A death on the job

Michael Clune It was my first experience working in a blue collar industry. I was labouring on a construction site in Balnarring, on the Mornington Peninsula. It was a VCON site owned by Element Five. I was formally employed by a workmate so the boss didn’t have to deal with multiple invoices. No white...CONTINUE READING

Union members at Sydney Uni kick off industrial campaign

Clara da Costa At a packed meeting on 17 August, members of the University of Sydney NTEU branch voted overwhelmingly to take strike action to fight management’s aggressive attacks on working conditions. The first action was an event to disrupt Open Day on 26 August. More than 100 staff picketed key entr...CONTINUE READING

Coles begins landmark negotiations

Duncan Hart Coles has begun negotiations for a new industrial agreement with its workforce of more than 75,000. These negotiations come more than a year after the Fair Work Commission decision striking down its previous deal. Any new agreement that restores long-lost award entitlements, including pena...CONTINUE READING

Striking weather workers bringing a storm

How disruptive is the industrial action to management? How much industrial power do you actually have? The action we are taking is highly disruptive. We have a good density of members in the key operational areas involved with issuing forecasts and taking real-time observations. As a union...CONTINUE READING

Despite council slurs, Brisbane backs bus drivers’ actions

Brisbane bus driver For the first time in more than a decade, Brisbane bus drivers are taking industrial action. Seven months of fruitless enterprise agreement negotiations between the Rail, Tram and Bus Union and the Liberal Party-run Brisbane City Council have led to the major showdown. After an early July...CONTINUE READING

Striking weather workers bringing a storm

Jerome Small How disruptive is the industrial action to management? How much industrial power do you actually have? The action we are taking is highly disruptive. We have a good density of members in the key operational areas involved with issuing forecasts and taking real-time observations. As a union...CONTINUE READING

Coles still rattled by Polar Fresh strike one year on

NUW delegate Last year’s strike at the Polar Fresh distribution centre in Melbourne’s west continues to pay dividends ­– for the workers involved, and for those in other warehouses. Polar Fresh is a third-party contractor that manages the chilled warehouses for Coles along the eastern seaboard. Almost...CONTINUE READING

Jeff Kennett behind shameful deal to sack casino workers

Azlan McLennan “Crown Casino is the epitome of greed”, Cameron, a member of the Electrical Trades Union, says as we chat. We’re on our way to the casino, Australia’s biggest single-site employer. Union members and supporters are handing out leaflets as we snake our way through the lunchtime traffic. We’r...CONTINUE READING

Fat cats out to get giant rat

Steph Price A staple of union protests in the US, the plastic inflated rodent known as Scabby looks to have met his match in the lucky country. Scabby, a buck-toothed red-eyed rat with putrid body sores, is a constitutionally protected expression of free speech in his homeland. US courts have consiste...CONTINUE READING