Construction is not the only industry in which there is a storm over COVID measures.
As a wave of austerity washes across the university sector, with jobs and courses being cut across the country, university managers have become masters of deflecting righteous anger by playing the victim.
In the middle of unprecedented management and government attacks on university workers, National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) officials have declared war on rank and file unionists they disagree with.
As the Depression destroyed the lives of workers in the US, it also radicalised many of them–including Black workers, even in the Deep South. The Communist Party came to represent a current of revolutionary Black workers and activists. But the party's political flaws saw it throw that achievement away in pursuit of alliances with liberals and the US ruling class.
Bosses at Melbourne University, one of the wealthiest institutions in Australia, have tried to steal a week’s wages from its employees and worsen redundancy conditions, only to be defeated by an incredible burst of worker organising. In results released late Thursday morning, management announced that of 8,069 staff who voted, an extraordinary 5,190 – 64% – voted No.
There is a rising rank-and-file rebellion in one of Australia’s major unions, the National Tertiary Education Union. It’s the most significant revolt in decades. The upheaval comes in response to the union leadership’s proposal to adopt a “framework” agreement with universities that would cut wages and conditions in exchange for a seat at the table for union officials. This makes it important to all workers whose union officials have tried to cut similar deals with the bosses, from the Australian Council of Trade Unions down.