Don’t forget the first Workers Solidarity Network national conference is happening this weekend at Trades Hall!
The legacy of Union Solidarity, historical discussions of union and community cooperation, a discussion of our involvement in disputes, brainstorming the way forward…this conference has it all, and it will be culminating in a picket at San Churro on Brunswick Street in support of striking cafe workers who are demanding penalty rates!
The conference program is included below. Look forward to seeing you all there!
Tickets One day: $5/$10 Weekend: $15/$20
Email enquiries to wsn.melb or call 0431 445 978
Friday 20th May
6.30pm The history of Union Solidarity and the need for community action
Dave Kerin kicks off the conference with a discussion of the history and legacy of Union Solidarity, its successes, flaws and impact.
Saturday 21st May
9-12 Community and Industrial Cooperation
A historical look at community support in industrial campaigns and industrial support in community campaigns.
The BLF green bans and black bans – Davey Thomason
The MUA Patricks Dispute – Kevin Bracken
1-3pm WSN and past disputes
Reports back from and detailed discussions of WSN’s involvement in recent disputes
Kennon Auto dispute – Emma Kerin
Swift Australia dispute – Alex Sproule
Action Bus depot dispute (Canberra) – Louise Passant
3.30-6.30pm Democratic engagement and organising in unorganised industries
UNITE Brunswick Street Campaign – Anthony Main
Wave Hill, Indigenous rights, Northern Territory workers and union support – Tanya McConvell
8pm Drinks and Fundraiser
Sunday 22nd May
9am A Forum for Clarity
A forum to discuss and clarify WSN’s aims, goals, and role. How will we continue to agitate for industrial action and organise non-unionised sectors? Should we form a national network? What role will we play in future industrial disputes? Join this open discussion of ongoing questions concerning the network. Diana Beaumont and Liz Turner will facilitate this discussion.
2pm San Churro picket
In the spirit of direct action, come and support striking cafe workers at San Churro on Brunswick street. These UNITE members are demanding their penalty rates and back pay, and need our support!