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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Unions NSW on OHS 4

Unions NSW submission on the devils in the details continues… scroll down to see how the right of entry for unions is severely cut back…worse in some respects than WorkChoices! (more…)

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Unions NSW on OHS 3

Unions NSW submission continues on Part 4: Consultation, Participation and Representation. And the DPM’s effort here is wanting and takes workers backwards by watering=down consultation obligations. Q.21 Is the proposed scope of the duty to consult workers appropriate? Q.22 Should the Model Act include a procedure to follow if agreement on a consultation procedure cannot […]

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Right to strike

Unions NSW on OHS 2

Unions NSW submission on Draft OHS bill continued. Part 1 Preliminary Matters Q.1 What is the best title for the Model Act? Unions NSW strongly support the title ‘Occupational Health and Safety Act’ as the most appropriate title for the Model Act. . Any legislation dealing with OH&S must recognise both ‘health and safety’ as […]

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Unions NSW on OHS 1

UNIONS NEW SOUTH WALES SUBMISSION ON THE EXPOSURE DRAFT FOR A MODEL (OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY) ACT AND STAGE 1 MODEL REGULATIONS PREAMBLE: For the purposes of this submission: ‘Unions NSW’ means Unions NSW and affiliated Unions. ‘ACTU’ means Australian Council of Trade Unions. ‘Model Act’ means the Exposure Draft for a Model Occupational Health […]

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Unions NSW on OHS concludes

Unions NSW submission continues. See the conclusion below. NSW Premier Rees would be well-advised to follow this submission and convince COAG that it is prudent that the DPM spends another two years going over these details and improving the position to ‘best practice’ and not to sell-out and send backwards workers’ OHS rights. (more…)

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ACTU on OHS

MODEL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION SUBMISSION OF AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF TRADE UNIONS NOVEMBER 2009 “Let this be a warning to all in corporate Australia – that when it comes to your responsibilities for the safety of your workers, nothing, nothing should ever allow that to occupy a second place. It should be the first […]

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Ark’s rally

Ark Tribe’s Adelaide rally to support workers’ rights. http://www.youtube.com/v/8fEW4mUcRZw&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01 Go to ABCC on this blog for the history of this repression of workers.

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Forgotten Generations

Forgotten Generations

Emotional scenes for the ‘forgotten generation’ in Parliament with excellently worded apologies from Rudd and Turnbull. An up-lifting style – good acknowledgement with some healing, but minimalist after the day. Turning to recognise the hurt and to put the best foot forward, but ruling out compensation. Andrew Murray’s striving came to pass and congrats to […]

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More on OHS

Health and Safety standards at risk OHS Report Canberra 16th November 2009 Unions have a proud history of campaigning for and implementing at work health and safety prevention practices. Public policy is strengthened with unions with principles to place ‘health and safety of workers as a priority before profits, property and management prerogative’. ACTU and […]

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