that capital can incite the kind of competition that would compel us
to work for as next to nothing as possible—the underbidding wars that
go by the name of 'the race to the bottom'—workers have to be territorially
divided by region, city, and country, divided again by firm through
'enterprise bargaining', and divided in turn through individual contracts
and the like. Borders between workers—including the border between documented
and undocumented workers, the borders assembled by ethnicism, racism
and nationalism—are the key ingredients in the power of global capital.
up against deportations
have been occuring. People are chemically restrained, sedated, bound
and gagged on flights leaving Australian airports.
Australian Government have just announced (March 7, 2002) mass deportations
to occur within the next few weeks. Moreover, the 'Temporary Protection
Visa' scheme - which granted those classified as refugees release from
the internment camps for 3 years - is about to run out for many people
(it was introduced 3 years ago). Many of those will be refused permanent
stay, and interned again en route to deportation. Australasian Correctionals
Management, the company subcontracted to run the onshore internment
camps in Australia, is also contracted to arrange deportations.
There are some things that you personally can do to stop deportations
If you are aware of a deportation occuring on a flight you are on, refuse
to take your seat unless the person is taken off the plane. Bring the
deportation to the attention of other passengers, because it is more
than likely that the person will have been chemically sedated and restrained.
The plane will not be able to take off unless everyone is seated.
If you work as a refueler, baggage handler or pilot, refuse to work
unless the deportation is halted. Demand that the airline company will
not be carrying out deportations.
When booking a flight, ask whether or not the airline company you are
using carries out deportations. If they say they are not, ask them if
they have publicly guaranteed this and that you wish to see evidence
Talk to people you know about how to stop deportations happening and,
if you have a website, download the banner (below) to circulate the
xborder - http://antimedia.net/xborder/
border network - http://www.noborder.org
No one is Illegal - http://antimedia.net/nooneisillegal/
people - http://boat-people.org
Refugee Action Collective - http://www.rac-vic.org/
Rural Australians for Refugees - http://www.ruralaustraliansforrefugees.org/