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Dec 4, 2018
Istanbul airport. Photo: Milan Suvajac/Wikimedia Commons

The struggle by workers at new Istanbul airport

Asia Pacific Currents
A labour activist at the Istanbul airport speaks out about the conditions facing workers and the recent events that saw hundreds of workers detained by the police.
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Nov 20, 2018
Changes afoot in New Caledonia and Fiji

Changes afoot in New Caledonia and Fiji

Asia Pacific Currents
While the independence referendum and national elections confirmed the status quo, social changes are happening in both countries.
Podcast
Nov 13, 2018
Anti government demonstration Syria 2011

What are the lessons for the left in Syria?

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The popular uprising in Syria has been drowned in blood. What could have the left and international solidarity movements done better to avoid this outcome?
Podcast
Nov 7, 2018
Shopping strip in Australia

Bosses making billions underpaying migrant workers

Asia Pacific Currents
Temporary migrant workers are very vulnerable due to the precarious nature of their work visa. Many employers in Australia exploit this by underpaying them.
Podcast
Oct 31, 2018
Australian workers taking to the streets

Australian workers taking to the street

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Stagnating wages, insecure work and harsh laws against organizing have galvanized Australian unions to campaign for better rights, better conditions and better laws.
Podcast
Oct 23, 2018
Banana workers defy company, police and military

Banana workers defy company, police and military

Asia Pacific Currents
Some of the regions most ravaged by militias are to be found in the rural areas of the Philippines. The workers at Sumifru are striking for basic rights but in doing so they face great danger
Podcast
Oct 10, 2018
Fighting against tyranny in the Phillipines

Fighting against tyranny in the Philippines

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President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs" has killed over 20,000 people. Opposition and organizing against this repression is growing by the day.
Podcast
Oct 2, 2018
Map of Median Household income in Australia

Organizing in New Zealand and in Australia

Asia Pacific Currents
Australia and New Zealand have similar histories. Organizing workers also shares many similarities between the two countries.
Podcast
Sep 25, 2018
Holding on to working class politics

Holding on to working-class politics

Asia Pacific Currents
The workers' movement has many examples of activists who over time lose their radical politics and accommodate themselves to the confines and rules of the capitalist system.
Podcast
Sep 19, 2018
Kuala Lumpur at dawn

Where to now for the new government in Malaysia

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The elections earlier this year in May saw the Barisan Nasional lose power after 61 years. Tian Chua, a vice-president of People's Justice Party (PKR), talks about the new government.
Podcast
Aug 24, 2018

Organizing migrant workers in Australia

Asia Pacific Currents
The last 20 years has seen a big rise in temporary migrant workers in Australia. They often need specialized support. The Migrant Workers Centre in Melbourne has been recently set up to do this.
Podcast
Aug 21, 2018
No To Racism

How to counter racism dividing the working class

Asia Pacific Currents
In every country, capitalists and their allies use racism as a way to divide and weaken the working class. The issue is not only how to counter it but also how to build solidarity.
Podcast
Aug 8, 2018
Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Migrant workers facing repression in Malaysia

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Migrant workers make up to a third of the whole workforce in Malaysia. Their insecure visa status makes them very vulnerable to exploitation and government repression
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Jul 18, 2018
Photo: Teddy Cross - Flickr

Workers go on the offensive in South Korea

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Even though the workers' movement in South Korea was central in bringing down the corrupt Park Geun-hye government, the offensive against workers, the wages and conditions, have not let up.
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Jun 27, 2018
Filipino workers protesting

Workers in the Philippines continue to fight

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While weakened in comparison to its heyday, the Filipino working class is continuing the fight to organize and improve the living conditions of all workers.

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