Archive | September, 2011
Financial transactions tax

Financial transactions tax

Robin Hood Tax coalition submission to the Australian Tax Forum Posted on September 26th, 2011 by Ned Kelly The merry women and men at the Robin Hood Tax coalition worked with ‘Skippy’ our campaign mascot to write our submission to the Government’s upcoming Tax Forum. “The Robin Hood Tax Australia Coalition is pleased to present […]

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Environmentalism and capitalism

Environmentalism and capitalism

Fred Magdoff & John Bellamy Foster: ‘What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism’ (exclusive excerpt) August 1, 2011 — Monthly Review Press has kindly given permission to Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal to publish “The growth imperative of capitalism”, an exclusive excerpt from Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster’s just released What every […]

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Marx and ecology

Marx and ecology

The Ecology of Marxian Political Economy by John Bellamy Foster This article from Monthly Review is an extended version of a talk delivered at the Marxism 2011 Conference, University College of London, July 3, 2011. I recommend reading John Bellamy Foster’s book ‘The Ecological Rift Capitalism’s War on the Earth’ with Brett Clark and Richard […]

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Lessons for Australian unions

Lessons for Australian unions

The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? By Steve Early Early’s book is essential reading for Australian unionists, particularly those , like myself, who pushed for union restructuring and organising works and follow the SEIU.This is keenly debated by US unions. ‘Between 2008 and […]

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OHS 'harmonisation'

OHS ‘harmonisation’

In earlier posts maliciously deleted, I showed that Gillard’s national “harmonisation” of OHS meant in some states a weakening of current workers’ rights. Despite union opposition, State parliaments are considering these harmonised OHS laws, and in some instances a threat of further weakening. Here is an alert from SA from veteran OHS campaigner Andy Alcock. […]

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Reviving the Strike

Reviving the Strike

Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America by Joe Burns 2011 I urge reading this book on ‘Reviving the Strike How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America’ (2011), and despite different historical and institutional restrictions on the effective strike, the lessons for Australian unions today are important. here […]

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 Handbook for workplace struggle

Handbook for workplace struggle

I recommend for every union library and union training from the USA ‘A Troublemaker’s Handbook 2’ A Labor Notes Book 2005. How fight back, to struggle at work and win. http://www.troublemakershandbook.org/TEXT/Strikes/La%20Botz%20Days%20of%20Action.htm (more…)

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Corporates in schools

Corporates in schools

This little kiddy went to market by Sharon Beder Visiting professor, School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication, University of Wollongong. In 2007 Joel Klein, chancellor of New York City schools outlined to an overflow meeting of parents his plans to restructure New York schools in the form of businesses. Nation magazine reported: “In the […]

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A bequest tax needed.

A bequest tax needed.

In the coming tax review, a bequest or estate tax, in the Henry report, is one minor redistributive reform that can be adopted by the Gillard government. An Estate Tax for Australia? by Frank Stilwell The recommendations of Treasury head Ken Henry’s review of the Australian tax system warrant critical scrutiny by all citizens who […]

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