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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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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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Disastrous GMH closing

Born in SA, my father worked in the car industry as did his father and my cousins as well, but with scholarships available I went to the University, but after that worked as a union official for years defending car manufacturing. So, GMH pullS out of Australia after years of financial assistance and, reportedly exporting […]

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More on class unionism

Following the recent post on ‘Belgium: Class trade unionism seeks political expression’,I argue that these 8 questions have to be addressed – sooner rather than later – by Australian unions facing AbbottPM’s on-going corporate class assault. Belgium: Eight questions on trade union independence and politics Document of the General Federation of Belgian Labour (Fédération Générale […]

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On class unionism

While Australian unions are strong on ‘community unionism’, I have argued we are weak on ‘class unionism’ and agreed that the capitalist crisis in Europe and severe ruling class attacks on people under austerity is not yet as pronounced in Australia, we can learn from this Belgian union’s change of strategy to class trade unionism […]

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The Epochal Crisis

The Epochal Crisis by John Bellamy Foster Monthly Review Press It is an indication of the sheer enormity of the historical challenge confronting humanity in our time that the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, sometimes now called the Second Great Depression, is overshadowed by the larger threat of planetary catastrophe, raising the question […]

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Class war

Class-warfare rhetoric by Humphrey McQueen As the parliamentary cretins tore the ALP apart, its sad and sorry losers huffed and puffed against ‘class-warfare rhetoric’. In truth, we haven’t heard even the rhetoric of class struggle. Treasury mouthpiece Swann let off a few farts about mining company rip-offs. Free-trade Emerson blessed the little cotton socks of […]

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Who owns Australia?

Who controls Australia? by Humhrey McQueen. Who owns Australia? The answer is nowhere near as simple as it used to be. In 1963, E.W. Campbell summed up under the title The Sixty Rich Families Who Own Australia. Even then, to focus on families was behind the times. Publicly-listed corporations had taken charge. Today, BHP-Billiton is […]

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On productivity

Productivity of what for whom from Workers Bush Telegraph by Humphrey McQueen http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2013/08/23/productivity-of-what-and-for-whom/ Musical chairs among the parliamentary cretins brought no change to the gabble around ‘productivity’. As Rudd’s Education Minister, Gillard had spelt out that her policy even for pre-schoolers was to drive up productivity. Abbott is going to refer industrial relations to the […]

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