Asia Pacific Currents

Asia Pacific Currents

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Stories and issues from the Asia Pacific region with a labour and grassroots perspective. Regular interviews with activists from countries in the Asia Pacific region. Produced by Australia-Asia Worker Links.


Taking on Australian mining companies around the world
Oct 11
Global mining companies are not only one of the most important and strategic pillars of the capitalist system, but their are also some of the most predatory companies in the world, leaving a trail of social and environmental destruction in their…
Tensions in West Asia continue to simmer
Oct 4
The increasing tensions between Iran and the USA/Saudi Arabia may have been triggered by events associated with the war in Yemen, but the issues are deeper than that with both historical roots going back to the Iranian revolution of 1979 and…
Labour activists increasingly being targeted in the Philippines
Sep 27
It has been a bit over three years since President Duterte was elected as President of the Philippines. President Duterte administration authoritarian and repressive policies have surpassed those of the late Dictator Ferdinand Marcos in terms of people…
Refugee Tamil family battles government repression
Sep 20
Ever since the infamous Tampa Affair in 2001, Australia asylum seekers and refugee policies has been marked by xenophobia, cruelty and government intransigence. Even thought there has been a mass movement since the Tampa affair against these policies,…
The politics of the Hong Kong protests
Sep 13
In early June, massive protests exploded in the city state of Hong Kong against the local government’s proposal to introduce a bill allowing the extradition of people to mainland China. The demonstrations have numbered up to two million people on the…
Workers regionally meet up in Taiwan
Sep 6
East Asia is one of the industrial hubs of the world with countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China producing and exporting goods all around the world. The working class in these countries numbers in the hundreds of millions.Due to conflict and…
Kashmir under siege from Indian Government
Aug 30
While the political situation in Kashmir has always been tense, with India and Pakistan engaging in military conflicts a number of times over this disputed territory, the recent India’s government abrogation of Kashmir’s special constitutional status has…
The fight against Indonesian occupation in West Papua continues
Aug 23
Ever since the sham Act of Free Choice in 1969 when the Indonesian Government engineered a vote for West Papuans to join up within the Indonesian state, conflict has never stopped.The Indonesian government, and its capitalist allies, have always kept a…
Fight against repression in Thailand continues
Aug 16
Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a long time union and democracy activist in Thailand, was jailed for 11 years in 2011 under the repressive Lese Majeste Law - Article 112. He was pardoned in 2018 after serving seven years in jail.Somyot had been a labour and human…
Organising workers in Malaysia
Aug 9
The trade union movement in Malaysia was destroyed decades ago in a combination of outright repression and slow strangulation by restrictive laws.While workers have continued to organise in this period, it has been difficult to develop strong militant…
Nuclear war is still a threat
Aug 2
The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were both devastated in August 1945 by atomic bombs dropped by the USA military. The devastation these bombs caused shocked the world.In the decades after 1945, millions of people campaigned to limit and…
South Korean workers fighting hard on multiple fronts
Jul 26
Low wages, outsourcing and sub contracting are a scourge for workers all around the world with companies using these methods to 1) increase profits and 2) cut costs by shifting responsibity and dangers to workers.South Korea is no different in a part of…
Resistance continues to grow against government terror in the Philippines
Jul 19
President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’ has been going on for more than three years. During this time there has been a normalisation of extra judicial killings, impunity for death squads, vilification of human rights defenders and arrests of activists.…
The ongoing war in Yemen explained
Jul 12
Yemen is often described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The country was already one of the poorest in the region and years of war have ravaged the countryThe origings of the current situation can be traced back to the Houthi movement, an…
Iran - Usa tension amid the ongoing Arab Spring
Jul 5
The recent tensions and threats of war between the USA and Iran have roots to the origins of the Islamic Republic following the 1979 Revolution that overthrew the despotic dictatorship of the Shah.Since then, Iran has continued to remain a regional power,…
Workers bracing for tough times after Indian election
Jun 28
India is the world’s biggest democracies and its elections campaings are huge undertakings. This year’s election saw the chrismatic leader, Narendra Modhi, of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claim a landslide victory. This victory cements the Hindu…
Massive protest shake up politics in Hong Kong
Jun 21
Hong Kong is a special administrative of China with its own set of laws and regulations separate from most of mainland China. Hong Kong is in a transition period following the withdrawal of the UK as its colonial power in 1997.Since then, the city state…
Power Radical Radio - Radiothon 2019
Jun 14
3CR Radio was started in 1976 by working class communities to provide an avenue for workers, their families and their communities to tell their stories and struggles in their own voices.The radio is run by the broadcasters, members and listerners. 3CR…
What do the Indonesian elections mean?
Jun 7
As Indonesia is the largest country in South East Asia and the most populous Islamic country in the world, elections are closely followed.The recent elections saw the incumbent Jokowi defeat the ex General Prabowo. Economic and social issues where the…
More repression to come after Philippines elections
May 31
The mid term elections in mid May were seen by everyone as a test for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his authoritarian rule and policies. Human rights and labour activists were hoping that by exposing Pres. Duterte’s corruption, lies and…
Another Nakba Day for Palestinians
May 24
The APC team apologises for the recent 6 weeks interruption of APC podcasts This was due to issues beyond our control.We are now back :-) It has been 71 years since the founding of the state of Israel in West Asia and the problems arising from the…
Chinese workers and the long road to organise
Apr 5
The massive Tianjiayi Chemical factory explosion in eastern Jiangsu province in late March, where at least 78 workers were killed, and many hundreds injured, is another tragic example of the weak Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws in China.One of…
Indonesian dock workers link up internationally to fight together
Mar 29
Hutchinson is a Hong Kong based global stevedoring giant with a network of port operations that comprise 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia.Hutchinson is also…
Indian workers fighting back
Mar 22
The BJP government of India, headed by President Modi is the most right wing Indian government since Independence. It has quite clear fascist expressions and has unleashed an unrelenting attack on workers wages and conditions under the guise of making…
How free are the upcoming Thai elections?
