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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Archive for 'Workers'

About to buy beer? Avoid these Carlton brands

You can support the 55 sacked workers (CUB sacked them to cut their wages 65%) by:

1. Sending the company a message demanding the immediate reinstatement of the workers here: https://www.iufcampaigns.org/campaigns/show_campaign.cgi…

2. Signing the petition calling on SABMiller boss Ari Mervis to intervene and reinstate the workers here: https://www.megaphone.org.au/p…/reinstate-sacked-cub-workers

3. Boycotting C.U.B. products until the workers are reinstated. You can find a list of their brands here: https://www.etuvic.com.au/content/cub-workers

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The forthcoming Australian election and the ongoing attacks on unions and workers

With growing inequality and austerity has come growing anger, inchoate in Australia but finding a left wing political expression in places like the UK and US in the form of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders. Workers in struggle are the short term solution to the problems of capitalism. Workers in struggle are the long term solution to the problem that is capitalism.

Organise global solidarity with Greek workers striking against austerity this Wednesday

Wednesday is the public sector general strike and the parliamentary vote on the Third Memorandum in Greece. There is a global call for solidarity with Greek workers striking against austerity. 5.30 pm Wednesday in every central square worldwide. Get cracking. Organise.

Fuel tax increases – the unity ticket of Liberals, Labor and the Greens against workers and the poor

The Abbott government has been joined by Labor and the Greens in a rotten unity ticket on fuel excise indexation to attack workers and the poor.
This should not surprise us because what unites them – capitalism – is greater than any of their differences over aspects of how to manage it. Lie all parties of capital they make workers and the poor pay for the crises of capitalism and the fuel tax is just one small example, a portent of things to come.

British workers rebelled against the First World War

Tom Orsag in Solidarity explains how the sacrifices demanded during the First World War produced mass resistance and opposition among the British working class.

Hong Kong: workers strike for democracy

This is a note from LabourStart about the situation in Hong Kong. This strike call pits workers, the one social force that can win this battle, against the dictatorship, and raises the possibility of drawing in workers in China itself and going beyond bourgeois democracy to genuine democracy. The note says: On September 28, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions declared “we cannot let the students fight alone”, and called for workers to strike in support of 4 demands: the immediate release of all the arrested, an end to the suppression of peaceful assembly, replacing the “fake universal suffrage” formula with the genuine political reform workers have been demanding, and the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying.

Refugees: a comradely letter to left-wing Labor Party members and supporters

This is not about saying join this or that socialist group although I do think groups like Socialist Alternative are worth having a look at. It is about asking Labor members and supporters who want to understand the degeneration of their party to do so in the context of its managerial role in Australian capitalism and to see that degeneration as part and parcel of that role.

We workers create the wealth Hockey and Abbott are redistributing to the rich

Where does all this income – profits, rents, dividends, interest, wages etc – and the taxes imposed on it, come from? It is the wealth (or more precisely, in Marxist terms, the surplus value) we workers create that we are talking about. It is ours. We should decide where it goes, not the parliamentary popinjays of profit.

Bush fires, climate change and the community of hope

In the reality of community that the bushfires have bought out in us lies our hope for the future; in the working class and its power to turn society on its head lies the reality of the realisation of a future with hope.

Rich snobs’ education subsidised by workers

Ruling class and middle class schools getting millions in public subsidies is indefensible. Funding that is sorely needed for schools in working class suburbs is being siphoned into Toorak and the North Shore and helping to pay for equestrian centres for spoiled brats.