Fletcher Insulation strikers still out

Striking Fletcher Insulation workers have clocked more than 90 days outside the gate of the Dandenong factory where they work. The workforce of 90 – members of the Australian Workers’ Union – have been out since 17 February. They are fighting an aggressive attempt by the company to wind ba...CONTINUE READING

‘Too bad mate, we’re out the gate’: steel strike in Melbourne’s west

Ryan Stanton Workers at G.A.M. Steel, in Melbourne’s western suburbs, have been strike since 11 May. They are negotiating for a new enterprise agreement and are fighting to protect conditions and win a modest wage rise. This is the first time that the site’s 60 National Union of Workers members have st...CONTINUE READING

Rail freight dispute threatens Vic grain harvest

Anthony Marlin Pacific National (PN), Australia’s largest rail freight company, continues its assault on the wages and conditions of train drivers in its Victorian Rural and Bulk division, which hauls grain, mineral sands and other primary commodities. The company and the union representing locomotive dr...CONTINUE READING

Campaign to save Vic Uni jobs kicks off at big meeting

Jo Williams It was standing room only at a public meeting in Footscray in which more than 100 people heard about the campaign to defend jobs and courses at Victoria University. Management wants to sack up to one quarter of all academic staff. VU Council and management claim that the changes are financ...CONTINUE READING

Helpline workers fighting private health giant

Simone White In a few weeks, about 80 women who work at Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia will find out if we are to be sacked by a Liberal government and an insurance company. Since the government first rolled out the service with much fanfare in 2010, specialist RDVSA counsellors have sta...CONTINUE READING

Public sector cuts: thousands of jobs to go under WA Labor

Ben Fowler Less than two months after Labor’s landslide election, Western Australian public sector workers are facing what premier Mark McGowan is touting as the “biggest shake-up of the public sector in decades”. The “shake-up” will result in government departments being cut in number from 41 to 25,...CONTINUE READING

Solidarity on Sydney docks with unionists under attack

Dan Atwood Workers, students and union activists gathered at Sydney’s docks on 30 April in support of workers fighting Patrick Stevedores. In a feat of industrial acrobatics, Patrick has subleased part of its Port Botany terminal to its parent company Qube in a bid to bypass the enterprise agreement...CONTINUE READING

Union busting at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance

Kaye Broome Placards reading “Stop WorkChoices on Water” and chants of “Sweet FA, BMA” accompanied the occupation of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) office in Brisbane on 26 April. BMA is the largest coking coal operator in the world. The occupation was the latest union action in response to...CONTINUE READING

‘We’re aware of the risks’: striking Fairfax journo

Duncan Hart Workers at Fairfax newspapers started a week-long strike on 3 May. The decision to walk out was taken in protest at Fairfax Media announcing the abolition of 125 full time equivalent positions across the newspaper network, roughly one-quarter of all newsroom staff. The announcement is the...CONTINUE READING