Archive | July, 2012
Workers recalled how they were punished when they talked on the line, failed to keep up with the high speed of work, and made mistakes in work procedures. Several women workers attaching speakers to MP3-format digital audio players said,  

    After work, all of us—more than a hundred persons—are made to stay behind. This happens whenever a worker is punished. A girl is forced to stand at attention and read aloud a statement of self-criticism. She must be loud enough to be heard. Our line leader would ask if the worker at the far end of the workshop could hear clearly the mistake she made. Oftentimes girls feel they are losing face. It’s very embarrassing. Her tears drop. Her voice becomes very small. . . . Then the line leader shouts: “If one worker loses only one minute [by failing to keep up with the work pace], then, how much more time will be wasted by a hundred people?” . . . .

China, Apple and the labour process

China, Apple and the labour process By Martin Hart-Landsberg July 19, 2012 — Reports From the Economic Front, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal with the author’s permission — Contemporary capitalism, driven by the competitive pursuit of private profit, tends to produce a stream of innovative goods and services. Of course this drive […]

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Will unions survive

Will unions survive

I read and talk about the difficulties of unionising in the US as Australian unions for good or not follow the US model. We see what our right wing Liberals/Republicans are doing and will do against unions. Taking away public sector unions rights to collective bargaining is only a part of their class attack. Here […]

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A participatory society

A participatory society

An Open Message to All Who Seek A New and Better World We are members of what is called the the Interim Consultative Committee of the International Organization for a Participatory Society – or IOPS for short. IOPS is actually an interim entity, pending a future founding convention. IOPS was convened just a few months […]

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Class unionism

Class unionism

Australian Unionism Today – Class Unionism? Report 1: to US unions By Chris White July 2012 Australian unionism remains strong, despite relentless corporate and government attacks on the living standards and rights of workers to unionise and struggle over our interests. Campaigning militants are in struggle and in organising union structures. Progressive ACTU policy emerged […]

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Longtime NUM solicitor John Hendy, QC, displayed a sharp wit, in his open-air tutorial on the current state of collective bargaining in Britain. First he turned to Miliband and cheekily told him to get his pencil out so he could “take a note” on what was being said. Then he informed the appreciative crowd: “I want to talk about trade union rights, and I will be short because we don't have any.”

The tall, white-haired Hendy quickly chronicled the disastrous decline in collective bargaining coverage, from 80 per cent of the workforce in 1979 to 30 per cent today. He blamed not just Thatcher, but Blair for “British laws on trade unions that are now the most restrictive in the western world.” He effectively linked declining union density to the UK's increase in poverty, income inequality, and various social ills. He pointed out that workers' rights “are human rights guaranteed in international treaties, and binding on this country.”

“What we need,” Hendy concluded, “are trade union rights, like the right to strike, the power to take industrial action.” And, then turning to Miliband again, he said: “Ed, you now have a respectable, unimpeachable, legal argument for reinstating these rights.”

UK Labour Party and US Democrats

Ed Miliband At the Miners’ Gala: A Red Dawn Over Durham? Steve Early Although their histories are quite different, the British Labour Party and the U.S. Democrats have one thing in common: both like to avoid too much public cuddling with workers — particularly, any sector of the organized working-class whose militant struggles with management […]

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SA May day

May Day march

May Day March Adelaide from left Brian Mowbray, Ron Barklay, John Scott, Tom uren and Chris White

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labour law wrong

labour law wrong

Apart from the merits of the workers’ claims in the Coles/Toll dispute that I support, I want to comment on the failures of our labour law. Now this is a lawful strike, protected action. Workers cannot be dismissed or fined or disadvantaged taking this industrial action and the union cannot be sued under the Fair […]

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On-line political campaigning

On-line political campaigning

Introduction to Online Political Campaigning by Alex White I am offering this pre-release of my e-book, Introduction to Online Political Campaigning, which is available for download for free. This e-book will be free for 30 days and is a pre-release to the Kindle and hardcopy versions. Inside, you will find over 100 pages of advice […]

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McQueen in Darwin

McQueen in Darwin

Come along and hear Left Labour Historian Humphrey McQueen This Tues 17th July At Railway Club, Parap, Darwin 5.30pm Humphrey McQueen is a freelance historian and cultural commentator. Widely known in Australia through his books, radio commentaries, articles and public speeches he is in demand as a guest lecturer, critic and consultant. (more…)

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