Category: Inequality

Food supply workers hooray! Heroes they truly are.

Food supply workers hooray! Heroes they truly are.

“Without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.” (from “Solidarity Forever”) Who, truly, reproduces society? The corona virus pandemic, and the Morrison government’s handling of it, brings to the fore a simple, profound although neglected truth. No society can reproduce itself without workers. From that, because ours is a society driven by…

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Restoring Solidarity Bargaining: is it possible?

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?

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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