Aussie wobblies

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ftony
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Nov 16 2006 17:31
Aussie wobblies

Just wondering what they're up to at the moment. us in BIROC only really hear about US and Canada.

any members on here?

ftony
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Nov 20 2006 14:41

no-one knows *anything* about the iww in australia?

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Nov 20 2006 23:29

There is a long running group in Melbourne. I don't really know what they've been doing recently, I've been out of touch for years. Dosn't appear that they use this forum though. You can probably google them up pretty easy if you wanna contact them for a chat.

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Nov 21 2006 00:08

http://iww.org.au/

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Nov 21 2006 01:59

One of my mates is a hereditary Wobbly - his grandad was from the US northwest and he was really excited to meet the Sydney Wobs last year but has been sorely disappointed. They are apparently a historical society whose activity largely involves asking him to pay his dues.

Melbourne is probably better though. Apart from the harbour most things are better there than Sydney.

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Nov 21 2006 02:41

I've heard the labour relations laws make organising small shops almost impossible so they are kind of stuck at doing dual card activism and historical stuff.

ftony
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Nov 21 2006 10:35

ah, that's a shame. i bet they're especially pissed off now we've nicked one of their best guys too! go BIROC, woot woot

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Nov 23 2006 07:15

Well yes there are Wobs in Sydney but also here in melbourne, over in Albany & Perth Western Australia & up In Brisbane and down in Tasmania.

Melbourne has restablished a General Membership Branch
contact PO Box 145, Moreland 3058 VIC Australia

The editor of the IWW Australian ROC paper, Direct Action is "Bob" and lives in melbourne contact

directaction@cryptomail.org

Some of us are active in Union Solidarity a community wide local basis network of 12 groups in Melbourne which can be seen in more detail at

www.unionsolidarity.org

There are also Union Solidarity grouos in some regional cities of Victoria & two groups in Western Australia

A Workers Solidarity network has been established in Sydney with similar aims and practical support to pickets etc.

The Darebin Union Solidarity group is showing the film The Wobblies (1979) next Monday, we hope to show for the next session The Starbucks campaign dvd about the sackings of IWW members at Starbucks.

On Thursday 30th November is a planned mass rally at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (holds 100,000 people) from 7am to 10am and then a march into the city by unions afilliated to the Victorian Trades Hall Council and Australian Council of Trade Unions. This will express our collective protest at the Australian Workplace Agreement "labour reforms" of the Commonwelath Government lead by John Howard of the Liberal Party. Alas the Alternative Liberal Party, also known at the Austrlaian Labor Party is dominant at the present time but some rank and file workers are calling for some confrontation beyond the Parliamentary electoral focus of the ALP officials next year ie to defend sacked workers meanwhile and after the elections too.

The Nov 30th event is being telecast via Foxsports horse racing (Murdoch Corporation) channel to all Clubs and Pubs interstate so it will be an Australia wide event with many communities stopping work for the half day at least and putting on their lown local gatherings.

Members of the Melbourne IWW GMB were out and about with a GENERAL STRIKE banner at the recent stopG20 protest and before that the Oaxaca Solidarity gathering outside State Parliament called by the local Latin American community.

A member of the IWW Margaret Creagh spoke at the 2nd Latin American Asia Pacific Solidarity gathering last month during a forum on Global Justice movements.

So believe it or not ? ! there are Wobs in Oz, there are even Wobs in Melbourne, & we do have a group and have recently signed up some new members.... So we may get more practical and organised with their energy, time and resources added to those already agitating and educating, organising for the coming lockout of the employing class and the triumph of our class, the workers of the world.

The general strike is still being "debated" here in Australia but we do have the examples of France, Korea Mexico, Sweden and more this year to look at and compare and learn from so when the time comes here we can go even further.

see ya later agitators
Viola Wilkins

ftony
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Nov 27 2006 14:06

great news viola, thanks for informing us a bit more!