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Representatives from AAWL, PALEA, Hava Is, the Canadian Autoworkers Union, the Korean Federation of Public Services Union, and others participated over the course of the three year campaign. Other labour organisations from India, Australia, Germany and the Middle East indicated their support, but weren’t able to make it onto the calls. Solidarity messages Throughout the campaign, workers and their unions from around the world sent solidarity greetings to each other. The solidarity messages boosted the morale of workers of PAL and TA in particular. AAWL received many reports through Skype meetings that these messages helped workers feel like they were not alone, and that the world was watching. Connecting the struggles Another important part of the international campaign was arranging faceto face meetings when and where possible. When workers from one country met with workers from another country, all quickly understood conditions on the ground in other parts of the world, and they could see the similarities in each other’s disputes. Throughout the international campaign, there were many solidarity visits. PALEA visited Australian unions a number of times, and they in turn visited the solidarity camp outside PAL headquarters in Manila. Korean unions visited Australia and PALEA visited Korea. Joint action With a mechanism in place for joint organising and the mutual understanding gained from solidarity visits, it was time to take joint action. A number of events were organised simultaneously in multiple cities. In 2012, on the fi rst anniversary of the PAL/PALEA lockout, an International Day of Action in support of airlines workers was organised. Some twenty cities participated in solidarity actions. Towards the end of 2012, in response to a sharp increase in the legal pressure on PALEA members, workers took part in two days of coordinated leafl eting at airports worldwide. Twelve cities participated. After that, there were another two coordinated leafl eting actions involving multiple airports. 16 aawl.org.au - Asia Workers Organising - Global Picketline


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