Queensland government goes after power workers

Liam Kay The Queensland branch of the Electrical Trades Union has walked out of negotiations with a government-owned energy company over a dispute about “cultural diversity” recognition. Powerlink, which owns and manages much of the state’s electricity transmission infrastructure, wants to scrap a...CONTINUE READING

Union-basher is no friend of equality

Duncan Hart Human rights commissioner Tim Wilson recently announced his intention to conduct an investigation into the practices of the retail workers’ union – the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA). The impetus for the investigation was the testimony of an SDA ex-official at A...CONTINUE READING

Why Palestine is union business

Jerome Small “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King’s observation, written half a century ago from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, is as true today as ever. And it goes to the heart of why Palestine is an issue for workers in Australia. History confirms that revo...CONTINUE READING

Curtis Island result a setback in roster fight

Steph Price Unions have lost a major showdown over fly-in fly-out (FIFO) rosters in the resources sector. A ten month dispute with Bechtel on Curtis Island ended on 15 August with a slim majority voting to accept a company offer. The result means that Bechtel’s FIFO workforce will remain on a 4/1 (fou...CONTINUE READING

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