Archive | January, 2012
Decent work

Decent work

Vision video: 2 million unionists. Should this promotion of unionism be on TV? Discuss. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zpwA0lI_nZU

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Apple in China

Apple in China

In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad By CHARLES DUHIGG and DAVID BARBOZA January 25, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?ref=global-home

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Tent embassy protest justified

Tent embassy protest justified

TV beat-up on justified protest. What is losing a shoe compared to losing a continent. http://wgwau.com/blog/2012/01/26/the-tent-embassy-debacle-from-a-protesters-pov/

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Insecure work

Insecure work

Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work in Australia http://securejobs.org.au/ I recommend two changes for more secure work. 1. Amend the Fair Work Act to have an effective right to strike. 2. Amend the Fair Work Act to restrict casual and other forms of precarious work to a limited period and apply more secure contracts of employment. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Canadian labour

Canadian labour

Canadian Labour At The Crossroads? Doug Nesbitt A wage cut of fifty per cent. An elimination of pensions. Cuts to benefits. These demands have inevitably led to a major showdown at a locomotive factory in London, Ontario between the 700 unionized workers of Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) and Caterpillar, a massive U.S.-based corporation. The workers, members […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Review: We Built this Country

Review: We Built this Country

We Built This Country – Builders’ Labourers and their Unions, by Humphrey McQueen, Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, 2011, 364pp, $30.00 Review by Howard Guille This is the second book of Humphrey McQueen’s research into builders’ labourers and their unions. Read it, as the author says, with the earlier volume ‘Framework of Flesh: Builders’ labourers battle […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
2012: China strikes

2012: China strikes

Strikes and protests continue into the New Year The recent upsurge in worker activism in China is continuing into the New Year with five more strikes and protests in five different provinces getting media attention last week. About 10,000 workers at a Chengdu steel plant staged a massive protest over low pay on 4 January. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Sit down strikes

Sit down strikes

Anniversary of the 1937 US sit-down strike wave: Remembering another Occupy movement Sit-in strikers at General Motors’ Fisher No. 1 plant. By Don Fitz [See also With Babies & Banners, the classic 1977 documentary about the 1936-37 Flint sit-down strike, and the role of women in it.] January 3, 2012 – Links International Journal of […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Wealthy schools win

Wealthy schools win

Govt. Funding Increases Have Favoured the Wealthiest Schools New figures show that Australia’s wealthiest school sector received the biggest increases in government funding over much of the past decade. Government funding of Independent schools has increased by nearly double the rate of increase for government schools since 2001-02. It has left Independent schools much better […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }