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Trans-Tasman Union Beat: Workers organising in Australia & Aotearoa

October 2016

Making history! Early childhood educators, who are members of the United Voice union, made history on 7 September, Equal Pay Day: they walked off the job, closing many childcare centres. They’ve been organising for pay justice for several years through the Big Steps campaign. Up to now, they’ve held weekend rallies, but this was their… Read more »

Letters to the Editor – October 2017

October 2017

POLITICAL PRISONER Punished with solitary Jaan K. Laaman, long-time anti-imperialist political prisoner, is still locked down in segregation (minimum of 23 hours per day in a 6’×9′ cell). Jaan has been in “segregation” for months simply for issuing two statements, a clear violation of free speech and human rights. He is being threatened with transfer… Read more »

In defense of public housing

October 2017

Public housing was a victory of the massive labor upsurge of the Great Depression that won the “New Deal” in the 1930s. Owned by the public, this housing is non-profit and the government is answerable to the community for how it’s run. Originally, public housing was available primarily to whites, and strictly segregated. Thanks to… Read more »

Gimme shelter: A radical, practical plan to address the housing crisis

October 2017

Homelessness is one thing shared by many full-time workers, the newly unemployed, and those displaced by gentrification. Homelessness soars in cities and towns across the U.S. and millions more are at risk of losing their homes. Right to the City, a national alliance founded to oppose gentrification and fight displacement of the poor, calls today’s… Read more »

Welfare: a battleground for workers’ rights in Australia

April 2017

Say “robo-debt” to a welfare recipient or Centrelink (Australian Human Services) worker and you’ll see anguish and righteous anger. Centrelink is sending out 20,000 notices a week informing people on benefits that they allegedly owe the government money due to overpayments! Slapping a single mother or a pensioner with thousands of dollars is common. Some… Read more »