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...

Nurses defy the law to defend the health system and jobs

Nurses in Victoria have staged weeks of rolling strikes in defiance of anti-strike laws as they fight to defend staffing ratios in public hospitals....

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...

Refugee success rates of 90 per cent show mandatory detention must go

Official figures on refugee claims have confirmed what a shocking arbitrary punishment mandatory detention is. Last year just over 90 per cent of all...

Sydney wharfies take solidarity action against NZ union busting

Defiant solidarity action by Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members in Sydney has delivered a boost to sacked wharfies in New Zealand. Workers took...

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...

Chorus of opposition greets Macklin’s extended Intervention

On Monday February 27, in the afternoon following Labor’s leadership spill, Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory legislation passed through the House of Representatives...

Sydney Uni: “no cuts, no way, not tomorrow, not today!”

The fightback to stop job and budget cuts at the University of Sydney has escalated. In the first week of semester, 700 staff and...

Labor’s ABCC changes: Are the anti-union powers gone for good?

In February, the Gillard government rolled the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) into Fair Work Australia. The anti-union ABCC’s powers and role will...

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...

Gonski’s call for public school funding too much for Labor

The recommendations of Gonski’s Review of Funding for Schooling were finally released on February 20. But Gillard’s response made it clear we will have...

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...

Millions of Indian workers unite to strike against neo-liberalism

On February 28, millions of Indian workers participated in the biggest general strike since independence in 1947. For the first time since 1970, the...

Russia’s new movement of millions challenging Putin’s regime

Around 20,000 people protested in Pushkin Square in central Moscow in March against Vladimir Putin’s claim to have won the presidential election The demonstration was...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

System error: Capitalism’s crisis and the alternative

The economic crisis is getting worse and heading our way. Solidarity looks at the roots of the crisis in the capitalist system and the...

Wage cuts and bailouts: Labor and the Great Depression

In the face of the Great Depression in the 1930s, Labor turned on its working class supporters in order to bail out capitalism. Jean...

The generals, the Islamists and the Egyptian Revolution

After the recent election Egypt’s parliament is dominated by Islamists. But, argues Phil Marfleet, they face immense pressure from Egyptians to deliver real change...

The Mad Square: Revolution and reaction in Weimar Germany

Mad Square Modernity in German Art 1910-1937, formerly at Melbourne NGV “A dissolution of the social order was expected by the hour” said the German Minister...

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...

Power of protest: Refugees and resistance in detention

Throughout mandatory detention’s sorry history, protests inside detention have been central to forcing the issue into the media and winning changes for the asylum seekers...

Black soldiers’ mutiny against racism hidden for 70 years

A Queensland historian has uncovered the story of a mutiny by African-American troops stationed in Australia during World War II at an army base...

“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...

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