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Peetz on Australian strikes

INDUSTRIAL CONFLICT WITH AWARDS, CHOICES AND FAIRNESS by David Peetz, Professor, Department of Employment Relations& Human Resources, Griffith University “To properly understand contemporary patterns of industrial conflict it is necessary to place them in their historical and national context. Attachment C to this submission, published as a chapter in a 2012 book, does this by […]

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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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Steve Early on Walking Out and Winning

Debating the strike lessons of US unionists. Australian unions organising in our repressive anti-strike regime can learn from these strike stories. Strike Lessons from the Last Twenty-Five Years: Walking Out and Winning — Steve Early Read the full article here http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/113 Some highlights LABOR’S STRIKE EFFECTIVENESS and organizational strength have long been connected. Throughout history, […]

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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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Abbott attempts further restricting the right to strike

I post the ACTU Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 now before the Senate and has to be totally rejected. Lobby Senators now. National Protest rallies this March 4th 10am. Introductory remarks Notwithstanding the impression that might be conveyed by its title, the Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 (“the […]

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Lock-out and NUW occupation

This report is of an NUW enterprise bargaining dispute where the employer responded to a union protected action ban after negotiations failed with an indefinite lockout. Workers responded by occupying their canteen. The dispute continues. Now, resolved with the company accepting the following. “We want to get back to work! We’re calling on IFF’s Asia […]

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Abbott in more trouble

Back in Melbourne: Australia Day weekend 2015 and wounded Abbott in trouble, the corporates attack and the labour movement responds. Update: Neman gone: Abbott to go http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/01/queensland-election-drubbing-puts-tony-abbotts-leadership-under-pressure?CMP=soc_567 ‘Just 16 months after being elected prime minister, Tony Abbott faces hostility on all fronts, but the greatest threat lurks within his own party. The danger for the […]

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