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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Hockey

2pm Canberra. While waiting for Hockey, I remembered this on June 29 from Dr Norman Abjorensen, ANU. Dog Days for the Liberal Party of Australia “If Malcolm Turnbull survives it will prove one thing: that the Liberal Party has a potent death wish. What should have been the Coalition’s great asset – and only a […]

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Asbestos week 2

ASBESTOS MEMORIAL DAY 2009 ADELAIDE by Andy Alcock On Asbestos Memorial Day 127 November 2009, two events were held in Adelaide to commemorate those who have died or are suffering from asbestos-related diseases. KILBURN The first event was held at the Jack Watkins Reserve [see note(1)] which is located near the Islington Railway Workships where […]

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Asbestos week 1

Asbestos Awareness Week by Kevin Jones http://safetyatworkblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/asbestos-awareness-week-calls-for-action/ During Asbestos Awareness Week 2009 in Melbourne the trade union movement pledged to begin a national strategy to control and remove asbestos from Australia. This would have been a very tall ask any time in the last two decades but Asbestos needs to compete now with Climate Change […]

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287 truck deaths

I attended outside of Parliament yesterday a TWU protest about the 287 truck deaths. The TWU’s campaign is for Safe Rates. The graveyard will travel around Australia over coming months. The 287 crosses are a sad symbol of those killed in truck crashes in the twelve months since the National Transport Commission criticised: LOW RATES […]

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Right to strike curtailed

The right to strike in Australia by Aron Neilson. He is a dual qualified Solicitor in both Australia and England and is a Legal Officer for UNISON in the UK. This appears in ICTUR journal ‘International Union Rights’ Vol 16 Issue 4 2009. Aron Neilson looks at the historical development of the right to strike […]

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Work report

Australia at Work: In a Changing World http://www.wrc.org.au/index.php The findings from the Workplace Research Centre are from The Australia at Work study, which is tracking 8,000 workers over five years and is the largest and most up-to-date study of Australian working life. This third annual report includes data from 2008 and the first half of […]

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right to strike on the environment

Green deal

A Real Green Deal Thirty-five years ago, workers at the Lucas Aerospace company formulated an “alternative corporate plan” to convert military production to socially useful and environmentally desirable purposes. Hilary Wainwright and Andy Bowman consider what lessons it holds for the greening of the world economy today. There are moments when a radical idea quickly […]

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China union report

Chinese Trade Union under Pressure to Guarantee Labour Rights by Dr Kan Wang, Lecturer, China Institute of Industrial Relations, Beijing. (See also in vol 16 issue 4 International Union Rights, ICTUR.) The global economic crisis brings further uncertainty for labour rights protection and labour interest representation. Official statistics estimated that more than 20 million migrant […]

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More firefighters

More firefighters

With this unusual heat wave and greater bush-fire threats, follow the public policy debates and support the United Firefighters Union campaign for more firefighters. You can help firefighters in their campaign to resource Victoria’s fire services so that all communities are adequately protected during emergencies. http://www.firecrisis.com/

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