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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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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Peetz on unions

Are Australian trade unions part of the solution, or part of the problem? David Peetz, Professor of Employment Relations and a member of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University. February 2015 from Australian Review of Public Affairs http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2015/02/peetz.html In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the failure of the […]

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Campaigning for Peace in Vietnam: Adelaide by Greg Stevens

Campaigning for Peace in Vietnam: Adelaide by Greg Stevens

CAMPAIGNING FOR PEACE IN VIETNAM THE ADELAIDE MOBILISATION 1967 – 1972 by Greg Stevens 14th Biennial Conference ASSLH Fighting against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century  BACKGROUND When South Australians went to the polls in March 1965, they had been governed by the cautious and conservative administration of the Liberal and Country League (LCL) […]

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Xanana Gusmao and Timor Leste new PM Rui Araujo

Xanana Gusmao is a heroic political leader. http://chriswhiteonline.org/2010/01/xanana/ Update: The challenge for the new Government and new PM Rui Araujo is when the oil runs dry. Xanana Gusmao has successfully chosen his successor but falling oil prices weigh heavily on the state’s outlook, writes Tom Allard. http://www.smh.com.au/world/as-xanana-gusmao-departs-timor-must-prepare-for-when-the-oil-runs-dry-20150213-13des2.html More than money http://laohamutuk.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/it-takes-more-than-money-to-achieve.html Members of the incoming […]

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Our Living Standards survey

From the ACTU. More than 43,000 Australians took part in the Our Living Standards, Our Voice survey between November 2014 and January 2015. The results of this survey – the largest ever conducted by Australian unions – show working Australians feel anxious about their living standards and are deeply dissatisfied with the Abbott Government’s policies […]

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Abbott attempts further restricting the right to strike

I post the ACTU Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 now before the Senate and has to be totally rejected. Lobby Senators now. National Protest rallies this March 4th 10am. Introductory remarks Notwithstanding the impression that might be conveyed by its title, the Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 (“the […]

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