Mar 15
The modern history of Thailand has seen a constant struggle by civil forces of society to try and break the power and wealth of the established ruling elites and the Monarchy.This struggle has seen the military carry out a number of military coups in an…
International Women Day
Mar 8
The origins of International Women’s Day (IWD) go back to 1909 when tens of thousands of women garment workers, the majority of whom were migrants, went out on strike in New York, USA demanding equal pay.The fight for justice and equality is still being…
Social activist disappeared in southern India Copper plant dispute
Mar 1
India is fast becoming a global industrial power as it intergrates further into the global economy. Attracted by a low wage, educated workforce and lax environmental regulations companies are keen to invest in India.In the Tamil Nadu town of Tuticorin a…
Journalists under attack in the Philippines
Feb 22
The last two and a half year of the Presidency of Rodrigo Duterte has seen massive violations of human rights in the Philippines.While the most publicised issue has been his murderous War on Drugs, many other sectors and organisations have felt under…
Korean workers say no to outsourcing death
Feb 8
Outsourcing and sub contracting is a scourge for workers all around the world with companies using these methods to increase profits and cutting costs by shifting responsibity and dangers to workers.In mid December 2018, a young worker in South Korea, Kim…
No pride in genocide - Invasion Day 2019
Feb 1
Welcome to all APC listerners to the first program of 2019.The 26th of January in Australia is a public holiday marking Australia Day. It celebrates the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales,…
Workers will now get compensation from Samsung Electronics
Dec 14, 2018
Samsung Corporation is one of the biggest companies in South Korea. It has a vicious anti union stance and of repressing any independent worker activity at its factoriesFor over ten years, OHS activists grouped around the organisation SHARPS (Supporters…
Chinese government increases pressure on workers
Dec 7, 2018
While China is still the world’s factory, it is also increasing its labour force in areas of health, education and welfare.Since the Tiananmen protest of 1989, workers have been tightly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party of (CCP). While over the…
The struggle by workers at new Istanbul airport
Nov 30, 2018
Turkish workers have a proud history of organising and fighting for better conditions. Unfortunately, the last few years under the Presidency of Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan have seen conditions deteriorate with workers coming increasingly under more pressure.The…
Resistance continues to grow against government terror in the Philippines
Nov 23, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’ has been going on for more than three years. During this time there has been a normalisation of extra judicial killings, impunity for death squads, vilification of human rights defenders and arrests of activists.…
Changes afoot in New Caledonia and Fiji
Nov 16, 2018
In this week’s program, independent journalist and long time human rights activist Nick Mclellan, talks about the recently held independence referendum in New Caledonia and the national elections in Fiji.While is both countries the eventual results…
What lessons for the left in Syria?
Nov 9, 2018
The Arab Spring that swept across north Africa and West Asia promised a new beginning for working class communities. The reality has been one of broken promises, repression and war.Syria has probably witnessed the greatest bloodshed where during the last…
Bosses making billions underpaying migrant workers
Nov 2, 2018
The use of workers on temporary visas has increased in Australia over the last twenty years. Temporary migrant workers are very vulnerable due to the precarious nature of their work visa.Employers from all industries in Australia exploit their…
Australian workers taking to the street
Oct 26, 2018
As with many other countries in the Asia Pacific region, Australian workers are also facing rising rates of job insecurity, wages that are not keeping up with the cost of living, and harsh laws that prevent workers from organising freely at the…
Banana workers defy company, police and military
Oct 19, 2018
Bananas are one of the big agricultural export items of the Philippines. Rural regions of the Philippines have always seen some of the worst instances of semi feudal exploitation and human rights abuses.Almost a 1,000 workers at the giant banana…
Anti imperialism or class struggle - the Iranian scenario
Oct 12, 2018
The popular uprising in Syria in the last few years has created a big debate among the left around whether activists should prioritise anti imperialist work, especially against the USA war machine, or stand in solidarity with working class movements.In…
Massive truck drivers strike shakes Iranian government
Oct 5, 2018
The current Islamic for of government has been ruling Iran since the 1979 revolution that overthrew the dictatorship of the Shah. After almost 40 years, the economic and social situation for the majority of Iranian is increasingly becoming worse and…
Organising in New Zealand and in Australia
Sep 28, 2018
Australia and New Zealand have similar histories, both being settler societies and imperial outposts of the British Empire.They share similar laws and industrial landscape, though organising the working class in these two countries also has its…
Fighting against tyranny in the Philippines
Sep 21, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’ has been going on for over two years. His death squads have murdered over 20,000 people. During this time there has been a normalisation of extra judicial killings, impunity for death squads, and the vilification…
Holding on to working class politics
Sep 14, 2018
Working class struggle is hard, with many activists not only facing isolation and victimisation from management at their workplaces but also running the risk of being beaten, jailed or killed by a whole range of state or quasi state actors.The workers…
Where to now for the new government in Malaysia
Sep 7, 2018
The elections earlier this year in May saw the Barisan Nasional lose power after 61 years. One of the more surprising facets was the comeback of the 92 year old former Prime Minister, Mohamed Mahathir, who had come out in retirement to lead the…
Health and safety win for Korean workers at Samsung
Aug 31, 2018
The South Korean company Samsung Electronics is one of the giant global corporations in the world of electronics. Samsung since its founding in the late 1930’s, the company has been ferociously anti union. Its Electronic arm of the company, Samsung…
Organising migrant workers in Australia
Aug 24, 2018
The working class is under attack in Australia from many sides. One of the ways that capitalists and governments try to undermine workers organisations and conditions is by bringing in temporary migrant workers.These workers are especially prone to…
Remembering the horrors of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan
Aug 17, 2018
In early August 1945, the USA military dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians.The global arsenal of atomic weapons has only grown since then. The fight to outlaw these weapons of…
How to counter racism dividing the working class
Aug 10, 2018
In every country, capitalists and their allies use racism as one of the ways to divide and weaken the working class. In Australia, the issue of the colonialism and dispossession of the Indigenous people is central when discussing and resisting racism in…
Migrant workers facing repression in Malaysia
Aug 3, 2018
Malaysia has relied heavily on migrant workers over the last decades to power its economic growth.The complicated visa system in that country puts millions of these workers in very insecure conditions, leading to widespread exploitation. In addition,…
Will New Caledonia become Kanaky Nouvelle-Caledonie on November 20?
