Brisbane bus drivers still fighting for safety

Kaye Broadbent It has been 10 months since Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Alisher was murdered at work. It’s been nearly that long since the start of enterprise agreement negotiations between bus drivers and Brisbane City Council. Predictably, the main issue for drivers is safety, but they are also demandin...CONTINUE READING

Dutton moves to starve out refugees

Kaye Broadbent Australia’s minister for immigration and border protection, Peter Dutton, continues to ramp up the inhumane treatment of refugees housed in offshore concentration camps. As if the constant reports of abuse, self-harm and deaths are not evidence enough that the system is cruel, refugees on...CONTINUE READING

Why North Korea has every right to hate the US

Kaye Broadbent North Korea, for the first time, has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a long-range rocket with nuclear capabilities. This is a major development in the country’s weapons program, which includes short-range missiles capable of hitting South Korea and Japan....CONTINUE READING

Glencore locks out coal miners

Kaye Broadbent Glencore has locked workers out of its Oaky North underground coal mine. The 9 June lockout is a response to CFMEU members' efforts to protect their working conditions. Workers have established a 24 hour protest in front of the mine site. The Oaky North mine produces hard coking coal for e...CONTINUE READING

Black lung crisis: ‘Complete and total breakdown of the system’

Kaye Broadbent Black lung, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, a respiratory disease prevalent in the 1880s and thought to have been eradicated in Queensland in the 1980s, has “re-emerged”. The government claims that 20 cases have been confirmed. Speaking to Red Flag, Stephen Smyth, president of the CFMEU Q...CONTINUE READING

Brisbane Council backs down on rosters

Kaye Broadbent A three-week lockout of Brisbane City Council electricians has ended with a win for union members. Agreeing to the electricians’ main demand, the council has dropped a “flexible” rostering proposal from its enterprise agreement offer. On 26 May, 25 of the council’s 30 electricians began ta...CONTINUE READING

Gladstone power station workers fight attack on conditions

Kaye Broadbent Ninety-eight percent of workers at the Gladstone power station have rejected a draft enterprise agreement put on the table by management. The power station, Queensland’s largest, is operated by NRG Energy, a US-based energy giant. Since the plant was privatised by the Goss Labor government...CONTINUE READING

Roster dispute sparks lockout at Brisbane Council

Kaye Broadbent A Friday evening email from Brisbane City Council’s workplace relations manager to the Electrical Trades Union has escalated a dispute between union members and the council over workplace rostering. The email told the union that ETU members who had engaged in limited industrial action on t...CONTINUE READING

Fijian seafarers occupy boat over wages dispute with Australian company

Kaye Broadbent In a desolate industrial area close to Brisbane’s port, a Cook Island registered tug boat – the Mt Rodds Bay – has been in dry dock since September. For most of this time, nine Fijian seafarers have occupied the vessel over a wages battle with boat owner Pacific Marine and Civil Solutions...CONTINUE READING