Posts in: workers

Pay equity: back-to-back wins for women athletes

June 2017

Ice hockey’s U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) beat their governing body, USA Hockey, in March and took women’s fight for living wages a huge step forward. Long notoriously underpaid, hockey’s women players were expected to keep winning world medals while working for about $1,000 per month, for 6 months, only in Olympic years, and on… Read more »

All out against union busters

December 2017

Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) takes on the misnamed Freedom Foundation.

A call to unionists: Stand together against far-right attacks on workers

January 2017

Across the world, the far right and neo-Nazis are not only active in the streets. They are entering parliamentary politics. In Australia, Pauline Hanson’s extreme-right One Nation Party (ONP) made a comeback after 20 years, winning four Senate seats in the 2016 federal election. ONP is now seriously preparing for state elections in Queensland, Western… Read more »

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 »

First female head of Australian Council of Trade Unions shakes things up

June 2017

Every trade unionist has been lectured by some union official that they can’t strike because “It’s illegal.” They must have been cheering when Sally McManus, newly elected head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), announced on national television that unions should break unjust laws. This declaration, not usually part of the lexicon of… Read more »