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Ending industrial action - s431

Ending industrial action – s431

Tony Abbott is just on TV saying what a Tony Abbott Government would have done in the Qantas dispute. Section 431. Yet another way under the FWA to end lawful industrial action. The Minister has unprecedented powers under the s.431 FWA. We know Tony Abbott will use this first against unions’ protected action. Unions urge […]

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The lock-out to go

The lock-out to go

I put a version of this on my Facebook page on why the lock-out has to go Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Board Chairman Leigh Clifford from Rio Tinto militantly employed the mining sectors’ rightwing anti-union practices with the corporate union busting legal firm of Freehills. Qantas aggressive lock-out power was to defeat legitimate workers’ […]

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Joe did not die

Joe did not die

Labor Icon Joe Hill – The Man Who Never Died by Rebecca Graham, UC Berkeley Labor Center Update: Movie on Joe Hill http://labourhistorymelbourne.org/2015/10/22/joe-hill/ https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/60677 ‘One hundred years ago, workers were fighting for the middle class, organizing for One Big Union; today they’d likely call themselves “The 99 Percent.” Songs united their movement and unified their […]

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On strikes and their revival

On strikes and their revival

Book Review by Chris White of Joe Burns ‘Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America’ (2011 IG Publishing). I urge debate on reviving the strike. Joe Burns has a stimulating analysis and conclusion in his book ‘Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America.’ Australia’s labour […]

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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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