Striking Yakult workers win wage rise

Michael Roberts At their factory in South Dandenong, the Yakult workers’ protest was a sight for sore eyes. A solid picket that turns around trucks and stops others from leaving the site is a rare thing in Australia today. The Yakult workers’ strike was protected action, but because of the state of indust...CONTINUE READING

Building a campaign to change the rules

Jerome Small Over the coming weeks, tens of thousands of workers will take to the streets in mass rallies as part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ “Change the Rules” campaign. Union delegates meet in Melbourne on 17 April; they are likely to endorse a CBD rally for 9 May. Unions in other citi...CONTINUE READING

Sally McManus and the crisis in the unions

Tom Bramble On her appointment to the position of ACTU secretary 12 months ago, Sally McManus lost no time in making a splash. On the day she stepped into the role, she appeared on the ABC’s 7.30 and told interviewer Leigh Sales, “I believe in the rule of law when the law is right. But when it’s unjus...CONTINUE READING

NTEU endorses proposed Murdoch University agreement, declaring it a ‘win’

Nick Everett A meeting of 200 National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) members at Murdoch University on 14 March voted overwhelmingly to endorse a new enterprise agreement. The meeting’s vote clears the way for an all-staff ballot beginning on 22 March. However, in a move described as undemocratic by s...CONTINUE READING

Strike breaks out at Qube Ports in Melbourne

Ryan Stanton A fresh dispute and strike has broken out on Melbourne’s docks as Qube stevedores fight for a liveable roster. The waterfront is dangerous. In the past decade, several waterfront workers have died on the job. Each incident is specific – a falling load, a reversing forklift, a fall down a h...CONTINUE READING

Gold Coast unions fighting for the right to strike

Carl Jackson It’s a sight that would have Joh Bjelke-Petersen spinning in his grave. On a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the Gold Coast, nestled between the ensemble of skyscrapers and canal homes adorning “the Strip”, hundreds of trade unionists from a raft of industries gathered after walking o...CONTINUE READING

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 b...CONTINUE READING

Coles workers approve landmark new agreement

Duncan Hart More than 18 months after the Fair Work Commission struck down the enterprise agreement negotiated between Coles and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), a new agreement has been voted up by Coles workers. If approved by the Fair Work Commission, the agreement wi...CONTINUE READING