An Australian-based union solidarity initiative is developing a concept they call “the global picket line” to build power against multinational corporations.

Nowadays, there is only one economy with companies operating globally.

Companies search the world for the cheapest labour and materials, and the friendliest governments.

Companies everywhere shift factories to lower wage countries.  They stop workers organising.  They casualise or contract out workers.  They push workers to produce more.  They cut back on Occupational Health and Safety.  They import workers.  They encourage racism and nationalism to divide workers.

In every country, every day, workers face these pressures.  Everywhere, their demands are the same.

Workers need a living wage, secure work and a safe workplace.

Workers need a global picket line to win.

The concept of the global picket line is about connecting workers struggles internationally.

Its about mapping where companies operate, which of their operations are the critical ones, where organised workers are located, and connecting these workers across countries.

Once workers start talking to each other, then actions can be decided together, so that actions can be co-ordinated and be part of the same struggle.

The global picket line concept takes what workers are already doing at a local level and offers ways to expand this at an international level.

The global picket line concept is a living document that will continue to grow and develop as workers increasingly undertake global actions.

Join your union and join the fight.

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Piergiorgio Moro

Piergiorgio Moro is secretary of Australia Asia Worker Link.

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