Last November, a gathering outside the World of Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta, Georgia heard a bloody story. Edgar Paez, a Colombian unionist from the Coca Cola bottling plant in Carepa, Colombia, told the crowd that on the morning of December 5, 1996 the paramilitary squad, United Self Defence Forces (AUC), appeared at the gates… Read more »
There’s nothing like a union victory to make my day, and March 16 was one of them. When I received the news from Radical Women (RW) in Portland Oregon that RW Organiser Jordana Sardo won her job back, I was ecstatic! Like me, Sardo works in the community (social service) sector, notoriously exploitative of its… Read more »
The collapse of The Satellite Group — the first publicly listed “pink dollar” company in the world — highlights the sharp class divisions in the gay and lesbian community. In 1999, Satellite blasted onto the scene, buying up 80 percent of Australia’s queer press — including the national magazine, Outrage — and establishing a media… Read more »
Community Legal Centres Fight Back For the past three years, Community Legal Centres (CLCs) have been subjected to a review by the Federal Government which recommended that the 19 metropolitan generalist legal centres be amalgamated into four. This review has overloaded workers and reduced service provision in a sector that has had no significant funding… Read more »
Workplace Relations Minister, Peter Reith, is fond of advising private sector bosses to get tough with unions. Now he’s using the same script to tell Commonwealth Public Service heads how to bully public sector workers. Earlier this year, his department issued a disputes management manual advising department heads to lie, confuse, discredit and provide misleading… Read more »
The Accord era is well and truly over. Bosses now try to crush rather than co-opt as the preferred method to neutralise effective union delegates. The ability to organise during work hours, hold workplace union meetings and even the right of union organisers to enter a workplace is being severely squeezed, thanks to the efforts… Read more »
“The public system needs to be preserved so that good education is available to everyone in the community.” Teachers are fighting, using their unions, to defend the rights that are being taken from them.
“Community care.” It has such a nice ring to it: society’s thrown-away people being brought back into community life, no longer shut away in large, impersonal and uncaring institutions. But do we believe for one minute that the State has emptied its publicly-funded institutions because it cares? Of course not!
Centrelink is a corporatised agency, which in 1997 replaced the Department of Social Security. It currently has contracts to deliver services on behalf of seven government departments. As each expires, these contracts will be put out for private tender, forcing Centrelink to compete for the delivery of welfare services.
Poverty makes you sick. There’s nothing surprising about that idea. But two recently reported studies take this much further. They came to the same conclusion: that class is the major determinant of health.