Rick Kuhn is a life member of the NTEU. He is also the co-author of Labor’s Conflict: Big Business, Workers and the Politics of Class and a winner of the international Deutscher Prize for his biography of the Marxist economist Henryk Grossman.
Major pay cuts and worse conditions are part of a university deal that National Tertiary Education Union officials are touting as the way forward for the whole sector.
At the heart of capitalism’s impressive economic dynamic there is a dirty secret. And it’s a BIG secret.
Australian governments and their counterparts around the world have largely succeeded in desensitising us to avoidable mass deaths and disease. In the week to 6 July, 294 people died of COVID-19 in Australia, more than 40 a day.
From early in her political career, Rosa Luxemburg was concerned with the struggle against imperialism and war. Her analysis and the tactics she advocated weren’t all correct, but she was always on the side of the working class and its independent organisation, and of the oppressed. That was true in her approach to the “national question”, her responses to wars and her theory of imperialism.
The German federal election is on 26 September, and the Greens have been second to the Christian Democrats (CDU) in polls over most of the past year. At one point they were even the frontrunners. Quite a change since the last election, in 2017, when they were the smallest of the six parties that made it into the parliament.