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Keeping union members

Keeping union members

Retaining members in public sector unions by Alex White on DECEMBER 3, 2011 University of Warrick academic Jeremy Waddington and UNISON national officer Allan Kerr authored a fascinating article for the Industrial Relations Journal, Membership retention in the public sector. The article examines membership retention in one of the United Kingdom’s largest public sector unions, […]

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More on 'Reviving the strike'

More on ‘Reviving the strike’

Joe Burns blog argues that the labor movement must revive an effective strike based on the traditional tactics of labor–stopping production and workplace-based solidarity. The blog also promotes Joe Burns book, published by IG Publishing in May 2011, Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America. See my earlier post recommending […]

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Stand tall

Stand Tall for Ark Tribe Come gather round and listen To the thunder rolling in, ˜Cos the rich are trying to break us And we’re not gonna let them win. Well they tried it on the wharfies With scabs and thugs and lost, So how to break the building sites Where the workers won’t be […]

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Construction Stasi

Australia’s ˜Construction Stasi” by Humphrey McQueen Dare Australia’s Labor government gaol Adelaide builders’ labourer, Ark Tribe? Tribe’s crime is that he refuses to attend a secret hearing of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). His failure to appear renders him liable to six months in prison or a fine of $22,000. Similar penalties apply […]

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Repressive IR laws against building and construction workers have to go now

I have read many legal cases where the conduct of Howard’s industrial policeforce the the ABCC is in question. The latest on friday is the acting chief justice of the Federal Court Justice Jeffery Spencer accusing the ABCC of bias in pursuing an unfounded coercion case against the plumbing union and its leader while ignoring […]

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The Right to Politically Protest 2006

I wrote this in July 2006. One would have thought that protection for workers withdrawing their labour to attend ACTU community assemblies protesting against WorkChoices was a basic democratic freedom. But under a Rudd government, like Howard’s WorkChoices, it may/does remain unlawful. On Wednesday 28th June 2006, hundreds of thousands of people attended protest rallies, […]

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Workers’ Rights?

Repeal the Building Industry Act and WorkChoices Sydney August 16 2008 I support the campaign of the ACTU and the Construction Forest Mining and Energy Union and Noel Washington. I deal with: Right to strike for industry bargaining and right to strike to save the environment. Australian workers’ legal rights remain amongst the worst in […]

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Howard's anti-union agenda: Prohibited Content

Howard’s anti-union agenda: Prohibited Content

The following 2006 comment focuses on one of the new details of WorkChoices, that of ˜prohibited content”. Content for enterprise agreements that are legally prohibited are ˜union-friendly claims”. They were formerly lawful content in collective bargaining agreements. This assumes some knowledge of WorkChoices and how it is unfair for workers and their unions and gives […]

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First the Verdict: The true story of the Cole Commission into building and construction workers

Book review First published: Australian Options, No. 35, Summer 2004 www.australian-options.org.au. First the Verdict is a first rate expose of the Howard Government’s $60 million Cole Building Industry Royal Commission as a witch hunt against the building unions. Published on the day former Minister for Workplace Relations Tony Abbott released the Cole recommendations, First the […]

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