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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ACTU

Workers’ rights under further attack in 2015

Government’s stealth attack on workers a week before Christmas See my 2009 post as background http://chriswhiteonline.org/2009/01/fwbcorporations-law-dominates/ The Abbott Government has shown its true colours – at a time when they hope no one is looking – by announcing a wholesale review of Australia’s workplace laws that will see wages, conditions and rights at work slashed. […]

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ACTU

Phillip Hughes, workplace deaths and getting the balance right.

‘No appeal from the grave’ The death of cricketer Phillip Hughes on 27 November was one of several hundred workplace fatalities during 2014. His death was indeed an accident. Today, bouncers are a tactic of intimidation, not the strategy of Bodyline. Compared with thug-by, cricket is a safe game for kids and the middle-aged. Nonetheless, […]

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Union lies

Union lies

Abbott appointed Gerard Henderson to the PM’s Literary Panel that outrageously gives the award to the right-wing book re-writing history and fabricating anti-union lies. “Page after page, chapter after chapter, the book ‘Australia’s Secret War’, subtitled How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II’, by Western Australian writer Hal G.P. Colebatch is an egregious […]

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AEU

Vale: Rob Durbridge

My initial thoughts on Rob Durbridge. Please add yours. Thanks Wendy, below. There was a good get together and memorable stories to Farewell Rob Durbridge. AEU 163 Greenhill Road, Parkside, 5:30 – 7.30 PM Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Update: Rob Durbridge leaves an international legacy of passionate advocacy for education, workers’ rights, social justice and […]

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From Eureka stockades

From Eureka stockades

Humphrey McQueen talks at the EUREKA DINNER ADELAIDE 15 November 2014 Imagine for a minute or two that we have been transported from the AEU offices, past South Terrace to the Adelaide Club on North Terrace. Of course, the likes of us will be waiting on tables and scrubbing in the kitchen but we might […]

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More from ACTU on TURC

More from ACTU on TURC

Address by ACTU Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons. See as well http://workinglife.org.au/2014/11/03/royal-commissions-agenda-is-crystal-clear/ Hold the front page. Liberal Government establishes Royal Commission into Trade Unions. The Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Unions, like its predecessors, is a deeply, irrevocably political exercise. Every Liberal PM since Billy McMahon has had at least one Royal Commission into trade unions[1] […]

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Timor Leste and Whitlam and more

Timor Leste and Whitlam and more

Here I reproduce 1 extensive commentary on Timor Leste and Whitlam; 2 on the new Chega website and President Jokowi and human rights; General admits war crimes; 3 other current TL issues 1. a. From Richie Gunn, former SA ALP MP in the Whitlam caucus, tells this vital account. From: “I am one of the […]

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Human Rights

On Whitlam

McQueen on Whitlam; Pilger on Kerr/CIA dismissal 1. A Whitlam trifecta By Humphrey McQueen The passing of Edward Gough Whitlam signifies more than the death of one man. Whitlam is the only Labor prime minister whose name became an –ism, an endowment which continues to evoke veneration and loathing. He will wish to be remembered […]

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joe hill

The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism

Lessons for Australian unions: discuss. As well, includes a review of the 1970′s when Australian unions acted and debated workers’ control strategies; I participated in these debates, but today…? I hope the author will tour Australia soon. Review: Alt-Labor or Not, It Will Take Rank-and-File Power to Revive Us October 06, 2014 / Eric Dirnbach […]

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