‘They can’t lock us all up’ – construction unions bring Melbourne to a halt

Jerome Small The jumble of cranes that dominate Melbourne’s skyline isn't moving today. The colossal building boom that’s transforming the city is stopped in its tracks. The power that our side has is on display for anyone who cares to look, as a river of fluro-clad workers flows out of construction si...CONTINUE READING

Black lung crisis: ‘Complete and total breakdown of the system’

Kaye Broadbent Black lung, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, a respiratory disease prevalent in the 1880s and thought to have been eradicated in Queensland in the 1980s, has “re-emerged”. The government claims that 20 cases have been confirmed. Speaking to Red Flag, Stephen Smyth, president of the CFMEU Q...CONTINUE READING

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