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What does it mean when you are, or you become a union member?

What does it mean when you are, or you become a union member?

By Don Sutherland, 23rd March 2018 How does a non-member join their union? One convenient way to do it is to use the ACTU’s on line joining up tool: https://www.australianunions.org.au/join . Why are these questions relevant right now? (If not directly for you but certainly for people you know.) There are several reasons. In no…

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The Annual Wage Review 2017-18: From Marriage Equality to “Economic Inequality”.

The Annual Wage Review 2017-18: From Marriage Equality to “Economic Inequality”.

By Don Sutherland (March 16th, 2018) The Annual Wage Review:  update This week the Annual Wage Review (AWR18) run by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that sets new minimum rates of pay moved to a new stage. March 13th was deadline day for submissions from “interested parties”. These include employer organizations, governments, and, for workers,…

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“Solidarity Forever”: Robots, Workers, and Profitability

“Solidarity Forever”: Robots, Workers, and Profitability

Don Sutherland (March 2018) Everyone I know with any form in the Australian union movement loves the song “Solidarity Forever”. The song includes these 2 lines: They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn  But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn What do these words mean for real…

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