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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)



Stop Hutchison’s divide and rule tactics: restart the strike and fight for every job

MUA botany


In light of the return to work and then exclusion of some Hutchison workers, comrades in Solidarity have written an article about the way forward for Hutchison workers to beat the boss and defend every job. They say among other things:

The union has to be able to negotiate from a position of strength. The only sensible approach is to keep the workforce united; restart the strike action, and maximise the pressure on Hutchison’s.’

To read the whole article in Solidarity magazine click here.



Comment from Mike
Time August 20, 2015 at 4:38 pm

My mother was a typist. How come no one stood up for her job, and the jobs of thousands of other women in typing pools?

Comment from John
Time August 20, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Maybe because she wasn’t in the union and didn’t fight for the union to defend jobs?

Comment from Mike
Time August 21, 2015 at 7:18 am

So a union would fight to oppose the introduction of computers?

Comment from John
Time August 21, 2015 at 7:28 am

It would fight to save jobs. I do however remember and honour the Luddites too. It would depend what the members in organising to defend jobs wanted to do and how they wanted to fight for their jobs. At least they fight, which the unions ad mainly non-unionised typists didn’t.

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