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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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ACTU on tax

ACTU on tax

Tax reform must redress imbalance against lower income Australians 03 October, 2011 | ACTU Media Release then below CFMEU on sham contracting and Taxwatch ‘Unions will strongly resist any agenda at tomorrow’s Tax Forum to reduce company taxes or increase the heavy tax burden already unfairly carried by Australia’s low and middle income earners. ACTU […]

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Lessons for Australian unions

Lessons for Australian unions

The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? By Steve Early Early’s book is essential reading for Australian unionists, particularly those , like myself, who pushed for union restructuring and organising works and follow the SEIU.This is keenly debated by US unions. ‘Between 2008 and […]

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OHS 'harmonisation'

OHS ‘harmonisation’

In earlier posts maliciously deleted, I showed that Gillard’s national “harmonisation” of OHS meant in some states a weakening of current workers’ rights. Despite union opposition, State parliaments are considering these harmonised OHS laws, and in some instances a threat of further weakening. Here is an alert from SA from veteran OHS campaigner Andy Alcock. […]

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Reviving the Strike

Reviving the Strike

Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America by Joe Burns 2011 I urge reading this book on ‘Reviving the Strike How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America’ (2011), and despite different historical and institutional restrictions on the effective strike, the lessons for Australian unions today are important. here […]

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 Handbook for workplace struggle

Handbook for workplace struggle

I recommend for every union library and union training from the USA ‘A Troublemaker’s Handbook 2′ A Labor Notes Book 2005. How fight back, to struggle at work and win. http://www.troublemakershandbook.org/TEXT/Strikes/La%20Botz%20Days%20of%20Action.htm (more…)

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Workers control

Workers control

In the 1970’s, the Australian left in unions debated workers control. Such actions here and in other countries, were on the agenda. Today the international capitalist crisis, with attacks on workers rights, has workers putting workers control again on the agenda. Buy a copy or get your library and union to get this book and […]

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Left renewal conference

Left renewal conference

Australian Left Renewal Conference – from global crisis to green future – May 29-30, 2010, University of Technology Sydney Building 2 Broadway, Sydney Democratic responses to the social and ecological failure of global capitalism. Alliances between environmentalists and unionists that show the way forward. The Left and its strategic direction 12 Workshops and 4 Participatory […]

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