Jul 27, 2018
The island of New Caledonia has been a colony for the 164 years and is one of France’s last colonies in the world.The indigenous inhabitants, the Kanaks, have waged a long struggle for independence. This coming November 20 an independence referendum will…
ACTU national congress report back
Jul 20, 2018
The Australian Confederation of Trade Unions (ACTU) is the peak body for unions in Australia. It recently held its national conference in Brisbane, Queensland.Close to 1,000 unionists came together to discuss the situation for workers in Australia and the…
Workers go on the offensive in South Korea
Jul 13, 2018
The mass protest movement of 2015 and 2016 in South Korea against corruption and abuse of power were able to bring down the President - Park Geun-hye. The working class, headed by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions were central in organising this…
NAIDOC Week 2018 and Aboriginal struggles
Jul 6, 2018
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.While this week’s activities are a celebration, the past and current struggles faced by the…
Sri Lankan family fights deportation from Australia
Jun 29, 2018
The situation for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia is becoming progressively worse as the Government continues its crackdown.In the last few weeks, the desperate situation of the family of Priya and Nadesalingam has become national news. The…
Workers in the Philippines continue to fight
Jun 22, 2018
While the Philippines is a country that is often talked about in terms of the damage that natural disasters cause to its infrastructure and population, it is also a country where the working class movement has a very proud and militant history.…
Radiothon 2018 program
Jun 15, 2018
This week is a special Radiothon program to keep 3CR Radio on air.You can donate in person, by phone, by mail or via the internet.Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region.It is produced by…
Working class protests in Iran continue
Jun 8, 2018
Since late last year, Iran has witnessed a wave of strikes and demonstrations on a scale unprecedented since the revolutionary days of the late 1970s. While the Iranian government likes to portray these protests as imperialist plots from the USA and…
The Malaysian elections - part 2 on the results
Jun 1, 2018
The elections two weeks ago in Malaysia saw the Barisan Nasional lose power after 61 years. One of the more surprising facets was the comeback of the 92 year old former Prime Minister, Mohamed Mahathir, who had come out in retirement to lead the…
Special show on Aboriginal workers in Australia
May 25, 2018
The 26th of May each year in Australia is known as National Sorry Day. The day is to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations. It has been marked since 1997, the day the recommendation from the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in…
What will the Malaysian elections results mean?
May 18, 2018
The recent elections in Malaysia have seen the Barisan Nasional lose power after 61 years. One of the more surprising facets was the comeback of the 92 year old former Prime Minister, Mohamed Mahathir, who had come out in retirement to lead the…
New Trade Union Law Cambodia
Apr 20, 2018
The Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation has a newly elected President – a woman who was formerly herself a beer promotions worker. Listeners might recall the major campaign run back in 2016, in defence of women in teh beer promotions industry…
Stolenwealth Games
Apr 13, 2018
The British Empire is again celebrating it’s world wide colonial conquests in the form of the Commonwealth Games, currently underway on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Indigenous activists and their supporters are conducting a protest campaign against the…
The Great Return March
Apr 6, 2018
Israeli troops killed at least 15 Palestinians and injured more than 1,400 on Friday 30 March, during demonstrations along Gaza’s border and in cities throughout the Palestinian enclave. The demonstrations were scheduled to take place for six weeks along…
The struggle for refugee rights in Australia continues
Mar 23, 2018
Due to ongoing economic and political crisis around the world, the number of asylum seekers and refugees continues to grow.Successive Australian governments have been at the forefront internationally in devising and implementing increasingly repressive…
Women continue to unite internationally
Mar 16, 2018
The origins of International Women’s Day are to be found in the working class struggles of working women in the late 19th century.Over 100 hundreds years later, while there has been much progress, there are still many areas before women achieve…
The reasons behind anti Muslim pogroms in Sri Lanka
Mar 9, 2018
After the victory of the Sri Lankan government over the Tamil Tigers in 2009, many working class Sri Lankans expected that the ‘peace dividend’ was going to lead to an improvement in their lives.Unfortunately this has not proved the case with corruption,…
Massacres by government forces in Syria continue
Mar 2, 2018
The uprising against the government of Syria, headed by the dictatorship of Bashar Hafez al-Assad, began in 2011 as part of the broader Arab Spring that saw millions of people rise up in North Africa and West Asia against repression, exploitation and…
The continuing importance of International Women’s Day
Feb 23, 2018
International Women’s Day (IWD) has a history going back to the early 20th century when urbanised and working class workers started to organise and demand their rights.While there has been a lot of progress in the last century, much remains to be done,…
Invasion Day - Resistance to colonisation in Australia
Feb 16, 2018
The first officially recorded protest by Aboriginal people against Australia Day, the day that commemorates the United Kingdom colonisation of the Australian landmass, occurred in 1938 in conjunction with the 150th year celebrations.Aboriginal people have…
New port company attacks workers in PNG and beyond
Feb 9, 2018
With the continued globalisation of the economy, companies all around the world are expanding their operations in many different countries.In the last few years, a Filipino based company, International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), has…
Iranian workers mass protests undermine governments authority
Feb 2, 2018
Welcome to the first program of APC of 2018.The explosion of working class protests in Iran in late December 2017 caught many people by surprise. The reality thought has been that inequality and poverty have been increasing in Iran for many years.Even…
Electronics workers take on company for the right to organise
Dec 15, 2017
Export processing zones are used by countries around the world as areas of extremely cheap labour for companies to use as union organising is severely repressed.Hundreds of mainly women workers in the Cavite Export Processing Zone just north of Manila,…
South Korean metro workers taking action against global company
Dec 8, 2017
Workers in South Korea have managed to overcome the offensives against them in the last few years from governments and companies.Nevertheless, even after ousting the former President Park, they face many hurdles in improving their wages and…
Gas workers in south eastern Australia still fighting after five months
Dec 1, 2017
The large gas and oil sectors in Australia are dominated by global companies. In the last few years, they have launched an offensive against workers in Australia to slash wages and conditions.Longford in the south eastern Australian state of Victoria is…
South Korean workers fighting for their rights
