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ACTU President Ged Kearney

Abbott in trouble

Back in Melbourne: Australia Day weekend 2015 and wounded Abbott in trouble, the corporates attack and the labour movement responds. ‘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 Prime Minister is that the electorate – […]

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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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chinaprotesting

Behind China’s Wildcat Strike Wave

1. Review: Behind China’s Wildcat Strike Wave Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China, by Eli Friedman. Cornell University Press/ILR Press, 2014. October 15, 2014 / Jane Slaughter http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2014/10/review-behind-chinas-wildcat-strike-wave When Honda workers in China went on strike for higher wages, their union sent thugs to convince them to return to work. (Earlier, read my 2010 […]

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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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Workers’ rights under further attack in 2015

Government’s stealth attack on workers a week before Christmas See my 2009 post as background http://chriswhiteonline.org/2009/01/fwbcorporations-law-dominates/ The Abbott Government has shown its true colours – at a time when they hope no one is looking – by announcing a wholesale review of Australia’s workplace laws that will see wages, conditions and rights at work slashed. […]

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Phillip Hughes, workplace deaths and getting the balance right.

‘No appeal from the grave’ The death of cricketer Phillip Hughes on 27 November was one of several hundred workplace fatalities during 2014. His death was indeed an accident. Today, bouncers are a tactic of intimidation, not the strategy of Bodyline. Compared with thug-by, cricket is a safe game for kids and the middle-aged. Nonetheless, […]

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Union lies

Union lies

Abbott appointed Gerard Henderson to the PM’s Literary Panel that outrageously gives the award to the right-wing book re-writing history and fabricating anti-union lies. “Page after page, chapter after chapter, the book ‘Australia’s Secret War’, subtitled How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II’, by Western Australian writer Hal G.P. Colebatch is an egregious […]

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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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