Category: Solidarity

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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Australia’s Penal Powers for the 21st Century

Australia’s Penal Powers for the 21st Century

White Australia was born as a penal colony. And throughout its history since there have been plenty of laws that fine, impose financial damages and lock up both the original inhabitants of the land and the working people of all nations who came here to make a living. Those laws swing into play whenever landowners…

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