Support Ark Tribe
When: Tuesday, July 20, 9:30am
Where: Cnr. St.Kilda & Toorak Rds, Melbourne
Why: Rank and file S.A. building worker Ark Tribe faces 6 months jail, after being singled out by the ABCC. His trial restarts 20-22 July 2010 in Adelaide.
Last month Adelaide Magistrate David Whittle ruled that the ABCC case against Ark Tribe would continue. This followed a 3-day legal battle that began on Tuesday 15/6 to have the charges dismissed, due to the validity of the proceedings. Brind Zichy – Woinarski QC for the federal DPP and the ABCC argued the Federal Crimes Act allowed the charges to be laid the way they were served on Ark Tribe.
Magistrate David Whittle rejected the jurisdictional challenge from Ark Tribe’s lawyer Michael Abbott QC, opening the way for the trial to go ahead. The legal teams agreed the rest of the full trial will be heard from 20 July 2010…
See also : Rights On Site.
International Day Against Multinational Corporations
When: Thursday, July 22, Midday
Where: State Library, Melbourne
Why: Corporations around the world act as a law unto themselves. We see this play out in our myriad struggles. Many people are continuing the fight against the domination corporations exercise over peoples’ lives, and we ask that you join us on this day to take a public stand against the devastation these amoral corporations are inflicting on us and other oppressed peoples.
Multinational corporations act only to benefit the privileged few at the expense of the majority; to reinforce exploitation of poor people, smash unionism and undermine workers rights, terrorise and murder union activists, displace and assimilate indigenous communities, and trash our natural resources and environment.
The well-documented crimes of corporations such as BHP, Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, Coca-Cola, Fonterra, Chiquita Brand, Monsanto, Drummond, Nestle, and BP is hardly complete; nevertheless, these will be a focus of LASNET in illustrating the multitude of corporate crimes occurring globally.
We acknowledge, and support, the proliferation of local struggles for workers rights/community power, autonomy and self-management, for freedom from corporate domination and devastation. We see this event as one of many actions we will be undertaking, and we are currently in the process of organising a ‘Latin American, Australian & Asia Pacific Solidarity Gathering’ to occur on October 15-17, 2010 in Melbourne. We invite you to both attend this rally on July 22 and further to assist us in the organising of our October Gathering.