Nov 24, 2017
The labour movement in South Korea is one of the strongest in the Asia Pacific region with its roots in the anti dictatorship protests of the 1960’s and 1970’s.In the last few years it has come under sustained attack from successive Government…
Fighting against trade union repression
Nov 17, 2017
Workers all around the world face pressures and repression as capitalists try to increase their profits by spending less on workers welfare and making them work faster, longer and harder for less pay.The Global Day to stop the repression against unionists…
Demonetisation, economic reforms and workers protests in India
Nov 10, 2017
The current BJP Government in India, headed by Prime Minister Modi, has been in power for over three years.His government has been one of the most pro business governments in Indian history. Modi has set our to free up the hand of capitalists in India…
Fight against Australia’s inhumane refugee policies continue
Nov 3, 2017
Since 1989, the Australian Government’s policies and actions against asylum seekers and refugees have increasingly become xenophobic, nationalist and repressive.On top of turning back boats in acts of piracy on the high seas, deporting refugees back to…
Setbacks and advances for the Kurdish struggle in West Asia
Oct 27, 2017
While the wars in Iraq and Syria have offered a historical opportunity for Kurdish forces to advance their right to autonomy and independence, there are also major dangers.The recent advances by Kurdish forces in northern Syria in taking Raqqa and their…
Will Palestine unity help the struggle?
Oct 20, 2017
Last week, the two biggest Palestinian political factions, announced that they signed an initial unity agreement. This deal was announced by both sides as a ‘a declaration of the end to division and a return to national Palestinian unity’.While this is a…
Streets ice cream workers battle global giant
Oct 13, 2017
Around 150 workers in the Australian city of Sydney have been in a brutal struggle from last August against their employer, Streets Ice Cream, a subsidiary of the global giant Unilever, over a new enterprise agreement. The company wants to reduce workers’…
Documenting the unfolding disaster of the Rohingya people
Oct 6, 2017
While the Rohingya people in Western Burma have suffered discrimination in the past, the current disaster is of unprecedented proportions.We talk to Mahi Ramakrishnan, a blogger and documentary film maker from Malaysia, who has made three documentaries…
The fight against militarism in the Asia Pacific region
Sep 29, 2017
With tensions rising in the Asia Pacific region, there are many organisations and groups that have campaigned for a long time against the hegemony of the USA military in the region.New Zealand has been one of the leading countries that have tried to…
Opposition to war in the Korean Peninsula grows
Sep 22, 2017
The escalating war of words between the USA President Trump and the North Korean Chairman Kim, is dangerously increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.Given the destruction that the USA military caused in North Korea during the war in the early 1950’s,…
Pacific workers facing issues on many fronts
Sep 15, 2017
Workers from the Pacific Islands have been used, and exploited, by the Australian state and companies, since the late 1800’s.This relationship has not changed in the 21st century with Pacific workers being exploited via new work programs that seek to take…
Philippines airline workers still fighting after six years
Sep 8, 2017
Philippines Airlines (PAL) tried to outsource its workforce in 2011 by terminating 2,600 workers. The workers, organised by the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) fought back and organised an indefinite picket line.We talk to Alnem…
Human rights still not guaranteed in Indonesia
Sep 1, 2017
Since the overthrow of the dictator Soeharto in the late 1990’s, Indonesia has been a formal democracy with a number of elections being successfully held.Nevertheless for working class communities, both in the rural and urban areas, gaining justice and…
Fresh arrests hit human right activists in Hong Kong
Aug 25, 2017
This week sixteen human right activists were sentenced to up to 18 months in jail for taking part in protests during the ‘yellow umbrella’ protest movement in 2014.Thirteen activists were jailed for protesting in the Legislative Council against a proposed…
Death squads terrorising working class communities in the Philippines
Aug 18, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’ is now almost a year old. His death squads have murdered almost 10,000 people.We interview Ellecer ‘Budit’ Carlos, spokeperson for In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND), on the normalisation…
Anganwadi women health workers fighting for their rights in India
Aug 11, 2017
There are hundreds of thousands of rural health workers in India, called Anganwadi, that monitor and support the health and welfare of mothers and their children.While they are implementing government programs, they are not employed directly by the…
Health and safety still an issue for Bangladeshi garment workers
Aug 4, 2017
The garment sector in Bangladesh competes in the world via a brutal ‘Race to the Bottom’ where wages and OHS are depressed as much as possible.In conjunction with the widespread repression of labour activists and trade unionists, many workers are killed…
Organising workers internationally - The Global Picket Line
Jul 28, 2017
In our globally interconnected world, companies are now structured at a global level where they integrate their production, storage, transport and retail arms over many different countries in a never ending quest for the highest profits.Workers have had…
Al-Aqsa Mosque violence - a symptom of the Palestinian crisis
Jul 21, 2017
While the latest upsurge in violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem was sparked by an armed attack by Palestinians, the level of unrest points to deeper issues.We interviewed Reem Yunis, Palestinian and socialist activist in Melbourne Australia, on…
Cambodian beer workers resist global giant’s offensive
Jul 14, 2017
In relation to labour issues, Cambodia is often seen through the context of the exploitation of workers in its garment sector. Cambodia also has an expanding tourism industry with increasing numbers of workers employed in these sector.We talk to Sar Mora,…
Aboriginal workers fighting against slave like exploitation
Jul 7, 2017
Aboriginal people in Australia have a history of being exploited as workers since the first years of colonisation. This ranged from being made to work for only food and tobacco to having their wages kept by governments - now known as the Stolen…
Indonesian workers organising and international solidarity
Jun 30, 2017
Indonesian workers are still recovering from the mass murders and repression of the 1965-67 period which totally destroyed their organisations and wiped out a whole generation of labour activists.Bob Carnegie, Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Secretary…
Workers organising in the Auto sector in northern India
Jun 23, 2017
Updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Shivani Kaul, labour organiser with Bigul Mazdoor Dasta and legal advisor with the Automobile Industry Contract Workers group, on the situation with workers in the auto…
Overview and special Radiothon program
Jun 16, 2017
Labour updates on the struggles and campaigns by workers in the Asia Pacific region.Special fundraising Radiothon program. Radiothon target AUS $1,500.00.To donate, click here.Asia Pacific Currents is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links.
