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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Lessons for Australian unions

Lessons for Australian unions

The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? By Steve Early Early’s book is essential reading for Australian unionists, particularly those , like myself, who pushed for union restructuring and organising works and follow the SEIU.This is keenly debated by US unions. ‘Between 2008 and […]

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OHS 'harmonisation'

OHS ‘harmonisation’

In earlier posts maliciously deleted, I showed that Gillard’s national “harmonisation” of OHS meant in some states a weakening of current workers’ rights. Despite union opposition, State parliaments are considering these harmonised OHS laws, and in some instances a threat of further weakening. Here is an alert from SA from veteran OHS campaigner Andy Alcock. […]

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Reviving the Strike

Reviving the Strike

Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America by Joe Burns 2011 I urge reading this book on ‘Reviving the Strike How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America’ (2011), and despite different historical and institutional restrictions on the effective strike, the lessons for Australian unions today are important. here […]

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 Handbook for workplace struggle

Handbook for workplace struggle

I recommend for every union library and union training from the USA ‘A Troublemaker’s Handbook 2’ A Labor Notes Book 2005. How fight back, to struggle at work and win. http://www.troublemakershandbook.org/TEXT/Strikes/La%20Botz%20Days%20of%20Action.htm (more…)

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Corporates in schools

Corporates in schools

This little kiddy went to market by Sharon Beder Visiting professor, School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication, University of Wollongong. In 2007 Joel Klein, chancellor of New York City schools outlined to an overflow meeting of parents his plans to restructure New York schools in the form of businesses. Nation magazine reported: “In the […]

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A bequest tax needed.

A bequest tax needed.

In the coming tax review, a bequest or estate tax, in the Henry report, is one minor redistributive reform that can be adopted by the Gillard government. An Estate Tax for Australia? by Frank Stilwell The recommendations of Treasury head Ken Henry’s review of the Australian tax system warrant critical scrutiny by all citizens who […]

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Workers control

Workers control

In the 1970’s, the Australian left in unions debated workers control. Such actions here and in other countries, were on the agenda. Today the international capitalist crisis, with attacks on workers rights, has workers putting workers control again on the agenda. Buy a copy or get your library and union to get this book and […]

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FRETILIN HERE TO STAY

FRETILIN HERE TO STAY

Chris White’s initial observations on the Third National FRETILIN Congress, Dili, Timor-Leste 8th -11th September 2011. MUA Here to stay! FRETILIN Here to stay! Thomas Mayor MUA Darwin summed up his solidarity greeting with this key message to more than 700 men and women delegates in bright red, yellow and black T-shirts at the Third […]

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US, class and China

US, class and China

The U.S. Economy and China: Capitalism, Class, and Crisis by Martin Hart-Landsberg (Originally posted before the hacking on 7/4/2010) Martin Hart-Landsberg (marty@lclark.edu) teaches economics at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, and is the author with Paul Burkett of China and Socialism (Monthly Review Press, 2005). The U.S. economy is in bad shape and people […]

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