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Stop the War on Workers rallies march 9th

Stop the War on Workers. First union 2017 rallies march 9th 10.30am -see all cities for details. CFMEU readies to fight Turnbull’s fight on the fair go https://vic.cfmeu.org.au/news/cfmeu-declares-readiness-fight-turnbull’s-war-fair-goNational protests www.facebook.com/events/227552291043928 CFMEU urges action https://vic.cfmeu.org.au/news/rally-stop-war-workers Background: Union responses to the cut in Sunday penalty rates decision http://chriswhiteonline.org/2017/02/responding-to-the-penalty-rates-decision/ Construction deaths continue: support the right to strike on […]

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Responding to the penalty rates decision

1. From Don Sutherland (‘retired’ AMWU): Please debate. “Like many others I am very angry on several counts with the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for Australia’s lowest paid workers. Read decision https://www.fwc.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/modern-award-reviews/am2014305-penalty-rates-case How else to react? here is my current thinking … This very wrong decision on several counts is […]

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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 strategies […]

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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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US Labor Against the War – National Assembly april 2016

I was privileged to be able to attend the US Labor Against the War (USLAW) 2016 National Assembly at ATU’s Tommy Douglas Center in Silver Spring, MD from April 15-17 2016. (Background: please put in this search USLAW US LAW website http://uslaboragainstwar.org US LAW has elected union delegates attending.At this Congress new young in the […]

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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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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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