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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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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Right to strike

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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Clean Energy Jobs

With the environment contest in Parliament House over the terms of the ETS playing out, I attended this morning in Canberra a symbolic protest outside of the dinosours’ office the Australian Coal Industry. Kim Sattler of Unions ACT and John Connor of the Climate Institute. One focus is clean energy jobs. See the http://www.cleanenergyjobs.com.au/ The […]

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Business dominates climate

Rudd and Turnbull only listens to big business on climate change by Geoff Lazarus , CLIMATE ACTION CANBERRA. It’s only a month to go before the Copenhagen Climate Conference yet the signs are poor for the achieving of a global map for a safe climate, and Rudd’s not helping. The global community is supposed to […]

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Pilger at Peace Prize

Breaking The Great Australian Silence By John Pilger Thank you all for coming tonight, and my thanks to the City of Sydney and especially to the Sydney Peace Foundation for awarding me the Peace Prize. It’s an honour I cherish, because it comes from where I come from. I am a seventh generation Australian. My […]

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Intervention Walk-Off protest house

Intervention Walk-Off protest house

TRADE UNION WORKERS BRIGADE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY WALK OFF PROTESTING NT INTERVENTION Dear Trade Unionists and supporters of Aboriginal Rights, Thank you to all who supported the east coast speaking tour raising awareness of the Ampilatwatja community Walk-Off protesting the NT Intervention. www.interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com The tour generated growing public and trade union support for the walk […]

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Canberra rally for refugees

Canberra rally for refugees

Rally: let the refugees into Australia 5:30 pm Friday 13 November Petrie Plaza (near the merry-go-round), Civic Instead of bringing refugees picked up by an Australian Customs ship to Australia, the Government has tried for four weeks to force them to get off in Indonesia. They had tried to come to Australia by boat from […]

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Go Home on Time Day

Do you find yourself working back late? Never quite getting out the door on time? Well, Go Home On Time Day on November 25 is your chance to make up for it! The website address is www.gohomeontimeday.org.au Why Go Home On Time? The Australia Institute is organising this day. According to a new survey by […]

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Union communication

X-mas coming…check out this Union Communication services. http://www.unionist.com/

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