Archive | March, 2012

Timor Leste: Ceremony most democratic!

Ceremony most democratic! Chris White reports on Timor Lester’s Presidential elections 2012 (An April 5th update with corrections on the earlier post) Observer I was on March 23rd an International Solidarity Election Observer in Dili for the first round for this new nation’s Presidential elections. Fretilin’s Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres gained the highest vote with […]

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General strike Spain

Reports of general strike in Spain against austerity and unemployment

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ACTU Congress 2012

Save the date: ACTU Congress 2012: 15-17 May, Sydney 26 March, 2012 | Media Release Almost 1000 delegates representing workers from every industry and sector in Australia will attend the ACTU Congress at the Sydney Convention Centre from 15-17 May. This is the largest and most important gathering of Australian unions. Delegates will debate and […]

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The WorkChoices restoration

The Workchoices Restoration or “Unfinished Business”: The Qantas lockout and power at work under the Fair Work Act A shorter version is in Australian Options by Don Sutherland – November, 2011 The context for the Qantas and Nurses’ dispute Right now, about 40% of the Australian workforce is employed in “precarious” or “flexible” employment, and […]

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“Fair”? Work Act

WorkChoices and the Fair Work Act: Removing the Choice to Strike by Chris White (The following is from the Journal of Political Economy no 56 p68 www.jape.org. But this key Howard repression of strikes remains in 2012 in the Fair Work Act and hence I only add in the ALP government. Unions still campaign for […]

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Kerin: Enough

Dave Kerin from the new community group Enough has helped run a daily picket outside Telstra’s Collins St office in Melbourne for the past three weeks. The picket is a protest against Telstra’s decision to send hundreds of jobs offshore. Kerin is also an activist with the Socialist Alliance. A speech Kerin gave at a […]

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ABCC goes in name only

Coercive building industry law passes lower house By Susan Price The House of Representatives narrowly passed changes on February 16 to the undemocratic building industry laws that target building workers. The Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill, which will replace the Building Industry Improvement Act, was narrowly adopted by a […]

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MR on China

Monthly Review on China http://monthlyreview.org/2012/02/01/february-2012-volume-63-number-9

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Leach on TL elections

TIMOR-LESTE goes to the polls again on 17 March to elect a new president for a five-year term. While the president’s role is largely symbolic, and government is formed at the parliamentary elections in June, the election is important in several respects. First, it will set in place part of the leadership that will take […]

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