The Guardian • Issue #2103


  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2103

This week’s target of US aggression and interventions since the end of WW2 is South Korea 1945-53: After World War II, the United States suppressed the popular progressive forces through invasion and war, in favour of the reactionary forces who had collaborated with the Japanese occupiers. This led to a long era of corrupt, reactionary, and brutal South Korean governments.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA)is campaigning for a 15 per cent pay rise, more funding for nurse-to-patient ratios and better working conditions in 2024. The union is calling on the state government to invest in nurses and midwives, to rebuild the public health workforce after years of wage suppression under previous governments.

A one-year 15 per cent increase from 1 July 2024 is a key part of the union’s 2024 log of claims for the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (state) Award, which expires on 30 June.

The union’s Assistant General Secretary Michael Whaites said unity, commitment and a disciplined campaign “will put us in the best possible position to achieve our claims”.

“This is a claim that calls for the government to invest in nurses and midwives and invest in ratios. This is a claim that is aimed at assisting the government to recruit and retain the workforce we need to implement ratios.”

The 2024 log of claims was strongly endorsed by a vote of NSWNMA branches following months of consultation, more than 30 branch resolutions, and intense discussion and decision-making by the Log of Claims Committee.

PARASITE OF THE WEEK: is the real coalition government – the ALP and Liberal Party, as demonstrated in their attack on the Greens for exposing the Albanese government’s complicity in Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians.

The Albanese government is as close with and as subservient to big business as Liberal and Labor governments before it ever were.

The mining companies are no friends of workers or the environment. Cost-cutting short cuts and scant regard for workers’ health and safety make mining one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. The industry has the highest rate of exploitation of any in Australia. Their attitude to the environment is a matter of public record.

Why are the mining companies and not the elected government determining the extraction and use of Australia’s non-renewable resources?

Why doesn’t the elected government consult with the people of Australia who own those resources? What is it doing to protect native title rights of the original Indigenous owners?

The government is a tool of monopoly capital. It is used to hold down wages and working conditions and suppress struggle – anti-union laws, including the outlawing of strike action. It conducts foreign policy in the interest of the largest corporations, acts in their interests with deregulation, privatisation, free trade agreements, provision of infrastructure, tax concessions, handouts, and comes to their rescue during times of profit downturn using taxpayers’ money.

In defence of national security; President Dutton, Vice President Albanese.

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