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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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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Killer Company

“KILLER COMPANY – JAMES HARDIE EXPOSED” By MATT PEACOCK, ABC BOOKS REVIEW 1: Andy Alcock In his brilliantly researched book, Killer Company, ABC journalist Matt Peacock exposes the criminal history of the Reid family and others involved in the management of the asbestos manufacturing company, James Hardie. Peacock details how JH pursued policies very similar […]

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Anti-union Nestle

Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, claims that wages are a “commercial secret” and will not discuss them with the union representing its workers in Indonesia. The company is also harrassing union members and has created a fake union to weaken the real one. The workers at the Panjang Nescafé factory urgently need your help. […]

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ICT in schools

For research on ICT in schools with student voices ‘Listening to Students’ and Educators’ Voices: Research Findings’ by Associate Professor Kathryn Moyle, the DPM has released this: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/DigitalEducationRevolution/Resources/Pages/Resources.aspx http://www.deewr.gov.au/Ministers/Gillard/Media/Releases/Pages/Article_091022_114337.aspx

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Safety at Work

Safety at Work

Safety at Work blog worth reading http://safetyatworkblog.wordpress.com/

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Ark case

Ark Tribe is in court this Friday October 30. Join thousands of Australians and send your rallying call. http://www.rightsonsite.org.au/email_senators/ You can also help Ark and construction workers like him by heading to rallies around the country on Friday October 30. NSW: 11am Sydney Trades Hall, 377 Sussex Street Sydney QLD: TBC Outside Prime Minister Kevin […]

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Canberra environment rally

Canberra’s 350 action Capital Hill This saturday. October 24th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm New Parliament House lawns Climate Action Canberra GAMBLING WITH THE CLIMATE A performance by comedian Rod Quantock with games, prizes, festivities and more! Guest speaker – GetUp Campaigns Director & Canberran, Ed Coper It’s fun, free, and everyone is welcome! If you […]

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CPD

Check out the analysis from the Centre for Policy Development on the environmental crisis, green jobs, health reforms, financial crisis and more. http://cpd.org.au/category/all-articles/thinking-points

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Mexican Union struggle

From Labour Start: On Saturday, October 10, thousands of Mexican Federal Police seized control of hundreds of installations of the state-owned Central Light and Power Company (Luz y Fuerza del Centro), which supplies electricity to Mexico City and several neighbouring states. Minutes later the government announced that the company was being liquidated and the 40,000 […]

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