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Issue #1968

Teamsters vote on Amazon union initiative

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the largest unions in the United States, voted 24th June to approve a resolution titled “Building Worker Power at Amazon.”

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Issue #1999

Samoan workers pressured to quit union, told unions are for “white people”

It emerged last month that Samoan workers have been pressured by a senior official of their government not to join trade unions in Australia. Aufa’i...

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Issue #1976

Coronavirus upends world of work, opens workers’ eyes to unions

In the months since the coronavirus pandemic was officially declared in the US on 13th March, 2020, the nation’s world of work has turned upside down.

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Issue #2022

Cuba’s day of liberation celebrated in Sydney

On 26th July 26 1959 an armed force led by Fidel Castro stormed the Moncada Barracks in Cuba, leading to the liberation of the Cuban...

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Issue #2003

Amazon Labor Union bolsters against Bezos backlash

US Amazon workers and union organisers are hard at work on and off the clock fighting back against the multi-billion-dollar transnational corporation. Earlier this April,...

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Comrades from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane branch marched together, and supporting Vote Yes at the Brisbane May Day rally. Issue #2052

May Day – Millions march around the world

People squeezed by inflation and demanding economic justice took to streets across Asia, Europe, and the Americas to mark May Day, in an outpouring of...

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Issue #2018

Public sector health services workers make a stand – WA

As part of the campaign by public sector workers in Western Australia, members of the Health Services Union and United Workers Union – the two...

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Issue #1961

Wharfies gain big wins in waterfront struggle – more to come, more to win!!

The waterfront has been in a significant struggle over the last three years.

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Issue #2017

Class struggle is primary

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an edited version of a speech delivered by CPA Assistant General Secretary David Matters on the reissuing of comrade Jack...

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Public Sector Meeting. Issue #2079

WA: Unions give Premier the mail

On 10 November 2023, more than 400 public sector workers representing unions with members in the West Australian Public Sector rallied in the Perth Town...

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Global briefs Issue #2063

GLOBAL BRIEFS

KENYA: Police have been ordered not to report deaths amid protests against the rising cost of living. While police in Kenya have long been accused...

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Weasel Words heading Issue #2021

WEASEL WORDS

What does it mean to be “resilient”? Is “wellness” a good thing? Well it depends on who you ask in this fortnight’s edition of Weasel...

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Issue #2032

Huge union delegation supports Gomeroi rights against Santos’s First Nations and environmental destruction

The union movement has mobilised in solidarity with the Gomeroi people’s struggle against the climate-wrecking Pilliga/Narrabri coal seam gas mining operation on Gomeroi lands in...

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Issue #2018

Workplace deaths and serious injuries on the rise

Since 2018 there has been a thirty-two per cent increase in deaths at work and an eight per cent increase in serious workplace injuries. There...

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Issue #1990

Public Sector Alliance action

Earlier this year, six unions – CPSU/CSA, SSTUWA, UWU, RTBU, and HSU – allied to form the Public Sector Alliance (PSA).

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Issue #2000

Sick Pay Guarantee a step in the right direction

The Victorian government has recently launched a Sick Pay Guarantee pilot program for casual workers. Under the scheme, casuals and contract workers in certain industries...

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Issue #2026

Workers in unions prevent Apple employees being squeezed for excessive hours and low pay

The workers that bring you the “Genius bar” at Apple have made a clever move: they’ve joined their union. Apple tried to rush though a...

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Issue #2012

Public Sector Alliance mass bargaining meeting, workers Embassy Parliament House – Perth

In mid-2021, unions with members in the Western Australian Public Sector formed the Public Sector Alliance (PSA) to present a united position on a wage...

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Weasel Words heading Issue #2031

WEASEL WORDS

SOVEREIGN /ˈsɒv.ər.ɪn/ A sovereign country, Wikipedia tells us, is “a political entity […] that has supreme legitimate authority over territory.” Unless you’re one of those...

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Issue #1966

UWU General Mills strike – Rooty Hill, NSW

Since 4th June, United Workers Union’ (UWU) workers at the US-owned General Mills (GM) Rooty Hill factory have been on strike.

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Issue #1961

How the budget fails the elderly, women, and children

The Morrison Government’s attempt to show a commitment to women in this Budget ultimately does not reach the women it’s supposed to benefit.

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Issue #1988

The IR myth

The circus of lies and propaganda about waterfront productivity and reform has resurfaced in debate across the Australian media.

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Weasel Words heading Issue #2023

WEASEL WORDS

BOLD /bəʊld/ A good thing to be! Superman is bold. Action heroes are bold. Used weaselly, “bold” means that a politician is going to do...

