About

Chris White was living in Darwin, Northern Territory, but from January 2014 is living in Melbourne.

He worked for the unions for nearly 40 years.

He was secretary of APHEDA NT.
He was a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The Northern Institute Charles Darwin University and a casual writer on Employment Relations. contact 0418830297

He lived in Canberra from 2005 researching labour law and industrial relations and worked for the union ASMOF and then the NTEU ACT.

He tutored in Politics for two years at the ANU Politics and International Relations.

He has been criticising WorkChoices, specifically the labour law supressing the right to strike continued in the Fair Work Act, the repression of building and construction workers, and reporting on the new China labour laws and China’s workers protesting; on US workers protesting and on Timor-leste developments.

He writes on left union politics and social justice and our environmental crisis challenges. He links into international solidarity for workers and the disadvantaged.

Since the world 2008 capitalist crisis he has revived reading on marxism and socialism.

He worked for the SA unions for 27 years. First as an Industrial Officer for the Australian Workers Union SA branch. Then he was for 10 years Research Officer/Industrial Advocate for the LHMU, then the Miscellaneous Workers Union SA branch, now United Voice.

In 1985 he was elected Assistant Secretary of the United Trades and Labor Council of SA and then in 1998 elected Secretary until 2001.

He was on the ACTU Executive and ACTU Wages Committee for 15 years.

He was industrial officer for ASMOF ACT – Australian Society Medical Officers Federation – the union for public sector medical officers.

He was industrial officer for the NTEU ACT – National Tertiary Education Union and represented the NTEU NT at the NTEU National Council.

He represented unions on SA Industrial Relations and Occupational Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Commisions and social justice and employment committees.

From 1998 to 2002 he was a Director and Trustee of SA Statewide Superannuation Trust and United Superannuation Pty Ltd. He was active in Socially Responsible Investment decisions.

For 10 years he was on the board of the SA Working Womens Centre.

For 15 years he was Chair of the Junction Theatre Company. For 6 years he was Ministerial Arts Board member on the State Theatre Company.

He was awarded a Centenary Medal Commonwealth Honour for contributions to unions and the community.

From 2003-2005 he was a Board member SA Housing Trust Board

In 2002 he was on the Offenders Aid and Rehabilitation Services (OARS): prison rehabilitation and restorative justice.

For 30 years he was active in the SA East Timor Association and now Patron.

Since 1974 he has been a member of the ALP and with SA unions organising in state and federal election campaigns.

He has been active in the ACTU Your Rights at Work Worth Fighting For campaign.

He was a Post Graduate Research PhD scholar 2003-2006 School of Law, Flinders University researching ‘The right to strike’, but for personal reasons did not complete his thesis.

He was a radical student activist, editor of ON DIT and Secretary of the Student’s Union.

He completed a Law degree LLB and Arts (Honours Politics) in 1972. He then worked for a year as a law tutor at the University of Adelaide Law School before his career with the unions.

He is an advocate and consultant on workforce and social justice issues.

contact chrisdwhite@bigpond.com