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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Sanders anti-war

Feel the Bern 3

Following on from the earlier posts, these commentaries on the Bernie Sanders campaign are interesting. 1. Congresswoman and ex-Army Tulsi Gabbard endorses Bernie Sanders on The Rachel Maddow Show. If we are wasting trillions of dollars trying to overthrow regimes and rebuild countries, we won’t have the funds to support all the programs we need […]

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Feel the Bern 2

Bernie Sanders pulls off shock victory over Hillary Clinton in Indiana http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/03/bernie-sanders-wins-indiana-democratic-primary Updated from this earlier post http://chriswhiteonline.org/2016/04/feel-the-bern/ Sanders wins big http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/5-reasons-bernie-sanders-wins-big-with-cruz-dropout_b_9834348.html Watch Sanders video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgD_ibRh9Fk&feature=player_embedded FBI findings http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/clinton-should-concede-to-sanders-before-fbi-reveals-findings_b_9836720.html 1. Three Next Steps in the Political Revolution Bernie Sanders can’t do it alone. by Larry Cohen Bernie Sanders will campaign all the way up to […]

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Iraqlaborlaw

Video new Iraq Labor Law from US Labor against the War

I was able to attend in Washington US Labor against the War conference. Here is the new video launched. “USLAW honors the international tradition of May Day by continuing our solidarity work with Iraqi unions and workers. This year we celebrate a major victory in the recent passage by the Iraqi parliament of a new […]

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Verizon Workers strike – win

40,000 Verizon Workers Launch One of the Biggest Strikes of the Decade I post articles Chronicle of a Strike Update: Strike wins gains: CWA union http://www.cwa-union.org/news/releases/striking-verizon-workers-win-big-gains After Six-Week Strike, Verizon Workers Claim Major Victory as Deal Reached “This proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and protect […]

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Labor Notes

Chicago Teachers Union Strike April 1 2016

I am invigorated by witnessing the Chicago Teachers Union strike on the opening day of the Labor Notes Trouble Makers conference. http://www.labornotes.org/2012/09/behind-chicago-teachers-strike Chicago Teachers Union leader Monique Redeaux Smith was cheered by the 2,000 Labor Notes delegates in reporting the success of the day of stoppages. The struggle continues with more action on the contract […]

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Feel the Bern 1

“A Good Day to Start a Revolution” I am outside Union station Washington and meet this young man and young women who are for Bernie. I said, “so am I”, and he said “it is good to have you older people supporting Bernie Sanders”! I was in Chicago for Labor Notes http://www.labornotes.org/conference and now in […]

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Mark Bell and Mark Archer with Avenyi

US Unions against the TPP

I had a conversation in Washington at the Teamsters Union with a briefing of not only the Teamsters very strong campaign anti-TPP but how all US unions, the AFL-CIO, Change to Win and a range of Internationals and many community and environmental organisations are campaigning. I reported on Australians growing opposition to the TPP with […]

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Turnbull lies again on the ABCC

PM Turnbull wants the vote of the return of the ABCC as the trigger for his double dissolution election. Update April 19: Turnbull’s anti-worker ABCC has been voted down (again) 36-34! Thanks to all the Senators who put jobs, workers lives and safety ahead of ugly Liberal politics! Election to be called. 1. I post […]

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Graham

“Speak Up, Reach Out. A Life to Reckon With”

Arts Peace Foundation http://artspeacefoundation.org The Graham F Smith autobiography “Speak Up, Reach Out. A Life to Reckon With” (2015, Wakefield) is a good read for comrades who lived the times and lessons to be debated for new comrades, labour historians, unionists, educators and the general public. We discover “wonderful stories, rich in humanity and with […]

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