Category Archives: Unions

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Bloodless Coup – Barwick revisited

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In this, the season of demonstrations and marches, there is a call for ‘better government’, but is that possible when the problem is the system of government itself? Along with that is a call to block the austerity budget put … Continue reading

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The Blood House: BHP sacks thousands in the West

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Mining company BHP Billiton is looking at cutting thousands of jobs from its iron ore operations in WA. The miner has already announced the loss of 500 jobs in recent months, including 100 at its headquarters in Perth. The ABC … Continue reading

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Dawn to Dusk – reminisences of a rebel: childhood and youth

Dawn To Dusk, E. H. Lane 1939 PART I Childhood and Youth Chapter I. Early Influences It is a far cry from the old worn-out beliefs of the conservativism and reactionary political policies of 50 years ago, to the virile … Continue reading

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Dawn to Dusk – reminiscences of a rebel

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The wiles of Labour politicians – the futility of fearful and reactionary Labour leaders have been revealed in this record, and the lessons I and others so bitterly learned should preclude any further waste of time and enthusiasm in vainly … Continue reading

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May Day

May Day – Workers Have the Power On 1st May workers around the world gather to show solidarity with people’s struggles and hopes for a better life. We put forward our own independent working class vision of struggle and a … Continue reading

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Oligarchs of Ukraine

Oligarchical topography of Ukraine. Andrei Fursov – Sociologist, Historian – 14 April 2014 Many domestic and foreign interests coincided to create the Banderite coup d’état in Ukraine. Andrei Fursov, historian and sociologist, explains who needed what out of Ukraine and … Continue reading

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The (Ex)Secretary’s Speech: Jobs Plans, Unemployment And Illusions of the Future.

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Thus capital presupposes wage labour; wage labour presupposes capital. They reciprocally condition the existence of each other; they reciprocally bring forth each other.(Marx 1978, 33)  To my friends in the union movement I say this: Every worker needs a successful … Continue reading

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May Day Forum — Workers Inquiry

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To our friends and comrades Our lives are dominated by work, but our experiences as workers is most often ignored by mainstream politics and the media. +++ When Saturday, May 3 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm Where Kurilpa Hall, West End … Continue reading

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The Red and the Black

The workers’s flag is deepest red, It shrouded oft our martyr’d dead And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold, Their hearts’ blood dyed its ev’ry fold. Black is the traditional color of anarchism, and red is the traditional color … Continue reading

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Mater nurses and midwives need your support TODAY

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Dear friends, as I’m sure you are aware the public health system is under intense attack – both at a national level, but also currently by the Queensland government. The method they are using at present is to reduce the … Continue reading

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Cloudland Collective on the Queensland Doctors’ Dispute

The Newman government’s attempts to push public hospital doctors onto unfair individual contracts is an attack on our public hospitals and on the rights of all those who work in the Queensland public sector. The proposed contracts will replace existing … Continue reading

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NASTY MEDICINE – Qld Health and the doctors dispute

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The Cloudland Collective presents a community meeting…. NASTY MEDICINE – Qld Health and the doctors’ dispute Speakers include: Dr Brian Senewiratne Meeting details: 7pm Thursday 20 March Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary St, West End The Newman government wants to impose … Continue reading

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Stephen Keim SC on how the bikie laws deny the right to work

Stephen Keim SC spoke at the meeting on ‘Punitive Populism and the neoliberal agenda of the Newman government’. He spoke about how some of the provisions of the anti-association laws breach a fundamental human right – the right to work. … Continue reading

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The Cloudland Collective: G20 is neoliberal and dangerous

The G20 may not make decisions that can be imposed on member states. It may not have a public service working for it that can monitor to what extent member states have implemented G20 recommendations. Yet it is the most … Continue reading

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More jobs gone at Telstra plus … at QANTAS

Telecom / Telstra First they corporatised it — 1982 (Fraser) then they did a partial sale — 1993-96  (Keating) then they privatised it — 1996 (Howard) then they sacked the workers — 2014 (Abbott) … and the Labor Party-in-government sold … Continue reading

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Tribute to Jono

Jonathan Ogden (1970-2014) By Jaime Mejia Jonathan Ogden – socialist, unionist and former member of the ISO and Socialist Alternative died of a sudden stroke in his New Farm home sometime between 6 and 10 February 2014. I have known … Continue reading

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Consumers will foot protest bill of $100k a day, says Santos

SARAH-JANE TASKER The Australian February 15, 2014 SANTOS has warned that protests at its Narrabri Gas Project in NSW — where seven activists were arrested this week — are forcing delays and adding costs to its development that will eventually … Continue reading

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The town that was murdered

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[Broadcast on PShift, 4zzz, fm 102.1, at noon on friday 7 feb 2014] We drove up to a small park in Acland to meet the town’s sole surviving citizen Glen. Trevor and I were invited to meet Glen by Nicki, … Continue reading

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Songs of resistance – tribute to pete seeger

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Construction capital – a crock of crooks

The press hounds are baying again about union corruption. The Coalition can spare its budget the expense of another Royal Commission. All that it needs to do is to summarise the findings of corrupt bosses from Reports across 100 years … Continue reading

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Labour calls on government to apologise over miners’ strike

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[Editor’s Note: It was claimed by a speaker at a recent civil liberties meeting [https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/q-a#t=31:30] that  investigative journalism of the ABC’s Kerry O’Brien stopped Abbott from wining the 2009 federal election and that papers like The Guardian brought down Margaret … Continue reading

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What about the workers?

Is anyone interested in the union member’s perspective these days? … there was no attempt in this article by Headless Thomas [The Australian] to find out what actually happened … no attempt to contact the 23 union members suspended and … Continue reading

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Do unions need a Left?

Sam Gindin, former advisor to the Canadian Auto Workers Union, on why unions need a left … http://shout.lbo-talk.org/lbo/RadioArchive/2013/13_12_19.mp3

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Reporting the Brisbane G20

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I want to try to spend tonight inspiring some of you to become reporters. What’s in a name? I use reporter because the word, journalist, is a too lofty for me – a name popularised by the self-important – journalists! … Continue reading

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Has Scargill sold out the workers?

[Editor’s Note: As readers may know, there were many attempts by the Murdoch and Tory press to discredit Arthur Scargill when he was leader of the 1983 Miners Strike against Thatcher. Some were extravagant lies like the one by Robert … Continue reading

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PShift Retrospective 2013

History is an angel being blown backwards into the future He said: History is a pile of debris And the angel wants to go back and fix things To repair the things that have been broken But there is a … Continue reading

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Towards Peace — a worker’s journey

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Towards Peace – A workers Journey (PDF) by Phil O’Brien and Bernie Dowling [SHAPE – Social History Publishing Enterprise with LeftPress] Tunnelling through the night, the trains pass in a splendour of power, with a sound like thunder shaking the … Continue reading

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Unions without a Cosa?

On this week’s show Aaron Bastani and James Butler from Novara and Resonance fm discuss the ’3Cosas’ campaign and forthcoming strikes throughout UK higher education. Can the larger incumbent unions adapt and remain relevant? This program was sent around by … Continue reading

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Victory for Bob Carnegie

from Red Flag  | 04-Dec-2013 Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Queensland based rank and file unionist and community activist Bob Carnegie. Writing on Facebook, Bob said: “Just to let everyone know that I was advised by my lawyer tonight … Continue reading

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Eunji Ban: what about workers health & safety?

Police say Eunji Ban was on her way to work at the Transcontinental Hotel at 482 George Street Brisbane at about 4 am when she was attacked and killed. In 2014 her killer will be tried in the Supreme Court … Continue reading