Solidarity Dynamics

Solidarity Dynamics

Mainstream journo talks Plan B for tackling climate change

Morrison’s fake “evolve” can be challenged In today’s Guardian (Australian Edition), Lenore Taylor presents another strong summary of where we the majority sit with the role of government in slowing and reversing climate change. Again she is clear and coherent. On this occasion she assumes what most of us who are paying attention already know…

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The voice of a quiet Australian

Yesterday I was sitting in a sauna after some swimming exercise. I joined three other blokes and one woman. It was my first time there but the others all knew each other and were chatting amiably. The conversation I tuned into was about the bushfires in eastern Victoria and the rescue effort. The oldest amongst…

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Restoring Solidarity Bargaining: is it possible?

Earlier this week, as the ACTU pointed out, the government’s mid year economic update (MYEFO) confirmed that the Morrison government continues to mislead everyone about wages and that wages would remain suppressed for some time into the future. More mainstream commentators are now linking this to other negative trends in the economy that amount to…

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We defeat the “Ensuring Integrity” Bill: tactical victory or strategic breakthrough?

How should union movement activists define the first defeat of the Ensuring Integrity Bill (EIB)? A major strategic breakthrough or a significant tactical achievement? And why does it matter? The May Federal election showed the limits of a union strategy focussed almost exclusively on the parliamentary road to fairness. During the election campaign Morrison and…

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    Workers of the World, Relax: Finland’s New Prime Minister Wants Four Day Work Week, Six-Hour Shifts© REUTERS / Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva
    15:59 07.01.2020Get short URL4238
    Social Democrat Sanna Marin became the youngest prime minister in the country’s history, having received her powers only in December of last year, a month after her 34th birthday.

    Soon after her appointment, Sanna Marin proposed changes for the workforce in the country. In particular, the 34-year-old politician decided that a 4-day working week could be introduced in the country, along with a 6-hour working day.

    “I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture,” she said.
    “A four-day workweek, a six-hour workday. Why couldn’t it be the next step? Is eight hours really the ultimate truth?” Marin added.

    According to CNBC, Finland has been a pioneer in introducing flexible work schedules. In 1996, the government introduced a law that gave workers the right to liberally adjust their work schedule, shifting it three hours back or three hours ahead, in comparison with the time that the employer established.

    At the same time, Finland’s neighbours, the Swedes introduced a six-hour day on a trial basis in Gothenburg in 2015. As a result of the experiment, it turned out that the residents of the city became much happier, but the regional budget suffered.

    Marin is very popular in her country and has an avid following on Instagram, where she uploads selfies, including snaps taken in lifts and cute family photos.

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