Humphrey McQueen on May Day

Speech by Humphrey McQueen – May Day Dinner, Adelaide, 2011

Although we are more than half way through our May Day dinner, it is never too late to say grace: ‘For the food and drinks that we are enjoying, we thank the working classes’. We have already expressed our thanks to the catering staff who know that the good things have come from further afield than their kitchen.… Go to Article

“We are going back to Palestine” – marchers cross into Palestine from the Golan Heights

Editor’s Note: Over night (15 May 2011) there have been dramatic reports of an uprising by Palestinians from within and from the borders of Palestine.

One of the most dramatic was the Palestinian march from Syria breaking through the Golan Heights fence into Palestine (shown below). Equally dramatic were marches from Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan.Go to Article

The Left on Labour Day 2011

Labour Day, Brisbane, 2011

Socialist groups missed an opportunity this Labour Day.

There has been a shift inside the Labour movement and the Left has not recognised it fully nor have they responded to it.

Observe the Labour Day march in Brisbane this year. For the first time not a single Labor party politician up the front of the march.Go to Article

Brisbane Labour Day Celebrations 2011

The Qld Council of Unions Labour Day Committee have organised a March and Celebration to be held on Monday 2 May, 2011.

10:00am March Commences from the Cnr of Wharf & Turbot Sts, please check with your union for details of your assembly area.

12:00pm Family Fun Day at the RNA Showgrounds, Oval 2.… Go to Article

Longshore Workers Strike against Iraq War

ILWU call for walkout in protest of US war in Iraq

17 March 2008

By MUA news –

US West Coast longshore workers plan protest against imperialist war in Iraq, Afghanistan on May 1

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced the 40,000-plus members of its 60 locals in California, Washington and Oregon will walk off the job for eight hours on May 1 to protest the US-led war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan.… Go to Article

Union & Murri Protest

Close of Queensland parliament on 28 February 2008.

p2281151-thumb.jpg

P2281147

And we were only seven
Email said: “Intervention action Parliament house 10am Thursday”

Pollies come on balcony to look down at 1,000 firefighters

And we were only seven

who have produced a 70% raise in productivity without a pay increase,

Murris protest intervention accelerating on all fronts: Jabiluka, Palm, Nungar, Arrente, Wakka wakka land all under threat of developers.Go to Article

Brisbane Labour History Association (BLHA) news

The BLHA newsletter is available by clicking here: blha-newsletter-jan-08.pdf

Welcome to 2008 – may it be a good one.

BLHA have hit the ground running with 3 great events planned for the next 3 months:

  • Saturday 9 FebruaryWorth Fighting For! A truly exciting concert with Leah Cotterell, Margret RoadKnight, Helen Rowe and the Combined Unions Choir.
Go to Article

Arise ye workers from ye slumbers!

A New Direction for Unions.

It is interesting (but not surprising) that there have been no calls from unions for a national Your Rights at Work rally during the 2007 Federal Election Camapign. The ALP clearly believe they don’t need union mobilisation to win seats, they prefer to scare people with the prospect of higher interest rates and a reduced work conditions if the federal government is re-elected.… Go to Article

Your Rights at Work

The slogan “Your Rights at Work” is now part of Australia’s popular culture.

For example, trainers who run onto the field during 2007 National Rugby League finals wear “Your Rights at Work” T-shirts, their slogan viewed by millions.

BushTelegraph published the ALP’s industrial relations policy when it was released in May 2007.… Go to Article

Pig City: ‘they shut it down, they pulled it down’?

How does the song go?

Pages from Pig City - from the Saints to Savage garden

Watch the butcher shine his knives
And this town is full of battered wives
…………………………………….
They shut it down
They pulled it down
They shut it down
They pulled it down

Round and round, up and down
Through the streets of your town
Everyday I make my way
Through the streets of your town

Brisbane rock band the Go-Betweens
commentary of Brisbane in the 1970s
.… Go to Article

Rally against IR Laws – 28 June 2006

Ignorance of a worse world to come?
Unions at SouthBank Cultural Forecourt

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s chief executive, Peter Hendy, declared the national protest a failure, as he claimed the union movement only managed to mobilise 2% of Australian workers. Under the front organisation, Employers First, East Timor-style counter demonstrations were planned against the unions – you know to hold up pro-Australian Workplace Agreement signs, to throw abuse at the unionists – nothing major like burning down union buildings, not yet anyway.… Go to Article