Archive for May, 2009
It was Fred Hollows who said that he only had to look in a black fella’s eyes to know Australia was racist.
True democracy is won in struggle, and is where people participate as human beings, not big wallets or their well paid agents.
Workers’ democracy means representatives based in the workplace, paid the average wage, and with the right to recall them instantly.
It’s time for Tax Office staff to stop the flow of money to the Government to win more staff and more pay and improve tax administration in Australia.
Posted by Bill, May 27th, 2009 - under Capitalism, Class struggle, Classes, Dependency theory, Marxism, Modernisation theory, Pre-capitalist modes of production, Robert Brenner, The Phillipines.
Brenner critiqued the economic determinism he claimed underpinned both Modernisation and Dependency Theory. This essay looks at the development of the Philippines in that context.
Tiananmen Square was a dress rehearsal for the future. The Chinese working class has a material interest in democracy. It can overthrow the butchers in Beijing.
Posted by Bill, May 25th, 2009 - under ALP, Australian Labor Party, Australian politics, Capital gains, Capitalism, Carers, Classes, HowRuddistas, Living standards, Pensioners, Retirement, Rudd Government, Rudd Labor.
It’s time for workers to demand a just retirement on a living wage at 60.
Posted by Bill, May 24th, 2009 - under Australian politics, Capitalism, Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, CFMEU, Climate change, CPRS, Emissions Trading Scheme, ETS, Global Warming, Great Recession, Green jobs, Greenhouse gases, Jobs, Labor Party, Minerals Council, Mining, Rudd Government, Rudd Labor, sackings, unemployment, Unions, Workers.
Employment in the mining industry will double over the next decade. Scaremongering about job losses is so the bosses can get even more money out of us.
Here in Canberra the minority Stanhope Labor Government is urging wage restraint. It has offered teachers 2 percent next year and 2.5 percent the year after. These are below the current headline inflation rate (2.7 percent) and core inflation rate (4.1 percent). Either way the most left wing Government in Australia, propped up by the […]
Posted by Bill, May 23rd, 2009 - under ACTU, ALP, Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australian politics, Big business, Capitalism, Class struggle, Classes, Howard, HowRudd, HowRuddistas, Industrial relations, International Labor Organisation, Kevin Rudd, Labor Party, Neoliberal unionism, Neoliberalism, Reformism, Rudd Government, Rudd Labor, Trade unions, WorkChoices, WorkChoices Lite.
The union leadership’s own internal advice shows conclusively that Rudd’s industrial relations laws are WorkChoices lite and breach ILO standards.