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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right to strike on the environment

Search on the environment

People’s challenge on global warming The Australian Parliament has dumbed itself down on the global warming challenge to the point that Australia is writing itself out of the real debate at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 7-18. The Labor government is arguing with the Coalition about a possible cut […]

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Rann

I am from Adelaide living in Canberra. I am glad not to inhabit any more the SA political ‘spin’ in Parliament and the mass media. Whenever I am in Adelaide, I hear of the local soap-opera. And now it is national news – like Foley recently being blue and Rann now, with Channel 7 and […]

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Remove junior wages

Young People Demand Equal Pay Young workers in Canberra rallied outside Dickson Woolworths in Canberra this Saturday 21 to demand an end to discriminatory ‘junior employee’ rates. The rally was part of a National Day of Action and kicks off the Youth Wages Suck national campaign. The rally demands the removal of discriminatory pay rates […]

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Dee dines

On the main ETS game in Canberra up on Parliament Hill, it is Tweedleddee and Tweedledum politics. Apart from little merit policy discourse or ETS legislation with strategies to address the environmental crisis, Dee/Dum debates are the entertaining political discourse on offer. I can’t say that Tweedledee Rudd Labor is doing nothing. It is doing […]

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CFMEU Vic on OHS

CFMEU Construction and General Division Victorian Branch Submission into the draft Model Act for Occupational Health and Safety. by Bill Oliver, Secretary CFMEU C&G Div, Victorian Branch and Tom Watson, Assistant Secretary, CFMEU C&G Div, Victorian Branch. This submission is made in respect to the proposed model Safe Work Act 2009. The CFMEU supports the […]

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VTHC on devils in OHS details 2

VTHC submission continues. Part 4 – Consultation, participation and representation Q21. Is the proposed scope of duty to consult workers appropriate? The proposed duty to consult is based largely on the current Victorian provisions and will mean that the problems we have had due to the wording of our current provision will be replicated. It […]

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VTHC on devils in OHS details 1

Victorian Trades Hall Council Public Comment on Draft for Model Act and Stage 1 Model Regulations The VTHC represents over 50 affiliated union organisations representing approximately 400,000 Victorian union members. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and the protection of workers rights is a core function of unions. The benefit of the efforts of unions is […]

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National CFMEU on OHS

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Submission on THE EXPOSURE DRAFT FOR A MODEL ACT John Sutton National Secretary PREAMBLE: For the purposes of this submission: ‘CFMEU’ means the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. ‘ACTU’ means Australian Council of Trade Unions. ‘Model Act’ means the Exposure Draft for a Model Occupational Health and Safety […]

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Union debate

Political discourse and contested debates on the labour movement. Margarita Windish in a Socialist Alliance discussion of union work. http://alliancevoices.blogspot.com/2009/11/notes-on-our-trade-union-work.html

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