Organising women workers in Cambodia
Jun 9, 2017
Labour updates on the struggles and campaigns by workers in the Asia Pacific region.Extended interview with woman labour organiser on the issues and difficulties of organising women in the construction, entertainment and sex industries in Cambodia.She…
The dangers of martial law in the Philippines
Jun 2, 2017
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Berlin Guerro, from The Philippine Caucus for Peace, on the implications of the recent declaration of martial law in the southern island of Mindanao.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia…
Aboriginal recognition and change in Australia
May 26, 2017
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Sam Watson, Aboriginal activist and member of Socialist Alliance, on the 50th anniversary of the Constitutional Referendum on Aboriginal recognition and the present national Aboriginal convention…
New President in South Korea and workers health
May 19, 2017
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Dr. Jeong-ok Kong, Spokesperson from SHARPS (Supporters of Health and Rights of People in Semiconductor Industry), about the prospects for workers health at Samsung…
Huge Palestinian prisoner hunger strike - a fight for justice
May 12, 2017
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Hasan Barghouti, Director of the Democracy and Workers Rights Centre in Palestine, on the continuing hunger strike by over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.Asia…
Opposing Duterte’s brutal War on Drugs in the Philippines
May 5, 2017
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Catherine Scerri, spokesperson from the Network Against Killings in the Philippines, on the effects of President Duterte’s murderous War on Drugs on poor working class communities in the…
Organising in Pakistan in the face of Blasphemy and Terrorism laws
Apr 28, 2017
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Sonia Qadir, member of the Awami Workers Party and Feminist Collective, on how Blashemy and Anti Terrorism laws are used to stifle workers organising, especially its effects…
The history of workers struggle in India
Apr 21, 2017
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Recorded talk by Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, on the development and struggles of the working class in India. Talk…
Syrian revolution continues despite massacres and bombings
Apr 14, 2017
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific regionInterview with Joseph Daher, Syrian commentator and activist, on the latest chemical attack in Syria, the USA bombing of the air base, and the prospects for the popular revolution in Syria.Asia Pacific Currents…
Arrests not stopping the Maruti Suzuki workers struggle
Apr 7, 2017
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Extended interview with Jitenda Kumar, member of the Maruti Suzuki union Provisional Committee, on the ongoing Maruti Suzuki struggle in the Gurgaon region of northern India. Interpreting carried out by Nayan…
Workers organising in Bangladesh and human rights
Mar 31, 2017
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Kalpona Akter, former child garment worker and prominent union organiser and labour rights activist from Bangladesh.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links.
