About chriswhite

Chris White now lives in Melbourne, Australia. He was Secretary of the United Trades and Labour Council of SA. He was honorary Secretary of APHEDA NT. contact chrisdwhite@bigpond.com He was a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The Northern Institute Charles Darwin University. 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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Check out the analysis from the Centre for Policy Development on the environmental crisis, green jobs, health reforms, financial crisis and more. http://cpd.org.au/category/all-articles/thinking-points

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Mexican Union struggle

From Labour Start: On Saturday, October 10, thousands of Mexican Federal Police seized control of hundreds of installations of the state-owned Central Light and Power Company (Luz y Fuerza del Centro), which supplies electricity to Mexico City and several neighbouring states. Minutes later the government announced that the company was being liquidated and the 40,000 […]

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WGAR Working Group for Aboriginal Rights http://wgar.info/ AMPILATWATJA ANTI-INTERVENTION WALKOFF » Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk-off Speaking Tour Intervention walkoff’s Richard Downs Blog http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/ WGAR News: Intervention Walk-off community seeks UN support (26 Aug 09) http://indymedia.org.au/2009/08/26/wgar-news-intervention-walk-off-community-seeks-un-support-26-aug-09 WGAR News: Alyawarra people seek UN refugee status National Indigenous Times: Dreaming of a new Utopia http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18642 18 Sep 09: “SICK […]

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Environment action: Canberra

The Rudd Labor Government and the Coalition are still continuing to debate the climate change issue based on a deeply flawed misunderstanding of what the science is actually telling us about the threat of global warming. The CPRS and Mr Turnbull’s amendments imply carbon parts per million levels in the atmosphere of 450 to 550 […]

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Against nuclear weapons

The International Trade Union Confederation, UNI Global Union, the Japanese national trade union centre RENGO and others have launched a major international campaign against nuclear weapons. Please take a moment to lend your support: http://www.breakingthroughforpeace.org/ And please spread the word to your fellow trade union members. From Eric Lee, Labour Start http://www.labourstart.org/

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Flash mobs

Innovative industrial action – ‘flash mobs’ active in Germany, read further. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,652867,00.html

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Climate strategy

World Leaders Fiddle While the World Burns: Time for a New Climate Strategy by “Global Labor Strategies” Obama’s climate czar Carol Browner said last week there will be no U.S. climate protection legislation before the Copenhagen conference and that she doesn’t know if a global agreement on binding cuts in greenhouse gas emissions can be […]

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Water Action Coalition

Water Action Coalition (WAC) – A Sustainable Water Future without compomising the health of interdependent ecosystems Water Action Coalition: http://civictrust.net.au/page19.htm This is your opportunity to be a part of the Our Water Our Rights Rally in Adelaide Send the State and Federal Governments a strong message Diane Bell Lower Lakes campaigner will conduct proceedings Come […]

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OHS campaign

National OHS Harmonisation – Campaign for best practice continues. By Brian Boyd, VTHC Secretary. Back on the 28th September the Federal Government, through the Workplace Relations Minister’s Council, released for public comment a proposed new OHS national model law. The six weeks ‘public comment’ period gives the trade union movement an opportunity to promote and […]

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