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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



A lockout, a sit in, a picket

It’s a lockout, a sit in, a picket writes Jerome Small in Red Flag. It’s a rolling conversation. It’s woodsmoke, and chairs that fall apart. It’s the most ordinary thing that could happen, on an ordinary street, in an industrial suburb, in any city you care to name. In an ordinary, everyday way, it has paralysed the Australian operations of one of the biggest corporations on the planet.

It’s a lesson that I never get tired of learning. When workers stop working, it’s the most powerful thing on Earth.

The lockout, sit in and picket continues at International Flavours and Fragrances, 310 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong South. See Red Flag and the National Union of Workers facebook page for updates.

To read the whole article about these inspiring workers click here.



Comment from Brian
Time January 29, 2015 at 9:15 am

Sorry, don’t understand what they are striking for. Why isn’t their union negotiating with the company? Why are the union delegates still getting paid when the workers they represent don’t?

This is holdens on a smaller scale. Does the company close down and everyone loses their jobs and we import from China, or do we negotiate wages and flexible time so we can compete?

Welcome to the 21st century, no job is for life (except public servants),

I don’t understand that the unions go on about “workers rights” when their is no work left to do because they refused to negotiate.

Why is picketing/striking the first and only negotiating skill union delegates have?

Working is not a right, it is a privilege, ask the millions in India, who would love to have a job.

You can’t dig your way out of a hole, yet this is what is happening.

And a final thing, the worker who said they put catshit into food. Really???? and of course “redflag” is a quality paper, up there with the National enquirier or Truth. As if the health department would allow this to happen.

Blows the argument of evil company out of the water.

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