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Unions attacked

Recent union stories. 1. ROYAL COMMISSION’S RHETORIC IS HARD TO SWALLOW TONY Abbott’s Royal Commission into unions opened last week with the Commissioner, Dyson Heydon, anxious to assure unions that they would be treated fairly. But if that turns out to be the case it would be a marked change from the approach of the […]

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More on reviving unions

Reviving Labor From Below by Kim Moody The American labor movement won’t be able to revive itself without organizing at its grassroots. The American labor movement has seemingly been on the verge of total obliteration for decades. Union membership and strikes are at their lowest levels in almost a century, former union strongholds like Michigan […]

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More on left union challenges

Again as Australian unions follow US unions, this detailed criticism on US unions is relevant for Australian unions An Interview With Staughton Lynd About the Labor Movement by Andy Piascik http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/an-interview-with-staughton-lynd-about-the-labor-movement/ For more than 50 years, Staughton Lynd has been a leading radical in the United States. He was an engaged supporter of the Black […]

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More on Save our Unions

I believe there are lessons for Australian unionists in Steve Early’s Save Our Unions. See earlier review http://chriswhiteonline.org/2014/01/3838/ Update: An important review by Jon Flanders “For union officials, too often “saving the union” means maintaining union dues from a workforce suffering under bad contracts.” From Jacobin https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/03/saving-labor-from-itself/ More Reviews of Steve Early’s “Save Our Unions” […]

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A Socialist International

‘Reflections on the New International Dedicated to the Memory and Legacy of President Hugo Chávez’ by István Mészáros Reposted from http://monthlyreview.org/2014/02/01/reflections-new-international The need for the establishment and successful operation of The New International is painfully obvious and urgent today. The enemies of a historically sustainable societal reproductive order, who occupy at the present time still […]

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More on building socialism

“In order to identify the measures necessary to build this new socialist society, it is absolutely critical to understand Marx’s concept of “revolutionary practice”—the simultaneous changing of circumstances and human activity or self-change. To change a structure in which all relations coexist simultaneously and support one another, you have to do more than try to […]

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Victorian government attacks rights to protest and picket

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Update: Laws pass Parliament http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/20/victorian-anti-protest-laws-pass-lower-house Victoria Goes After Protest And Picket Rights By Adam Brereton Draconian changes to Victoria’s Summary Offences Act will empower police to move on pickets and political rallies, reports Adam Brereton Victoria’s Coalition Government is preparing to pass draconian move-on laws that will radically […]

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More Abbott lies

Working Life By the Working Life Team February 04, 2014 Voters fear individual contracts under Tony Abbott. We are ‘donating’ $110 billion to our employers every year. Push to cut penalty rates poses $billion threat to economy Does Abbott actually believe in the manufacturing industry? pt 4 below Five reasons why Australian unions can defeat […]

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IPAN Peace Convergence

Peace Convergence Independent and Peaceful Australian Network April 21 – 25 2014 Canberra, 2014 Website: http://www.ipan.org.au
 IPAN is a network of organisations and peace activists from all regions of Australia who are united by our support for an independent Australian foreign policy based on peaceful resolution of conflicts. Facebook: www.facebook.com/IndependentAndPeacefulAustraliaNetwork Contact: ipan.australia@gmail.com
or: IPAN, c/o PO […]

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