Archive | February, 2010
Abbott vs unionism

Abbott vs unionism

Abbott tells corporate leaders that WorkChoices was not an economic mistake, not all bad, but politically a mistake. WorkChoices was necessary as regulation for unlimited freedom for profit making and undermining unions. Turnbull was to hide WorkChoices 2. With Abbott the contest is back in the open. But the Murdoch press weekly has propaganda “Abbott […]

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Waterfront death

Waterfront death

TRAGIC BRISBANE DEATH RINGS BELL FOR URGENT CHANGES IN WATERFRONT SAFETY 21 Feb 2010 As the family of dock worker Brad Gray mourn, co-workers and the Maritime Union of Australia are demanding overdue action to prevent a repeat of the fatality. Brad was tragically killed on Saturday just before
3pm in an horrific workplace injury while […]

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Matilda myth ABC

Matilda myth ABC

From ABC Radio National. ‘The Matilda Myth, on radio and online, makes the case that the real swagman, immortalised in our ‘Ballad of the Fair Go,’ didn’t drown himself in a billabong but was most probably murdered beside one, assassinated to silence the rebellion of the 1894 Shearers’ Strike. This contentious hypothesis, based on the […]

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Ecology Under Fire

Ecology Under Fire

————————————————— Ecology Under Fire: Climate Change, Copenhagen and Prospects for Change ————————————————— With this workshop we tried to answer the following questions: What is at stake in Copenhagen? Can Capitalism and Environmental Sustainability Coexist? How will climate change alter our socio-economic and political landscapes? What needs to be done to stave off a climate crisis […]

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Socialism

Socialism

Socialism: the Goal, the Paths and the Compass by Michael A. Lebowitz [Presentation of El Socialismo no Cae del Cielo: Un Neuvo Comienzo” at the 2010 Havana Book Fair, 18 February 2010.] ‘There’s an old saying that if you don’t know where you want to go, any road will take you there. As I’ve said […]

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Red-Green alliance?

Red-Green alliance?

I went to the Brisbane Red-Green conference Saturday 6th February. ‘What roles can the Union and Green movements play in saving the planet? Red, Green and In-between: Reviewing Labour and the Environment in Historical Context’. Organised by the Brisbane Labour History conference, with The Centre for Work, Organisation and Well-being and The Department of Employment […]

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 Workers at Xstrata mine fight back

Workers at Xstrata mine fight back

‘It’s hot, there are flies, and we’re all sick of sausages – but morale amongst the coalminers here at Tahmoor is higher than ever. Workers at Xstrata coal mine in New South Wales, Australia have been locked out in a bitter dispute over sackings but they are determined to keep fighting until Xstrata managers sit […]

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Worker participation?

Worker participation?

Worker participation is not on the ALP’s Fair Work Australian agenda. But worker participation is debated in Europe. “The type of labour needed by European companies – skilled, mobile, committed, responsible, and capable of using technical innovations and of identifying with the objective of increasing competitiveness and quality – cannot be expected simply to obey […]

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Poll:Liberals bring back WorkChoices

Poll:Liberals bring back WorkChoices

ACTU media release. Liberals will bring back WorkChoices to cut wages and conditions at next election: new poll A majority of Australians believe a Liberal Government led by Tony Abbott-led will bring back WorkChoices, a new national opinion poll released today shows. The poll of 2,099 working Australians finds fewer than one fifth (18%) believe […]

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