OK OK: so Starbucks in Melbourne is mostly for tourists and mallrats, happy to drink shit coffee while supporting the demise of Melbourne cafe culture. But Starbucks the transnational corporation is also notorious for union-busting, and it’s as a result of its latest union-busting antics that a
on July 5, 2008 has been called for. It follows the firing of union activists, Cole (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA) and Monica (Seville, Spain). Cole is a member of the Starbucks Workers Union, affiliated to the IWW; Monica is a member of the Commercial and Hotel Workers’ Union, affiliated to the CNT, the Spanish section of the IWA.
In Melbourne, a rally and protest is being organised by the ASF:
WHERE : Starbucks, 295 Swanston St (between Lonsdale and Little Lonsdale Sts), Melbourne
WHEN : Saturday, July 5, 11am
Note that a CLIMATE EMERGENCY RALLY is being held on the same day, just two hours later (1pm) at the City Square, corner of Swanston & Collins Sts… and just a hop, skip and a jump from Starbucks!
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Locally, the screws are being turned on construction workers via the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC). Established following the conduct of the Cole Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry — and operating ostensibly in order to combat corruption in the industry — the ABCC is one of HoWARd’s lasting legacies. Problems with the ABCC include:
- Abolition of the right to silence.
Six month jail terms for those refusing to attend hearings.
Penalties for informing others of your testimony.
You can learn more about the ABCC via Constructing Fear, “A documentary exposing the activity of an industrial inquisition targeting building workers across Australia. Constructing Fear shows how these workers are the front line in an attack on civil liberties that has implications for every Australian.”