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Marx’s Capital

150 years young Marx’s Capital Humphrey McQueen The Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) commissioned the renowned Australian Marxist historian Humphrey McQueen to write an outline of Marx’s Capital. The purpose of which is to invite job reps and community activists to appreciate and understand the relevance of Marx’s research and analysis of capitalism to their […]

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The 1917 Great Strike

From Amalia Wallace SEARCH Foundation Search members joined hundreds of trade unionists and labour movement activists at a commemorative dinner at the Eveleigh railway yards on Wednesday night in Sydney, to celebrate the Great Strike of 1917. The evening was also one of many fundraisers to support the completion of a documentary that will tell […]

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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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Socialist strategy

Marta Harnecker Chilean Marxist ‘I recommend starting from the topic that most interests you and then reading the rest of the text. As it is impossible to develop all facets of an idea in two pages, only by reading the whole text will readers be able to fully understand each indi- vidual article.’ CONTENTS 1. […]

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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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