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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right to strike on the environment

Climate run

Safe Climate Australia – Run for a Safe Climate Run for a Safe Climate is a unique and powerful project aimed at protecting life, property and the great natural icons of our country from a slide towards catastrophic global warming. The run is being performed by active and serving members of Australia’s emergency services– firefighters, […]

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East Timor project

East Timor project

http://www.apheda.org.au/projects/easttimor/index.html Union Aid Abroad – Apheda East Timor Home Overseas Projects East Timor Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA maintains an office in Dili staffed by both Australian and Timorese personnel which oversees an extensive program of capacity building and training, including * vocational education * establishing and strengthening trade unions * literacy training for rural people * […]

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Environment debate

When the Climate Change Center Cannot Hold by Patrick Bond Last week when 350.org and thousands of allies valiantly were trying to raise global consciousness about impending catastrophe, we can ask some tough questions about what to do after people depart and the props are packed up. No matter today’s activism, global climate governance is […]

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Incitement!

“Our liberties had not been won by mining magnates or stock-exchange jobbers, but by genuine men of the working-class movement who had died on the gallows and rotted in dungeons and were buried in nameless graves. These were the men to whom we owed the liberties we enjoyed today.” BLF organiser Samuel Champ, Hobart, 1916. […]

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Iran jails strikers

In a drive to destroy the independent union at the giant Haft Tapeh plantation/refining sugar complex in southern Iran, a court on October 12 sentenced six union leaders to prison on charges of “endangering national security.” Their only crime was to lead a strike. Haft Tapeh workers have repeatedly had to resort to strikes and […]

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Rudds (in)humanity

Rudds (in)humanity

Rudd ignores the Humane Solution. Rudd, so-far ahead of the Liberals, shows no leadership on refugees and much can be said about reverting to Howard’s fear politics…and ALP MPs remain silent! Here is another right-wing union view from Unions NSW. ‘The Australian Government must immediately find a humane solution for the 78 Sri Lankan asylum […]

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Equal pay?

In the debate on strategies for equal pay for equal worth for many women workers, this background research by Christine Short and Margaret Nowak is invaluable. ‘Persistent Australian Gender Wage Inequality 1990 to 2003: Stakeholders’ Views of Why and How’ Journal of Industrial Relations 2009 51: 262-278. http://jir.sagepub.com/content/vol51/issue2/ Christine Short’s new book is “Why and […]

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350

350 reasons to be alarmed at the environmental crisis and why the ETS will not work. http://www.350reasons.org/ http://www.350.org/

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Venezuelan struggles

Venezuela: The Battle for Workers’ Control and building the triangle of socialism…and more. From Left Streamed. http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/#ls26

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