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Issue #2036

New year’s greeting from the president

It feels like only a few months have passed since I wrote a season’s greeting for 2022. It was the year our 14th Congress, delayed...

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Issue #1969

Maritime Union of Australia takes the fight to Parliament House

Canberra is known for its cold mornings, and the 23rd June was no exception.

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Issue #2018

DINGO

On the back of a decade of campaigning by unions for ten days paid family and domestic violence leave, the Albanese Government has introduced legislation...

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Global briefs Issue #2089

GLOBAL BRIEFS

SOUTH AFRICA: South African ruling party the African National Congress (ANC) has launched its election manifesto. The 29 May elections will be crucial for the...

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Issue #2022

Amazon free one-day delivery built on extreme exploitation

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has announced plans to roll out free one-day delivery for hundreds of thousands of products in Melbourne and Sydney...

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Global briefs Issue #2095

GLOBAL BEIEFS

PERSIAN GULF: Countries in the Persian Gulf including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Kuwait have reportedly told the United States not to...

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Issue #2042

Call Unanswered

Unanswered phone calls at Services Australia reflect the attraction and retention issues plaguing the Australian Public Service (APS), according to the Community and Public Sector...

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Tin Can Alley entertaining comrades at the Curry Night. Issue #2015

Curry with comrades night – a CPA SA tradition

Through a close association with the Port Adelaide United Workers’ Club, the CPA Port Adelaide branch has access to two fine venues for celebrations and...

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Issue #1969

Workers win at General Mills!

On 25th June, United Workers Union (UWU) members at the General Mills (GM) factory in Rooty Hills, Sydney, returned to work after three weeks of strike action.

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Issue #1968

Menulog trial marks gig milestone

The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has welcomed the commencement of Menulog’s employment trial as an important milestone toward achieving minimum rights and standards in the food delivery industry.

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Issue #1989

Sydney community rallies in support of booksellers

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) organised a protest in Sydney’s Camperdown Memorial Park

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Issue #1988

Unionists protest as Better Read Than Dead management renege on deal

Workers at Better Read Than Dead have recommenced industrial action after management reneged on an in principle deal reached in July this year.

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Issue #1987

Urgent action needed to rescue Australian journalism

A new study pointing to a crisis in Australian public interest journalism demands urgent government action to safeguard our democracy.

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Issue #1972

Better Read Than Dead workers win after historic industrial action

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) announced that on Tuesday 27th July, Better Read Than Dead workers unanimously endorsed an in principle agreement...

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Issue #2001

Aged care workers yet to receive their bonus payment

A survey of 1000 aged care workers conducted by the United Workers’ Union (UWU) has revealed that ninety-seven per cent of aged care workers are...

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Issue #1972

Morrison must adopt all respect@work recommendations

The ACTU will appear at the Senate inquiry into the Morrison government’s proposed changes to the Fair Work and Sex Discrimination Acts in response to...

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Issue #2024

Melbourne hosts another successful CPA National School

Who started smoking cigars earlier, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Fidel Castro? Which scientific discovery was announced in The Daily Worker (a British communist paper) before anyone...

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Issue #2025

Sydney train strike update

Plans to disable the ticket readers at Sydney’s metro train stations are back on the table after the RTBU filed a new application for industrial...

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Issue #2035

CPA National School – Brisbane

In November, the Brisbane Branch held its CPA National Party School. It began with a Trivia night on Friday, at the Labour Trades Hall in...

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Issue #1974

RAFFWU to fight for the right to bargain in the Federal Court

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) has pledged to take Coles Supermarkets to the Federal Court in a bid to force the supermarket giant to commence negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA).

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SAG-AFTRA Strong logo Issue #2062

Hollywood strike Q&A

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) produced the following for its members’ information in response to the industrial action by MEAA’s fraternal union in...

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Issue #2042

“Hold mining companies to account”

Last week two mineworkers, Dylan Langridge and Trevor Davis, were killed at work at the Dugald River zinc mine in north-west Queensland. Just prior to...

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Issue #2033

Time for a centralised bargaining system

Prior to the adoption of the Accord in 1983 between the Labor government and the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australia had a highly centralised...

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Issue #2030

RAFFWU members strike at Apple

Members of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) went on strike in the first nationally co-ordinated industrial action in retail in Australian history....

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Issue #1975

Income support during post-test isolation

Unions NSW have had a breakthrough for workers, winning a $320 COVID Test and Isolate support payment from the NSW Coalition government to cover obligatory stay-at-home time following a COVID test. Victoria has a similar $450 Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment.

