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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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the right to strike as a last resort

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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More from ACTU on TURC

More from ACTU on TURC

Address by ACTU Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons. See as well http://workinglife.org.au/2014/11/03/royal-commissions-agenda-is-crystal-clear/ Hold the front page. Liberal Government establishes Royal Commission into Trade Unions. The Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Unions, like its predecessors, is a deeply, irrevocably political exercise. Every Liberal PM since Billy McMahon has had at least one Royal Commission into trade unions[1] […]

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joe hill

The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism

Lessons for Australian unions: discuss. As well, includes a review of the 1970’s when Australian unions acted and debated workers’ control strategies; I participated in these debates, but today…? I hope the author will tour Australia soon. Review: Alt-Labor or Not, It Will Take Rank-and-File Power to Revive Us October 06, 2014 / Eric Dirnbach […]

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Corporates no tax

Corporations avoid tax

From United Voice: Who pays our Commonwealth? We examined the last decade worth of taxes by the Countries biggest companies. We found 29% have an effective tax rate of 10% or less. Worse, 14% have an effective tax rate of 0%! That means more than 1 in 10 of the top two hundred companies in […]

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ACTU President Ged Kearney

Update: Urgent – Lobby Senators against Abbott’s work amendments

ACTU: Workplace and union and community organising on workplace amendments that are not in the interests of workers. See my earlier posts http://chriswhiteonline.org/2014/09/against-abbotts-fair-work-amendments/ Senate lobbying. Discuss how to add your voice urging Senators to reject the Abbott and Abetz “Fair” Work Act amendments. As well as the ALP and Greens, contact the “Independents” now. Petition […]

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