Thursday, July 5, 2012
There were repeated expressions of opposition to racism from the union leaders who spoke on the platform of the rally but the demands were vague and allowed the bosses' media to paint the rally as against "foreign workers".
We need to support all workers whichever their country in just struggles for workers' rights. Unfortunately the rally didn't take a clear position against 457 visas nor "Enterprise Migration Agreements".
Socialist Alliance attended with leaflets and placards calling for: "Compulsory Apprenticeship Ratios - make the bosses pay for training", "Permanent Residency, not 457 Visas - Equal Rights for all workers" and "Put mining and petroleum under public ownership".
For a longer discussion about this issue: Sam Wainwright on 457 Visa and migration to Australia