Archive | October, 2013
More on class unionism

More on class unionism

Following the recent post on ‘Belgium: Class trade unionism seeks political expression’,I argue that these 8 questions have to be addressed – sooner rather than later – by Australian unions facing AbbottPM’s on-going corporate class assault. Belgium: Eight questions on trade union independence and politics Document of the General Federation of Belgian Labour (Fédération Générale […]

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On class unionism

On class unionism

While Australian unions are strong on ‘community unionism’, I have argued we are weak on ‘class unionism’ and agreed that the capitalist crisis in Europe and severe ruling class attacks on people under austerity is not yet as pronounced in Australia, we can learn from this Belgian union’s change of strategy to class trade unionism […]

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General Giap: Peoples' war

General Giap: Peoples’ war

General Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013): Military hero, revolutionary intellectual, environmentalist When visiting Vietnam, I found Giap’s war strategies most interesting – in military history he is one of the greatest. At the time of the Tet offensive in 1968 that we in the West thought decisive and repeated since, Giap in fact diasagreed with the […]

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On responses to NSW Fires

On responses to NSW Fires

Stop NSW Fire Cuts As brave firies fight the worst bushfires to hit NSW in 45 years, you might be shocked to learn that the O’Farrell government has cut $70 million from the budget resulting in multiple fire station closures — putting lives at risk, just at the moment we most need protection. “Budget cuts […]

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ACTU on coming attack on building workers: ABCC

ACTU on coming attack on building workers: ABCC

ACTU: THE new government’s revamped building watchdog is beginning to take shape and it will surprise no-one that it will be almost identical to the organisation established by the Howard Government to attack building workers’ rights. Last week, the worst suspicions were confirmed when it was announced that two notorious WorkChoices-era officials would be put […]

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The Epochal Crisis

The Epochal Crisis

The Epochal Crisis by John Bellamy Foster Monthly Review Press It is an indication of the sheer enormity of the historical challenge confronting humanity in our time that the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, sometimes now called the Second Great Depression, is overshadowed by the larger threat of planetary catastrophe, raising the question […]

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Wal King and Leightons

Wal King and Leightons

AbbottPM vows to restore the anti-union ABCC with extreme policing powers against building unions legitimate union action (search ABCC), but of course does not apply such repression against the building employers. Who’s Who? Wal King AO here is the Age expose Going Rogue October 4, 2013 by Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker Read here: http://www.theage.com.au/national/going-rogue-20131004-2uzy5.html#ixzz2h1iCAUla […]

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