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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 'Qantas'

Arbitration or strikes? QANTAS or Lend Lease?

QANTAS workers and their union leaders accepted arbitration without a fight and lost. Lend Lease building workers went on strike over very similar claims and won.

Arbitration is for losers. Striking can win.


Nurses and QANTAS workers: a tale of two campaigns

QANTAS workers could walk off the job tonight, and picket to stop any supplies or personnel getting in or out. That way, like the magnificent Fair Work Australia and government defying Victorian nurses, they might have a chance of winning.

Nationalise QANTAS under workers’ control

Nationalise QANTAS under workers’ control to win real wage increases and secure jobs. Tax the rich to pay for it.

From the war in Afghanistan to a lockout in Australia, the battle remains the same

The soldiers in Afghanistan are fighting and dying to protect the Alan Joyces of the world and their right to make profits off our labour; their right to attack our wages and jobs; their right to lock us out.

They are fighting and dying for the one percent.

Occupy QANTAS; fight the one percent

QANTAS workers are fighting the one percent. They are fighting for job security and better pay. They are fighting to put people first. We must support them. Victory to QANTAS workers.

Victory to Qantas workers

Union members could make a counter demand on Qantas that goes beyond the limited claims of their leadership. If they really fought, and went on strike for a while, they could demand and win 30 percent over 3 years and an increase in the workforce in Australia of ten percent per annum to overcome the extra work burden Qantas has imposed on its workforce over the last decade or more. That would strengthen the union against management attacks now and in to the future and increase its membership.

QANTAS, BlueScope, OneSteel – why won’t the unions fight?

Nationalise QANTAS, BlueScope and OneSteel under workers’ control.

Fight the job losses. Strike and occupy the workplaces. Organise production to satisfy human need.

Is this 1929 or 1989, or both?

Every strike contains the seeds of revolution. Therein lies our hope and our future.