Canada: 90th anniversary of the Colonial Building Riot provides a lesson on class conflict and organising
In the early 1930s, the Dominion of Newfoundland was in a deep economic crisis along with many other parts of the capitalist world in the...
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...
How Harvey Norman buys the press
Open a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, or almost any other Nine-Fairfax newspaper, and you will see pages of advertisements for furniture retailer Harvey Norman.
Why do we work?
Work, like inequality, appears to be a permanent feature of human existence into the foreseeable future.
“Supporting Private Profit Growth”
Just days before Parliament rose for the summer break, the Coalition government tabled legislation with the aim of accelerating its anti-worker, anti-union agenda on behalf of employers.
Why do we work?
“Why do we work?” seems like an odd question. Sure everyone works, do they not? Or the majority of people do, one way or another.
Women’s amenities should be mandatory across Australian worksites to boost female participation
The Electrical Trades Union is launching a campaign to boost the number of women in male dominated occupational industries, calling for women’s amenities to be mandatory on worksites across Australia.
Qantas moves to terminate Enterprise Agreement
Qantas has applied to the Fair Work Commission to terminate its Long-Haul Cabin Crew agreement. The first time in its history that Qantas has tried...
Brisbane branch campaign against AUKUS, casualisation, and climate change
There is no rest for the Brisbane Branch of the CPA as we continue our campaign against the IR omnibus Bill, the AUKUS nuclear submarine...
Are we really a “judeo-christian” society? Does our society really “empower” us? Well it depends on who you ask in this fortnight’s edition of Weasel...
Coal industry workers in Australia are taking their destiny into their own hands
The coal industry is to Australia what the Second Amendment of the US Constitution (granting citizens the right to bear arms) is to the United...
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...
Young Workers’ Centre releases report into young migrant workers in the act
The Young Workers’ Centre, a Unions ACT initiative assisting young workers in Canberra, has released a report on the experiences of young migrant workers in the nation’s capital.
Pro-business – Anti-worker
Women, aged care, and jobs were to be the focus of the 2021-22 federal budget – or so we were led to believe, prior to its release.
A big short: Australia’s manufactured skills shortage
The National Skills Commission has revealed in its 2022 Skills Priority List Key Finding Report, that 286 occupations were dealing with shortages at a national...
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...
Restaurateur first to be criminally charged for wage theft
The Australian labour movement is on the precipice of a major win for workers’ rights in the form of a criminal case brought against a...
Are we really at the forefront on renewable energy?
“Australia is at the forefront of a global experiment on how to shift an electricity grid built on coal to one dominated by renewables.” So...
15,000 workers left in the lurch as Deliveroo goes under
British food delivery platform Deliveroo announced on the 16th November that it was going into voluntary administration, claiming that “achieving a sustainable position of leadership...
Can employers mandate vaccinations?
Editorial note: This article does not purport to give legal advice. It is for general informational purposes only With the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout well...
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.”
Bring back Jobkeeper!
Thousands of workers face a substantial loss of income with the extension of lockdowns in Victoria and NSW and a new one in South Australia.
Budget 2022-23 – CLASS WAR
The budget announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is a pre-election, last ditch, vote-buying exercise from the Morrison government. Voters struggling with rising prices and falling...
For a workers’ democracy
At the end of this month, Australians will participate in another federal election. Our elections, an expression of bourgeois democracy, are often presented as an...
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...