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China in revolt

China in revolt

China in Revolt by Eli Friedman Few in the West are aware of the drama unfolding in today’s “epicenter of global labor unrest.” A scholar of China exposes its tumultuous labor politics and their lessons for the Left. The Chinese working class plays a Janus-like role in the political imaginary of neoliberalism. On the one […]

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Right to strike speech

Right to strike speech

My speech ‘Strike, right to strike and workers’ control’ published here http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51143

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Strike debates

Strike debates

The right to strike, strikes and workers’ control at the ACTU Congress 2012 by Chris White. Unionists need to organise for the right to strike, for the effective strike and for workers’ control. 1. Unions’ right to strike campaign is to repeal all Fair Work Act penal powers and for a ‘firewall’ protection for workers […]

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ACTU job protection debate

ACTU job protection debate

Australian Jobs Protection to be discussed at ACTU Congress Australians believe everyone should pay their fair share. Everyone should contribute. Everyone is entitled to a fair go. How can it be that: Some of our richest Australians, like billionaire Clive Palmer, did not pay tax in his main private company last financial year. BRW lists […]

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We Built this Country

We Built this Country

SYDNEY BOOK LAUNCH “WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY BUILDERS’ LABOURERS AND THEIR UNIONS 1787 TO THE FUTURE” by Humphrey McQueen The book should be compulsory reading for new and old union officers and organisers; it will certainly challenge them to decide whether they are workers’ representatives or ‘workplace relations practitioners’. Howard Guille, former secretary of the […]

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The WorkChoices restoration

The WorkChoices restoration

The Workchoices Restoration or “Unfinished Business”: The Qantas lockout and power at work under the Fair Work Act A shorter version is in Australian Options by Don Sutherland – November, 2011 The context for the Qantas and Nurses’ dispute Right now, about 40% of the Australian workforce is employed in “precarious” or “flexible” employment, and […]

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"Fair"? Work Act

“Fair”? Work Act

WorkChoices and the Fair Work Act: Removing the Choice to Strike by Chris White (The following is from the Journal of Political Economy no 56 p68 www.jape.org. But this key Howard repression of strikes remains in 2012 in the Fair Work Act and hence I only add in the ALP government. Unions still campaign for […]

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Bans for the barrier reef

Bans for the barrier reef

In light of the current alarm about dredging and dumping in the Reef, it is worth recalling how it was saved by union action which is now illegal under the Fair Work Act. This interesting extract from Humphrey McQueen’s new book reminds us how important trade unions have been in protecting Qld coastline and the […]

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ACTU for the right to strike reforms of FWA

ACTU for the right to strike reforms of FWA

ACTU submission on the FWA Review February 2012 Section only on the Restrictions on taking protected industrial action – one key reform for the Gillard government and Minister Bill Shorten “The UN and ILO recognise the freedom to strike as a fundamental human right. It is particularly important in the context of collective bargaining. However, […]

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