Category: Solidarity

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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Cops, protest and the future of work

Cops, protest and the future of work

From time to time police, and their union, seek pay rises and other improvements in their conditions. They are protesting when they do so. They wish for and expect that the general public (90 per cent of whom are workers with a similar problem) would support them. Then there is this, in Sydney yesterday…. And…

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A draft dodging memoir: RIP Bob Hall

A draft dodging memoir: RIP Bob Hall

Below, with the permission of my good friend Andy Alcock, I post his wonderful short memoir of the draft dodging exploits of Adelaide anti-war activist Bob Hall and his comrades. Bob’s recent death is the occasion and Andy’s brief memoir is in the form of a letter to Bob’s family. Members of the MUA will…

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