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A court hearing on a “criminal complaint” against Iraqi oil workers’ leader Hassan Juma’a has been postponed until 19 May.
Workers' Liberty (Australia) # 58, April 2013, calls for support for the campaign against the vindictive charges brought by construction company Abigroup against Bob Carnegie for his role in the Queensland Children's Hospital construction site dispute of August-Oçtober 2012.
The organisers reported 1140 tickets sold for the annual weekend of discussion and debate run by the Australian group Socialist Alternative, over Easter at Melbourne University Union.
The Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane, Australia, will hear further submissions on Tuesday 2 April in the case of victimised trade unionist Bob Carnegie.
Queensland House, The Strand, London WC2R 0LT
Hands off Bob Carnegie – Protest at Queensland House, London
Friday 22 March, 1pm
Bob Carnegie, an Australian trade unionist, is being victimised for his role in a successful protest by construction workers on the Queensland Children’s Hospital site in August-October 2012. Bob was instrumental to helping the workers organise and building the solidarity that helped win their dispute against an anti-union construction contractor. As a result, the contractor Abigroup (part of the multinational construction/property giant Lend Lease) and the right-wing government of the state of Queensland are trying to make an example of Bob to discourage others from taking similar action in future. If he is found guilty, he could face huge damages and a lengthy jail spell. Bob is due to hear his verdict on Tuesday 2 April.
During his trial in February, thousands of construction workers and dock workers across Australia walked off the job in solidarity to demand the charges against Bob be dropped. In London, Bob’s supporters have held protests outside Lend Lease’s headquarters and leafleted the public outside their flagship London development, the Broadgate Tower.
On Friday 22 March, we’ll protest outside the London offices of the Queensland government to let Campbell Newman, the Queensland Premier, know that trade unionists around the world are still watching Bob’s case. We won’t let Newman’s government and the bosses of Lend Lease intimidate working-class activists into silence.
Meet at Queensland House, 392-393 Strand, London WC2R 0LT at 1pm.
For more info, ring 07961 040618.
State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, L4: Meeting Room 4.A
Antonio Gramsci: Marxist ideas for difficult times
Meeting with Martin Thomas, editor of the book "Antonio Gramsci: working-class revolutionary"
2.30pm, Saturday 23 March, at the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, L4: Meeting Room 4.A
Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks have been quarried to justify many varieties of reformist or liberal politics. But in fact Gramsci was a revolutionary Marxist who thought long and hard about what socialists can and must do in times of working-class retreat.
Comments on the book:
• Adam David Morton (Nottingham University): "fantastically concise... straight onto the reading list of my third-year 'Gramsci & Global Politics' module".
• Murray Kane (University of Queensland): "Although only 70 pages long... containing more insights than many a full length book on Gramsci".
• Richard Price (Labour Briefing): "This pamphlet can stimulate discussion upon the philosophical aspects of Gramsci’s thought, and force socialists to think more deeply about their relationship to the rest of society, and how to transform it".
• Toby Abse (Goldsmiths College): "performs an extremely valuable role in reasserting Antonio Gramsci's historic significance as a revolutionary anti-Stalinist Marxist".
On 11,12, and 13 February, as Bob Carnegie faced trial, thousands of construction workers walked off the job to show Bob that he had their full support.
Victimised Australian trade unionist Bob Carnegie will find out the verdict of the court case against him on 2 April, with sentencing expected some time after that.
Solidarity spoke to Emma Kerin, Communications Officer of the National Union of Workers in Australia, about class struggle down under.