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 curtailed

The right to strike in Australia by Aron Neilson. He is a dual qualified Solicitor in both Australia and England and is a Legal Officer for UNISON in the UK. This appears in ICTUR journal ‘International Union Rights’ Vol 16 Issue 4 2009. Aron Neilson looks at the historical development of the right to strike […]

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Work report

Australia at Work: In a Changing World http://www.wrc.org.au/index.php The findings from the Workplace Research Centre are from The Australia at Work study, which is tracking 8,000 workers over five years and is the largest and most up-to-date study of Australian working life. This third annual report includes data from 2008 and the first half of […]

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Green deal

A Real Green Deal Thirty-five years ago, workers at the Lucas Aerospace company formulated an “alternative corporate plan” to convert military production to socially useful and environmentally desirable purposes. Hilary Wainwright and Andy Bowman consider what lessons it holds for the greening of the world economy today. There are moments when a radical idea quickly […]

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China union report

Chinese Trade Union under Pressure to Guarantee Labour Rights by Dr Kan Wang, Lecturer, China Institute of Industrial Relations, Beijing. (See also in vol 16 issue 4 International Union Rights, ICTUR.) The global economic crisis brings further uncertainty for labour rights protection and labour interest representation. Official statistics estimated that more than 20 million migrant […]

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More firefighters

More firefighters

With this unusual heat wave and greater bush-fire threats, follow the public policy debates and support the United Firefighters Union campaign for more firefighters. You can help firefighters in their campaign to resource Victoria’s fire services so that all communities are adequately protected during emergencies. http://www.firecrisis.com/

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ACT civil unions threatened

ACT civil unions threatened

The ACT Legislative Assembly passed new laws giving same-sex couples the right to legally binding ceremonies. ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury in re-introducing such a provision with the ACT Labor Government’s support said they were about ”equality, decency and respect. This is a step forward for same-sex couples in the territory. It is not marriage […]

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Fair Work?

How fair is the Fair Work Act 2009? A socio-political legal analysis By Michael Tubbs The Opposition’s anti-union and anti-employee WorkChoices IR regime cost it Government on 24 November 2007. Thus one would expect the new Rudd Government’s Fair Work Act (The Act) to be the complete opposite – liberating. Unfortunately, inexplicably this is not […]

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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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