Union busting at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance

Kaye Broome Placards reading “Stop WorkChoices on Water” and chants of “Sweet FA, BMA” accompanied the occupation of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) office in Brisbane on 26 April. BMA is the largest coking coal operator in the world. The occupation was the latest union action in response to...CONTINUE READING

‘We’re aware of the risks’: striking Fairfax journo

Duncan Hart Workers at Fairfax newspapers started a week-long strike on 3 May. The decision to walk out was taken in protest at Fairfax Media announcing the abolition of 125 full time equivalent positions across the newspaper network, roughly one-quarter of all newsroom staff. The announcement is the...CONTINUE READING

Turnbull’s 457 visa fraud

Jerome Small “The coalition government – ensuring Aussie workers have priority for Aussie jobs – abolishing the 457 work visa.” You can find these words on immigration minister Peter Dutton’s website – superimposed over a picture of a giant muddy backhoe, digging dirt in some remote-looking location. T...CONTINUE READING

Workers still facing asbestos danger

Dan Atwood Less than $1,000 – $800, to be exact. It was more than my boss thought was worth paying to protect three lives: mine and my two workmates’. It was what he was quoted to have 15 square metres of asbestos sheeting professionally removed from a residential construction job we’re working on. I...CONTINUE READING

Union witch-hunt continues to unravel as major players exposed

Dean Maloney It’s more than a year after the $26 million, 21 month-long trade union royal commission handed down its report, and the gloss has well and truly come off two of the commission’s star anti-union witnesses. Key witness and Class 1 Form company boss Elias Taleb has been fined $30,000 after a...CONTINUE READING

Patrick up to old tricks on the docks

Simone White Tensions are rising again on the docks in Sydney. Only weeks after finalising a new four-year enterprise agreement with its union workforce, Patrick Stevedores has subleased a container depot at its Port Botany terminal to its parent company Qube Logistics. It has asserted that the depot i...CONTINUE READING

Tertiary union marches for jobs in science

Unionists joined thousands of others at March for Science rallies held in cities across Australia on 22 April. The protests were part of a global call to action by scientists concerned by the growing confidence of world leaders to ignore or distort fact based evidence. The National Tertiar...CONTINUE READING

Resisting Rio Tinto

Kaye Broome “We want jobs”, demanded seafarers at an occupation of Rio Tinto’s Brisbane offices on 27 March. About 80 union and community activists rallied outside the building to express solidarity with seafarers battling the global mining goliath. After hearing speeches from Bob Carnegie, MUA Queens...CONTINUE READING

Pacific National wages war on locomotive drivers

Anthony Marlin The largest rail freight company in Australia is waging an all-out assault on the wages and conditions of its locomotive drivers in Victoria. Negotiations with the union, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), were initiated by Pacific National’s Rural and Bulk (R&B) division in April last y...CONTINUE READING