South Korean workers win against President Park
Mar 24, 2017
Labour updates of workers struggles in the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Mikyung Ryu, International Relations Officer of the Korean Confederation of Trade Union (KCTU), on workers involvement in the popular movement to impeach President Park, their…
Opposition struggling against military rule in Thailand
Mar 17, 2017
Labour updates of workers struggles in the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Ji Ungpakorn, a Thai exile, on the transition to a new king in Thailand and the state of opposition against the ruling military dictatorship in Thailand.Asia Pacific Currents is…
Workers organising in Myanmar
Mar 10, 2017
Labour updates of workers struggles in the Asia Pacific region with specific reference to the court decisions on President Park’s impeachment in South Korea and the 117 Maruti Suzuki workers in northern India.Interview with Alex Moodie, Research Officer…
Workers in Australia battle global dairy giant
Mar 3, 2017
Labour updates of workers struggles in the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Damian King, Electrical Trades Union organiser in Echuca - Victoria, on the lock out of workers by the global dairy giant Parmalat as it tries to cut workers wages and…
Women workers in Sri Lanka
Feb 24, 2017
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Apologies as the first two APC programs for 2017 are not available as podcasts.Interview with Dr. Sepali Kottegoda who is the Executive Director for the Women and Media Collective and a…
How the labour movement fared in 2016
Dec 9, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Overview of the year and discussion of the wins, the highlights, the losses and the battles that the labour movement has had in 2016.Asia Pacific Currents will be going on a summer break…
Workers and unions against racism in Australia
Dec 2, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Matt Kunkel, Project organiser with the Victorian Trades Hall Council, on the union organised rally and Global Street Party in Melbourne, Australia, and why workers need to…
Workers struggle in India - report back
Nov 25, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Jiselle Hanna from Australia Asia Worker Links (AAWL) reporting back on her solidarity trip to New Delhi and Mumbai and the state of workers organising and struggle in…
Massacre of workers at the Gadani shipbreaking yards in Pakistan
Nov 18, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Nasir Mansoor, Deputy General Secretary of the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) of Pakistan, on the recent explosion and massacre of workers at the Gadani shipbreaking…
CUB brewery dispute in Melbourne, Australia set to escalate
Nov 11, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Steve Diston, organiser with Electrical Trades Union Victoria Branch, on the ongoing battle against union busting and precarious work at the CUB Brewery in Melbourne,…
Petrol tank drivers strike in Jakarta, Indonesia
Nov 4, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Guruh Riyanto from the Media and Campaign Department of Indonesian Confederation of United Workers (KPBI), about the petrol tanker drivers strike in the greater Jakarta…
The Global Day of Action against trade union repression
Oct 28, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region. Interview with Piergiorgio Moro, from Australia Asia Worker Links, about the upcoming Global Day of Action against trade union repression on the 16th of November and how internationally…
The effects of deaths squads in the Philippines War on Drugs
Oct 21, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Arnel, spokesperson of the Labor Party of the Philippines, on the effects of the continuing War on Drugs is having on working class communities in the Philippines.Asia…
Truck workers also stage nationwide strike in South Korea
Oct 14, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Wol-san Liem, Director of International and Korean Peninsula Affairs, Korean Public Service and Transport Workers’ Union (KPTU), on why truck drivers have also gone out on an…
Major Honda strike in northern India continuing
Oct 7, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Shivani, a union organiser with Bigul Mazdoor Basta, about the ongoing strike, protests and hunger strike by Honda motor workers in New Delhi.Asia Pacific Currents is a…
South Korean workers stage massive strikes against both employers and government
Sep 30, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Kim Yong-Nam, union member from the Railways Union in South Korea, on the current mass strikes in South Korea and the issues that South Korean workers are facing.Asia Pacific…
More Bangladesh workers die in factory fire but keep fighting
Sep 23, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Moniruzzaman Masum, Co-ordinator of the Comrade Rubel Workers Centre, on the recent fire at a packaging/foil factory that killed 34 workers. Also discussed was the state of…
Gender issues in the garment sector in Indonesia
Sep 16, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Dian and Jumasi, labour activists in the garment industry in Indonesia, on gender and LGBTI issues facing workersAsia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker…
180,000,000 Indian workers go on general strike
Sep 9, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Nambiath Vasudevan, President, New Trade Union Initiative - a federation of Indian trade unions, belonging to formal and informal sectors - and convenor, Trade Union…
International solidarity and the global picketline concept
Sep 2, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Manrico Moro, vice president AAWL, on how the global picketline concept can make international solidarity between workers much more powerful.Asia Pacific Currents is a…
The ongoing crisis for the uprising in Syria and solidarity
Aug 26, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Joe Daher, actvist from Syria Freedom Forever, about the current situation in Syria, the state of the popular uprising, and the need for concrete solidarity to stop the…
The CUB dispute in Melbourne and Fiji nuclear fallout documentary
Aug 19, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.First interview is with Steve Diston, organiser with the Electrical Trades Union of Victoria, on the continuing dispute at the CUB brewery against outsourcing and its international links…
More scandals hit Australia’s concentration camp in Nauru
Aug 12, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Chris Breen, from Refugee Action Collective, on the latest scandal to hit Nauru’s concentration camp and what the release of these latest files on Nauru incidents will mean…
Death squads kills hundreds in working class communities in the Philippines
Aug 5, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Arnel, International Relations Officer of the Labour Party of the Philippines, on the murder of hundreds of working class people by death squads as part of Philippines…
Migrant powerline workers in Australia left unprotected by Thiess and the courts
Jul 29, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Matthew Boyd, organiser with the Electrical Trades Union of Victoria, on how Filipino migrant workers were told not to join a union by the giant engineering company Thiess,…
The effects of the latest political murder in Cambodia on workers
Jul 22, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Mora Sar, president of the Cambodia Food Workers’ Association, on the recent murder of political activist Kem Ley and its significance for workers and labour organising in…
Repression of labour activists in South Korea intensifies with jail sentences
Jul 15, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Mikyung Ryu, International Relations Officer with the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), on the 5 year jail sentence given to Han Sang-gyun, KCTU President, the…
Baba Jan jailing and repression in Pakistan
Jul 8, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region. Interview with Farooq Tariq, from the Awami Workers Party, on the reasons and political significance of the sentencing of Baba Jan and 11 of his fellow activists to 40 years in jail. Asia…
Iranian workers taking up the fight to the government of Iran
Jul 1, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Farid Partovi, spokesperson from the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI), on the repression that workers in Iran face, how they organise against it,…
Workers fight against outsourcing at Australian brewery
Jun 24, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Steve Diston, organiser with the Electrical Trades Union, on the fight by 50 workers to oppose outsourcing at the giant Carlton United Brewery Company in Melbourne,…
Why it is important to support radical radio
Jun 17, 2016
Asia Pacific Currents (APC) is a unique program that brings you labour struggles from the Asia Pacific region from the worker’s perspectives.APC can be heard on independent and radical 3CR Radio. 3CR Radio is self funded and needs your support to stay on…
Political cartoonist facing Sedition Law charges in Malaysia
Jun 10, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Zulkiflie Anwar Haque, known as Zunar, a political cartoonist in Malaysia who is facing 43 years in jail under the Sedition Law because of his work exposing corruption and…
The unfinished business of Aboriginal justice in Australia
Jun 3, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Celeste Little, organiser with the National Tertiay Education Union, on the Recognise campaign in Australia and the ongoing campaign for justice for Aboriginal people in…
Organising in Malaysia against constant government repression
May 27, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) General Secretary Sivarajan Arumugam on the state of workers organisation in Malaysia and recent mobilisations against corruption and…
International solidarity at the LabourStart Conference
May 20, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Piergiorgio Moro, AAWL Secretary, on his presentation of the Global PicketLine concept at the LabourStart conference held earlier in May in Toronto, Canada.Asia Pacific…
Workers take on electronics company in the Philippines
May 13, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Arnel from the Labour Party of the Philippines on the importance of the struggle by Sytic Electronic workers in the Cavite export processing zoneAsia Pacific Currents is a…
Workers stand against the new Labour Law in Cambodia
May 6, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Sineat Yon, labour activist and founder of a workers co-operative for garment workers, on the reasons why workers in Cambodia are against the new Labour Law.Asia Pacific…
The fight for health and safety at Samsung in South Korea
Apr 29, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, India and Bangladesh.Interview with Dr. Jeong-ok Kong, spokesperson of SHARPS (Supporters of Health And Right of People in Semiconductor Industry) on the continuing fight to…
The Rana Plaza collapse - 3 years on and still no justice for murdered workers
Apr 22, 2016
Labour updates from Ausralia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Palestine, the upcoming International Workers Memorial Day, and May Day.Interview with Josh Cullinan, Secretary of the Australia Bangladesh Solidarity Network (ABSN), on the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka -…
The fight by Aboriginal people against the NT Intervention and the Basic Card
Apr 15, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Rosalie Kunoth-Monks Arrernte, Alyawerr woman from Central Australia, on the terrible consequences of the NT Intervention on Aboriginal people and how the Basic Card is…
Palestine - a one state solution to the present impasse?
