No easy answers but important discussions at union conference

Jerome Small “So, what can we do to turn things around?” The question was asked in the first session at Socialist Alternative’s annual Union Activism and History Conference, held at Trades Hall in Melbourne on 14 October. More than 230 unionists and socialists spent the day addressing elements of that...CONTINUE READING

No Gaytimes this summer: union calls for ice cream boycott

Andrew Martin Ice cream manufacturer Streets, owned by Unilever, is the latest company to apply to terminate its enterprise agreement with its workforce. Workers at the Streets factory in Minto, south-west of Sydney, could be forced back on to the award if Streets wins its case at the Fair Work Commissi...CONTINUE READING

Thousands of warehouse workers prepare for strike

Steph Price Around 2,000 workers in four Woolworths distribution centres have begun pursuing legally protected industrial action, the National Union of Workers lodging applications with the Fair Work Commission for protected action ballots. All of the sheds involved have histories of striking for impr...CONTINUE READING

Hundreds picket UTS as part of strike

Gavin Stanbrook Hundreds of National Tertiary and Education Union members at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) were out on strike on 19 October. The 24-hour industrial action was a response to management’s refusal to concede on key demands in enterprise bargaining, specifically related to job secu...CONTINUE READING

Bupa aged care workers take action over wages and workload

Peter Carter Aged care nurses and personal carers at one of the country’s most profitable aged care providers are taking action for improved wages and conditions. Bupa workers across the health industry giant’s 26 Victorian aged care centres have been fighting for a new enterprise agreement since 2016....CONTINUE READING

‘Ensuring Integrity’ bill is a serious attack on union democracy

Liz Ross “One of the most ambitious industrial relations agendas that the country has ever seen”, boasted employment minister Michaelia Cash about the latest round of government-driven class warfare. The latest changes – set out in the ideologically named Ensuring Integrity bill – are intended to b...CONTINUE READING

Sydney Uni admits confiscating union material

Alma Torlakovic Sydney University security guards have been caught confiscating union material from staff members’ offices and desks two days after the National Tertiary and Education Union agreed to wind up its industrial campaign for a new enterprise agreement. Staff were shocked after arriving at work...CONTINUE READING

UTS votes to strike

A meeting of more than 100 National Tertiary Education Union members at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has unanimously voted for a 24-hour strike on 19 October. The vote was taken during a stop-work meeting and rally to demand that management accept the union’s bargaining claims...CONTINUE READING

The war on uni employees hits Victoria University

Liam Ward Management at Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne’s western suburbs have taken the gloves off in their drawn-out effort to slash jobs, cut costs and smash the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). With the current enterprise agreement set to expire in December, the university has ann...CONTINUE READING