Australia

Living The Dream after your #penaltyrates got cut

Latest episode of the Living the Dream podcast hosted at The Word From Struggle Street - a collaborative anticapitalist blog from Brisbane

A new concept of unionism: the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation 1970-1974

Meredith Burgmann's pioneering work on the history of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Builders Labourers' Federation. During the 1960s and 1970s the NSWBLF introduced limited tenure of office for union officials, tied officials' pay to the minimum industry wage, introduced highly democratic forms of decision-making, and pursued militant industrial tactics. The union was also notable for its aggressive support of other social groups, most notably through the placing of "Green Bans" where members prevented work from taking place on environmentally or socially destructive projects.

Living the Dream whilst fighting for your #righttothecity

In this episode of Living the Dream (a podcast from The Word From Struggle Street a collaborative anti-capitalist blog from Brisbane) Jon (@jonpiccini) , (@DrNatOsborne) and Max talk about #righttothecity, Left populism and city elections

Contrasting populisms: Lambie’s labourism and Hanson’s opportunism

Contrasting populisms: Lambie’s labourism and Hanson’s opportunism

The Australian Left are keen to conflate the anti-politics offered by Jacqui Lambie and Pauline Hanson. While they share similar cultural prejudices, they could not be further apart in their material solutions.

1965-72: SOS Australian Mothers Resist Vietnam War Conscription

Article about the activities of Save Our Sons, a group made up by mothers of Australian conscripts. And the role it played in ending conscription and Australian involvement in the Vietnam war.

Ferguson is Familiar to Indigenous Australians: Larissa Behrendt

Indigenous Australia knows the cynicism exposed by Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson

1912: Brisbane General Strike

Union busting at the Brisbane Tramway led to a municipal general strike and the setting up of an alt

The First Globalisation and Transnational Labour Activism in Southern Africa: White Labourism, the IWW, and the ICU, 1904–1934

South African coal miners, 1920s.

Lucien van der Walt on transnational labour activism in Southern Africa in the first half of the twentieth century.

#CUB55 My part in their victory

Latest blog post from from The Word From Struggle Street a collaborative anti-capitalist blog from Brisbane. Here I make some personal reflections on my very marginal participation in the #CUB55 struggle and then some more general observations about the state of the trade unions and class struggle.

Living the Dream whilst Organising in Your Workplace

This is the latest episode of Living The Dream the podcast from The Word From Struggle Street a collaborative anti-capitalist blog from Brisbane. We chat about recent Workplace Organising 101 Training