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 President Ged Kearney

Abbott in trouble

Back in Melbourne: Australia Day weekend 2015 and wounded Abbott in trouble, the corporates attack and the labour movement responds. ‘Just 16 months after being elected prime minister, Tony Abbott faces hostility on all fronts, but the greatest threat lurks within his own party. The danger for the Prime Minister is that the electorate – […]

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Indonesia: Unfinished Nation

Indonesia: Unfinished Nation

I am back in Indonesia in 2015 learning more about culture, unions and politics. I read 13 books and post these reviews. 1. ‘Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto’ by Max Lane, Verso, 2008 and two other Max Lane books. Max Lane’s books provide a key analysis that are most interesting. Max is an […]

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Waging Peace on War: Canberra. WACA Peace Convergence

People opposed to war with China

We want peace not war with China Australians are strongly opposed to any involvement in an armed conflict between China and Japan even if the US was backing Japan and the US president personally requested Australian support, a new poll has found. The poll, commissioned by the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), found 71% thought Australia […]

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Syriza wins in Greece

Syriza wins in Greece

Update: The anti-austerity far left party Syriza has won the Greek election by a decisive margin, but just short of an outright majority. http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/jan/25/greek-election-syriza-confident-of-victory-live-updates Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said his party’s victory marked an end to the “viscious cycle of austerity”. Alexis Tsipras leader of SYRIZA Update: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/23/syriza-poll-lead-greek-elections-alexis-tsipras-antonis-samaras?CMP=twt_gu Tsipras has pledged to end the austerity […]

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ACTU President Ged Kearney Darwin on secure Jobs

Employers – again in 2015

Employers in 2015 continue the campaign to abolish or limit penalty rates, read SMH http://workinglife.org.au/2014/12/31/after-a-dire-2014-unions-hopes-rise-for-2015/ ACTU issues survey http://www.australianunions.org.au/our-voice-2014 New push to give casual workers the right to permanent work. Unions are pushing to give more than two million casual workers in Australia the right to become permanent employees. http://www.actu.org.au/Media/Mediareleases/Newpushtogivecasualworkerstherighttopermanentwork.aspx Chris Slee on CFMEU https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/57999 […]

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chinaprotesting

Behind China’s Wildcat Strike Wave

1. Review: Behind China’s Wildcat Strike Wave Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China, by Eli Friedman. Cornell University Press/ILR Press, 2014. October 15, 2014 / Jane Slaughter http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2014/10/review-behind-chinas-wildcat-strike-wave When Honda workers in China went on strike for higher wages, their union sent thugs to convince them to return to work. (Earlier, read my 2010 […]

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

I strongly recommend reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Here are some reviews. HEROES, CERTAINLY BY SUSAN LEVER 26/11/2013 http://www.sydneyreviewofbooks.com/heroes-certainly/ I read Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North in the same week that I saw the Griffin Theatre production of John Romeril’s The Floating World, the classic […]

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Australia in America’s Third Iraq War

Australia in America’s Third Iraq War

Australia in America’s Third Iraq War by Richard Tanter Little more than two months after the start of bombing operations, Australia’s new war in Iraq is following the path of its predecessor, a path marked by Australian subordination to American interests, irrelevance to Australian national interests, casual disregard for Iraqi sovereignty and law, increasingly severe […]

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the right to strike as a last resort

CFMEU on interim Union report

The Minister for Employment Eric Abetz released the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. The Royal Commission has not found any corruption in the CFMEU. Instead they have made recommendations and findings regarding industrial disputes the union has been involved in. That’s not surprising for our industries where a […]

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