ETU wins court case against LNP

Liam Kay The Queensland branch of the ETU has had a court victory against the state Liberal National Party government. On 8 July the Magistrates Court found the ETU not guilty of breaching the state government’s new union-busting Transparency and Accountability of Industrial Organisations amendment...CONTINUE READING

Poor safety taking its Toll

Marcus Harrington At the Toll Distribution Centre in Somerton, located in the solid working class northern suburbs of Melbourne, bullying and intimidation tactics by Toll management were revealed in a recent survey conducted by the site’s occupational health and safety representatives. The workers at the So...CONTINUE READING

MUA in win over Toll

As reported previously , more than 100 members and supporters of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) staged a sit-in on 18 June at the Sydney offices of transport company Toll. The protest was called after the workplace death of MUA member Anthony Attard, who was killed loading a Toll sh...CONTINUE READING

MUA members stage safety sit-in at Toll

Shane Bentley More than 100 members and supporters of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) staged a spirited sit-in on 18 June at the Sydney offices of transport company Toll. The protest was called after the workplace death of MUA member Anthony Attard, who was killed on a Toll ship. It focused on the...CONTINUE READING

Fighting job cuts at La Trobe and Melbourne

Jerome Small A wave of restructuring involving massive job cuts is occurring in higher education – and will gather force over the months and years ahead. One of the key budget measures is for more government money to flow to private colleges. As the Financial Review recently trumpeted, the “lower cost...CONTINUE READING

Health workers ‘reform’ already under way

Marni Jackson Health minister Peter Dutton claims that the public health system is inefficient and unsustainable. Gutting Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme isn’t enough to fix it. The federal government has also reneged on funding commitments, leaving the states to pick up the shortfall. T...CONTINUE READING

Nurses’ delegates discuss challenges

Lauren Stevenson As the former job rep at the Monash Gardens nursing home, I attended the Victorian ANMF’s annual delegates’ conference on 26 and 27 June. Assistant State Secretary Pip Carew delivered the report on aged care, mentioning the gallant struggle against privatisation of Monash Gardens. After a...CONTINUE READING

NSW delegates endorse campaign against budget

Kate Doherty A Unions NSW combined delegates meeting has voted for a mass mobilisation against the budget on Sunday, 6 July. Hundreds attended the 12 June meeting at the Sydney Masonic Centre. Unionists spoke of a long list of attacks packed into the budget, and calls of “Shame!” evidenced the fighting...CONTINUE READING

Fly-in fly-out workers want more time at home

Steph Price Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers on a major resources project in the Pilbara have rejected an offer on wages and conditions as part of negotiations for a new workplace agreement. The metal and construction workers – employed by contractor Laing O’Rourke on Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert iron ore pr...CONTINUE READING