Apr 8, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Ali Abunimah, author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse, and co-founder and director of the The Electronic Intifada on the way forward for…
The fight for civil rights by Polynesians in New Zealand
Apr 1, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Will Ilolahia, a co-founder of the civil rights New Zealand organisation the Polynesian Panthers, on racism and human rights in New Zealand.Asia Pacific Currents is a program…
The Syrian civil war - perspectives from the region
Mar 25, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Farah Kobaissy, member of Socialist Forum in Lebanon, on the Syrian civil war and local perspectives.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links.
Refugees are workers - Let Them Stay
Mar 18, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Amanda Zifcik from the Refugee Action Collective about the Let Them Stay campaignAsia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links.
Women rights and the struggle for equality in the Philippines
Mar 11, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Lisa Maza, spokesperson of Gabriela, a feminist women’s organisation in the Philippines on the struggle for gender equality in the Philippines.Asia Pacific Currents is a…
Fighting to free jailed workers in India - The Pricol 8
Mar 4, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Agnitra Ghosh, Executive Council Member, All India Central Council of Trade Union (AICCTU).He talks about the background and reasons for the sentencing of 8 workers from the…
Repression and resistance under military dictatorship in Thailand
Feb 19, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from China, Singapore, Australia, India, Iran, Palestine and Syria.Interview with ‘Ann’, a community activist in Thailand on repression and resistance to the military dictatorship in Thailand.Asia Pacific Currents is a…
Gender violence and the USA military in the Philippines
Feb 12, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Joms Salvador from the women’s organisation of Gabriela on gender violence and the USA military in the PhilippinesAsia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker…
Human rights abuses under military rule in Fiji
Feb 5, 2016
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from China, Thailand, Pakistan, South Korea, Iran and the region.Interview with Aman Ravindra Singh, a human rights lawyer, on the human rights abuses in Fiji by the military dictatorship and resistance to the…
Cambodian garment workers fight for a living wage
Dec 18, 2015
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from countries in the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Sineat Yon, unionist and labour activist, on the recent global day of action by garment workers in Cambodia for a living wage of US $177/month.APC will take a…
Workers struggles in the Philippines and regional solidarity
Dec 11, 2015
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from countries in the Asia-Pacific region.Interview with Len Cooper, Communication Workers Union - Telecommunication Division Victoria, on a series of solidarity conferences in the Philippines and updates on current…
The fight for refugee rights in Australia continues
Dec 4, 2015
Labour updates of workers’ struggles from countries in the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Chris Breen from the Refugee Action Collective in Victoria, Australia, about the continuing campaign to stop the repression against asylum seekers and refugees…
Climate change and the role of the workers movement
Nov 27, 2015
Labour updates of workers struggles from countries in the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Colin Long, Secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union of Victoria, on how and why the workers movement is involved in the climate change debate and…
Labour protests against APEC summit in the Philippines
Nov 20, 2015
Labour updates of workers struggles from Malaysia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bahrain and Australia.Interview with Arnel, spokesperson of the Labour Party of the Philippines, on why workers and labour activists are mobilising against the APEC summit in the…
Workers in Iran organising against exploitation and repression
Nov 13, 2015
Labour updates of workers struggles from Thailand, Bangladesh, India and Australia.Interview with Farid Partovi from the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) on the situation for workers in Iran, how they are organising and…
Cambodian workers and fighting for better rights
Nov 6, 2015
Labour updates of workers struggles around the Asia Pacific region and local events.Interview with Yon Sineat from the Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation on labour issues in Cambodia and her solidarity trip and training in Australia.Asia…
Indian workers struggles at Bridgestone, Maruti Suzuki and Ssangyong
Oct 30, 2015
Labour updates of workers struggles in the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Abhinav Sinha and Shivani Kaul from Dasta Bigul Mazdoor, an Indian labour organisation, on the recent industrial struggles at Bridgestone Tyres over the right to form a union,…
The struggle in Palestine - where to now?
