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    Defiant unions to join global summit protest Sydney Morning Herald Date: 07/09/2000 By BRAD NORINGTON Unions are closely involved in the S11 protest group that
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      Defiant unions to join global summit protest

      Sydney Morning Herald

      Date: 07/09/2000

      By BRAD NORINGTON

      Unions are closely involved in the S11 protest group that
      plans to shut down the World Economic Forum in Melbourne next
      Monday, in defiance of the ACTU and its president, Ms Sharan
      Burrow.

      At least five unions are providing funding, logistic support
      and demonstrators for the protest against corporate globalisation,
      despite Ms Burrow's claims that unions "are not associated".

      The ACTU has tried desperately to distance the union movement
      from S11 to ward off a public relations disaster in the event
      of violence.

      Ms Burrow insisted last week that unions were not part of Monday's
      protest and would hold a separate, peaceful demonstration the next
      day.

      But a number of unions will have a strong presence among S11
      students, Trotskyists and anarchists whose objective is to stop
      the three-day forum of world political and business leaders at
      Crown Casino.

      The two unions most heavily involved - the Construction Forestry
      Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Australian Manufacturing
      Workers Union (AMWU) - were caught up in the 1996 riot at
      Parliament House that ruined an ACTU campaign against Government
      workplace legislation.

      A Sydney-based co-ordinator of the S11 Coalition, the CFMEU
      official Mr Phil Davey, confirmed that five unions were helping
      to organise the Monday protest and were sending members to take
      part. The first Sydney demonstrators left on buses yesterday and
      up to 500 were booked into a Melbourne caravan park.

      The CFMEU has come under attack from Government ministers for
      providing a first-aid tent and calling for donations of bandages.

      Mr Davey said the Monday protest by S11 would be "avowedly and
      explicitly non-violent" and would involve up to 10,000 people.

      However, posters around the city saying "Bring Seattle to
      Melbourne" have evoked the violent clashes with police at last
      year's meeting of the World Trade Organisation.

      A CFMEU official from the Melbourne S11 group, Mr Steve Jolley,
      said: "We're going to blockade it. We're aiming to stop this
      meeting. We're aiming to close this down."

      A militant Victorian leader of the AMWU, Mr Craig Johnston, said
      he would not attend the S11 protest but said it had his support.
      "I'm sure some of our members will be there."

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