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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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Developing left unions

This debate is on challenges for developing left Australian unions. 1. From Don Sutherland http://donsutherland.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/theses-toward-the-development-of-left-labor-strategy/ “I am very interested to see where discussion by Bill Fletcher about these theses heads? see below It is very much about the situation in the USA, but I know that several concepts that are addressed are directly or indirectly […]

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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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McManus on Abbott: a list and WorkChoices

1. Sally McManus provides a list on PM Abbott.2. On PM Abbott and WorkChoices. 3. Royal Commission into unions. 1.TRACKING ABBOTT’S WRECKAGE Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians. This post will be regularly updated to keep track of […]

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Solidarity with Korean workers

Please distribute this youtube of Australian Unions Melbourne solidarity with Korean workers and their unions. Support KCTU and KRWU. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZD-lbDGFpE Support SIGTUR solidarity with the right to strike for Korean unionists and against their right-wing Government repression of unions. http://www.sigtur.com/home-mainmenu-1/200-sigtur-in-solidarity-with-korean-unions update: Building on last December’s strike over rail privatisation, and the repression that followed with […]

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Stop the violence against Cambodian garment workers right to strike

Petition: This campaign is in solidarity with Cambodian garment workers and unions, who initiated a general strike seeking an increase in minimum wage from US$80 per month to US$160. The strike was very effective, with many thousands of workers participating, and the employers association (GMAC) called a lockout and urged the government to crack down […]

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Save our unions

Lessons are here for Australian unionists in a new Steve Early book on US unions – here promoted, reviewed and chapter posted. As well, Joe Burns on the public sector unions and strikes. “Reading “Save our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress” is like sitting in on a seminar on the modern labor movement—with […]

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