A storm has erupted in Gippsland Australia Esso a company owned by Exxon a muilt national American company. Workers have been picketing for 224 days. At the centre of the storm reside two multinational corporations, Exxon Mobil and contractor UGL, who have signaled their intent to employ some of the most heavily criticised tactics used by bruised beer company Carlton United Brewery (CUB) in its six-month self-declared war on maintenance workers.
The plan of these giant corporations is to cut the wages and conditions of offshore and onshore oil and gas maintenance workers in the Bass Strait by shifting them onto a dodgy agreement with a recently created shelf company of contractor UGL.
Argentina SIGTUR congress will be to direct the debates and actions towards the issue of the transformation of work, and the role trade unions and workers play in a new scenario
Trade union confederations from 9 countries met in Bangkok on July 6th and 7th for the Regional Coordinating meeting of the Southern Initiative on Globalization and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR). The meeting was attended by unions from Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea and India.
The challanges of the trade union movement in these countries was discussed, with a common context of advancing neoliberal policies that affect workers’ rights in particular. The struggles carried out from the trade union movement were presented by each member country, reinforcing the need to connect these fights between organizations throughout the global south.