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Peetz on unions

Are Australian trade unions part of the solution, or part of the problem? David Peetz, Professor of Employment Relations and a member of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University. February 2015 from Australian Review of Public Affairs http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2015/02/peetz.html In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the failure of the […]

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Campaigning for Peace in Vietnam: Adelaide by Greg Stevens

Campaigning for Peace in Vietnam: Adelaide by Greg Stevens

CAMPAIGNING FOR PEACE IN VIETNAM THE ADELAIDE MOBILISATION 1967 – 1972 by Greg Stevens 14th Biennial Conference ASSLH Fighting against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century  BACKGROUND When South Australians went to the polls in March 1965, they had been governed by the cautious and conservative administration of the Liberal and Country League (LCL) […]

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Xanana Gusmao and Timor Leste new PM Rui Araujo

Xanana Gusmao is a heroic political leader. http://chriswhiteonline.org/2010/01/xanana/ Update: The challenge for the new Government and new PM Rui Araujo is when the oil runs dry. Xanana Gusmao has successfully chosen his successor but falling oil prices weigh heavily on the state’s outlook, writes Tom Allard. http://www.smh.com.au/world/as-xanana-gusmao-departs-timor-must-prepare-for-when-the-oil-runs-dry-20150213-13des2.html More than money http://laohamutuk.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/it-takes-more-than-money-to-achieve.html Members of the incoming […]

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LSunions

Our Living Standards survey

From the ACTU. More than 43,000 Australians took part in the Our Living Standards, Our Voice survey between November 2014 and January 2015. The results of this survey – the largest ever conducted by Australian unions – show working Australians feel anxious about their living standards and are deeply dissatisfied with the Abbott Government’s policies […]

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Protestmarch4th

Abbott attempts further restricting the right to strike

I post the ACTU Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 now before the Senate and has to be totally rejected. Lobby Senators now. National Protest rallies this March 4th 10am. Introductory remarks Notwithstanding the impression that might be conveyed by its title, the Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 (“the […]

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OccupyDandenong

Lock-out and NUW occupation

This report is of an NUW enterprise bargaining dispute where the employer responded to a union protected action ban after negotiations failed with an indefinite lockout. Workers responded by occupying their canteen. The dispute continues. Now, resolved with the company accepting the following. “We want to get back to work! We’re calling on IFF’s Asia […]

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Vale Tom Uren

1. Bridges of Goodwill – Reminiscences Tom Uren Read Tom’s philosophy at the end. Update: State funeral http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-04/the-coffin-of-tom-uren-at-his-state-funeral/6069106 Illawarra Unity – Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 7(1), 2007, 32-36. http://ro.uow.edu.au/unity/vol7/iss1/5 The following is the text of a talk delivered to the South Coast Branch (Thirroul) […]

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Abbott in more trouble

Back in Melbourne: Australia Day weekend 2015 and wounded Abbott in trouble, the corporates attack and the labour movement responds. Update: Neman gone: Abbott to go http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/01/queensland-election-drubbing-puts-tony-abbotts-leadership-under-pressure?CMP=soc_567 ‘Just 16 months after being elected prime minister, Tony Abbott faces hostility on all fronts, but the greatest threat lurks within his own party. The danger for the […]

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Indonesia: Unfinished Nation

Indonesia: Unfinished Nation

I am back in Indonesia in 2015 learning more about culture, unions and politics. I read 13 books and post these reviews. 1. ‘Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto’ by Max Lane, Verso, 2008 and two other Max Lane books. Max Lane’s books provide a key analysis that are most interesting. Max is an […]

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