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Issue #2029

Communists and the trade unions with Alex Gordon (RMT/CPB)

On the 15th October the NSW state committee hosted a talk by National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) President and leading member...

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Issue #1987

A win for farmworkers as FWC rules on minimum wage

Workers and union organisers with the United Workers Union (UWU) and the Australian Workers Union (AWU) are celebrating a massive win ...

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Issue #1968

RAFFWU protected action ballot order marks new era for retail unionism

On 22nd June 2021, the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) secured a Protected Action Ballot Order for its workers at the ironically named Sydney bookstore “Better Read Than Dead.”

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Issue #2003

May Day – Demand real change

Without strong, militant unions workers are powerless. The trade union movement has been targeted by successive governments to the point where industrial action is outlawed...

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Issue #2063

DINGO

The union movement extended its thoughts to the loved ones of the food delivery rider who tragically lost his life in Sydney last week working...

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Issue #2038

Every child

Every child has the right to a high-quality education, delivered by qualified and professional teachers in their local neighbourhood. It is Australia’s public education system...

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Issue #1982

Beware fake unions!

They claim they are a cheaper and “independent alternative” to registered trade unions.

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Issue #2048

Action for jobs, pay, safety

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union members launched major rallies across Australia on Wednesday 5th April as anger mounts over serious issues facing the nation...

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Issue #2010

Public sector workers walk off on Perrottet “proposal”

Tens of thousands of public servants walked off the job in a strike defying the Premier’s inaction, posturing, and insulting behaviour. The Public Service Association...

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Issue #2042

International Women’s Day

Over the past 100 years or more Australian women have made many gains but huge hurdles remain to be overcome. The struggle is far from...

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February 2024, the CPSU/CSU held its annual union delegates convention (DELCON). Issue #2090

WA: Public sector unions plan action for pay and conditions

Over 22 and 23 February 2024, the CPSU/CSU held its first in-person annual union delegates convention (DELCON) since pre-COVID 2019. Attended by over 110 delegates...

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Issue #1964

MUA stands with Traditional Land Owners

The MUA has once again shown how, with militant leadership, the trade union movement can be a vehicle for taking the workers’ movement to social issues.

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Zucchini picker at work. Issue #2089

AWU wins $30k backpay

If anyone thinks wage theft is a thing of the past, they should think again. The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has reclaimed $30,000 for two...

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Issue #1955

McCormick’s picket

Thursday 25th March marked four weeks since workers at McCormick Foods factory went on strike late in February. Workers, with the support of the community, have been operating a 24/7 picket out the front of the factory in Clayton South in Victoria.

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Issue #2011

Abolish the ABCC

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has used the courts to hit building and construction unions with fines of $15.262 million since 2nd December...

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Issue #2047

DINGO

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) members at the ABC have secured big wins after reaching agreement with management for their new EBA. The deal...

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Issue #2046

Illawarra renewable energy zone to deliver long-term work

Maritime workers living and working in the Illawarra are excited by the opportunities and long-term industry development that will come from the declaration by the...

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Mick O'Shea image composite by AWU. Issue #2091

Vale Mick OíShea, shearer, union leader, Dubbo local

It is with deep sorrow and profound respect that the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) announces the passing of Michael Joseph O’Shea, affectionately known as Mick...

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Issue #2047

“Port Kembla, not Fort Kembla”

Last month the Maritime Union of Australia’s (MUA) Southern NSW Branch Secretary Mick Cross welcomed news that Port Kembla will become a large-scale venue for...

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Issue #2060

Migrant worker protections

Unions have welcomed the Albanese government’s announcement of new measures to protect migrant workers from exploitation. The government’s proposed package of measures includes new criminal...

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World Federation of Trade Unions – logo. Issue #2053

“We stand shoulder to shoulder”

The World Federation of Trade Unions, the militant, class-oriented voice, representing 105 million workers who live, work, and struggle in 133 countries of the 5...

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Issue #2043

Employers threaten to withhold aged care wages

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has raised concerns that some aged care providers are trying to short-change underpaid nurses...

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Coles in Chadstone Shopping Centre. Issue #2050

Coles bargaining 2023: Not down down

RAFFWU, the Retail And Fast Food Workers Union is bargaining for members at Coles.  Workers at Australia’s second-biggest supermarket chain can sign up to have...

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Issue #2057

A win for workers and union advocacy

The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) has welcomed a suite of major changes to the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme which should provide much-needed protections...

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