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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Our rights at work need fighting for under Rudd's corporate industrial relations policy

Our rights at work need fighting for under Rudd’s corporate industrial relations policy

OUR RIGHTS AT WORK NEED FIGHTING FOR Two papers by Rob Durbridge AEU National Office Paper one. It is common ground on all sides of politics that the union campaign against Work Choices played a big part in the defeat of the Howard Government. But the Rudd Government has no intention of returning the favour […]

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Rights on site campaigns to abolish the ABCC

First the Verdict: The true story of the Cole Commission into building and construction workers

Book review First published: Australian Options, No. 35, Summer 2004 www.australian-options.org.au. First the Verdict is a first rate expose of the Howard Government’s $60 million Cole Building Industry Royal Commission as a witch hunt against the building unions. Published on the day former Minister for Workplace Relations Tony Abbott released the Cole recommendations, First the […]

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ILO rules the BCII Act breaches minimum freedoms for workers

ILO rules the BCII Act breaches minimum freedoms for workers

ILO (2005) Council Report from the Freedom of Association Committee http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/gb/docs/gb294/pdf/gb-7-1.pdf paragraphs 409-457 The ILO Governing Body endorsed recommendations from its Committee on Freedom of Association asking the Howard Government to amend the laws. ACTU president Sharan Burrow, who is a member of the ILO Governing Body, welcomed the decision as a vindication of union […]

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Professor George Williams: ABCC inappropriate use of public power

Professor George Williams: ABCC inappropriate use of public power

THE AUSTRALIAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION: AN APPROPRIATE USE OF PUBLIC POWER? This is a copy from the Forum on Industrial Laws Applying in the Australian Construction Industry National Press Club, Canberra, 25 August 2008 George Williams Anthony Mason Professor of law, University of New South Wales I have been asked to talk about the […]

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Building and construction workers have less rights than other Australian workers...my references

Building and construction workers have less rights than other Australian workers…my references

References White, C. (2006) ‘Provoking Building and Construction Workers’ 20th Conference AIRAANZ 21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road? http://www.aomevents.com/conferences/AIRAANZ/papers.php. White, C. (2004) Review Jim Marr , ‘First the Verdict The true story of the Building Industry RoyalCommission’ Australian Options, No. 35, Summer 2004 www.australian-options.org.au. White, C. (2006) ‘The Perth 2007 and the right […]

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Rudd's Secret Industrial Inquisition

Rudd’s Secret Industrial Inquisition

Howard’s blandly named Australian Building and Construction Commission, the ABCC remains under Rudd. I re-wote an earlier film review when I heard that in august 2008 the ABCC, under PM Rudd and Minister Gillard, is prosecuting Victorian CFMEU Noel Washington who faces 6 months jail for not answering questions about a union meeting. One way […]

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Exploitation and suppressing strikes in Australia

AUSTRALIA’S WORKCHOICES: EXPLOITATION AND SUPRESSING STRIKES Or do not follow Australian Labour Law Paper for San Francisco Labor Centre University of California Berkeley by Chris White March 2007 Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard proudly aligns his politics with President Bush. PM Howard has led a right-wing neo-liberal government since 1996 and in July 2005 won […]

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The Chinese Unionise Wal-Mart 2006

The Chinese Unionise Wal-Mart 2006

At the high-rise Beijing headquarters of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) on 30/1/2007, I asked Ms Guo Chen from the Grass-Roots Organization and Capacity Building Department to go through their steps of unionising Wal-Mart. Why? The retailer Wal-Mart is the largest anti-union company in the world. The China union breakthrough is a significant […]

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2008 China labor law reforms - part one The content of the employment contract law

2008 China labor law reforms – part one The content of the employment contract law

China’s President and Communist Party Secretary Hu Jintao and Government Premier Wen Jiabao supported these workplace ‘harmonisation’ reforms. China’s 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Labor Law on Employment Contracts on June 29th 2007 and in force from 1st January 2008. The Labor Law on Labor Disputes Mediation and Arbitration was operative from May […]

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