Archive | October, 2011
Ged Kearney ACTU President speaks in Darwin

Ged Kearney ACTU President speaks in Darwin

APHEDA NT barbecue fundraiser This coming Tuesday 15th November 5.30pm-7.30pm Ged Kearney ACTU President speaks on Secure Jobs. Better Future. A Global Challenge for Unions DARWIN RAILWAY CLUB PARAP Darwin Railway Sports & Social Club Somerville Gardens Parap Come for a drink, food, raffles and a discussion on union issues Music at 7.30pm by the […]

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Capitalist networks

Capitalist networks

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world from New Scientist ‘AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world, science may have confirmed the protesters’ worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy. The […]

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Ending industrial action - s431

Ending industrial action – s431

Tony Abbott is just on TV saying what a Tony Abbott Government would have done in the Qantas dispute. Section 431. Yet another way under the FWA to end lawful industrial action. The Minister has unprecedented powers under the s.431 FWA. We know Tony Abbott will use this first against unions’ protected action. Unions urge […]

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The lock-out to go

The lock-out to go

I put a version of this on my Facebook page on why the lock-out has to go Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Board Chairman Leigh Clifford from Rio Tinto militantly employed the mining sectors’ rightwing anti-union practices with the corporate union busting legal firm of Freehills. Qantas aggressive lock-out power was to defeat legitimate workers’ […]

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Joe did not die

Joe did not die

Labor Icon Joe Hill – The Man Who Never Died by Rebecca Graham, UC Berkeley Labor Center Update: Movie on Joe Hill http://labourhistorymelbourne.org/2015/10/22/joe-hill/ https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/60677 ‘One hundred years ago, workers were fighting for the middle class, organizing for One Big Union; today they’d likely call themselves “The 99 Percent.” Songs united their movement and unified their […]

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Australian Poem

Australian Poem

Now for a bit of “Australian culture” by the working persons poet Jim Sharp This has something for everyone – if you know the bush, it will appeal to you, if you work in the oil industry, there is something in it for you too, if you have a sense of humour – well, it […]

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OWS meets Brecht

OWS meets Brecht

Stacey Mickelbart: Brecht’s Imperfect Opera Meets OWS “If there’s one thing Occupy Wall Street demonstrates about most of us, it’s how desperately our minds seek order in civic affairs. That’s natural, since politics is the science of government. We demand clarity, and a movement as inclusive and haphazard as OWS throws us off balance. But […]

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On strikes and their revival

On strikes and their revival

Book Review by Chris White of Joe Burns ‘Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America’ (2011 IG Publishing). I urge debate on reviving the strike. Joe Burns has a stimulating analysis and conclusion in his book ‘Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America.’ Australia’s labour […]

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ACTU inquiry into insecure work

ACTU inquiry into insecure work

Unions launch new inquiry into insecure work as part of push for better future for Australian workers Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe will chair the independent inquiry into insecure work. 24 October, 2011 ACTU Media Release ‘Workers will have the opportunity to share their stories about the impact of casual and contract employment alongside […]

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