ACTU wrote to Minister for Women Marise Payne outlining the priorities for the Commonwealth Trade Union Group’s women workers.

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Solidarity with workers in Belarus

Media Release - August 21, 2020

The ACTU stands in solidarity with workers in Belarus taking strike action and calling for a stop to the violence, persecution and arrests; for the release of all imprisoned union leaders, activists and civil society representatives; and to rerun the elections with an independent commission and international observers. We call on the Australian Government to pressure the government of Belarus to meet the demands of the independent trade unions.

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ACTU calls on the Cambodian government to release union leader

Media Release - August 13, 2020

The ACTU has written to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, regarding the arrest of the leader of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU), Rong Chhun.

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