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ACTU inquiry into insecure work

ACTU inquiry into insecure work

Unions launch new inquiry into insecure work as part of push for better future for Australian workers Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe will chair the independent inquiry into insecure work. 24 October, 2011 ACTU Media Release ‘Workers will have the opportunity to share their stories about the impact of casual and contract employment alongside […]

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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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OWS more...

OWS more…

Occupy Wall Street, the Trade Union Movement and the Fight to Stop the Cuts and Concessions from The Organizer Tens of thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of people have taken to the streets over the past four weeks across the United States as part of an Occupy Wall Street movement to protest […]

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Equal Pay Campaign Rises Again

Equal Pay Campaign Rises Again

Equal Pay Campaign Rises Again by Sally McManus, NSW Secretary of the Australian Services Union (This is good example of how a union goes about organising – here the equal pay campaign. It is from the magazine Australian Options no 66) ‘The origins of the current equal pay campaign lie in the unionisation of disability […]

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Hobsbawm - how to change the world

Hobsbawm – how to change the world

Eric Hobsbawm ‘How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism’ (Published by Little, Brown, 2011). Review by Chris White (appears in Options 66) In this era of the new world capitalist system crisis, Hobsbawm’s sparkling style and incisive analysis in ‘How to Change the World’ shows that Marx is still a thinker for […]

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'Red Silk'

‘Red Silk’

This earlier post was erased by a spam attack. Elliott Johnston has passed away. He is a working class hero.I was not able to attend the public celebration of his life in Elder Hall, Adelaide. You can get some idea of Elliott Johnston for those who did not know him in this book just published, […]

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Occupy...

Occupy…

Occupy Wall Street…What follows is a collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park: As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know […]

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Options 66

Options 66

The magazine Australian Options no 66 Spring 2011 has good articles on: why we have to get out of Afghanistan and the costs of war; critiques of Gillard’s Clean Energy policies – a capital agenda, ecological modernisation, and limits and alternatives on climate change; unions greens and markets;education in the aboriginal world;national competition policy; the […]

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We Built This Country

We Built This Country

‘We Built This Country – Builders’ Labourers and their Unions’ by Humphrey McQueen Order copies from bookshops or Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, 2011. The following are the timelines. 1780s to 1850 Unions 1788 The first BLs are convicts. Some run away from floggings to range the bush. 1829 ‘Free’ workers are controlled by Masters and […]

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