Category Archives: Workers Political Organisations

Unions, Rank and File & Workers Political Groups

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Jewel Towers over Moving Sands

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‘All that glitters is not gold‘ – ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare. On that stretch of beach known for decades as Surfers by the locals and badged as the Gold Coast for international consumption hump back and western wright … Continue reading

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When Joh went to Uni

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In 1980 or 1981, Bjelke-Petersen went to University of Queensland guarded by Qld Special Branch. Joh’s visit was controversial as the questions from the news media suggest. We have secured historic footage of the event. Standing behind Joh during the … Continue reading

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Wretched of the Earth

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Europeans, you must open this book and enter into it. After a few steps in the darkness you will see strangers gathered around a fire; come close, and listen, for they are talking of the destiny they will mete out … 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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Interesting forum on working lives for May 3rd

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The May Day Group has organised a “workers inquiry” in association with the May Day celebrations. It is to be held on Saturday May 3rd, and should be a new direction for those of us interested in developing the working … 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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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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You’ve got to be Jo(h)king: History, the Left and Queensland

(This is a guest post from a friend of The Word From Struggle Street Jon) It was the 40th anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising recently. On the 17th of November 1973, tanks rolled onto campus, and in a bloody … Continue reading

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Songs of resistance – tribute to pete seeger

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Songs of Struggle & Resistance

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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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Free and fair vote for all

[Editors Note: No one talks about workers democracy anymore … why is that? Do people even know what it is? You know, going on strike, organising for better pay, conditions, for a better political system where workers have a say … 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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Mandela memorial: history from an a to an z, in a tea-cup.

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what began, as i saw it, as an historical storm in a tea-cup became, due to the frantic efforts of a few people, a lesson and rebuttal on rewriting history or the attempt thereof. my following words and the articles … 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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G20, LNP and neoliberalism

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‘… in my view populism is what we need, roughly speaking hanging bankers from the lamposts …’ – prof john quigan speaking at the cloudland committee inaugural forum on 28 nov 2013 [1:07:37] in PShift recording below   Review of … Continue reading