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Australian workers taking to the street

Australian workers taking to the streets

As with many other countries in the Asia Pacific region, Australian workers are also facing rising rates of job insecurity, wages that are not keeping up with the cost of living, and harsh laws that prevent workers from organising freely at the workplace.

Trade unions in Australia have come together under the banner of 'Change the Rules' to campaign for a change of government and better laws for workers. Tens of thousands of workers came out in Melbourne last Tuesday in support of this campaign.

Asia Pacific Currents hosts, Pier and Jiselle, analyse the campaign so far and discuss whether 'Change the Rules' is too focussed on an electoral strategy and not enough on building workers power at the workplace level.

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

Image: Flickr - David Jackmanson

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