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The Future of Trade Unions in Australia

The Future of Trade Unions in Australia 2017 Ken McAlpine, National Tertiary Education Union, kmcalpine@nteu.org.au Sarah Roberts , National Tertiary Education Union, sroberts@nteu.org.au Abstract The Australian union movement has been in decline for several decades. The social and economic factors which have led to the decline are briefly examined. Unions have spent many years developing […]

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RAFFWU

RAFFWU – the new Retail and Fast Food Workers Union. If you know of workers in the industry ask them to join. http://www.raffwu.org.au Update 28 January: Relevant speech by new President explaining why a new union https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/building-new-union-retail-and-fast-food-workers-union For many years while I was at the UTLC of SA, I worked with the right-wing SDA SA […]

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China on Strike

“The real sleeping dragon—China’s enormous factory proletariat—is wide awake and fighting back on all fronts. Indeed, Here is first-hand evidence that Chairman Xi Jinping may soon confront the largest labor rebellion in history.” China on Strike Narratives of Workers’ Resistance by Eli Friedman, Zhongjin Li, and Hao Ren Edited by Eli Friedman, Zhongjin Li, and […]

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NUW wins Polar Fresh strike

The power of the strike to win demands is demonstrated by this NUW Polar Fresh strike defeating Coles. Yet again the employer use of penal powers – here an injunction from the Victorian Supreme Court against the solidarity “secondary” pickets https://www.nuw.org.au/campaigns/polar-fresh see also at end – leads to the necessity of a union wide political […]

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CUB unionists struggle

CUB unionists win December: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/dec/07/cub-55-workers-have-won-all-demands-in-industrial-dispute-says-union https://weareunion.typeform.com/to/YocpqB Update 25 August: Walk off by United Voice and CFMEU members supports sacked maintenance workers workers. http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/beer-production-grinds-to-a-halt-as-abbotsford-brewery-staff-stop-work-20160825-gr0srg.html From the ETU Victoria In response to a large number of people struggling to comprehend what has occurred at CUB and how CUB can legally slash the wages of their maintenance workforce, […]

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More on the strike debate

Strike strategy today By Tim Goblet (I post this article on the US strike debate. I argue this strike debate is critical in Australia. At the end see references on this post to strikes and the right to strike – http://chriswhiteonline.org/2016/06/right-to-strike/. I was in the US for the Verizon strike that was successful –http://chriswhiteonline.org/2016/04/verizon-workers-strike/ ) […]

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Campaign for the Right to Strike.

Unionists organising for the right to strike and for the effective strike Update July 18: From Don Sutherland Australia’s Penal Powers for the 21st Century The Australian workers of the twenty first century need a strategy that defeats the penal powers of the twenty first century. It is all about a deeper meaning of democracy […]

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Verizon Workers strike – win

40,000 Verizon Workers Launch One of the Biggest Strikes of the Decade I post articles Chronicle of a Strike Update: Strike wins gains: CWA union http://www.cwa-union.org/news/releases/striking-verizon-workers-win-big-gains After Six-Week Strike, Verizon Workers Claim Major Victory as Deal Reached “This proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and protect […]

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US Unions against the TPP

Update October more union campaigning in the US against the TPP and now Trump the TPP is dead. http://labornotes.org/2016/09/october-all-hands-deck-stop-tpp I had a conversation in Washington at the Teamsters Union with a briefing of not only the Teamsters very strong campaign anti-TPP but how all US unions, the AFL-CIO, Change to Win and a range of […]

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