Issue 43 - Mar

Union power is the alternative to Labor’s crisis

Julia Gillard may have triumphed over Kevin Rudd in Labor’s leadership brawl. But Labor remains headed for electoral oblivion—and it is Gillard’s policies that are to blame. It would have been no

Villawood fire trials—still waiting for justice

There was a myth perpetuated by the official inquiry into the Christmas Island protests in March and April last year—that the protests were a result of disgruntled failed refugees at risk of

Kevin Rudd, Labor, and the real faceless men

In one of his numerous press conferences during the Labor leadership showdown, Kevin Rudd called for, “reform of the Labor Party itself, so that our party is equipped for the tasks of the 21st

NSW Liberals serve up new threats to public sector

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has public sector unions in his sights.  Last year Barry O’Farrell announced changes to force the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) to enforce a 2.5 per cent

School “autonomy” threatens teacher job security

So called school autonomy “reforms” in NSW will threaten the security of employment of over 60,000 public school teachers across the state. School principals are being offered a $40,000-$50,000

Putin’s rise and rule in Russia

Until the protest movement burst onto Russia’s streets at the end of 2011, Putin had presided over (as both President and Prime Minister) 11 years of relatively unchallenged rule. The basis of

Hope for Syria is with the struggle, not the West

After weeks of relentless bombardment Syrian troops have retaken the city of Homs including the neighbourhood of Baba Amr, an opposition stronghold. Homs is considered the “capital of the

Greek activists: “we want workers’ power”

Socialists and trade unionists fighting austerity in Greece spoke to Patrick Ward Kostas Katarachias, Doctor and union general secretary at Agios Savvas cancer hospital, Athens Last autumn we saw

A new workers’ paper in Greece

Workers at Eleftherotypia, Greece’s second largest newspaper have taken over their workplace and begun producing their own newspaper to report on the movement against austerity,

New wave of Greek austerity answered by new strikes

The new Greek austerity package, demanded by “the troika”—the IMF, European Union (EU) and European Central Bank imposes further vicious cuts on the people of Greece. But the level of workers’

Rebuilding fighting unions: Lessons from the US

The Civil wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? By Steve Early, Haymarket Books, $24.95 The “organising model” developed by unions in the US has been

“I mean, I’m so left wing that I’ve been endorsed by the IMF, OECD, the World Bank, Euromoney magazine. You know … I’m in great company!” Wayne Swan reminds us that his attack on the mining