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ACTU submission to PC on 2. industrial action for collective bargaining agreements

I reproduce the ACTU submission to the Productivity Commission on industrial action and the legal right to strike. Protected industrial action The right to strike is one of the essential means available to workers and their organisations for the promotion and protection of their social and economic interests. These interests relate not only to better […]

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ACTU submission to PC on 1. collective bargaining agreements

As this blog details union arguments to reform collective bargaining under the Fair Work Act, I reproduce a section of the ACTU submission to the Productivity Commission. Collective Bargaining: (1) Making an agreement. Restrictions on the content of agreements We are firmly of the view that there is no place in our Industrial Relations laws […]

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Why are there so few strikes?

Strike experience in the UK mirrors Australian experience, so are the reasons for the strike decline the same as argued here? Discuss. Why are there so few strikes? Simon Joyce http://www.isj.org.uk/www.isj.org.uk/index68c9.html?id=1038&issue=145 This article addresses a key issue for socialists: the current low level of strikes.1 As Alex Callinicos recently put it: The absence of any […]

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Debating tax reform

Tax reform debate – earlier on this blog. a. United Voice calls for crack down on large corporations tax avoidance http://chriswhiteonline.org/2014/09/corporations-avoid-tax/ Now the ALP campaign: Stopping MultiNationals Tax Avoidance http://www.alp.org.au/fairshare The global corporate tax fraud: the issue http://redflag.org.au/article/global-corporate-tax-fraud Rich avoid tax http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/tax-evasion-by-super-rich-hurts-every-australian-20150103-12gbd5.html b ACTU millionaires tax http://chriswhiteonline.org/2012/05/millionaires-tax/ c.A National Land Tax http://chriswhiteonline.org/2011/11/a-national-land-tax/ d. Frank Stillwell […]

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Peetz on unions

Are Australian trade unions part of the solution, or part of the problem? David Peetz, Professor of Employment Relations and a member of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University. February 2015 from Australian Review of Public Affairs http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2015/02/peetz.html In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the failure of the […]

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Syriza wins in Greece

Syriza wins in Greece

Further update: Seven Lessons from Greece Since taking power, Syriza hasn’t accepted what’s been imposed, but instead fought to create a new political landscape. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/02/seven-lessons-syriza-greece-troika/ Update: The anti-austerity far left party Syriza has won the Greek election by a decisive margin, but just short of an outright majority. http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/jan/25/greek-election-syriza-confident-of-victory-live-updates Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said his […]

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ACTU President Ged Kearney Darwin on secure Jobs

Employers – again in 2015

Employers in 2015 continue the campaign to abolish or limit penalty rates, read SMH http://workinglife.org.au/2014/12/31/after-a-dire-2014-unions-hopes-rise-for-2015/ ACTU issues survey http://www.australianunions.org.au/our-voice-2014 New push to give casual workers the right to permanent work. Unions are pushing to give more than two million casual workers in Australia the right to become permanent employees. http://www.actu.org.au/Media/Mediareleases/Newpushtogivecasualworkerstherighttopermanentwork.aspx Chris Slee on CFMEU https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/57999 […]

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CFMEU on interim Union report

The Minister for Employment Eric Abetz released the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. The Royal Commission has not found any corruption in the CFMEU. Instead they have made recommendations and findings regarding industrial disputes the union has been involved in. That’s not surprising for our industries where a […]

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From Eureka stockades

From Eureka stockades

Humphrey McQueen talks at the EUREKA DINNER ADELAIDE 15 November 2014 Imagine for a minute or two that we have been transported from the AEU offices, past South Terrace to the Adelaide Club on North Terrace. Of course, the likes of us will be waiting on tables and scrubbing in the kitchen but we might […]

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