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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Right to strike

Peetz on Australian strikes

INDUSTRIAL CONFLICT WITH AWARDS, CHOICES AND FAIRNESS by David Peetz, Professor, Department of Employment Relations& Human Resources, Griffith University “To properly understand contemporary patterns of industrial conflict it is necessary to place them in their historical and national context. Attachment C to this submission, published as a chapter in a 2012 book, does this by […]

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ACTU submission to PC on 2. industrial action for collective bargaining agreements

I reproduce the ACTU submission to the Productivity Commission on industrial action and the legal right to strike. Protected industrial action The right to strike is one of the essential means available to workers and their organisations for the promotion and protection of their social and economic interests. These interests relate not only to better […]

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ACTU submission to PC on 1. collective bargaining agreements

As this blog details union arguments to reform collective bargaining under the Fair Work Act, I reproduce a section of the ACTU submission to the Productivity Commission. Collective Bargaining: (1) Making an agreement. Restrictions on the content of agreements We are firmly of the view that there is no place in our Industrial Relations laws […]

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Abbott in globalised war

Abbott PM keenly promotes globalised war. 1. Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows that Washington has globalized war while the US president is presented as a global peace-maker, complete with the Nobel Peace Prize. Washington has military deployed in 150 countries, has the world divided up into six US military commands and has a global strike plan […]

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Anzac: more on The One Day of the Year

ANZAC for our family means Alan Seymour’s famous play on ANZAC “The One Day of the Year.” Our mother, theatre director Jean Marshall directed the first performance after the Adelaide Festival Board banned it. Here are tributes to Alan Seymour who died recently, 1. Alan Seymour unravelled not just Anzac day but Australia’s ‘knotty roots’ […]

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Film: Waging Peace

Confronting the military industrial surveillance complex

 WAGING PEACE the latest documentary by multi-award winning Australian filmmaker, David Bradbury, is a window into the passions and politics of the modern Australian peace movement.

 Shot during the action-packed 2014 Canberra Peace Convergence at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, WAGING PEACE tracks a convoy of activists who set out […]

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Why are there so few strikes?

Strike experience in the UK mirrors Australian experience, so are the reasons for the strike decline the same as argued here? Discuss. Why are there so few strikes? Simon Joyce http://www.isj.org.uk/www.isj.org.uk/index68c9.html?id=1038&issue=145 This article addresses a key issue for socialists: the current low level of strikes.1 As Alex Callinicos recently put it: The absence of any […]

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Steve Early on Walking Out and Winning

Debating the strike lessons of US unionists. Australian unions organising in our repressive anti-strike regime can learn from these strike stories. Strike Lessons from the Last Twenty-Five Years: Walking Out and Winning — Steve Early Read the full article here http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/113 Some highlights LABOR’S STRIKE EFFECTIVENESS and organizational strength have long been connected. Throughout history, […]

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Debating tax reform

Tax reform debate – earlier on this blog. a. United Voice calls for crack down on large corporations tax avoidance http://chriswhiteonline.org/2014/09/corporations-avoid-tax/ Now the ALP campaign: Stopping MultiNationals Tax Avoidance http://www.alp.org.au/fairshare The global corporate tax fraud: the issue http://redflag.org.au/article/global-corporate-tax-fraud Rich avoid tax http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/tax-evasion-by-super-rich-hurts-every-australian-20150103-12gbd5.html b ACTU millionaires tax http://chriswhiteonline.org/2012/05/millionaires-tax/ c.A National Land Tax http://chriswhiteonline.org/2011/11/a-national-land-tax/ d. Frank Stillwell […]

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