workers

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 »

Gaylene Seadon – Farewell to a gutsy feminist fighter

Winter/Spring 2003

On 31 May, Gaylene Seadon’s long fight with breast cancer came to a close. Gaylene, who was mother to Matthew and Katie, was 49 years old. She fought cancer in the same way she struggled against bosses, sell-out bureaucrats and patriarchs — with tenacity! Until ill health slowed her down, I knew I’d find myself… Read more »

Junior rates are Wage Slavery – Equal Pay NOW!

Winter/Spring 2003

According to the Howard Government, young people should be grateful for being paid peanuts. The “youth wage,” it claims, gives them a foot in the door and reduces unemployment. But does it create jobs or slaves? International labour standards and human rights conventions prohibit workplace discrimination on various grounds, including age. Similarly the Australian Industrial… 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 »

Free Tian Chua

Winter/Spring 2002

Governments around the word have used the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 as a pretext to introduce a raft of anti-democratic laws giving themselves sweeping new powers. But there is nothing new in this tactic which is a tested method for curtailing working class dissent. In 1960… Read more »