Category: Solidarity

Some thoughts on “the right to strike” and the Change the Rules Campaign – Part 2

Some thoughts on “the right to strike” and the Change the Rules Campaign – Part 2

The “right to strike” versus employer opposition and Laborist naivete The “right to strike” is one of two (see below) demands that would change the “balance of power” towards working people in a “fair dinkum” way. The FWA09 restricts workers’ right to strike so severely it is almost meaningless against an array of powers provided…

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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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