Steph Price
Steph Price
Striking envelope workers digging in
Steph Price

A modest industrial dispute in the northern suburbs of Melbourne has become the latest flashpoint in the battle for the right to strike. Around 90 envelope production workers at the Australian Paper site in Preston – who have been out the gate since 16 January – were ordered back to work by the Fair Work Commission on 16 February.

CUB dispute: Police finally drop charge against ETU organiser
Steph Price

Eighteen months, one Herald Sun cover, half a dozen national news articles and multiple court appearances after he was charged with assault, Victoria Police have dropped their case against Steven Diston, Electrical Trades Union organiser. Admitting they had no prospects of winning in court, Victoria Police withdrew charges against Diston just weeks before his case was due to be heard.

Striking paper workers won’t quit until company backs down
Striking paper workers won’t quit until company backs down
Steph Price

Civil rights weren’t the only big winner out of the same sex marriage postal survey. Australia’s largest envelope producer – Australian Paper – did pretty well after getting the contract to supply the Bureau of Statistics with about 16 million survey envelopes. Now, after locking away an unexpected profit boost, the company is attacking the workers that helped produced the windfall.

Vic Labor sees ‘dollars, not people’ in public housing sell-off plan
Vic Labor sees ‘dollars, not people’ in public housing sell-off plan
Steph Price

The Victorian Labor government continues to face resistance to its plan to sell large plots of public land across Melbourne. The land has been used for many decades for public housing and, in at least one case, was given to the state specifically for that purpose.

Is public housing a thing of the past?
Steph Price

“Imagine … A run-down school needs investment, so the government sells off the greater proportion of the school site, packs it with a massive private development and uses the profit to rebuild the small proportion of the school that remains. The community would laugh at such a proposal. But shouldn’t it do so too for public housing?”

– Liz Atchison, Ashburton Residents Action Group

Thousands of warehouse workers prepare for strike
Steph Price

Around 2,000 workers in four Woolworths distribution centres have begun pursuing legally protected industrial action, the National Union of Workers lodging applications with the Fair Work Commission for protected action ballots.

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