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Workers resist union busting in Thailand

Summer/Autumn 2007

Goodyear is a union busting employer. In the U.S., members of the United Steelworkers Union at Goodyear just ended a 12-week strike with a settlement that will result in massive job cuts. In Thailand, the company uses fixed-term contracts as a union busting tool. Many workers have been employed by Goodyear Thailand for more than… Read more »

Facing down Nazis and other white supremacists

Summer/Autumn 2007

On December 9, 2006, a couple of hundred people gathered outside the Islamic Information and Support Centre in Melbourne’s multicultural suburb of Brunswick. The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women were among those who responded to an appeal to be there as a defence in case of an attack by white supremacists. Days before, plans… Read more »

Your Say

Summer/Autumn 2007

Iranian feminists mobilise for 1 million signatures Iranian feminists are calling on international women’s groups, human rights organisations, activists, academics and social justice organisations to express support for their effort to achieve equal status within the Iranian legal system. The One Million Signatures campaign is a follow-up to mass protests with the same aim which… Read more »

The Tale of Two Dictators

Summer/Autumn 2007

Last December Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, died peacefully in bed. Contrast this with the demise of Saddam Hussein, executed later that month in a ghoulish vengeance killing videoed and posted on the Internet. Both had been renowned for carrying out the dirty work of U.S. Imperialism. Why were they treated so differently? To protect the… Read more »

November 30, 2006 Protest Against WorkChoices: A Unionist’s Thoughts

Summer/Autumn 2007

Catching the train at 6.39 am isn’t my usual work-day routine. But on November 30th, I travelled to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (better known as the MCG, or “the G”) for the next all-union rally protesting the Howard Government’s WorkChoices laws. Gates opened at 7.00 am, and I was meeting my workmates at the Gate… Read more »

Union Eyes

Summer/Autumn 2007

Teacher activists demand ongoing employment Grassroots education activists are campaigning to demand that their elected union officials make the fight to secure ongoing employment a union priority. Red Bingham, a veteran educator and Australian Education Union (AEU) member, takes a look at the history. It’s summer. In my industry, education, a huge number of teachers… Read more »

Work Choices can be defeated!

Summer/Autumn 2007

Australian workers have some decisions of their own to make about the Howard Government’s WorkChoices legislation, currently transforming the industrial landscape. In New Zealand (NZ), workers were attacked with very similar industrial legislation in the 1990s, and the hard lessons kept coming, even after the election of a Labour government. Aussie workers may want to… Read more »

Water is a feminist issue

Summer/Autumn 2007

Victoria burning, Melburnians choking from the smoke, parched land everywhere. This is life in the southeast corner of the earth’s driest continent. Across the Pacific, on the U.S.-Canadian border, pre-Christmas storms flooded homes, cut power and blocked main roads. On Christmas day, post-tsunami Aceh and North Sumatra were once again under water and mud. These… Read more »

Free, 24-hour Childcare is a necessity, not a pipe dream!

Summer/Autumn 2007

One hundred sixty-two thousand working mothers in Australia would return to work if they could access childcare. And that’s only the official figure! If free, 24-hour childcare were available, the number would be zero. “Free?! This is utopian. Impossible!” say many feminists who believe strongly in women’s right to childcare. Not only is this solution… Read more »