7 reasons activists blew up condoms in Melbourne
1. Because Sri Lankan rubber workers need protection
Bad pun, but 300 Ansell workers making rubber products for the Australian market were sacked two years ago and have been fighting to win their jobs back ever since.
2. Because there’s nothing like a condom to secure media coverage
Sad really, but most stories about the plight of Sri Lankan rubber workers would struggle for a few pars in the Green Left Weekly. Focus on the, eh, rubber and you are in the papers and on TV.
3. Because Ansell trades on its wares, so why shouldn’t we?
This image (below) is from the Ansell Facebook page.
4. Because Ansell is a massive global player and the Sri Lankan workers are at the end of the production line
Despite having made a profit of over US$187 million last year, Ansell is still forcing workers to work overtime and to meet unrealistic performance targets without adequate remuneration.
5. Because consumer action is the only language big corporations listen to
Go into any pub washroom and you see Ansell product trying to convince you there’s someone wanting you to share your Lifestyle.
6. Because Australian unionists have a proud history of sticking up for their foreign colleagues
Despite the current rants from Canberra that questioning the China free trade deal is racist, the reality is that unions have always stood up for workers around the world.
7. Finally, because if you had the chance to blow up a condom for a good cause, could you say no?
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