Where have all the libraries gone?

Katie Wood Towards the end of my undergraduate degree, I was in the library looking for a book for an assignment about the US civil rights movement when I happened across another book, located on the same shelf – Negroes with Guns. Negroes with Guns is a somewhat forgotten tract of the early civil ri...CONTINUE READING

Contract teaching takes a toll

A union survey has revealed a jump in the number of new Victorian teachers on short-term contracts. According to the Australian Education Union (AEU), close to two-thirds of teachers in their first five years on the job are employed on fixed-term contracts. The number of new teachers emplo...CONTINUE READING

Vic government ‘wiping hands’ of vulnerable

Madilyn Gorman About 150 Victorian disability and mental health workers marched to the steps of parliament on 20 August. Organised by the Health and Community Services Union (HACSU), the rally demanded a reversal of state government plans to privatise public services in the sector. Addressing the rally,...CONTINUE READING

Manufacturing workers fight back

Andrew Martin Komatsu is the second largest manufacturer of large earth moving, mining and construction machinery in the world. With many mining expansion projects coming to an end, it’s estimated by the industry that 26,000 jobs have been lost in the mining sector over the last 12 months. Against this...CONTINUE READING

Unionists push for Palestine solidarity

Jerome Small and Alma Torlakovic Across the country, socialists and activists have been pushing our unions for active support of Palestine – sometimes against stiff opposition. At the University of Sydney, members of the National Tertiary Education Union voted to condemn Israel’s attack on Gaza and called on the Australia...CONTINUE READING

Ausreo workers locked out

Andy Giannotis A lockout of 24 workers at Ausreo’s south-western Sydney factory is about to enter its third month. The company supplies concrete reinforcing products to the construction industry in three states. Workers at its Wetherill Park factory are demanding pay parity with their interstate colleagu...CONTINUE READING

Shifty deal to avoid paying sacked Wangaratta workers

Simon Barrett Serial corporate welfare bludger Philip Bart is at it again. Nearly 60 workers from the Wangaratta mill of his textiles company (Bruck Textile Technologies) have been sacked, while Bart and his associates refuse to pay the $3.8 million these workers are owed in redundancy pay, annual and l...CONTINUE READING

Uni jobs on the line in fictional budget crisis

Roz Ward Staff at La Trobe University have launched a campaign against cuts that could result in at least 350 job losses. On 16 July around 250 general and academic staff marched onto the vice-chancellor’s neatly manicured garden at the university’s Bundoora campus to protest his proposals. Fiery s...CONTINUE READING

NSW Catholic Schools take industrial action

Roberto Jorquera Teachers and support staff throughout NSW Catholic schools are facing a massive assault on their wages and working conditions in the proposed agreement being put forward by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER). The CCER has thrown out all notions of fairness for current...CONTINUE READING