People take part in a march for better work conditions and higher wages in Australia, in Melbourne on Wednesday. William West / AFP
Tens of thousands marched for better work conditions and higher wages in Australia on Wednesday, bringing the city of Melbourne to a standstill, ahead of national elections in May.
The opposition Labor party wants to make stagnant wages a focus of its election campaign, with its union allies claiming “Australians have seen the largest fall in their living standards in 30 years.”
The governing conservative Liberal-National coalition has argued the best way of boosting wages is through company tax cuts.
Many demonstrators wore fluorescent “hi-visibility” workwear and carried banners with “Change the Rules” written on them.
State premier Daniel Andrews said the rally should remind Canberra that Australians are demanding a proper “living wage.”
“People are angry. They are out in the streets. They are out in force but they are campaigning for something very simple: ‘a fair go,’” he told reporters as he joined the mass rally.
City commuters endured a second day of disruption in less than a week, after animal rights activists blocked busy streets on Monday during a surprise peak hour demonstration.
Some Labor supporters have argued for a slew of workers to receive higher minimum wages and a cap on the number of foreign workers entering the country.
A rampant Australia defeated Pakistan by 20 runs in the fifth ODI to complete a 5-0 clean sweep in the five-match series in Dubai on Sunday.
Joe Root is determined the “spicy” nature of England’s latest clash with Australia won’t prove a distraction when the arch rivals meet for a place in the World Cup final.
Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon says his side will be the underdogs when they face hosts England in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals. “They have been the No. 1 team for a couple of years now.
Hong Kong police said on Monday they arrested 36 people, the youngest aged 12, after violence during anti-government demonstrations escalated as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails
Japan’s top government spokesman said on Monday he did not think Tokyo had compromised too much in trade talks with the United States.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said on Monday that China is willing to resolve its trade dispute with the United States through calm negotiations and resolutely opposes the escalation of the conflict,