Photos: Nauru and Manus In Crisis - Bring Them Here Rally
By Matt Hrkac, 28 October 2018
Photos from the refugee rally in Melbourne on Saturday, October 27, organised by the Refugee Action Collective (RAC) calling for the closure of the Manus Island and Nauru off-shore detention centres and to settle asylum seekers in Australia.
Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) Secretary Craig McGregor.
A couple of opponents gatecrashed the rally and attempted to intimidate the attendees by filming them. They were however soundly outnumbered and the rally proceeded undeterred.
The rally was attended by at least 2,000 people calling for the closure of the Manus Island and Nauru off-shore refugee detention camps.
Photos: March on Esso
By Matt Hrkac, 17 April 2018
Following a huge mass union delegates meeting which saw attendance in excess of 2,000 delegates; the unions marched on the Esso Australia offices in Southbank, Melbourne to stand in solidarity with picketing workers participating in the Esso Longford UGLy dispute. As of publishing, this dispute has been ongoing for more than 300 days. Here are some photos from the march and rally:
Photos: #BigStepsNow childcare educators walkout
By Matt Hrkac, 27 March 2018
More than 6,500 early childhood educators in more than 5,000 early childcare centres walked off the job today over poor pay. 1,000 of those workers rallied in Melbourne. Childcare workers remain among the lowest paid professionals in Australia, mainly because the sector is women-dominated and its historic association with 'women's work'.
The nationwide day of action was staged by United Voice. View the full photo album.
Photos: Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Lorne actions
By Matt Hrkac, 26 March 2018
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) coordinated a series of actions to coincide with the Victorian Transport Association's 2018 Annual Conference in Lorne over the 19th and 20th of March.
The unions were protesting against the Victorian Transport Association's support for the Victorian International Container Terminal (VICT) during the MUA dispute. VICT is owned by Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), which operates in countries known to be “the worst countries in the world to work in” and where workers have “no guarantee of rights”.
Here are a few photos from the actions:
Photos: Palm Sunday Melbourne 2018 Walk for Justice for Refugees
By Matt Hrkac, 25 March 2018
Photos from the Palm Sunday 2018 Melbourne Walk for Justice for Refugees. View the full photo album.