Posts in: workers

Neoliberal policies produce a skills shortage

Winter/Spring 2005

A little while ago, I attended a national meeting of rail industry representatives, called to discuss the development of a national code of operating rules. The fact that national rules have not been developed in 160 years of Australian railways makes the task daunting. What makes it even harder is the fragmentation of the industry… Read more »

Howard’s Industrial Relations laws CAN be beaten!

Summer/Autumn 2005

The Australian trade union movement currently faces two huge challenges. One is external. From 1 July 2005 the Howard Government assumes control of the Senate and plans to enact more than 60 pieces of anti-union legislation previously blocked by the opposition parties. The other challenge is internal. In the aftermath of the Federal election result,… Read more »

Your Say

Summer/Autumn 2005

Capitalist education disgusting As a young queer woman of color in America, I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for your article on Helen Keller (FS Bulletin # 31), but also my outrage at the public school education I received, which misrepresented Helen Keller as only “a famous blind woman who overcame adversity.” Capitalist education… Read more »

Break the bosses’ rules – Free Craig Johnston!

Summer/Autumn 2005

It’s 2005 and Craig Johnston, former Victorian State Secretary of the AMWU, is still locked up in Loddon Prison. He’s serving nine months of a 33-month sentence for his alleged involvement in a run-through of Johnson Tiles after the company sacked 29 workers. Johnston was the only one of 18 unionists originally charged to receive… Read more »

Sexism and ageism place women of all ages on the frontlines for freedom

Summer/Autumn 2005

Here we are, in the 21st century, and young women are still portrayed as sex objects. From billboards, TV and glossy magazines the image of slim, sexy women sells products, from breakfast cereals to men’s toiletries and anti-wrinkle creams. They grace the catwalks, showing off the latest expensive fashions. These are bodies that all women… Read more »

End corporate terrorism: Time to stop business getting away with murder

Winter/Spring 2004

Deadly dust. Asbestos is a mineral which should have been left in the ground. Its crystal structure causes it to break down into incredibly fine, sharp fibres which penetrate cells in the lungs and stomach, leading to scarring and causing mutations that become cancers. James Hardie was the leading source of this poison. Cut and… Read more »

Edith Morgan: A life of working class struggle

Winter/Spring 2004

In May this year, Melbourne lost an inspiring feminist and working class organiser. Edith Morgan was a veteran fighter against injustice. A founder of the Older Persons’ Action Centre, well into her 80s she led resistance by pensioners and superannuants against attacks such as the introduction of the Goods and Service Tax. A regular spokesperson… Read more »

Katie Ball: rebel with a “can do” attitude

Winter/Spring 2004

The death of Katie Ball on 25 June leaves a big gap in activist circles. Katie was a tenacious fighter for disability rights, the environment and against imperialist war. In her autobiographical piece in Jocelynne Scutt’s 1992 collection As a Woman she explains: “I refuse to limit my social and political participation to campaigns which… Read more »

Newcastle CPSU members say NO to centralisation

Winter/Spring 2004

CPSU members in the Hunter region have been making waves inside the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). When the National Management Committee (NMC) of the union made a decision to close its Newcastle office, members were incensed and vowed to get the decision overturned. Members were particularly angered by the shabby treatment of the… Read more »

Workers fire up against Abbott’s ongoing anti-union push

Summer/Autumn 2003

Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott spent last year trying to convince employers to be “more militant” — and take on unions. He takes every opportunity he can to convince bosses that many of them have made “insufficient use” of “all sorts of freedoms and flexibilities” within the existing industrial relations laws. In August Abbott presented… Read more »