Oct 23, 2015
Labour updates of workers struggles in the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Reem Yunis, Melbourne based Palestinian and socialist activist, on the current state of the Palestinian struggle and its objectives.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of…
Sedition Act used in Malaysia to suppress dissent
Oct 16, 2015
Labour updates from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Pakistan, Turkey and Palestine.Interview with S. Arutchelvan, General Secretary of the Malaysian Socialist Party, on the arrest of Khalid Ishmath under the Sedition Act and how the Malaysian…
Fight against casualisation at Philippines Airlines starts up again
Oct 9, 2015
Labour updates from Syria, Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Iran, Australia and Palestine.Interview with with Alnem Pretencio, spokeperson of PALEA union, on the renewed struggle against casualisation and sackings by Philippines Airlines.Asia Pacific Currents…
Workers in South Korea fighting back against government and company’s offensive
Oct 2, 2015
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Mikyung Riu, International Relations Officer with the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, on workers resistance in South Korea to attacks on working conditions.Asia Pacific Currents is a program…
Corruption and popular protests in Malaysia
Sep 25, 2015
Labour updates from Syria, Iran, Bangladesh, Thailand, Korea, Japan and AustraliaInterview with S. Arutchelvan, Secretary of the Malaysian Socialist Party, on the growing corruption scandal engulfing the Malaysian Prime Minister, the Bersih anti…
The great Indian general strike in September 2015: Part two
Sep 18, 2015
Labour updates from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan, The Philippines and AustraliaInterview with Abhinav Sinha, member of the workers organisation Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, analysing the massive general strike in India on the…
The great Indian general strike September 2015 - Part 1
Sep 11, 2015
Labour updates from Australia, South Korea, Pakistan, Iran and the wars and repression in West Asia.Interview with Nambiath Vasudevan, President, New Trade Union Initiative - a federation of Indian trade unions, belonging to formal and informal sectors.…
Japanese people get organised against nuclear industry and militarism
Sep 4, 2015
Labour updates from the historic general strike in India, refugees in Europe and West Asia wars, public transport strike Melbourne, Indonesian labour demonstrations, and ongoing labour problems at Philippines Airlines.Interview with Chie Matsumoto,…
Workers organising in Sri Lanka free trade zones and Ansell campaign
Aug 28, 2015
Labour updates and events from the Asia Pacific region.Interview withAnton Marcus, General Secretary of the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union in Sri Lanka about organising workers in Sri Lanka and the dispute and campaign of the Ansell…
Workers organising in the Asia Pacific region
Aug 21, 2015
Analyses of the Tianjin warehouse disaster in China, update on the Migrant Trade Union in South Korea, Sri Lankan labour solidarity in Australia, upcoming democracy demonstrations in Malaysia and nationwide general strike in India, anti-fascist…
The fight for refugee rights in Australia - the Tamil situation
Aug 7, 2015
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Aran Mylvaganam from Tamil Voice about the plight of asylum seekers in Australia and the dangers of forced deportations to Tamil people.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker…
Workers organising internationally - The Global Picketline
Jul 10, 2015
Regional labour updates.Discussion of the Global Picketline concept and how workers can use this to organise at an international level.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links.
Far right and fascists movements in the Asia Pacific region
Jul 3, 2015
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Discussion about far right and fascists movements in the Asia Pacific region and its significance to labour movements.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links.
Organising workers in East Timor
Jun 26, 2015
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Elmurio Vila Nova, General Secretary of the General Workers Union of East Timor.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links.
Conditions for workers in Cambodia and organising efforts
Jun 19, 2015
Labour updates from the Australia, China and Afghanistan.Extended interviews with San Mora and Yon Sineat from the Cambodian Food and Services Workers Federation on organising workers in Cambodia and the issues that workers face.Asia Pacific Currents is a…
Unions organising in Papua New Guinea and solidarity needs
Jun 5, 2015
Labour updates from the Australia, Indonesia, China, South Korea, Bangladesh and Palestine.Interview with Daniel Matthews from the Maritime and Transport union of Papua New Guinea on the workers movement in PNG and how best to work together…
Organising workers in Iran and international solidarity
May 29, 2015
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Farid C. Partovi from the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran on the workers movement in Iran and how best to work together internationally.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of…
Organising migrant workers on the Thai-Burma border and in Malaysia
May 8, 2015
Labour updates from New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Burma, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Palestine.Interview with Pranom Bee Somwong from Workers Hub for Change on organising migrant workers in Thailand, Burma and Malaysia.Asia Pacific Currents is a program…
Protests against the GST in Malaysia and the use of repressive legislation
Apr 24, 2015
Labour updates from Australia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Taiwan, Pakistan, South Korea, and international days of OHS and May Day.Interview with S. Arutchelvan (Arul), General Secretary of the Socialist Party of Malaysia, on his recent arrest for sedition,…
Aboriginal activist continues fight for justice for Palm Island community in Australia
Apr 17, 2015
Labour updates from Australia, The Philippines, South Korea, South Asia, Turkey, Israel and international days of OHS and May Day.Interview with Lex Wotton, Australian Aboriginal activist on his fight for justice on Palm Island.Asia Pacific Currents is a…
Asia Pacific Currents 4 April 2015
Apr 3, 2015
Labour updates from Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Yemen.Interview with Daniel and Sarinah from the Altenative Media and Education for Workers organisation in Indonesia on the state of the workers movement in Indonesia.Asia Pacific…
Asia Pacific Currents 28 March 2015
Mar 27, 2015
Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region.Interview with Joseph Daher from Revolutionary Left in Syria on the civil war in Syria and the state of the workers movement and progressive politics in Syria.Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia…
Update on the Syrian uprising and review of major labour issues of 2014
Dec 12, 2014
Interview with Joe Daher from the Revolutionary Left Current on the situation in Syria and Iraq. End of year review of labour issues in the Asia Pacific region. This is the last program of APC for 2014. The first program for 2015 will be the first…