No modern slavery at Chemist Warehouse

Hard words rang
across the factory floor
Juan heard the sound of hate
bitter words to injure
a shout that sent the signal
for the war to come

– ‘Brisbane Barrio’ by Jumping Fences

Workers on picket line at Chemists Warehouse in Melbourne

Disparity between rich and poor is growing. Offshore wages are catching up with Australian conditions. Political parties of the centre have supported real wages decline and for profit increase. Leader of the opposition Bill Shorten has called the 2019 Federal elections a wages election. Liberal Prime Minister has rejected wages growth and opposed the ACTU’s national minimum wages case for an increase. Labor refuses to say how much wages should increase in $$$ terms.

Ian talks with Martin De Rooy (National Union of Workers), Corey Cullen (NUW lawyer), Thomas, Jacob and Isaac (workers at Chemist Warehouse in Eagle Farm in Brisbane). Please support the strike by Boycotting Chemist Warehouse and showing solidarity at the picket line on Trade Coast Road at Eagle Farm, Brisbane and at Preston and Somerton in Melbourne.

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Stella Donnelly – Old Man Jumping Fences – Brisbane Barrio

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