Qube wharfies hold their ground

MUA member A protracted dispute at Qube Ports Melbourne is drawing to a close. For two years, workers have been negotiating with the bulk and general stevedoring company for a new enterprise agreement. An in-principle agreement was endorsed by members of the Maritime Union of Australia at a meeting a...CONTINUE READING

Melbourne Uni staff strike back against administration attack

Katie Wood Melbourne University’s sandstone façade provides a genteel mask for a ruthless agenda to squeeze more and more out of those working there. The administration’s years-long productivity push currently appears as a number of proposed attacks on staff conditions. In the context of ongoing ente...CONTINUE READING

Melbourne cafe latest to be exposed for wage theft

Llanon Davis Around 60 protesters descended on Barry cafe in Melbourne’s inner north on 23 April for a snap action against wage theft. The protest was called to expose the cafe’s treatment of a group of nine employees who asked to be paid the legal minimum rate. The bosses of Barry have been underpayin...CONTINUE READING

Change the Rules: biggest union demonstration in more than a decade 

Mick Armstrong Central Melbourne was shut down today by the largest union demonstration since the campaign against John Howard’s WorkChoices legislation. Both the Herald Sun and the Age report that up to 100,000 marched in the Change the Rules rally. There were large turnouts from the construction union,...CONTINUE READING

Marching to change the rules, and walking a little taller

Jerome Small I’m near the back of the march when we moved off from Trades Hall. Turning from Russell Street into La Trobe, I can see the colossal crowd stretching to the top of the hill on William St. “Look at us all! Look up the street!”, I start shouting at my fellow marchers, waving at the crowd in...CONTINUE READING

The system is broken, but we can’t rely on the ALP to change the rules

Tom Bramble The system is broken. Soaring bonuses at the top, rampant wage theft below. Corporate rorts left unchecked in the executive suites, the full weight of the police, courts and governments thrown at unions taking action. The fat cats rolling in money, the mass of workers left to rot. Far from...CONTINUE READING

Lessons from the Your Rights at Work campaign

Jerome Small As unions launch a round of protests under the Change the Rules banner, it’s worth recalling the history of the Your Rights at Work campaign, which concluded in 2007. Directed against the Howard government’s anti-worker WorkChoices legislation, Your Rights at Work protests were the biggest...CONTINUE READING

Behind the battle at the bureau: weather workers’ long fight

CPSU member Union members at the Bureau of Meteorology took strike action on 19 April as part of an enterprise agreement dispute that started in 2014. Over the course of bargaining, BoM staff have been offered some of the worst deals on pay and conditions in the Australian public service. With a workf...CONTINUE READING

After strike ban, NSW rail workers’ campaign loses steam

RTBU member The campaign by NSW railway workers has come to a disappointing end, management winning a slim majority for a new enterprise agreement. The deal falls well short of the demands of railway workers. After the Fair Work Commission banned a planned rail workers’ strike, Sydney Trains and NSW T...CONTINUE READING