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January 2022



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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)



Archive for 'MUA'

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

In light of the return to work and then exclusion of some Hutchison workers, comrades in Solidarity in Sydney 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.


Support the sacked Hutchison wharfies

The MUA Has set up a Hutchison fund to donate to to support the sacked wharfies. Here are the details.

Telling the truth about scabs costs a union $200,000

The Maritime Union of Australia was fined $200000 for this poster quoting Jack London telling the truth about scabs. Freedom of speech Commissioner where are you? The alternative might be to refuse to pay the fine and close the ports if the state takes any enforcement action.

Donate to support sacked and striking Hutchison wharfies

Donate to support the sacked and striking Hutchison wharfies. The account details are here.

The balaclavas are back on the wharves

The union movement is rallying around the sacked workers at Hutchison’s on the wharves in Sydney and Brisbane. We will not be intimidated by Hutchison’s tactics – we’ve seen it all before.

Tony Abbott – don’t come Monday

Sacking employees by email and SMS has the approval of the Liberal Government. Politicians are servants of the people, right? They are our employees. So here is my Hutchison style email to our beloved Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Port workers fight Hutchison sackings

Solidarity Magazine sets out the reasons for the picket at Hutchisons in Port Botany. Get down there if you can to lend support and solidarity to the sacked workers.

Defend Bob Carnegie

On Monday 11 February rank and file unionist and community activist Bob Carnegie is being hauled in front of the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane on 54 charges of contempt. These charges arise from his steadfast leadership of the community protest accompanying the nine-week strike by 650 workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital construction site late last year writes Tom Bramble in Socialist Alternative.

Strikes can win

Something interesting happened yesterday. Strikes won Maritime Union members at Total Marine Services a 30 percent pay increase.