Unions

Northwest workers face off against union-busting Freedom Foundation

October 2016

“When our unions are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” This was the chant from nearly a hundred activists greeting attendees at the Freedom Foundation’s swanky fundraising banquet Sept. 23 in Bellevue, Wash. Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) called the boisterous picket and sidewalk rally, which included a healthy Freedom… Read more »

Worker Worms Are Turning: Watch Out Reith!

Winter/Spring 1999

“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.

New South Wales TAFE: Casual Teachers Fire Up

Summer/Autumn 1998

The activist Special Interest Group model within the structure of the union has resulted in significant gains for casual workers in the NSW TAFE system. It is a model TAFE workers in other states must consider.

Organising the Unorganised

Summer/Autumn 1998

Australia has one of the highest rates of part-time and casual work in the world, and three-quarters of part-time and casual workers are women. Casualisation is growing sharply. Two years ago, one in five workers was part-time or casual. Now it is one in four.

TAFE Workers Fight Breaks in Contracts

Summer/Autumn 1998

Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE (WMIT) has an appalling track record in the way it treats workers employed on fixed-term contracts. A favoured management tactic to prevent workers from being eligible to certain entitlements is to place breaks between the end of one contract and the start of the next. Members of both the Australian… Read more »

Nation Feminist Conference Backs TAFE Union Struggle

Summer/Autumn 1998

The 6th Women and Labour Conference (held at Deakin University in Geelong, 28 – 30 November) featured a workshop, “Resist Casualisation and Union Busting in TAFE: Frontline Fighters Speak Out!,” which was jointly sponsored by Radical Women and the NMIT Unionists Campaign Committee. Strong women unionists from the Australian Education Union (AEU) and National Tertiary… Read more »

The Co-option Game: Enterprise Bargaining to Extend Bosses’ Plunder

Summer/Autumn 1994

The Federal ALP introduced enterprise bargaining in 1991 to replace the pre-existing centralised “wage fixing” system. No longer do workers get regular wage adjustments. Instead, the only way of getting so-called wage “increases” is by “bargaining” with the boss. With the deck stacked against us.