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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Deaths at work

Deaths at work

ACTU says: Tragic deaths of young workers must be stopped: call for urgent changes to Insulation Scheme The Federal Government should immediately halt the Ceiling Insulation Stimulus Scheme until there are major improvements to its safety, training and licensing standards, say unions. The tragic recent deaths of three young workers — two by electrocution and […]

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Greens

With its sharp right turn to Tony Abbott as leader, the coalition has left small-L liberal voters to back the Greens, sending a message to Canberra, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today. “From human rights to social justice, including issues important to women, support for better funding for public health and education and protection […]

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Abbott

We all know Abbott. One memory I have is in Adelaide at an AIRS conference addressed by Abbott as Workplace Relations Minister spinning his Building and Construction laws. At the time little building work in Adelaide meant few strikes. More union industrial action in Melbourne and Perth had Abbott’s ‘double-speak’ labelling lawful and legitimate workers […]

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Dum splits threeways

I was wrong in an earlier blog with Tweedledum splitting left wing and right wing as it’s a three way split. The change is too breathtaking to keep up. The political viciousness and treachery by all is intense. Some observations at 9am. 22 million Australians are removed from the interests of these very small number […]

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Cameronisation of Turnbull

4.10 pm Canberra. While we are waiting for the Liberals , here is The Cameronisation of Turnbull by Alex White Recently, Turnbull went to visit David Cameron, the very successful UK Tory leader. Cameron has been extremely successful in transforming the unelectable Tories to a forward looking, “progressive” conservative party. He has turned areas of […]

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Hockey

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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