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We Built This Country

We Built This Country

‘We Built This Country – Builders’ Labourers and their Unions’ by Humphrey McQueen Order copies from bookshops or Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, 2011. The following are the timelines. 1780s to 1850 Unions 1788 The first BLs are convicts. Some run away from floggings to range the bush. 1829 ‘Free’ workers are controlled by Masters and […]

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Marx and ecology

Marx and ecology

The Ecology of Marxian Political Economy by John Bellamy Foster This article from Monthly Review is an extended version of a talk delivered at the Marxism 2011 Conference, University College of London, July 3, 2011. I recommend reading John Bellamy Foster’s book ‘The Ecological Rift Capitalism’s War on the Earth’ with Brett Clark and Richard […]

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Lessons for Australian unions

Lessons for Australian unions

The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? By Steve Early Early’s book is essential reading for Australian unionists, particularly those , like myself, who pushed for union restructuring and organising works and follow the SEIU.This is keenly debated by US unions. ‘Between 2008 and […]

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Reviving the Strike

Reviving the Strike

Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America by Joe Burns 2011 I urge reading this book on ‘Reviving the Strike How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America’ (2011), and despite different historical and institutional restrictions on the effective strike, the lessons for Australian unions today are important. here […]

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 Handbook for workplace struggle

Handbook for workplace struggle

I recommend for every union library and union training from the USA ‘A Troublemaker’s Handbook 2’ A Labor Notes Book 2005. How fight back, to struggle at work and win. http://www.troublemakershandbook.org/TEXT/Strikes/La%20Botz%20Days%20of%20Action.htm (more…)

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Corporates in schools

Corporates in schools

This little kiddy went to market by Sharon Beder Visiting professor, School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication, University of Wollongong. In 2007 Joel Klein, chancellor of New York City schools outlined to an overflow meeting of parents his plans to restructure New York schools in the form of businesses. Nation magazine reported: “In the […]

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XANANA

XANANA

XANANA – Leader of the Struggle for Independent Timor-Leste by Sara Niner (Australian Scholarly Publishing) Reviewer: Andy Alcock Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA Inc As a person who has been involved in the solidarity movement for East Timor since the middle of 1975, I was very excited to learn that Sara Niner had written […]

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right to strike

Unions must move left

UNIONS MUST MOVE LEFT — THEY HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE Questioning the Direction of U.S. Labor By David Bacon Monthly Review, September 2009 A Review of Solidarity Divided By Bill Fletcher Jr. and Fernando Gapasin University of Californa Press, 2008 This is relevant for an Australian debate on unionism. ‘Through the 1980s I (David Bacon) was […]

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Timor review

Timor review

BOOK REVIEW by Andy Alcock: “THE LONG PATROL – AUSTRALIA & EAST TIMOR’S WARS” by Richard Plunkett (Black Dog Books 2008) $16.95 Since Timor Leste gained its independence in 1999, it seems that there is a never ending stream of books being written about the country. This is probably the case because not many thought […]

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