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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Indian sacking

Indian sacking

YOUNG INDIAN WORKER SACKED ON HONEYMOON ManiMan sacked, ripped off and now facing deportation after going overseas to get married. Mani Saravanan came to Australia on a controversial 457 visa to work as a fabricator for Haldilka Nominees Pty Ltd trading as Ironbark Fabrications in Moree. Mani was a hard worker with a spotless record, […]

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IWD and Sudan women solidarity

IWD and Sudan women solidarity

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Each year on March 8th, people across the globe come together to honor women and to work for their safety and equality. www.internationalwomensday.com. Happy International Women’s Day 2010! On International Women’s Day, this official minute […]

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Climate action conference Canberra

Climate action conference Canberra

Our governments are not providing real climate solutions. Whether it is Rudd or Abbott’s plan or Copenhagen we deserve better. This three-day conference in Canberra at the ANU March 13th to 15th 2010 will look at strategy, policy and actions for the grassroots climate movement. There is a growing community movement in Australia that is […]

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Oil rig workers

Oil rig workers

For almost two years the Australian oil rig workers – members of the MUA-AWU Offshore Alliance – have been trying to seal a union deal with an iconic Danish shipping giant Maersk. But Maersk refuses to talk to the union – and favours workers who are non-union. Support the Australian union members now campaigning for […]

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OHS review

OHS review

BOOK REVIEW: Andy Alcock “Framework of Flesh – Builders’ Labourers battle for Health & Safety” by Humphrey McQueen (2009) Ginninderra Press (Port Adelaide) I am very interested in this topic, because at an early age, I was confronted with the hazardous circumstances in which building workers were forced to accept. For most of his working […]

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Columbian documentary Canberra

Columbian documentary Canberra

Stop criminalisation of International Solidarity! Stop State Terror in Colombia! Saturday, March 6th, 7:30pm Garema Place, ACT Canberra A documentary on the current struggles of the Colombian people will be screened, introduced by Colombia solidarity activists. Followed by the controversial documentary that Uribe does not want you to see. At the time Colombian President Alvaro […]

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Abbott vs unionism

Abbott vs unionism

Abbott tells corporate leaders that WorkChoices was not an economic mistake, not all bad, but politically a mistake. WorkChoices was necessary as regulation for unlimited freedom for profit making and undermining unions. Turnbull was to hide WorkChoices 2. With Abbott the contest is back in the open. But the Murdoch press weekly has propaganda “Abbott […]

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Waterfront death

Waterfront death

TRAGIC BRISBANE DEATH RINGS BELL FOR URGENT CHANGES IN WATERFRONT SAFETY 21 Feb 2010 As the family of dock worker Brad Gray mourn, co-workers and the Maritime Union of Australia are demanding overdue action to prevent a repeat of the fatality. Brad was tragically killed on Saturday just before
3pm in an horrific workplace injury while […]

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Matilda myth ABC

Matilda myth ABC

From ABC Radio National. ‘The Matilda Myth, on radio and online, makes the case that the real swagman, immortalised in our ‘Ballad of the Fair Go,’ didn’t drown himself in a billabong but was most probably murdered beside one, assassinated to silence the rebellion of the 1894 Shearers’ Strike. This contentious hypothesis, based on the […]

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