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Issue #1903      February 17, 2020

International Call for Solidarity with victims of bushfires

The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) is calling for support for those affected by the Australian bushfires, which have blazed since September 2019. They have killed 28 people and have injured many others. In addition, half a billion animals have been killed and 5,900 buildings destroyed, including 2,204 homes. Affected areas continue to expand, covering an estimated 10.7 million hectares. Although such fires are not unusual in Australia during so-called “fire season,” this year has been the worst in recorded history.

“Our deep condolences go to those families who have lost loved ones, and to those communities for whom life has been irreparably altered,” said BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson. “We would also like to express our great respect and admiration for the valiant and courageous firefighters, who have given so many hours under hard conditions. They are putting their lives in danger to save others. Many thousands of them are volunteers.”

Yuson noted that solidarity had been pouring in from workers across the planet, with many unions noting that they would like to be able to assist those in need.

“Last month, the CFMMEU announced that they would be donating $100,000 to support the bushfire recovery effort, challenging the building industry to step up,” continued Yuson. “We are now calling on BWI affiliates across the world to step up and provide support for the bushfire recovery effort.”

BWI affiliates wishing to contribute to the recovery efforts and to support union members in need, can send contributions to BWI. The BWI will forward all collections to our affiliates in Australia.

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