Archive | September, 2008
Marx on profit

Humphrey McQueen on the capitalist crisis

Freelance left labour historian Humphrey McQueen as guest comments on the capitalist crisis: exploitation the basis, it’s not socialism and all capitalists are parasites. Exploitation leads to over-consumption Even if $US700bn cauterises the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market, it will not touch the core of the crisis. The root cause is the exploitation of […]

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Capitalist financial crisis September 2008

Capitalist financial crisis September 2008

Financial crisis: working families need protection IR and labour law policy issues in other posts commenting on the Labor governmen cannot but be connected to the capitalist crisis dramatically unfolding with bank and business crashes daily. It is on-going and impacting on working families. This is clear reading the weekend’s press, following Stephen Long daily […]

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Your Rights at Work

Forward with Fairness? Initial comment on Julia Gillard’s speech.

Critical comments on DPM and Minister for Workplace Relations Julia Gillard’s Forward with Fairness policy speech are widespread. Union activists in Your Rights at Work campaign, acknowledged as pivotal in defeating Howard because of his workplace regime, are bitterly disappointed in DPM Julia Gillard’s address to the National Press Club on Labor’s proposed IR system […]

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Rights on site campaigns to abolish the ABCC

No rights on site for building and construction workers

The ACTU’s TV ads and campaign argues there is no fair play with Australian building and construction workers having less rights at work than other workers. Unions and voters want the repeal of the Building and Construction Act 2005 and the ABCC before 2010. The back-ground. On average, 50 construction workers are killed each year […]

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World day for decent work October 7th 2008

World day for decent work October 7th 2008

October 7th is the world day of decent work which is a joint campaign supported by UNI Global Union and led by the International Trade Union Confederation, the Global Progressive Forum, Social Alert and Solidar which aims to: * Build awareness of Decent Work amongst citizens, decision makers and key institutions; * Show that Decent […]

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your rights at work worth voting for

Works Councils Way Ahead

With Australian workers under the Howard regime not having any legal ability for workplace democracy rights, you would have thought Minister julia Gillard would be ensuring these basic rights at work. But not so. This is a book review I wrote in 2002 on the then Works Councils debate. Workplace democracy is worth reviving. WORKS […]

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USA Unions Surviving? 2007 report

USA Unions Surviving? 2007 report

I was in that great city San Francisco in March 2007 and looked at the union question. Australian unions are dependent on US unions’ surviving, whether we like it or not. I talked with union activists and report on union debates: ∑ social unionism lives; ∑ organising for growth, the SEIU; ∑ militant left unionism […]

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SA strike day

SA strike day

Workers enjoying strike action at the ABC in South Australia.

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strike as a last resort

Right to strike to be denied by government

The Howard government suppressed the freedom of workers to associate by severely limiting the means workers have to collectively bargain, in particular prohibiting the withdrawing of their labour power. ˜Law and order” was the political˜spin” used against unions, with zero tolerance allowed for so-called ˜unlawful” strikes. In a collective bargaining system, the strike is the […]

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