Category: Wages

Understanding exploitation

Understanding exploitation

https://portside.org/2019-01-26/erik-olin-wright-1947-2019 This obituary for Erik Olin Wright makes me regret not paying more attention to his thoughts and writing. There was something of his that I read back in the early 80’s that provided some insights about union strategy at the time, that at short notice I do not recall. This says more, not good,…

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Right to strike mystery in an election year: back to 1993?

Right to strike mystery in an election year: back to 1993?

My hunch is that soon Labor and union negotiators will turn to their 1993 version of the right to strike to finalize their workplace and industrial relations policy for the national election. In this post I suggest why from their point of view and discuss what that might mean. The immediate context From the point…

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Changing the Rules: new powers for workers, or for institutions?

Changing the Rules: new powers for workers, or for institutions?

In this podcast I discuss some clues about behind the scenes discussions between leaders of the ACTU and the ALP. Right now, behind the scenes meetings are discussing the new industrial and workplace relations rules that might be introduced by a new ALP government. This activity will continue right up to ALP National Conference in…

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