Unions

Australia & NZ, Unions

We must fight the attacks on our unions

We must fight the attacks on our unions

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption (RCTUC) was $25 million well spent in the eyes of the Federal Coalition government. The primary purpose of the Commission was to keep the issue of union corruption in the newspaper headlines in order to tarnish the reputation of unions. Prime Minister Malcolm […]

Australia & NZ, Unions

I want to work, not work for the dole

I want to work, not work for the dole

Since losing my job as a disability worker due to the lack of government funding, I have been placed into a ‘Work for the Dole’ program. This means I am required to participate in 25 hrs of unpaid work per week in exchange for a Newstart Allowance payment. This equates […]

Australia & NZ, Unions

Long shifts & late nights…that’s hospitality!

Long shifts & late nights…that’s hospitality!

I am one of Australia’s 828,000 hospitality workers. No, I am not a teenager, student or backpacker. This is my full-time job and I see myself doing it for years to come. But some things need to change. The turnover rate in hospitality is three times that of most other […]

Global Politics, Theory & History, Unions

Automation, unemployment, and the ‘End of capitalism’

Automation, unemployment, and the ‘End of capitalism’

“Machines will take your jobs”: In a period of global financial turmoil and worsening economic prospects for Australian capitalism, this worrying message is now appearing almost daily in the media. The quickening pace of job losses due to automation has led to some very different responses on the part of […]