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March 18, 2016

Harmony Day, celebrating diversity: Silvia's story

Harmony Day, celebrating diversity: Silvia's story

Silvia was 14 when she arrived with her family in Australia on Friday, October 24, 1975. Fleeing the chaos, political instability and persecution of the Argentine military government, they jumped on a boat from Buenos Aires to nearby Uruguay. An Australian chartered flight took about 180 adults and 90 children from Argentina and Uruguay to Melbourne.

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March 18, 2016

Harmony Day, celebrating diversity: Haris' story

Harmony Day, celebrating diversity: Haris' story

Haris Kumbaric is a service technician at ECL Group, repairing and maintaining petrol bowsers. The father of two young children is originally from Bosnia- Herzegovenia, as is his wife Alma, whom he met here. Haris arrived in Australia on June 28, 1995 at age 19 with his parents and sister. They had fled their town Bosanski Brod on the Croatian border in 1992 after Milosevic Government forces invaded. “That first night over 1000 shells fell on my town. As we watched from over the river, my town was burning,” he said.

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March 18, 2016

Harmony Day, celebrating diversity: Jagath's story

Harmony Day, celebrating diversity: Jagath's story

Jagath Bandara is a well-known AMWU organiser in Sydney and also a campaigner for the kind of tolerance he experienced here when he had to leave his beloved motherland of Sri Lanka due to political oppression between1987and 1990. “My concern is that politicians around the world have changed since then; there are some short-sighted people prepared to use the race card for power,” he said.

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March 15, 2016

Tasmanian Government Must Guarantee Hydro Maintenance Jobs

Workers contracted to do maintenance work on the Hydro dams face an uncertain future despite the state facing an unprecedented energy crisis. Read more here.

March 11, 2016

AMWU women meet as gender progress stalls

AMWU women meet as gender progress stalls

AMWU women leaders are holding their National Women’s Conference this week as global concern emerges that female progress in bridging the gender gap on pay and conditions has stalled.

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March 11, 2016

Turnbull Government exports 3000 ship jobs to Spain

Turnbull Government exports 3000 ship jobs to Spain

Shipbuilding workers in Spain are celebrating after the Turnbull Government announced it would build two supply ships worth $2billion in the European nation rather than Australia, creating 3000 Spanish jobs.

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March 11, 2016

Workers the victims in Palmer nickel fiasco

Workers the victims in Palmer nickel fiasco

The AMWU has blasted Clive Palmer for treating workers like "play things" after his nickel refinery management announced it would not continue operations and would leave workers without enough money for their entitlements.  

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March 10, 2016

Driving a deal for overtime justice

Driving a deal for overtime justice

Two female delegates at Tasmania’s auto club have won overtime loadings for call centre colleagues who have been put on-hold for years over any extra payment when working beyond their normal hours.

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March 10, 2016

Cindy in tune with top-flight women

Cindy in tune with top-flight women

Cindy Jarvis is an AMWU member whose determination is taking her places in aerospace, the next stop being the country music capital of Nashville, Tennessee.

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March 10, 2016

Union campaign saves Qantas jobs

Union campaign saves Qantas jobs

A relentless union campaign has forced Qantas to backflip on a decision to sack its most recent group of graduating apprentices, with all 20 this week confirmed in aircraft maintenance engineering jobs they are qualified for.

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