Rudd's Secret Industrial Inquisition

Rudd’s Secret Industrial Inquisition

Howard’s blandly named Australian Building and Construction Commission, the ABCC remains under Rudd. I re-wote an earlier film review when I heard that in august 2008 the ABCC, under PM Rudd and Minister Gillard, is prosecuting Victorian CFMEU Noel Washington who faces 6 months jail for not answering questions about a union meeting. One way […]

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Exploitation and suppressing strikes in Australia

AUSTRALIA’S WORKCHOICES: EXPLOITATION AND SUPRESSING STRIKES Or do not follow Australian Labour Law Paper for San Francisco Labor Centre University of California Berkeley by Chris White March 2007 Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard proudly aligns his politics with President Bush. PM Howard has led a right-wing neo-liberal government since 1996 and in July 2005 won […]

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The Chinese Unionise Wal-Mart 2006

The Chinese Unionise Wal-Mart 2006

At the high-rise Beijing headquarters of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) on 30/1/2007, I asked Ms Guo Chen from the Grass-Roots Organization and Capacity Building Department to go through their steps of unionising Wal-Mart. Why? The retailer Wal-Mart is the largest anti-union company in the world. The China union breakthrough is a significant […]

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2008 China labor law reforms - part one The content of the employment contract law

2008 China labor law reforms – part one The content of the employment contract law

China’s President and Communist Party Secretary Hu Jintao and Government Premier Wen Jiabao supported these workplace ‘harmonisation’ reforms. China’s 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Labor Law on Employment Contracts on June 29th 2007 and in force from 1st January 2008. The Labor Law on Labor Disputes Mediation and Arbitration was operative from May […]

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2008 China labor laws - part two the union ACFTU

2008 China labor laws – part two the union ACFTU

The All China Federation of Trade Unions ACFTUReport july 2008 The enhanced role for China’s union the ACFTU with new legal powers is important. The ACFTU is the one union allowed by law, organised nationally and in industry unions and hierachically in each region, local area and city. Article 11 of the Trade Union Law […]

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The right to politically strike

The right to strike on political issues is a controversial contested industrial relations and labour law issue. I wrote this in 2005 and the arguments are more relevant under Rudd Labor. Governments and employers use labour law against the political protests of striking unionists. Controlling industrial action by sanctions (almost) extinguishes the right to strike. […]

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China labor laws 2008-employer compliance and the new conciliation and arbitration system

China labor laws 2008-employer compliance and the new conciliation and arbitration system

Avoidance or compliance? Labor administration strengthened The state apparatus at all levels has stronger compliance powers. Whether they employ sanctions against businesses in breach will be seen. The labor administration departments are to ensure improved investigation, supervision and inspections of companies. Cooney (2007b) details inadequacies in bureaucratic (non)implementation of earlier workplace rules. With inadequate numbers […]

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Women workers will be worse off under WorkChoices

Women face challenges to hold onto rights at work against blackheart Howard 26/6/2005

Women face challenges to hold onto rights at work against blackheart Howard 26/6/2005 Before WorkChoices: Speech ACT Unions Rally Liberal Party Convention Canberra ‘All workers are asking for is human dignity; not to be treated as commodities; not to be treated as servants or worse as slaves to whatever the corporation or government wants. All […]

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WorkCover: Rann Cuts Injured Workers Entitlements March 2008

WorkCover: Rann Cuts Injured Workers Entitlements March 2008

The history of SA WorkCover is important. I arrived early March 2008 into Adelaide from Canberra. I found great controversy over the Rann ALP Government’s Bill to cut entitlements to injured workers. The unions were opposed, the employers in support. The debate was on. I decided to keep out of the contest having retired some […]

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