Rail workers still paying for the privatisation fight that never was

Andrew Martin Aurizon, formerly Queensland Rail, is closing its Rockhampton workshops and slashing 126 train crew positions. The decision is a major attack on the working class of central Queensland. Aurizon, which is one of the country’s largest rail freight companies, said the cuts were a “result of v...CONTINUE READING

Cost cutting threatens airport fire services

Andrew Cheeseman There are a lot of terrifying places to encounter a fire, but one of the worst has to be in or around an aircraft carrying 15,000 litres of fuel. Aviation rescue firefighters are there to make sure you don’t have to, and if all the fail-safes don’t work, they are there to save your life. L...CONTINUE READING

Brisbane Council backs down on rosters

Kaye Broadbent A three-week lockout of Brisbane City Council electricians has ended with a win for union members. Agreeing to the electricians’ main demand, the council has dropped a “flexible” rostering proposal from its enterprise agreement offer. On 26 May, 25 of the council’s 30 electricians began ta...CONTINUE READING

It’s champagne for the bosses as workers are shafted

Tom Bramble Australia has now experienced 26 years without a recession, a world record. But the rising tide is not lifting all boats. Corporate Australia is enjoying a profits bonanza while workers are under pressure on every front. The national accounts published this week show that, in the first thr...CONTINUE READING

Locked-out timber workers draw the line

Jerome Small It’s a pretty place for a picket line, an unlikely setting for a crucial working class struggle. Workers in the small north-east Victorian town of Myrtleford have found themselves on the front lines of resistance against an aggressive, anti-worker push being carried out by some of the bigg...CONTINUE READING

Union members on front foot against Sydney Uni attacks

Alma Torlakovic Union members at the University of Sydney will vote on 8 June to ballot for authorise industrial action for a new workplace agreement. The agreement currently covering university workers expired two months ago. The decision to ballot for action is a rapid escalation of the campaign for a n...CONTINUE READING

Gladstone power station workers fight attack on conditions

Kaye Broadbent Ninety-eight percent of workers at the Gladstone power station have rejected a draft enterprise agreement put on the table by management. The power station, Queensland’s largest, is operated by NRG Energy, a US-based energy giant. Since the plant was privatised by the Goss Labor government...CONTINUE READING

Roster dispute sparks lockout at Brisbane Council

Kaye Broadbent A Friday evening email from Brisbane City Council’s workplace relations manager to the Electrical Trades Union has escalated a dispute between union members and the council over workplace rostering. The email told the union that ETU members who had engaged in limited industrial action on t...CONTINUE READING

Union protests Vic Labor’s NDIS privatisation

Steph Price, Jerome Small Hundreds of disability sector workers and their supporters rallied outside the Victorian state parliament on 12 May over the government’s plans to privatise Victoria’s disability support sector. Workers are furious about Labor premier Daniel Andrews trashing an election promise to keep dis...CONTINUE READING