Jewel Towers over Moving Sands

'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 whales pass by every year in winter, more than in living memory. Sea mullet migrate … Continue reading Jewel Towers over Moving Sands

Rally in defence of Bob Carnegie!

On Monday 11 February 2013 Bob Carnegie will be appearing in the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane on 54 charges of criminal contempt arising from his role as community leader of the 9-week strike at the Queensland Children's Hospital construction site in August-October last year. Construction company AbiGroup, part of the giant Lend Lease group, … Continue reading Rally in defence of Bob Carnegie!

May Day in Brisbane 2012

The organisation of the May Day 2012 celebrations in Brisbane is in disarray and needs to be fixed. It has become a mates day at the beer tent for union organisers and a few rank and file - a pub with rides for the kids. Both the venue and the day are wrong. Musgrave Park … Continue reading May Day in Brisbane 2012

Theses on the Party

'The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles' — Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
The organisation of the May Day celebrations in Brisbane is in disarray and needs to be fixed. 
Both the venue and the day are wrong. Musgrave Park and 1st May are better than the RNA showgrounds and 7th May.
There is pressure from employers and public service managers for Labour Day in Qld to be moved to later in the year.  They are happy to commemorate needless carnage on a beach in Turkey a hundred years ago and a day that is not the Queen's birthday — anything but the international day of the workers and their unions. 
Other states in Australia have already made this concession.
The bosses argue that because Anzac Day (Wednesday, 25 April), Labour Day (Monday, 7 May) and the Queen's birthday (Monday, 11 June) are close together, Labour Day should be moved.
Unions need involvement from community grps, but the ALP is wary because no community grp has reason to go to Labor in QLD anymore. The only stronghold left to the ALP is the unions and they are going to protect that to the detriment of rank and file workers.
Needless to say, community groups are victims of our own lack of organisation.
It is important that we bind together to improve the organisation of May Day.

in solidarity,
Ian Curr
0407 687 016

‘The Golden Age wound down during 1854…’

[Editor's Note: Here is another excellent story of how the workers of Kyneton, a central Victorian town, fought back against economic depression in the middle of the 19th century. Why do I feel that Humphrey McQueen's words could easily describe our current global crisis and the need for better worker organisation?] Kyneton From 'We Built … Continue reading ‘The Golden Age wound down during 1854…’

Rally: Free Lex Wotton!

Violence done to aboriginal persons has been condoned by at least two juries now. Once in the Hurley Trial and now in the Lex Wotton trial. Police came on to the island with high powered rifles, glock pistols, troop carriers, Tasers, to do violence against the community on Palm. They raid houses and arrest 23 people taking them off the island charging them without any evidence. Among them is Lex Wotton, his Mum is even charged. They manufacture the evidence with the aid of dope dealers and police informants. They threatened people with jail terms if they do not cooperate, they prey on the weak.