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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MUA in Hutchinson dispute

Stand with Hutchinson workers. Let us back in to work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHF1AVE_8mA At the stroke of midnight, 97 workers were sacked by email. Nearly a week after sacking 40% of their workforce in one go, Hutchison Portsthe giant multi-national are still trying to spin the story and security guards in balaclavas still patrol the gates. Pledge […]

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Lebowitz: The Socialist Imperative

Michael Lebowitz’s ‘The Socialist Imperative': ‘A must-read for revolutionaries’ ‘The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now’ By Michael A. Lebowitz New York: Monthly Review Press, 2015. http://monthlyreview.org/books/pb5465/ Review by Doug Enaa Greene July 28, 2015 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — Those who open Michael Lebowitz’s new book, The Socialist Imperative, will find […]

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Greece: PM Tsipras resigns, elections and Popular Unity forms

The Left Platform replies to Alexis Tsipras. With his speech announcing snap elections, Alexis Tsipras appeared with another face, completely and radically opposed to the hitherto commitments and struggles of SYRIZA. The first and foremost promise Tsipras Alexis was the compliance to the new third Memorandum of austerity and hard servitude for the country, a […]

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Dyson dump

Dyson Heydon obviously is Abbott’s anti-labour advocate. He usually, as the extreme legal cleric, covers his right-wing habitat. But here Dyson “fails” to notice his “appearance” of Liberal Party association. Dyson go now – at least on your test. ‘Among the factors weighing against Mr Heydon’s continued role are his own words in the case […]

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Put rorters last

Does not pass the verandah test. August 2015 I am ‘north’, joining on the pub verandah the smokers in the corner and on my second pint, catching up. Weather talk. I know they know I bring up politics. ‘MP entitlements.’ I suggest. ‘Crook.’ Rubbing my hands. Jo, Bob and Martin grump. In agreement. In. Jo […]

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Environmental Crisis: Save the Great Barrier Reef campaign

I returned to Melbourne after a good GBR family time. The tourism is 5 out of 5. http://www.queensland.com/Explore-Queensland/Great-Barrier-Reef/Great-Barrier-Reef-Competition/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=english&utm_campaign=gbr_gbr_competition On the campaign front, please find good news for the GBR. Adani: Federal Court sets aside Minister Hunt’s approval and the Commonwealth bank pulls out of finance. Last night I saw on the ABC 7.30pm the report […]

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Greece: what happens

I post some responses to the Greek political crisis. July 15th Solidarity rally with Greece Melbourne 5.30pm Parliament House and in other cities around the world. 1.Yanis Varoufakis on ABC Radio with Philip Adams http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/yanis-varoufakis-on-greek-crisis/ In his first interview since resigning as Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis took aim at Greece’s creditors, revealed the extent […]

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Dangerous allies

Queensland Peace actions this week: this wednesday 8th july 6.30pm public forum Brisbane and thursday IPAN Independent and Peaceful Australian Network Conference http://edgeqld.org.au/whats-on/public-forum-dangerous-allies Critique the Australia-US Alliance, and take part in building a national movement for an independent and peaceful Australia. The forum is the opening event for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) […]

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Greece votes No to Austerity!

We can give whatever solidarity we can to support the Greek people who have now voted no. I post some interesting articles. Update on No: Yanis Varoufakis – who has now resigned Our NO is a majestic, big YES to a democratic Europe. It is a NO to the dystopic vision of a Eurozone that […]

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