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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Post-Impressionism

First visit to Masterpieces from Paris at the National Gallery of Australia. Post-Impressionism from the Musee d’Orsay. Canberra’s National Gallery is worth seeing at any time. I spend more time there as I have been learning to draw and paint at lessons at the ANU School of Art as an external student and enjoying it […]

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Cap and trade

A story of cap and trade made easy. View here http://www.storyofstuff.org/capandtrade/

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Activism defeats Denialists

A lesson from Seattle for Copenhagen: Vigorous Activism Can Defeat the Denialists by Patrick Bond Preparations for the December 7-18 Copenhagen climate summit are going as expected, including a rare sighting of the African elites’ stiffened spines. That’s a great development (maybe decisive), more about that below. While activists help raise the temperature on the […]

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Rann: still against injured workers

In earlier posts, I condemned the Rann government’s cutting back of injured workers entitlements. It is always the so-called ‘tough’ approach to attack those vulnerable – here workers injured or with ill-health at work. As Rann heads into a March election, he again again turned his back on injured workers, those now suffering on less […]

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Two more deaths at work

TWO young Victorian workers have died in the past 24 hours. It is reported in the Age yesterday that “A 24-year-old Wangaratta man was hit by concrete as he cleaned out a concrete pump hose yesterday, and a 21-year-old plumber died in hospital on Monday night after receiving an electric shock while working at Stawell […]

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Balibo banned

INDONESIA BANS SCREENING OF THE FILM BALIBO The following statement was released by Andrew Alcock, the Information Officer of the Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA Inc last night: “It should come as no surprise to learn that Indonesian authorities are planning to ban the screening of the Australian film Balibo at the coming Jakarta […]

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Workers control

How Workers Run Argentina’s “Recuperated Workplaces” From Global Labor Strategies In a previous post, we described the process by which workers in 200 workplaces in Argentina occupied their workplaces and began running them themselves. In this post we will examine how the workplaces are actually run and how their workers are dealing with the managerial, […]

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Global Warming and Global Labor

Global Warming and Global Labor While world leaders play the “blame game” for their failure to negotiate a binding climate agreement in Copenhagen, trade unions from around the world, almost unnoticed, have forged their own common approach to climate protection. http://laborstrategies.blogs.com/global_labor_strategies/ Unions in different countries and industries inevitably have different interests. But remarkably they have […]

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Water action

Water Action Coalition at the Australian Civic Trust calls for a Public Inquiry with the Open Letter to South Australian Members Parliament House. The Water Action Coalition (WAC) is a diverse and broadly represented group of concerned South Australians that are calling on all members of the South Australian Parliament to support WAC’s call for […]

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