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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Socialism

Socialism

Socialism: the Goal, the Paths and the Compass by Michael A. Lebowitz [Presentation of El Socialismo no Cae del Cielo: Un Neuvo Comienzo” at the 2010 Havana Book Fair, 18 February 2010.] ‘There’s an old saying that if you don’t know where you want to go, any road will take you there. As I’ve said […]

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Red-Green alliance?

Red-Green alliance?

I went to the Brisbane Red-Green conference Saturday 6th February. ‘What roles can the Union and Green movements play in saving the planet? Red, Green and In-between: Reviewing Labour and the Environment in Historical Context’. Organised by the Brisbane Labour History conference, with The Centre for Work, Organisation and Well-being and The Department of Employment […]

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 Workers at Xstrata mine fight back

Workers at Xstrata mine fight back

‘It’s hot, there are flies, and we’re all sick of sausages – but morale amongst the coalminers here at Tahmoor is higher than ever. Workers at Xstrata coal mine in New South Wales, Australia have been locked out in a bitter dispute over sackings but they are determined to keep fighting until Xstrata managers sit […]

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Worker participation?

Worker participation?

Worker participation is not on the ALP’s Fair Work Australian agenda. But worker participation is debated in Europe. “The type of labour needed by European companies – skilled, mobile, committed, responsible, and capable of using technical innovations and of identifying with the objective of increasing competitiveness and quality – cannot be expected simply to obey […]

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Poll:Liberals bring back WorkChoices

Poll:Liberals bring back WorkChoices

ACTU media release. Liberals will bring back WorkChoices to cut wages and conditions at next election: new poll A majority of Australians believe a Liberal Government led by Tony Abbott-led will bring back WorkChoices, a new national opinion poll released today shows. The poll of 2,099 working Australians finds fewer than one fifth (18%) believe […]

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Why My School fails the test

Why My School fails the test

Why My School fails the test by JEREMY LUDOWYKE WITHIN a few hours of the My School website overcoming its quizzical technical teething problems, the grey gnomes of at least one media empire drew forth from its feverish burrowing that great false grail of accountability, state league tables. Melbourne High School, one of our nation’s […]

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Resistance lives

Resistance lives

Z Net Worth looking at http://www.zcommunications.org/znet Z Communications. ‘We have placed a Proposal for a Participatory Socialist International online for you to consider endorsing. We hope you will join Vandana Shiva, Noam Chomsky, Fernando Vegas, John Pilger, Trevor Ngwane, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Susan George, Boris Kagarlitsky, Francois Houtart, Michael Albert and nearly 900 others…to Endorse! The […]

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Gulf Troubled Waters Community Forum

Gulf Troubled Waters Community Forum

”Gulf Troubled Waters Community Forum” Sunday 7th March 2010 Cove Sports & Community Club (Club Cove) Oval Road Hallett Cove SA “Gulf Troubled Waters” Forum provides the community a unique opportunity to understand a broad spectrum of environmental issues associated with Gulf St Vincent through the eyes of the Mid-South Coast. Never before has the […]

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School comparison flawed

School comparison flawed

Call for Inquiry into Bias Against Govt. Schools on My School A study published today by Save Our Schools, a public education advocacy group, calls for a full independent public inquiry into ‘like school’ comparisons on the My School website. SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that the comparisons are biased against government schools and littered […]

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