Date: Thu, 26 Jun 1997 11:39:14 -0700
Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
Subject: Solidarity with the Western Australian workers (fwd)
International letter of solidarity
From Petros Mashishi, President,
South African Municipal Workers Union
26 June 1997
By e-mail to:
The General Secretary
Western Australia Trades and Labour Council (WATLC)
The South African Municipal Workers Union stands with you in
solidarity against the anti-worker legislation that has just been
passed in Western Australia. We understand from a study done by the
ICFTU that this legislation will be the most draconian in the
SAMWU is currently fighting the privatisation of public services by
multinational companies - a battle that goes hand in hand with the
fight against the capitalist globalisation of the economy.
Privatisation will mean that governments and the profit hungry private
sector will become inextricably linked in putting profits before the
needs of workers and communities. Globalisation will spawn an
increasing amount of anti-worker laws worldwide, and it is vital that
the international working class band together to heighten the struggle
In South Africa, proposed Basic Conditions of Employment legislation
allows for downward variation of employment standards. It is clear
that both South African and Western Australian unions face losing
rights won for workers after many years of hard struggle.
SAMWU believes that the legislation passed in your state is a thinly
veiled attempt to crush the Australian labour movement completely.
Southern Africa will not allow this to take place! Together with
COSATU, we will mobilise our affiliates to take strong action against
your government. If there is no sign that these fascist laws will be
repealed by the beginning of August, we will begin mobilising for
sanctions against Australia.
We wish you luck for your mass action today and assure you of our
utmost support in your struggle.
Viva, Western Australian workers, Viva! Viva, a worldwide struggle
against globalisation, Viva!
President: South African Municipal Workers Union
on behalf of SAMWU's 120 000 members