About chriswhite

Chris White now lives in Melbourne, Australia. He worked for 17 years as Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the United Trades and Labour Council of SA. He was honorary Secretary of APHEDA NT. He is now Convener of APHEDA Victoria. He is active in the Timor Sea Justice Campaign. He started organising with IPAN Independent and Peaceful Australian Network in Darwin and now in Melbourne. He assisted the first IPAN National Conference in Canberra and the Canberra Peace Convergence. He contributes to union challenges at Melbourne meetings and active in protests against the Abbott and Napthine governments. contact chrisdwhite@bigpond.com He was a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The Northern Institute Charles Darwin University and casual in Industrial Relations. 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, the repression of building and construction workers, and reporting on the new China labour laws . He writes on social justice and our environmental crisis challenges. He links into international solidarity for workers and the disadvantaged. 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 for 15 years. 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
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Strike force

I post Strike Force by Humphrey McQueen Our ‘right’ to strike has never been handed down from on high. Never will it be. Our right to strike is a precious gift which we win and hold for each other by putting it into practice. The following 41 points have been created at the suggestion of […]

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Update: Stop the corporate LNP war on workers

I post more on the relentless corporate and LNP attack on workers and their unions and our response. New anti-union laws: Stop the war on workers Employment minister Michaelia Cash and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull discuss how they plan to destroy the unions. by SUE BULL November 11, 2017 Four years on — after the […]

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Tax evasion, Glencoe and the corporate rich

I post numerous articles on the Paradise Papers, tax evasion e.g. by Glencoe and the rich and powerful. Workers at Glencore’s Oaky North mine have been locked out for over 100 days. Whilst these workers are fighting for a fair go, their bosses have been dodging tax in Bermuda. So close tax evasion and repeal […]

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2017 Post elections: Timor Leste governing

I post updates on our nearest democratic neighbour Timor Leste after the 2017 Presidential and Parliamentary elections and the challenges of governing. A return to belligerent democracy? The political stalemate in Timor-Leste has three possible outcomes by MICHAEL LEACH 24 OCTOBER 2017 Read here from Inside Story http://insidestory.org.au/a-return-to-belligerent-democracy/ From Lowy Institute https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/timor-leste-return-belligerent-democracy Political turbulence in […]

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On Minister Cash

Here I post articles exposing PM Turnbull and Minister Cash using the AFP to try to smear the AWU and Shorten by again undermining workers’ basic rights to associate and combine together in unions and to engage in political campaigns against the LNP/corporate bosses. ACTU Change the Rules campaign http://www.australianunions.org.au/change_the_rules Waleed Aly “The AWU raid […]

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Chris White Reminiscences

2017 Chris White Reminiscences Many photos of a memorable event by Ridley and Ric. Thank you to all the speakers, MC Michael White and Director Kathryn Moyle and organisers. Great to see the hundreds of comrades. Thank you to Star Theatre, Adelaide.The recording of these celebrations are at the SA Library, please contact Labour Historian […]

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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

I am a supporter of ICAN and ask for mobilisation to pressure Turnbull to sign the Nuclear Disarmament Treaty. here are posts celebrating International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for […]

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Peace actions – IPAN conference

Warren Smith MUA National Assistant Secretary The 2017 IPAN National Conference in Melbourne, War, Peace and Independence – Keep Australia Out of U.S. Wars, was a great success, building on previous IPAN National Conferences in Canberra (2014), Brisbane (2015) and Alice Springs (2016). The Conference lifted and strengthened the public call for an independent Australia […]

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Marx’s Capital

150 years young Marx’s Capital Humphrey McQueen The Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) commissioned the renowned Australian Marxist historian Humphrey McQueen to write an outline of Marx’s Capital. The purpose of which is to invite job reps and community activists to appreciate and understand the relevance of Marx’s research and analysis of capitalism to their […]

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