As we go to press the success of the Victorian nurses’ dispute hangs in the balance. While a significant layer of rank and file nurses have a desire to take to the dispute in a more militant direction, they are being held back by the conservative leadership of their union, the Australian Nurses Federation (ANF).
Last night Yarra Council, in inner-city Melbourne, held a special ‘ceremonial’ Council meeting to elect the 2012 Mayor. The meeting’s proceedings put a spotlight on the true nature of the Greens. Despite having more Councillors than any other party on Council, the Greens refused to accept the Mayoral position and instead voted for the most […]
Workers at Baiada Poultry, Australia’s largest chicken supplier, have won their dispute with management after a 13 day strike. The workers stared down bullying, intimidation and police violence without any sign of wavering. It was this determination that forced this rouge employer to retreat and concede to the bulk of their demands. Primarily the workers […]
The 12th National Congress of the United Socialist Party (CWI Sri Lanka) took place in Colombo on October 8 & 9 in extremely difficult circumstances. Since the end of the war in 2009 President Mahinda Rajapaksa has moved towards creating a dictatorial regime. Repression has in many ways been increased and the police and military […]
Bring the industry into public ownership The issue of live animal exports has come to the fore in recent months ever since the ABC’s ‘Four Corners’ program exposed examples of animal cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs. Graphic footage of cattle being kicked, whipped and beaten prior to slaughter has angered many people. This led to the […]
The Desalination Plant project in Victoria has become the front line of the battle ground between big business and some of Australia’s most militant unions. In the latest battle construction giant Thiess Degremont has announced that they will sack 160 electricians – all members of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU). On top of the sackings […]
Support for the Gillard Labor Government hit an all-time low in July. A Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper showed support for Labor at a mere 27%. On a two-party preferred basis the Coalition was polling at 58% with Labor at 42%. Clearly Gillard is having trouble selling the carbon tax to ordinary people. While […]